21st April 1818 (96 Years)
WWI: German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, AKA "The Red Baron", is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France.
21st April 1918 (96 Years)
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, widely known as the Red Baron, died.
21st April 1926 (88 Years)
Queen Elizabeth II is born.
21st April 1945 (69 Years)
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.
21st April 1990 (24 Years)
Romain de Tirtoff, Russian-born French artist and designer known by the pseudonym Erté, from the French pronunciation of his initials, died.
22nd April 1616 (398 Years)
Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, playwright, poet and author of Don Quixote, died.
22nd April 1766 (248 Years)
Madame de Staël, French novelist, essayist, literary theorist, political propagandist, critic and poet, was born.
22nd April 1840 (174 Years)
The French symbolist painter Odilon Redon was born.
22nd April 1917 (97 Years)
Sir Sidney Robert Nolan OM, AC, one of the Australia's leading artists of the 20th century, was born.
22nd April 1938 (76 Years)
Issey Miyake, Japanese fashion designer, was born.
22nd April 1984 (30 Years)
Ansel Adams, the photographer, died.
23rd April 1516 (498 Years)
The Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) was signed in Ingolstadt.
23rd April 1616 (398 Years)
William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, dies.
23rd April 1775 (239 Years)
J.M.W Turner, a British romantic landscape painter, was born.
23rd April 1891 (123 Years)
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, was born.
23rd April 1928 (86 Years)
Shirley Temple, American actress, singer, and dancer, was born.
24th April 1888 (126 Years)
Eastman Kodak was founded.
24th April 1904 (110 Years)
Willem de Kooning was born.
24th April 1913 (101 Years)
The Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.
24th April 1917 (97 Years)
US Emergency Loan Act authorizes issue of $5 billion in bonds at 3.5 percent.
24th April 1931 (83 Years)
Bridget Riley, English painter, one of the foremost exponents of Op art, is born.
24th April 1986 (28 Years)
Wallis Simpson, American socialite and Duchess of Windsor, dies
24th April 1992 (22 Years)
Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, announces its first discontinuation due to massive losses.
25th April 1792 (222 Years)
The guillotine is used for the first time, in the execution of Nicholas-Jacques Pelletier.
25th April 1792 (222 Years)
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, in Strasbourg during the French Revolutionary Wars.
25th April 1916 (98 Years)
Anzac Day was officially celebrated for the first time.
25th April 1917 (97 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 (86 Years)
Cy Twombly, American-Italian painter and sculptor, was born.
26th April 1564 (450 Years)
William Shakespeare was born (he was baptised on this date, his actual birth date is still unknown).

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