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April 22, 2012

Today in History for Sunday, April 22, 2012

VALDOSTA — Highlight in History

On April 22, 1912, the United States Chamber of Commerce had its beginnings with a National Commercial Conference held in Washington, D.C., at the behest of President William Howard Taft.

On this date

In 1930, the United States, Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited shipbuilding.

In 1944, during World War II, U.S. forces began invading Japanese-held New Guinea with amphibious landings at Hollandia and Aitape.

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson opened the New York World’s Fair.

In 1970, millions of Americans concerned about the environment observed the first “Earth Day.”

In 1972, New York’s Metropolitan Opera held a gala concert honoring Sir Rudolf Bing, who retired after 22 years as general manager.

In 1994, Richard M. Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died at a New York hospital four days after suffering a stroke; he was 81.

In 1997, in Peru, government commandos stormed the Japanese ambassador’s residence, ending a 126-day hostage crisis; all 14 Tupac Amaru rebels were killed, all 72 hostages were rescued (however, one died later of gunshot wounds).

Ten years ago

Actor Robert Blake was charged with murder, solicitation of murder and conspiracy in the shooting death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, outside a Los Angeles restaurant; Blake’s bodyguard, Earle Caldwell, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder; both men pleaded not guilty. (Both were acquitted at criminal trial; Blake was later found liable in a civil trial.) Linda Boreman, formerly known as porn star Linda Lovelace, died in Denver of injuries from a car crash; she was 53.

Five years ago

In the first round of the French presidential election, conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist rival Segolene Royal received enough votes to advance to a runoff, which Sarkozy won.

One year ago

Syrian security forces fired at protesters, killing at least 75 people around the country. Pope Benedict XVI consoled a 7-year-old Japanese girl, reassured a mother about her ailing son’s soul and advised a Muslim woman that dialogue was the way to peace in Ivory Coast during an unusual, pre-recorded Good Friday appearance on Italian TV. A tornado ripped through Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, causing signifcant damage to the C Concourse.

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