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April Birthdays
7- Michelle (Graves) Jennings
7 - Phil Hallman
8 - Bill Orr
13 - Carolyn Daniels
17 - Larry Pratt
19 - Glenn Greer
22 - Danny Martin
24 - Brenda (Sledge) Johnson
25 - Vicki (Balduf) Harvey
29 - Wayne Smith
29 - Suzanne (White Staggs

1 April
1778 – The $ symbol is created.
1815Otto von Bismarck born.
1889 – First dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago).
1901Whittaker Chambers born.
1927 – First automatic record changer introduced.
1946Weight Watchers is formed.
1956 – Elvis films first screen test.
1963 – “General Hospital” premieres.
1970 – Nixon signs measure to ban cigarette advertising on TV and radio. To take effect 1 January 1971.
1976 – “Margaritaville” released.

2 April
742Charlemagne born.
1725Giovanni Casanova born.
1877 – First White House Easter Egg Roll. Rutherford B. Hayes was President.
1902 – First motion picture theatre opens (LA, naturally).
1920Jack Webb born.
1935 – Radar patented.
1956 – “The Edge of Night” and “As The World Turns” premiere on CBS television.
1978 – “Dallas” premieres on CBS.

3 April
1860Pony Express begins service from St. Joseph, MO, to Sacramento, CA. In a year and a half it will be replaced by the transcontinental telegraph.
1865 – Union forces occupy Richmond.
1948 – President Truman signs off on the Marshall Plan allocating $5 billion in post-World War II aid for the reconstruction of Europe. (Today it costs that much just to administer a government program.)
1953 – “TV Guide” first published.
1959 – The BBC bans The Coasters' “Charlie Brown” because of the word ‘spitball.’

4 April
1859Daniel Emmett introduces “Dixie.”
1914 – First movie serial (“The Perils of Pauline”) opens.
1915Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield – I can understand why he changed it – not very “bluesy”.) born.
1964 – The Beatles hold the top five positions on the Billboard Top 100: ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘She Loves You,’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ and ‘Please Please Me” in that order.
1969 – “Star Trek” cancelled by NBC after 79 episodes. (But they are still in re-runs over and over and over again.)


5 April
1614 – Pocahontas weds John Rolfe.
1792 – First presidential veto made (George Washington).
1856 – Booker T. Washington born.
1922 – Gale Storm born.
1965 – “My Fair Lady” wins Oscar for Best Picture.
1977 – David Bowie appears on Dinah Shore’s TV special. (Talk about an ‘odd couple.’)

6 April
1909 – Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become first humans to reach the North Pole. (At least since the pole reached its current location.)
1930 – James Dewar invents (if that’s the right word) the Twinkie.
1935 – Harold Levitt sank 499 consecutive free throws; missed the 500th; sank the next 371.
1962 – Pravda warns Russians youths about the dangers of twisting.
1983 – The Beach Boys are banned from the Washington Mall by Interior Secretary James Watt because “rock & roll bands attract the wrong element.”

7 April
1915 – Billie Holliday born.
1928 – James Garner (“Bret Maverick”) born.
1940 – Booker T. Washington is the first black to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp (10 cents).
1949 – “South Pacific” opens on Broadway.
1970 – John Wayne wins his only Oscar (“True Grit”). (“Midnight Cowboy” is Best Picture and Maggie Smith (one of my personal favorites) is Best Actress for “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”)

8 April
563 BC – Buddha born.
1873 – First successful oleomargarine patented.
1974 – Henry Aaron breaks “Babe” Ruth’s home run record.

9 April
1865 – Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse.
1893 – Mary Pickford born.
1898 – Curly Lambeau born.
1905 – J. William Fulbright born.
1926 – Hugh Hefner born.
1939 – Marian Anderson performs at Lincoln Memorial after being denied use of Constitution Hall by the DAR.
1963 – Winston Churchill made an honorary citizen of the U.S.

