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April 1
1578 William Harvey of England discovers blood circulation

1945 US forces launch invasion of Okinawa during WW II

1954 US Air Force Academy established
1982 US formally transfers Panama Canal.

April 2
1805 Hans Christian Andersen Denmark, author of 150 fairy tales was born
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742 Charlemagne 1st Holy Roman emperor (800-14) was born

1513 Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon

1865 CSA Pres Jefferson Davis flees Confederate capital of Richmond, VA

1917 President Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

1932 Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for kidnapped son

1935 Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR

1958 Wind speed reaches 450 kph in tornado, Wichita Falls, TX (record) 
 

April 3
1860 Pony Express began between St, Joseph Missouri & Sacramento California
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1865 Union forces occupy Confederate capital of Richmond Virginia

1948 1st US figure skating championships held
 

April 4
1802 Dorothea Dix US was born

1818 Congress decided US flag is 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars

1862 Battle of Yorktown begins
Battle of Yorktown American Civil War – Battle of Yorktown

1896 Announcement of Gold in the Yukon

 

April 5
1614 Indian princess Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe

1621 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England

1792 George Washington casts 1st presidential veto

1887 Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller

 

April 6
1874 Harry Houdini famous magician/escape artist was born

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1789 1st US Congress begins regular sessions, Federal Hall, NYC

1909 1st credit union established in US 
 

April 7
1798 Territory of Mississippi organized

1860 W K Kellogg (Cornflakes) was born

1933 Prohibition ends, Utah becomes 38th state to ratify 21st Amendment 


April 8

1766 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain

1913 17th amendment, requiring direct election of senators, ratified


April 9

1682 La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1988 US imposes economic sanctions on Panama
 

April 10
1790 US Patent system established

1849 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC) sold rights for $100 The Invention of the Safety Pin

1930 Synthetic rubber 1st produced
 

April 11
1898 President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration

1945 US soldiers liberate Nazi concentration camp "Buchenwald"

1951 President Truman fires General Douglas McArthur

1960 1st weather satellite launched (Tiros 1)

1968 President Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

1981 Ronald Reagan arrives home from hospital after Hinkley shot him
 

April 12
1606 England adopts the Union Jack as its flag

1777 Henry Clay [the Great Compromiser], US politician was born

1861 Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting the Civil War

1938 1st US law requiring medical tests for marriage licenses (NY) 
 

April 13
1771 Richard Trevithick inventor (steam locomotive) was born

1899 Alfred Butts inventor of Scrabble was born

1865 Sherman's march through Georgia begins

1869 Steam power brake patented by George Westinghouse


April 14

1818 US Medical Corp forms

1828 1st edition of Noah Webster's dictionary published

1860 1st Pony Express rider arrives in SF from St Joseph, Mo

1865 President Abraham Lincoln shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth

1910 President Taft begins tradition of throwing out ball on opening day

1912 The Titanic, launched 
 

April 15
1800 James Ross discovers North Magnetic pole

1900 An early 50 mile race is won by an electric car in over 2 hrs

1900 International Exposition opens in Paris

1923 Insulin becomes available for diabetics

1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt buried on grounds of Hyde Park home 
 

April 16
1867 Wilbur Wright was born

1908 Natural Bridges National Monument established

1962 Walter Cronkite begins anchoring CBS Evening News 


April 17

1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find the Indies

1524 NY Harbor discovered by Giovanni Verrazano 


April 18

1676 Sudbury, Mass attacked by Indians 

1925 World's fair opens in Chicago 

1934 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Ft Worth, Tx) 


April 19

1982 Sally Ride announced as 1st woman astronaut


April 21

1836 Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico

1898 Spanish-American War begins PBS Spanish-American War
 

April 22
1451 Isabella I of Castile, Queen of Spain, patron of Columbus was born

1500 Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil

1509 Henry VIII ascended to throne of England

1861 Robert E Lee named commander of Virginia forces


April 23

1791 James Buchanan 15th US president (1857-61) was born


April 24

1865 Fire alarm & police telegraph system put into operation (SF)

1888 Eastman Kodak forms 


April 25

1284 Edward II king of England (1307-27) was born

1840 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Russian composer (1812 Overture) (5/7 NS) was born

1684 Patent granted for the thimble

1961 Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit


April 26

1785 John James Audubon Haiti, bird watcher/artist was born

1954 Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins 


April 27

1791 Samuel Finley Breece Morse US painter/inventor (telegraph) was born

1805 US Marines attack shores of Tripoli

1822 Ulysses S Grant (R) 18th president (1869-77) was born

1896 Wallace Hume Carothers inventor (nylon) was born

1937 1st US social security payment made 


April 28

1932 Yellow fever vaccine for humans announced

1952 WW II Pacific peace treaty takes effect


April 29

1553 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England

1813 Rubber is patented

1852 1st edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published


April 30

1789 George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of US

1798 Dept of Navy established

1803 US doubles in size through the Louisiana Purchase ($15 million)

1808 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri

1812 (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state 



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