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This Day in History – April 18

On April 18, 1906 at 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes this city, killing hundreds of people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long

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This Day in History – April 17

This car, a two-seat, mid-engine sports car, is officially unveiled by Henry Ford II at the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York, on April 17, 1964. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – April 16

On April 16, 1881, on the streets of Dodge City, this famous western lawman and gunfighter fights the last gun battle of his life, drawing on 2 men he had followed to the legendary old west town. - This Day in History

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The Titanic

This Day in History – April 15

At 2:20 a.m. on April 15, 1912, this ocean liner sinks into the North Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles south of Newfoundland, Canada. Because of a shortage of lifeboats and the lack of satisfactory emergency procedures, more than 1,500 people went down in the sinking ship or froze to death in the icy North Atlantic waters

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This Day in History – April 14

On this day in 1865, this man, an actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shoots President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.  The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E

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This Day in History – April 11

On April 11, 1970, this lunar landing mission is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert, and Fred W. Haise. After an oxygen tank exploded on the evening of April 13, however, the new mission objective became to get the crew home alive

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This Day in History – April 10

On April 10, 1866, this organization is founded in New York City by philanthropist and diplomat Henry Bergh, 54. As the pioneer and innovator of the humane movement, the organization quickly became the model for more than 25 other humane organizations in the United States and Canada

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This Day in History – April 9

On April 9, 1865 Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at this location, effectively ending the American Civil War. - This Day in History

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This Day in History – April 8

On April 8, 1994, this rock star was found dead in his home outside Seattle, Washington, with a fatal wound to the head from the 20-gauge shotgun found between his knees. His suicide brought an end to a life marked by far more suffering than is generally associated with rock superstardom

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Voting Rights March

This Day in History – April 4

Just after 6 p.m. on April 4, 1968, this civil rights leader is fatally shot while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.   - This Day in History

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