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April 20, 2011

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P��� 22 Moments in Time The History Channel On April 19, 1897, John J. McDermott of New York won the fi rst Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10. Fifteen runners started the race but only 10 made it to the fi nish line. The marathon’s distance was changed in 1908 in accordance with Olympic standards to its current length of 26 miles, 385 yards. On April 21, 1918, in the skies over France, Manfred von Richthofen, the no- torious German fl ying ace known as “The Red Baron,” is killed by Allied fi re when an Australian gunner shoots him through his chest. He was 25 years old. Von Rich- thofen had downed 80 enemy aircraft. On April 23, 1923, “Mambo King” Tito Puente is born in New York City. Bandleader and percussionist Puente helped popularize Latin dance music and jazz in America. During a career that spanned six decades, the dynamic show- man recorded more than 100 albums and won fi ve Grammy Awards. ���.D�����M��������.��� On April 22, 1937, John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson, who would become known as one of the greatest actors of his generation and famous for his role in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” is born in Neptune, N.J. In his fi rst fi lm, Nicholson played a troubled teenager in the low-budget 1958 horror fl ick, “The Cry-Baby Killer.” On April 18, 1945, Pulitzer Prize-win- ning war correspondent Ernie Pyle is killed by Japanese machine-gun fi re on Okinawa. Extremely popular, Pyle had been at the London Blitz of 1941 and saw action in North Africa, Italy, France and the Pacifi c. A monument to him exists to this day on Okinawa, describing Pyle simply as “a buddy.” On April 24, 1976, the Pittsburgh Pen- guins beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2, in 139 minutes and 15 seconds of total game play, making it the fi fth-lon- gest match in the history of the National Hockey League. A regulation hockey game lasts 60 minutes. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. Strange but True By Samantha Weaver It was French novelist, essayist and critic Marcel Proust who made the following sage observation: “There is nothing like desire for preventing the things one says from bearing any resemblance to what one has in one’s mind.” The city of Denver holds the distinction of being the fi rst major metropolitan area to allow women to vote in elections, back in 1893. Connectivity may fi nally be going too far. Way too far. Beyond death, even. It seems that someone has now invented the so- lar-powered eTomb, a headstone that stores information from the deceased’s social networking sites. Visitors to the grave can use a laptop or a smartphone to download photos, blog posts and even videos via a Bluetooth connection. Famed screenwriter and director Woody Allen started his career in show business in the 1960s as a writer for the TV series “Candid Camera.” A���� 20, 2011 In a traditional Moroccan wedding, the bride must be purifi ed in a milk bath and have her hands and feet painted with henna before the ceremony. A man named Stephen Burns holds a rather odd world record: He managed to hitchhike through all of the contiguous 48 states in less time than anyone else -- 26 days and 6 hours. You might be surprised to learn that the largest supplier of foreign oil to the Unit- ed States isn’t Saudi Arabia, Libya, Iraq or Kuwait. In fact, we buy more of our oil much closer to home: from Canada. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of all the world’s fresh water is frozen, stored in Arctic and Antarctic glaciers. Not all black bears are black; individuals in some populations around the world can be brown, white, cinnamon or even blue. *** Thought for the Day: “I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.” -- Oscar Levant (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. CAN‛T FIND “THE MESSENGER”? JOIN THE THOUSANDS READING IT ONLINE! Sign up for FREE VIP alerts when the next E-edition of the DESERT MESSENGER is available @ Between Dec. 30, 2010-Jan. 29,2011 there was 21,115 page views PUZZLE PAGE (page 20) ANSWERS

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