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Today In History - April 19
British Explorer Captain James Cook 
British Explorer Captain James Cook 

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Today in History in 1770 British explorer Captain James Cook first sights Australia; in 1775 the American Revolution began; and in 1897 the first Boston Marathon was ran.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1770 - British explorer Captain James Cook 1st sights Australia
  • 1775 - American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
  • 1782 - John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.
  • 1897 - 1st American marathon ran, John J McDermott wins in 2:55:10 (Boston)
  • 1909 - Joan of Arc receives beatification
  • 1932 - Bonnie Parker is captured in a failed hardware store burglary, and subsequently jailed. A grand jury fails to indict her, however, and she is released a few months later
  • 1934 - Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"
  • 1948 - Chiang Kai-shek elected President of Nationalist China
  • 1951 - Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career
  • 1955 - The German automaker Volkswagen, after six years of selling cars in the United States, founds Volkswagen of America in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to standardize its dealer and service network.
  • 1995 - Truck bomb at Federal Building in Oklahoma City, kills 168 & injures 500
  • 2005 - Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
  • 2011 - Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years of holding the title.


Famous Birthdays

  • 1721 - Roger Sherman, American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution)
  • 1832 - Lucretia Rudolph Garfield, 1st lady (1881)
  • 1933 - Jayne Mansfield, [Vera Jane Palmer], Bryn Mawr Pa, American actress (Fat Spy)
  • 1933 - Dick Sargent, Carmel California, actor (Darrin-Bewitched)
  • 1935 - Dudley Moore, actor (10, Arthur, Bedazzled, 6 Weeks), born in London, England
  • 1937 - Elinor Donahue, Tacoma Wash, actress (Father Knows Best, Get a Life)
  • 1962 - Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • 1979 - Kate Hudson, American actress (Almost Famous, You, Me and Dupree), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1987 - Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player

Famous Weddings

  • 1956 - US actress Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III (in Church)
  • 1997 - Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California
  • 1997 - Actor Chris O'Donnell (26) weds high school sweetheart Caroline Fentress (24)
  • 2005 - "Extra" co-host Dayna Devon (35) weds plastic surgeon Dr. Brent Moelleken at the Hans Fahden Winery in Calistoga, California
  • 2008 - New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Famous Deaths

  • 1684 - Roger Williams, English theologian and colonist (b. 1603)
  • 1882 - Charles Robert Darwin, naturalist (Origin of Species), dies at 73
  • 1967 - Konrad Adenauer, West Germany chancellor (1949-63), dies at 91
  • 1987 - Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr. Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • 2013 - Francois Jacob, French biologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 92

To see more events, birthdays and deaths listed at Today in History from Click on EXTRAS at the top of the Lincoln Herald home page then click Today in History.


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