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April 29, 1588: Sir Francis Drake led a pre-emptive strike that “singed the beard of the King of Spain.” Sailing a fleet into the Spanish ports of Cadiz and Corunna, Drake occupied the harbors and destroyed more than thirty naval and merchant ships delaying the attempted Spanish invasion of England by a year.
April 30, 1904: The Louisiana Purchase Exposition or the St. Louis World’s Fair opened. Exhibits were staged by 62 foreign nations, the United States government, and 43 of the then-45 U.S. states. Nearly 20 million visitors attended the fair.
May 1, 1884: Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first African American to play in a professional baseball game in the United States. Walker played one season as the catcher of the Toledo Blue Stockings, a club in the American Association.
April 2, 1955: Tennessee Williams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. It was the second Pulitzer for Williams who had previously won for A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948.
April 3, 1979: Margaret Thatcher was elected to her first term as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Remaining in office until 1990, she was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the only woman (and only scientist) to have held the office.
April 4, 1970: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent, Ohio the weekend before, opened fire on a group of student protestors, killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others.