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In April of 1912, the violinist of the Titanic was billed posthumously
for the cost of his uniform, since his wages werent enough
to cover the cost of the brass buttons. When asked if the White
Star Line would return his body to the family, they replied that
standard shipping rates would apply.
April 1 History
April 1 is known as April Fools Day or All Fools' Day in many countries.
1392 - Some say... the first reference to April Fools day was in
Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". Sort of true - it was
probably a mistaken reference to March 32 in the story.
1789 - Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad Muhlenberg
was elected as the first US Speaker of the House of Representatives.
1853 - The first professional, full time US fire department with
salaried firemen was established in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1875 - Sir Francis Galton published the first newspaper weather
map, in The Times in London, England
1877 - Edward Schieffelin founded Tombstone, Arizona, best known
as the place where Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers had their
shoot-out with the Clantons and McLaurys at the O.K. Corral in 1881
1934 - Bonnie and Clyde kill two young highway patrolmen near Grapevine,
1938 - The first panda to live in captivity outside China, Su Lin,
died after a twig lodged in his throat at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago.
1957 - The BBC broadcast the 'spaghetti-tree hoax' on its current
affairs program Panorama, showing spaghetti being harvested from
1960 - The first weather observation satellite, Tiros I, was launched
from Cape Kennedy, Florida and made the first television picture
1960 - Dr. Martens released its first boots, the model 1460.
1963 - ABC premiered General Hospital, the daytime drama
that eventually become the network's longest-running (oap opera)
serial program produced in Hollywood. On the same day, NBC debuted
1970 - President Richard Nixon signed legislation officially banning
cigarette ads on television and radio.
1976 - Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs Steve Wozniak,
and Ronald Wayne.
1977 (Tornado) Madaripur and Shibchar, Bangladesh
1979 - Nickelodeon kid's cable channel was launched
1984 - Singer Marvin Gaye was shot three times and killed by his
father during a domestic dispute.
1997 - As part of a crossover April Fools joke, Pat Sajak hosted
Jeopardy and Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune.
2004 - Gmail was announced on April 1, 2004, making many believe
that the service was a joke.
April 2 History
1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed near what is now
called St. Augustine, Florida and declared the land for Spain.
1792 - The Coinage Act was passed, establishing the United States
1827 - Lead pencils were began being manufactured by Joseph Dixon,
who built his factory in Salem, Massachusetts
1882 - Tombstone reads, "Jesse W. James, Died April 3, 1882,
Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days, Murdered by a traitor and a coward
whose name is not worthy to appear here." Jesse James was shot
and killed by frenemy Robert Ford for the reward money. There was
a $5,000 bounty on the bank-robber, but they gave Ford $500, and then
1902 - "Electric Theatre", the first full-time movie theater
in the United States, opened in Los Angeles.
1917 - The first woman ever elected to the US Congress, Jeannette
Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from Montana.
1953 - The journal Nature published a paper with this date
from Francis Crick and James Watson, titled Molecular Structure of
Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid, in which
they described a double helix structure for DNA.
1956 - As the World Turns and The Edge of Night first
aired on the CBS network in the United States, as the first half-hour
1956 - Elvis Presley sang Heartbreak Hotel on the Milton
Berle Show, with an estimated 25% of the United States population
1973 - The first portable cell phone call was placed in New York City.
1973 - Launch of the LexisNexis legal research service.
1978 - Dallas premiered on CBS.
1978 - Velcro, the hook-and-loop fastener patent, expired. Velcro
comes from "vel" or velvet and "cro" from the
French word crochet which means hook.
1992 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of murder and
racketeering and is later sentenced to life in prison.
1992 - Pope John Paul II died.
1996 - Suspected 'Unabomber'Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his
April 3 History
1860 - Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay teams,
simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
They used horses, not ponies.
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his engine
1891 - Emma Elizabeth Smith may have been the first murdered by Jack
the Ripper in Whitechapel, London.
1953 - TV Guide published its first issue
1955 - The American Civil Liberties Union announced it would defend
Allen Ginsberg's book Howl against obscenity charges.
1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show.
1966 - The USSR's Luna 10, the first spacecraft to orbit the moon,
entered lunar orbit and completed its first orbit 3 hours later.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I've Been to the Mountaintop
speech. in Memphis, Tennessee.
1973 - The first portable phone call was placed by inventor Martin
Cooper to Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.
1978 - At the 50th annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion in Los Angeles, Woody Allen's Annie Hall won the Oscar
for Best Picture of 1977.
1981 - The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, was
unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
1986 - Merv Griffin sold Merv Griffin Enterprises, to The Coca-Cola
Company, for $250,000,000.
