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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of April




April 21st


 Baron Manford von Richthofen

The Red Baron

753 B.C....According to tradition Romulus and his twin brother Remus found the city state empire of Rome.

1918...The German flying ace Baron Manford von Richthofen,  known as the "Red Baron",  is shot down.

1967...General Motors, the world's largest automaker, celebrates the manufacture of it's one millionth car.


April 22nd

The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889

The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889

1778...US Commander John Paul Jones leads a detachment from his ship, the USS Ranger, to raid the port at White Haven England. 

1889...Settlers make a mad dash at precisely high noon into the newly opened Oklahoma territory.

2004...Pat Tillman is killed while serving in Afghanistan.  Pat gave up his pro football career to enlist in the army after 9-11.


April 23rd

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

1564...William Shakespeare, the great English dramatist, is born in Stratford-on-Avon. 

1985...The Coca Cola Company changes its formula to New Coke. Six months later they returned to the original formula.

1987..Automobili Lamborghini,  the Italian based maker of performance cars, is bought by the Chrysler Corporation of America.



April 24th

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra

Benny Goodman and his Orchestra

1800...President John Adams signs an Act of Congress to establish the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

1936..."King of Swing" Benny Goodman and his trio record China Boy.  Benny Goodman is considered the most prominent Big Band Leader of his day.

1990...The Hubel Space Telescope is launched into orbit by the space shuttle Discovery.


April 25th

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

1933...Following tests around the world, school children and preschoolers are inoculated for diphtheria.

1953..Scientists James Watson and Francis Crick of Cambridge University publish an explanation of the structure of DNA.

1956...Elvis Presley has his first #1 hit on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart  with Heartbreak Hotel.  It stays there for 2 months.


April 26th

Woolworth Store

F.W. Woolworth Co

1954...In a nationwide test the new polio vaccine is given for the first time.

1986...After an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant radiation spreads throughout Europe.  This is the biggest nuclear accident in history.

1997...The Woolworth Discount Chain announces continues financial losses forcing the closing of their remaining stores after 130 years of history.


April 27th

John Milton

John Milton

1521...Portugese navigator Magellan Ferdinand is killed in the Philippines after traveling 3/4 of the way around the globe.

1667...The blind poet John Milton sells the copyright to his masterpiece Paradise Lost for a paltry 10 pounds.

1956...Rocky Marciano, the world heavyweight boxing champion, retires at age 31 as the only heavyweight champion with a perfect record 49-0.


April 28th

 Benito Mussolini    

Benito Mussolini

1789...The HMS Bounty is seized in a mutiny led by first mate Fletcher Christian on a voyage from Tahiti to the West Indies.

1945...Benito Mussolini, the dictator of Italy, and his mistress are captured and shot trying to flee to Switzerland.

1965...President Lyndon B. Johnson sends 22,000 troops to the Dominican Republic to forestall Communist dictatorship.


April 29th

Kate Middleton and Prince William

Kate Middleton and Prince William

2004...The final Oldsmobile is made at the Lansing car assembly plant in Michigan ending 106 years of production.

2011...Catherine (Kate) Middleton marries Great Britain's Prince William at Westminster Abbey in London.


April 30th

The 1939 New York World's Fair

1803...Napoleonic France and US Representatives complete The Louisiana Purchase that doubles the size of The United States.

1939...The New York World's Fair opens with the first day of television broadcasting in New York.

1948...Twenty Latin American nations in the US establish OAS, The Organization of American States, as a bulwark against Communism.





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