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136 years in the past as we speak, Corrie ten Increase was born in Haarlem. A Dutch watchmaker and later a Christian author and public speaker, ten Increase assisted her father Casper and sister Betise to assist many Jewish residents of the Netherlands escape the Nazis. Ultimately, she was caught and imprisoned within the Ravensbrück focus camp. Her most well-known e-book, The Hiding Place, is a biography that recounts the story of her household’s efforts and the way she discovered and shared hope in God whereas she was imprisoned. READ extra… (1892)

Corrie ten Increase in 1921 – public area.

The refugee work which ten Increase and her sister had been doing turned recognized by the Dutch Resistance, which despatched an architect to their dwelling to construct a secret hiding place: a false wall in Corrie’s bed room that would maintain six individuals. A air flow system was put in for the occupants, and a buzzer could possibly be heard in the home to warn the refugees to get into the room as shortly as doable.

On 28 February 1944, a Dutch informant, Jan Vogel, informed the Nazis in regards to the ten Booms’ work. At round 12:30 p.m. on that day, the Nazis arrested the whole ten Increase household. They had been despatched to Scheveningen Jail when Resistance supplies and additional ration playing cards had been discovered on the dwelling. The group of six individuals hidden behind the wall, made up of each Jews and resistance employees, remained undiscovered. Although the home was beneath fixed surveillance after ten Increase’s arrest, cops who had been additionally members of the resistance group coordinated the refugees’ escape.

MORE Good Information on this Date:

  • Guru Nanak, the founder and first guru of Sikhism who first displayed his non secular understanding to academics at age 7, was born (1469)
  • Johann S. Bach’s Matthew’s Ardour premiered in Leipzig (1729)
  • Thomas Gallaudet, and deaf Frenchman Laurent Clerc, opened the primary American college for the deaf (1817)
  • The town of San Francisco was integrated (1850)
  • British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi focus camp Bergen-Belsen (1945)

286 years in the past as we speak, George Frideric Handel’s most interesting opera, Xerxesdebuted in London. The opening aria of the opera, Ombra Mai Fu, that includes the king of the Achaemenid Persian Empire, Xerxes, singing a thanks to the airplane tree in his backyard, has turn out to be some of the practiced repertoire items. It has turn out to be so iconic that it’s turn out to be referred to as “Handel’s Largo,” which in Italian opera jargon basically means the gradual motif of Handel.

The King’s Theater at Haymarket the place the opera debuted

Xerxes disappeared for greater than 100 years from fashionable efficiency till it was revived within the Inter-Warfare Interval in Germany.

The position of Xerxes has been performed by each women and men as a result of it was initially carried out by a castrato, or castrated singer; a follow which stopped greater than 100 years in the past, however which allowed males to sing in girls’s registry. At this time it’s sung by male countertenors or feminine mezzo-sopranos. In any case, Dimitri Hvorostovsky has proven that the opera is equally stunning, if no more so, within the baritone register. (1738)


77 years in the past as we speak, years earlier than the Civil Rights Motion gained prominence within the information, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s colour barrier turning into the primary black participant on any Main League Baseball workforce, debuting at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers. “It represented each the dream and the concern of equal alternative, and it could change perpetually the complexion of the sport and the attitudes of People,” wrote Pete Levine.

His expertise earned him the Most Worthwhile Participant award within the league two years later. In that fateful recreation, Robinson went hitless however did rating the profitable run. 

Photograph by Keith Allison, CC license

When Dodgers Supervisor Invoice Rickey referred to as up Robinson for his first recreation, he knew that for what he would symbolize, Robinson needed to play the sport enduring racial epithets and flying cleats, of hate letters and demise threats, of pitchers throwing at his head and legs, and catchers spitting on his sneakers. A shorthand model of the dialog was reported on by EPSN.

Rickey: “I do know you’re a superb ballplayer. What I don’t know is whether or not you will have the center.”

Robinson: “Mr. Rickey, are you on the lookout for a Negro who’s afraid to combat again?”

Rickey, exploding: “Robinson, I’m on the lookout for a ballplayer with guts sufficient to not combat again.”

