This Week in History


April 12

Edwin Williams was born.

Charles Knopper was born.

Miriam Rosenberg was born.


1955 - The polio vaccine of Dr. Jonas Salk was called "safe, effective, and potent."

2017 – Jim Cunningham appeared in The Word Search.


April 13

Pesach Osina was born.


1970 - Apollo 13 announced, "Houston, we have a problem," when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the Moon.

1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first of African descent to win a major golf title.


April 14

Peter Galvin was born.


1828 - Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.

1865 - Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.


April 15

Michael William Coughlin was born.

Phil Goldfeder was born.

Kelly Kalisak was born.

Catherine Murphy was born.


1912 - Titanic sank off the coast of Newfoundland on its maiden voyage after it struck an iceberg.

1947 - Jackie Robinson made his Brooklyn Dodger debut and scored the game-winning run. On April 15, 1997, his number, 42, was retired.


April 16

1972 - China sent President Nixon two giant pandas as a gift.

1999 - Hockey great Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement.


April 17

Robert Zimmer was born.


1969 - Sirhan Sirhan was convicted for the murder of Robert F. Kennedy.

1970 - The Apollo 13 astronauts safely landed after their near-disastrous flight.


April 18

Lisa Redmond was born.

Alison Kase was born.


1775 - Paul Revere warned Massachusetts colonists of the arrival of British troops during the American Revolution.

1906 - The Great San Francisco Earthquake destroyed over 4 sq mi. and killed over 500 people.

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