First color 3-D film opens

04/10/2016 0

On this day in 1953, the horror film The House of Wax, starring Vincent Price, opens at New York’s Paramount Theater. Released by Warner Brothers, it was the first movie from a major motion-picture studio […]

Robert E. Lee surrenders

04/09/2016 0

At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War. Forced to abandon the Confederate capital of Richmond, blocked from joining […]

John Wayne wins Best Actor Oscar

04/07/2016 0

On this day in 1970, the legendary actor John Wayne wins his first–and only–acting Academy Award, for his star turn in the director Henry Hathaway’s Western True Grit. Wayne appeared in some 150 movies over […]

First modern Olympics is held

04/06/2016 0

On April 6, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, Greece, with athletes from 14 countries participating. The International Olympic Committee met for the first time in Paris in June 1984 and […]

Pocahontas marries John Rolfe

04/05/2016 0

Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia. The marriage ensured peace between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years. In […]

Texas Ranger “Big Foot” Wallace born

04/03/2016 0

The legendary Texas Ranger and frontiersman “Big Foot” Wallace is born in Lexington, Kentucky.In 1836, 19-year-old William Alexander Anderson Wallace received news that one of his brothers had been killed in the Battle of Goliad, […]

Hans Christian Andersen is born

04/02/2016 0

Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s greatest storytellers, is born in Odensk, near Copenhagen.During Andersen’s boyhood, his father died, and the child went to work in a factory briefly. However, he showed great talent […]

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