1996 - "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski was captured at his
cabin in Montana.
2000 - Microsoft was ruled to have violated United States antitrust
law by keeping "an oppressive thumb" on its competitors.
2010 - Apple released the first generation iPad, a tablet computer.
April 4 History
1561 - UFOs were reported flying over Nuremberg, German
1841 - US President Harrison died of pneumonia after one month in
1850 - Los Angeles, California was incorporated as a city.
1871 - Mary Florence Potts of Ottumwa, Iowa Patented (#113,448) the
"Mrs. Potts' sad iron" - a set of three irons witha detachable
handle, so two irons could be heating up while you were using the
1877 -A pianist performed in Philadelphia, and an audience heard the
performance in New York, via the telephone.
1932 - Professor C. Glen King, of the University of Pittsburgh, discovered
1933 - Akron, a dirigible, crashed in New Jersey, killing 73 people.
1949 - Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1964 - The Beatles occupied all of the top five positions on the Billboard
singles chart in the United States, with Can't Buy Me Love,
Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your
Hand, and Please Please Me.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated by James Earl Ray in
1969 - CBS abruptly cancelled The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,
and replaced it with Hee Haw. Hee Haw episodes were
ready to premiere in mid-June.
1973 - The World Trade Center in New York was officially dedicated.
1975 - Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and
Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1983 - Space Shuttle Challenger made its maiden voyage into space
2013 - Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died
April 5 History
1614 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas married English colonist
1753 - The British Museum was founded with the purchase of the 50,000
volume library of Sir Hans Sloane and his collection of 69,352 items
of nature and art.
1922 - The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood,
1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-type
1933 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102
"forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold
Certificates" by US citizens.
1936 (Tornado) Tupelo, Mississippi
1949 - Fireside Theater debuted on NBC.
1987 - FOX debuted two shows, Married... with Children and
The Tracey Ullman Show.
1991 - Katie Couric was designated a co-host of the Today Show.
1994 - Lead Singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain committed suicide, and
was found three days later.
1997 - The Crocodile Hunter premiered on Animal Planet
2006 - The first case of H5N1 avian flu was confirmed in the UK after
tests on a dead swan found in Cellardyke, Fife.
2012 - Scandal premiered on ABC
April 6 History
648 BC - Earliest solar eclipse recorded by the Ancient Greeks.
1748 - Excavations began at Pompeii, covered by an eruption of Mount
Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1830 - The Mormon Church was founded in Fayette Township, New York,
by Joseph Smith.
1852 - Edward Sabine announced that the 11 year sunspot cycle was
"absolutely identical" with Earth's geomagnetic cycle.
1895 - Oscar Wilde was arrested, and later found guilty of being a
homosexual, and sentenced to two years of hard labor.
1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic Games 1,500
years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
1930 - Hostess Twinkies snack cakes were invented by James 'Jimmy'A.
Dewar, at the Continental Baking Company in Chicago
1931 - Little Orphan Annie debuted on the Blue Network of NBC.
1936 (Tornado) Gainesville, Georgia.
1938 - Roy J. Plunkett and Jack Rebok accidentally discovered the
chemical compound polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), later marketed as
Teflon by DuPont.
1947 - The first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievement.
1957 -Trolley cars in ended service in New York City.
1965 - Launch of Early Bird, the first commercial communications satellite
to be placed in geosynchronous orbit via NASA by the Space and Communications
Group of Hughes Aircraft Company.
1966 - Hundred of children and thier teachers reported seeing a UFO
over Melbourne, Australia.
1973 - NASA launched Pioneer 11 to Jupiter and Saturn.
1974 - Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden.
ABBA went on to pop music success for much of the 1970s.
1998 - Travelers and Citicorp merged (the merger wascompleted on October
8) forming Citibank.
April 7 History
1795 - France adopted the metre as the unit of length and the base
of the metric system.
1896 - Patent (#557,994) for "justifying lines of type"
was issued to Tolbert Langston.
1906 (Volcano) Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples.
1927 -The first public display of a long distance television transmission
was viewed by a group of newspaper reporters and dignitaries in the
auditorium of AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York, via
telephone lines from Washington, DC.
1933 - Prohibition in the United States was repealed for beer of no
more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
1940 - Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to
be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
1945 - Japanese battleship Yamato was sunk by Allied forces off the
coast of Okinawa.
1946 - Syria's independence from France was officially recognised.
1948 - The World Health Organization was established by the United
1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous "domino
theory" speech, regarding communism in Southeast Asia.
