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What four pivotal events happened on this day in history?

April 11th

French Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte

April 11 marks three important events in Colonial America, and around the world. 

In 1771 — The last execution for witchcraft took place in Germany.

On this day in 1783 — Hostilities formally ceased in the American Revolutionary War.

On April 11, 1814 — French Emperor Napoleon Bonapart abdicated unconditionally. He spent his remaining years exiled to Elba, a Mediterranean island in Tuscany, Italy, 10 kilometres from the coastal town of Piombino, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago.

And in 1865 — Abraham Lincoln urged a spirit of generous conciliation today, trying to set the tone for peace during reconstruction. He will be shot and killed in 3 days.

Words of Wisdom

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."

— Napoléon Bonaparte, a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.