Historic World Events / April (page 4)

April

List historic world events in April

September, 2016

  • 17 September

    U.S. troops land in the Dominican Republic

    U.S. troops land in the Dominican Republic

    In an effort to forestall what he claims will be a “communist dictatorship” in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends more than 22,000 U.S. troops to restore order on the island nation. Johnson’s action provoked loud protests in Latin America and skepticism among many in the United States. …

  • 17 September

    Port Arthur Massacre in Australia

    Port Arthur Massacre in Australia

    On this day in 1996, 28-year-old Martin Bryant begins a killing spree that ends in the deaths of 35 men, women and children in the quiet town of Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia. Bryant, who is believed to have an extremely low IQ and may be mentally handicapped, began the …

  • 16 September

    Air tragedy hits Canary Islands

    Air tragedy hits Canary Islands

    A Dan-Air Boeing 727 carrying British tourists to the Canary Islands crashes and kills all 146 on board on this day in 1980. This terrible crash came just three years after another even deadlier accident at the Canary Islands airport. In 1977, a KLM jumbo jet had collided with a …

  • 16 September

    Argentina invades Falklands

    Argentina invades Falklands

    On April 2, 1982, Argentina invades the Falklands Islands, a British colony since 1892 and British possession since 1833. Argentine amphibious forces rapidly overcame the small garrison of British marines at the town of Stanley on East Falkland and the next day seized the dependent territories of South Georgia and …

  • 15 September

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at age 87

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at age 87

    On this day in 2014, Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novels include “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” dies at his Mexico City home at age 87. The Colombian-born Garcia Marquez, a master of magical realism, a writing style that blends reality …

  • 15 September

    David Soul, of Starsky & Hutch, has the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts

    David Soul, of Starsky & Hutch, has the #1 song on the U.S. pop charts

    On April 16, 1977, David Soul’s smash-hit single “Don’t Give Up On Us Baby” reaches the top of the U.S. pop charts. But the story of a tough-but-sensitive TV detective’s journey to crossover success began a full 10 years earlier. Although the soft-rock style of “Don’t Give Up On Us …

  • 14 September

    Yellowstone photographer William Jackson is born

    Yellowstone photographer William Jackson is born

    William Jackson is born in Keeseville, New York. His powerful photographs of Yellowstone helped make it the first national park. Jackson received no formal training in photography. As a young man, he began experimenting with simple cameras, and he gradually mastered the arcane skills needed to capture images on chemically …

  • 12 September

    Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain

    Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain

    On this day in 1783, the Continental Congress of the United States officially ratifies the preliminary peace treaty with Great Britain that was signed in November 1782. The congressional move brings the nascent nation one step closer to the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Five months later, on September 3, …

  • 12 September

    Operation “Baby Lift” concludes

    Operation “Baby Lift” concludes

    The American airlift of Vietnamese orphans to the United States ends after 2,600 children are transported to America. The operation began disastrously on April 4 when an Air Force cargo jet crashed shortly after take-off from Tan Son Nhut airbase in Saigon. More than 138 of the passengers, mostly children, …

  • 12 September

    Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial

    Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial

    On Easter Sunday in 1939, more than 75,000 people come to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear famed African-American contralto Marian Anderson give a free open-air concert. Anderson had been scheduled to sing at Washington’s Constitution Hall, but the Daughters of the American Revolution, a political organization that …