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On This Day Weekend April 11, 12, 13

On This Day in history:

FRIDAY:

1921- Iowa becomes the first state to impose a cigarette tax.

1947- Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player in major-league history.  He plays in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1970- Apollo 13 blasts off on a mission to the moon that is disrupted when an explosion hurts the spacecraft.  The astronauts do return safely.

SATURDAY:

1606- England adopts the original Union Jack as its flag.

1934- F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, "Tender Is The Night," is first published.

1946- Ed O'Neill is born.

1966- Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.

1999- Shania Twain becomes the only female artist in music history to sell at least 10 million units with back to back releases.

2002- It is announced that the South African version of "Sesame Street" would introduce a character that is HIV-positive.


SUNDAY:

1860- The first mail was delivered by the Pony Express.

1870- The Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded in New York City.

1963- Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds gets his first hit in the major leagues.

1985- "The Grand Ole Opry" debuts on television.

1998- Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, gives natural birth to a healthy baby lamb.




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