Did you know that on this day in 1667 the blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10? Or that it was on this day in 1810 Beethoven composes his famous piano piece, Für Elise?
And on this day in 1865 he steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons, in 1950 during Apartheid in South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races, in 1974 10,000 march in Washington, D.C., calling for the impeachment of US President Richard Nixon, in 2006 construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City and in 2011 a record 208 tornadoes touched down killing 346 people in the worst recorded outbreak in U.S. history. See April 25–28, 2011 tornado outbreak.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Samuel Morse, American inventor and painter, co-inventor of the Morse code (1791-1872), Walter Lantz, American cartoonist (1899-1994), Sheena Easton, Scottish singer-songwriter, producer, and actress (1959) and Nigel Barker, English photographer (1972).
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