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– The United States Se­nate rat­i­fies the Rush-Bagot Treaty, es­tab­lish­ing the bor­der with Canada.

– The first pas­sen­ger rail opens in In­dia, from Bori Bun­der, Bom­bay to Thane.

– Har­riet Quimby be­comes the first woman to fly an air­plane across the English Chan­nel.

– Mo­han­das Gandhi or­ga­nizes a day of “prayer and fast­ing” in re­sponse to the killing of In­dian pro­test­ers in the Jal­lian­wala Bagh mas­sacre by the Bri­tish colo­nial troops three days ear­lier.

– The Treaty of Ra­pallo, pur­suant to which Ger­many and the Soviet Union re-es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions, is signed.

– World War II: The Ital­ian con­voy Duis­burg, di­rected to Tu­nisia, is at­tacked and de­stroyed by Bri­tish ships.

– Al­lied forces start bomb­ing Bel­grade, killing about 1,100 people. This bomb­ing fell on the Ortho­dox Chris­tian Easter.

– The United States Army lib­er­ates Nazi Son­der­lager pris­oner-of-war camp Oflag IV-C (bet­ter known as Colditz).

– More than 7,000 die when the Ger­man refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet sub­ma­rine tor­pedo.

– Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to de­scribe the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the United States and the Soviet Union.

– Queen El­iz­a­beth II launches the Royal Yacht HMY Bri­tan­nia.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Let­ter from Birm­ing­ham Jail while in­car­cer­ated in Birm­ing­ham, Alabama for protest­ing against seg­re­ga­tion.

– Apollo pro­gram: The launch of Apollo 16 from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

– The “Doc­tor of Death”, Jack Kevorkian, par­tic­i­pates in his first as­sisted sui­cide.

– The Treaty of Ac­ces­sion is signed in Athens ad­mit­ting 10 new mem­ber states to the Euro­pean Union.

– Vir­ginia Tech mas­sacre: Se­ung-Hui Cho kills 32 and in­jures 23 be­fore com­mit­ting sui­cide.

– The Pulitzer Prize win­ners were an­nounced, it was the first time since 1977 that no book won the Fic­tion Prize.

– A 7.8-mag­ni­tude earthquake strikes Sis­tan and Baluches­tan Prov­ince, Iran, the strong­est in the coun­try in 40 years, killing at least 35 people.

Source: www.wikipedia.org

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