2nd April 1891
Max Ernst, German artist and pioneer of the Dada and Surrealist movements, was born on the in Brühl, Germany. 125 years.
12th April 1961
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a Russian-Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, becomes the first human to enter space. 55 years.
13th April 1956
Emil Nolde, German Danish painter and printmaker, one of the first Expressionists and a member of Die Brücke, died. 60 years.
21st April 1926
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II was born and became Queen at the age of 25. She has reigned through more than five decades of enormous social change and development. 90 years.
22nd April 1616
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright, author of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, died in Madrid. 400 years.
23rd April 1616
William Shakespeare, the "Bard of Avon", poet, playwright, and actor, whose work includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems, died in Stratford-upon-Avon. 400 years.
26th April 1986
The Chernobyl Disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which, at the time, was under the direct jurisdiction of the Soviet Union. 30 years.
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