Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.
The U.S. patent system is established.
Austria declares war on France and her forces enter Bavaria.
Union forces begin the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River.
At Appomattox Court, Va, General Robert E. Lee issues his last orders to the Army of Northern Virginia.
The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is formed.
South African Boers accept British terms of surrender.
The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster.
F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby.
The first synthetic rubber is produced.
Paul von Hindenburg is elected president in Germany.
Germany annexes Austria.
U.S. troops occupy Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
In their second attempt to take the Seelow Heights, near Berlin, the Red Army launches numerous attacks against the defending Germans. The Soviets gain one mile at the cost of 3,000 men killed and 368 tanks destroyed.
Allied troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald north of Weiner, Germany.
Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to play major league baseball as he takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
House of Wax, the first 3-D movie, is released.
The American table tennis team arrives in China.
Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir.
Laura Brown Marries Joseph Conowitch
Imprisoned Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected to the British Parliament.
Born on April 10
Hugo Grotius, Dutch statesman and scholar.
Matthew C. Perry, American naval officer, opened Japan to trade with the west.
Lew Wallace, Civil War general, lawyer, diplomat and author of Ben Hur.
A.E. (George William Russell), Irish poet and mystic.
Frances Perkins, U.S. labor secretary, first female cabinet member.
Clare Boothe Luce, reporter, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
Robert B. Woodward, synthetic chemist.
David Halberstam, New York Times correspondent, author, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1964.
Omar Sharif (Michael Shalhoub), actor (Dr. Zhivago).
Paul Theroux, author (The Great Railway Bazaar).
Holidays and observances
- Christian Feast Day:
36 Years ago today I married the love of my life and we have two wonderful children with fantastic spouses who have given us 5 of the best grandkids in the world! We have been through the good, the bad and the ugly and have survived! I love you babe and am so happy you are my bride to this day and look forward to growing old together and experiencing all our Lord has in store for us hand in hand!
Happy Anniversary! Love, ME