Events in History
- 757 Paolo Orsini replaces his brother Pope Stephen II, as Paul I
- 1220 German king Frederick II grants bishops sovereign rights
- 1336 Italian Renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch famously climbs Mont Ventoux
- 1392 Korean Confucian scholar and statesman Jeong Mong-ju is assassinated on the Sonjuk Bridge in Gaeseong (now North Korea). A brown spot on the bridge is still said to be his blood.
- 1467 The miraculous image in Our Lady of Good Counsel appear in Genazzano, Italy
- 1478 Pazzi conspirators attack Lorenzo de' Medici and kill Giuliano de' Medici in Florence
- 1514 Copernicus makes his 1st observations of Saturn
- 1564 William Shakespeare is baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
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Weddings in History
- 1709 Frisian Stadtholder John William Friso marries Countess Maria Louise van Hessen-Kassel
- 1923 English prince Albert Duke of York (George VI) (27) marries Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (22) at Westminster Abbey
- 1946 Father Divine, controversial religious leader claimed to be God, marries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a celebrated anniversary in the International Peace Mission movement
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Deaths in History
- 757 Stephen II, Catholic Pope (752-757), dies at 43
- 1192 Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan, 77th Emperor of Japan, dies at 64
- 1196 Alfonso II, King of Aragon (1162-96), dies at 39
- 1444 Robert Campin, first great master of Flemish and Early Netherlandish painting, dies at ~65
April in History
Hitler's Diaries Fail Forensic TestsGerman Magazine revealed the scoop of the century on this day but it's “Hitler’s Diaries” sensation failed a forensic test and was quickly proved a hoax.
April 25, 1983
Oscar Wilde Presses Self-Destruct ButtonWhen Oscar Wilde sued the Marquess of Queensberry for libel over a sodomite slur, he opened the door to social and financial ruin that would lead to his death.
April 26, 1895
Pripyat: Nuclear Wasteland'I Love You Pripyat, Forgive Me!' scrawled on the walls of a Pripyat clinic during its hasty evacuation after the Chernobyl disaster
April 26, 1986
Record-Breaking Sheila, the High-Flying AviatorThe Sky's was the limit for Sheila Scott who made three solo flights around the world and was the first pilot, male or female, to fly over the North Pole.
April 27, 1922