In This Week in …
- 1776, the US Navy captures its first British warship. USS Lexington, under Captain John Barry, takes the Royal Navy’s HMS Edward (7 April 1776);
- 2013, Baroness Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, dies at her suite in the Ritz (8 April 2013);
- 1865, Robert E. Lee surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, effectively ending the US Civil War (9 April 1865).