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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of April




 April 1st

The Euro

 Euro Currency

1700...English pranksters popularize the annual tradition of April Fool's Day.

1918...The Royal Air Force is founded in Great Britain. 

1970...President Richard Nixon signs a bill prohibiting the advertising of cigarettes on the radio and television, and requiring the warning label "Cigarette Smoking May be Hazardous to Your Heath."

1999...The Euro is adopted as common currency in Europe.


 April 2nd

Ponce de León

Ponce de León

1513...Spanish explorer, Ponce de Leon goes ashore on the Florida coast and claims it for Spain.

1917...Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, takes seat in the US Capital as the first woman elected to The House of Representatives.

1917...President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war on Germany to make the world save for democracy.


 April 3rd


Jesse James

Jesse James

1860...The first pony express mail simultaneously leaves St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California.

1882...Jesse James is shot to death for the reward money by fellow gang member Bob Ford. 

2010...Apple releases the iPad tablet computer.  It sells 3 million units in the first three months.


 April 4th

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

1818...Congress decides the US Flag is to consist of 13 red and white stripes with a new star for each state in a field of blue.

1841...President William H. Harrison, the 9th president, dies of pneumonia after only one month in office.

1968...Martin Luther King is shot to death at a Memphis, TN hotel by James Earl Ray.


 April 5th

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes

1614...The daughter of Indian Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, marries John Rolfe, insuring peace between the settlers and the Indians.

1792...President George Washington exercises the first Presidential  Veto of a Congressional bill. 

1951...Julius and Ethel Rosenberg found guilty of selling atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union.

1976...American billionaire Howard Hughes dies at the age of 70.


 April 6th

The Prophet Joseph Smith

The Prophet Joseph Smith

1830...The Prophet Joseph Smith organizes The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with only 6 members.

1896...The Olympic games after 1500 years are reborn in Athens, Greece.

1909...Explorers Robert Perry and Mathew Henson claim to become the first men to reach the North Pole.


 April 7

Mt. Vesuvius

Mt. Vesuvius

1906...Mt. Vesuvius in Italy erupts, causing ash and lava to burn homes as it flows down the mountain.

1949...Still a favorite among high schools, Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific debuts on Broadway.

2012...United States painter Thomas Kinkade dies at age 54 of natural causes.


 April 8th

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

563...Buddhists celebrate the commemoration of the birth of Gautama Buddha.

1974...Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th home run, breaking the legendary record of 714 by Babe Ruth.

2011...Ground is broken for the future site of the first Disneyland park to be built in Shanghi, China.

 April 9th

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

1865...General Robert E. Lee surrenders 28,000 troops to General Ulyssees S. Grant, ending the Civil War.

1881...Billy the Kid is found guilty of killing the Lincoln County New Mexico sheriff and sentenced to hang.

1942...American General Edward King surrenders Bataan, Philippines to the  Japanese.  This is the largest contingent of US soldiers to surrender.


 April 10th

Paul McCartney


Paul McCartney

1963...The US atomic submarine USS Thrasher sinks in the Atlantic Ocean, killing the entire crew.

1970...Paul McCartney announced the legendary rock band The Beatles is breaking up.

1971...US Table Tennis Team invited to Communist China to build diplomatic relations.


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