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1770British explorer Captain James Cook 1st sights Australia

1782John 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.

1909Joan of Arc receives beatification

1911George Bernard Shaw's "Fanny's First Play" premieres in London

1932President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week

1932Bonnie 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

1933FDR announces US will leave gold standard

1934Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up & Cheer"

1947After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

1949Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

1951Gen Douglas MacArthur ends his military career

1964Mickey Wright wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational

1973Barbra Streisand records "Between Yesterday & Tomorrow"

1981Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf

1986Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1991Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

1994Rodney King award $3,800,000 in compensation for his police beating

2005Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.

On This Day In History
Date Event
Apr 19, 607
Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs of Earth 
Apr 19, 1012
Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London. 
Apr 19, 1451
Alam Shah of Delhi resigns throne 
Apr 19, 1524
Pope Clemens VII fires Neth inquisitor-general French Van de Holly 
Apr 19, 1529
2nd Parliament of Spiers bans Lutheranism 
Apr 19, 1539
Charles, protestant German monarch, signs Treaty of Frankrfurt 
Apr 19, 1552
Mauritius of Saksen captures Karel 
Apr 19, 1587
Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet 
Apr 19, 1591
Chartres surrenders to king Henri IV in France 
Apr 19, 1619
Theatrum Anatomicum opens in Amsterdam 
Apr 19, 1713
Emperor Karel VI ends Pragmatic Sanctions 
Apr 19, 1770
Amsterdam buys Van Aerssens family 1/3 part of Suriname 
Apr 19, 1770
British explorer Captain James Cook 1st sights Australia 
Apr 19, 1774
CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris 
Apr 19, 1775
Minutemen Capt John Parker orders not to fire unless fired upon 
Apr 19, 1775
American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world" 
Apr 19, 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. 
Apr 19, 1810
Venezuela achieves home rule: Vicente Emparan, Governor of the Captaincy General is removed by the people of Caracas and a Junta is installed. 
Apr 19, 1825
33 patriotic exiles return to Uruguay 
Apr 19, 1836
Nikolai Gogol's "Revisor" premieres in St Petersburg 
Apr 19, 1837
Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth 
Apr 19, 1839
Treaty of London constitutes Belgium an independent kingdom & Luxembourg a Grand Duchy 
Apr 19, 1852
California Historical Society forms 
Apr 19, 1853
Netherlands Van Hall government forms 
Apr 19, 1861
Baltimore riots-4 soldiers, 9 civilians killed 
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