April 30 in Pop Culture History

April 30 in Pop Culture History

1789 – In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States.

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase from France, for 15 million dollars, also included much (if not all of) of Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.

1812 – The Territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state under the name Louisiana.…

April 29 in Pop Culture History

April 29 in Pop Culture History

1429 – 17 year-old Joan of Arc arrived to relieve the Siege of Orléans.

1864 – Theta Xi fraternity was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,

1962 – ABC’s Wide World of Sports premiered.

1945 – The US Seventh Army’s 45th Infantry Division liberated the Dachau concentration camp.

1945 – Adolf Hitler married his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker.

1950 – #1 Hit April 29, 1950 – …

April 28 in Pop Culture History

April 28 in Pop Culture History

1789 – The HMS Bounty was taken over in a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian, the first mate. Captain William Bligh and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small boat.

1919 – The first jump with the Army manually operated (jump first, then pull the chute) army parachute was made by Leslie LeRoy Irvin in Dayton, Ohio.

1953 – The US Patent (#2,636,176) was issued …

April 27 in Pop Culture History

April 27 in Pop Culture History

4977 BC – The Universe was created, according to Johannes Kepler.

1667 – Blind writer John Milton sold his copyright to Paradise Lost for 10 pounds. He needed the money because he was penniless at the time.

1865 – SS Sultana explosion, Mississippi River, near Memphis, Tennessee, killing 1800 people.

1871 -The American Museum of Natural History opened in New York City.

1887 – George Thomas Morton performed the …

April 26 in Pop Culture History

April 26 in Pop Culture History

662 (Earthquake) Iran

1278 – Imprisoned for murder, John le F*cker sent a letter asking for bail, the earliest recorded instance of the English swear word “f*ck”.

1564 – Playwright William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. People were traditionally baptized three days after birth, this is how we know his birthday was April 23.

1721 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran

1882 – A perpetual motion machine was Patented (#…

April 25 in Pop Culture History

April 25 in Pop Culture History

1644 – The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty China, committed suicide during a peasant rebellion.

1719 – Daniel Defoe’s The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was published.

1792 – Highwayman (thief) Nicolas J. Pelletier became the first person executed by guillotine in Paris, France.

1859 – Ground was broken for opened the Suez Canal by British and French engineers. The 100 mile canal between …

April 24 in Pop Culture History

April 24 in Pop Culture History

1184 BC – The fall of Troy (with the Trojan Horse) took place, according to tradition.

1704 – The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America, the News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts.

1800 – The Library of Congress was established.

1885 – American sharpshooter Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

1895 – Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly around the world, set …

April 23 in Pop Culture History

April 23 in Pop Culture History

1516 – A Beer Purity Law was put into law still in effect today in Germany. It was decreed on April 23, 1516, by Munich’s Duke Wilhelm, protecting the country’s beer drinkers from contaminants, chemicals and any other additives that unsavory merchants might have thought of adding.

1564 – William Shakespeare was born. He went on to write 38 plays and invent dozens of English words.

1635 – The …

April 22 in Pop Culture History

April 22 in Pop Culture History

1056 – First seen July 2, 1054, the supernova in the Crab nebula was last seen by the naked eye.

1519 – Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico.

1864 – The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 that mandated that the inscription ‘In God We Trust’ would be placed on all coins minted as United States currency.

1876 – The first ever National …

April 21 in Pop Culture History

April 21 in Pop Culture History

753 BC – Romulus and his twin brother Remus founded Rome.

1509 – Henry VIII ascended the throne of England.

1878 – The first U.S. firehouse pole was installed in New York City, by Capt. David B. Kenyon at Engine Company 21.

1895 – Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrated the “Panopticon” – the first movie projector developed in the United States.

1918 – Above the …

April 20 in Pop Culture History

April 20 in Pop Culture History

1657 – Freedom of religion was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (New York City).

1832 – Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas was established as a reservation by an act of Congress. Technically, it was the first United States’ National Park.

1841 – The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allen Poe, was published in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. It is considered the …

April 19 in Pop Culture History

April 19 in Pop Culture History

1775 – The American Revolution began in Lexington, Massachusetts.

1892 -The first Duryea automobile was operated by pioneer manufacturer Charles E. Duryea in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1897 – The first Boston Marathon was held.

1919 – Leslie Irvin made the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump using a self-contained parachute.

1927 – Mae West is sentenced to ten days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex in New York. …