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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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