On 9 April 1865 at 1:30 PM General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, VA. Confederate soldiers were permitted to keep their horses and go free to their homes, while Confederate officers were allowed to retain their swords and sidearms as well. Grant wrote the terms of surrender. Formal surrender took place at the courthouse on 12 April. Death toll for the Civil War is estimated at 500,000 men.
Photo: On 8 April 1974, Henry (“ Hammerin’ Hank”) Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking the record set by Babe Ruth in 1935. Playing for the Atlanta Braves, Aaron broke the record at Atlanta in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished his career in 1976 with a total of 755 home runs. At the time of his retirement, Aaron also ranked first in RBIs, second in at bats and runs scored and third in base hits. On 7 August 2007, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 756th home run to break Aaron’s record.
When the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect at 12: 01 AM on 7 April 1933, thirsty customers could buy a beer that was 3.2 percent alcohol by weight instead of the “near beer” they had suffered with all through Prohibition. The public lined up on “New Beer’s Eve” (Apr 6) at breweries in 20 states and Washington, DC, and purchased 1.5 million barrels. 7 April has remained an unofficial holiday celebrating beer in the US.
On 6 April 1917, Congress approved a declaration of war against Germany and the US entered WWI, which had begun in 1914. The first US “doughboys” landed in France 27 June 1917.
April 5th is National Deep Dish Pizza Day to celebrate Chicago deep dish pizza—originated by Uno’s— and the efforts by Uno Chicago Grill to bring deep dish pizza to the entire United States. The original restaurant, which opened in 1943, began serving deep dish as a way to make sure hungry families could get a “real meal” when it came to pizza. Up to that point, pizza was hardly more than a snack. Annually celebrated on the anniversary of the day (5 April 1979) that the first restaurant outside Chicago opened (in Boston, Massachusetts).
Photo: On 4 April 1968, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was shot at Memphis, TN. James Earl Ray was serving a 99-year sentence for the crime at the time of his death in 1998. Check out the Daily Blogging Prompts, genealogy blogging events and activities at GeneaBloggers for Tuesday, 4 April 2017.
Photo: Today is Pony Express Day! On April 3, 1860, the first rider of the Pony Express left St. Joseph, Missouri heading West. For $5 per ounce, a letter could be delivered within 10 days.
Photo: The first US Mint was created on 2 April 1792 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Check out the Daily Blogging Prompts, genealogy blogging events and activities at GeneaBloggers for Sunday, 2 April 2017.
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