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April 21st In Pop Culture History

753 BC - Romulus and his twin brother Remus founded Rome.

1509 - Henry VIII ascended the throne of England.

1878 - The first U.S. firehouse pole was installed in New York City, by Capt. David B. Kenyon at Engine Company 21.

1895 - Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrate the "Panopticon" - the first movie projector developed in the United States.

1918 - Above the Somme River in France, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, was killed by Allied fire, either by an air fight or from the ground.

1930 - 320 people were dead and another 130 were seriously injured in a prison fire at the Ohio State Penitentiary.

1951 - #1 Hit April 21, 1951 - June 22, 1951: Les Paul and Mary Ford - How High The Moon

1956 - #1 Hit April 21, 1956 - June 15, 1956: Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel

1962 - At the the Seattle World's Fair, Seattle's Space Needle Restaurant opened.

1962 - #1 Hit April 21, 1962 - May 4, 1962: Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm

1973 - #1 Hit April 21, 1973 - May 18, 1973: Tony Orlando and Dawn - Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree

1977 - Broadway Show - Annie (Musical) April 21, 1977

1979 - #1 Hit April 21, 1979 - April 27, 1979: Amii Stewart - Knock on Wood

1981 - "Weird Al" Yankovic made his first national television appearance on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder

1984 - #1 Hit April 21, 1984 - May 11, 1984: Phil Collins - Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)

1986 - Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, highly promoted two-hour syndicated special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault. They found nothing.

1989 - Field of Dreams and Pet Sematary were released in theaters.

1990 - #1 Hit April 21, 1990 - May 18, 1990: Sinéad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U

1990 - Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired, a special program that warned children about the dangers of drugs and featured characters from several Saturday morning children's shows, was simulcast by ABC, BET, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA Network, and Nickelodeon.

1992 - The first discoveries of planets outside of our solar system (two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12) were announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.

1995 - While you Were Sleeping debuted in theaters.

2000 - U-571 was released in theaters.

2004 - Man on Fire debuted in theaters

2007 - #1 Hit April 21, 2007 - May 4, 2007: Timbaland featuring Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake - Give It To Me

April 21, 2011 - (fiction) The day Skynet became self-aware and attacked the human race. Terminator, Film

April 21st Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Author, Charlotte Bronte (1816)
Film pioneer, Edwin S Porter (1870, d.1941)
Actor, Charlie Naughton (1886)
Actress, Lillian Walker (1887)
Actress, Beatrice Kay (1907)
Musician, Leonard Warren (1911, d.1960)
Actress,Nell Koppen (1912)
Photographer, Eve Arnold (1912, d.2012)
Photographer, Norman Parkinson (1913)
Screenwriter, Norman Panama (1914, d.2003)
Actor, Anthony Quinn (1915, d.2001)
Clown, Frick (1915)
Actor, Sidney Clute (1916)
Musician, Don Cornell (1919)
Actor, Christopher Dark (1920)
Actor, Jack Fletcher (1921)
Actress, Andrea Domburg (1923)
Producer, Daniel Melnick (1924)
Musician, Ira Louvin (1924)
British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II (1926)
Actor, Gerald Flood (1927, d.1989)
Actress, Silvana Mangano (1930)
Actress, Elaine May (1932)
Actor, Charles Grodin (1935)
Musician, John McCabe (1939)
Musician, Bobby McClure (1942)
Actress, Diana Darvey (1945)
Musician, Alan Warner (1947)
Musician, Iggy Pop (1947)
Musician, John Weider (1947)
Actor, Gary Condit (1948)
Actress, Claire Denis (1948)
Musician, Paul Davis (1948)
Actress, Patti LuPone (1949)
Musician Nicoel Barclay (1951)
Actor, Tony Danza (1951)
Musician, Robert Gotobed (1951)
Actor, James Morrison (1954)
Actress, Andie MacDowell (1958)
Musician, Mike Barson (1958)
Musician, Robert Smith (1959)
Musician, Jerry Only (1959)
Musician, Michael Timmons (1959)
Artist, Tim Jacobus (1959)
Actor, James Cameron Mitchell (1963)
Actor, Roy Dupuis (1963)
Actor, Ed Belfor (1965)
Model, Karen Foster (1965)
Musician, Michael Franti (1966)
Actor, Toby Stephens (1969)
Actor, Glen Hansard (1970)
Comedian, Rob Riggle (1970)
Actress, Nicole Sullivan (1970)
Actor, Eric Mabius (1971)
Actor, Brian J White (1975)
Musician, Doseone (1977)
Actor, Avi Phillips (1978)
Musician, Jukka Nevalainen (1978)
Musician, Brendan Steineckert (1978)
Actor, James McAvoy (1979)
Football player, Tony Romo (1980)
Model, Stephanie Larimore (1981)
Actress, Ashley Peldon (1984)
Actor, Robbie Amell (1988)

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- Henry Van Dyke, 1899
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