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Research Tip: April -- A Month of Historical Tragedies

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Throughout history, April has borne witness to many American tragedies. Do you recall these many memorable events in world history that occurred during April?

 

Soldiers Invading Okinawa, Japan

April 1, 1945

Invasion of Okinawa, Japan

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Tennessee

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Appomattox Courthouse

April 9, 1865

General Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

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Fort Sumter

April 12, 1861

The Civil War began with the bombing of Fort Sumter

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Abraham Lincoln

April 14, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Boothe

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Lifeboat of Titanic Survivors

April 15, 1912

Titanic struck an iceberg and sank

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Damage to the Murrah Building

April 19, 1995

A truck bombing at the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma killed 168 and wounded 500

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Chernobyl Nuclear Plant

April 26, 1986

Chernobyl nuclear accident in the former Soviet Union

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