Apr 13, In the Washington area volunteers led by Sarah J. Evans paid homage to the graves of Civil War soldiers. Villagers in Waterloo, NY, held their 1st Memorial Day service on May 5, 1866. In 1966 Pres. Johnson gave Waterloo, NY, the distinction of holding the 1st Memorial Day.
Apr 13, In San Francisco a woman at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, on Bartlett St. between 22nd and 23rd, discovered the stabbed and raped body of Minnie Williams (21). Minnie was last seen with medical student Theodore Durrant the night before. Police then found the body of Blanche Dumont in the church belfry. Investigators said she had been strangled 10 days earlier. Durrant was later convicted and hanged at San Quentin in 1898. The church was demolished in 1915.
Apr 13, Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke received a Pulitzer Prize for her feature about an 8-year-old heroin addict named “Jimmy.” Cooke relinquished the prize two days later, admitting she had fabricated the story.
Apr 13, In Michigan Judge Jessica Cooper sentenced Dr. Kevorkian to 10-25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig’s disease patient. He planned to appeal the sentence which would require him to serve over 6 years before being eligible for parole.
Apr 13, In Iran Roxana Saberi (31), an Iranian-American journalist, was convicted of spying and soon sentenced to 8 years in jail. She was released from jail on May 11 after an appeals court suspended her sentence.
Apr 13, In the SF Bay Area ParimaParineh (56) was killed at her Woodside home. She had a $31 million life insurance policy. May 23, 2013, her husband PooroushasbParineh (67), was convicted of murder.
Apr 13, First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to the ruins of the Haitian capital, a high-profile reminder that hundreds of thousands remain in desperate straits three months after the earthquake.
Apr 13, In San Francisco BART General Manager Dorothy Duggar resigned after accepting a severance deal worth nearly $1 million.
Apr 13, Netherlands’ Queen Beatrix officially reopened the Rijksmuseum, the country’s national museum, after a 10-year, 375 million euro ($480 million) renovation.