Thursday, April 3, 2008

Today in History: April 3

  • 1965 The first nuclear reactor in space, SNAP 10A, was launched; activated four hours after achieving orbit, giving 500 watts of electricity for 43 days. It's still in orbit.
  • 1882 Bank robber and murderer Jesse James is shot dead.
  • 1946 Leader of the WWII Bataan Death March, Japanese Lt. General Masaharu Homma, is executed.
  • 1997 Islamists stage coordinated massacres near Algiers; in Thalit, slitting the throats of all but one resident -- men, women and children.
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