THIS DAY IN HISTORY April 28, 1987: Benjamin Linder Murdered in Nicaragua

Benjamin Ernest “Ben” Linder (July 7, 1959–April 28, 1987), a U.S. engineer working on a small hydroelectric dam in rural northern Nicaragua, was killed by the U.S. CIA funded Contras. Linder and two Nicaraguans—Sergio Hernández and Pablo Rosales—were killed in a Contra ambush on April 28, 1987. Linder was wounded by a grenade and then shot at point-blank range in the head.

In addition to volunteering as an engineer, Linder participated in vaccination campaigns, using his talents as a clown, juggler, and unicyclist to entertain the local children.


THIS DAY IN HISTORY April 27, 1859: Harriet Tubman Helped Rescue Charles Nalle


“The Altruist” by Mark Priest, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 7.5′ x 7.5′. Posted here with artist’s permission.

#tdih 1859 in Troy, New York, Harriet Tubman helped rescue Charles Nalle. He was a fugitive from slavery. Read his story on the link below.
Art used by permission of Mark Priest.