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April 1st to 30th Major and Important news items from each day click link to find more news for that day

What Happened on 1st April :

1918 Royal Air force is Founded

1946 Hawaii Earthquake and Tsunami

1970 Cigarette Advertising Banned in US

1999 Eleven countries in the European Union adopted the Euro as a common currency

2003 Jessica Lynch is rescued in Iraq

What Happened on 2nd April :

1916 - 1918 World War I Battle Of The Somme

1932 Charles Lindbergh, whose son was kidnapped paid $50,000 ransom

1972 Charlie Chaplin returns to the United States

1977 Red Rum the diminutive horse with the heart of a champion wins the English Grand National for a record third time

1980 Windfall Act on Oil Industries High Profits

1982 Argentina invades Falklands Islands

1992 Mob boss John Gotti often referred to as "The Teflon Don" Convicted for first time

2005 Pope John Paul II Dies

2009 G20 Summit Over Global Financial Problems

What Happened on 3rd April :

1860 Pony Express Service Starts

1974 148 tornadoes hit North America from Georgia to Canada within 16 hours

1994 Civil War breaks out in Rwanda

2010 Apple Releases Ipad

What Happened on 4th April :

1906 Mount Vesuvius erupts

1949 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is established

1964 The Beatles hold an unprecedented record of twelve positions on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart

1968 Martin Luther King Jr. Murdered

1973 New York's World Trade Center Completed

2006 Saddam Hussein Charged With Genocide

What Happened on 5th April :

1933 President Franklin Roosevelt signs "United States Executive Order 6102" Gold Compulsorily Purchased

1968 Race Riots Follow Assassination of Martin Luther King

1969 One of the greatest co-ordinated demonstrations in modern times starts on this weekend against US involvement in Vietnam with demonstrations in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other major cities.

1976 American billionaire Howard Hughes dies at the age of 70.

1987 Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut

1994 Kurt Cobain lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band Nirvana commits suicide

2010 Explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, Raleigh County, West Virginia

What Happened on 6th April :

1896 Modern Olympics Games Reborn

1917 America enters World War I

1941 Germany invades Yugoslavia

What Happened on 7th April :

1933 On April 7th 1933 beer goes on sale again in 19 of the 48 states and the District of Columbia .

1948 The World Health Organization (WHO) established

1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein debut their hit musical "South Pacific" on Broadway

Born in April

Alec Guinness
Born: 2nd April 1914 Paddington, London, England, UK
Marlon Brando
Born: April 3rd 1924 Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Spencer Tracy
Born: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy 5th April 1900 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Billie Holiday
Born: Elinore Harris 7th April 1915 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
David Letterman
Born: David Michael Letterman 12th April 1947 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Victoria Beckham
Born: Victoria Caroline Adams 17th April 1974 Harlow, Essex, England
Anthony Quinn
Born: Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca April April 21, 1915 Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Jack Nicholson
Born: John Joseph Nicholson April 22, 1937 New York, United States
Shirley Temple
Born: Shirley Jane Temple April April 23rd, 1928 Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Barbra Streisand
Born: Barbara Joan Streisand April 24th, 1942 Brooklyn, New York, USA
Ulysses S. Grant
Born: April 27, 1822, Point Pleasant, Ohio
Alistair MacLean
Born: 30th April 1926, Des Moines, Iowa

What Happened on 8th April :

1904 Long Acre Square in Manhattan, New York, was renamed Times Square

1958 10,000 protesters arrive in Trafalgar Square, London as part of the CND / Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

1974 Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run

1992 The satirical British magazine Punch publishes it's final issue

What Happened on 9th April :

1865 Robert E. Lee surrenders

1940 Germany invades Norway and Denmark

1942 Philippines Surrender To Japanese

1942 The Japanese forced 75,000 captured American and Filipino soldiers on the Bataan Death March.

1959 America's First Astronauts Introduced

What Happened on 10th April :

1925 "The Great Gatsby" F. Scott Fitzgerald, is published

1970 Beatles Break Up

1971 US table tennis team begins a week long visit to the People's Republic of China ( Ping Pong Diplomacy )

What Happened on 11th April :

1957 Singapore gains self rule from the British

1965 The Palm Sunday Tornadoes strike Indiana and the surrounding states

1968 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968

1981 Brixton Riots London, England

What Happened on 12th April :

1945 Franklin D. Roosevelt Dies Vice President Harry S. Truman becomes the President of The United States

1954 Bill Haley and the Comets, record "Rock Around the Clock"

1961 Yuri Gagarin Becomes First Man in Space

1981 First Space Shuttle Columbia Launched

1992 Euro Disney opened in Marne-La-Vallee, Paris, France

2001 Cincinnati Riots

What Happened on 13th April :

1925 The Butler Act becomes law

1936 Work on the Boulder Dam is completed

1969 The Love Bug, a popular Disney movie, was released

1996 Dunblane Massacre in kindergarten in Scotland

What Happened on 14th April :

1970 Apollo 13 Explosion

1997 Tiger Woods at 21 years old became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters Tournament

1999 Jack Kervorkian ( Assisted Suicide Practitioner) was sentenced in Pontiac, Mich., to 10 to 25 years in prison

What Happened on 15th April :

1865 President Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth

1912 Titanic stikes an iceburg and sinks on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York

1935 Twenty of the worst "Black Blizzards" that occurred throughout the Dust Bowl years happen on a single day often referred to as "Black Sunday"

100 years of price Change

100 Years Of Price Changes

We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. Includes Average Cost of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon of Gas, and a 1 lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2023.

