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What’s up with April? More dates to ponder.

Tiffany Mosig - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April has more than its share of historic horrors, from the San Fran earthquake, MLK assassination, and Lincoln’s night at the theater, to Waco, Chernobyl, the Great Mississippi flood, and Titanic. But enough about tragedies. We need to lighten up. Here are some other things that happened each day in Aprils past...



  1. Cigarette ads are banned from tv and radio in 1970. Joe Camel must survive elsewhere. 
  2. Rural freeway speed limit goes from 55 to 65 in 1987. 
  3. The Apple iPad launches in 2010-exactly 150 years after the Pony Express did. 
  4. The world meets MicroSoft’s mission in 1975: a PC in every home. 
  5. 1973: Happy Birthday, Pharrell! Clap along, if you feel like happiness is the truth… 
  6. The Twinkie is born in 1930 outside Chicago. Now we’re all crème filled. 
  7. Quaffers rejoice as beer prohibition ends in 19 states and Washington DC in 1933. 
  8. Hank Aaron sends number 715 screaming over the fences in 1974 to top Babe Ruth. 
  9. Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox in 1865. We’ve misspelled Appomattox ever since. 
  10. 1970: The Beatles call it quits. No, no, no! Yeah, yeah, yeah. 
  11. LBJ takes a step toward fair housing by signing the Civil Rights Act of 1968. 
  12. Bill Haley and the Comets Rock Around the Clock and up the charts in ‘54. 
  13. Westinghouse patents the steam brake in 1869. Without it, train stops are kind of useless. 
  14. 1970: Apollo 13 has a problem, Houston. But we can fix it. 
  15. The first McDonalds opens in 1955, just minutes from here in Des Plaines, IL. 
  16. Walter Cronkite becomes CBS news anchor. And that’s the way it was, April 16th, 1962. 
  17. Ford introduces the 1964 ½ Mustang. Everyone drools. 
  18. 1923: Yankee Stadium hosts the first of 6,581 regular season home games. (Better than 1906 when San Francisco hosted its first earthquake on this day) 
  19. Pivotal colonial throw-down in 1775. The American Revolution begins. 
  20. Madonna becomes highest paid woman in pop music in 1992. Thanks Time Warner. 
  21. 1926: Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II. What will you wear to Harry’s wedding? 
  22. 1970: The first Earth Day is observed. For a while we breathe easier. 
  23. Coke introduces New Coke in 1985. Discontinues it in 2002. No comment. 
  24. 1990: The Hubbell telescope is put into orbit to give us a mind-blowing eye in the sky. 
  25. Elvis shows us how it’s done in 1956. Heartbreak Hotel is #1. 
  26. Mike Tyson gets a ticket for drag racing in 1989. What else would you do with a Lamborghini? 
  27. National Hairball Awareness Day (last Friday in April). The AVMA wants us to be pet health-friendly. 
  28. 6 men on a balsam wood raft begin a 5,000-mile trip across the Pacific in 1947 to prove ancient peoples could have done it. Pretty gutsy if you ask me. 
  29. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha brings it home for me (1967). 
  30. George Washington is inaugurated in 1789. Television coverage was terrible.


Now let’s all enjoy spring! When it gets here.

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