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Mutiny on the Bounty, April 28

On April 28, 1789, Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors were set adrift by the rebel crew of the HMS Bounty, which returned briefly to Tahiti and then set sail for Pitcairn Island. On the same date in 2001, millionaire Dennis Tito became the world’s first space tourist.

Thomas Reid born April 26

On April 26, 1710, English philosopher of “common sense” Thomas Reid was born. A highly influential figure in the Scottish Enlightenment, and well-known critic of Hume before Kant, his major works were “An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense,” “Essays on the Intellectual Powers of

Library of Congress April 24

On April 24, 1792, the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” was composed by Capt. Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle. Eight years later to the day, the United States Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress.

Columbia U 1968 protests

On April 23, 1968, students at New York City’s Columbia University held a demonstration to protest military research and the condemnation of part of the neighboring Morningside Heights section of Harlem to make way for a new student gymnasium. The protest escalated into a week-long occupation of five campus buildings

Fugio April 21

On April 21, 1787, the Continental Congress of the United States authorized a design for an official penny, later referred to as the Fugio cent because of its image of the sun shining down on a sundial with the caption, “Fugio” (Latin: I flee/fly). This coin was reportedly designed by

Bostonian rebellion, April 18

On April 18, 1689, Bostonians rebelled against the government of Sir Edmund Andros. On this day in April, in 2007, the Supreme Court of the United States, split 5-4, upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. April 18 marks the 1772 birthday of David Ricardo, English political economist and one of

De Tocqueville, MLK letter, April 16

April 16 marks the 1859 death of Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian and sociologist, author “Democracy in America.” On April 16, 1945, the United States Army liberated Nazi high security prisoner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (better known as Colditz). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., penned his Letter from Birmingham Jail while

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