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Napolean Bonaparte


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.

April 12th

Yuri Gagarin

Yuri Gagarin

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.

1981...The first 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.

April 13th

George Frideric Handel

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.

April 14

President Abraham Lincoln

President Lincoln

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 barn inVirginia. 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 Ocean.

1988...The Soviet Union withdraws its military force from Afghanistan. This ends nine years of conflict.

April 15th

Jackie Robinson

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

1992...Leona Hensley's famous quote "Only little people pay taxes" 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 Randers, Denmark.

April 16th

The Original Porche

The Original Porsche

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

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.

April 17th

The eruption of the Tambora Volcano

Tambora Volcano

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 Fair. The Mustangvehicleis named after the WWII Mustang plane,

April 18th

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

1906...A powerful earthquakehits San Francisco, California. The 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 ceremony.

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


Minuteman Statue

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.

April 20th

Michael Jordan

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, Colorado, two teenage gunmen killed 13 students.

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.

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