On this date in 1865, General Robert E. Lee gave his final address to the Army of Northern Virginia, one day after surrendering to General Grant at Appomattox.
Also on this date, in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in NYC by philanthropist Henry Bergh.
And also on this date, in 1879, Sandor Hertz, the founder of Hertz, was born in present-day Slovakia.
And on this day, in 1906, O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” was published.
Also on this day, in 1919, Mexican peasant revolt leader Emiliano Zapata was killed by government forces.
And also on this day, in 1933, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps.
And today, in 1941, Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia with help from Germany and Italy.
Also today, in 1942, the Bataan Death March began.
And also today, in 1953, “The House Of Wax”, the first 3-D color film, opened in theaters.
And it was also today, in 1970, when Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles.