Today in History: April 1

Today in History: April 1

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1572

The Sea Beggars under Guillaume de la Marck land in Holland and capture the small town of Briel.

1778

Oliver Pollock, creates the dollar sign.

1863

The first wartime conscription law goes into effect in the United States.

1865

At the Battle of Five Forks, Gen. Robert E. Lee begins his final offensive.

1868

The Hampton Institute is founded in Hampton, Va.

1905

Berlin and Paris are linked by telephone.

1918

England's Royal Air Force is formed.

1920

Germany's Workers Party changes its name to the Nationalist Socialist German Worker's Party (Nazis).

1924

Adolf Hitler sentenced to five years in prison for the "Beer Hall Putsch."

1928

China's Chiang Kai-shek begins attacks on communists.

1929

The yo-yo is introduced in the United States by Louie Marx.

1939

The Spanish Civil War effectively ends with the official recognition of Franco's government.

1942

The U.S. Navy begins a partial convoy system in the Atlantic.

1946

A miner's strike in the U.S. idles 400,000 workers.

1948

The Berlin Airlift begins, relieving the surrounded city from the Soviet siege.

1951

United Nations forces again move northward across the 38th Parallel in Korea.

1954

The U.S. Air Force Academy is founded in Colorado.

1968

The U.S. Army launches Operation Pegasus, the reopening of a land route to the besieged Khe Sanh Marine base.

1970

The U.S. Army charges Captain Ernest Medina for his role in the My Lai massacre.

1982

The United States transfers control of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama.