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This Day in History for April 21

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in the American colony, allowing freedom of worship for Christians but sentencing to death anyone who rejected the divinity of Jesus.

1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington)

1974 – New York City formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British.

1855 – 1st train crosses Mississippi River’s 1st bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa.

1878 – First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn.

1914 – US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay for 6 months.

1930 – Fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 322.

1945 – US 7th Army reaches Nuremberg.

1952 – Secretaries’ Day (now Administrative Professionals’ Day) is first celebrated.

1954 – USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam.

1962 – Century 21 Exposition opens in Seattle, Washington.

1965 – New York World’s Fair reopens for 2nd and final season.

1972 – John Young & Charles Duke explores Moon (Apollo 16)

1976 – Swine Flu vaccine, for non-epidemic, enters testing.

1981 – US furnishes $1 billion in arms to Saudi-Arabia.

1982 – Dr. Michael E. Bakey performs 1st successful heart implant.

1986 – Geraldo Rivera opens Al Capone’s vault on TV & finds nothing.

1987 – Dow Jones Averages soared 664.7; 2nd biggest one-day gain in history.

1992 – Mobil Oil tug with 12,000 gallons of oil run aground in Arthur Kill (a tidal strait separating Staten Island, New York City from mainland New Jersey, USA)

2008 – The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.

2016 – US President Barack Obama begins a 4 day visit to the UK with Michelle Obama.

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