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1989 China 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

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.

1836 U.S.A. Texas Independence From Mexico 21st April 1836 : Texans led by Sam Houston defeat the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas' independence

1918 France "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.

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

1930 U.S.A. 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.



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.

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

1945 Germany 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.

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.

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.


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1960 Brazil New Capital Brasilia 21st April 1960 : Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia, transferring the seat of national government from Rio de Janeiro.

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



1967 U.S.A. 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.



1975 South Vietnam 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.

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

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

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

2004 Iraq Suicide Bombers 21st April 2004 : Five suicide bombers detonated car bombs by police buildings in Basra, Iraq, killing at least 74 people.

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.


Netherlands 2012 Netherlands 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.