CALENDAR OF HISTORICAL EVENTS


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April 1 1963 Soap opera "General Hospital" premiers on ABC-TV
April 2 1805 Storyteller Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark
April 3 1907 The University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon was granted a provincial charter
April 4 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated
April 4 2063 Zefram Cochrane makes first contact during the first warp flight
April 5 1614 American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia
April 6 1909 Explorer Robert E. Peary became the first person to reach the North Pole
April 7 1948 World Health Organization founded by United Nations
April 8 1973 Pablo Picasso died at his home near Mougins, France, at age 91
April 9 1917 Four Canadian divisions began an assault on Vimy Ridge
April 10 1912 The Titanic set sail
April 11 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated as emperor of France and was banished to the island of Elba
April 12 1961 Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly in space
April 13 1970 Apollo 13 was crippled when a tank of liquid oxygen burst, on the way to the moon
April 14 1865 President Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded
April 15 1452 Birth of Leonardo da Vinci
April 16 1889 Birth of Charlie Chaplin
April 17 1855 Charlottetown was incorporated as a city
April 18 1955 Death of Albert Enstein
April 19 1943 Jews attack Nazi occupation forces at Warsaw Ghetto
April 20 1902 Marie and Pierre Curie isolated the radioactive element radium
April 21 1926 Birth of Queen Elizabeth
April 22 1876 Tchaikovsky completes his "Swan Lake" ballet
April 23 1564 Birth (and death 1616) of William Shakespeare
April 24 1942 Death of Lucy Maud Montgomery
April 25 1990 1990 Hubble space telescope is placed into orbit by shuttle Discovery
April 26 1986 The world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union
April 27 1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines
April 28 1789 Mutineers seized the British ship the Bounty
April 29 1429 Joan of Arc leads Orleans, France, to victory over English
April 30 1975 The Vietnam War ended



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