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This Day in History for April 13 – Apollo 13 Disaster and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1870 – The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly called the Met, is founded (More info)

1943 – The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, DC, on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth (More info)

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US Library of Congress
US Library of Congress
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This Day in History for April 12 – Civil War Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1861 – The Civil War begins with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbor of Charleston, SC (More info)

1945 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies while in office (More info)

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Al Barry, Getty Images
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This Day in History for April 10 – ASPCA Founded and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1866 – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA, is founded (More info)

1874 – The first Arbor Day results in over 1 million trees being planted (More info)

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Mario Tama, Getty Images
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This Day in History for April 9 – Hussein’s Statue Falls and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1865 – Robert E. Lee surrenders his army to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War (More info)

1959 – NASA announces its first seven astronauts, later dubbed the “Mercury Seven” (More info)

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This Day in History for April 7 – Battle of Shiloh Ends and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1862 – General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army defeat the Confederates near Shiloh, Tenn. (More info)

1940 – Booker T. Washington becomes the first African-American to be depicted on a US postage stamp (More info)

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Simon Bruty, Getty Images
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This Day in History for April 4 – MLK Assassinated and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1818 – The US Congress adopts a flag with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (More info)

1841 – President William Henry Harrison dies from pneumonia just one month after his inauguration (More info)

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Wikimedia Commons
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This Day in History for April 3 – Pony Express Begins and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1860 – The first successful United States Pony Express run begins (More info)

1882 – Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford, one of his own gang members (More info)

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Robert Laberge, Getty Images
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This Day in History for March 27 – FDA Approves Viagra and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1866 – President Andrew Johnson vetoes a civil rights bill which later becomes the 14th Amendment (More info)

1912 – Japanese cherry trees are planted along the Potomac, giving rise to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC (More info)

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National Archives
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This Day in History for September 21 – Benedict Arnold Commits Treason and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1780 – American General Benedict Arnold commits treason by giving the British the plans to West Point (More info)

1792 – The National Convention declares France a republic and abolishes the monarchy (More info)

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Vince Musi, The White House
Vince Musi, The White House
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This Day in History for September 13 – Oslo Accords Signed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1814 – Francis Scott Key pens a poem which is later set to music and in 1931 becomes America’s national anthem, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ (More info)

1898 – Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film (More info)

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basykes, Flickr
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This Day in History for September 9 – California Gains Statehood and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The Second Continental Congress changes the name of the nation from the United Colonies to the United States of America (More info)

1850 – California is admitted as the 31st US state, bypassing the usual waiting period of being a territory first (More info)

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This Day in History for September 8 – Ford Pardons Nixon and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1504 – Michelangelo’s ‘David’ is unveiled in Florence, Italy (More info)

1966 – The first ‘Star Trek’ series premieres on NBC (More info)

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