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April 13, 1742: George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland.

April 14, 1828: Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.

April 15, 1802: William Wordsworth sees a “long belt” of daffodils with his sister Dorothy, inspiring him to write I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.

April 16, 1746: The Battle of Culloden is fought in Scotland between French-supported Jacobites and British Hanovarian forces.

April 17, 1797: Citizens of Verona, Italy begin an eight-day rebellion against the French occupying forces.

April 18, 1506: The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid.

April 19, 1855: Visit of Napoleon III to Guildhall, London.