Adolf Hitler Commits Suicide
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Adolf Hitler commits suicide

On this day in 1945, holed up in a bunker under his headquarters in Berlin, Adolf Hitler commits suicide by swallowing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the head. Soon after, Germany unconditionally surrendered […]

Louisiana Purchase
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Louisiana Purchase Completed

On April 30, 1803, representatives of the United States and Napoleonic France conclude negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, a massive land sale that doubles the size of the young American republic. What was known as […]

Nathanael Greene
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Nathanael Greene takes command of Long Island

On this day, April 29th, in 1776, shortly after the American victory at Boston, Massachusetts, General George Washington orders Brigadier General Nathanael Greene to take command of Long Island and set up defensive positions against […]

Mussolini Executed
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Benito Mussolini executed

On this day, April 28th in 1945, “Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini executed, and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are shot by Italian partisans who had captured the couple as they attempted to flee to Switzerland. The […]

Tea Act
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1773 Parliament passes the Tea Act

On this day, April 27th, in 1773, the British Parliament passes the Tea Act, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company from bankruptcy by greatly lowering the tea tax it paid to […]

Chernobyl
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Nuclear explosion at Chernobyl

On this day in 1986, the world’s worst nuclear accident to date occurs at the Chernobyl nuclear plant near Kiev in Ukraine. The full toll from this disaster is still being tallied, but experts believe […]

Guilford Courthouse
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1781 Cornwallis retreats from Guilford Courthouse

On this day, April 25th in 1781, British General Lord Charles Cornwallis retreats to Wilmington, North Carolina, after being defeated at Guilford Courthouse by 4,500 Continental Army soldiers and militia under the command of American […]