Today in History: April 4

Today in History: April 4

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0527

In Constantinople, Justin, seriously ill, crowns his nephew Justinian as his co-emperor.

1581

Francis Drake completes circumnavigation of the world.

1812

The territory of Orleans becomes the 18th state and will become known as Louisiana.

1818

The United States flag is declared to have 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars.

1841

President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in.

1862

The Battle of Yorktown begins as Union gen. George B. McClellan closes in on Richmond, Va.

1917

The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.

1918

The Battle of the Somme ends.

1941

Field Marshal Erwin Rommel captures the British held town of Benghazi in North Africa.

1949

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) treaty is signed.

1968

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

1974

Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record.

1979

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the president of Pakistan is executed.

1985

A coup in Sudan ousts President Nimeiry and replaces him with General Dahab.