April is a month rich in history. Familiar names and events that come to mind in April are Paul Revere, Abraham Lincoln and of course April Fool’s Day, just to name a few. Have fun reading our list of historical events that happened during the month of April. Did you know the birthstone for April is the Diamond and the flower is the daisy and sweet pea?
April 1, sometime between 1392 and in the 1500s, is the best guess for the start of the April Fool’s Day festivities.
April 3, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the European Recovery Program better known as the Marshall Plan. It was intended to stop the spread of Communism and rebuild the economies of Europe devastated by World War II.
April 6, 1917, the Congress approved a declaration of war with Germany and the United States entered World War I.
April 9, 1866, the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was passed by Congress granting blacks the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship despite a veto by President Andrew Johnson.
April 9, 1942, in the Philippine, the Bataan Death March began. American and Filipino prisoners were forced on a six-day, 60 mile march from Bataan to Cabanatuan without food or water.
April 11, 1945, the 6th Armored Division, part of the Third Army liberated The Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald.
April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater in Washington. He died on April 15 at 7:22 a.m.
April 18, 1775, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes occurred as the two men rode out of Boston to warn patriots of the approaching British.