United States Historical Events in April

United States Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped America to what it is today. This is a compilation of significant events for the month of April including the birth and death of famous Americans as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

United States Historical Events in April

Day Year Event
1 1778 Oliver Pollack invents the dollar sign $.
2 1792 Congress passes the Coinage Act and the United States Mint is born.
3 1948 President Harry S. Truman signed the European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan, intended to restore the economies of European countries devastated by World War II.
4 1841 Death: William Henry Harrison, the 9th US president, died in Washington, D.C.
4 1968 Death: Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
5 1964 Death: General Douglas MacArthur in Washington, D.C. at the age of 84.
6 1917 The United States formally enters World War I by declaring war against Germany.
11 1899 The Treaty of Paris became effective. Spain relinquished control over Cuba and also ceded Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines to the United States.
12 1861 Start of the American Civil War.
12 1945 Death: Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd US president, died in Warm Springs, Georgia at age 63.
13 1743 Birthday: Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, was born in Virginia, United States.
14 1865 Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth.
15 1865 Death: Abraham Lincoln, the 16th US president, died in Washington, D.C.
22 1994 Death: Richard Nixon, the 37th US president, died in New York City at age 81.
23 1791 Birthday: James Buchanan, the 15th US president, was born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania.
27 1822 Birthday: Ulysses Grant, the 18th US president, was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio.
28 1758 Birthday: James Monroe, the 5th US president, was born in Virginia.
28 1788 Maryland was admitted to the Union.
30 1789 President George Washington was inaugurated.
30 1812 Louisiana became the 18th State to be admitted to the Union.

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