What happened this week in history? Below are just some notable events from this week throughout the ages.
April 10, 1849 – The safety pin was patented by Walter Hunt in New York City. Hunt was a mechanic from New York, whose other inventions include a knife sharpener, streetcar bell, and many others. The safety pin was invented while Hunt was twisting a piece of wire, trying to think of something that would help him pay off a $15 debt. Hunt thought little of his safety pin and soon sold the patent for $400.
April 9, 1859 – Samuel Langhorne Clemens received his steamboat pilot’s license. Clemens operated boats until the Civil War. He then returned to writing, using as a pen name a term used on the Mississippi River. “Mark Twain” meant the water was only two fathoms deep (12 feet), the minimum needed for safe passage.
April 12, 1961 – Aboard the Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into space. The spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan in what was then part of Soviet central Asia. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin orbited the Earth for 108 minuttravelinging at more than 17,000 miles per hour (27,0kilometersres per hour) before returning safely to Earth.
April 15, 1912 – Former frontierswoman Molly Brown survives the Titanic disaster to become an international heroine known as the Âunsinkable Mrs. Brown.