1st April 1939
The end of the Spanish Civil War, fought between the Republicans and the Nationalists. 75 years.
4th April 1949
The anniversary of the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, also known as NATO. 65 years.
5th April 1614
Anniversary of the marriage of Pocahontas to English colonist John Rolfe. 400 years.
7th April 1614
El Greco, Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance, dies. 400 years.
10th April 1954
Auguste Lumiere, the French cinema pioneer who developed a film projector and camera with his brother Louis, dies. 60 years.
15th April 1764
Madame de Pompadour, mistress, friend and adviser to Louis XV, dies. 250 years.
16th April 1889
The British comic actor and filmmaker, Charlie Chaplin, is born. 125 years.
20th April 1889
Adolf Hitler, the Austrian-born German politician, is born. 125 years.
26th April 1564
William Shakespeare is born (he was baptised on this date, his actual birth date is still unknown). 450 years.
28th April 1789
Mutiny on the Bounty, a mutiny led by Fletcher Christian against comanding officer Lieutenant William Bligh aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty. 225 years.
30th April 1939
The World's Fair in New York, held in the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, opens. 75 years.
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