Historical Events for 20th April 2024

1818 – Napoleon Bonaparte bids emotional farewell to his old guard at Palace of Fontainebleau
1896 – John Philip Sousa’s operetta “El Capitan” premieres on Broadway at Broadway Theatre, NYC
1912 – Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleveland Indians 6-5
1936 – 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:33:40.8
1982 – The Provisional Irish Republican Army explode bombs in Belfast, Derry, Armagh, Ballymena, Bessbrook and Magherafelt; 2 civilians are killed and 12 injured
1987 – US deports Karl Linnas to USSR, charged with Nazi war crimes
1997 – “Gin Game” opens at Lyceum Theater NYC for 144 performances
2004 – In Iraq, 12 mortars are fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents, killing 22 detainees and wounding 92.
2007 – Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2023 – Colombian President Gustavo Petro meets with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington

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Historical Events for 19th April 2024

1775 – New England militiamen begin the siege of Boston, hemming in the British army garrison
1825 – 33 patriotic exiles return to Uruguay
1919 – French assembly decides on 8 hour work day
1928 – New York Yankees are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
1956 – 1st MLB baseball game in New Jersey – Brooklyn Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City
1993 – After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
1995 – Oklahoma City bombing: Timothy McVeigh sets a truck bomb at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168. including 19 children, and injuring 500
2015 – Boat carrying approx. 850 migrants is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean between Italian and Libya, with only 27 migrants rescued.
2020 – UK COVID-19 death toll reaches 16,060 (hospitals only), as “The Sunday Times” criticizes Boris Johnson’s government’s response, saying they “sleepwalked into disaster”
2022 – US Biden administration restores climate impacts and community say to the National Environmental Policy Act, previously removed by Donald Trump

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Historical Events for 18th April 2024

1861 – Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies (US Civil War)
1881 – Natural History Museum opens in South Kensington, England
1904 – 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring in 2:38:04.4
1916 – Edith Wharton is appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, France’s highest award, for her contribution to the war effort
1939 – Franz von Papen becomes German ambassador in Turkey
1942 – “Stars and Stripes” paper for US armed forces starts
1945 – 1 armed outfielder, St Louis Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4
1955 – 1st “Walk”/”Don’t Walk” lighted street signals installed
1958 – A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum.
2017 – British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a “snap” election

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Historical Events for 17th April 2024

1711 – Charles VI becomes Holy Roman Emperor after the death of his brother Joseph I
1758 – Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems
1797 – Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America
1860 – Champion of England Tom Sayers and American John Heenan fight out brutal 2 hour, 27 minute draw near Farnborough, England; police stop fight acknowledged as first world title bout
1865 – Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator in Abraham’ Lincoln’s assassination
1875 – Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
1969 – People’s Democracy activist Bernadette Devlin becomes the youngest woman Member of Parliament ever elected to Westminster at 21 years old
1979 – Four Royal Ulster Constabulary officers are killed by a Provisional Irish Republican Army van bomb in Bessbrook, County Armagh; the bomb is believed to be the largest PIRA bomb used up to that point
1979 – Brian Clark’s stage drama “Whose Life is it Anyway?” starring Tom Conti and Phillip Bosco, and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, opens at the Trafalgar Theatre, NYC; runs for 223 performances, winning Conti a Tony Award
1983 – 1st National Coin Week begins

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Broward County School Board Approves Dr. Howard Hepburn as New BCPS Superintendent

A person in a suit and tieDescription automatically generatedBroward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomes Dr. Howard Hepburn as the new Superintendent of Schools. The Broward County School Board approved the appointment during the April 16, 2024, School Board meeting, following an announcement by Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata that he was retiring due to medical reasons. Following the School Board vote, Dr. Hepburn’s tenure as Superintendent began immediately.

Before being appointed as Superintendent, Dr. Hepburn served BCPS as the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. With more than 20 years of experience in education, Dr. Hepburn has also served as instructional superintendent, classroom teacher, principal, assistant principal, coach and dean prior to joining BCPS.

“We offer a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Licata for his dedicated service and commitment to our students and understand the need for him to focus on his health and family at this time,” said School Board Chair Lori Alhadeff. “We are grateful to have Dr. Hepburn ready to take the helm and continue the important work of our District.”

“I thank the School Board for their trust and support as I proudly serve the District in this new capacity,” said Superintendent Dr. Hepburn, “As Superintendent, my focus remains on moving our District to an ‘A’ grade and ensuring all students receive a world-class education. We will continue to prioritize closing achievement gaps, increasing student access to accelerated courses and implementing strategies to support continuous student achievement.”

