April 10, 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is published.
April 11, 1970 Apollo 13 lifts off on its unsuccessful mission to the moon.
April 12, 1961 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to enter space.
April 13, 1964 For his performance in Lillies of the Field, Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American to win the Oscar for best actor.
April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln is shot during a play at Ford's Theater.