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United States: Tax Day
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1889 A. Philip Randolph (Florida-born African-American Labor Activist; Founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters) Florida Political and Social Leaders Railroad Labor African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry New York Times Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1825 The Government of Mexico Issues Contracts to Encourage the Settlement of Texas Mexico Texas Business Texas State Historical Association
1837 Abraham Lincoln Moves to Springfield, Illinois and Opens a Law Practice Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Log
1850 The City of San Francisco Is Incorporated San Francisco Museum of the City of San Francisco New York Times
1863 The U.S.S. William G. Anderson Captures the Confederate Schooner, Royal Yacht, Carrying Cotton Off of Florida's Gulf Coast Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1876 The First Telegraph Line in Northern Wisconsin Is Completed Near Ashland Ashland, Wisconsin The Telegraph Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1888 Spokane, Washington's First Streetcar Takes Its Inaugural Trip Spokane, Washington Transportation Historic Firsts History Link
1896 Henry Flagler's First Train Arrives in Miami, Florida Carrying Building Materials Miami, Florida Henry Flagler Railroad Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1943 In Marietta, Georgia, Robert & Company Construction Turns Its Facilities Over to the Army Air Force Marietta, Georgia Business Aviation Military History World War II University of Georgia
1944 Minnesota's Farm-Labor Party and the State Democratic Party Agree to Merge Minnesota Farming & Agriculture Labor Politics Minnesota Democratic-Farm Labor Party Minnesota Historical Society
1949 In Berkeley, California, KPFA Begins Broadcasting as the First Listener-Supported Radio Station in the United States Berkeley, California Radio Historic Firsts Learn California
1954 For the First Year, April 15 Is the Deadline for Tax Filing in the United States Taxes United States Government Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1955 Ray Kroc Opens the First Franchised McDonald's Ray Kroc Business Historic Firsts McDonalds Corporation
1974 Canada Announces Its First National Lottery Winners Canada Economics Historic Firsts CBC
1992 Billionaire Leona Helmsley Sent to Jail for Tax Evasion Taxes Crime History Channel

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