Today in HisStory – April 1

Watergeuzen captured Brielle from the Spaniards, during the Eighty Years’ War. This gained the first foothold on land for what would become the Dutch Republic. (1572)

The Pilgrim-Wamponoag Peace Treaty, the first treaty between American colonists and Native Americans, was signed. (1621)

Gemert, Holland fined unwed motherhood. (1663)

Cotton Mather’s four-day-old son died, and witchcraft was blamed. (1693)

English pranksters began popularizing the annual tradition of April Fools’ Day by playing practical jokes on each other. (1700)

Ruins of Pompeii were rediscovered by Spaniard Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre. (1748)

New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock created the “$” symbol. (1778)

US House of Representatives had their first full meeting, (1789)

Samuel Morey patented the internal combustion engine. (1826)

Cincinnati, Ohio became the first US city to employ fulltime professional firefighters. (1853)

US Civil War: First wartime conscription law, draft, went into effect in the US. (1863)

US Civil War: Battle of 5 Forks in Virginia signaled the end of Lee’s army. (1865)

US Congress rejected President Andrew Jackson’s presidential veto, giving all races equal rights in the US. (1866)

International Exhibition opened in Paris. (1867)

Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Washington DC. was opened to train and teach freed slaves. (1868)

Edward Schieffelin began mining in a place he called Tombstone. (1877)

First dish washing machine was marketed. (1889)

SOS was first adopted as a morse distress signal by German government. (1905)

WW2: Nazi Germany began persecution of Jews by boycotting Jewish businesses. (1933)

WW2: Heinrich Himmler became the Police Commander of Germany. (1933)

Bonnie and Clyde killed two police officers, turning public against them. (1934)

First radio tube made of metal was announced. (1935)

WW2: US Navy took over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. (1941)

WW2: Nazis forbad Jews access to cafés. (1941)

WW2: US forces invaded Okinawa. (1945)

Weight Watchers formed. (1946)

An undersea earthquake off the Alaskan coast triggered a tsunami that killed 159 people in Hawaii. (1946)

First Jewish immigrants to Israel disembarked at Port of Eilat. (1947)

Soviet troops stopped U.S. and British military trains traveling through the Russian zone of occupation in Germany and demanded they be allowed to search the trains. The US and British refused. (1948)

US Air Force Academy formed. (1954)

The United States Department of Transportation began operation. (1967)

US President Richard Nixon signed a bill limiting cigarette advertisements. (1970)

Ayatollah Khomeini called for an Islamic Republic in Iran. (1974)

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computers in the garage of Jobs’ parents house in Cupertino, California. (1976)

US Supreme Court ruled jurors cannot be barred from serving due to race. (1991)

Warsaw Pact officially dissolved. (1991)

Race car driver and owner Alan Kulwicki was killed in a plane crash. He won the 1992 National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, NASCAR, Winston Cup championship by one of the tightest margins in series history. (1993)

Google introduced Gmail. The launch was met with scepticism on account of the launch date. (2004)

Islamic terrorists attacked a United Nations compound in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan and killed thirteen people, including eight foreign workers. (2011)


About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.
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