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In History

Information about a few dates in history.

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April 18, 2014

1995 - NFL legend Joe Montana announces that he will be retiring from football.
1983 - American author Alice Walker receives the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for "The Color Purple".
1980 - The Republic of Zimbabwe comes into existence.   
1942 - WWII: Doolittle Raid on Tokyo occurs.
1924 - The first crossword puzzle book is published by Simon and Schuster.
1909 - Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome.
1838 - Wilkes' expedition to South Pole.
1775 - 2 lanterns hung in Old North Church steeple in Boston, leading to the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere.
1506 - Cornerstone laid for St. Peter's Basilica.
 

DID YOU KNOW...

the bald eagles eyesight is 10 times better than a humans.

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April 17, 2014

1987 - The one and only Julius Erving (Dr. J) becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points.
1973 - FedEx begins operations, offering better options for overnight and cross-country shipping.
1964 - The Ford Mustang makes its debut.
1961 - Bay of Pigs Invasion.
1895 - Japan & China: Treaty of Shimonoseki.
1524 - New York harbor is explored by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano .
1521 - Martin Luther's Diet of Worms speech.
1492 - Spain and Christopher Columbus sign a contract for him to sail to Asia to get spices.
1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool.  He changed it every 2 innings!

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April 16, 2014

2010 - The airline industry overseas grinds to a halt as planes in the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia are determined unsafe to fly.
as a result of the volcanic ash coming from Iceland.
1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation.
1947 - Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1945 - The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin.
1943 - Dr. Albert Hofmann discovers the psychedelic effects of LSD.
1940 - Bob Feller pitches the only opening day no-hitter in MLB history, for Cleveland Indians.
1940 - The first ever televised baseball game appears on WGN-TV.
1917 - Revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returned to Russia after years of exile.
73 - The Jewish fortress Masada captured by Romans.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

there are more female than male millionaires in the United States.

 

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April 15, 2014

1992 - Jay Leno makes his last appearance as Johnny Carson's "permanent" Tonight Show guest host.
1990 - "In Living Color", the brainchild of the Wayans brothers, premieres on FOX-TV.
1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens.
1955 - First opening of a restaurant owned by Ray Kroc (in Illinois), technically the founding of McDonald's restaurants.
1947 - Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball.
1923 - Manufactured insulin becomes widely available to all diabetics.
1865 - With a famous cover and headline - the New York Times features the assassination of President Lincoln.
1850 - The incorporation of the City of San Francisco.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch procejt at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosnt mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter.

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April 14, 2014

1996 - Greg Norman has a historic collapse as he blows six stroke lead on final day & loses Masters.
1969 - Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tie for Best Actress Oscar.
1956 - The first demonstration of videotape is conducted in Chicago, Illinois.
1881 - The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight erupted in El Paso, Texas.
1865 - President Abraham Lincoln assassinated.
1828 - Webster's dictionary first published.
1775 - First pro-abolition movement established in Philadelphia, PA by Benjamin Franklin.
1434 - Construction begins on Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul.
966 - Founding of the Polish State: Dobrawa of Bohemia marries Mieszko I.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

an airplane mechanic invented Slinky while he was playing with engine parts
and realized the possible secondary use for the springs.

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April 11, 2014

1989 - Ron Hextall becomes the first goalie in NHL history to score a goal during NHL playoff game.
1976 - Apple creates the Apple I, Apple's first product.
1970 - Launch of Apollo 13.
1961 - Trial of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann.
1947 - Jackie Robinson plays for the Brooklyn Dodgers in an exhibition match.
1919 - International Labour Organization begins.
1898 - Spanish-American Treaty of Paris.
1814 - Napoleon Bonaparte exiled to Elba.
1713 - Treaty of Utrecht ends the War of the Spanish Succession.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

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April 10, 2014

2005 - Tiger Woods wins the Masters, sinking a 30-foot putt on the 16th hole.
1998 - Peace accord reached between Britain and Northern Ireland.
1970 - Paul McCartney releases his solo album, confirming rumors that the Beatles have broken up.
1960 - Senate passes landmark Civil Rights Bill.
1938 - Austria votes to merge with Germany in a referendum.
1930 - Synthetic rubber first developed by German chemical company IG Farben.
1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York, New York by Charles Scribner's Sons.
1912 - The Titanic leaves port for its ill-fated journey to New York.
1866 - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded.
 

DID YOU KNOW...

there is a giant mushroom in Oregon that is over 2,400 years old,
covers 3.4 square miles of land, and is still growing!
   

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April 9, 2014

2005 - Prince Charles marries 2nd wife Camilla.
2003 - Newly-liberated Iraqis knock over statue of Saddam Hussein, as American army enters Baghdad.
1996 - President Bill Clinton signs into law a "line-item veto", expanding the power of presidency.
1961 - The Pacific Electric Railway, the world's largest electric railway, ends operation.
1928 - Mae West opens her risque but hit Broadway play, "Diamond Lil".
1916 - Germans launched attack on a hill defended by the French, named Le Morte Homme, to outflank their front lines.
1912 - The first exhibition game ever played at Fenway Park when the Red Sox played Harvard.
1838 - National Gallery of London, largest public collection of important paintings, opens its doors.
1682 - Mouth of River (Mississippi) claimed for France by de La Salle, naming it Louisiana.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

the University of Alaska stretches over 4 time zones.

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April 8, 2014

1986 - Actor Clint Eastwood is elected mayor in his local town of Carmel, California.
1908 - Harvard University established the Harvard Business School.
1977 - The Clash release debut album.
1974 - Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, breaking Babe Ruth's record.
1960 - German land annexed by the Dutch during WWII is returned to Germany.
1952 - President Truman nationalizes steel industry.
1867 - The largest of the World's Fairs, France's "Exposition Universelle", opens in Paris.
1820 - Venus de Milo statue found on Melos.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

Betsy Ross was born with a fully formed set of teeth.

 


 
 
 
 
 

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