Today is William Shakespeare’s birthday. Author of at least 38 plays and 154 sonnets, the dramatist, actor, poet and theater manager Shakespeare created the most influential and lasting body of work in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 at Stratford-Upon-Avon, England
There are 6 newly-discovered genealogy blogs the week ending 22 April 2017 at GeneaBloggers covering all types of genealogy!
Photo: Today is Earth Day. Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970 and has become a yearly event to focus on nature and ecology.
Actress Liv Tyler unravels her father Steven Tyler’s maternal family line, uncovering ancestors who took part in famous American battles this week on Who Do You Think You Are?, Monday April 24th on TLC.
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Apr 21– May 4, 1865. After President Abraham Lincoln’s death and a Washington, DC, funeral, a special train was used to transport the body to its final resting place at Springfield, IL. An un-utilized train called The United States, which had been built for presidential travel, was transformed into a nine-car funeral train. On Apr 21, 1865, with the President’s portrait fastened on the front of the engine, “The Lincoln Special” began its 1,654-mile journey through 444 communities in seven states from Washington to Springfield. Millions of people came out over two weeks to see the passing funeral train. At a dozen scheduled stops, the coffin was transported by horse-drawn hearse to public buildings, including Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where Lincoln lay in state and mourners waited for up to five hours to pass by the closed coffin. Lincoln was buried on May 4.
This week at GeneaBloggers, Melissa Barker aka The Archive Lady, introduces us to Manuscript Collections and how these hidden gems can help your genealogy.
On 20 April 1999, at Columbine High School at Littleton, CO, students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 other students, a teacher and then themselves.
On 19 April 1995, a car bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at Oklahoma City, OK, at 9: 02 AM, killing 168 people, 19 of them children at a day-care center; a nurse died of head injuries sustained while helping in rescue efforts. The bomb, estimated to have weighed 5,000 pounds, had been placed in a rented truck. The blast ripped off the north face of the nine-story building, leaving a 20-foot-wide crater and debris two stories high. Structurally unsound and increasingly dangerous, the bombed building was razed May 23.
On April 18, 1906, nearly 4,000 people died as a result of the San Francisco Earthquake and resulting fires.