1959 - The first distinguishable echo was recorded of a radar signal
bounced off the Sun by the Radioscience Laboratory at Stamford University.
1967 - Film critic Roger Ebert published his first film review in
the Chicago Sun-Times.
1969 - The Internet's symbolic birth date: Publication of RFC 1 (A
Request For Comments).
1970 - John Wayne won Best Actor Oscar for his role in 1969's True
1970 - Midnight Cowboy won in the Best Picture, Best Director
and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars.
1980 - The United States severed relations with the Islamic Republic
2001 - Mars Odyssey was launched to orbit Mars. The mission was named
as a tribute to Arthur C. Clarke, after his book 2001: A Space
April 8 History
1730 - Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City, was
1820 - The Venus de Milo statue was discovered on the Aegean island
1838 (Tornado) Calcutta, India.
1873 - The first commercially successful margarine manufacturing process
was Patented (No. 137,564) by Alfred Paraf of New York.
1879 - "Fire Escape Ladder" was Patented (#214,224) by J.R.
1879 - Echo Farms Dairy Co. of New York sold milk in glass bottles
for the first time in the US.
1952 - US President Harry Truman announced the seizure of all domestic
steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1953 - Man in the Dark, the first 3D motion picture produced
and released by a major company, opened at the Globe Theater in New
1959 - A team of computer manufacturers, users, and university people
led by Grace Hopper met to discuss the creation of a new programming
language, leading to COBOL.
1964 - Gemini 1, an unmanned test flight, was launched.
1990 - Twin Peaks premiered on ABC
1994 - Lead Singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was found dead, having
committed suicide three days earlier.
2005 - Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph agreed to plead guilty. A
security guard named Richard Jewell was initially considered the prime
suspect in the case.
April 9 History
1865 - At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee
surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, ending
the US Civil War.
1867 - The Alaska Purchase - the United States bought Alaska from
the Russian Empire for $7.2 million, in a treaty ratified by the US
1945 - The United States Atomic Energy Commission was formed.
1947 (Tornado) Higgins, Texas and Woodward, Oklahoma.
1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts
for Project Mercury. They were Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John
Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton
- the "Mercury Seven"
1962 - Sophia Loren won Best Actress Oscar for Two Women.
1965 - Astrodome opened with the first indoor baseball game is played.
It was an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York
Yankees. The Astros won 2-1.
1967 - The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight.
1974 - Phil Brooks was issued a US patent (#3,802,434) for a disposable
1981 - Nature published the longest scientific name in history.
With 16,569 nucleotides, the systematic name for human mitochondrial
DNA is 207,000 letters long. That would be over 1000 typical web pages.
1998 - The Price Is Right aired their milestone 5,000th episode.
Every prize given away on that episode was a car.
April 10 History
1710 - The Statute of Anne, the first law regulating copyright, was
enacted in Great Britain.
1790 - The US Patent office was approved by George Washington.
1815 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Tambora (Year Without A Summer). The
eruption lasted 3 months, killing 10,000 people directly and 80,000
more via disease and famine.
1849 - The first US Patent (#6,281) for a safety pin was issued to
Walter Hunt of New York City.
1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(ASPCA) was founded in New York City.
1906 - O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi was published.
1916 - The Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA) was
founded in New York City.
1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published.
1953 - The House of Wax, in 3-D and starring Vincent Price,
opened at New York's Paramount Theater.
1963 - USS Thresher, an atomic submarine, sank in the Atlantic Ocean,
killing the entire crew of 129.
1970 - Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles
1971 - The People's Republic of China hosted the US table tennis team
for a week-long visit.
2009 - Parks and Recreation premiered on NBC
2010 - Matt Smith debuted as the eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who
on BBC America
2014 - Kathleen Sebelius resigned as Secretary of the United States
Department of Health and Human Services, after the faulty rollout
April 11 History
1876 - The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in
New York City.
1876 - The stenotype was patented (#175,892) by John C. Zachos of
New York City
1909 - The city of Tel Aviv was founded.
1919 - The International Labor Organization(IOL) was founded.
1945 - The American Third Army liberated the Buchenwald concentration
camp, near Weimar, Germany.
1957 - The Ryan X-13 Vertijet became the first jet to take-off and
land vertically, at Edwards Air Force Base, California.
1963 - Pope John XXIII issues Pacem in terris (Peace on Earth)
- the first encyclical addressed to all instead of to Catholics alone.
1964 (Tornado) Bhabanipur, Bangladesh
1970 - Apollo 13 was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida,
carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W.
