10th April 1877
The first human cannonball, a 14 year-old girl named Rossa Matilda Ritcher and known as Zazel, is launched at the Royal Aquarium in London. 140 years.
11th April 1912
The Titanic sets sail. 105 years.
15th April 1367
Henry IV, King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1399 to 1413, was born. 650 years.
16th April 1917
WWI - Second Battle of the Aisne began. 100 years.
15th April 1452
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter and inventor, is born. 565 years.
22nd April 1917
Sir Sidney Robert Nolan OM, AC, one of the Australia's leading artists of the 20th century, was born. 100 years.
24th April 1917
US Emergency Loan Act authorizes issue of $5 billion in bonds at 3.5 percent. 100 years.
24th April 1992
Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, announces its first discontinuation due to massive losses. 25 years.
25th April 1792
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, in Strasbourg during the French Revolutionary Wars. 225 years.
25th April 1792
The guillotine is used for the first time, in the execution of Nicholas-Jacques Pelletier. 225 years.
25th April 1917
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella, was born. 100 years.
27th April 1937
King George VI accompanied by his daughter Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, formally opened the National Maritime Museum. 80 years.
27th April 1822
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Civil War General and 18th US president, is born. 195 years.
28th April 1992
Francis Bacon, British painter, dies. 25 years.
2nd May 1892
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, widely known as the Red Baron, was born. 125 years.
3rd May 1937
Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Gone with the Wind'. 80 years.
3rd May 1987
Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, better known as Dalida, Egyptian-born Italian singer and actress, died. 30 years.
6th May 1937
The Hindenburg Disaster takes place in Naval Air Station Lakehurst, New Jersey. 80 years.
6th May 1992
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich, German and American actress and singer, died. 25 years.
7th May 1867
Alfred Nobel receives English patent for dynamite. 150 years.

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