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This Day in History for April 18 – Great San Francisco Earthquake and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid (More info)

1775 – Paul Revere rides to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops (More info)

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This Day in History for April 17 – Ford Mustang Debuts and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells the ‘Canterbury Tales’ for the first time at the court of Richard II (More info)

1961 – A group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro (More info)

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This Day in History for April 16 – Cronkite Becomes Anchor and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1943 – The hallucinogenic effects of LSD are discovered (More info)

1962 – Walter Cronkite takes over as the lead news anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News,’ going on to become “the most trusted man in America” (More info)

1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” while incarcerated the

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This Day in History for April 13 – Apollo 13 Disaster and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1870 – The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly called the Met, is founded (More info)

1943 – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC, on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth (More info)

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This Day in History for April 12 – Civil War Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – The Civil War begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, SC (More info)

1945 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office (More info)

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This Day in History for April 10 – ASPCA Founded and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, is founded (More info)

1874 – The first Arbor Day results in over 1 million trees being planted (More info)

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This Day in History for April 9 – Hussein’s Statue Falls and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1865 – Robert E. Lee surrenders his army to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War (More info)

1959 – NASA announces its first seven astronauts, later dubbed the “Mercury Seven” (More info)

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This Day in History for April 5 – Kurt Cobain Commits Suicide and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1792 – President George Washington casts the first presidential veto (More info)

1922 – The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated (More info)

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This Day in History for April 4 – MLK Assassinated and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1818 – The US Congress adopts a flag with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (More info)

1841 – President William Henry Harrison dies from pneumonia just one month after his inauguration (More info)

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This Day in History for April 3 – Pony Express Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1860 – The first successful United States Pony Express run begins (More info)

1882 – Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford, one of his own gang members (More info)

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This Day in History for April 2 – Pope John Paul II Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida (More info)

1917 – President Woodrow Wilson asks the US Congress for a declaration of war on Germany (More info)

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This Day in History for March 29 – US Troops Leave Vietnam and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1867 – The North America Act is passed by the British parliament, creating the dominion of Canada (More info)

1929 – Herbert Hoover becomes the first president to have a telephone installed in the Oval Office (More info)

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