On this day: April 5

Published On: Apr 02 2013 06:37:40 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 05 2016 11:00:00 PM CDT

George Washington issues the first presidential veto, the greatest hits album is born, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar captures the NBA's career scoring title, and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain kills himself, all on this day.

OTD April 5 - Matthew Shepard
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1999: In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard and agrees to testify against his friend and fellow suspect Aaron McKinney to avoid the death penalty. Both Henderson and McKinney would eventually be sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole. The murder of Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, robbed and left tied to a wooden fence post outside of Laramie in October 1998, brought national and international attention to the contention of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels. Pictured here is Shepard's mother, Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, standing next to a photograph of the fence where her son was murdered, during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on April 12, 2007, to announce the renaming of hate crime legislation in Matthew Shepard's honor.

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