Apr. 18: Paul Revere's midnight ride
April 18, 1775, brought the most famous ride in American history. With thecolonies near open rebellion, British general Thomas Gage ordered 700 troops to march from Boston to Concord that night to seize the militia's military supplies and to arrest Patriot leaders, Samuel Adams and John Hancock.
Apr. 13: Happy Birthday, Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and the third United States president, was born this day in 1743 in Goochland (now Albemarle) County, Virginia. One of the most eloquent tributes came on this same day in 1943, during WWII, when FDR dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in D.C.
Apr. 7: Great Locomotive ChaseOn April 7, 1862, two dozen men met near Shelbyville, Tennessee, to hatch one of the most audacious schemes of the Civil War: slip deep behind Confederate lines into Georgia, steal a locomotive, and run it north to Chattanooga, destroying track along the way to cut a vital Southern supply line.
Apr. 3: Marshall PlanAt the close of WWII, Europe lay in shambles. Cities and factories were shattered, businesses had disappeared, and countless people faced hunger. Economics sat on the verge of total collapse. The poverty that threatened the continent made fertile breeding grounds for would-be dictators.