Historic World Events / April (page 5)

April

List historic world events in April

September, 2016

  • 12 September

    Castro announces Mariel Boatlift

    Castro announces Mariel Boatlift

    On April 20, 1980, the Castro regime announces that all Cubans wishing to emigrate to the U.S. are free to board boats at the port of Mariel west of Havana, launching the Mariel Boatlift. The first of 125,000 Cuban refugees from Mariel reached Florida the next day. The boatlift was …

  • 12 September

    Montreal Canadiens win fifth consecutive Stanley Cup

    Montreal Canadiens win fifth consecutive Stanley Cup

    On April 14, 1960, the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs to win the Stanley Cup for a record fifth year in a row. The Canadiens reached the Stanley Cup Finals after sweeping the Chicago Blackhawks in four games, while the Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings, four …

  • 12 September

    Peary’s expedition reaches North Pole?

    Peary’s expedition reaches North Pole?

    On April 6, 1909, American explorer Robert Peary accomplishes a long elusive dream, when he, assistant Matthew Henson, and four Eskimos reach what they determine to be the North Pole. Decades after Peary’s death, however, navigational errors in his travel log surfaced, placing the expedition in all probability a few …

  • 11 September

    JFK denies U.S. military intervention in Cuba

    JFK denies U.S. military intervention in Cuba

    On this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy heats up Cold War rhetoric in a letter responding to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s claim that the U.S. was engaging in armed aggression against the communist regime in Cuba. Kennedy denied the allegations, told Kruschev he was under a serious misapprehension …

  • 10 September

    Dachau liberated

    Dachau liberated

    On April 29, 1945, the U.S. Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberates Dachau, the first concentration camp established by Germany’s Nazi regime. A major Dachau subcamp was liberated the same day by the 42nd Rainbow Division. Established five weeks after Adolf Hitler took power as German chancellor in 1933, Dachau …

  • 10 September

    Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered

    Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered

    In Basel, Switzerland, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumes LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938 as part of his research into the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds. After taking the drug, formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide, Dr. …

  • 10 September

    U.S.-South Vietnamese forces launch Cambodian “incursion”

    U.S.-South Vietnamese forces launch Cambodian “incursion”

    U.S. and South Vietnamese forces launch a limited “incursion” into Cambodia. The campaign included 13 major ground operations to clear North Vietnamese sanctuaries 20 miles inside the Cambodian border. Some 50,000 South Vietnamese soldiers and 30,000 U.S. troops were involved, making it the largest operation of the war since Operation …

  • 10 September

    “Fast & Furious” is top opening-day car movie

    “Fast & Furious” is top opening-day car movie

    “Fast & Furious,” the fourth film in an action-movie franchise centered around the world of illegal street racing, debuts in U.S. theaters on April 3, 2009, kicking off a record-breaking $72.5 million opening weekend at the box office. “Fast & Furious,” starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle …

  • 9 September

    First launching of the space shuttle

    First launching of the space shuttle

    The space shuttle Columbia is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, becoming the first reusable manned spacecraft to travel into space. Piloted by astronauts Robert L. Crippen and John W. Young, the Columbia undertook a 54-hour space flight of 36 orbits before successfully touching down at California’s Edwards Air Force Base …

  • 7 September

    Germans and Allies step up operations near Somme

    Germans and Allies step up operations near Somme

    On this day in 1918, German forces in the throes of a major spring offensive on the Western Front launch a renewed attack on Allied positions between the Somme and Avre Rivers. The first stage of the German offensive, dubbed “Operation Michael,” began March 21, 1918; by the first days …