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Oliver Haugh, who had been convicted of killing his family, was executed by electric chair on this day in 1907. Listen to the two-part episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class on Oliver Haugh here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/search.php?terms=oliver+haugh.

Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery - April 18, 1688

On this day in 1688, four Quakers in Germantown, Pennsylvania, authored a petition against slavery.

Constantin von Economo announced the spread of encephalitis lethargica - April 17, 1917

On this day in 1917, neurologist Constantin von Economo announced the probable spread of a viral disease, encephalitis lethargica, at a spread of a viral disease at a meeting of the Vienna Society for Psychiatry and Neurology. Listen to the Stuff You Missed in History Class episode about encephalitis lethargica at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/encephalitis-lethargica.htm. 

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun born - April 16, 1755

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, a famous 18th-century artist who would go on to paint 30 portraits of Queen Marie Antoinette, was born in Paris on this day in 1755.

Tiananmen Square protests began - April 15, 1989

On this day in 1989, the death of reformer Hu Yaobang sparked pro-democracy protests in China.

Violet Jessop survived sinking Titanic - April 14, 1912

On this day in 1912, stewardess Violet Jessop escaped the sinking Titanic on a lifeboat.

Colfax massacre - April 13, 1873

One of the deadliest racial incidents during the Reconstruction Era happened on this day in 1873, when a massacre broke out in the aftermath of a controversial election.

Yuri Gagarin became first person in space - April 12, 1961

On this day in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited Earth once, earning him the title of the first person to travel in space. 

Idi Amin deposed - April 11, 1979

On this day in 1979, Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was deposed and fled the country. 

Statute of Anne went into effect - April 10, 1710

The Statute of Anne, widely recognized the first full copyright law, went into force on this day in 1710.

Mary Winston Jackson born - April 9, 1921

On this day in 1921, Mary Winston Jackson was born in Hampton, Virginia. She would go on to become NASA's first Black female engineer. You can find an episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class on Jackson at https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/mary-winston-jackson-nasa-engineer.htm 

Venus de Milo discovered - April 8, 1820

On this day in 1820, the now-famous sculpture known as the Venus de Milo was uncovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

Rwandan Genocide began - April 7, 1994

On this day in 1994, the Rwandan military and Hutu militia groups began killing Tutsis and moderate Hutu politicians, inciting a genocide that lasted 100 days.

Dred and Harriet Scott filed petitions to sue for freedom - April 6, 1846

On this day in 1846, Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved husband and wife, filed petitions to sue for their freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. Listen to the two-part Stuff You Missed in History Class episode on Dred Scott at https://www.missedinhistory.com/search.php?terms=dred+scott

Pocahontas married John Rolfe - April 5, 1614

On this day in 1614, Pocahontas married colonist John Rolfe married. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers Beyond Vietnam speech - April 4, 1967

On this day in 1967, Dr. Martin Luther KIng, Jr. gave his Beyond Vietnam speech, denouncing the war in Vietnam. 

Pony express founded - April 3, 1860

On this day in 1860, the Pony Express mail service was founded. 

Sverdlovsk anthrax leak - April 2, 1979

On this day in 1979, an accidental anthrax leak in a microbiology facility in Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union caused dozens of people to fall ill. The Soviet Union would deny a leak happened until years later.

First TV picture from space - April 1, 1960

On this day in 1960, the first TV picture from space was taken by the TIROS-1 weather satellite. 

Hays Code ratified - March 31, 1930

It's the last day of women's history month, and it's our last special Sunday episode celebrating women's contributions to society. Today, we welcome Professor Nora Gilbert, who speaks with me about the Hays Motion Picture Production Code censorship wasn't all bad for women's expression and portrayals in film. You can find Nora's book, "Better Left Unsaid: Victorian Novels, Hays Code Films, and the Benefits of Censorship" here:
https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=22235 .