This week in history

First Yankee Stadium in 1923 Photo credit: NY Daily News

First Yankee Stadium in 1923
Photo credit: NY Daily News

By Abigail Major, Staff Writer


April 16, 2012: No book received the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. This was the eleventh time in Pulitzer’s history that there was no winner in the fiction category. The last time such an event occurred was in 1977.

April 17, 1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion begins. A group of Cuban exiles, trained and funded by the United States g o v e r n m e n t ’ s C I A , at tempt to over throw the government of Fidel Castro. This military mission ultimately fails, and the group of Cuban exiles are defeated within three days.

April 18, 1923: The Yankee Stadium opens, and the first home game was against the Boston Red Sox.

April 19, 1956 : Hollywood Royalty actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco. The ceremony took place at Saint Nicholas Cathedral.

April 20, 1871: The Civil Rights Act of 1871 is signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant.

April 21, 1962: The Seattle World’s Fair, the first World’s Fair in the United States since World War II, opens.

April 22, 1970: The first Earth Day is celebrated.


April 16, 1746: The Battle of Culloden takes place. It is not only the final battle of the Jacobite Rising of 1745, but is also the last battle to occur on British soil.

April 17, 1875: The modern version of the game “snooker” is invented by Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald Chamberlain. The game was popular among the British Armed Forces who were stationed in India.

April 18, 1955: The first Asian-African Conference, also known as the Bandung Conference, takes place in Bandung, Indonesia. The purpose of this conference had two major purposes. The first was to promote Afro-Asian economic and cultural cooperation, and the second purpose was to serve as a place where these countries could oppose colonialism. Twenty-nine countries participated in this conference.

April 19, 1971: Sierra Leone becomes a republic.

April 20, 1902: Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride.

A p r i l 2 1 , 7 5 3 B C : Romulus founds Rome.

April 22, 1906: The 1906 Summer Olympics opens in Athens. Twenty nations participate.

Concerning the Civil War:

April 18, 1861: Robert E. Lee i s o f fer ed to command the United States Army.

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Author: Abigail Major

Abigail Major '19 is a History and Classics double major with minors in Public History and Environmental Studies. In addition to writing This Week in History (TWIH) for The Gettysburgian, she is also currently the secretary for Classics Club, the College House Leader for Public Policy House, a History Peer Learning Associate, a Peer Research Mentor, a student worker in Special Collections, a tour guide for Admissions, a member of the Inklings (a C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien reading group), and is heavily involved with the Eisenhower Institute. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching Downton Abbey, and eating Servo chocolate chip cookies.

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