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this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Palmito Ranch Ends (1865)

Battle of Palmito Ranch Ends (1865)

More than a month after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, ending the American Civil War, fighting continued in other regions. The Battle of Palmito Ranch was fought in Texas on May 12-13, 1865, and was the last major clash of arms in the war. It ended with a Confederate victory, with 118 Union soldiers killed and a few dozen rebels wounded. Who was the last casualty of the battle—and likely the last of the war? More… Discuss

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

Today In History. What Happened



This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

April 10

1790   The U.S. patent system is established.
1809   Austria declares war on France and her forces enter Bavaria.
1862   Union forces begin the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River.
1865   At Appomattox Court, Va, General Robert E. Lee issues his last orders to the Army of Northern Virginia.
1866   The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is formed.
1902   South African Boers accept British terms of surrender.
1912   The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster.
1925   F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes The Great Gatsby.
1930   The first synthetic rubber is produced.
1932   Paul von Hindenburg is elected president in Germany.
1938   Germany annexes Austria.
1941   U.S. troops occupy Greenland to prevent Nazi infiltration.
1945   In their second attempt to take the Seelow Heights, near Berlin, the Red Army launches numerous attacks against the defending Germans. The Soviets gain one mile at the cost of 3,000 men killed and 368 tanks destroyed.
1945   Allied troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald north of Weiner, Germany.
1947   Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to play major league baseball as he takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1971   The American table tennis team arrives in China.
1974   Yitzhak Rabin replaces resigning Israeli Prime Minister, Golda Meir.
1981   Imprisoned Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected to the British Parliament.
Born on April 10
1583   Hugo Grotius, Dutch statesman and scholar.
1794   Matthew C. Perry, American naval officer, opened Japan to trade with the west.
1827   Lew Wallace, Civil War general, lawyer, diplomat and author of Ben Hur.
1867   A.E. (George William Russell), Irish poet and mystic.
1880   Frances Perkins, U.S. labor secretary, first female cabinet member.
1903   Clare Boothe Luce, reporter, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.
1917   Robert B. Woodward, synthetic chemist.
1934   David Halberstam, New York Times correspondent, author, Pulitzer Prize winner in 1964.
1932   Omar Sharif (Michael Shalhoub), actor (Dr. Zhivago).
1941   Paul Theroux, author (The Great Railway Bazaar).

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Civil War Photography
Alexander Gardner probably took this chilling photograph of Confederate dead awaiting burial on September 19, 1862. It and several others shot immediately after the Battle of Antietam show the first dead soldiers ever captured on film.

Image: Library of Congress

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Today’s Birthday: ULYSSES S. GRANT (1822)

Ulysses S. Grant (1822)

Though he served with bravery in the Mexican-American War, Grant resigned his post several years later, possibly due to his heavy drinking. However, he returned to serve in the US Civil War and won a string of brilliant victories. Three years after Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered to him, ending the war, Grant was elected president. Still, he spent his final years in poverty after being swindled by a friend. Days before his death, he did what to secure his family’s finances? More… Discuss