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43Battle of Mutina: Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina and Decimus Brutus is murdered shortly after.

1509Henry VIII crowned King of England

1536Thomas Cromwell begins to plot Anne Boleyn's downfall while feigning illness

1789John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington)

1796Napoleon and the French defeat the Piedmontese at Battle of Mondovi

1865Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington

1894George Bernard Shaw's "Arms & the Man" premieres in London

1904Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

1918World War I: German fighter ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen, known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme in France. Canadian pilot Captain Arthur Roy Brown was credited with the kill.

1956Elvis Presley's 1st hit record, "Heartbreak Hotel", becomes #1

1963Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open

1975Last South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu resigns after 10 years

1985Patty Sheehan wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament

1987Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

1988Barbra Streisand records "You'll Never Know"

1994Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit HRS in a games (11 times)

On This Day In History
Date Event
Apr 21, 753 BC
Romulus and Remus found Rome (traditional date). 
Apr 21, 43 BC
Battle of Mutina: Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina and Decimus Brutus is murdered shortly after. 
Apr 21, 953
Otto I the Great gives Utrecht fishing rights 
Apr 21, 1420
Treaty of Saint Maartens Dike 
Apr 21, 1453
Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople 
Apr 21, 1509
Henry VIII crowned King of England 
Apr 21, 1521
Battle at Villalar: Emperor Charles I beats Communards 
Apr 21, 1526
Battle at Panipat: Mogol Emperor Babur beats Sultan Ibrahim Lodi - rise of the Mughal Empire 
Apr 21, 1536
Thomas Cromwell begins to plot Anne Boleyn's downfall while feigning illness 
Apr 21, 1572
France & England sign anti-Spanish military covenant 
Apr 21, 1600
1st date in James Clavell's novel Shogun (OS) 
Apr 21, 1649
Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship 
Apr 21, 1654
England & Sweden sign trade agreement 
Apr 21, 1689
William III & Mary Stuart proclaimed king & queen of England 
Apr 21, 1739
Spain & Naples-Austria sign peace accord 
Apr 21, 1785
Russian tsarina Catharina II ends noble privileges 
Apr 21, 1789
John Adams sworn in as 1st US VP (9 days before Washington) 
Apr 21, 1792
Tiradentes, a revolutionary leading movement for Brazil's independence, is hanged, drawn and quartered. 
Apr 21, 1794
NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publically owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British 
Apr 21, 1796
Napoleon and the French defeat the Piedmontese at Battle of Mondovi 
Apr 21, 1818
Franz Grillparzer's "Sappho" premieres in Vienna 
Apr 21, 1836
Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico 
Apr 21, 1855
1st train crosses Miss River's 1st bridge, Rock Is Ill-Davenport Ia 
Apr 21, 1857
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle 
Apr 21, 1862
Congress establishes US Mint in Denver, Co 
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