Haise. The difficult trip back home was the topic of the film, Apollo
1976 - The Apple Computer 1 (Apple I) was created. They were initially
all hand-built by Steve Wozniak.
1981 - Van Halen's lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen married One Day
at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli
1988 - Cher (Cherilyn Sarkasian) won the Academy Award for Best Actress
for her performance in 1987's Moonstruck.
1989 - The Philadelphia Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes the first goaltender
in NHL history to score a goal in the playoffs.
2006 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had
successfully enriched uranium.
April 12 History
1606 - The Union Jack (the Union Flag) was adopted as the flag of
English and Scottish ships.
1633 - Galileo was convicted of heresy, for announcing that the Earth
revolved around the Sun.
1892 - The first US Patent (#472,692) for a portable typewriter, the
Blickensderfer, was issued to George Blickensderfer of Stamford, Connecticut.
1914 - Mark Strand Theatre opened in New York City. It was the first
official "movie theater."
1934 - The strongest surface wind gust ever recorded on Earth, at
231 mph, was measured on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
1945 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt died while in office and Vice
President Harry Truman became President upon Roosevelt's death.
1955 - The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was declared
safe and effective.
1961 - Aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich
Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space.
1981 - The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia), named NASA's
1987 - 21 Jump Street premiered on FOX.
1992 - The Euro Disney Resort officially opened with its theme park
Euro Disneyland. It was later renamed Disneyland Paris.
1994 - Laurence Canter created a software program that flooded Usenet
message board's with a notice for the 'Green Card Lottery' to solicit
business for his law firm of Canter & Siegel, in an early instance
of commercial spam.
1995 - Drew Barrymore appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman
and, because it was his birthday, she danced on his desk and flashed
him on the air.
April 13 History
1204 - Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade.
1570 - Guy Fawkes was born (died in 1606)
1742 - Handel's Messiah premiered in Dublin, Ireland.
1743 - US President Thomas Jefferson, born April 13, 1743 in Albemarle
County, Virginia, died on July 4, 1826 in Albemarle County, Virginia.
1829 - The Roman Catholic Relief Act gave Roman Catholics in the
United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in the UK's Parliament.
1869 - The first US Patent (#88,929) for an air brake was issued
to George Westinghouse of Schnectady, N.Y., called an "Improvement
in steam-power-brake devices".
1870 - The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded.
1902 - James C. Penney (now Penneys) opened his first store in Kemmerer,
1943 - The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.
1970 - An oxygen tank exploded on Apollo13, but everyone survived.
It was also the major plot for the 1995 film, Apollo 13.
1974 - Western Union, with NASA and Hughes Aircraft, launched the
US' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar
1976 - The United States Treasury Department reintroduced the two-dollar
bill as a Federal Reserve Note.
1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to win the Masters
April 14 History
1775 - The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held
in Bondage was organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin
Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
1828 - Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the English
1863 - The US Patent (No. 38,200) for a continuous-roll printing press
was issued to William Bullock, enabling two sides of a newspaper to
be printed at once. It was first used by the New York Sun.
1865 - John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at
a play (Our American Cousin) at Ford's Theater in Washington,
1881 - Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight occurred on El Paso Street,
El Paso, Texas. Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire accounted for three of
the four fatalities with his twin .44 caliber Colt revolvers.
1912 - RMS Titanic hit an iceberg, killing 1514 people that evening,
and into the next day.
1933 - Jack Mackay and his wife reported seeing the Loch Ness Monster
- 'Nessie', although the earliest report was in 565 AD, when St. Columba
turned away a giant beast that was threatening a man in the Ness River,
which flows into the lake.
1935 - 'Black Sunday Storm' - the worst dust storm of the US Dust
Bowl, hit from the Oklahoma Panhandle and Northwestern Oklahoma to
the Texas Panhandles.
1939 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was first published
by the Viking Press.
1953 - The CIA started to give unwitting subjects LSD in a search
for a mind-controlling drug.
1961 - The manmade element 103 - Lawrencium (Lw), was produced in
the US by Albert Ghiorso, Torbjørn Sikkeland, Almon Larsh and
Robert M. Latimer.
1969 (Tornado) East Pakistan, Pakistan
1969 - Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand
(Funny Girl) tied for Best Actress Oscar
1984 - My Little Pony premiered, in syndication
1990 - In Living Color premiered on FOX
1994 - The 24-hour movie channel Turner Classic Movies made its debut.
2003 - The Human Genome Project was completed with 99% of the human
genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
April 15 History
1755 - Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language
was published in London.
