Today in History

1536 – Thomas Cromwell began to plot Anne Boleyn’s downfall while feigning illness

1689 – William III & Mary Stuart were proclaimed King & Queen of England

1789 – John Adams was sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington)

1794 – New York City formally declared the coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they could build forts to protect New York City from the British

1836 –  In the Battle of San Jacinto, Texas won its independence from Mexico

1855 – The first train crossed Mississippi River’s first bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa

1862 – Congress established the US Mint in Denver, Colorodo

1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train left Washington

1878 – First Lady Lucy Hayes began an egg rolling contest on White House lawn

1878 – New York installed its first firehouse pole

1898 – Spanish–American War: The U.S. Congress, on April 25, recognized that a state of war existed between the United States and Spain

1904 – Major League Legend Ty Cobb made his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

1918 – World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen “The Red Baron”, was shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France, Canadian pilot Arthur Roy Brown was credited with the kill

1956 – Elvis Presley’s first hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”, became #1

1959 – Alf Dean using a rod & reel hooked a 2,664lb, 16′ 10″ great white shark off the coast of Ceduna, Australia

1963 – Beatles met The Rolling Stones for the first time

1967 – Joseph Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Allilueva arrived in New York City after defecting to the US

1972 – John Young & Charles Duke explored the Moon as part of mission Apollo 16

1984 – After 37 weeks Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” was knocked off as top album by “Footloose”

1984 – Centers for Disease Control said virus discovered in France causes AIDS

1984 – Franz Weber of Austria skied downhill at a record 130.36 miles per hour

1986 – Bob Hering set Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph)

1986 – Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault on live TV and found nothing

1993 – Action TV series “Walker, Texas Ranger” starring Chuck Norris debuted on CBS

1995 – FBI arrested Timothy McVeigh and charged him with the Oklahoma City bombing

1997 – Ashes of psychologist and advocate of psychedelic drugs Timothy Leary & Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into orbit

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