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21st April

1509 The accession of Henry VIII to the throne.

1816 * Charlotte Brontė, eldest of the 3 Brontė sisters and author of Jane Eyre.

1910 Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), author of the novel Huckleberry Finn, died at the age of 74.

1915 * Anthony Quinn, Mexican-born actor who won an Oscar for the film Viva Zapata (1952).

1918 Baron Manfred von Richthofen, legendary German ace pilot shot down by an RAF fighter.

1926 * Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England.

1945 Russian troops captured some outlying suburbs of Berlin at the beginning of what promises to be a bitter battle for control of the city.

1950 * Tony Danza, US TV actor who starred in the comedy series Taxi.

1955 Fleet Street national newspapers were published for the first time in nearly a month following the end of the maintenance workers' strike.

1960 Brazil inaugurated its new capital, Brasilia.

1964 BBC television launched their second channel BBC2 with the programme Play School.

1975 South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned, accusing the United States of betrayal in a blistering attack broadcast to the nation.

1987 Tamil Tigers blamed for bus garage bomb blast when more than 100 people were killed in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

1989 Over 100,000 Chinese students gathered to demonstrate in Peking's Tiananmen Square.

1994 One of the Guildford Four, Paul Hill, won his appeal against a conviction for an IRA murder in Northern Ireland.

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