The week that was. April 16 – 22

In case you missed it.

April 16, 1917 The Sealed Train – This “bacillus” set loose by the Kaiser, would change the course of the 20th century.

April 17, 1961 Bay of Pigs – When President Kennedy saw the paper, he said that Castro didn’t need spies.  All he had to do was read the news.

April 18, 1943 Terrible Resolve – Isoroku Yamamoto had the unenviable task of planning the attack on Pearl Harbor, but he was an unwilling participant in his own history

April 19, 1775  Shot Heard ‘Round the World – Some guys, are not to be trifled with.  80-year-old Samuel Whittemore, was one of those.

April 20, 1453 Fall of Constantinople – The end of the Middle Ages, beginning of the Renaissance, the reason Ferdinand and Isabella teamed up with an Italian explorer, in 1492.

April 21, 753 BC Rome – 2,000 years later, the ancient civilization of Rome still permeates our everyday lives.

April 22, 1918 – The Red Baron – The rise and fall of the most successful Ace of the “Great War”.

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Author: Cape Cod Curmudgeon

I'm not a "Historian". I'm a husband, a father, a son and a grandfather. A history geek and sometimes curmudgeon, who still likes to learn new things. I began writing "Today in History" nearly six years ago, as sort of a self-guided history course.  I told myself I’d write 365, the leap year changed that to 366. As I write this, I believe there are over 600. I make every effort to get my facts straight, but I'm as good at being wrong as the next guy. I offer these "Today in History" stories in hopes that you'll enjoy reading them, as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Rick Long

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