On this day: April 1

POSTED: 09:55 AM PDT Mar 28, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Mar 31, 2016 

The ruins of Pompeii are discovered, Apple Computer starts up, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed by his father, and U.S. Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is rescued from Iraq, all on this day.

OTD April 1 - Spanish Civil War
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1939: The Spanish Civil War ends after more than two and a half years with Nationalist Gen. Francisco Franco proclaiming victory in a radio speech after the last of the Republican forces surrendered. Franco's rebel forces had captured Madrid on March 28 and controlled all the Spanish territory by March 31. Franco would rule Spain for the next 36 years until his death.


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