1817 - The Erie Canal was authorized, to link between Buffalo on Lake
Erie and the Hudson River at Albany New York,
1892 - The Edison General Electric Company (General Electric Company)
1912 - Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, near Newfoundland
& Nova Scotia, Canada, after hitting an iceberg the night before.
1912 - The fourth dimension was referred to 'as Time' by Albert Einstein.
1923 - Insulin became available for use by people with diabetes.
1924 - Rand McNally published its first road atlas.
1927 - The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began.
1941 - Igor Ivor Sikorsky made the first helicopter flight over one-hour
duration in his Vought-Sikorsky VS-300.
1947 - Jackie Robinson, became the first African-American player in
Major League Baseball when he played at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn,
for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1955 - McDonald's opened its first franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc,
in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1964 - Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel was opened to traffic, connecting
the Eastern Shore to Virginioa Beach.
1983 - Tokyo Disneyland opens to the public.
1984 - The inaugural World Youth Day was held in Saint Peter's Square,
2013 - At approximately 2:50 PM (EDT), in a terrorist attack, two
explosions around Copley Square were caught live on camera during
the telecast of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 260.
April 16 History
73 AD - Masada, a Jewish fortress, fell to the Romans after several
months of siege.
1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, gunslinger Bat Masterson fought his
last gun battle. He paid an $8 fine and retired.
1908 - Natural Bridges National Monument was established in Utah.
1910 - The Boston Arena opened.
1912 - American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first female pilot
to fly across the English Channel. She was also the first US licensed
1943 - Albert Hoffmann accidently discovered the psychedelic effects
of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
1947 - The Texas City Disaster, ammonium nitrate explosion killed
1947 - Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the unveiling of his
portrait in the South Carolina House of Representatives, coined the
term 'Cold War'to describe relations between the United States and
the Soviet Union.
1962 - Walter Cronkite became the news anchor for the CBS network.
1990 - 'Doctor Death', Jack Kevorkian, participated in his first assisted
suicide. Janet Adkins was the patient, in Detroit, Michigan.
1995 - Governor George W. Bush named April 16 as Selena Day in Texas,
after the singer was killed two weeks earlier.
2007 - Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and
injured 17 before committing suicide.
April 17 History
1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer told The Canterbury Tales for the first
time at the court of Richard II.
1815 (Volcano) Tambora volcano in Indonesia killed almost 100,000
1861 - The first oil well fire occurred at the Little and Merrick
well at Oil Creek, near Rouseville, Pennsylvania, killing 19 people.
1897 - A UFO supposedly crashed into a farm owned by J.S. Proctor
in Aurora, Texas.
1906 - San Francisco was hit by a disastrous earthquake, with an estimated
magnitude of 7.8.
1907 - The Ellis Island immigration center in New York processed 11,747
people, more than on any other day.
1937 - Daffy Duck's first appearance was in Porky's Duck Hunt.
1960 - Singer Eddie Cochran died, and Gene Vincent was injured in
a UK car accident.
1961 - The unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion began.
1964 - Geraldine 'Jerrie' Mock landed in Columbus, Ohio, becoming
the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.
1964 - The Ford Mustang as introduced to the North American market.
1966 - Policemen Dale Spaur and Wilbur Neff reported chasing a UFO
at 5:00 AM in Portage County, Ohio
1973 (Tornado) Balurchar, Bangladesh
2011 - Game of Thrones premiered on HBO
2014 - NASA's Kepler confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-size
planet in the habitable zone of another star.
April 18 History
1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica was laid.
1738 - Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History")
was founded in Madrid, Spain.
1775 - Paul Revere's Ride took place. He probably said "The Regulars
are coming out" rather subtly since there were British Troops
1846 - The first US Patent (#4,464) for a telegraph ticker that would
print letters of the alphabet was issued to R.E. House of New York
1902 - Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, was destroyed
by an earthquake.
1906 (Earthquake) At 5:13 AM, an earthquake estimated at close to
8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California.
1909 - Joan of Arc was beatified by the Catholic Church, the first
step towrds sainthood. Pope Benedict XV canonized Joan on May 16,
1923 - Yankee Stadium, 'The House that Ruth Built', opened.
1924 - Simon & Schuster published the first crossword puzzle book.
1925 - The first Woman's World's Fair in US was officially opened
in Chicago, Illinois, by First Lady Mrs Calvin Coolidge.
1930 - BBC reported there was no news, and then played out with piano
1966 - James M. Schlatter applied for a Patent (#3,492,131) for Peptide
Sweetening Agents, an invention which eventually led led to the marketing
of aspartame under the name NutraSweet
1983 - The Disney Channel began as a cable channel
1983 - A suicide bomber destroyed the United States embassy in Beirut,
Lebanon, killing 63 people.
