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This day in history

Thursday, April 11 is the 101st day of 2013. There are 264 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Ethel Kennedy is 85. Actor Joel Grey is 81. Actress Louise Lasser is 74. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman is 72. Songwriter-producer Daryl Simmons is 56. Rock musician Nigel Pulsford is 52. Country singer Steve Azar is 49. Singer Lisa Stansfield is 47. Actor Johnny Messner is 43. Actor Vicellous Shannon is 42. Rapper David Banner is 39. Actress Tricia Helfer is 39. Rock musician Chris Gaylor (the All-American Rejects) is 34. Actress Kelli Garner is 29. Singer Joss Stone is 26.

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In 1689, William III and Mary II were crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.

In 1814, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as Emperor of the French and was banished to the island of Elba.

In 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the notorious Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald in Germany.

In 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his commands in the Far East.

In 1970, Apollo 13, with astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert, blasted off on its ill-fated mission to the moon.

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