Chinese students protest against government

04/18/2016 0

Thousands of Chinese students continue to take to the streets in Beijing to protest government policies and issue a call for greater democracy in the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC). The protests grew until […]

The Great San Francisco Earthquake

04/18/2016 0

At 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of […]

The Bay of Pigs invasion begins

04/17/2016 0

The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA-financed and -trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro. The attack was an utter failure. Fidel […]

General Sir Henry Clinton is born

04/16/2016 0

On this day in 1738, Henry Clinton, the future commander in chief of British forces charged with suppressing the rebellion in North America, is born in Newfoundland, Canada. Henry Clinton’s father, George, was the royal […]

Titanic sinks

04/15/2016 0

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, the British ocean liner Titanic sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. The massive ship, which carried 2,200 passengers and crew, had […]

Lincoln is shot

04/14/2016 0

On this day in 1865, John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate […]

Butch Cassidy is born

04/13/2016 0

Butch Cassidy, the last of the great western train-robbers, is born on this day in Beaver, Utah Territory. Born Robert Leroy Parker, he was the son of Mormon parents who had answered Brigham Young’s call […]

Fort Sumter fired upon

04/12/2016 0

The American Civil War begins when Confederates fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. The fort had been the source of tension between the Union and Confederacy for several months. After South […]

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