Washington’s First Inauguration

On April 30, 1789, George Washington traveled from Virginia to New York to take the oath of office as the first President of the United States.  The Constitution had officially taken effect in March, but due to weather delays, votes from the electoral college were not...
Shakespeare

Shakespeare

And do as adversaries do in law, Strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends. (The Taming of the Shrew, 1.2.280), Tranio April 23, 1564, is recognized as the birth date of William Shakespeare.  Although not trained as a lawyer, Shakespeare’s plays featured...

Patriot Day, April 19

The “shot heard ’round the world” came at dawn on April 19, 1775, at Lexington, Massachusetts, as British Regulars marched on colonials–the second shot was fired at Concord on April 20.   The encounters marked the first outright armed conflict...

Emancipation Day

On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, ending what many called the “national shame” of slavery in the nation’s capital.  The Act provided for up to $300 for each slave owned by a Union slaveholder; freed slaves...

Our Third President’s Birthday – April 13, 1743

Celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s 270th birthday!  Born at Shadwell Plantation in Albemarle  County, Virginia, to Peter and Jane Randolph Jefferson, he was the third of their ten children and the first son.  His father died in 1757 and his mother in 1776, a few...

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