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  • 1715 The Yamasee War begins in South Carolina.

  • 1775 The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.

  • 1828 Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

  • 1846 The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.

  • 1860 The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.

  • 1865 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth (died April 15th).

  • 1865 U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.

  • 1881 The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.

  • 1890 The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.

  • 1894 The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.

  • 1906 The Azusa Street Revival opens and will launch Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement.

  • 1912 The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (sinks morning of April 15th).

  • 1935 "Black Sunday Storm", the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.

  • 1939 The Grapes of Wrath, by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.

  • 1956 In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.

  • 1969 At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

  • 1981 STS-1 The first operational space shuttle, Columbia (OV-102) completes its first test flight.

  • 1986 In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.

  • 1988 The USS Samuel B. Roberts strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will.

  • 1994 In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.

  • 2003 U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the MS Achille Lauro in 1985.

  • 2005 The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.

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