We celebrate multiples types of anniversaries; weddings, reunions, graduations, memorials, birthdays, etc. On top of personal anniversaries, we also hear about all the historical anniversaries as well; D-Day, the polio vaccine, the Moon landing, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the Kennedy assassination, Dr. King's 'I Have A Dream Speech', and so much more. These anniversaries not only remind us of our history and how far we've come, but it also gives us further insight into those events themselves.
April has great historical significance as a great number of famous events happened throughout the month. Here are just a handful!
1958: The Peace Symbol is shown for the first time
1862: The Battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest battles in US history
1935: The Works Progress Administration (WPA) is established as part of the New Deal
1865: General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General U.S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse Virginia
1865: President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theater by John Wilkes Booth
1912: The RMS Titanic hits an iceberg and sinks; between 1,400 to 1,600 passengers are lost
1942: The Doolittle Raid bombs factories and military installations in Tokyo Japan
1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion fails to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba
1836: Texan forces under General Sam Houston defeat Santa Anna and the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto
As times passes, more information about each of these events come forward through the hard work of historians, researchers, archivists, curators, and other history professionals. Anniversaries are a good way of getting research the public exposure as people are reminded of the events and individuals. For more upcoming anniversaries, see what publications are out there and what might be coming in the future. You never know what someone might find that could change your way of seeing history!