April 5th – 11th
* In 1957 the Suez Canal was reopened after tense negotiations.
This marked the opening of the largest canal on record until January 26, 2009 when Nadya Suleman gave birth to Octuplets.
* In 1961 the Holocaust’s most famous planner, Adolph Eichmann, went on trial in Jerusalem.
Eichmann was the Nazi official known chiefly as the author of “The Final Solution”. However he also authored the best-sellers “Genocide for Dummies” and “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ridding Europe of the Jewish Menace”.
* In 1992 retired Tennis Great Arthur Ashe announced he had contracted AIDS from tainted blood given to him during a heart operation.
This taught millions of people the World over that you should never, ever receive open-heart surgery while having sex with a gay guy.
* In 2005 Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles.
It was a quiet ceremony with the couple exchanging their “I do’s” at Windsor Castle with a few friends on hand. Afterwards there were Tea and Crumpets and then the groom took the bride back to her stall after riding her in a quick game of polo.
Q. On April, 11, 1865 who gave his last public speech?
A. Abraham Lincoln
Many people of course remember the Gettysburg Address for its soaring poetry but no one remembers this speech - probably because it was so short.
Apparently earlier in the day the President had eaten some bad food and ended the talk by saying, “Sorry folks, but I gotta go ‘cause I’m about to drop one hell of a Lincoln Log”.