April 16, 1178 BCE: A solar eclipse ‘may’ have marked Odysseus’ return to his kingdom of Ithaca after his lengthy travels at end of Trojan War.
April 17, 1790: Benjamin Franklin died.
April 18, 1846: The first printing telegraph ticker was patented by R.E. House of New York City. It was capable of 50 words a minute.
April 19, 1775: American Revolutionary War – With the ‘The shot heard ’round the world’, the Battle of Lexington and Concord makes history.
April 20, 1961: Del Shannon had a Number 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit with Runaway.
April 21, 1883: Electric lights were introduced in Denver, Colorado.
April 22, 1889: The first Oklahoma land rush began at noon with a single gunshot signaling the start of mad dash by thousands of settlers. Those who got a head start, by whatever means, came to be called Sooners.
April 23, 1564: William Shakespeare generally accepted date of birth. He was baptized on the 26th.
April 23, 1616: William Shakespeare died on his birthday.
April 24, 1833: Jacob Evert and George Dulty patented a design for a soda fountain.
April 25, 1915: World War I – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) troops landed on the beaches at Gallipoli, Turkey. This days is commemorated at ANZAC Day.
April 26, 1938: Duane Eddy, guitarist, was born today. He is known for ‘putting the twang in Rock ‘n Roll’. You might recognize his Rebel Rouser from the movie, Forrest Gump (first running scene and the football scene)
April 27, 1887: A medical milestone for surgery and patients. Dr. George Thomas Morton performed a successful appendectomy on a 26-year-old patient.
April 28, 1983: The Number 1 Chart Toppers Hit was Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
April 29, 1867: In Salinas, Kansas, the first train pulled into town.
April 30, 1900: American folk legend, Casey Jones, engineer of the Cannonball Express, died in crash in Vaughn, Mississippi. I learned this song at my grandpa’s knee back in the early 1960s.
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