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Savannah1733 James Oglethorpe founded Savannah in what is now Georgia.

1746 Thaddeus Kosciusko, Polish patriot, was born.

Ethan Allen1789 Revolutionary hero Ethan Allen died.

Peter Cooper1791 Industrialist/philanthropist Peter Cooper was born.

1804 Philosopher Immanuel Kant died.

1809 Naturalist Charles Darwin was born.
Abraham Lincoln1809 Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States, was born.

1818 Chile gained its independence from Spain.

1825 The Creek Indian Treaty, in which tribal chiefs agreed to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by September 1, 1826, was signed.

1855 Michigan State University was established.

1865 Henry Highland Garnet became the first black to speak in the U.S. House of Representatives.

1870 An official proclamation set April 15 as the last day of grace for U.S. silver coins to circulate in Canada.

1873 The U.S. Congress abolished bimetalism.

1877 The first news dispatch by telephone was sent between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts.
1877 U.S. railroad builders staged a strike against wage reductions.

1878 The catcher's mask was patented by Frederick Thayer.

1880 American labor leader John L. Lewis was born.

Omar Nelson Bradley1893 U.S. Army General Omar Nelson Bradley was born.

1904 Entertainer Ted Mack was born.

NAACP1909 Sixty people met in New York City and formed the nucleus of what is now the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

1912 The Chinese Republic was formed.

Lincoln Memorial1915 The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., was laid.
1915 Actor Lorne Greene was born.

1919 Actor Forrest Tucker was born.

1924 President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential radio speech.

1925 The first federal arbitration law was passed by Congress.

1926 Baseball player Joe Garagiolo was born.

1934 Basketball player Bill Russell was born.

1936 Actor Joe Don Baker was born.

1939 Keyboardist Ray Manzarek was born.

Naomi Uemura1941 Adventurer Naomi Uemura was born.

Grant Wood1942 Painter Grant Wood died.

1947 Actor Sidney Toler died.

1950 Guitarist Steve Hackett was born.

1955 President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the first U.S. advisors to South Vietnam.
1955 Talk show host Arsenio Hall was born.

1959 Nepal was proclaimed a constitutional monarchy by King Mahendra.
1959 The first Boeing B-52G was delivered to the Strategic Air Command.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl1959 The Sidney Myer Music Bowl was officially opened in Melbourne, Australia.
1959 Composer George Antheil died.

Ding Darling1962 Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling, cartonist and conservationist, died.

1971 Businessman J.C. Penney died.

1973 The first U.S. POW's in North Vietnam were released; 116 of 456 were flown to the Philippines.

1976 Actor Sal Mineo died.

Ayattolah Khomeini1979 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after fourteen years in exile.

1983 Jazz pianist Eubie Blake died.

1999 U.S. President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.

2000 Professional football coach Tom Landry died.
2000 Cartoonist Charles Schulz died.

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