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Today in History: April 19

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April 19

1539   Emperor Charles V reaches a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany.
1689   Residents of Boston oust their governor, Edmond Andros.
1764   The English Parliament bans the American colonies from printing paper money.
1775   The American Revolution begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts. British regulars are chased back into Boston and besieged. “The shot heard round the world” ignites a full-scale revolt in the America’s 13 colonies. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1782   The Netherlands recognizes the United States.
1794   Tadeusz Kosciuszko forces the Russians out of Warsaw.
1802   The Spanish reopen New Orleans port to American merchants.
1824   English poet Lord George Gordon Byron dies of malaria at age 36 while aiding Greek independence.
1861   The Baltimore riots result in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
1861   President Abraham Lincoln orders a blockade of Confederate ports.
1880   The Times war correspondent telephones a report of the Battle of Ahmed Khel, the first time news is sent from a field of battle in this manner.
1927   In China, Hankow communists declare war on Chiang Kai-shek.
1934   Shirley Temple appears in her first movie.
1938   General Francisco Franco declares victory in the Spanish Civil War.
1939   Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights.
1943   The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule begins.
1960   Baseball uniforms begin displaying player’s names on their backs.
1971   Russia launches its first Salyut space station.
1977   Alex Haley receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.
1982   NASA names Sally Ride to be the first woman astronaut.
1989   The battleship USS Iowa‘s number 2 turret explodes, killing sailors.
1993   The FBI ends a 51-day siege by storming the Branch Davidian religious cult headquarters in Waco, Texas.
1995   A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
Born on April 19
1666   Sarah Kemble Knight, diarist.
1721   Roger Sherman, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1832   Lucretia Rudolph, President James A. Garfield‘s first lady.
1877   Ole Evinrude, inventor of the first successful outboard motor.
1900   Richard Hughes, English novelist and playwright (A High Wind in Jamaica).
1903   Eliot Ness, Treasury agent during Prohibition.
1905   Tom Hopkinson, British writer.
1912   Glenn T. Seaborg, physicist.
1933   Etheridge Knight, poet.