Day in history: April 1In 1873, composer Sergei...


April 01, 1996

Day in history: April 1

In 1873, composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was born in Novgorod Province, Russia.

In 1933, Nazi Germany began its persecution of Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.

In 1945, U.S. forces launched the invasion of Okinawa during World War II.

In 1946, a series of tidal waves struck the Hawaiian Islands, killing more than 170 people.

In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure banning cigarette advertising on radio and television, to take effect after New Year's Day 1971.

In 1987, in his first major speech on the AIDS epidemic, President Reagan told doctors in Philadelphia, "We've declared AIDS public health enemy No. 1."

Pub Date: 4/01/96

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