This Week in History: April 17 - April 23
Sorry There's no previous week, but a lot of other stuff got in the way.
April 17: 1524: Giovanni da Verrazano reaches New York harbor
Actually, he reached the area that would become New York Harbor. After all, New York technically wouldn't exist for another century or so
April 18: 1783; Fighting ceases in the American Revolution
Incredibly, the fighting ceased 8 years to the day it began
April 19: 1961; The Bay of Pigs invasion ends
It was a failed American Military operation in Cuba. This incident later served as inspiration for the first few levels of the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops
April 20: 1792; France declares war on Austria
This marked the beginning of the French Revolutionary Wars
April 21: 1509; Henry VIII becomes King of England
Taking over from his father, Henry VII, he would rule for just a little less than 38 years.
April 22: 1970; The first Earth Day is celebrated
It started off by being celebrated in the United States, today it is celebrated in more than 175 countries.
April 23: 1990; Namibia becomes the 160th country to join the United Nations
And to think, membership originally totaled 51 nations.
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