Today in history 4/10/2017

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4/10/2017:

Today in history, The U.S. patent system is established in 1790.

Today in history,  At Appomattox Court, VA, General Robert E. Lee (see picture below) issues his last orders to the Army of Northern Virginia in 1865.

Today in history, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is formed in 1866.

Today in history, South African Boers accept British terms of surrender in 1902.

Today in history, The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster in 1912.

Today in history, F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby (see picture below) in 1925.

Today in history, The first synthetic rubber is produced in 1930.

Today in historyJackie Robinson (see picture below) becomes the first black to play major league baseball as he takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Today in history, Workers in Shandong, China, discover tombs that contain bamboo slips—among them Sun Tzu’s Art of War and Sun Bin’s lost military treatise in 1972.

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