Historical happenings

4/26/1777 ~  Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia

4/26/1937 ~ German Luftwaffe destroys Basque town of Guernica in Spain

4/26/1945World War II: Battle of Bautzen – last successful German tank-offensive of the war and last noteworthy victory of the Wehrmacht.

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4/25/1792 ~ Guillotine first used in France, executes highwayman Nicolas Pelletier

4/25/1846 ~ Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.

4/25/1933 ~ US & Canada drop Gold Standard

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4/24/1833 ~ Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain

4/24/1898 ~ Spanish-American War: Spain declares war after rejecting US ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba

4/24/1915 ~Massacre of Armenians by Turks starts (Armenian Martyrs Day)

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4/16/1869Ebenezer Bassett, 1st US Negro diplomat, begins service in Haiti

4/16/1912 ~ Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)

4/16/2014South Korean ferry MV Sewol sinks on route Incheon to Jeju, 304 drown, mostly students. National controversy erupts over rescue efforts and actions of crew and owner.

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4/15/1715Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

4/15/1874 NY legislature passes compulsory education law

4/15/19481st Jewish-Arab military battle, Arabs defeated

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4/14/18601st Pony Express rider arrives in SF from St Joseph, Mo

4/14/1935 Black Sunday: The worst sandstorm ravages US midwest, creating the “Dust Bowl”

4/14/1953Viet-Minh offensive in Laos

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4/13/1842Lord Rosse successfully casts 72″ (183-cm) mirror for a telescope

4/13/1883 US prospecter Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism

4/13/1911The US House of Representatives votes to institute direct elections of senators to Congress, a step towards direct democracy