on this day 4/11 1968 – U.S. President Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

1512 – The forces of the Holy League were heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.

1689 – William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

1713 – The Treaty of Utrecht was signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession.

1783 – After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on March 13, the U.S. Congress proclaimed a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.

1803 – A twin-screw propeller steamboat was patented by John Stevens.

1814 – Napoleon was forced to abdicate his throne. The allied European nations had marched into Paris on March 30, 1814. He was banished to the island of Elba.

1876 – The stenotype was patented by John C. Zachos.

1876 – The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized.

1895 – Anaheim, CA, completed its new electric light system.

1898 – U.S. President William McKinley asked Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.

1899 – The treaty ending the Spanish-American War was declared in effect.

1921 – Iowa became the first state to impose a cigarette tax.

1921 – The first live sports event on radio took place this day on KDKA Radio. The event was a boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee.

1901 – Construction on the Empire State Building was completed. The building was dedicated and opened on May 1, 1931.

1940 – Andrew Ponzi set a world’s record in a New York pocket billiards tournament when he ran 127 balls straight.

1941 – Germany bombers blitzed Conventry, England.

1945 – U.S. troops reached the Elbe River in Germany.

1945 – During World War II, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany.

1947 – Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history. He played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

1951 – U.S. President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.

1961 – Israel began the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of World War II war crimes.

1968 – U.S. President Johnson signed the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

1970 – Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts did return safely.

1974 – The Judiciary committee subpoenas U.S. President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.

1979 – Idi Amin was deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by Tanzanian forces seized control.

1980 – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations specifically prohibiting sexual harassment of workers by supervisors.

1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan returned to the White House from the hospital after recovering from an assassination attempt on March 30.

1981 – In the Brixton area of London, a race riot erupted that resulted in the injury of more than 300 people.

1984 – China invaded Vietnam.

1984 – General Secretary Konstantin U. Cherenkov was named president of the Soviet Union.

1985 – Scientists in Hawaii measured the distance between the earth and moon within one inch.

1985 – The White House announced that President Reagan would visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitburg.

1986 – Dodge Morgan sailed solo nonstop around the world in 150 days.

1986 – In Groton, CT, the submarine Nautilus exhibit opened to the public.

1986 – Kellogg’s stopped giving tours of its breakfast-food plant. The reason for the end of the 80-year tradition was said to be that company secrets were at risk due to spies from other cereal companies.

1991 – U.N. Security Council issued a formal cease-fire with Iraq.

1996 – Forty-three African nations signed the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty.

1996 – Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff was killed with her father and flight instructor when her plane crashed after takeoff from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jessica had hoped to become the youngest person to fly cross-country.

1998 – Northern Ireland’s biggest political party, the Ulster Unionists, announced its backing of the historic peace deal.

1999 – Daouda Malam Wanke was designated president of Niger. President Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara had been assassinated on April 9.

2001 – China agreed to release 24 crewmembers of a U.S. surveillance plane. The EP-3E Navy crew had been held since April 1 on Hainon, where the plane had made an emergency landing after an in-flight collision with a Chinese fighter jet. The Chinese pilot was missing and presumed dead.

2007 – Apple announced that the iTunes Store had sold more than two million movies.


April recess for Congress … Speak UP ~ Heather Hargreaves

Donald Trump and his enablers in Congress continue to push their dangerous agenda on the American people, but we’re fighting back.


Members of Congress will be in their districts for the next two weeks during the April recess, meaning this is our chance to speak up and take action.

Over the last few months, people from across the country have mobilized in their communities to stand up for our shared values. And many of these people are speaking out for the first time.

Just weeks ago, the GOP was just a few votes away from passing their disastrous healthcare plan. Historic grassroots pressure helped stop this plan in its tracks, but we can’t stop now.

We know that Trump and the Republican leaders in Congress aren’t done yet. From gutting environmental protections to defunding Planned Parenthood, the GOP has only begun their assault on everything we care about.

Stand up for our values: Attend a town hall this April.

Thanks for speaking up,

Heather Hargreaves
Senior Vice President, Advocacy
NextGen Climate

the senate 4/10 April Recess **CONGRESS** Pro Forma 4/24 the house

Schedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Monday, April 24, 2017 The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted on the following dates and times:   Monday, April 10 at 1:30pm; Thursday, April 13 at 8:30am; Monday, April 17 at 4:30pm; and Thursday, April 20 at 7:20pm.   When the Senate adjourns on Thursday, April 20, it will… More

organizations like Oxfam America, Mercy Corps, and USA for UNHCR, all working to help the victims of the Syrian conflict.

 Please Help …sign the Petition  change.org

Today, the thoughts and prayers of the world are with the victims of the continued violence in Syria which reached new heights this week.

The images of women and children who were the victims of chemical attacks that emerged this week were undeniably heartbreaking and horrifying. During moments like this, it can be difficult to know how to respond. But we wanted to try to bring a little light to this dark moment. That light is the action people across the world have been taking throughout the duration of the Syrian crisis.

Helping the victims of this conflict has been the mission for many in our online community since the beginning. One such person is Dr. Hamza Al Khatib, who was one of the last remaining doctors in Aleppo until recently. Dr. Khatib called out to the world for more help, describing a nightmare situation hard to fathom.

His petition has received more than 700,000 signatures, and the need for doctors is even greater. It’s not too late to show your support for Dr. Khatib and help put a spotlight on his call to action, either by signing his petition, or sharing it if you’ve already signed.

Change.org is fortunate to partner with great humanitarian organizations. A few such organizations are Oxfam America, Mercy Corps, and USA for UNHCR, all working to help the victims of the Syrian conflict. They help make our mission of empowerment possible. Today, they could use your help. You can donate now to help the victims of the Syrian crisis no matter where you are.

Oxfam America is helping Syrian refugees get the essential supplies they need, and working to provide clean water and sanitation to those still living in Syria. Your donation may help provide families with tarps for shelter and other critical resources.

Mercy Corps has team members in eight countries helping 2.5 million people affected by the Syria crisis. Your gift may help provide emergency food kits to refugee families fleeing Syria.

USA for UNHCR is the official UN Refugee Agency. By making a donation, you’re supporting programs that may provide medicine, clean water and first-aid to Syrian children and families.

These moments are hard. There are no easy solutions and lives are at stake. We know no single donation will end the suffering of the Syrian people. But together, we can have a voice and make a difference. We don’t have to be bystanders to history. Instead, we can fight back with our activism, compassion and generosity.

No one is powerless to make change, locally or internationally. That belief drives our mission and it’s why, even in the worst of times, we find hope in a community of people like you who are shaping the world to be a better place.

Thank you.

Jason Barnaby
North American Campaigns Team