April 26

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1478 – The Pazzi family attack Lorenzo de’ Medici and kill his brother Giuliano during High Mass in Florence Cathedral. 1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England (date of actual birth is unknown). 1607 – English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia. 1721 – A massive earthquake
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April 25

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1449 – Anti-pope Felix V resigns 1507 – Geographer Martin Waldseemuller first used name America 1684 – Patent granted for thimble 1792 – Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas J Pelletier 1850 – Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices 1859 – Ground broken for Suez Canal 1861 – […]

April 24

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1184 BC – The Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional date). 1066 – Halley’s Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed 1800 – Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation 1833 – Jacob Evert and George Dulty patent first soda fountain 1872 – Volcano Vesuvius erupts 1888 – Eastman Kodak
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April 21

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753 BC – Romulus founds Rome (traditional date). 1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S. Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it declared that a state of war had existed from this date. 1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Manfred […]

April 19

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AD 65 – The freedman Milichus betrays Piso’s plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators are arrested. 1713 – With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa […]

April 18

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1025 – Bolesław Chrobry is crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland. 1506 – The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid. 1775 – Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!” 1783 – Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the […]

April 17

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1397 – Geoffrey Chaucer tells The Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) as the start of the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury. 1492 – Spain and Christopher Columbus sign the Capitulations of Santa Fe for his voyage to Asia to acquire […]

April 13

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1111 – Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 – Constantinople falls to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire. 1742 – George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland. 1870 – The Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded. 1902 – James C. Penney opens his first
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April 11

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1713 – Peace of Utrecht; France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain – English, Prussian, Savoois, Portuguese & French peace treaty 1775 – The last conviction for witchcraft in Germany takes place. It was on this date, April 11, 1775, that the sentence of death for witchcraft was handed down in Germany. Some records indicate that […]

April 10

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1710 – The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain 1790 – Robert Gray is first American to circumnavigate the Earth 1841 – New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley 1849 – Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400 1864 – Austrian Archduke Maximilian becomes emperor of […]