TODAY HISTORY LESSON: APRIL 7
30 Scholars’ estimate for Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem [or April 3]
529 First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (fundamental work in jurisprudence) issued by Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian I
1712 Slave revolt in New York kills 6 white men, 21 African Americans executed
1798 Mississippi Territory organized
1827 English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches
1868 Thomas D’Arcy McGee, one of the Canadian Fathers of Confederation is assassinated by the Irish, in one of the few Canadian political assassinations, and only federal politician
1888 P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the first time under the name “Collier’s.”
1891 Nebraska introduces the 8 hour work day
1902 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms
1913 5,000 suffragists march to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. , seeking the vote for women.
1922 Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leases the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, setting in motion the Teapot Dome scandals
1943 LSD was first produced at Sandoz Laboratorie in Basil, Switzerland, by Albert Hoffman.
1948 World Health Organization formed by the United Nations
1959 Oklahoma ends prohibition, after 51 years
1968 Riots continue in over 100 US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
1969 The Internet’s symbolic birth date: publication of RFC 1
1969 Supreme Court strikes down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material
1980 The U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Iran and imposed economic sanctions in response to the taking of hostages on November 4, 1979.
1988 Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to final terms of a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Soviet troops began leaving on May 16, 1988.
1990 An arson attack on the passenger ferry, Scandinavian Star, kills 159. Insurance fraud is today considered the most likely motive for the attack. According to a 2013 report, 9 crew members started the fire and sabotaged the fire crew’s attempts to extinguish the blaze.
1990 In the U.S., John Poindexter was found guilty of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial. The convictions were later reversed on appeal.
1994 Hutu extremists in Rwanda began massacring ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus. In 100 days of killing, an estimated 800,000 are murdered.
1999 The World Trade Organisation rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas
2000 U.S. President Clinton signed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000. The bill reversed a Depression-era law and allows senior citizens to earn money without losing Social Security retirement benefits.
2002 The Roman Catholic archdiocese announced that six priests from the Archdiocese of New York were suspended over allegations of sexual misconduct.
2003 U.S. troops capture Baghdad; Saddam Hussein’s regime falls two days later.
2017 US President Donald Trump orders missile strike on Syrian airfield after chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun
REFERENCE: history.net, onthisday.com, thepeopleshistory.com, timeanddate.com, scopesys.com, on-this-day.com