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This day in history, April 13

I’ve been re-learning quite a bit in my quest to review history so that I can teach it well to my children.   April 13th is a day in history that is rife with remarkable occurrences.

This day in American History

1743- Thomas Jefferson, the third U.S. President,  was born.   My favorite Jefferson quotes are:

"Its soul, its climate, its equality, liberty, laws, people, and manners. My god! how little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!"


"A little rebellion now and then is a good thing…."

1796- The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India.

1861- Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederates at the beginning of the Civil War.

1964- Sidney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor.

1970- Apollo 13 announced, “Houston, we’ve got a problem,” when an oxygen tank burst on the way to the moon.  The phrase, which originally signaled catastrophic events, is now commonly used to relay any kind of problem.

This day in International History

1598- King Henry IV, of France, signed the Edict of Nantes.  This granted political rights to the French Huguenots.

1742- Handel’s Messiah was first performed publicly in Dublin, Ireland.

Be blessed!


Lady V dZine

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. Interesting facts. Love the Jefferson quote about rebellion.

  2. Very cool facts! You’ll make a wonderful teacher.
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  3. Very interesting! My 5 year old loves learning every history fact he can!
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