Historic World Events / April (page 20)

April

List historic world events in April

July, 2016

  • 10 July

    Benoit wins Boston Marathon

    Benoit wins Boston Marathon

    Joan Benoit wins her second Boston Marathon in the women’s division with a time of 2:22:43 on April 18, 1983. The following year, she went on to win the first-ever women’s marathon at the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles and became the first person to win Boston as well …

  • 9 July

    The Fort Pillow Massacre

    The Fort Pillow Massacre

    During the American Civil War, Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate raiders attack the isolated Union garrison at Fort Pillow, Tennessee, overlooking the Mississippi River. The fort, an important part of the Confederate river defense system, was captured by federal forces in 1862. Of the 500-strong Union garrison defending the …

  • 9 July

    Castro visits the United States

    Castro visits the United States

    Four months after leading a successful revolution in Cuba, Fidel Castro visits the United States. The visit was marked by tensions between Castro and the American government. On January 1, 1959, Castro’s revolutionary forces overthrew the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista. From the beginning of the new regime in Cuba, U.S. …

  • 9 July

    Butch Cassidy is born

    Butch Cassidy is born

    Butch Cassidy, the last of the great western train-robbers, is born on this day in Beaver, Utah Territory. Born Robert Leroy Parker, he was the son of Mormon parents who had answered Brigham Young’s call for young couples to help build communities of Latter Day Saints on the Utah frontier. …

  • 8 July

    Earthquake rocks Guatemala

    Earthquake rocks Guatemala

    The last and most powerful in a series of earthquakes rocks Western Guatemala on this day in 1902. More than 2,000 people were killed and 50,000 left homeless by the destruction. The quakes struck the Quezaltenago area in southwestern Guatemala beginning the previous evening. In the midst of flooding caused …

  • 7 July

    Henry James’ Transatlantic Sketches is published

    Henry James’ Transatlantic Sketches is published

    American writer Henry James’ collection of travel pieces, Transatlantic Sketches, is published. The same year, James publishes a collection of stories, A Passionate Pilgrim, and a novel, Roderick Hudson. These three works herald the beginning of James’ long and influential writing career. James was born to a wealthy and eccentric …

  • 7 July

    NASCAR legend Lee Petty dies

    NASCAR legend Lee Petty dies

    On April 5, 2000, Lee Petty, an early star of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and the patriarch of a racing dynasty that includes his son, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, dies at the age 86 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Lee Petty won more than 50 races …

  • 6 July

    Legal thriller writer Scott Turow is born

    Legal thriller writer Scott Turow is born

    Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent (1987), is born on this day in Chicago. Turow started writing as a child, inspired by his mother, who wrote articles for local publications outside Chicago. He attended Amherst College, then studied and taught fiction at Stanford before enrolling in Harvard Law School. Based …

  • 5 July

    Revere and Dawes warn of British attack

    Revere and Dawes warn of British attack

    On this day in 1775, British troops march out of Boston on a mission to confiscate the American arsenal at Concord and to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock, known to be hiding at Lexington. As the British departed, Boston Patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes set out …

  • 5 July

    U.S. Fifth Army joins in Italian offensive

    U.S. Fifth Army joins in Italian offensive

    On this day in 1945, the U.S. Fifth Army joins its British allies in the assault on the German occupiers of Italy. The Fifth Army, now under Lucian K. Truscott (General Mark Clark, former commander of the Fifth, was made commander of the Allied armies in Italy), began pushing its …