“Even while condemning the blockade against Cuba and the constant attempts to overthrow its government, I stand firmly on the side of all Cuban journalists, who have every right to inform and criticize without fear of persecution. Liberty is indivisible.”
—Ariel Dorfman, Chilean novelist, and human rights activist, on some 20 journalists imprisoned in Cuba, 2008 (See Committee to Protect Journalists)
On This Day . . .
. . . In 1513, explorer Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain
. . . In 1952, President Harry S. Truman seized the steel industry to avert a nationwide strike
. . . In 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home-run record with his 715th .
. . . In 1990, teenager Ryan White died of AIDS at 18.
. . . In 1994, rocker Kurt Cobain, 27, of Nirvana was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot..
. . . In 2002, Suzan-Lori Parks became the first black woman to win a Pulitzer for her play “Topdog/Underdog.”
90 . . . Betty Ford, former first lady
71. . . Seymour Hersh, investigative reporter
70 . . . Kofi Annan, former U.N. secretary-general
68 . . . John Havlicek, basketball Hall of Famer
67. . . Peggy Lennon, singer (The Lennon Sisters)
45 . . . Julian Lennon, rock musician
Sonja Henie (1912-1969), Olympic gold medal skateer and entertainer
Albert I (1875-1934), King of the Belgiams
Mary Pickford (1892-1979), Canadian-born motion-picture actress