From our 1955 Toys

Farm Stake Tonka Truck From The 1950s Farm Stake Tonka Truck
Manufacturer: Tonka
Price: $3.98
Realistic in every detail... right down to its rear wheels with mud flaps! Small-fry farmers find it ideal to haul any load. The stake panels come out for the big jobs. Made of tough, heavy gauge metal.

What Happened on 16th April :

1953 The Queen launches the Royal Yacht Britannia

1974 Israeli and Syrian troops continue fighting along the Golan Heights

2007 Killing spree at Virginia Tech

What Happened on 17th April :

1961 1,500 Cuban exiles supported by the US government invade the Bay of Pigs

1964 The Ford Motor Co. unveiled its new Mustang model at the New York World's Fair

What Happened on 18th April :

1906 Earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, shook the town of San Francisco

1923 first baseball game is played at Yankee Stadium in New York City

1956 Grace Kelly Marries Prince Rainier of Monaco

1983 Car Bomb US Embassy Lebanon

2003 Scott Peterson Arrested

What Happened on 19th April :

1897 The Worlds oldest annual marathon run in Boston, Massachusetts, United States races for the first time.

1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

1993 Waco Cult Assault

1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

What Happened on 20th April :

1972 Antiwar demonstrations draw 100,000 demonstrators in cities across America

1999 Columbine High School Shooting

2010 Deepwater Horizon explodes in the Gulf of Mexico

What Happened on 21st April :

1955 Fleet Street Newspaper Worker Strike

1989 Student Protest Tiananmen Square

What Happened on 22nd April :

1889 Oklahoma Land Rush

1970 Earth Day was observed for the first time

What Happened on 23rd April :

1932 The New Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens in Shakespears's birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon

1968 Decimal coins introduced in UK as part of decimalisation

1979 Oil Company Windfall Profits Tax

1984 Singer Marvin Gaye Shot by his father

1985 The Coca-Cola Company announced it has changed its formula for Coke and will known as New Coke

2003 US troops rescue Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq

What Happened on 24th April :

1954 Mau Mau Rebels Rounded Up By British Troops in Kenya

1968 Student Occupation Columbia University

1980 US Embassy Hostage Crisis in Iran Rescue Attempt Failure

1990 Space Shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit

From 1959 Toys

New Exiting Barbie Fashion Dolls Launched in March 1959 From The 1950s Barbie Fashion Dolls
Manufacturer: Mattel
Price: $1.29
These Images are from 1960 sorry could not find any from 1959 the year Barbie Came out but thought I must include Barbie for 1959.

From 1920s Appliances Page

Gyrator Electric Washing Machine 1920s

Late Decade Electric Washing Machine

Price: $81.50

For the latest and best in washing machine design, this easy to move washing machine features the latest gyrator technology with no center post where clothes can be damaged, the attached wringer is made from the finest semi soft rubber.

1925 Frigidaire Electric Refrigerator

1925 Frigidaire

Price: $285.00

I included this Frigidaire Electric as the final Electric Item from the Twenties as it was significant in many ways 1. It was made by General Motors not General Electric. 2. The cost was pretty high and I suspect out of most people's reach and 3. It was sold by a dedicated salesman who visited your home rather than through a shop etc.

What Happened on 25th April :

1956 Elvis Presley has his first number one hit with "Heartbreak Hotel"

1953 Two Cambridge University scientists "James D Watson and Francis Crick" publish an article in Nature Magazine explaining the structure of DNA

1955 The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to ocean vessels seeking passage from Montreal to ports in the USA on the Great Lakes .

2003 The Human Genome Project to determine the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA of the human genome consisting of 20,000-25,000 genes started in 1990 is published.

What Happened on 26th April :

1927 The Mississippi makes over 150,000 homeless

1986 An explosion and fire at the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine resulted in a nuclear meltdown

2009 The U.S. declares a public health emergency ( Swine Flu )

What Happened on 27th April :

1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450: Hiring and Firing rules for Government Employment. Homosexuality, moral perversion, and communism were categorized as national security threats

1994 Nelson Mandela voted as South Africa President

What Happened on 28th April :

1947 Kon-Tiki Expedition Starts

2004 Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal breaks on CBS' "60 Minutes II."

What Happened on 29th April :

1922 Lower Louisiana Floods

1945 Dachau concentration camp was liberated

1970 US Troops Invade Cambodia

What Happened on 30th April :

1952 Diary of Anne Frank Published

1789 George Washington Inaugurated as the First President of the United States

1939 New York World's Fair

1945 Hitler Commits Suicide

1975 South Vietnam Surrenders

1980 Terrorist group takes Iran embassy hostages in London