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Patriot's Day

Monday, April 21, 2014

Patriot's Day

Date When Celebrated: 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!"

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There are many more local Patriot Day celebrations, held on various different dates. But, among the many Patriot's Days, the New England celebration is the "biggie".

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Patriot's Day

This Day in History April 21

Romulus founds Rome (traditional date). (735 BC)

Battle of Mutina: Mark Antony is again defeated in battle by Aulus Hirtius, who is killed. Antony fails to capture Mutina and Decimus Brutus is murdered shortly after. (43 BC)

The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end with the slaughter of over 1,900 suspected Jews by Portuguese Catholics. (1506)

The city of Rattanakosin, now known internationally as Bangkok, is founded on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke. (1782)

Texas Revolution: The Battle of San Jacinto: Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna. (1836)

Norway formally adopts the Krag-Jørgensen bolt-action rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years. (1894)

Spanish–American War: The United States Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S. Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it declared that a state of war had existed from this date. (1898)

Ypiranga incident: A German arms shipment to Mexico is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz, Veracruz. (1914)

World War I: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, better known as "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France. (1918)

The "Surgeon's Photograph", the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax). (1934)

World War II: Soviet forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters. (1945)

Secretary's Day (now Administrative Professionals' Day) is first celebrated. (1952)

Brasília, Brazil's capital, is officially inaugurated. At 09:30, the Three Powers of the Republic are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro. (1960)

The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition) opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States since World War II. (1962)

A Transit-5bn satellite fails to reach orbit after launch; as it re-enters the atmosphere, 2.1 pounds (0.95 kg) of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power source is widely dispersed. (1964)

The 1964–1965 New York World's Fair opens for its second and final season. (1965)

Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu flees Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on Saigon, falls. (1975)

Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300 saves. (1982)

The Supreme Court in La Paz, Bolivia, sentences former dictator Luis Garcia Meza to 30 years in jail without parole for murder, theft, fraud and violating the constitution. (1993)

Five suicide car bombers target police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160. (2004)

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OUATEONE2 4/22/2014 1:23PM

    Great Holiday!! This one should be a national holiday. emoticon emoticon Soon to be celebrated at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada......

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    Thanks ... I didn't know.

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