On This Day Weekend April 11, 12, 13
On This Day in history:
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.
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.
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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