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21 Apr, 1989 - Student Protest Tiananmen Square
21st April, 1989 : 100,000 students gather at Beijing's Tiananmen Square to commemorate Hu Yaobang the deposed reform-minded leader of the Chinese Communist Party and voice their discontent with China's authoritative communist government. This was the beginning of the mass demonstrations in Tiananmen Square, Beijing prior to the Chinese Government declaring martial law in May of the same year which led to the June Massacres by Chinese troops killing hundreds of demonstrators and arresting thousands of protesters and other suspected dissidents. Find More What happened in 1989.
21 Apr, 1987 - Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers
21st April, 1987 : Tamil Tigers plant a massive bomb in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo killing more than 100 and injuring a further 300. The Tamil extremists known as the Tamil Tigers are fighting for an independent homeland. The problems continued to worsen with 1,000's killed over the next 15 years but in 2002 the government and Tamil Tiger rebels signed a permanent cease fire agreement with the government agreeing to recognize the Tamil Tigers and the Tamil Tigers dropping demands for a separate state. In 2004
the problems and fighting have flared up again and rising levels of violence are again threatening the truce.
21 Apr, 1836 - Texas Independence From Mexico
21st April, 1836
: Texans led by Sam Houston defeat the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas' independence.
21 Apr, 1918 - "The Red Baron" German Fighter Ace Killed
21st April, 1918 : Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the "Red Baron," credited with 80 confirmed air combat victories was killed in action during World War I.
21 Apr, 1924 - Persia Air Race Round The World
21st April, 1924 : The British / American Race By Air around the world has the British ahead by 265 miles after landing and taking off from Bushire in Persia.
21 Apr, 1930 - Ohio Prison Fire
21st April, 1930 : A fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 320 inmates, and many burn to death when they are not unlocked from their cells.
21 Apr, 1934 - UK Nessie
21st April, 1934 : The Daily Mail publishes The "Surgeon's ( Robert Kenneth Wilson ) Photograph" is supposed to be the first photo of a "head and neck" of the Loch Ness Monster, and is one of the most iconic Nessie photos. Since 1994, most who have studied the photo in detail agree the photo was an elaborate hoax.
21 Apr, 1937 - Scotland Mrs Simpson
21st April, 1937 : With the marriage of Mrs Simpson to the Duke of Windsor planned for June, questions about the validity of Mrs Wallace Warfield Simpson divorce from her first husband have been questioned in The Scotsman.
21 Apr, 1941 - UK German Bombing Plymouth
21st April, 1941 : German Bombers Bombed with fire and explosives on the South Coast City of Plymouth for many hours overnight causing fires throughout the city.
21 Apr, 1945 - Red Army enters Berlin
21st April, 1945 : Russian troops capture outlying suburbs of Berlin at the beginning of what promises to be a bitter battle for control of the city.
21 Apr, 1955 - UK Fleet Street Newspaper Worker Strike
21st April, 1955 : The strike which has stopped British National Newspapers from appearing for nearly a month has ended and Fleet Street newspapers are back on the streets after the strike by maintenance men who are members of the electricians' and engineers' unions agree to a wage increase of just over £2 a week.
21 Apr, 1956 - U.S.A. Elvis Presley First Number 1
21st April, 1956 : Elvis Presley has his first number one hit with "Heartbreak Hotel" which tops of the Billboard charts.
21 Apr, 1960 - Brazil New Capital Brasilia
21st April, 1960 : Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.
21 Apr, 1962 - U.S.A. Nevada Nuclear Testing
21st April, 1962 : The US Continued it's series of underground nuclear testing in Nevada with it's 29th test with a low yield nuclear explosion equivalent to 20,000 tons of TNT.
21 Apr, 1962 - United States The Space Needle
21st April, 1962 : The Space Needle opened on April 21st an icon of Seattle is an observation tower built for the 1962 World's Fair it drew over 2.3 million visitors, when nearly 20,000 people a day used its elevators.
21 Apr, 1967 - Tornadoes Strike Chicago Metropolitan Area
21st April, 1967 : A series of seventeen tornadoes strike Illinois, including several in the Chicago area including the worst a tornado which moved through Belvidere killing 24 ( including 13 at local high school ) and injuring another 450. Another tornado touched down near Palos Hills and moved across the south side of Chicago during rush hour killing 33 before going out into Lake Michigan.
21 Apr, 1975 - South Vietnam's President Thieu resigns
21st April, 1975 : President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam is forced to resign accusing the United States of betrayal by not providing the money and support to continue the battle. Nine days after his resignation, the Vietnam war ended with the fall of Saigon to the North Vietnamese army.
21 Apr, 1976 - UK Princess Anne Hurt
21st April, 1976 : Princess Anne was hurt when her horse Candlewick fell and rolled over on her during cross country trials.
21 Apr, 1985 - U.S.A. Students
21st April, 1985 : The increase of the use of booze and drugs by students continues to increase in colleges and universities throughout the US a new study reports.
21 Apr, 1992 - U.S.A. Death Penalty
21st April, 1992 : Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teenage boys.
21 Apr, 2004 - Iraq Suicide Bombers
21st April, 2004 : Five suicide bombers detonated car bombs by police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people.
21 Apr, 2007 - Iraq Complaints are made about the Baghdad wall
21st April, 2007 : A senior politician in Iraq has condemned the U.S. military's decision to build a three-mile wall around the Sunni parts of Baghdad. Adnan al-Dulaimi is the leader of the largest Sunni bloc in the Iraqi parliament, and said that the construction of the wall has begun without the council's approval. "This will make the whole district a prison," said one of the area's residents. The U.S. military has reported that troops are building the wall to separate the Azamiyah district from the nearby Shi'ite neighborhoods. A U.S. spokesmen has called this to be the centerpiece of their strategy to end the sectarian violence that is taking place there. Over the next few days more protest come including the Iraqi Prime Minister has asked for an end to the construction of a concrete wall around the Azamiyah district of Baghdad. Nouri Maliki has said that there were other ways of protecting the area. The U.S. army has said that the wall is being made to prevent violence between Sunni and Shi'ite militants, although some Iraqi politicians have warned that it will only increase the area's sectarian tensions. About seven thousand Iraqis have taken to the streets in protest of the wall.
21 Apr, 2012 - Train Crash in Netherlands Injures Many
21st April, 2012 : About 117 people were injured after two passenger trains collided near Sloterdijk in the area of Amsterdam. At least sixteen of the people were seriously injured and one woman aged 68 died as a result of her injuries sustained in the crash. Neither of the trains were derailed.
21 Apr, 2014 - United States Kraft Recalls Hot Dogs
21st April, 2014 : Kraft Foods issued a voluntary recall of 96,000 pounds of Oscar-Meyer hot dogs that had been mislabeled. The company stated that some of their "Classic Cheese Dogs" had been place in regular hot dog packaging, which could be dangerous for people with dairy allergies.
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Queen Elizabeth II
Born: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary 21 April 1926 Mayfair, London England
Known For : Queen regnant of sixteen independent states known as the Commonwealth realms with a combined population, including dependencies, of over 129 million. Elizabeth became Queen following her fathers death on 6 February 1952. She had married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 before becoming the Queen and they had four children.
Born: Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca April April 21, 1915 Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: July , 2001 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Known For : Mexican-American actor winning two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. He starred in hundreds of movies but possibly best known for Zorba the Greek, The Greek Tycoon, The Guns of Navarone and Lawrence of Arabia. His acting career spanned nearly 70 years and even included a part in the Road to Morocco (1942) starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. He was also an accomplished painter who had his work shown in internationally, in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Mexico City.