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April 2016
Is April (Truly) "The Cruellest Month"?
(apologies to T.S. Eliot)

753 BC   Rome is founded (traditional date)

1429     French troops led by Joan of Arc lift the siege of Orleans
1492     Spain gives Christopher Columbus the commission of exploration
1513     Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon claims Florida for Spanish
         crown after Landing at the site of present day St Augustine,
         now the oldest city in the continental U.S.
1581     Francis Drake completes a circumnavigation of the world
1587     Sir Francis Drake sinks the French fleet
1719     "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe published.
1775     "The shot heard around the world" launches the American
         Revolution in Lexington, Mass
1789     Mutiny on the Bounty
1789     George Washington takes oath of office in NYC
1803     The US begins the process of purchasing the Louisiana Territory
         from Trance for $15 million
1814     Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba
1861     The American Civil War begins as Confederate troops fire on
         Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina
1865     General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant
         at Appomattox Court House
1865     President Abraham Lincoln assassinated
1896     First Olympics of the modern era held in Athens, Greece after
         break of 1500 years
1912     Titanic sinks on maiden voyage from Southampton to New York
1898     Spain declares war on the United States starting the
         Spanish-American War
1899     Spain cedes Puerto Rico to the United States
1917     U.S. entered World War I in Europe
1933     The Gestapo is established.
1937     During the Spanish Civil War, Guernica was bombed by German
         warplanes
1939     New York World's Fair
1943     Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
1945     Mussolini and associates shot by Italian partisans in Milan
1948     President Harry S. Truman signed the European Recovery
         Program, better known as the Marshall Plan
1949     Twelve nations sign treaty creating NATO, the North Atlantic
         Treaty Organization
1952     Diary of Anne Frank Published
1953     The double helix structure of DNA is first described
1961     Bay of Pigs
1961     Yuri Gagarin Becomes First Man in Space
1971     US table tennis team begins week of Ping Pong Diplomacy visit
         to the People's Republic of China
1975     South Vietnam Surrenders
1976     Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve
         Wozniak
1980     Failed Attempt to rescue US Embassy Tehran Hostages
1981     The computer mouse is introduced
1982     Falkland Islands War begins as troops from Argentina invaded
         and occupied the British colony
1985     The Coca-Cola Company launches New Coke
1986     Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown
1989     The Polish labor union Solidarity was granted legal status
         after nearly a decade of struggle
1989     Tiananmen Square student Protest
1990     The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle
         Discovery
1993     Waco Cult standoff ends in flames
1994     South Africa holds its first multiracial elections
1995     Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombed Oklahoma City,
         Oklahoma
2005     Pope John Paul II Dies

April Birthdays

 121   Marcus Aurelius
 570   Muhammed
 742   Charlemagne
1336   Tamerlane
1452   Leonardo da Vinci
1564   William Shakespeare
1729   Catherine the Great of Russia
1743   Thomas Jefferson
1850   Otto von Bismarck
1870   Vladimir Lenin
1889   Adolf Hitler


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