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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

Busing

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  


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

Sic Semper Tyrannus

14 April 1865  


On this date in 1865...

U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C.

Fort Sumter Surrendered

13 April 1861  


On this date in 1861...

Major Robert Anderson’s Federal garrison surrendered Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. Confederate and South Carolina state troops allowed them to leave peacefully. The only federal

Mr. Lincoln’s War

12 April 1861  


On this date in 1861...

Knowing that a federal invasion fleet was on the way, General P.G.T. Beauregard ordered Confederate and South Carolina troops to begin the bombardment of Fort Sumter

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