1989 - In the People's Republic of China (PRC), student protests grew
until the Chinese government eventually suppressed them in June, during
what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
1995 - Rox became the first television show distributed via the internet
2012 - Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand and New Year's
Rockin' Eve died.
2014 - 16 people were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
April 19 History
1775 - The American Revolution began in Lexington, Massachusetts.
1892 -The first Duryea automobile was operated by pioneer manufacturer
Charles E. Duryea in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1897 - The first Boston Marathon was held.
1919 - Leslie Irvin made the first successful voluntary free-fall
parachute jump using a self-contained parachute.
1927 - Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for
her play Sex in New York. She served eight days with two days
off for good behavior.
1956 - American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.
1963 (Tornado) Cooch Behar, India.
1975 - India's first satellite, Aryabhata, was launched.
1977 - The Amazing Spider-Man debuted on CBS.
1982 - NASA announced that the first black astronaut would be Guion
S. Bluford, Jr., and the first woman astronaut would be Sally K. Ride.
1985 - Two hundred ATF and FBI agents laid siege to the compound of
the neo-Nazi survivalist group The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm
of the Lord in Arkansas.
1987 - The Tracey Ullman Show featured a short with 'The
1993 - At Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, the FBI launched a tear-gas
assault on the Branch Davidian compound, ending with a fire that killed
81 members, including 22 children.
1995 - A massive truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people.
2009 - Cake Boss premiered on TLC.
April 20 History
1657 - Freedom of religion was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam
(New York City).
1832 - Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas was established as a
reservation by an act of Congress. Technically, it was the first United
States' National Park.
1841 - The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allen Poe, was
published in Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine. It is
considered the first detective story.
1871 - The Third Force Act, also known as the Ku Klux Act, Congress
authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law in stopping
the Ku Klux Klan.
1862 - The first test of pasteurization was completed by Louis Pasteur
and Claude Bernard. Jars at a meeting of the French Academy of Sciences.
1912 - Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan,
and Fenway Park in Boston.
1926 - Western Electric and the Warner Brothers film studio officially
introduced Vitaphone, a new process that would enable the addition
of sound to film.
1940 - Invented by Dr. Vladimir Zworykin at the RCA laboratories,
Camden, New Jersey, the first (US) electron misroscope was demonstrated
across the Delaware River, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1964 - Tthe first picturephone transcontinental call was made between
New York City and Anaheim, California.
1999 - At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, students Dylan
Klebold and Eric Harris killed 13 people and wounded 23 more before
2008 - Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy Car race
2010 - The Deepwater Horizon, run by British Petroleum (BP) drilling
rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers.
April 21 History
753 BC - Romulus and his twin brother Remus founded Rome.
1509 - Henry VIII ascended the throne of England.
1878 - The first US firehouse pole was installed in New York City,
by Capt. David B. Kenyon at Engine Company 21.
1895 - Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrate
the "Panopticon" - the first movie projector developed in
the United States.
1918 - Above the Somme River in France, Baron Manfred von Richthofen,
the Red Baron, was killed by Allied fire, either by an air fight or
from the ground.
1930 - 320 people were dead and another 130 were seriously injured
in a prison fire at the Ohio State Penitentiary.
1962 - At the the Seattle World's Fair, Seattle's Space Needle Restaurant
1981 - "Weird Al" Yankovic made his first national television
appearance on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
1986 - Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, highly promoted two-hour syndicated
special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault. They found nothing
1990 - Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired, a special program that
warned children about the dangers of drugs and featured characters
from several Saturday morning children's shows, was simulcast by ABC,
BET, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA Network, and Nickelodeon.
1992 - The first discoveries of planets outside of our solar system
(two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12) were announced by astronomers
Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.
April 22 History
1056 - First seen July 2, 1054, the supernova in the Crab nebula was
last seen by the naked eye.
1519 - Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established
a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico.
1864 - The US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandated
that the inscription 'In God We Trust' would be placed on all coins
minted as United States currency.
1876 - The first ever National League baseball game was played in
Philadelphia. Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Stockings.
Boston won the game 6-5.
1912 - Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party of the
Soviet Union, began publication in Saint Petersburg.
1964 - The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair opened for its first season.
1970 - Earth Day was started by John McConnell, Denis Hayes, Fred
Kent, Pete Grannis, and Kristin and William Hubbard and Ira Einhorn.
1978 - The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) made
their first appearance on Saturday Night Live.
1993 - The Mosaic web browser is released.
1998 - Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World in Florida.
