Nelson Aldrich Dead, Lenin Returns from Exile, St Nedelya Church Assaulted

On This Progressive Day: April 16
Vladimir Lenin returns to Petrograd from exile in Finland (1917)

During the Communist St Nedelya Church assault in Sofia, 150 are killed and 500 are wounded (1925)

The Red Army begins the final assault on German forces around Berlin (1945)

President B. Hussein Obama orders Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department to leak four memos detailing the typical interrogation techniques used by the CIA on al-Qaeda suspects (2009)

b: Sydney Olivier (1859), José de Diego (1866), August Eigruber (1907); d: Nelson Aldrich (1915), Pavel Axelrod (1928), David Kirkwood (1955), Khalil al-Wazir (1988), Alexandru Nicolschi (1992)

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Kim Il-sung Born, Sacco & Vanzetti Kill, Jean-Paul Sartre Dead

On This Progressive Day: April 15
Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti allegedly murder two security guards while robbing a shoe store (1920)

Black Friday, mine owners announce more wage and price cuts leading to the threat of a strike all across England (1921)

The National Assembly of Vietnam adopts the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (1992)

In a major space policy speech at Kennedy Space Center, President B. Hussein Obama outlines his proposal to use NASA's budget for global Muslim outreach (2010)

Islamic terrorists explode two bombs near the finish line at the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, killing 3 people and injuring 264 others (2013)

b: A. Philip Randolph (1889), Kim Il-sung (1912), Georgi Beregovoi (1921); d: Jean-Paul Sartre (1980), Hu Yaobang (1989), Pol Pot (1998)

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Lincoln Shot, Hubert Bland Dead, Hugo Chávez Regresa

On This Progressive Day: April 14
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth (1865)

In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan (1988)

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military (2002)

At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent and friend-of-Obama, the Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (2007)

President B. Hussein Obama reads a big speech on his NewProg economic equalization policies at Georgetown University (2009)

b: François Duvalier (1907), Marvin Miller (1917); d: Hubert Bland (1914)

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György Lukacs Born, Spanish Reds Rising, Obama Pen Frees Cuba

On This Progressive Day: April 13
The Spanish Communist Workers' Party is founded (1921)

Pact of neutrality between the USSR and Japan is signed (1941)

The discovery of a mass grave of Polish prisoners of war executed by Soviet forces in the Katyń Forest Massacre is announced, alienating the Western Allies and the Polish government in exile in London, from the Soviet Union (1943)

Diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Soviet Union are established (1944)

President B. Hussein Obama signs a presidential memorandum eliminating limits on Cuban-Americans' family visits and remittances sent to Cuba (2009)

b: György Lukacs (1885) Harold Stassen (1907); d: Culbert Olson (1962)

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FDR Dead, Clinton Cited for Contempt, Abbie Hoffman Dead

On This Progressive Day: April 12
The US Auto-Lite Strike begins, culminating in a five-day melee between Ohio National Guard troops and 6,000 strikers and picketers (1934)

Vice-president Harry S Truman is sworn in as the 33rd President (1945)

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into outer space in Vostok 3KA-2 (Vostok 1) (1961)

President Bill Clinton is cited for contempt of court for giving "intentionally false statements" in a sexual harassment civil lawsuit (1999)

b: John Hagee (1940), d: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1945), Abbie Hoffman (1989)

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