On this day: April 1

Published On: Mar 28 2013 11:55:08 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - RMS Atlantic
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1873: The British steamer RMS Atlantic runs onto rocks and sinks off Nova Scotia, killing at least 535 people. It would remain the deadliest civilian maritime disaster in history until the sinking of the SS Norge in 1904 and the greatest disaster for the White Star Line shipping company prior to the loss of the Titanic 39 years later.

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