13th April 1970
Launch of Apollo 13 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 50 years.
14th April 1865
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President, was assassinated. 155 years.
15th April 1945
Liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. 75 years.
21st April 1945
Red Army entered outskirts of Berlin, Russian troops capture some outlying suburbs of Berlin at the beginning of what promises to be a bitter battle for control of the city. 75 years.
21st April 1990
Romain de Tirtoff, Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials, died. 30 years.
22nd April 1840
The French symbolist painter Odilon Redon was born. 180 years.
23rd April 1775
J.M.W Turner, a British romantic landscape painter, was born. 245 years.
27th April 1840
Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry. 180 years.
28th April 1945
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. 75 years.
29th April 1980
Alfred Hitchcock, the famous English film director and producer, died. 40 years.
30th April 1975
The war in Vietnam ends as the government in Saigon announces its unconditional surrender to the Vietcong. 45 years.
30th April 1945
WWII: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide. 75 years.
6th May 1895
The Italian-American film actor and sex symbol of the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino, was born. 125 years.
6th May 1915
Orson Welles, American actor, writer and director, was born. 105 years.
6th May 1915
20-year-old pitcher Babe Ruth hits his first home run during his 18th time at bat in the major leagues. 105 years
7th May 1915
The British ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk by the Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland. 105 years.
7th May 1840
The Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was born. 180 years.
7th May 1945
World War II: V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender. 75 years.
8th May 1945
Winston Churchill announced the end of the war. 75 years.
9th May 1860
Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, Scottish novelist who created Peter Pan, was born. 160 years.

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