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This Day in History - April 21

April 21

753 BC – Traditional date of the foundation of Rome

43 BC – Marcus Antonius is defeated by Octavian near Modena, Italy

1509 – Henry VIII is crowned King of England

1526 – Mongol Emperor Babur wipes out the Indian Army of Ibrahim Lodi

1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, allowing people the freedom of worship

1689 – William III and Mary II are crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland

1736 – Prince Eugene of Savoy dies

1777 – British troops attack Danbury, Connecticut, destroying everything in sight

1782 – Founder of kindergarten, Friedrich Froebel, is born

1792 – Brazilian revolutionary Tiradentes, is hanged, drawn and quartered in Rio de Janeiro

1816 – Novelist Charlotte Bronte is born

1836 – General Sam Houston defeats Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, with Texas winning independence from Mexico

1838 – Naturalist John Muir is born

1849 – Embryologist Oscar Hertwig is born

1862 – Congress establishes the US Mint

1863 – Union Colonel Abel Streight begins a raid into northern Alabama and Georgia, in an effort to cut off the railroads between Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta

1863 - Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahá'í Faith, enters gardens of Rivden, near Baghdad. Makes the declaration of aha'u'llah during 12 days spent there

1864 – German sociologist and political economist Max Weber is born

1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington

1895 – Woodville, Otway, and Gray Latham demonstrate their “Panopticon,” the first movie projector developed in the US

1898 – The Spanish-American War begins

1909 – Psychologist Rollo May is born

1910 – Author Mark Twain dies

1912 – French film director Marcel Camus is born

1914 – US Marines occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico

1916 – The infamous ‘last train robber,’ Bill Carlisle, robs a train in Hanna, Wyoming

1918 – German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen, “The Red Baron,” is shot down and killed

1923 – British barrister and playwright John Mortimer is born

1926 – Elizabeth II, Queen of England, is born

1930 – A fire at an Ohio prison kills 320 inmates, some of whom burn to death when they were not unlocked from their cells. This is one of the worst prison disasters in US history

1932 – Comedy writer Elaine May is born

1934 – The Daily Mail publishes a photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, but is actually a toy submarine with a head and neck made from wood putty

1943 – President Franklin Roosevelt announces that several Doolittle pilots have been executed by the Japanese

1945 – Soviet forces fighting south of Berlin at Zossen, assault the headquarters of the German High Command

1946 – Economist John Maynard Keynes dies

1947 – Singer, songwriter, producer and actor Iggy Pop is born

1953 – Two of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s chief aides return from a trip to Europe, where they had investigated US Information Service posts in Europe, and recommended the removal of thousands of books from USIS libraries

1959 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist Robert Smith is born

1960 – Brasilia becomes the capital of Brazil

1961 – The French army revolts in Algeria

1965 – The Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency report that a regiment of the People’s Army of Vietnam is now operating with the Viet Cong in South Vietnam

1966 – Pfc. Milton Lee Olive is awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for bravery in the Vietnam War

1967 – GM celebrates the manufacture of its 100 millionth American-made car

1967 – Dictator Georgios Papadopoulos assumes power in Greece

1973 – Tony Orlando and Dawn’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree,” starts a cultural phenomenon of yellow ribbons around trees supporting missing or absent loved ones

1975 – The last South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigns, fleeing Saigon. Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls to the communists

1980 – Rosie Ruiz jumps into the Boston Marathon race a mile before the finish line and wins. She is awarded the prizes but is stripped of her victory eight days later when race officials learn what she did

1989 – Some 100,000 students gather at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to commemorate Hu Yaobang, who had passed, and to voice their grievances against China’s authoritative communist government

1992 – Robert Alton Harris is executed in California’s gas chambers after 13 years on death row, and California’s first execution since voters had voted out state supreme court justices that refused capital punishment

1992 – Polish astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan announces that he found two exoplanets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12

1995 – Federal authorities arrest Timothy McVeigh in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing

1997 – The ashes of Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry, and 22 others are blasted into space for the first space funerals

2003 – Singer, songwriter, pianist Nina Simone dies

2016 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer Prince dies


Written by Crystal McCann

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