Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fun Facts for the Month of April

April 1, 1748- The ruins of Pompeii were found

April 2, 1877- The first Easter "egg roll" on the grounds of the White House was held.

April 3, 1860- The Pony Express began delivering mail.

April 4, 1968- Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

April 5, 1614- American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

April 7, 1930- The first steel columns were set for the Empire State Building.

April 8, 1974- Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit home run 715, surpassing Babe Ruth's record 714.

April 9, 1959- NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts.

April 10, 1849- Walter Hunt of New York City patented the safety pin. He sold the rights for only $100.

April 11, 1906- Albert Einstein introduced his Theory of Relativity.

April 12, 1861-The Civil War begins with the attack on Fort Sumter, South Carolina.

April 14, 1853-Harriet Tubman began her underground railroad helping slaves escape.

April 15, 1865- Abraham Lincoln died after being shot in a theater by John Wilkes Booth.

April 17, 1629- Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony.

April 19, 1775-The American Revolutionary War began.

April 21, 753 B.C.- Tradition says that on this day Rome was founded.

April 22, 1864- The United States Congress mandated that all coins minted as U.S. currency bear the inscription, "In God We Trust."

April 23, 1977- Dr. Allen Bussey completed 20,302 yo-yo loops.

April 24, 1833- A patent was granted for the first soda fountain.

April 26, 1514- Copernicus made his first observations of Saturn.

April 27, 1965- R.C. Duncan patented disposable diapers.

April 28, 1914- W.H. Carrier patented the design for his air conditioner.

April 29, 1997- American and Russian astronauts took the first joint space walk.

April 30, 1789- George Washington took office as the first elected U.S. president.

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