1836 Texans defeat the Mexican forces at San Jacinto leading to the independence of Texas. While Mexican cauldillo Santa Ana did execute the document providing for Texas' independence following the battle, subsequent Mexican governments refused to acknowledge the validity of the act, noting that Santa Ana was a captive at the time.
San Jacinto Monument, San Jacinto Battleground State Park, Texas
San Jacinto Monument as viewed from the USS Texas.
The monument commemorates the April 21, 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, which occurred on this location, and which secured Texas' independence from Mexico. It was built from 1936 to 1939 and includes inscriptions which relate the story of Texas obtaining independence.
Fossils in the monument's limestone.
1871 Convicted murderer John Boyer hanged in Laramie, the first Wyomingite to be legally hanged.
1890 Newcastle Mayor Frank Mondell in leg by attacker. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1894 Norway adopts the Krag Jorgensen action for rifles and carbines, one of four countries, including the US, ultimately to do so.
1898 The U.S. North Atlantic Fleet ordered to blockade Cuba.
1906 Britain and US sign convention fixing the Canada-Alaska boundary at the 141st meridian.
1913 Former Territorial Governor John Osborne takes office as Assistant Secretary of State.
1914 U.S. Marines occupied Vera Cruz, Mexico.
1916 Bill Carlisle robs passengers on the Union Pacific train near Walcott, Wyo. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
The Casper Weekly Press for Good Friday, April 21, 1916
1929 A fish from the Shoshoni consignment was used for President Hoover's breakfast. What sort of fish, or why, is left unexplained. Attribution: Wyoming State Historical Society.
1942 Anne Gorsuch Burford, first female administrator of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, born in Casper.
1973 A 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred between Lander and Jeffrey City.
2001 A 5.4 magnitude earthquake occurred about 50 miles from Jackson.
2011 Frank Ellis gave an interview to Casper College Students.
Today is Record Store Day for 2012.
1960s themed Record Store Day poster, commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the store, Sonic Rainbow, in Casper.
Record Store Day is the third Saturday in April and commemorates independent record stores.