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Today In History – April 30 – The First Presidential Inauguration (Final Post In This Series)

The first presidential inauguration – Louisiana Purchase concluded – The first federal prison for women opens – Hitler commits suicide

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Today In History – April 29 – First African-American College Chartered

Joan of Arc relieves Orleans – First African-American college chartered – William Randolph Hearst is born – Nixon announces release of White House Watergate tapes – Rodney King trial verdict announced – World War II monument opens in Washington, D.C. – The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton – The space shuttle Endeavour on last space flight today

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Today In History – April 28 – President James Monroe Is Born

President Monroe is born – Ferruccio Lamborghini born – Mussolini is executed – Flight attendant Clarabelle “C.B.” Lansing is blown out of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 – Gas pipe explodes in South Korea – Port Arthur Massacre in Australia

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Today In History – April 27 – Construction Of Freedom Tower In New York Begins

Parliament passes the Tea Act – President Grant is born – Tragedy on the Mississippi – Rocky Marciano retires as world heavyweight champion – High school freshman Little Peggy March earns a #1 hit with “I Will Follow Him” – Afghan president is overthrown and murdered – Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City

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Today In History – April 26 – Nuclear Explosion At Chernobyl

Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth dies – Polio vaccine trials begin – Nuclear explosion at Chernobyl – President Reagan visits China – The deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh – China Airlines flight 140 crashes at Nagoya Airport in Japan

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Today In History – April 25 – James Richardson Exonerated After 21 Years

Robinson Crusoe is published – Truman inaugurates White House bowling alley – Air tragedy hits Canary Islands – Andropov writes to U.S. student – A father is exonerated after 21 years – Space telescope in orbit – Boris Yeltsin’s funeral

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Today In History – April 24 – Library of Congress Established

Library of Congress established – Union issues conduct code for soldiers – Easter Rebellion begins – Forensic evidence is introduced in Australia – Churchill knighted – An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of London

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Today In History – April 23 – William Shakespeare Born

William Shakespeare born – President James Buchanan is born – Truman confronts Molotov – Hank Aaron hits first home run of his MLB career – President Ford declares Vietnam War Over for America

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Today In History – April 22 – President Richard Nixon Dies

Seduction is made illegal – An FBI agent is killed in a gangster raid – Hitler admits defeat – The first Earth Day – Former President Richard Nixon dies – The United States Air Force retires the remaining F-117 Nighthawk aircraft in service

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Today In History – April 21 – Rome Founded

Rome founded – Lincoln’s funeral train leaves D.C. – Prisoners left to burn in Ohio fire – GM celebrates 100 millionth U.S.-made car – Executions resume in California

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Today In History – April 20 – Columbine High School Massacre

New York adopts state constitution – First detective story is published – New sound process for films announced – Korean Air Lines jet forced down over Soviet Union – The Good Friday Massacre, an extremely violent ice hockey playoff game, is played in Montreal, Canada – Columbine High School massacre

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Today In History – April 19 – Oklahoma City Bombing

The American Revolution begins – First blood in the Civil War – First Boston Marathon held – Earthquake rocks Guatemala – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins – South Dakota governor George Mickelson and seven others are killed when a state-owned aircraft crashes in Iowa – The 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die – Oklahoma City bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building explodes

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Today In History – April 18 – The Great San Francisco Earthquake

The Great San Francisco Earthquake – Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome – BBC Radio announces that there is no news on that day – Suicide bomber destroys U.S. embassy in Beirut – The United States launches Operation Praying Mantis – Chinese students protest against government – Fifty-year-old Mark Martin wins NASCAR race

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Today In History – April 17 – Benjamin Franklin Dies

Benjamin Franklin dies – Volcanic eruption kills 80,000 – JFK waits for word on the Bay of Pigs invasion – Apollo 13 returns to Earth – Sami Hammad, a Palestinian suicide bomber, detonates an explosive device in Tel Aviv, killing 11 people and injuring 70

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Today In History – April 16 – Charlie Chaplin Born

