1st April 1867
The World Exposition opens in Paris. 150 years.
2nd April 1982
Falklands War: Argentine forces invade Falkland Islands, entering capital Port Stanley and forcing Governor Rex Hunt to surrender. 35 years
3rd April 1882
Jesse Woodson James, American outlaw, guerrilla, gang leader, bank robber, train robber, and murderer, was assassinated. 135 years
6th April 1917
The United States enters World War I. 100 years.
7th April 1947
Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, dies. 70 years.
9th April 1492
Lorenzo de' Medici, also known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, magnate, diplomat, politician and patron of scholars, artists and poets, died. 525 years.
10th April 1877
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. 140 years.
11th April 1912
The Titanic sets sail. 105 years.
15th April 1367
Henry IV, King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1399 to 1413, was born. 650 years.
15th April 1452
Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter and inventor, is born. 565 years.
22nd April 1917
Sir Sidney Robert Nolan OM, AC, one of the Australia's leading artists of the 20th century, was born. 100 years.
24th April 1917
US Emergency Loan Act authorizes issue of $5 billion in bonds at 3.5 percent. 100 years.
24th April 1992
Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, announces its first discontinuation due to massive losses. 25 years.
25th April 1792
Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle composes La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, in Strasbourg during the French Revolutionary Wars. 225 years.
25th April 1792
The guillotine is used for the first time, in the execution of Nicholas-Jacques Pelletier. 225 years.
25th April 1917
Ella Jane Fitzgerald, American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella, was born. 100 years.
27th April 1822
Ulysses Simpson Grant, Civil War General and 18th US president, is born. 195 years.
27th April 1937
King George VI accompanied by his daughter Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II, formally opened the National Maritime Museum. 80 years.
28th April 1992
Francis Bacon, British painter, dies. 25 years.
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