This Week In History
April 20, 1961 - Failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of US-backed Cuban exiles against Cuba.
April 21, 1836- During the Texan War for Independence, the Texas militia under Sam Houston launches a surprise attack against the forces of Mexican General Santa Anna along the San Jacinto River.
April 22, 1945 - Adolf Hitler, learning from one of his generals that no German defense was offered to the Russian assault at Eberswalde, admits to all in his underground bunker that the war is lost and that suicide is his only recourse.
April 23, 1975 - At a speech at Tulane University, President Gerald Ford says the Vietnam War is finished as far as America is concerned.
April 24, 1980 - An ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued.
April 25, 1960 - First submerged circumnavigation of the Earth was completed by a Triton submarine.
April 26, 1865 - John Wilkes Booth is killed when Union soldiers track him down to a Virginia farm 12 days after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.
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