This day in history
Today is Wednesday, April 10, the 100th day of 2019. There are 265 days left in the year.
Birthdays: Actor Max von Sydow is 90. Football Hall of Famer John Madden is 83. Reggae artist Bunny Wailer is 72. Actor Steven Seagal is 67. Folk-pop singer Terre Roche is 66. Actor Peter MacNicol is 65. Singer-producer Kenneth ‘‘Babyface’’ Edmonds is 61. Stray Cats singer-musician Brian Setzer is 60. Olympic gold medal speedskater Cathy Turner is 57. R&B singer Kenny Lattimore is 52. Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston is 52. Rapper Q-Tip is 49. Blues singer and guitarist Shemekia Copeland is 40. Singer Mandy Moore is 35. Actor Barkhad Abdi is 34. Actor Haley Joel Osment is 31.
In 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a day after surrendering the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House, said farewell to his men, praising them for their ‘‘unsurpassed courage and fortitude.’’
In 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was incorporated.
In 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
In 1925, the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel ‘‘The Great Gatsby’’ was published by Scribner’s of New York.
In 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson from the Montreal Royals.
In 1962, Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles’ original bass player, died in Hamburg, West Germany, at age 21.
In 1971, a table tennis team from the United States arrived in China at the invitation of the communist government for a good will visit that came to be known as ‘‘ping-pong diplomacy.’’
In 1998, the Northern Ireland peace talks concluded as negotiators reached a landmark settlement to end 30 years of bitter rivalries and bloody attacks.
In 2014, CBS named Stephen Colbert to succeed the retiring David Letterman as host of the ‘‘Late Show.’’
Last year, during five hours of questioning from a Senate panel, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg batted away accusations that he had failed to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the US election, though he conceded that Facebook needed to work harder to make sure the tools it creates are used in ‘‘good and healthy’’ ways.