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April 1st

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The Euro

Euro

1918... The Royal Air Force (RAF) is formed in Great Britain with the merging of the Royal Flying Corps  and the Royal Naval Air Service. 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 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...Ponce de Leon becomes the first explorer to go ashore on the Florida coast. He is exploring the Caribbean sea when he sees the present day coast of Florida. He thinks it is an Island. He goes ashore and claims the land for Spain, his native country. He names the land Florida, which means "full of flowers" in Spanish. It is thought that Ponce de Leon was trying to find the mythical Fountain of Youth. While he did not put that goal in his official journals, there are rumors that he was told by Native Indians of its existence in the Americas.

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 asks Congress to declare war on Germany to make the world safe 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 Bob Ford. Ford is a new member of Jesse's gang. Ford dislikes Jesse and decides to kill him for the reward money. He shoots him in the back while he is unarmed. In order to receive his reward money, Ford turns himself in to the authorities. To his dismay he is charged with murder and then sentenced to hang. However, just a few hours after his sentencing he receives a full pardon from Governor Thomas Crittenden.

2010...Apple releases the iPad tablet computer. Three million of them are sold in the first three months.

April 4th

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

1824...Congress decides on the design of the US Flag. It is to have a total of 13 red and white stripes, and a star for each state. The star is to be place in a field of blue.

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

1968...Martin Luther King, Jr. 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...Pocahontas, the daughter of Indian Chief Powhatan, marries John Rolfe. This will keep the peace between the settlers and the Indians for several years.

1792... President George Washington uses the presidential power of the veto for the first time. President Washington will use the power of the veto just once in his first term and just once during his second term. The first bill that he vetoes is called the Apportionment Bill. With this bill the Congress tries to alter the number of delegates in the House of Representatives. President Washington thinks this bill violates the Constitution. He vetoes it and his veto stands, as Congress fails to override it.

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 2020 there will 16.3 million members of the church. The Book of Mormon will be published in 100 languages and 169 LDS Temples will dot the earth.

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

1909...Explorers Robert Perry and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole, although some dispute their claims.

April 7th

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, against the orders of General MacArthur. 78,000 troops are taken captive by the Japanese. This is the largest surrender of US Troops in history.

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. Fans around the world are stunned.

1971...The U.S. Table Tennis Team is invited to communist China. This is a move to enhance diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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