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The Pascagoula Tribe

29 April 17000  

On this date in 1700...

Sieur d'Iberville, Pierre le Moynevisited the Pascagoula Indian village, one day's walk from French Biloxi. The Indians have been hit hard by diseases brought by Europeans,

Maryland, My Maryland

28 April 1788  

On this date in 1788...

Maryland ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 7th U.S. state.

Other Years:

  • 1635 - Virginia colony Governor John Harvey was accused of treason and removed

The Sultana Disaster

27 April 1865  

On this date in 1865...

The steamboat Sultana while carrying 2,427 passengers (mostly paroled Federal POWs on their way home) exploded in the Mississippi River off Memphis. Up to 1,800 passengers

The Cherokee Disenfranchised

26 April 1906  

On this date in 1906...

The U.S. Congress passed the Burke Act which dismantled the Cherokee  government and granted the U.S. President the right to pick the Chief of the Cherokee

The Thornton Affair

25 April 1846  

On this date in 1846...

Fighting broke out over the disputed border of Texas when Mexican troops attacked a squadron of U.S. dragoons commanded by Captain Seth Thornton near U.S. General

The Spanish-American War

24 April 1898  

On this date in 1898...

Spain declared war on the United States, rejecting the American ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba after the sinking of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor.

New Coke

23 April 1985  

On this date in 1985...

In one of history’s most bone-headed buisness decisions, Coca-Cola changed its formula and released New Coke. The supposed “original formula” was back on the

Carmack’s Pledge to the South

22 April 1898  

On this date in 1898...

Tennessee Representative Edward Ward Carmack issued his famous Pledge to the South in a speech on the floor of congress, stating in part, “To that land

Remember the Alamo!

21 April 1836  

On this date in 1836...

“Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” was the battle cry as Sam Houston’s outnumbered Texans wiped out the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto north


20 April 1971  

A Boston Busing Protest

On this date in 1971...

In Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of forced busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. Riots

The Darkest Day

19 April 1995

On this date in 1995...

A truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring 500. Northern terrorist Timothy McVeigh was later convicted

The Powhattan Massacre

18 April 1644  

On this date in 1644...

Warriors led by 99 year-old Chief Opechancanough of the Powhattan Confederacy attacked English settlers along the Pamunkey and York rivers. Twenty-two years after his first attack

The Hunley Funeral

17 April 2004  

R. Gordon Thornton

“If the Feds got out of our pockets, your state wouldn’t need a stupid lottery.”

The Jacobite Rebellion

16 April 1746  

On this date in 1746...

The Duke of Cumberland defeated Charles “Bonnie Prince Charlie” Stuart at Culloden Moor, ending the Jacobite Revolt and securing Scotland as part of the British dominion

The Call to War

15 April 1861  

On this date in 1861...

U.S. President Lincoln issued a public proclamation calling for seventy-five thousand volunteers to escalate the war he had started.  This call was made without the consent

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