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  • April 9 – A circus was in town. One of the most dangerous acts involved a lion that would pull a cart with an animal trainer riding inside it. During the performance, a University of Virginia student, John Glover, foolishly tossed a burning cigar into the arena, spooking the cat and causing an uproar. In a moment of blind rage, the infuriated trainer picked a large tent peg off the ground and struck the student with it.
  • April 25 – Start of the Mexican–American War.



  • April 11John Glover, a popular student at the University of Virginia, dies at the Farish House hotel as a result of a blow to the head he suffered two days prior. The tragic incident occurred while he and friends were attending a circus that had come to town.




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