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This Day in History - April

Historical events in the month of April, by day:

1 Oliver Pollack invents the dollar sign $ (1778)

1 Dexter Mason Ferry and partners found Gardener, Ferry & Church Seed Company, now called Ferrry-Morse, the oldest seed company in America (1856)  

1 Daytime soap opera General Hospital first airs on ABC (1963)

2 Congress passes the Coinage Act and the U.S. Mint is born. (1792)

2 William Magear "Boss" Tweed, a corrupt NYC politician, U.S. Senator, NY State Senator (1823)

3 The Pony Express begins delivering the mail. (1860)

4 Susanna Medora Salter is the first woman to be elected mayor in the nation in Argonia, Kansas. (1887)

4 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated. (1968)

4 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is signed. (1949)

5 General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84. (1964)

6 Explorers Matthew A. Henson and Robert E. Perry are the first to reach the North Pole. (1909)

6 The first modern Olympic games opens in Athens, Greece (1896)

6 Twinkies hit the market. The first twinkies were banana-filled.(1930)

7 The musical South Pacific, by Rodgers and Hammerstein, opens on Broadway. (1949)

7 The World Health Organization (WHO) is founded. (1948)

8 Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 714 home run record. (1974)

9 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders  to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. (1865)

9 French explorer LaSalle reaches the Mississippi river (1691)

9 The U.S. Senate passes a law making Winston Churchill the first honorary U.S. citizen. (1963)

10  The "unsinkable" RMS Titanic departs on it's maiden voyage from Southampton, England. (1912)

10 The PGA was formed, and the first professional golf tournament was held. (1916)

10 Do you love animals? The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was established on this date in 1866.

11 The U.S. Submarine Force was officially established. (1900)

12 By an Act of Congress, Puerto Rico becomes a U.S, territory. (1900)

12 Mount Washington Observatory records the highest surface wind ever measured, anywhere on earth--- 231 miles per hour! See Big Wind Day

12 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first person in space. (1961).

14 President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. He died the next day. (1865)

15 The Titanic hits an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic ocean as sinks. (1912)

18 Paul Revere makes his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington, Ma., shouting "the Red Coats are coming" as the American Revolutionary War begins. (1775)

18 The Great San Fransisco earthquake hits, killing 700 people. (1906)

19 The Revolutionary War begins. (1775)

19 After a 51 day siege in Waco, Texas, the Branch Dividian compound goes up in flames, killing the cult members (1993)

19 Timothy McVeigh bombs the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people,and injuring hundreds more. (1995)

20 Two teenage boys go on a shooting rampage in Columbine High school in Littleton, Colorado. One teacher and 12 students are killed. (1999)

25 Delegates from 45 countries meet in San Fransisco to organize the United Nations. (1945)

27 Senior citizens take note, the first Social Security checks were distributed on this day in 1937.

29 Elias Howe applies for a patent for the "Continuous Clothing Closure", later called the Zipper. (1851)

30  The Vietnam War ends with the fall of Saigon (later renamed Ho Chi Minh City) (1975)

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