5th April 1976
Howard Robard Hughes, American business tycoon, entrepreneur, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist, died. 40 years.
7th April 1891
P.T. Barnum, American showman and businessman, co-founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum Circus, died. 125 years.
10th April 1966
Evelyn Waugh, English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books, dies. 50 years.
12th April 1961
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to enter space and the first to orbit the Earth. 55 years.
13th April 1956
Emil Nolde, German Danish painter, printmaker and one of the first Expressionists, dies. 60 years.
13th April 1866
Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, is born. 150 years.
14th April 1986
Simone de Beauvoir, French author and existentialist philosopher most famous for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, dies. 30 years.
15th April 1946
Jackie Robinson was called up the majors, becoming the first African-American player in the 20th century to take the field. 70 years.
19th April 1956
Prince Rainier III of Monaco has married the American film actress Grace Kelly. 70 years.
21st April 1926
Queen Elizabeth II is born. 90 years.
21st April 1816
Charlotte Brontë, British novelist and the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters, is born. 200 years.
22nd April 1766
Madame de Staël, French novelist, essayist, literary theorist, political propagandist, critic and poet, was born. 250 years.
22nd April 1616
Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, playwright, poet and author of Don Quixote, died. 400 years.
23rd April 1616
William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, dies. 400 years.
23rd April 1516
The Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) was signed in Ingolstadt. 500 years.
24th April 1931
Bridget Riley, English painter, one of the foremost exponents of Op art, is born. 85 years.
24th April 1986
Wallis Simpson, American socialite and Duchess of Windsor, dies. 30 years.
25th April 1916
Anzac Day was officially celebrated for the first time. 100 years.
27th April 1791
Samuel Morse, American painter and co-inventor of Morse code, is born. 225 years.
1st May 1916
Gwyllyn Samuel Newton "Glenn" For, Canadian-born American actor from Hollywood's Golden Era with a career that lasted more than 50 years, was born. 100 years.

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