Lost and Found – April 20th Edition

What to remember about April 20th…

  • 1775  Following battles at Lexington and Concord, British troops begin siege of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1861  Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. army after his home state of Virginia secedes; refuses offer of command of the Union army
  • 1871  Congress authorizes President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and other terrorist groups with passage of the Third Force Act
  • 1889  Murderous, national-socialist dictator Adolf Hitler is born in Austria (d. 1945)
  • 1898  President William McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war against Spain; U.S. to aid rebels in Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • 1916  Chicago Cubs defeat Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 1st game played at Weeghman Park; renamed Wrigley Field in 1918
  • 1980  Castro announces that Cubans who wish to emigrate to America are free to find passage; Mariel Boatlift will carry 125,000 refugees
  • 1999  Teenage gunmen Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris kill 13 people in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado
  • 2008  26-year-old Danica Patrick becomes 1st woman to win an Indy race with victory at Japan 300
  • 2010  British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil platform explodes in Gulf of Mexico causing oil spill that lasts 6-months

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