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March 15, 1985: The first Internet domain name is registered (symbolics.com).
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March 15, 1937: H.P. Lovecraft dies at age 46.
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March 16, 1995: Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery.
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March 17, 1958: The United States launches the Vanguard 1 satellite. It was the first satellite to be solar powered. Although communication with it was lost in 1964, it remains the oldest manmade satellite still in orbit.
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March 18, 1925: The Tri-state Tornado kills officially 695 across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. It probably killed many more. This F5 tornado amazingly travelled over 200 miles and is the United States' deadliest single tornado ever.
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March 18, 1990: Germans in the German Democratic Republic vote in the first democratic elections in the former communist dictatorship.
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March 19, 1945: Adolf Hitler issues his "Nero Decree" ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed, to prevent their use by Allied forces. The decree is deliberately disobeyed by Albert Speer.
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March 20, 1987: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the anti-AIDS drug, AZT.
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March 20, 1760: A fire destroys 349 buildings in downtown Boston.
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March 21, 1952: Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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March 22, 1972: In Eisenstadt v. Baird, the United States Supreme Court decides that unmarried persons have the right to possess contraceptives.
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March 23, 1775: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – "Give me liberty, or give me death!" – at St. John's Episcopal Church, Richmond, Virginia.
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March 24, 1989: The Exxon Valdez spills 10.4 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound, resulting in a horrific environmental catastrophe.
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March 24, 1944: 76 Allied prisoners of war begin breaking out of the German camp Stalag Luft III... later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape.
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March 25, 1965: Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.
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March 26, 1942: The first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.
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March 27, 1977: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). Sixty-one survived on the Pan Am flight. This is the worst aviation accident in history.
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March 28, 1920: The original Palm Sunday tornado outbreak kills an estimated 380+ and injures over 1200.
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March 28, 1842: First concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, founded by Otto Nicolai.
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March 29, 1886: John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta.
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March 30, 1981: Ronald Reagan is shot by John Hinkley Jr.
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March 30, 1867: Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2˘/acre ($4.19/km˛), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward.
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March 31, 1492: Queen Isabella of Castile issues the Alhambra Decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish and Muslim subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion.
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April 1, 2001: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in the Netherlands, the first contemporary country to allow it.
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April 2, 1800: Ludwig van Beethoven conducts the premiere of his First Symphony, in Vienna.
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April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
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April 5, 1951: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.
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April 6, 1973: The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
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April 7, 1943: In Terebovlia, Ukraine, Germans order 1,100 Jews to undress and march through the city to the nearby village of Plebanivka, where they are shot and buried in ditches.
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April 8, 1974: At Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run to surpass Babe Ruth's 39-year-old record.
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April 9, 1939: Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, after being denied the right to sing to an integrated audience at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall. The incident places Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician, especially a Black one. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performs a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. She sings before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions.

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April 9, 1865: Lee surrenders to Grant ending the Civil War.
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April 10, 1963: The USS Thresher is lost with 129 aboard. This is the deadliest submarine accident in history.
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April 10, 1970: Paul McCartney announces that he is leaving The Beatles for personal and professional reasons.
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April 11, 1976: The Apple I is created. To finance its creation, Steve Jobs sold his only motorized means of transportation, a VW Microbus, for a few hundred dollars, and Steve Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator for $500.
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April 12, 1945: FDR dies in office from a cerebral hemorrhage.
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April 12, 1961: The Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space and perform the first manned orbital flight, Vostok 1.
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April 13, 1964: At the Academy Awards, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film Lilies of the Field.
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April 14, 1561: Around dawn, residents of Nuremberg, Germany see what they describe as an aerial battle, followed by the appearance of a large black triangular object and then a large crash outside of the city. According to witnesses, there are hundreds of spheres, cylinders and other odd-shaped objects that move erratically overhead. The phenomenon has been interpreted by some modern UFO enthusiasts as an aerial battle of extraterrestrial origin.
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April 15, 1970: During the Cambodian Civil War, massacre of the Vietnamese minority results in 800 bodies flowing down the Mekong river into South Vietnam.
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April 16, 1943: Albert Hofmann accidentally discovers the hallucinogenic effects of the research drug LSD, by accidentally touching his hand to his mouth. He intentionally takes the drug three days later on April 19. This day is now known as "Bicycle Day", because he begins to feel the effects of the drug as he rides home on his bike. This is the first intentional LSD trip.
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April 17, 1961: A group of Cuban exiles financed and trained by the CIA lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro. It doesn't end well.
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April 18, 1923: The original Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built", opens. It is the home ballpark of the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1973, and then from 1976 to 2008. The stadium is to host 6,581 Yankees regular season home games during its 85-year history. It is also known as "The Big Ballpark in The Bronx", "The Stadium", and "The Cathedral of Baseball”. The stadium was demolished in 2010, two years after it closed, and the 8-acre site was converted into a park called Heritage Field.
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April 19, 1927: Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in prison and given a $500 fine, charged with “obscenity and corrupting the morals of youth” for writing, directing, and performing in the play “Sex.” While in prison at Welfare Island, West dines with the warden and his wife, and is released early due to good behavior, something she remarks to reporters afterwards as “…the first time I ever got anything for good behavior.”
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April 20, 1979: President Jimmy Carter is attacked by a swamp rabbit which swam up to his fishing boat in Plains, Georgia. The rabbit that was being chased by hounds jumps into the water near Carter and swims aggressively towards his boat. The President shooes it off with a paddle and the rabbit swims away. Columnist Dave Barry will refer to it as the single most memorable event of Carter's presidency.
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April 21, 1992: The first discoveries of extrasolar planets are announced by astronomers Aleksander Wolszczan and Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12. In 2003 Maciej Konacki and Wolszczan determined the orbital inclinations of the two pulsar planets, showing that the masses were approximately 3.9 and 4.3 Earth masses respectively.
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April 22, 1945: Prisoners at the Jasenovac concentration camp revolt. 516 are killed and 84 escape. Before abandoning the camp shortly after the prisoner revolt, the Ustaše kill the remaining prisoners and torch the buildings, guardhouses, torture rooms, the "Picilli Furnace", and all the other structures in the camp. Upon entering the camp in May, the Partisans will come across only ruins, soot, smoke, and the skeletal remains of hundreds of victims.
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April 23, 1879: The Main Building and several others are destroyed by a fire at the University of Notre Dame. The cause is believed to be related to construction work being done on the roof.
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April 23, 1985: Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, even hostile, and the original formula will be back on the market in less than three months, rebranded as "Coca-Cola Classic". This leads to speculation by some that the introduction of the New Coke formula was just a marketing ploy to stimulate sales of original Coke. Pepsi-Cola takes advantage of the situation, running ads in which a first-time Pepsi drinker exclaims, "Now I know why Coke did it!"
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