Friday, April 21, 2017
History for April 21 - On-This-Day.com:
Friedrich Froebel 1782 - Teacher, author, toy maker, invented kindergarten in 1837, Anthony Quinn 1915 - Actor ("Viva Zapata! ," "The Guns of Navarone"), Elizabeth II (Elisabeth Mary) 1926 - Queen of the United Kingdom
Patti LuPone 1949 - Actress ("Evita", "Driving Miss Daisy"), Tony Danza 1951 - Actor ("Who’s the Boss," "Taxi," "Angels in the Outfield"), Andie MacDowell (Rosalie Anderson) 1958 - Actress ("Groundhog Day", "St. Elmo’s Fire," "Four Weddings and a Funeral")
753 BC - Today is the traditional date of the foundation of Rome.
1789 - John Adams was sworn in as the first U.S. Vice President.
1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. This battle decided the independence of Texas.
1898 - The Spanish-American War began.
1918 - German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, "The Red Baron," was shot down and killed during World War I.
1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt announced that several Doolittle pilots had been executed by the Japanese.
1967 - Svetlana Alliluyeva (Svetlana Stalina) defected in New York City. She was the daughter of Joseph Stalin.
1986 - Geraldo Rivera opened a vault that belonged to Al Capone at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. Nothing of interest was found inside.