April 4th in history:

“Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky…”

That line from the U2 song “Pride (In the Name of Love)” refers to the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4th, 1968.  King was shot while standing on a balcony at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, during a visit to support African-American garbage workers who were on strike.  The U2 song lyric is inaccurate, because the shooting happened around 6 p.m.  In recent years, U2 lead singer Bono has changed the lyrics in live performances to “Early evening, April 4.”

News coverage of the King shooting disrupted regular TV programs in the U.S. that Thursday night, including “Bewitched.”  April 4th is the birthday of David White (1916), who played Darrin’s boss Larry Tate on “Bewitched.”  White’s family was touched by tragedy when his son Jonathan died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

“Psycho” star Anthony Perkins, born on April 4th, 1932, was married for nearly 20 years to another person who died in a terrorist attack on an airplane.  Model and actress Berry Berenson Perkins was aboard the first plane which hit the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

Coincidentally, the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the World Trade Center happened on this date in 1973.


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