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Today in History: April 21

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April 21

753 BC   Traditional date of the foundation of Rome.
43 BC   Marcus Antonius is defeated by Octavian near Modena, Italy.
1526   Mongol Emperor Babur annihilates the Indian Army of Ibrahim Lodi.
1649   The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, allowing all people freedom of worship.
1689   William III and Mary II are crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1836   General Sam Houston defeats Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. Texas wins independence from Mexico.
1862   Congress establishes the U.S. Mint.
1865   Abraham Lincoln‘s funeral train leaves Washington.
1898   The Spanish-American War begins.
1910   Mark Twain dies at the age of 75.
1916   Bill Carlisle, the infamous ‘last train robber,’ robs a train in Hanna, Wyoming.
1914   U.S. Marines occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico. They will stay six months.
1918   Manfred von Richthofen, better known as the “Red Baron,” is killed when his plane is shot down near Amiens, France. He is credited with 80 air combat victories, getting his last two the day before his death. [From MHQ—The Quarterly Journal of Military History]
1943   President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces that several Doolittle pilots have been executed by Japanese.
1960   Brasilia becomes the capital of Brazil.
1961   The French army revolts in Algeria.
1966   Pfc. Milton Lee Olive is awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for bravery during the Vietnam War.
1975   The last South Vietnam president, Nguyen Van Thieu, resigns.
1995   Federal authorities arrest Timothy McVeigh in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.
Born on April 21
1782   Friedrich Froebel, founder of kindergarten.
1816   Charlotte Bronte, novelist (Jane Eyre).
1838   John Muir, naturalist.
1849   Oscar Hertwig, embryologist.
1864   Max Weber, German sociologist and political economist.
1909   Rollo May, psychologist.
1912   Marcel Camus, French film director (Black Orpheus).
1923   John Mortimer, British barrister and playwright (Rumpole of the Bailey).
1926   Elizabeth II, queen of England.
1932   Elaine May, comedy writer.