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April 6, 1808: John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, which would eventually make him America’s first millionaire.

April 7, 1827: John Walker, and English chemist, sells the first friction match.

April 8, 1820: The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos.

April 9, 1511: St. John’s College, Cambridge, England (founded by Lady Margaret Beaufort) receives its charter.

April 10, 1815: The Mount Tambora volcano begins a three-month-long eruption, lasting until July 15.

April 11, 1814: The Treaty of Fontainebleau ends the War of the Sixth Coalition against Napoleon.

April 12, 1606: The Union Flag is adopted as the flag of Great Britain.