2000 - US Federal Agents seized six-year-old Elián González
from his relatives' home in Miami, and sent him back to Cuba.
April 23 History
1564 - William Shakespeare was born. He went on to write 38 plays
and invent dozens of English words.
1635 - The first public school in the Americas, the Boston Latin
School, was founded in Boston.
1792 - US President James Buchanan, born April 23, 1791, in Gap,
Pennsylvania, died on June 1, 1868 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1916 - The Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park
(now Wrigley Field).
1940 - Rhythm Club Fire (or The Natchez Dance Hall Holocaust) Natchez,
Mississippi killed 198 people.
1940 - A leak-proof flashlight battery (the Ray-o-Vac) was patented
(#2,198,423) by Herman Anthony.
1961 - Judy Garland performed at Carnegie Hall, the performance
is often called "the greatest night in showbiz history."
1985 - Coca-Cola changed its formula and released 'New Coke'.
1994 - Physicists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator
Laboratory discovered the subatomic particle called the top quark.
2005 - First YouTube video was uploaded, titled "Me
at the zoo".
April 24 History
1184 BC - The fall of Troy (with the Trojan Horse) took place, according
1704 - The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, the
News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts.
1800 - The Library of Congress was established.
1885 - American sharpshooter Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill's
Wild West Show.
1895 - Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around
the world, set sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard the sloop "Spray".
1907 - Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey initially for the
exclusive use of his employees, was opened.
1908 (Tornado) Amite, Louisiana and Purvis Missouri.
1913 - The 57 floor Woolworth Building skyscraper in New York City
1928 - The fathometer was Patented (#1,667,540) by Herbert Grove Dorsey.
It was designed to measure the depth of water.
1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1970 - The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, was launched.
1981 -The first IBM personal computer was completed.
1982 - Jane Fonda's first Workout video was released.
1990 - STS-31 - The Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the Space
April 25 History
1644 - The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China,
committed suicide during a peasant rebellion.
1719 - Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson
Crusoe was published.
1792 - Highwayman (thief) Nicolas J. Pelletier became the first person
executed by guillotine in Paris, France.
1859 - Ground was broken for opened the Suez Canal by British and
French engineers. The 100 mile canal between the Mediterranean and
the Red Seas opened ten years later, on November 17, 1869.
1901 - New York became the first US state to require automobile license
1944 - The United Negro College Fund was incorporated.
1947 - President Harry Truman opened the two lane White House bowling
1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson published Molecular Structure
of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid describing
the double helix structure of DNA.
1954 - The first practical solar cell was demonstrated by Bell Telephone
1961 - The integrated circuit was Patented (#2,981,877) by Robert
1982 - Israel completed the withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula per
the Camp David Accords.
1983 - Pioneer 10 traveled beyond ex-planet Pluto's orbit.
1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in space from the Space
Shuttle Discovery to an orbit 381 miles above Earth.
1992- Growing Pains and Who's The Boss aired their final
April 26 History
662 (Earthquake) Iran
1278 - Imprisoned for murder, John le F*cker sent a letter asking
for bail, the earliest recorded instance of the English swear word
1564 - Playwright William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire, England. People were traditionally baptized three days
after birth, this is how we know his birthday was April 23.
1721 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran
1882 - A perpetual motion machine was Patented (#257,103)
by John Sutliff. I'm pretty sure it didn't really work.
1921 - The first US broadcast of the weather was made from St. Louis,
Missouri, over station WEW. Or so legend has it. There were few rules
in thee arliest days of radio, so another station may have made a
weather announcement. It was about 55 degrees.
1933 - The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany,
1954 - Polio vaccine trials began.
1977 - Studio 54 opened at 254 West 54th Street in New York City.
1986 - Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, Ukraine, sending a
radioactive cloud over much of Europe. It was announced two days later.
1989 (Tornado) Daulatpur-Salturia Tornado, Bangladesh killed 1300
people and injured 12,000.
1978 - Ringo Starr's Ringo a musical version of The Prince
and the Pauper, aired on NBC, with George Harrison narrating.
2010 - Boobquake was envisioned by Jennifer McCreight. An estimated
200,000 people participated world wide, and the epicenter was considered
the Purdue Bell Tower in West Lafayette, Indiana.
2011 - The Voice premiered on NBC
April 27 History
4977 BC - The Universe was created, according to Johannes Kepler.
1667 - Blind writer John Milton sold his copyright to Paradise
Lost for 10 pounds. He needed the money because he was penniless
at the time.
