(Wednesday, April 17, 1521) — Martin Luther, a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation, went before the Diet of Worms to face charges stemming from his religious writings. He was later declared an outlaw by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.
(Thursday, April 5, 1621) — The Mayflower, the ship that transported the English Separatists, better known as the Pilgrims, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, sailed today from Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts on a monthlong return trip to England.
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U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents currently serving at this moment in previous decades:
2003: George W. Bush-Dick Cheney
1993: Bill Clinton-Al Gore
1983: Ronald Reagan-George H.W. Bush
1973: Richard Nixon-(Gerald Ford nominated, pending confirmation by Congress under 25th Amendment)
1963: Lyndon Johnson-(vacant)
1953: Dwight Eisenhower-Richard Nixon
1943: Franklin Roosevelt-Henry Wallace
1933: Franklin Roosevelt-John Garner
1923: Calvin Coolidge-(vacant)
1913: Woodrow Wilson-Thomas Marshall
1903: Theodore Roosevelt-(vacant)
1893: Grover Cleveland-Adlai Stevenson
1883: Chester A. Arthur-(vacant)
1873: Ulysses Grant-Henry Wilson
1863: Abraham Lincoln-Hannibal Hamlin
1853: Franklin Pierce-(vacant)
1843: John Tyler-(vacant)
1833: Andrew Jackson-Martin Van Buren
1823: James Monroe-Daniel Tompkins
1813: James Madison-Elbridge Gerry
1803: Thomas Jefferson-Aaron Burr
1793: George Washington-John Adams
note: the U.S. Constitution did not provide for filling vice presidential vacancies before the next election/inauguration until the 25th Amendment was ratified in 1967.
Major wars that involved or eventually involved the U.S. at this moment in previous decades: