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This Weekend in History

Saturday, April 28, 2012 - Updated: 11:10 PM

The Associated Press

Saturday, April 28, is the 119th day of 2012. Sunday, April 29, is the 120th day, leaving 246 days in the year.

Saturday's Highlight:

On April 28, 1789, there was a mutiny on the Bounty as rebelling crew members of the British ship led by Fletcher Christian set Capt. William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him managed to reach Timor in 47 days.)

Sunday's Highlight:

On April 29, 1992, rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, Calif., acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King; the violence resulted in 55 deaths and more than $1 billion in damage.

This weekend:

In 1918, Gavrilo Princip, the assassin of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the archduke's wife, Sophie, died in prison of tuberculosis.

In 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and designated Adm. Karl Doenitz president.

In 1952, war with Japan officially ended as a treaty signed in San Francisco the year before took effect. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower resigned as Supreme Allied commander in Europe; he was succeeded by Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway.

In 1961, "ABC's Wide World of Sports" premiered, with Jim McKay as host.

In 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army, the same day General William C. Westmoreland told Congress the U.S. "would prevail in Vietnam."

In 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to Watergate.

In 1988, a flight attendant was killed and more than 60 persons injured when part of the roof of an Aloha Airlines Boeing 737 tore off during a flight from Hilo to Honolulu.

Saturday's Birthdays: Harper Lee is 86. James A. Baker III is 82. Ann-Margret is 71. Marcia Strassman is 64. Jay Leno is 62. Bridget Moynahan is 41. Jorge Garcia is 39. Penelope Cruz is 38. Jessica Alba is 31.

Sunday's Birthdays: Celeste Holm is 95. Rod McKuen is 79. Zubin Mehta is 76. Jerry Seinfeld is 58. Daniel Day-Lewis is 55. Michelle Pfeiffer is 54. Eve Plumb is 54. Uma Thurman is 42. Andre Agassi is 42.

     

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