Whitesburg KY

Moments in Time



• On April 19, 1775, at about 5 a.m., 700 British troops march into the Massachusetts town of Lexington to find 77 armed minutemen waiting for them. Suddenly, the “shot heard around the world” was fired from an undetermined gun. When the brief Battle of Lexington ended, eight Americans lay dead or dying and 10 others were wounded. The American Revolution had begun.

• On April 20, 1841, Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story.

• On April 14, 1912, just before midnight in the North Atlantic, the RMS Titanic hits an iceberg, rupturing five watertight compartments along her starboard side. Hours later the massive vessel sank, and more than 1,500 people died in the icy North Atlantic waters.

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