Monthly Archives: April 2016

‘Captain Midnight’ interrupts HBO satellite feed 30 years ago this hour (Apr 27 1986)

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(Sunday, April 27, 1986, 12:32 a.m. EST) — John R. MacDougall of Florida, a video pirate calling himself “Captain Midnight,” interrupted a movie this morning on the premium cable and satellite television network HBO (Home Box Office) with a printed onscreen message protesting home satellite de-scrambling fees.

Maria Shriver marries Arnold Schwarzenegger 30 years ago today (Apr 26 1986)

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(Saturday, April 26, 1986) — TV journalist Maria Shriver and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger were married today at a church in Hyannis, Massachusetts, with members of the Kennedy family present.

The marriage broke up 25 years later with the revelation that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with a family housekeeper.

‘Godzilla, King of the Monsters!’ premieres in New York 60 years ago today (Apr 26 1956)

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(Wednesday, April 26, 1956)Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, a Japanese-American science fiction kaiju horror film in which nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster, premiered today at Loew’s State theater in New York City.

Directed by Terry Morse and Ishiro Honda, the film starred Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Haruo Nakajima and Katsumi Tezuka.

The Beatles record ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ 50 years ago this hour (Apr 26 1966)

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(Tuesday, April 26, 1966, 2:30 p.m.-2:45 a.m. BST) — The English rock band The Beatles resumed production of their seventh studio album Revolver this afternoon at EMI Studio 2 in London, as they recorded John Lennon’s “And Your Bird Can Sing.” Continue reading The Beatles record ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’ 50 years ago this hour (Apr 26 1966)

31 killed in major nuclear accident at Chernobyl plant in Ukraine 30 years ago this hour (Apr 26 1986)

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(Saturday, April 26, 1986, 1:23 a.m. MSK; during the Cold War) — The world’s worst nuclear accident occurred this morning at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), killing at least 31 Soviets died immediately.

An explosion and fire in the No. 4 reactor released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe, forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes in the most heavily hit areas.

John F. Kennedy announces that he’s running for Congress 70 years ago today (Apr 25 1946)

Video: 'Documentary American Experience JFK Like No Other Part I' (JFK runs in 1946 at 38:13)

(Thursday, April 25, 1946) — John F. Kennedy officially announced today at the Parker House Hotel that he was running for the 11th Congressional District in Massachusetts (which included parts of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville).

The seat was being vacated by James Michael Curley after some backroom negotiations by Joe Kennedy, Sr.

Thornton Affair triggers Mexican–American War 170 years ago today (Apr 25 1846)

Video: 'Mexican American War - 1of6' (Apr. 25, 1846, at 1:51/8:48)

(Saturday, April 25, 1846; during the Mexican-American War) — The Mexican-American War began today when more than 1,000-strong Mexican cavalry detachment attacked a 63-man U.S. patrol under the command of Captain Seth Thornton, which had been sent into the contested territory north of the Rio Grande and south of the Nueces River. Continue reading Thornton Affair triggers Mexican–American War 170 years ago today (Apr 25 1846)