April 13: On this day in 1570, Guy Fawkes – of the Gunpowder Plot – was born in York.
April 14: On this day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth while watching ‘Our American Cousin’ at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.
April 15: On this day in 1755, Samuel Johnson’s ‘A Dictionary of the English Language’ was published in London.
April 16: On this day in 1746, Royalist troops defeated the Jacobite army at Culloden, in the last battle to be fought on British soil.
April 17: On this day in 1970, Apollo 13’s command module splashed down in the Pacific with all three crew members safe, ending one of the tensest chapters in space history.
April 18: On this day in 1930 at 20:45, the BBC news announcer declared, “There is no news,” and played music instead.
April 19: On this day in 1721, Robert Walpole became Britain’s 1st Lord of the Treasury, effectively the Prime Minister, although this term was considered an insult at the time and wasn’t commonly used until much later.