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– The Par­lia­ment of the United King­dom passes the People’s Budget, the first budget in Bri­tish his­tory with the ex­pressed in­tent of re­dis­tribut­ing wealth among the Bri­tish pub­lic.

– Easter Ris­ing: Mar­tial law in Ire­land is lifted and the re­bel­lion is of­fi­cially over with the sur­ren­der of Ir­ish na­tion­al­ists to Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties in Dublin.

– World War II: Bri­tish agent Nancy Wake, a leading fig­ure in the French Re­sis­tance and the Gestapo’s most wanted per­son, para­chutes back into France to be­come a li­ai­son be­tween Lon­don and the lo­cal maquis group.

– World War II – Fuehrerbunker: Adolf Hitler mar­ries his long­time part­ner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and des­ig­nates Ad­mi­ral Karl Dönitz as his suc­ces­sor. Both Hitler and Braun com­mit sui­cide the fol­low­ing day.

– The Dachau con­cen­tra­tion camp is lib­er­ated by United States troops.

– Fa­ther Divine, a con­tro­ver­sial re­li­gious leader who claims to be God, mar­ries the much-younger Edna Rose Ritchings, a cel­e­brated an­niver­sary in the In­ter­na­tional Peace Mis­sion move­ment.

– Pak­istan’s Space and Up­per At­mos­phere Re­search Com­mis­sion (SUPARCO) suc­cess­fully launches its sev­enth rocket in its Re­hber se­ries.

– Af­ter re­fus­ing in­duc­tion into the United States Army the day be­fore (cit­ing re­li­gious rea­sons), Muham­mad Ali is stripped of his box­ing ti­tle.

– Water­gate Scan­dal: Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon an­nounces the re­lease of edited tran­scripts of White House tape record­ings re­lat­ing to the scan­dal.

– A fire at the Cen­tral li­brary of the City of Los Angeles Pub­lic Li­brary dam­ages or de­stroys 400,000 books and other items.


A judge at a mass trial in Egypt has rec­om­mended the death penalty for 683 people - in­clud­ing Mus­lim Brother­hood leader Mo­hammed Badie.

The de­fen­dants faced charges over an at­tack on a po­lice sta­tion in Minya in 2013 in which a po­lice­man was killed.

How­ever, the judge also com­muted to life terms 492 death sen­tences out of 529 passed in March in a sep­a­rate case.

Also on Mon­day, a court banned a youth group that helped ig­nite the up­ris­ing that top­pled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The de­ci­sion passed in Cairo to out­law the April 6 pro-democ­racy move­ment was based on a com­plaint that ac­cused the group of “tar­nish­ing the im­age” of Egypt and col­lud­ing with for­eign par­ties.

Ahmed Ma­her, the group’s leader, was sen­tenced to three years in prison in De­cem­ber for vi­o­lat­ing a law that bans all but po­lice-sanc­tioned protests.

The cases and speed of the mass trial hear­ings have drawn wide­spread crit­i­cism from hu­man rights groups and the UN. The tri­als took just hours each and the court pre­vented de­fence lawyers from pre­sent­ing their case, ac­cord­ing to Hu­man Right Watch. The sen­tences have been re­ferred to the Grand Mufti - Egypt’s top Is­lamic author­ity - for ap­proval or re­jec­tion, a step which cor­re­spon­dents say is usu­ally con­sid­ered a for­mal­ity. A fi­nal de­ci­sion will be is­sued in June.

The BBC says rel­a­tives col­lapsed in grief af­ter hear­ing the ver­dict. A large crowd chanted: “Where is the jus­tice?”

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