Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah
image Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), formed in 1980, raises awareness of the dangers of intoxication

April 28, 2014
Week of April 28, 2014

• On April 30, 1888, a hailstorm devastates the farming town of Moradabad, India, killing 230 people and thousands of farm animals. Most of the victims died instantly when hail the size of oranges rained down from the sky, striking them.

• On April 28, 1897, the Chickasaw and Choctaw, two of the Five Civilized Tribes, become the first to agree to abolish tribal government and communal ownership of land. By 1902, the other three tribes — the Cherokees, Seminoles and Creeks — followed suit, finally throwing open all of Indian Territory to white settlement.

• On May 4, 1916, Germany responds to a demand by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson by agreeing to limit its submarine warfare. However, on Feb. 1, 1917, Germany announced the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, and the United States formally entered World War I.

• On May 2, 1933, although accounts of an aquatic beast living in Scotland’s Loch Ness date back 1,500 years, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news. The Inverness Courier newspaper related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen “an enormous animal rolling and plunging on the surface.”

• On May 1, 1941, months before its release, Orson Welles’ landmark film “Citizen Kane” begins generating such controversy that Radio City Music Hall refuses to show it. “Citizen Kane,” now revered as one of the greatest movies in history, made its debut at the smaller RKO Palace Theater and was a failure at the box office.

• On April 29, 1968, “Hair,” the now-famous “tribal love-rock musical” that introduced the era-defining song “Aquarius,” premieres on Broadway. “Hair” quickly became not just a smash-hit show, but a genuine cultural phenomenon.

• On May 3, 1980, 13-year-old Cari Lightner of Fair Oaks, Calif., is killed by a drunk driver while walking along a quiet road when the car swerves out of control and strikes her. Cari’s tragic death compelled her mother, Candy Lightner, to found the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

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