Is there any month on the calendar more crammed with historically significant anniversaries than the month of April? I was able to throw out, off the top of my head, a dozen pretty major April events on FB last week, and several of my friends chimed in as well. Here are the ones that we managed to come up with - and I am sure that there are even more!
The crucifixion of Jesus most likely happened in April. Although there are disagreements as to the precise year, 33 AD is as likely as any.
The American Revolution began in April 1775.
The Battle of San Jacinto ended the Texas Revolution in April 1836.
The Battle of Shiloh was on April 5-6, 1862.
Richmond, VA fell to Grant's army in April of 1865.
The Civil War began in April 1861, and ended in April 1865.
Lincoln was assassinated in April of 1865.
Hitler was born in April 1889.
The Titanic sunk in April of 1912.
America declared war on Germany in April 1917.
The Red Baron was shot down in April of 1918.
Hitler conquered Denmark and Norway in April of 1940.
The Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was in April 1942.
The battle for Okinawa started in April of 1945.
Hitler killed himself in April 1945.
Martin Luther King was assassinated in April of 1968.
The assault on the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco was in April of 1993.
The Oklahoma City Bombing was in April of 1995.
The Columbine Shootings were in April of 1999.
The Virginia Tech shootings were in April of 2007.
And, most recently, the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013.
I'm sure that barely scratches the surface, but it's still a lot!
All of these events carry their own resonance to different people, but all of them changed the world to some degree, some more so than others. The world we live in today may well have been shaped more in the month of April than any other month!