Lost and Found – April 16th Edition

What to remember about April 16th…

Patriot’s Day – Commemorates Battles of Lexington and Concord

  • 1818  Rush-Bagot Treaty is ratified by U.S. Senate; establishes border between America and British Canada
  • 1859  French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville dies of tuberculosis (b. 1805); famous for his 2 volume Democracy in America
  • 1862  Slavery ends in Washington, D.C.; celebrated as Emancipation Day
  • 1863  Union fleet braves barrage of artillery from Confederates entrenched at Vicksburg; only one ship lost as they pass along the Mississippi
  • 1889  Silent film star Charlie Chaplin is born (d. 1977)
  • 1917  Vladimir Ilyich Lenin returns from a decade of exile; takes command of growing Russian Revolution
  • 1963  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. writes Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated for protesting segregation in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1972  NASA’s Apollo 16 mission to the moon launches successfully
  • 1987  U.S. Patent Office began allowing the patenting of new animals and life-forms created by genetic engineering
  • 2003  Treaty is signed to allow Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia to join European Union
  • 2007  32 students and teachers at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University are shot dead in spree shooting by student Seung Hui Cho

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