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Delmarva History In April

April 2, 1912
An F2 tornado destroyed a home in Dagsboro killing one person.

April 3rd-4th, 1915
Ten or more inches of snow fell in parts of Delmarva during a nor'easter.

April 5-6, 1813
The British Navy tried to bombard Lewes, Delaware. The only lasting effect was a cannonball that remains lodged in the foundation of what now serves as the town's maritime museum.

April 6, 1630
Maryland General Assembly divided into an upper and lower house.

April 6, 1889
Pilot boat Enoch Turley disappears with five pilots and five crew members during a gale off the coast of Lewes.

April 7, 1925
Delaware adopted a state song called "Our Delaware" composed by William M. S. Brown and lyrics by George B. Hynson.

April 8, 1910
Maryland became the 7th state to ratify 16th Amendment to U.S. Constitution allowing for the collection of a federal income tax.

April 9, 1792
Delaware pilots went on strike refusing to conduct ships through the Delaware Bay. Despite the threats to bring in strike breakers the dispute was settled and the pilots demands were granted.

April 10, 1877
Three days of strong coastal storms caused heavy beach erosion.

April 13, 1926
Cape Henlopen Lighthouse collapsed after years of weather damage and abandonment.

April 14, 1939
Delaware officially adopted the Blue Hen Chicken was as their State Bird. Yankee Captain Jonathan Caldwell of Kent County, Delaware raised fighting cocks that were bluish in color. His troops held chicken fights between battles against the British during Revolutionary War. The Blue Hens became their mascot because of their fierce and winning ways.

April 15, 1964
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel opened. It was named one of the 7 modern engineering wonders of the world.

April 17, 1990
Strong winds associated with heavy storms gusted to 75 mph in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia.

April 17, 1741
Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Princess Anne, Maryland

April 19, 1999
The second (parallel) span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel opens for traffic.

April 19, 1774
The last colonial General Assembly was suspended in Maryland.

April 21, 1813 The British warship Poictiers was blocking the Delaware Bay. They sent the crew of one of their fleet, the schooner Pilgrim, ashore at Little Creek in search of food and supplies. Local fishermen and farmers fought them off.

April 21, 1649
A religious toleration law was enacted in colonial Maryland.

April 24, 1987
Thunderstorms dumped up to seven inches of rain in Virginia over the course of three days.

April 28, 1788
The Maryland Convention was the 7th state to ratify US Constitution.

April 29, 1813
British take and destroy Frenchtown near Elk Landing (Elkton), Cecil County before heading to the Battle of Baltimore.

April 30, 1990
Thunderstorms moving over the Chesapeake Bay flooded U.S. Route 50 on Kent Island Maryland, with several inches of water. This caused a seventeen-mile long traffic jam.

Wildlife In Season

Assateague mares start to show off recently born foals. The northern spring migration is well underway by the end of April. Song birds are arriving. Waterfowl and raptors are moving on. A few transient green wing teal are still in the area as of the beginning of the month. Animals also begin to shake of their winter doldrums and are sometimes more visible. Deer, unafraid with hunting season over can also be seen more frequently. In the water, look for muskrats and otters. Baby terrapins are also making an appearance. Watch for them in your lawn when mowing for the first time this spring.

Delmarva's Night Sky

Assateague mares start to show off recently born foals. The northern spring migration is well underway by the end of April. Song birds are arriving. Waterfowl and raptors are moving on. A few transient green wing teal are still in the area as of the beginning of the month. Animals also begin to shake of their winter doldrums and are sometimes more visible. Deer, unafraid with hunting season over can also be seen more frequently. In the water, look for muskrats and otters. Baby terrapins are also making an appearance. Watch for them in your lawn when mowing for the first time this spring.

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