By The Associated Press
2014-04-04 03:01 AM
Today is Thursday, April 10, the 100th day of 2014. There are 265 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1552 - France's King Henry II captures Metz and aligns with German Protestants.
1790 - The U.S. patent law is approved.
1849 - Walter Hunt of New York patents the safety pin.
1864 - Archduke Maximilian of Austria accepts title of Emperor of Mexico.
1866 - The American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is chartered.
1912 - The luxury liner Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
1919 - Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata is killed in an army ambush in Chinameca, Mexico.
1925 - The novel "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is published in the United States.
1932 - Paul von Hindenburg is re-elected German president over Adolf Hitler.
1941 - Nazi puppet state formed in Croatia.
1945 - U.S. troops liberate Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, Germany.
1959 - Japan's Crown Prince Akihito marries a commoner, Michiko Shoda.
1961 - Adolf Eichmann, former Nazi, is put on trial as a war criminal in Jerusalem.
1963 - The nuclear-powered submarine USS Thresher fails to surface off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in a disaster that claims 129 lives.
1972 - United States and Soviet Union sign treaty banning biological warfare.
1974 - Golda Meir announces her resignation as prime minister of Israel.
1976 - Israel holds elections in occupied West Bank, despite rioting.
1981 - Imprisoned Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands wins election to the British Parliament.
1984 - A rally to demand free presidential elections after 20 years of dictatorship draws a million people in Rio de Janeiro.
1986 - United States conducts nuclear test in Nevada desert, despite growing protests among peace groups and strong Soviet campaign for nuclear test ban.
1990 - Palestinian terrorist group of Abu Nidal frees a Frenchwoman, a Belgian man and their daughter after 2 1/2 years in captivity.
1992 - Two people are killed and 47 wounded in a car-bomb explosion in London's financial district. The Irish Republican Army claims responsibility.
1993 - Chris Hani, one of South Africa's top black leaders, is murdered.
1995 - The top U.N. weapons inspector reports that Iraq appears to be developing biological weapons.
1996 - Yugoslavia frees 211 Bosnian Muslims after eight months of detention; U.S. President Bill Clinton vetoes a bill that would have outlawed a technique used to end pregnancies in their late stages that opponents call "partial-birth" abortion.
1998 - In what is heralded as the biggest breakthrough since "The Troubles" started in 1969, the faction leaders of Northern Ireland and the governments of Britain and Ireland agree on a model for governing the province.
2000 - The leaders of North and South Korea agree to meet for the first time in June, marking a major step forward in relations between the two nations.
2001 - South Africa becomes the first country in the world to approve a solution that can be used in place of blood in transfusions; the Netherlands legalizes mercy killings and assisted suicide for patients with unbearable, terminal illness.
2002 - Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the rebel Tamil separatist rebel group holds his first news conference since 1990 as the rebels and the Sri Lankan government prepare for the first peace talks in seven years.
2003 - U.S. Congress clears legislation to create a nationally coordinated alert system to respond to child abductions.
2006 - Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill two police and a truck driver delivering food to coalition forces. The U.S. military describes the Taliban's stepped up campaign of suicide and roadside bombings as "hard to combat."
2008 - Nepal holds its first election in nine years -- a historic vote meant to secure lasting peace in a land riven by communist insurgents and an autocratic king.
2009 - A U.S. immigration appeals board rules that retired auto worker John Demjanjuk can be deported to Germany to face charges he served as a Nazi death camp guard during World War II.
2010 - An aging Russian airliner carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and members of his country's military, political and church elites crashes in thick fog as it was taking them to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the slaughter of thousands of Polish military officers by Soviet secret police.
2011 - A senior member of Gaza's ruling Hamas movement makes a rare appeal to the Israeli public for a halt to the escalating cross-border fighting, telling an Israeli radio station in fluent Hebrew that Hamas is ready to stop its rocket fire if Israel ends its attacks on Gaza.
2012 - Shining Path rebels seek a $10 million ransom for 40 Peruvian construction workers abducted in a pre-dawn raid at the country's main natural gas field in the Amazon jungle.
William Booth, English founder of Salvation Army (1829-1912); Joseph Pulitzer, U.S. journalist (1847-1911); Harry Morgan, U.S. actor (1915--2011); Max von Sydow, Swedish actor (1929--); Omar Sharif, Egyptian-born actor (1932--); John Madden, former U.S. sports commentator (1936--); Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, U.S. rhythm and blues singer/producer (1958--); Mandy Moore, U.S. actress/pop singer (1984--); Haley Joel Osment, U.S. actor (1988--).
Thought for Today:
Take from me the hope that I can change the future, and you will send me mad -- Israel Zangwill, English dramatist (1864-1926).