Dr. Hepburn holds a Bachelor of Science in Science Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Florida Southern College.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Historical Events for 16th April 2024

1849 – Giacomo Meyerbeer’s opera “Le prophète” premieres in Paris
1917 – 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy in 2:28:37.2
1943 – 40 NZ bombers attack Haarlem, Netherlands (85 killed)
1948 – Organization for European Economic Cooperation (EEC) forms in Paris
1962 – 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48; second straight win and 3rd title overall
1962 – Brazil nationalizes US businesses
1975 – Cambodian Red Khmer occupy Phnom Penh
1992 – NY Rangers win team record 50th game
1994 – Circus performers Marissa Young (24) and Matt Richardson (21) wed
2020 – New study claims a multi-decade megadrought is already under way in the western US, published in journal “Science”

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200 BCPS Middle School Students Participate in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians

BCPS Middle School Students Participate in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians
Students Depart on Tuesday, April 16
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It’s set to be an exciting week for 200 Broward County Public Schools middle school students who are English Language Learners, as they prepare to participate in Rally to the Tally for New Floridians. The annual four-day field trip to Tallahassee takes place Tuesday, April 16 – Friday, April 19.

During the trip, students from 14 middle schools will visit local cultural museums, the State Capital, the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Florida Supreme Court.  In addition to learning about the legislative process, the students will participate in a mock election and engage in debates about current issues and policies. The students will have opportunities to meet with legislators and judges as they learn about American cultural values placed on education and community involvement.

Media interested in covering the students’ departure for the Rally to the Tally for New Floridians should meet at Silver Trail Middle School (18300 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33331) on Tuesday, April 16. Students and chaperones from the school will arrive at approximately 6 a.m. The buses are scheduled to depart at approximately 6:30 a.m.

The Rally to the Tally for New Floridians is organized in collaboration with the Close Up Foundation, Washington, DC and BCPS Bilingual/ESOL Department.

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Autism in Flight Prepares for Take-Off – Wednesday, April 17

Autism in Flight Prepares for Take-Off
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Autism in Flight is once again preparing to provide Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) students with autism and their families a positive and informative, hands-on experience. For the ninth year, the District has partnered with JetBlue, Broward County Commission and Broward County Aviation to offer students a unique opportunity to participate in a simulated flight experience – this year, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The event takes place at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, beginning at 10 a.m., in the baggage claim area of Terminal 3.

Approximately 50 students will participate, representing seven BCPS schools – Coral Park Elementary School, Dania Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School, Mirror Lake Elementary School, Norcrest Elementary School, Silver Lakes Elementary School and Wilton Manors Elementary School. After weeks of classroom instruction focused on airport travel, the students and their families will obtain their boarding passes, go through the security checkpoint and head to the gate to board the JetBlue aircraft for a simulated takeoff and landing.

Since its inception in May 2013, Autism in Flight has provided more than 300 BCPS students with this unique experience. The program is particularly valuable for children with autism who often experience difficulties in communicating, and hypersensitivity to large crowds and loud noises. Autism in Flight also helps airline, airport and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) staff gain a better understanding of individuals with autism.

Autism in Flight is coordinated in collaboration with the TSA, Broward Sheriff’s Office and Delaware North.

Media are invited to cover this event.

 

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ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
“Educating all students to reach their highest potential.”
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth-largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962, serving more than 251,000 students and approximately 110,000 adult learners in 239 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 87 charter schools. BCPS supports a diverse student population representing 177 different countries and speaking 153 languages. To connect with BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @browardschools, on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, on Instagram @browardschoolsofficial, on YouTube at youtube.com/browardschoolsvideos and download the free BCPS mobile app at browardschools.com/MobileApp.

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Historical Events for 15th April 2024

1450 – Battle of Formigny: French defeat the English decisively in the Hundred Years’ War, paving the way for the capture of English strongholds in Normandy
1621 – Hugo Grotius arrives in France after escaping prison in a book chest
1912 – 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan in race record 2:21:18.2
1915 – Manuel de Falla’s ballet “El Amor Brujo” premieres in Madrid
1945 – British Army liberates Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen
1947 – Operations begin at Radio Netherlands World radio
1963 – Steve Allen’s musical “Sophie”, based on the life of American singer, and comic actress Sophie Tucker, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC; runs for 8 performances
1991 – Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
1997 – America Online (AOL) begins service in Japan
2012 – TV comedy drama “Girls” created by and starring Lena Dunham premieres on HBO

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Historical Events for 14th April 2024

1570 – Polish Calvinists, Lutherans and Hernhutters unify against Jesuits
1756 – Governor Glen of South Carolina protests against 900 Acadia indians
1841 – 1st detective story published, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Murders in Rue Morgue” (April 1841)
1861 – Formal Union surrender of Fort Sumter (US Civil War)
1890 – Pan American Day-1st conference of American states (Washington, D.C.)
1950 – 1st edition of British comic “Eagle”
1956 – Ampex Corp demonstrates 1st commercial videotape recorder
1958 – Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 with space dog Laika aboard burns up during reentry into Earth’s atmosphere
1992 – UN imposes embargo against Libya takes effect
1994 – Turner Classic Movies cable channel launches; media mogul Ted Turner hosts ceremony in NYC’s Times Square district at 6PM marking “the exact centennial anniversary of the first public movie showing in New York City”

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