10 April
1849 – The safety pin patented. (The rights are sold for $100. Some sources say $400. Either way that was a good buy – and a loss for the inventor.)
1912 – The Titanic sets sail from England on its maiden (and last) voyage.
1917 – Robert Burns Woodward born.
1925 – The Great Gatsby is published. (Considered by many the great American novel. Others (Hemingway, notably) attribute that honor to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.)
1956 – Nat King Cole beaten up by racial segregationists in Birmingham.

11 April
1814 – Napoleon abdicates (for the first time). Banished to Elba. (“Able was I ere I saw Elba.”)
1921 – First cigarette tax imposed (Iowa).
1945 – Buchenwald concentration camp liberated by American soldiers.
1951 – Truman relieves MacArthur of command in the Far East.
1956 – James Brown debuts on the R&B charts with “Please, Please, Please.”
1970 – The Beatles’ “Let It Be” is #1.


12 April
1204 - Constantinople is sacked during the Fourth Crusade.
1861 - Confederate forces fire on Ft. Sumter in Charleston, SC, harbor.
1864 - Ft. Pillow (Tennessee) massacre.
1877 - Catcher’s mask first used in a baseball game.
1947 - David Letterman born.
1954 - Bill Haley and The Comets record "Rock Round The Clock." It is released a year later in the movie "The Blackboard Jungle."
1961 - Yuri Gagarin becomes first human to circle the globe from space.

13 April
1598 - Edict of Nantes signed by Henry IV of France.
1743 - Thomas Jefferson born.
1866 - Burch Cassidy born.
1902 - J.C. Penney opens his first store (Kemmerer, WY).
1906 - Samuel Beckett born.
1964 - Sidney Poitier wins best actor Oscar for "Lilies of the Field."
1965 - The Beatles receive Grammy as "Best New Artists."

14 April
1828 – Noah Webster’s dictionary published.
1865 – Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre while watching the play “Our American Cousin.” (“Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”)
1889Arnold Toynbee born.
1935 – Loretta Lynn born.
1939The Grapes of Wrath is published.
1940 – Hattie McDonald becomes first black to win an acting Oscar (“Gone With The Wind”).
1956 – First VCR demonstrated.

15 April
1770Joseph Priestley invents the first eraser (and coins the term).
1817 – First school for the deaf in American opens (Hartford, CT).
1898Bessie Smith born.
1912 – The Titanic sinks after striking an iceberg.
1934 – Alexander born to Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead. Nicknamed “Baby Dumpling.”
1947Jackie Robinson becomes first black player in (modern) major league baseball. Played for the Brooklyn (not Los Angeles) Dodgers.

16 April
1818 – U.S.-Canadian border is demilitarized.
1922Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay pigeons (targets) in a row setting a women’s record.
1935Bobby Vinton born.
1947Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War.”
1962Walter Cronkite begins anchoring the “CBS Evening News,” succeeding Douglas Edwards.

17 April
1492 – Columbus signs contract with Ferdinand and Isabella to find westward passage to the Indies.
1810 – Pineapple cheese patented. (Why?)
1875Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1961Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba launched.
1964 – The FBI Lab reports that it cannot decipher the lyrics to “Louie, Louie.”
1964 – Ford unveils the Mustang.

18 April
1480Lucretia Borgia born.
1775 – Paul Revere begins his “midnight ride.” (Never finishes it. He is captured by British troops.)
1906Earthquake hits San Francisco.
1923 – First game played at Yankee Stadium. NY over Boston (some things never change) 4-1.
1934 – The first laundromat (called a “washateria”) opens (Ft. Worth).
1936Gene Autry records “Back In The Saddle Again.”
1942Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.
1946League of Nations ceases operations. (Turns all assets over to United Nations.)
1956Grace Kelly weds Prince Rainier of Monaco.

19 April
1775 – Battles of Lexington and Concord.
1903Eliot Ness born.
1939 – Connecticut approves the Bill of Rights (after 148 years!).
1943Warsaw Ghetto uprising begins.

20 April
1812 – George Clinton becomes first U.S. Vice President to die while in office.
1889 – Adolf Hitler born.
1902 – Element radium isolated by Pierre and Marie Curie. (Marie dies years later of cancer probably caused by her exposures to radioactive materials during their research.)
1932 – Shirley Temple (almost 4) makes her film debut in “Stand Up and Cheer.”
1935 – “Your Hit Parade” debuts on radio.
1939Johnny Tillotson born.
1940George Takei born.
1959 – Dolly Parton (at 13 years of age) records her first single, “Puppy Love.”

