TODAY IN HISTORY
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The Shelby County Historical Society & Museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4. They’re ready to take you back in time, located on the corner of Morse Avenue and Pine Street in Harlan. Mark your calendars now for Log Cabin Day on Sunday, June 2nd. The event will feature live demonstrations, speakers and re-enactors, music, food vendors and much more. Call 755-2437 for more information
April 19th - 108th Day of the Year
Emperor Charles V reaches a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany.
Residents of Boston oust their governor, Edmond Andros.
The English Parliament bans the American colonies from printing paper money.
The American Revolution begins as fighting breaks out at Lexington, Massachusetts.
The Netherlands recognizes the United States.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko forces the Russians out of Warsaw.
The Spanish reopen New Orleans port to American merchants.
English poet Lord George Gordon Byron dies of malaria at age 36 while aiding Greek independence.
- The Baltimore riots result in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
- President Abraham Lincoln orders a blockade of Confederate ports.
The Times war correspondent telephones a report of the Battle of Ahmed Khel, the first time news is sent from a field of battle in this manner.
John J. McDermott of New York won the first Boston Marathon with a time of 2:55:10.
The last and most powerful in a series of earthquakes rocks Western Guatemala on this day in 1902. More than 2,000 people were killed and 50,000 left homeless by the destruction.
In China, Hankow communists declare war on Chiang Kai-shek.
Shirley Temple appears in her first movie.
General Francisco Franco declares victory in the Spanish Civil War.
Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights.
The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule begins.
Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs.
Russia launches its first Salyut space station.
Alex Haley receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.
NASA names Sally Ride to be the first woman astronaut.
The battleship USS Iowa's number 2 turret explodes, killing sailors.
The FBI ends a 51-day siege by storming the Branch Davidian religious cult headquarters in Waco, Texas.
A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
The Shelby County Historical Society would like to thank the following area businesses for their support:
KNOD, Harlan Newspaper, Hy-Vee, Milk & Honey, Farm Table Delivery, Nelson Farm Supply, Shelby County Physical Therapy, Shelby County State Bank, State Farm-EJ Leinen, Town & Country Credit Union, Ouren Real Estate, and ThinkSpace IT.