April 21

1836

Texan army under Sam Houston defeated Mexicans in the Battle of San Jacinto.

1910

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), author of the novel Huckleberry Finn, died at the age of 74.

1918

Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the notorious World War I German flying ace known as the "Red Baron," was killed in action today.

1960

Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia.

1975

South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned.

1980

Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. She was later disqualified for cheating.

1995

Timothy McVeigh was arrested in connection with the Oklahoma City bombing.

1997

The ashes of Timothy Leary, Gene Roddenberry, and 22 others blasted into space for the first space funerals.

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