6th April 1909 (100 Years)
Explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole.
6th April 1917 (92 Years)
The United States enters World War I.
6th April 1959 (50 Years)
Frank Lloyd Wright died.
7th April 1614 (395 Years)
El Greco, Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance, died.
7th April 1891 (118 Years)
P.T. Barnum, American showman and businessman, co-founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum Circus, died.
7th April 1938 (71 Years)
Suzanne Valadon, French painter, died.
7th April 1947 (62 Years)
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, dies.
8th April 1093 (916 Years)
The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by Walkelin.
8th April 1918 (91 Years)
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Ford, née Bloomer, First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, was born.
8th April 1918 (91 Years)
WWI: Actors Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin sell war bonds on the streets of New York City.
8th April 1973 (36 Years)
Pablo Picasso, Spanish artist and co-founder of the Cubism movement, died.
8th April 1973 (36 Years)
Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the all time, died.
9th April 1492 (517 Years)
Lorenzo de' Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, magnate, diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists and poets, died.
9th April 1830 (179 Years)
Eadweard J. Muybridge, English photographer and inventor, was born.
9th April 1865 (144 Years)
The American Civil War, one of history's bloodiest wars, ended.
9th April 1969 (40 Years)
Exclusive and only colour footage of the Concorde's maiden flights.
10th April 1877 (132 Years)
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.
10th April 1894 (115 Years)
Ben Nicholson was born.
10th April 1938 (71 Years)
Pearl Buck awarded a Nobel prize for literature.
10th April 1954 (55 Years)
Auguste Lumiere, the French cinema pioneer who developed a film projector and camera with his brother Louis, died.
10th April 1966 (43 Years)
Evelyn Waugh, English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books, dies.
10th April 1912 (97 Years)
The Titanic sets sail.
12th April 1935 (74 Years)
First flight of the Bristol Blenheim.
12th April 1945 (64 Years)
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, died.
12th April 1961 (48 Years)
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to enter space and the first to orbit the Earth.
12th April 1975 (34 Years)
American-born French dancer, singer and actress, Josephine Baker died.
13th April 1519 (490 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 (266 Years)
Thomas Jefferson, American lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the United States, was born.
13th April 1866 (143 Years)
Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, is born.
13th April 1939 (70 Years)
Seamus Heaney, Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner, was born.

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