1822 - US President Ulysses S. Grant, born April 27, 1822 in Point
Pleasant, Ohio, died on July 23, 1885 in Wilton, New York.
1865 - SS Sultana explosion, Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee,
killing 1800 people.
1871 -The American Museum of Natural History opened in New York
1887 - George Thomas Morton performed the first US operation to
remove an appendix, called an appendectomy.
1936 - The United Auto Workers (UAW) gained autonomy from the American
Federation of Labor.
1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as world heavyweight boxing champion.
1967 - Expo 67 officially opened in Montreal, Canada
1970 - The discovery of Hahnium (Ha), element 105, or Dubnium (Db)
was announced at the American Physical Society meeting in Washington,
DC. The work was done by Albert Ghiorso at the Lawrence Radiation
Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, California.
1989 - Chinese student demonstrations started the Tiananmen Square
protests of 1989.
1992 - Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected Speaker
of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
2002 - The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer
10, launched in 1972.
2014 - Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints by
the Catholic Church.
April 28 History
1758 - US President James Monroe, born April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland
County, Virginia, died on July 4, 1831 in New York, New York.
1788 - Maryland joined the United States.
1789 - The HMS Bounty was taken over in a mutiny led by Fletcher
Christian, the first mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal
supporters were set adrift in a small boat.
1919 - The first jump with the Army manually operated (jump first,
then pull the chute) army parachute was made by Leslie LeRoy Irvin
in Dayton, Ohio.
1953 - The US Patent (#2,636,176) was issued for an 'overcoat for
two people' to Howard C. Rossin.
1965 - My Name Is Barbra, Barbra Streisand's first TV special,
aired on CBS.
1967 - World boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus Clay,
Jr.) refused to be inducted into the US Army and was immediately
stripped of his heavyweight title.
1975 - Tom Snyder interviewed ex-Beatle John Lennon on The Tomorrow
1988 - Over Maui, Hawaii, flight attendant Clarabelle "C.B."
Lansing was blown out of Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing 737,
and fell to her death when part of the plane's fuselage ripped open
1994- The Simpsons aired its 100th episode
2001 - Millionaire Dennis Tito became the world's first space tourist.
April 29 History
1429 - 17 year-old Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orléans.
1864 - Theta Xi fraternity was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
1962 - ABC's Wide World of Sports premiered.
1945 - The US Seventh Army's 45th Infantry Division liberated the
Dachau concentration camp.
1945 - Adolf Hitler married his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin
1953 - In the first 3D television broadcast, an episode of Space Patrol
was shown on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA-TV.
1968 - The musical Hair opened at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway,
1991 (Cyclone) Bangladesh Cyclone, in Bangladesh killed 135,000 people.
1993 - A cartoon version of Barry White appeared on the fourth season
finale of The Simpsons.
1992 - Rodney King trial verdict announced. Four police officers who
had been charged with using excessive force in arresting black motorist
Rodney King a year earlier were aquitted. Roiting ensued - over the
next three days 53 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were
1996 - TV Land network made its debut.
2011 - The Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Kate (Catherine)
2015 A baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago
White Sox sets the all-time low attendance mark for Major League Baseball.
Zero (0) fans were in attendance for the game, because the stadium
was officially closed to the public due to the 2015 Baltimore protests.
April 30 History
1789 - In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the
first president of the United States.
1803 - The Louisiana Purchase from France, for 15 million dollars,
also included much (if not all of) of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas,
Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.
1812 - The Territory of Orleans became the 18th US state under the
1894 - Antarctic iceberg fragment was sighted at a latitude 26.50
degrees south, approximately parallel to to Rio de Janeiro, the nearest
to the equator that an Antarctic iceberg that has been seen.
1900 - Casey Jones died in a train wreck in Vaughan, Mississippi,
while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
1900 - Hawaii became a territory of the United States, with Sanford
B. Dole as governor.
1927 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were the first celebrities
to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theater,
1938 - The cartoon short Porky's Hare Hunt debuted in movie
theaters, introducing 'Happy Rabbit' (a prototype of Bugs Bunny).
1939 - The New York World's fair opened at Flushing Meadow Park in
1948 - The Land Rover, a British-made all-terrain vehicle, debuted
at an auto show in Amsterdam.
1966 - The Church of Satan was established at the Black House in San
1989 - CNBC, the first NBC cable channel and the first financial cable
channel, began transmitting.
1992 - The finale for The Cosby Show aired on NBC
1992- The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios
in Orlando, FL.
1993 - Tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Parchein Hamburg,
1997 - During the 'Puppy' episode of Ellen it was revealed
that the main/title character (Ellen DeGeneres) was gay.