Monthly Archive: April 2007

David Halberstam Killed in Car Crash

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam was killed in a car crash on Monday in Menlo Park, California. He was being driven from Berkeley to an interview with former NFL quarterback Y.A. Tittle when the crash occurred, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Virginia Tech Shooter Named

The University of Virginia has named the student accused of killing 32 people on campus yesterday: Cho Seung-Hui.According to a news release posted on the university’s website, Cho was 23 and was “enrolled as an undergraduate student in his senior year as an English major at Virginia Tech. Cho, a South Korean native, was in the U.S. as a resident alien with a residence established in Centerville, Virginia.”

Jackie Robinson, +60

15 April 2007 is the 60th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in American baseball. On this day in 1947, Robinson started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in Ebbetts Field. That made him the first African-American to play in baseball’s major leagues in the modern era. (Robinson’s line for his first game: 0-for-3 at the plate, one run scored, and he helped turn a double play in Brooklyn’s win ovef the old Boston Braves.)

Don Ho Gone

Entertainer Don Ho died Saturday, of heart failure in Waikiki. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin has a fine recap of his life and career.