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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of April




April 11th


Napolean Bonaparte

Napolean Bonaparte

1814...Napoleon Bonaparte, the great military genius and Emperor of France,  is banished to the Island of Elba.

1951...President Harry S. Truman terminates General Douglas McArthur of command of the US forces in Korea.

1970...NASA launches the 3rd lunar landing mission, Apollo 13.  The mission fails the moon landing but is successfully returned.


April 12th

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

1861...The Civil war begins in the United States when Confederate shore batteries fire on Union held Fort Sumter in North Carolina.

1961...Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space and the first man to orbit the earth.

1981...The first space shuttle, Columbia, is launched from Florida and after 36 orbits lands at California's Edwards Air Force Base.


April 13th

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel

1742...George Handel's Messiah premiers in Dublin, Ireland.  The Messiah is considered one of the most sacred pieces of music of our day.

1964...Sidney Poitier wins an Academy Award for best actor in Lilies of the Field,  becoming the first black person to win Best Actor.

1997...Twenty-one year old Tiger Woods wins his first major title in the Master Tournament by a record 12 strokes.


April 14

President Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln

1865...President Abraham Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.

1912...The unsinkable RMS Titanic strikes an iceberg shortly before midnight in the North Atlantic.

1988...The Soviet Union withdraws its military force from Afghanistan ending 9 years of occupation.


April 15th

Jackie Robinson

1947...When Jackie Robinson steps onto Ebbets Field to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he becomes the first African American baseball player.

1992...Leona Hensley famous quote "Only little people pay taxes" wins her a 4-year prison term, of which she served 1 1/2 years.

2011...A replica of Elvis Presley's Graceland Estate opens in Randers, Denmark.


April 16th

The Original Porche

The Original Porche

1948...A hand-built aluminum prototype labeled #1 becomes the first luxury Porsche automobile.

1966...The rival NFL and AFL football leagues join together to play a championship game that becomes the Super Bowl.

2017...Walmart is now recognized as the nation's largest company by Fortune 500 Magazine.


April 17th

The eruption of the Tambora Volcano

The eruption of the Tambora Volcano

1915...The Tambora volcano in Indonesia erupts killing almost 100,000 people and changes the weather around the world for 3 years.

1961... CIA trains Cubans living in the US to return to Cuba to try and oust the communist president Fidel Castro.  This invasion became known as the "Bay of Pigs."

1964...The Ford Mustang automobile, named after the WWII Mustang plane,  is unveiled at the NY World's Fair.


April 18th

Grace Kelly     

Grace Kelly

1906...The Great San Francisco Earthquake, estimated at 8.0 on the Richter Scale, topples buildings and starts citywide fire storms.

1956...American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco marry in a spectacular ceremony.

1989...Chinese students in Beijing take the streets to call for democracy in Communist China.


April 19th

Minuteman Statue in Lexington, MA

1775...British troops are on a mission to capture patriot leaders and seize a patriot arsenal.  They are repulsed by armed minutemen.

1897...The first Boston Marathon was run with a time of 2:55 hours by John J. McDermott of New York.



April 20th

 Michael Jordon

1986...Michael Jordon scores 63 points in an NBA playoff game, setting a postseason scoring record.

1999...In a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, two teenage gunmen killed 13 students.

2008...In Montegi, Japan twenty-six year old Danica Patrick becomes the first female to win an IndyCar race.





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