In conjunction with my American April YouTube series I’m posting a weekly roundup of historical events in April. Unfortunately, I definitely can’t include everything on these lists, so I’m choosing 5 for each day, and they won’t all be American history. Any time I make a video about the same topic I’ll also link to that.
1778 – Oliver Pollock invented the dollar sign. ($)
1826 – Samuel Morey patented the internal combustion engine.
1865 – Battle of Five Forks (American Civil War)
1976 – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computers.
2001 – The Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage.
1453 – Mehmed II began the siege of Constantinople.
1513 – Juan Ponce de Leon first sighted Florida.
1792 – American Congress passed the Coinage Act which established the US Mint and several coins we do not use today such as the $10 Eagle, $5 Half-Eagle, and $2.50 Quarter Eagle.
1870 – The first woman was nominated for the US Presidency: Victoria Woodhull
1917 – Jeanette Rankin, the first female member of congress, began her first term. She was from Montana, and said “I may be the first woman elected to Congress, but I won’t be the last.”
1043 – Edward the Confessor was crowned King of England.
1513 – Juan Ponce de Leon first landed in Florida after seeing it the day before.
1657 – Oliver Cromwell refused the crown after the English civil war. He was declared Lord Protector in December 1653.
1860 – The first Pony Express journeys began in Saint Joseph, MO and Sacramento, CA.
1922 – Vladimir Lenin was appointed the General Secretary of the Communist Party.
1721 – Sir Robert Walpole became the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1796 – Georges Cuvier founded the science of Paleontology.
1812 – The state that would become Louisiana joined the United States, then known as the territory of Orleans.
1887 – Susanna M. Salter took office as the first female mayor in American History. She was mayor of Argonia, KS.
1916 – US Senate voted to enter WWI.
453 – Saint Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the Irish.
1614 – Pocahontas married John Rolfe.
1621 – The Mayflower set sail on a return journey to England.
1792 – George Washington uses the first presidential veto in history; he vetoed a bill regarding representation measures.
1951 – Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were given the death sentence for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union.