12th April 1945 (80 Years)
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, died.
12th April 1961 (64 Years)
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to enter space and the first to orbit the Earth.
12th April 1961 (64 Years)
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, a Russian-Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, becomes the first human to enter space.
12th April 1975 (50 Years)
American-born French dancer, singer and actress, Josephine Baker died.
13th April 1519 (506 Years)
Catherine de' Medici, daughter of Lorenzo II de' Medici and of Madeleine de La Tour d'Auvergne, Queen of France from 1547 until 1559, as the wife of King Henry II, was born.
13th April 1743 (282 Years)
Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the United States, was born.
13th April 1866 (159 Years)
Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, is born.
13th April 1939 (86 Years)
Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner, was born.
13th April 1956 (69 Years)
Emil Nolde, German Danish painter, printmaker and one of the first Expressionists, dies.
13th April 1956 (69 Years)
Emil Nolde, German Danish painter and printmaker, one of the first Expressionists and a member of Die Brücke, died.
13th April 1970 (55 Years)
Launch of Apollo 13 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
14th April 1865 (160 Years)
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President, was assassinated.
14th April 1924 (101 Years)
Louis Sullivan, the American architect, died.
14th April 1958 (67 Years)
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.
14th April 1986 (39 Years)
Simone de Beauvoir, French author and existentialist philosopher most famous for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, dies.
15th April 1367 (658 Years)
Henry IV, King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1399 to 1413, was born.
15th April 1452 (573 Years)
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter and inventor, is born.
15th April 1764 (261 Years)
Madame de Pompadour, mistress, friend and adviser to Louis XV, died.
15th April 1843 (182 Years)
Henry James, American-English author, was born.
15th April 1888 (137 Years)
Matthew Arnold, English poet dies aged 55.
15th April 1894 (131 Years)
The American blues singer Bessie Smith was born.
15th April 1938 (87 Years)
Claudia Cardinale, Tunisian-Italian actress, was born.
15th April 1945 (80 Years)
Liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
15th April 1946 (79 Years)
Jackie Robinson was called up the majors, becoming the first African-American player in the 20th century to take the field.
16th April 1889 (136 Years)
The British comic actor and filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin, was born.
16th April 1889 (136 Years)
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame during the era of silent film, was born.
16th April 1917 (108 Years)
WWI - Second Battle of the Aisne began.
17th April 1917 (108 Years)
The Second Battle of Gaza was fought between 17 to 19 April 1917, following the defeat of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force at the First Battle of Gaza in March.
17th April 1959 (66 Years)
The Scottish painter Peter Doig was born.
17th April 2018 (7 Years)
William Holden, American actor and singer, was born.

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