|(1889) The Oklahoma Land Rush is on|
|Upwards of 50,000 potential landowners push forward on horseback in a dusty frenzy as noon hits in the Unassigned Lands of Oklahoma. Whoever can grab 160 acres, live on it, and improve it, gets it for free. Within hours, Oklahoma City is founded..|
|(1915) WWI’s Second Battle of Ypres shocks with chemical weapon use|
|A battle to secure the Belgian town of Ypres introduces the world to the large-scale use of chemical weapons when the Germans release 168 long tons of chlorine gas on the Allied lines. Wind-borne poison gas kills 6,000 French troops in minutes. .|
|(1969) Londoner sails solo nonstop around the world|
|Nine sailors take on the challenge of becoming the first to sail nonstop around the globe single-handedly, but only Robin Knox-Johnston completes the journey. The former sailor in the Royal Naval Reserve steers his 32-foot boat ‘Suhaili’ through the world’s oceans for 10 months..|
|(1970) First Earth Day|
|Peace activist John McConnell, US Senator Gaylord Nelson, and coordinator Denis Hayes create a day to honor and promote protection of the Earth and its ecosystems. Earth Day will gain in popularity, and grow to include observances in more than 192 countries..|
|(753 BCE) Rome is founded|
|According to tradition, orphaned twins Romulus and Remus establish what will become one of the world’s great cities. Legend holds that the twins had been saved from starvation by a she-wolf who’d found them abandoned in a cave on Palatine Hill. This area will eventually become Rome’s center..|
|(1836) Texas wins independence at Battle of San Jacinto|
|The Texas Revolution ends as General Sam Houston and his Texian Army soundly defeat the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna in a surprise attack. The Battle of San Jacinto lasts just 18 minutes, and will lead to the independence of the Republic of Texas..|
|(1918) Fabled and feared WWI flying ace ‘The Red Baron’ shot down|
|Although hit in the chest with a fatal bullet during an aerial dogfight, 25-year-old German fighter pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen, famed for his unmatched run of 80 combat victories, lands his plane near the French village of Vaux-sur-Somme, and utters “kaputt” before dying in the cockpit. .|
|(1962) World’s Fair opens in Seattle|
|A festival that embraces all the promise of the 21st century, the Century 21 Expo, aka the Seattle World’s Fair, opens with the motto ‘Living in the Space Age.’ Over 10 million will attend, marveling at the towering Space Needle and sci-fi-styled Monorail. .|
I wanted to wish everyone a happy, healthy and responsible April 20th.
It’s 420 somewhere!
It’s 420 somewhere!