Today in history 4/14/2017

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4/14/2017:

Today in history, The Earl of Warwick, who fought on both sides in the War of the Roses, is killed at the Battle of Barnet with the defeat of the Lancastrians in 1471.

Today in history, Bartolome Ferrelo returns to Spain after discovering a large bay in the New World (San Francisco) in 1543.

Today in history, The first abolitionist society in the United States is organized in Philadelphia in 1775.

Today in history, The first edition of Noah Webster’s dictionary is published in 1828.

Today in history, The first Pony Express rider arrives in San Francisco with mail originating in St. Joseph, Missouri in 1860.

Today in history, Thomas Edison’s kinetoscope is shown to the public for the first time in 1894.

Today in history, The passenger liner Titanic–deemed unsinkable–strikes an iceberg on her maiden voyage and begins to sink. The ship will go under the next day with a loss of 1,500 lives in 1912.

Today in history, American B-29 bombers damage the Imperial Palace during a firebombing raid over Tokyo in 1945.

Today in history, The Taft Memorial Bell Tower (see picture below) is dedicated in Washington, D.C. in 1959.

Today in history, The first major league baseball game in Montreal, Canada is played in 1969.

Today in history, America’s first space shuttle, Columbia, returns to Earth in 1981.

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