Today in history

Today in history. April 21.

  1. 1775: The Siege of Boston begins during the American Revolutionary War.
  2. 1792: France declares war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary Wars.
  3. 1836: The U.S. Congress passes an act creating the Wisconsin Territory.
  4. 1861: Robert E. Lee resigns from the United States Army two days after he was offered command of the Union Army and three days after Virginia seceded from the Union.
  5. 1889: Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Nazi Germany, was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.
  6. 1902: Pierre and Marie Curie isolated radium.
  7. 1906: The 1906 Summer Olympics opened in Athens, Greece, the first modern Olympic Games.
  8. 1914: The Ludlow Massacre occurred in Colorado, USA, during a coal miners' strike.
  9. 1918: Manfred von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, was shot down and killed in World War I.
  10. 1940: The British War Cabinet approved the Gallipoli Campaign during World War II.
  11. 1945: During World War II, U.S. troops capture Leipzig, Germany, near the end of the war in Europe.
  12. 1968: English politician Enoch Powell delivers his controversial "Rivers of Blood" speech regarding immigration and anti-discrimination legislation.
  13. 1972: Apollo 16 astronauts John Young and Charles Duke explore the Moon's Descartes Highlands.
  14. 1986: Michael Jordan sets an NBA playoff record by scoring 63 points in a game against the Boston Celtics.
  15. 1999: The Columbine High School massacre occurs in Colorado, USA, resulting in the deaths of 13 victims and the perpetrators.
  16. 2008: Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300, becoming the first female driver to win an IndyCar Series race.
  17. 2010: An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico leads to one of the largest oil spills in history.
  18. 2013: A series of bombings in Iraq, including a car bomb attack in Baghdad, kills dozens of people and injures many more.
  19. 2018: Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is hospitalized a day after his wife Barbara Bush's funeral, suffering from a blood infection.
  20. 2021: NASA's Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, makes its first powered flight on another planet, marking a milestone in space exploration.
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