1611 - The word "telescope" was used for the first time by the Italian scientist/naturalist Prince Frederico Cesi.
1614 - Pocahontas married the English planter John Rolfe. They moved to England where she died three years later in 1617.
1814 - Napoleon was banished to Elba.
1847 - Edgar Allen Poe's, "Murders in the Rue Morgue," being the first of its kind and establishing the murder mystery genre, was published.
1853 - Harriet Tubman began the Underground Railroad and starting helping slaves escape to freedom.
1861 - Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities was published. Did you know he was only 58 years old when he died? Did you know that Oliver Twist, he second novel, was the first English novel to have a child as the main character?
1865 - Abraham Lincoln was shot. He died the next day, April 15.
1912 - The Titanic struck an iceberg.
1939 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published.