4th April 1968
Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 50 years.
4th April 1818
The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20). 200 years.
5th April 2008
Charlton Heston, American actor and political activist, died. 10 years.
7th April 1938
Suzanne Valadon, French painter, died. 80 years.
8th April 1093
The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin. 925 years.
8th April 1918
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford, née Bloomer, First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, was born. 100 years.
8th April 1918
WWI: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City. 100 years.
8th April 1973
Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist and co-founder of the Cubism movement, died. 45 years
8th April 2013
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, died. 5 years.
10th April 1938
Pearl Buck awarded a Nobel prize for literature. 80 years.
13th April 1743
Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the United States, was born. 275 years.
14th April 1958
Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days. This was the first spacecraft to carry a living animal, a dog named Laika. 60 years.
15th April 1938
Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-Italian actress, was born. 80 years.
15th April 1843
Henry James, American-English author, was born. 175 years.
15th April 1888
Matthew Arnold, English poet dies aged 55. 130 years.
17th April 2018
William Holden, American actor and singer, was born. 100 years.
18th April 1958
A US federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound be released from an insane asylum. 60 years.
19th April 1768
Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto, Italian painter of vedute of Venice, died. 250 years.
19th April 1933
Jayne Mansfield, American actress in film, theatre, and television, was born. 85 years.
19th April 1943
World War II: In Poland, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins, after German troops enter the Warsaw Ghetto to round up the remaining Jews. 75 years.

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