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#22 Apr 20, 2012
1902 - Scientists Pierre Curie and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive chemical element, radium.

1945 - Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart in World War II.

1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

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#23 Apr 21, 2012
1918 - German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," was shot down and killed during World War I.

1959 - The largest fish ever hooked by a rod and reel was caught by Alf Dean. It was a 16-foot, 10-inch white shark that weighed 2,664 pounds.

1986 - Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.

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#24 Apr 22, 2012
1864 - The U.S. Congress mandated that all coins minted as U.S. currency bear the inscription "In God We Trust".

1914 - Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.

1993 - The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum was dedicated in Washington, DC.

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#25 Apr 23, 2012
1564 - William Shakespeare, English dramatist and poet was born (generally accepted date).

1616 - William Shakespeare, English actor, poet, and playwright, died.

1988 - A federal ban on smoking during domestic airline flights of two hours or less went into effect.
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#26 Apr 23, 2012
Nice thread!

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#27 Apr 23, 2012
hi all wrote:
Nice thread!
Thank you. I enjoy sharing knowledge and this thread is a nice break from the debates on Topix.

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#28 Apr 24, 2012
1805 - The U.S. Marines attacked and captured the town of Derna in Tripoli.

1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organized.

1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope.

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#29 Apr 25, 2012
1792 - The guillotine was first used in Paris.

1945 - Delegates from some 50 countries met in San Francisco to organize the United Nations.

1990 - The crew of the U.S. space shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-term space-based observatory, into a low orbit around Earth.

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#30 Apr 26, 2012
1514 - Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

1936 - Carol Burnett was born.

2000 - Vermont governor Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.

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#31 Apr 27, 2012
1861 - West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia seceded from the Union.

1865 - Just after the Civil War ended, the Sultana, a steam-powered riverboat, exploded and burned, killing more than 1400 passengers -- mostly former Union POWs.

1981 - Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse.

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#32 Apr 28, 2012
1932 - The yellow fever vaccine for humans was announced.

1947 - Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl and five others set out in a balsa wood craft known as Kon Tiki to prove that Peruvian Indians could have settled in Polynesia. The trip began in Peru and took 101 days to complete the crossing of the Pacific Ocean.

1992 - The U.S. Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart.

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#33 Apr 29, 2012
1429 - Joan of Arc lead Orleans, France, to victory over Britain.

1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.

1990 - The destruction of the Berlin Wall began.

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#34 Apr 30, 2012
1789 - In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America.

1939 - Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to appear on television when he opened the New York World's Fair. However, the broadcast was beamed to only 200 television sets.

1945 - Adolf Hitler committed suicide (by shooting himself), along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun (who took poison).

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#35 May 1, 2012
1851 - The Great Exhibition opened to wide acclaim in the Crystal Palace in London, showcasing technological wonders from around the world.

1967 - Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas.

1999 - The Liberty Bell 7, the Mercury space capsule flown by Gus Grissom, was found in the Atlantic Ocean 300 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, 38 years after it sank.

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#36 May 2, 2012
1611 - The Authorized Version of the Bible (King James Version) was first published.

1933 - The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster was reported in a Scotland newspaper.

1952 - The first jet airplane passenger service was launched (London to Johannesburg, South Africa).

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#37 May 3, 2012
1937 - Margaret Mitchell won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, "Gone With the Wind."

1952 - The first airplane landed on the geographic North Pole.

2003 - The Old Man of the Mountain, a famous natural granite formation on Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire, fell.

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#38 May 4, 2012
1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island. He purchased Manhattan from resident Algonquin Indians for the equivalent of $24.

1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

1970 - Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.

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#39 May 4, 2012
Charles R Darwin wrote:
1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island. He purchased Manhattan from resident Algonquin Indians for the equivalent of $24.
1927 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1970 - Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.
Kent is where I went to Nursing School. I knew Dean Kahler and Alan Canfora. Dean was still a student when I went there. My dad was friends with Alan's dad. There were still protests up to l976 regarding the day May 4th which students felt should be a day of mourning and the school should be closed that day.

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#40 May 5, 2012
1904 - The third perfect game of the major leagues was thrown by Cy Young (Boston Red Sox) against the Philadelphia Athletics. It was the first perfect game under modern rules.

1925 - John T. Scopes, a biology teacher in Dayton, TN, was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution.

1956 - Jim Bailey became the first runner to break the four-minute mile in the U.S. He was clocked at 3:58.5.

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#41 May 5, 2012
On this day in History, I was born!

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