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April 21st Major News Events

  1. 1836 Texas becomes independent from Mexico
  2. 1918 Red Baron German fighter ace shot killed in World War I
  3. 1945 Soviet troops enter Berlin during World War II
  4. 1962 The Space Needle opens in Seattle for the World's Fair
  5. 1989 Students protest in Tiananmen Square
  6. 2012 More than 100 people injured in Netherlands rail crash

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1989 Student Protest Tiananmen Square

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

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 Texas Independence from Mexico

1836: Texans led by Sam Houston defeat the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas' independence.

1918 "The Red Baron" German Fighter Ace Killed

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

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 Ohio Prison Fire

1930: A fire at Ohio State Penitentiary kills 320 inmates, and many burn to death when they are not unlocked from their cells.

1934 UK Nessie

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.

1937 Scotland Mrs Simpson

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

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 Red Army enters Berlin

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

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 USA Elvis Presley First Number 1

1956: Elvis Presley has his first number one hit with "Heartbreak Hotel" which tops of the Billboard charts.

Born This Day In History April 21st

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Queen Elizabeth II

Born: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, 21st 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.

Anthony Quinn

Born: Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, 21st April 1915, Chihuahua, Mexico

Died: 3rd June 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.

1960 Brazil New Capital Brasilia

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

1962 USA Nevada Nuclear Testing

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.

1962 United States Space Needle

1962: The Space Needle opened on This Day 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.

1967 Tornadoes Strike Chicago Metropolitan Area

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's President Thieu Resigns

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

1976: Princess Anne was hurt when her horse Candlewick fell and rolled over on her during cross country trials.

1985 USA Students

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 USA Death Penalty

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.

From 1950s Toys Page

  • Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage Tweedie Singing Bird in Cage
    Price $2.67
    Pretty bird trills a merry tune as he swings to and fro on perch. The cage has two feeding cups and a ring at the top for hanging.

  • Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment Caterpillar Earthmoving Equipment
    Price $2.98
    Caterpillar earthmoving equipment has real working action. Three big pieces in yellow and black: caterpillar scraper, motor grader, and wagon with tractor.
    From Our 1952 Toys Page

  • Toni Doll Toni Doll
    Price $11.95, $13.95, $19.95
    Toni doll made of all plastic with magic nylon wig that can be shampooed and play waved. Beautifully dressed. Comes with complete play wave kit. Choose from 14-inch, 16-inch, or 21-inch dolls.

2004 Iraq Suicide Bombers

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

2007 Iraq Complaints Made About Baghdad Wall

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.

2012 Train Crash in Netherlands Injures Many

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.

2014 United States Kraft Recalls Hot Dogs

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.

From our 1980s Furniture

1989 Videotape Storage Cabinet

1989 Videotape Storage Cabinet

Price: $79.99

This custom-crafted oak-grained cabinet opens to reveal storage for up to 120 video tapes. With inserts included, holds 92 video tapes, 18 CD's and 14 audio cassettes. Doors lock for complete security.

1987 Clock Radio TV

1987 Clock Radio TV

Price: $79.95

AM/FM Clock/Radio with four and a half inch black and white TV. Red LED digital time display with AM indicator. High/low dimmer control. Snooze bar. Battery backup system. Earphone jack. Telescopic FM antenna. White plastic cabinet.

Toys From The 1990s

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System

Vintage Nintendo Game Boy Compact Video Game System
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Price: $89.99

A hand-held version of the Nintendo Entertainment System. Features Tetris Game Pack, LCD dot-matrix game screen, and digital stereo sound with earphones for private play. Video Link cable hook-up allows two Game Boy systems to go head-to-head.

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo

Tickle Me Elmo
Manufacturer: Tyco
Price: $27.99

Tickle his tummy once to make him giggle, twice to make him laugh longer. Tickle him a third time and he shakes with laughter. This was one of the most popular toys for the 1996 Christmas season, with many stores running out of stock and battling crowds trying to get their hands on one.
From Our 1996 Toys Page