On this day in 1348, the Order of the Garter, the first English order of knighthood, was created. The word hillbilly was used in print for the first time today in 1900. On this day in 1945, the Soviet Army entered the outskirts of Berlin proper. Ken Johnson of the Houston Astros threw a no-hitter against the Reds on this day in 1964... and lost 1-0, becoming the first pitcher ever to lose a no-hitter. Sergei Prokofiev was born this day in 1891. Today in 1899 saw Minoru Shirota, the creator of Yakult, probiotic drink company and owner of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows baseball team. The debut album by The Ramones was released today in 1976. Timothy McVeigh was born in 1968 on this day.
And on the North Side of Chicago in 1968, in a hospital somewhere in the vicinity of Wrigley Field (which hosted its first baseball game on April 23, 1914, under the name Weeghman Park), unto this unsuspecting world was inflicted a Wonderduck.