The Day by Day History of the
1836 – Texas Revolution: The Battle of
San Jacinto: Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston
defeat troops under Mexican General Antonio López de Santa
1898 – Spanish–American War: The United States
Navy begins a blockade of Cuban ports. When the U.S.
Congress issued a declaration of war on April 25, it
declared that a state of war had existed from this date.
1914 – Ypiranga incident: A German arms shipment to Mexico
is intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz, Veracruz.
1922 – The first Aggie Muster is held as a remembrance for
fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous
1942 – World War II: The most famous (and first
international) Aggie Muster is held on the Philippine island
of Corregidor, by Brigadier General George F. Moore (with 25
fellow Texas A&M graduates who are under his command), while
1.8 million pounds of shells pounded the island over a
1952 – Secretary's Day (now
Administrative Professionals' Day) is first celebrated.
1962 – The Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition)
opens. It is the first World's Fair in the United States
since World War II.
1964 – A Transit-5bn satellite fails
to reach orbit after launch; as it re-enters the atmosphere,
2.1 pounds of radioactive plutonium in its SNAP RTG power
source is widely dispersed.
1965 – The 1964–1965 New
York World's Fair opens for its second and final season.
1975 – Vietnam War: President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van
Thieu flees Saigon, as Xuan Loc, the last South Vietnamese
outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese assault on
1982 – Baseball: Rollie Fingers of the
Milwaukee Brewers becomes the first pitcher to record 300
1992 – The first discoveries of extra solar
planets are announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and
Dale Frail. They discovered two planets orbiting the pulsar