This Week in History – April 18th to 24th

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Starting this week “Today in History” is taking a shift to become “This Week in History,” a brief overview of some of the historical events that were happening this week that might be good inspiration for a Steampunk, Dieselpunk, or some other kind of retro-futuristic novel or short story.

April 18th, 1857 – “The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.

April 19th, 1865Funeral service for Abraham Lincoln is held in the East Room of the White House.

April 20th, 1865 – Astronomer Angelo Secchi demonstrates the Secchi disk, which measures water clarity, aboard Pope Pius IX‘s yacht, the L’Immaculata Concezion.

April 21st, 1863Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith, declares his mission as “He whom God shall make manifest“.

April 22nd, 1898Spanish–American War: The USS Nashville captures a Spanish merchant ship.

April 23rd, 1815The Second Serbian Uprising: A second phase of the national revolution of the Serbs against the Ottoman Empire, erupts shortly after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.

April 24th, 1800 – The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress“.


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