Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
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April 14, 2014
Week of April 14, 2014

• On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic fails to divert its course from an iceberg, ruptures its hull and begins to sink. The Titanic was divided into 16 compartments that were presumed to be watertight. Because four of these compartments could be flooded without loss of buoyancy, the Titanic was considered unsinkable.

• On April 20, 1923, Tito Puente, the bandleader and percussionist who helped popularize Latin dance music in America, is born in New York City. During a career that spanned six decades, “El Rey” (The King), recorded more than 100 albums and won five Grammy Awards.

• On April 16, 1947, multimillionaire and financier Bernard Baruch first coins the term “Cold War” to describe relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, a war without fighting or bloodshed, but a battle nonetheless.

• On April 15, 1959, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The trip got off to an inauspicious start when it became clear that President Dwight Eisenhower had no intention of meeting with Castro. Instead, Eisenhower went to the golf course to avoid any chance meeting.

• On April 17, 1960, Eddie Cochran, the musician behind “Summertime Blues” and other rockabilly hits, is killed when the taxi carrying him from a show in Bristol, England, crashes en route to the airport in London, where he was to catch a flight home to the U.S. He was 21.

• On April 19, 1971, as a prelude to a massive antiwar protest that would include 200,000 demonstrators, Vietnam Veterans Against the War begin a five-day demonstration in Washington, D.C. The generally peaceful protest ended on April 23 with about 1,000 veterans throwing their combat ribbons, helmets and uniforms on the Capitol steps, along with toy weapons.

• On April 18, 1989, thousands of Chinese students continue to take to the streets in Beijing to protest government policies. The protests grew until the Chinese government ruthlessly suppressed them in June, killing thousands, during what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

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