23 Apr, 1898 - Spain declares war on the United States
23rd April, 1898 : Spain declares war on the United States on April 23rd, 1898 after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba. Following the declaration The American Asiatic Squadron under Commodore George Dewey engaged the Spanish Pacific Squadron under Admiral Patricio Montojo y Pasarón in Manila Bay, the Philippines and decimated the Spanish squadron.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april23rd.html
22nd April, 1889 : The Oklahoma Land run begins with an estimated 50,000 people lined up at noon hoping to stake a claim for a homestead ( the claim could be up to 160 acres in size ), it included most of the following Oklahoma Counties, Canadian, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Logan, Oklahoma, and Payne ( in total about 2 million acres ). This land had previously been occupied by Indians but the Indian Appropriations Bill approved the transfer of two million acres for settlement.
21st April, 1989 : 100,000 students gather at Beijing's Tiananmen Square to commemorate Hu Yaobang the deposed reform-minded leader of the Chinese Communist Party and voice their discontent with China's authoritative communist government. This was the beginning of the mass demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Beijing prior to the Chinese Government declaring martial law in May of the same year which led to the June Massacres by Chinese troops killing hundreds of demonstrators and arresting thousands of protesters and other suspected dissidents.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april21st.html
Here are the videos I told you guys about. They will help you understand important ideas and concepts.
World War 2 and Japanese Internment
APUSH was restructured 2 years ago, and they made the experiences of minorities crucial to AP US History. So being familiar with Japanese Internment would be good, and it is mentioned in the Key Concept. I showed the shortened version in class, but the full one is worth the watch!
Cold War Beginnings
The video found at YouTube - search Untold History: Stalin, the Soviet Union and WWII - explains nicely Stalin's position during and after WW2. It is an eye opener!
20th April, 1999 : Two students ( Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold ) wearing balaclavas go through Columbine High School in Denver, Colorado, firing automatic weapons and throwing homemade bombs killing 13 people and wounded 24 others before the two students committed suicide. They had originally planted two home made bombs in the cafeteria and were planning on murdering the students as they ran from the building, when the bombs failed to go off they went into the school and began the massacre.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april20th.html
19th April, 1995 : A truck full of explosives destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168 people. In 1997, Timothy McVeigh was convicted of the bombing and on June 11, 2001 he was executed by lethal injection. Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april19th.html
17th April, 1932 : A mob of western Kansas Farmers today went back to old fashioned justice when they lynched a man who admitted killing an 8 year old girl by overpowering the sheriff and hanging the man from a tree in Kansas.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april17th.html
This week US History Survey will begin Band of Brothers. The unbelievable true story about the journey of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne in Europe during World War 2! They start at D-Day jumping behind enemy lines to capturing Eagles Nest (Hitler's Summer Home in Switzerland). You see their courage and struggle!
Do NOT Forget your parent permission slip! You cannot watch without it!
11th April, 1951 : President Harry S Truman has fired General Douglas MacArthur as commander of United Nations and US forces in the Far East after General Douglas MacArthur has made public statements calling for an attack on mainland China unless Communist forces laid down their arms in Korea. The president is still hoping for a peaceful settlement.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april11th.html
10th April, 1912 : Titanic sets sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York. The Titanic has been described as the worlds most luxurious floating hotel, and was only 5 days out when she hit an Iceberg and sank in the Atlantic with the loss of many lives.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april10th.html
6th April, 1917 : Following the sinking of American liner Housatonic by a German U-boat and four more U.S. merchant ships President Wilson appeared before Congress and called for a declaration of war against Germany and on April 6th the United States formally declared war on Germany.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april6th.html
Born in Virginia on Apr. 5, 1856, Booker T. Washington put himself through school and became a teacher. In 1881, he founded the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Alabama (now known as Tuskegee University), which grew immensely and focused on training African Americans in agricultural pursuits. A political adviser and writer, Washington clashed with intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois over the best avenues for racial uplift.
Taken from: http://northdallasgazette.com/2013/04/05/celebrity-birthday-for-april-5-booker-t-washington/
4th April 1968 : Martin Luther King Jr. is shot to death by James Earl Ray at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. His assassination led to riots in more than 100 US cities and a call from the United States President Lyndon Johnson for citizen's to reject the blind violence that has taken Dr King who had lived by non-violence. James Earl Ray was convicted of his murder and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april4th.html
3rd April 1968 : Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "mountaintop" speech to a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., less than 24 hours before he was assassinated
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april3rd.html
2nd April 1917 : President Woodrow Wilson tells Congress "The world must be made safe for democracy." asking Congress for a declaration of war and to send U.S. troops into battle against Germany in World War I
Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april2nd.html
How do measure success? Many people measure by their bank account and how much is in it. I am not cut from that cloth. I view success differently. If I have a job that brings me joy and purpose and I can pay my bills than I am successful.
A student told me about this documentary, and I finally watched it this week. It is on Netflix, and I highly encourage you to watch it! It is thought provoking, and i find myself still thinking about it. I cannot wait to watch it again! In this documentary they make some big arguments. One the American Dream is dead, and class mobility is not possible anymore. Man that is a scary thought!
I believe that makes education even more important! Two they say America's Founding Fathers did NOT believe in DEMOCRACY! That is radical! They wanted to make sure the general population did not have power, and those in power believe that today! That is a hard pill to swallow!
I do NOT want to believe that, but so many historians and economists are telling us that! Something needs to change!
Another great documentary about this topic is Inequality for All. It too is on Netflix. I just thought are these warnings?
The BBC creates a hoax Panorama programme about spaghetti crops in Switzerland and showing women carefully plucking strands of spaghetti from a tree and laying them in the sun to dry. It should be remembered in context that Spaghetti was not a widely-eaten food in the UK in 1957 and considered by many as an exotic delicacy. Taken from: http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/april1st.html