Lost and Found – April 4th Edition

What to remember about April 4th…

  • 1776  General Washington marches his troops from recently liberated Boston towards New York; writes to Congress to get pay for his troops
  • 1841  9th President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia 1-month after inauguration (b. 1773); John Tyler becomes President
  • 1865  Day after Union forces capture Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia, President Lincoln tours the city; that night Lincoln dreams of a presidential assassination
  • 1884  Japanese Admiral, strategist, and author of attack on Pearl Harbor Yamamoto Isoroku is born (d. 1943)
  • 1933  U.S. Navy airship USS Akron (ZRS-4) encounters bad weather and crashes due to commander error; 73 die in crash
  • 1949  United States and 11 other nations establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to oppose growing communist threats in Europe
  • 1968  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee 1-day after giving I’ve Been To The Mountaintop speech that foreshadows his death; manhunt for shooter leads to James Earl Ray
  • 1969  Doctors Liotta and Cooley perform 1st clinical implantation of a mechanical heart in a human; device performs well until donor heart located and transplanted days later
  • 1973  World Trade Center is dedicated in New York City
  • 1975  Microsoft Corporation is founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico by Bill Gates and Paul Allen
  • 1983  NASA Space Shuttle Challenger makes maiden voyage with mission STS-6
  • 1984  President Reagan proposes international ban on chemical weapons
  • 2011  Al Jazeera announces that President Obama will seek a second term in office; releases video and sends e-mail to supporters

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