Sunday, April 23, 2023

This week in history #17

Last week's photos:
1906 San Francisco earthquake
1995 Oklahoma bombing
1999 Columbine school shooting
1864 "In God We Trust" on coins

Last year we looked at obscure holidays. This year, let’s look at major world events that occurred each week.  Make your best guess in the comments as to the years of each event.  No googling!

Week #17

April 24, ____ - The Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, was established in Washington, DC. Among the 145 million items in its collections are more than 33 million books, 3 million recordings, 12.5 million photographs, 5.3 million maps, 6 million pieces of sheet music and 63 million manuscripts. About 10,000 new items are added each day.

April 26, ____ – An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine caused a meltdown of the nuclear fuel and spread a radioactive cloud into the atmosphere, eventually covering most of Europe. The plant was then encased in a solid concrete tomb to prevent the release of further radiation.

April 28, ____ - On board the British ship Bounty, Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh.

April 28, ____ - Italian partisans shot dictator Benito Mussolini, ending 23 years of Fascist rule in Italy.

1 comment:

  1. I visited the Library of Congress twice, because a customer was on;y over in Virginia. They make it really plain that it has been around since 1800

    If Russia somehow does take Ukraine back the Chernobyl screw up will not be their worst nuclear disaster, just the newest, happening in 1986

    The Bounty Mutiny was late in the 1700 hundreds, like 1792 or so.

    Mussolini made it almost to the end of WW2, he finally got dead in 1945/