Day of Diplomacy, Hope and Zapata
April 10 marks diplomatic achievements from the beginning of US-China rapprochement to the signing of the Biological Weapons Convention and Good Friday Accords, along with the killing of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and the founding of Catholic University of America.
In Part 1, we cover the largest volcano eruption in history, the sinking of nuclear submarine Thresher and a plane crash that claimed the lives of the Police President.
Pope Leo XIII authorizes the establishment of The Catholic University of America.
Notable CUA alumni include
- Charlene Barshefsky, J.D.1975, Ambassador, United States Trade Representative under Bill Clinton
- Robert Patrick Casey, Jr., J.D. 1988, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
- Jeffrey Chiesa, J.D., 1990, U.S. Senator from New Jersey
- Thomas E. Donilon, B.A., 1977, National Security Advisor
- Edward W. Gillespie, B.A. 1983, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee
- Terence R. McAuliffe, B.A. 1979, governor of Virginia and former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee
- Martin O’Malley, B.A. 1985, former mayor of Baltimore, Maryland and former Governor of Maryland
- Henry Gibson, cast member of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In
- Susan Sarandon, B.A. 1968, Academy Award-winning actress
Zapata Killed in Ambush
Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, champion of agrarianism, who fought in guerrilla actions during and after the Mexican revolution, is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
Ping-Pong Diplomacy Begins US-China Rapprochement
On April 10, nine players, four officials, and two spouses stepped across a bridge from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland, ushering in an era of “Ping-Pong diplomacy.” They were the first group of Americans allowed into China since the Communist takeover in 1949.
Biological Weapons Convention Signed
Seventy-four (74) nations sign the Biological Weapons Convention, the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of biological weapons.
Good Friday Agreement Reached
The political deal which aimed to form the lasting settlement following the 1994 paramilitary ceasefires in Northern Ireland, known as the Good Friday Agreement, was signed on 10 April 1998. The proposals included plans for a Northern Ireland assembly with a power-sharing executive, new cross-border institutions involving the Irish Republic and a body linking devolved assemblies across the UK with Westminster and Dublin. The Irish Republic also dropped its constitutional claim to the six counties which form Northern Ireland.