Washington leaves Mt. Vernon for his inauguration – Charlie Chaplin born – Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered – Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” – Texas City explodes – Apollo 16 departs for moon

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Today In History – April 15 – “Unsinkable” Titanic Sinks

Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain – President Lincoln dies – “Unsinkable” Titanic sinks – Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier – Hillsborough disaster

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Today In History – April 14 – President Abraham Lincoln Assassinated

Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language is printed – President Abraham Lincoln Shot – U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell – Titanic hits iceberg – The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden – President Truman receives NSC-68 – U.S. bombs Libya

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Today In History – April 13 – Thomas Jefferson Is Born

Thomas Jefferson is born – British attack at Bound Brook, New Jersey – Apollo 13 oxygen tank explodes – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth – Chicago Flood – Tiger Woods wins first major

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Today In History – April 12 – First Space Shuttle Launched

British repeal hated Townshend Act – The Civil War begins – First movie “palace” opens –  President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies – First man in space – First space shuttle launched – A female suicide bomber detonated at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market

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Today In History – April 11 – Apollo 13 Launched To Moon

Napoleon exiled to Elba – Truman relieves MacArthur of duties in Korea – Apollo 13 launched to moon

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Today In History – April 10 – First Color 3-D Film, The House of Wax, Opens

ASPCA is founded – The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage – First color 3-D film opens – Atomic submarine sinks in Atlantic – Tiger Woods wins fourth Masters

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Today In History – April 09 – First Astronauts Introduced

Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska –  Tornado reduces Oklahoma town to rubble – First astronauts introduced – The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) makes its maiden flight – “Chicago Eight” plead not guilty – John Major’s Conservative Party wins an unprecedented fourth general election victory in the United Kingdom – Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles marry

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Today In History – April 08 – Hank Aaron Sets New Home Run Record

Britain and France sign Entente Cordiale – California road race kills five – WPA established by Congress – President Harry Truman calls for the seizure of all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike – BOAC Flight 712 catches fire shortly after take off – Hank Aaron sets new home run record

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Today In History – April 07 – The Internet’s Symbolic Birth Date

Eisenhower gives famous “domino theory” speech – JFK lobbies Congress to help save historic sites in Egypt – The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1 – Twin ferry accidents on opposite ends of world – The Rwandan genocide

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Today In History – April 06 – First Modern Olympics Is Held

Mormon Church established – John Tyler is inaugurated as 10th president – Oscar Wilde arrested –  First modern Olympics is held – Train falls off bridge in Brazil – Sam Sheppard dies

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Today In History – April 05 – George Washington Exercises First Presidential Veto

Washington exercises first presidential veto – Rosenbergs sentenced to death for spying – Winston Churchill resigns – NASCAR legend Lee Petty dies

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Today In History – April 04 – Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

Washington begins march to New York – President William Henry Harrison dies after one month in office – Los Angeles, California is incorporated as a city – Lincoln dreams about a presidential assassination – NATO established – Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech – Dr. Martin Luther King assassinated – Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania

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Today In History – April 03 – Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown Killed in Plane Crash in Croatia

Pony Express debuts – Truman signs Marshall Plan – The Louisiana Hayride radio program premieres on KWKH-AM Shreveport – Series of deadly twisters hits U.S. heartland – United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown Killed in plane crash in Croatia

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Today In History – April 02 – Florida Discovered

Florida Discovered – President Woodrow Wilson asks for declaration of war – “The Desert Fox” recaptures Libya – Anthrax poisoning kills 62 in Russia – President Jimmy Carter signs the Crude Oil Windfall Profits Tax Act in an effort to help the U.S. economy rebound – Argentina invades Falklands – Pope John Paul II Dies

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Today In History – April 01 – British Royal Air Force Is Founded

April Fools tradition popularized – First U.S. House of Representatives elects speaker – Florida Governor commits suicide – British Royal Air Force is founded – Alaskan earthquake triggers massive tsunami – Nixon signs legislation banning cigarette ads on TV and radio – Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

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