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1836 Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto. 1910 Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), author of the novel Huckleberry Finn, died at the age of 74. 1918 Baron ...

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1769 Ottawa Indian chief Pontiac murdered. 1841 The first detective story, Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue was published. 1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated radium. 1912 The ...

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April 19 1775 The “shot heard around the world” was fired. Colonial Minute Men took on British Army regulars at Lexington and Concord, Mass., starting the American Revolution. 1824 Lord ...

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April 18 1775 Paul Revere rode from Charlestown to Lexington to warn Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution. 1906 The Great San Francisco ...

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This day in History April 3 1860 First Pony Express service began. 1882 Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back by Bob Ford, one of his own gang members, reportedly for a $10,000 reward. 1930 Ras ...

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March 31 1492 Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain expelled Jews who would not accept Christianity. 1889 The Eiffel Tower in Paris officially opened. 1917 The United States took ...

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March 30 1842 Anesthesia was used for the first time in an operation. 1856 The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War. 1867 A treaty for the purchase of Alaska from Russia ...

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March 29 1848 For the first time in recorded history, Niagara Falls stopped flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the rim of the falls caused the water to stop. 1867 The North ...

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March 28 1797 Nathaniel Briggs patented a washing machine. 1930 The cities of Constantinople and Angora changed names to Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. 1939 The Spanish Civil War ended. 1941 Author ...

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March 27 1794 Congress authorizes the construction of six frigates, including the Constitution (Old Ironsides), for the U.S. Navy. 1866 President Andrew Johnson vetoed a civil rights ...
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