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This Day in History

Today is Sunday, April 28, the 118th day of 2013. There are 247 days left in the year.

Today’s Birthdays: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee is 87. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is 83. Director-actor Richard C. Sarafian is 83. Actress-singer Ann-Margret is 72. Actress Marcia Strassman is 65. Actor Paul Guilfoyle is 64. ‘‘Tonight Show’’ host Jay Leno is 63. Rock musician Chuck Leavell is 61. Actress Mary McDonnell is 60. Rock singer-musician Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) is 60. Rapper Too Short is 47. Actress Simbi Khali is 42. Actress Bridget Moynahan is 42. Actor Chris Young is 42. Rapper Big Gipp is 40. Actor Jorge Garcia is 40. Actress Elisabeth Rohm is 40. Actress Penelope Cruz is 39. Actor Nate Richert is 35. Actress Jessica Alba is 32. Actor Harry Shum Jr. (TV: ‘‘Glee”) is 31. Actress Jenna Ushkowitz (TV: ‘‘Glee”) is 27.

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In 1758, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, was born in Westmoreland County, Va.

In 1788, Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the US Constitution.

In 1789, rebelling crew members of the British ship HMS Bounty led by Fletcher Christian set Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. (Bligh and most of the men with him reached Timor in 47 days.)

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

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

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.

In 1993, the first ‘‘Take Our Daughters to Work Day,’’ was held in an attempt to boost the self-esteem of girls by having them visit a parent’s place of work. (The event was later expanded to include sons.)

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