Today in History: April 21

Today in History: April 21

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0043

Marcus Antonius is defeated by Octavian near Modena, Italy.

0753

Traditional date of the foundation of Rome.

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.

1914

U.S. Marines occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico. They will stay six months.

1916

Bill Carlisle, the infamous 'last train robber,' robs a train in Hanna, Wyoming.

1918

German fighter ace Baron von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," is shot down and killed.

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.