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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...

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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...

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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.,...

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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...

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April 17 1790 Benjamin Franklin, U.S. patriot, diplomat, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, died in Philadelphia. 1895 The...

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April 14 1775 Benjamin Rush was among those who founded the first American antislavery society. 1828 Noah Webster copyrighted the first...

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April 13 1598 The Edict of Nantes gave religious tolerance to the Huguenots in France. 1742 Handel’s Messiah was first publicly performed...

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April 11 1814 Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba. 1899 The treaty ending the Spanish-American War took effect. 1921 Iowa imposed...

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April 10 1790 The U.S. patent system was formed. 1849 The safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt, in New York. 1866 The American Society...