Today in History: April 19

Today in History: April 19

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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 as fighting breaks out at Lexington, Massachusetts.

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.