Monthly Archives: April 2012

Today in History: 30 April 1945


WWII: Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide

On this day in 1945, with the defeat of Germany before him, Adolf Hitler committed suicide with wife of one day, Eva Braun.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler

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Today in History: 29 April 1770


Australia: New South Wales – Captain Cook Discovers Botany Bay

On this day in 1770, Captain James Cook and the HMS Endeavour arrived at Botany Bay (named Stingray Bay at first, because of the large number of stingrays spotted), which Cook later named Botany Bay because of the abundance of plants found and collected there by Sir Joseph Banks and Dr. Daniel Solander, botanists on the voyage.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botany_Bay


Today in History: 28 April 1996


Australia: Tasmania – Martin Bryant

On this day in 1996, Australia was stunned when Martin Bryant killed 35 people and injured 21 others in Port Arthur, Tasmania.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur_massacre_(Australia)


Today in History: 27 April 1981


The Modern Computer Mouse

On this day in 1981, the modern computer ‘mouse’ comes into the public arena, being shipped with computers sold by Xerox PARC (there had been earlier mice).

For more visit:
http://www.howtogeek.com/93640/happy-30th-anniversary-computer-mouse-geek-history/


Today in History: 26 April 1933


Germany: The Gestapo Comes Into Existence

On this day in 1933, Nazi Germany’s secret police force, the Gestapo (Gehaime Staatspolizei), is established.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestapo


Video: 5 Historical Misconceptions Corrected



Today in History: 25 April 1915


ANZAC Day – The Landings at Gallipoli Commenced in WWI

This day each year is remembered as ANZAC Day in Australia, a day when Australians remember the fallen of every war Australians served in. The first ANZAC Day held was one year after the first landings at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War 1. We remember the cost of war, we remember those who died while fighting to protect our freedom and way of life. We remember those who served and who still serve in battles, wars and peace-keeping roles around the world and throughout our history. We do not forget them.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anzac_Day
http://www.anzacday.org.au/


Today in History: 24 April 1800


The United States Library of Congress is Established

On this day in 1800 the United States Library of Congress is established, with the then president John Adams, signing legislation for $5000 US to purchase the first books for the library.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Library_of_Congress

Books:
History of the Library of Congress – Volume 1 (1800-1864), by William Dawson Johnston


Article: Abraham Lincoln’s Bodyguard Drunk in the Same Bar as John Wilkes Booth the Night Lincolon was Shot


The following link is to an article about President Lincoln’s bodyguard, who instead of guarding the president, was in the same pub as Booth getting drunk.

For more, visit:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Lincolns-Missing-Bodyguard.html


Today in History: 23 April 1564 & 23 April 1616


Traditional Birth Date for William Shakespeare & Death of William Shakespeare

ABOVE: William Shakespeare

On or about this day in 1564, William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. On this day in 1616, he died in the same town. Shakespeare is England’s (and probably the world’s) most famous poet and playwright.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare


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