24th April 1917 (98 Years)
US Emergency Loan Act authorizes issue of $5 billion in bonds at 3.5 percent.
24th April 1931 (84 Years)
Bridget Riley, English painter, one of the foremost exponents of Op art, is born.
24th April 1986 (29 Years)
Wallis Simpson, American socialite and Duchess of Windsor, dies.
24th April 1992 (23 Years)
Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, announces its first discontinuation due to massive losses.
25th April 1792 (223 Years)
The guillotine is used for the first time, in the execution of Nicholas-Jacques Pelletier.
25th April 1792 (223 Years)
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, in Strasbourg during the French Revolutionary Wars.
25th April 1915 (100 Years)
The infamous battle of Gallipoli began.
25th April 1916 (99 Years)
Anzac Day was officially celebrated for the first time.
25th April 1917 (98 Years)
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella, was born.
25th April 1928 (87 Years)
Cy Twombly, American-Italian painter and sculptor, was born.
26th April 1564 (451 Years)
William Shakespeare was born (he was baptised on this date, his actual birth date is still unknown).
26th April 1863 (152 Years)
Charles Haslewood Shannon, lithographer and painter was born.
26th April 1958 (57 Years)
Final run of the Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.
26th April 1986 (29 Years)
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.
27th April 1791 (224 Years)
Samuel Morse, American painter and co-inventor of Morse code, is born.
27th April 1822 (193 Years)
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Civil War General and 18th US president, is born.
27th April 1840 (175 Years)
Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
27th April 1937 (78 Years)
King George VI accompanied by his daughter Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, formally opened the National Maritime Museum.
28th April 1789 (226 Years)
Mutiny on the Bounty, a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian against commanding officer Lieutenant William Bligh aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty.
28th April 1928 (87 Years)
Birth of artist Yves Klein, leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme.
28th April 1945 (70 Years)
Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy until his downfall in 1943, has been killed by partisans along with his mistress, Clara Petacci, and some close associates.
28th April 1992 (23 Years)
Francis Bacon, British painter, dies.
29th April 1868 (147 Years)
Alice Keppel, British society hostess and mistress of Edward VII, was born.
29th April 1899 (116 Years)
Duke Ellington was born.
29th April 1980 (35 Years)
Alfred Hitchcock, the famous English film director and producer, died. 40 years.
30th April 1939 (76 Years)
The World's Fair in New York, held in the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, opened.
30th April 1945 (70 Years)
WWII: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide.
30th April 1975 (40 Years)
The war in Vietnam ends as the government in Saigon announces its unconditional surrender to the Vietcong.
30th April 2008 (7 Years)
Two skeletons found near Yekaterinburg, are confirmed to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, one of his sisters.
30th April 2013 (2 Years)
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates and Willem-Alexander becomes King of the Netherlands.

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