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Today in History-April 7 Gutenburg Bible sold, Oklahoma prohibition ended

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April 7th was the day in history when…

1988: Russia announced it would withdraw its troops from Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan was sometimes referred to as the Soviet Union’s Vietnam due to its similar political circumstances and length. It was a conflict between the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan Mujahideen guerrilla movement and foreign "Arab–Afghan" volunteers. With the Democratic Republic backed by the Soviets and the guerrillas by the U.S., it served as a proxy war between the world’s superpowers.

1978: The Guttenberg Bible sold for $2,000,000 in New York City. This Vulgate edition of the Bible was the first major book to be printed using movable type and a printing press. It marked the beginning of the widespread use of printed books. It was created in Germany in the 1450s. Only a small number of complete copies remain. The last sale of a complete copy of this Bible was sold on this date in New York for $2.2 million. It now resides in Stuttgart. The asking price for it today would be in the neighborhood of $30,000,000.

1959: Oklahoma ended prohibition after 51 years. Oklahoma was a dry state since before it was granted statehood in 1907. The ban persisted due to the widespread support of the Protestant Church. Prohibition was even written into the state’s constitution. Through many arduous political and court challenges, the law persisted. It was not until long after countrywide prohibition ended that the law was repealed.

Famous Birthdays:

1975: Victoria Adams – singer, “Posh Spice”
1954: Jackie Chan. – martial arts actor
1939: Francis Ford Coppola – movie director
1931: Daniel Ellsberg – whistleblower, Pentagon Papers

Notable People Lost:

2007: Johnny Hart – cartoonist, Wizard of Id', 'B.C.'
Agatha Uwilingiyimana – Prime Minister of Rwanda (first female prime minister in Africa), assassinated
: Kurt Cobain – grunge rocker, committed suicide
1947: Henry Ford – U.S. industrialist - Ford cars

Odd Holidays (There's Always Something to Celebrate!):

World Health Day
No House Work Day
Caramel Popcorn Day

Thought for the day: If you are asked to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and you’re the main witness, what if you say "no"?

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