April 13: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
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- 1870 - The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded.
- 1943 - The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth.
- 1970 - An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.
- 1974 - Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite,Westar 1.
- 1976 - The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as aFederal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration.
- Famous Birthdays: Thomas Jefferson (American politician, 3rd President of the United States), Richard Trevithick (English engineer), Alexander Mitchell (Irish engineer, invented the Screw-pile lighthouse), Robert Watson-Watt (Scottish inventor, invented the Radar), Alfred Mosher Butts (American architect and game designer, created Scrabble)
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