Like John Barnes in English soccer, Robinson took a whole tradition by the hand, and along with his human grace and gorgeous athletic performances, helped it up just a few extra steps towards town on the hill.

Yearly on April 15, Jackie Robinson Day is honored throughout the nation with each main league participant sporting a #42 jersey. The Ken Burns documentary,  Jackie Robinson, debuted on April 11, 2016, on PBS stations. (1947)

120 years in the past as we speak, the Carnegie Hero Fund’s governing Deed of Belief was adopted. The Carnegie Hero Fund acknowledges those that carry out extraordinary acts of heroism in civilian life, and gives monetary help to the survivors of these killed or disabled within the act of making an attempt to save lots of others. It was arrange with a belief fund of $5 million in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, by the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Carnegie was impressed by Selwyn Taylor and Daniel Lyle, who gave their lives in rescue makes an attempt following the explosion on the native Harwick Mine, which claimed 181 lives, together with Taylor and Lyle, who had been killed whereas rescuing the one survivor. Tremendously touched by their sacrifice, Carnegie had medals privately minted for his or her wives and youngsters, and inside two months he wrote the Hero Fund’s governing Deed of Belief.


Since then, greater than 10,000 Carnegie Medals have been awarded, with the Fund paying $40.5 million in grants, scholarships, demise advantages, and different assist. About one-quarter of the bronze medals have been given to heroes who died within the service of others. A verse from the Gospel of John encircles the outer fringe of the medal: “Better love hath no man than this, {that a} man lay down his life for his associates” (or, extra saliently, to strangers).

Carnegie expanded his idea to honor heroes past North American—to 9 European international locations. SEE the necessities to appoint a hero… (1904)

The group receives every year about 800 nominations, and about 11 p.c will obtain notification of their submission and awards. Listed below are the necessities.

572 years in the past as we speak, Leonardo da Vinci, the artist, inventor, polymath, musician, and architect who painted the Mona Lisa and The Final Supper, was born. Leonardo stored notebooks — 3,500 pages of drawings, engineering designs, and scientific notations — and far of it was written backward, in order that it might solely be legible when held as much as a mirror. (1452)

da Vinci drawing


Additionally, 64 years in the past as we speak, Ella Baker led a gathering at Shaw College in Raleigh, North Carolina that resulted within the creation of the Scholar Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which turned a driving pressure for whites and blacks within the Civil Rights Motion of the Sixties.SNCC-buttons-biracial

SNCC (“snick”) attracted many supporters within the North who helped elevate funds to pay salaries for SNCC’s activists throughout the South. The group performed a serious position within the sit-ins, freedom rides, and the 1963 March on Washington, demonstrating that odd ladies and men, younger and previous, might create extraordinary change. (1960)

Glad sixty fifth Birthday to the beloved British actress, author, and comic Emma Thompson. She received two Academy Awards (the one individual ever to win each)—one for Greatest Actor for the 1992 movie Howards Finish, and one other for Greatest Tailored Screenplay for her script Sense and Sensibility in 1995, which she additionally starred in. Her different movie credit embrace The Stays of the Day, Within the Title of the Father (each earned her Oscar nominations), Saving Mr. Banks, A lot Ado about Nothing, Nanny McPhee, Love Truly, and Stranger than Fiction (with Will Farrell).

Photograph credit: Amazon Studios

Thompson herself was the primary feminine member of the sketch comedy troupe ‘Footlights’ at Newnham School. Although she began out doing stand-up comedy, she turned certainly one of Britain’s most interesting actors. Dame Emma Thompson was awarded an order of the queen when she turned 60.

“I’ll inform you what I feel is fascinating about 60,” she stated on The Ellen DeGeneres Present two years in the past. “All of the roles which were imposed upon you by society because you had been born, from gender roles to mother, no matter they’re, begin to form of fray on the edges… I’ve by no means actually requested, as a result of I all the time thought it was a bit lame, however ‘Who am I, really?’ I feel this decade can be fascinating.”

She’s additionally written a number of books tailored from The Story of Peter RabbitWATCH the trailer for her 2020 movie Late Evening… (1959)

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