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26th April 1564 (465 Years)
William Shakespeare was born (he was baptised on this date, his actual birth date is still unknown).
26th April 1863 (166 Years)
Charles Haslewood Shannon, lithographer and painter was born.
26th April 1958 (71 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.
27th April 1791 (238 Years)
Samuel Morse, American painter and co-inventor of Morse code, is born.
27th April 1822 (207 Years)
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Civil War General and 18th US president, is born.
27th April 1840 (189 Years)
Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.
27th April 1937 (92 Years)
King George VI accompanied by his daughter Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, formally opened the National Maritime Museum.
28th April 1789 (240 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 (101 Years)
Birth of artist Yves Klein, leading member of the French artistic movement of Nouveau réalisme.
28th April 1945 (84 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 (37 Years)
Francis Bacon, British painter, dies.
29th April 1868 (161 Years)
Alice Keppel, British society hostess and mistress of Edward VII, was born.
29th April 1899 (130 Years)
Duke Ellington was born.
29th April 1980 (49 Years)
Alfred Hitchcock, the famous English film director and producer, died.
30th April 1939 (90 Years)
The World's Fair in New York, held in the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, opened.
30th April 1945 (84 Years)
WWII: Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide.
30th April 1975 (54 Years)
The war in Vietnam ends as the government in Saigon announces its unconditional surrender to the Vietcong.
30th April 2008 (21 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 (16 Years)
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicates and Willem-Alexander becomes King of the Netherlands.

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