Historic World Events / April (page 2)

April

List historic world events in April

September, 2016

  • 25 September

    Jesse James shot in the back

    Jesse James shot in the back

    Jesse James, one of America’s most notorious outlaws, is shot to death by Robert Ford, a member of his gang who hoped to collect the bounty on Jesse’s head. Jesse James, born in Clay County, Missouri, in 1847, joined a Confederate guerrilla band led by William Quantrill at the age …

  • 25 September

    Danica Patrick becomes first woman to win Indy race

    Danica Patrick becomes first woman to win Indy race

    On April 20, 2008, 26-year-old Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Montegi in Montegi, Japan, making her the first female winner in IndyCar racing history. Danica Patrick was born on March 25, 1982, in Beloit, Wisconsin. She became involved in racing as a young girl and …

  • 24 September

    Oscar Wilde arrested

    Oscar Wilde arrested

    Writer Oscar Wilde is arrested after losing a libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been engaged in an affair with the marquess’s son since 1891, but when the outraged marquess denounced him as a homosexual, Wilde sued the man for libel. However, he lost his case when …

  • 23 September

    Aaron sets new home run record

    Aaron sets new home run record

    On this day in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers. A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a …

  • 23 September

    Lee resigns from U.S. Army

    Lee resigns from U.S. Army

    Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the United States army two days after he was offered command of the Union army and three days after his native state, Virginia, seceded from the Union. Lee opposed secession, but he was a loyal son of Virginia. His official resignation was only one …

  • 23 September

    North Vietnamese attack outskirts of Quang Tri

    North Vietnamese attack outskirts of Quang Tri

    North Vietnamese troops shatter defenses north of Quang Tri and move to within 2.5 miles of the city. Using Russian-built tanks, they took Dong Ha, 7 miles north of Quang Tri, the next day and continued to tighten their ring around Quang Tri, shelling it heavily. South Vietnamese troops suffered …

  • 23 September

    Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stops Gretzky streak

    Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stops Gretzky streak

    Mario Lemieux wins the Art Ross Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top scorer on this day in 1988. Lemieux’s 168 points bested Wayne Gretzky, who had dominated the league as the top scorer for an amazing seven seasons. Lemieux (in French, “le mieux” means “the best”) was born October …

  • 23 September

    Jack Nicholson born

    Jack Nicholson born

    On this day in 1937, John Joseph Nicholson, who will become known as one of the greatest actors of his generation and famous for his roles in such movies as Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good As it Gets, is born in Neptune, New Jersey. …

  • 22 September

    Washington leaves Mt. Vernon for his inauguration

    Washington leaves Mt. Vernon for his inauguration

    On this day in 1789, newly elected President George Washington leaves his Mount Vernon, Virginia, home and heads for New York, where he is sworn in as the first American president. Before leaving, Washington addressed a group of citizens in nearby Alexandria, Virginia, to whom he expressed his inner conflict …

  • 22 September

    USS Astoria attempts pre-war reconnaissance

    USS Astoria attempts pre-war reconnaissance

    On this day, the USS Astoria arrives in Japan under the command of Richmond Kelly Turner in an attempt to photograph the Japanese battleships Yamato and Musashi. U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Turner, whose motto was “If you don’t have losses, you’re not doing enough,” saw the cruiser Astoria through many …