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Calendar for April 21st, 2014

Patriots Day

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.

Every Year

  • San Jacinto Day

  • San Jacinto Day (Tex.)

  • 1500s

  • Died 1509: King Henry VII of England

  • 1550s

  • Died 1552: Peter Apianus (astronomer)

  • 1780s

  • 1789: John Adams sworn in as the first vice president of the U.S.

  • 1810s

  • Born 1816: Charlotte Brontë (author)

  • 1830s

  • 1836: Battle of San Jacinto, Texas

  • 1880s

  • 1881: David Dows, largest five-masted schooner of its time, launched

  • 1910s

  • 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")

  • 1920s

  • Born 1926: Elizabeth II (Queen of Great Britain)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1935: Charles Grodin (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1949: Patti Lupone (actress and singer)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1951: Tony Danza (actor)

  • 1959: World record: 2,664-pound great white shark caught off southern coast of Australia

  • 1970s

  • Born 1970: Nicole Sullivan (actress)

  • 1980s

  • 1980: 70-lb. 5-oz. bigmouth buffalofish caught, Bastrop, Louisiana

  • 1990s

  • 1990: 50-lb. 8-oz. African pompano caught, Daytona Beach, Florida

  • 1997: Ashes of Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, journeyed into space

  • 2000s

  • 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: 13-yr.-old Morgan Pozgar won LG U.S. National Texting Championship

  • 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

  • 2010s

  • 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.

  • Died 2015: Mary Doyle Keefe (model for Norman Rockwell's 1943 painting of Rosie the Riveter)

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