By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
|-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, from "Concord Hymn"|
Patriots Day commemorates the events of April 19, 1775, that marked the start of the American Revolutionary War, especially the midnight rides of Paul Revere and others to warn of the approach of British troops, and the battles of Lexington and Concord. Today, Massachusetts and Maine celebrate Patriots Day as a legal holiday on the third Monday in April, with reenactments and other events.
Learn more about the first shots fired on Lexington Green to "the shot heard round the world" at Concord's North Bridge by visiting the Minute Man National Park in Concord. The annual running of the Boston Marathon also takes place on this day. You may want to do your patriotic duty and check out the official Web site of the Boston Marathon, sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association.
San Jacinto Day
San Jacinto Day (Tex.)
Died 1509: King Henry VII of England
Died 1552: Peter Apianus (astronomer)
1789: John Adams sworn in as the first vice president of the U.S.
Born 1816: Charlotte Brontë (author)
1836: Battle of San Jacinto, Texas
1881: David Dows, largest five-masted schooner of its time, launched
Died 1910: Mark Twain (writer; pen name, Mark Twain; real name, Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
1912: The New York Giants and New York Yankees played an exhibition game to benefit survivors of the Titanic
Born 1915: Anthony Quinn (actor)
Died 1918: Manfred von Richthofen (the "Red Baron")
Born 1926: Elizabeth II (Queen of Great Britain)
Born 1935: Charles Grodin (actor)
Born 1949: Patti Lupone (actress and singer)
Born 1951: Tony Danza (actor)
1959: World record: 2,664-pound great white shark caught off southern coast of Australia
Born 1970: Nicole Sullivan (actress)
1980: 70-lb. 5-oz. bigmouth buffalofish caught, Bastrop, Louisiana
1990: 50-lb. 8-oz. African pompano caught, Daytona Beach, Florida
1997: Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, journeyed into space
2004: In a procedure billed as a first in the U.S., Stephanie Yarber, an infertile Alabama woman, received a transplanted ovary from her identical twin sister, Melanie Morgan
2007: Thirteen year old Morgan Pozgar won the LG National Texting Championship. She typed the message, "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious. If you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious." in 15 seconds
2007: 13-yr.-old Morgan Pozgar won LG U.S. National Texting Championship
2012: Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber threw a perfect game
2012: Fireball exploded over Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, rattling homes from central California to Reno, Nevada. Experts believe it was caused by a meteoroid about the size of a minivan.