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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of April




 April 1st

The Euro

 Euro Currency

1918...The Royal Air Force (RAF) is formed in Great Britain with the merging of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).  The need for a stronger air force became apparent to England during WWI when German air raids caused extensive damage to English cities. British pilots found themselves ill-prepared to fight against the German ace pilots.

1970...President Richard Nixon signs a bill prohibiting the advertising of cigarettes on the radio and television.  The bill also requires a warning on the packaging of the cigarettes.  The warning states "cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your heath."

1999...The Euro is adopted as the common currency in the  European Monetary Union.  Eleven countries agree to use the euro as their primary currency. The euro will go on to become the most  commonly used currency in Europe. Eventually nineteen countries will use the euro.


 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 U.S. 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.

1824...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, Tennessee hotel.  He is shot by a fugitive named James Earl Ray.


 April 5th

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes

1614...The daughter of Indian Chief Powhatan, Pocahontas, marries John Rolfe.  This will keep the peace between the settlers and the Indians for several years.

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

1951...Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are 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 six members.  By 2018 there will be over 16 million members of the church.  The Book of Mormon will be published in 100 languages and 159  LDS Temples will dot the earth.

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...Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical South Pacific debuts on Broadway.  The music is celebrated, and the play will become a favorite for both amateur and school productions.


 April 8th

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

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

1974...Hank Aaron, playing for the Atlanta Braves, hits his 715th home run.  This breaks the legendary record of 714 home runs set by Babe Ruth.

2011...Ground is broken for the future site of the first Disneyland park to be built in China. It is to be built in the city of Shanghai.


 April 9th

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee

1865...General Robert E. Lee surrenders 28,000 troops to General Ulysses S. Grant. This ends the Civil War.

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

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


 April 10th

Paul McCartney


Paul McCartney

1963...The USS Thrasher, an atomic submarine, sinks in the Atlantic Ocean.  The entire crew is killed.

1970...Paul McCartney announces the breakup of  the The Beatles.

1971...The U.S. Table Tennis Team is invited to communist China in order to  build diplomatic relations.


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