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Patriot's Day

Monday, April 15, 2013

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When : Third Monday in April

Some people know little or nothing about Patriot's Day. To New Englander's, it is a big, big day. In the states in New England, it's a holiday with a day off of work. Banks, schools, post offices, and businesses have the day off.

Patriot's Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. This battle began the American Revolutionary War. It also honors the "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere", that evening when Paul Revere rode through town warning the colonists that "The Red Coats are coming!"

This Day in History April 15

Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. (1755)

Preliminary articles of peace ending the American Revolutionary War (or American War of Independence) are ratified. (1783)

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the American School for the Deaf, the first American school for deaf students, in Hartford, Connecticut. (1817)

President Abraham Lincoln calls for 75,000 Volunteers to quell the insurrection that soon became the American Civil War. (1861)

Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. (1865)

The General Electric Company is formed. (1892)

Closing ceremony of the Games of the I Olympiad in Athens, Greece. (1896)

Philippine–American War: Filipino guerrillas launch a surprise attack on U.S. infantry and begin a four-day siege of Catubig, Philippines. (1900)

The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survived. (1912)

Two security guards are murdered during a robbery in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti would be convicted of and executed for the crime, amid much controversy. (1920)

U.S. Senator John B. Kendrick of Wyoming introduces a resolution calling for an investigation of secret land deal, which leads to the discovery of the Teapot Dome scandal. (1922)

Insulin becomes generally available for use by people with diabetes. (1923)

Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas. (1924)

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in U.S. history, begins. (1927)

In the Belfast Blitz, two-hundred bombers of the German Luftwaffe attack Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom killing one thousand people. (1941)

Jackie Robinson debuts for the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking baseball's color line. (1947)

McDonald's restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois (1955)

White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city. (1957)

At Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, Ella Baker leads a conference that results in the creation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, one of the principal organizations of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. (1960)

The United States launches Operation El Dorado Canyon, its bombing raids against Libyan targets in response to a bombing in West Germany that killed two U.S. servicemen. (1986)

Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization (effective January 1, 1995). (1994)
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