Today’s Highlight in HistoryPublished 10:41am Monday, April 25, 2011
Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 24, 1961, in the wake of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the White House issued a statement saying that President John F. Kennedy “bears sole responsibility for the events of the past few days.”
On this date:
Ten years ago: A New Zealand air force plane rescued four ailing Americans at an Antarctic research station. Reformer Junichiro Koizumi (joon-ee-chee-roh koh-ee-zoo-mee) was chosen president of Japan’s ruling party, guaranteeing his election as the country’s next prime minister. The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that police can arrest and handcuff people for minor traffic offenses. The Rev. Leon Sullivan, a pioneering civil rights crusader credited with helping end South Africa’s system of apartheid, died in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 78.
Five years ago: Terrorist bombings killed at least 23 people at a beach resort on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Speaking in Irvine, Calif., President George W. Bush said those calling for deporting all of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants back to their home countries were being “unrealistic.” Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, spiritual leader of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect, died in New York at age 91.