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On April the 7th
US army troops captured the city of Baghdad, Iraq.
The Tutsi massacres of Rwanda began. The massacres lasted approximately 2 months and resulted in the killing of almost 1 million people.
Computing pioneer Sir Clive Sinclair, sold his company, Sinclair, to rival company, Amstrad, for 5million UK pounds.
The United States severed all diplomatic ties with Iran not long after it became an Islamic republic, under the rule of Ayatollah Khomeini.
New Zealand born actor, Russell Crowe, was born in Wellington, New Zealand. His first major success came in 2000 with the highly successful film, Gladiator.
Yugoslavia became a socialist republic under the presidency of Josip Broz Tito.
The World Health Organization was established.
Swiss chemist, Albert Hoffman, synthesized LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide. Regulation of the substance began in the mid 1960's after a wide range of research projects had been conducted on it.
In the course of the Second World War Italy invaded Albania.
American film director, Francis Ford Coppola, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
Prohibition of alcohol ended after 13 years in the United States.
Greece's National Football team played its first ever match, against Italy, resulting in a 1-4 defeat.
The Vesuvius volcano erupted, causing severe devastation on the city of Naples. Over 100 people died.
English inventor, John Walker, invented the friction match.
Renowned artist, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), died at the age of 73 in Toledo, Spain.
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