Notable Historic Events
1814...Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates his throne. Napoleon successfully fights in the French
Revolution after he graduates from
military school. The
military is currently ruling France and Napoleon eventually becomes emperor (1804). Napoleon uses his
military acumen to conquer much
of Europe. The Napoleonic Wars will take the lives of five million people. However, when Napoleon tries to conquer
Russia he is not successful. Everyone turns against him and he has to abdicate his throne. He is banished to the
Mediterranean Island of Elba. He will escape the
Island and attempt to reclaim his throne during a
period known as the Hundred Days. He is unsuccessful in this endeavor. European
solders join forces to defeat him at the
Battle of Waterloo. This time Napoleon is sent St. Helena, a more remote
Island in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. It is here,
after problems with his stomach, that his life ends at age 52.
1951...President Harry S. Truman
terminates General Douglas McArthur of command of the
United States forces in Korea.
1970...NASA attempts another mission to land on the
moon with the Apollo 13 mission. The mission is aborted because of a ruptured oxygen tank. The crew is rescued and safely
returns to earth.
1861...Confederate shore batteries fire on Fort Sumter, and the civil war begins. Fort Sumter is located
in the state of
South Carolina. At the end of 1860
South Carolinasecedes from the Union. The North has possession of Fort Sumter but the South wants it. The South
is not letting the Union resupply the fort. Finally the South decides to take over the fort by force if necessary. The
commander of Fort Sumter, Major Robert Anderson, refuses to surrender the fort, so Confederates shore batteries begin firing.
After 33 hours the white flag is raised.
1961...Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man in space and the
first man to orbit the earth.
space shuttle, Columbia, is launched from
Florida. It makes 36 orbits around the earth
and then lands on a lakebed runway at California's
Edwards Air Force Base.
George Frederic 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. He is the first
black person to win an Oscar for Best Actor.
1997...Twenty-one year old Tiger Woods wins his first major title in the
Master Tournament. He does it with a record 12 strokes.
1865...President Abraham Lincoln
is shot and mortally wounded at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.
President Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth.
Booth is an actor. He is also a Confederate sympathizer. Booth is trying to save
the Confederacy. He also plans on having the vice-president, Andrew Johnson, and the Secretary of State, William H. Seward
killed. His accomplices succeeded in injuring Seward, but vice-president Johnson is unharmed. Booth breaks his own leg jumping
out of the Presidentís box, but manages to flee the
theater. He is later found hiding in a
President Lincoln, who has been taken to a nearby
lodging house, dies the next morning. He becomes the first
U.S. President to be assassinated. It is just five days after General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate troops
at Appomattox Court House in
Virginia. The war was already over.
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. This ends nine years of conflict.
1947...When Jackie Robinson steps onto Ebbets
Field to play
for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he becomes the first African American
1992...Leona Hensley's famous quote "Only little people pay
lands her a 4-year prison term.
She ends up serving 1 1/2 years.
2011...A replica of Elvis Presley's Graceland home in Memphis,
Tennessee opens in
The Original Porsche
1948...A hand-built aluminum Porsche prototype labeled #1 becomes the first luxury
1966...The rival National
FootballLeague (NFL) and American
FootballLeague (AFL) join together to
play a championship game that becomes the Super Bowl.
2017...Fortune 500 Magazine recognizes Walmart as the nation's largest company.
1915...The Tamboravolcano in
Indonesia erupts and kills almost
100,000 people. The eruption will change the weather around the world for three years.
1961... The CIA trains
Cubans living in the United
States. They plan to return to Cuba to try
and oust the communist president Fidel Castro. This invasion will become known as the Bay of Pigs.
1964...The Ford Mustang automobile
is unveiled at theNew York World's
Mustangvehicleis named after the WWII Mustang plane,
earthquakehits San Francisco,
Earthquake is estimated to be 8.0 on the Richter Scale.
It topples buildings and starts citywide fire storms.
1956...American actress Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco
marry in a lavish
1989...Chinese students in Beijing
take to the streets to call for democracy in Communist China.
1775...British troops are trying to capture
patriot leaders. The are also looking for
patriot weapon storage. The
British meet resistence from the
Minutemen. The Minuteman are colonists who have grouped together and trained to defend the colonies. They are skilled using
weapons and inmilitary tactics. When they are needed,
they are ready. Hence the name Minutemen.
1897...The first Boston Marathon is run. It is won by John J. McDermottfrom New York. It took him two
hours and 55 minutes.
1986...Michael Jordon scores 63 points in an National
Basketball Association (NBA) playoff game, setting a postseason scoring record.
1999...In a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton,
teenage gunmen killed 13
2008...Danica Patrick, a twenty-six year old woman, becomes the first female
to win an IndyCar race. She won it in a race held in Montegi, Japan.
Notable Historic Events...take a walk
through history. See what happened on your birthday. Fun and educational.
U.S. States Clipart
... travel around the United States of America viewing the clipart and images from the 50 States.
Coloring Pages...print PDF pages to color with fun facts for children.
Card Ideas...Ideas for text for special occasion greeting cards.
Icons...small sized clipart for mailing
labels and other projects.
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