21 April
1649 – The Maryland Toleration Act (freedom of worship for all Christians) passes the Maryland Assembly.
1864Max Weber born.
1918 – The “Red Baron” (Baron Manfred von Richthofen) killed in action.
1926Queen Elizabeth II born. (Of course, she wasn’t the Queen then. Duh…)

22 April
1707Henry Fielding (Tom Jones) born.
1724Immanuel Kant born.
1864Congress authorizes use of “In God We Trust” on U.S. coins.
1889Oklahoma Land Rush begins.
1898 – First shot of Spanish American War. USS Nashville captures Spanish merchant ship.
1904Robert J. Oppenheimer born.
1954 – The Army-McCarthy hearings begin. They are televised and directly lead to the downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

23 April
1564 – William Shakespeare born. (Some discrepancy apparently. Record-keeping was usually an afterthought back then.)
1616Miguel Cervantes and Shakespeare die on the same day (in Madrid and Stratford-on-Avon, respectively).
1900 – The word “hillbilly” (spelled “Hill-Billie”) is first used in print.
1928 – Shirley Temple born.
1954Henry Aaron hits his first major league homerun.
1968 – Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church merge to create the United Methodist Church.
1985 – “New” Coke is announced. (After a, shall we say, less than enthusiastic reception, Coca-Cola reverts to the original formula.)

24 April
1833 – Patent granted for the first soda fountain.
1915 – The Ottoman Empire begins the mass deportation (and genocide) of Armenians.
1916 – The Easter Uprising in Ireland begins.
1953Winston Churchill knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
1967 – The Greek government bans miniskirts.

25 April
912Venice founded.
1324An entry in the “Jornal de la Chambre” of King Edward II shows pence a day paid to one "Robyn Hod" for service to the King.
1684 – Patent granted for the thimble.
1898 – William Porter starts serving time in an Ohio prison for embezzlement. While there he begins writing short stories using irony as the style. He later takes the name of “O. Henry.”
1901 – NY becomes first state to require auto license plates.
1908Edward R. Murrow born.
1917Ella Fitzgerald born.

26 April
1933 – Carol Burnett born. (Some say 1938.)
1937Guernica, Spain, bombed by Germans during Spanish Civil War.
1938 – Maurice Williams born.
1942Bobby Rydell born.

27 April
1805U.S. Marines capture Derna, Tripoli. (“…to the shores of Tripoli…”)
1813 – American forces capture York, Ontario (now Toronto) during the War of 1812. The burning of York is the motive for the later burning of Washington, D.C., by the British.
1900Walter Lantz born.
1965 – Pampers patented.

28 April
1789 – Crew of the HMS Bounty mutinies.
1914 – W.H. Carrier patents his design of the air conditioner.
1937Saddam Hussein born.
1947 – Voyage of the Kon-Tiki begins.
1967 – Muhammed Ali refuses induction into the U.S. Army.

29 April
1429Joan d’Arc enters Orleans at the head of the French Army.
1899Duke Ellington born.
1913 – The all-purpose zipper patented.
1933Rod McKuen born.
1945Dachau concentration camp liberated by American soldiers.
1947Tommy James born.
1958Michelle Pfeiffer born.
1961 – “Wide World of Sports” debuts on ABC. It is not an immediate hit.

30 April
1900John Luther “Casey” Jones dies in train wreck near Vaughan, MS.
1933Willie Nelson born.
1943Bobby Vee born.
1945 – “Queen For A Day” debuts on Mutual Radio.
1975Saigon falls to North Vietnam forces.


May Birthdays
3 - Harvey Polk
12 - Dottie (Dennis) Webb
14 - Barbara (Kaiser) Williams
18 - Barbara (Goodfred) Reese
20 - Donna (Francescon) Hall
24 - Brenda (Farmer) Haer
27 - Donna (Miller) Batson
29 - Kathy (Hughes) Chambers


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