2nd April 1891
Max Ernst, German artist and primary pioneer of the Dada movement and Surrealism, is born. 125 years.
3rd April 1991
Graham Greene, English novelist and author regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, dies. 25 years.
5th April 1526
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Italian painter, was born. 490 years.
5th April 1916
Eldred Gregory Peck, American actor who was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, was born. 100 years.
5th April 1976
Howard Robard Hughes, American business tycoon, entrepreneur, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist, died. 40 years.
7th April 1891
P.T. Barnum, American showman and businessman, co-founder of Ringling Bros. and Barnum Circus, died. 125 years.
10th April 1966
Evelyn Waugh, English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books, dies. 50 years.
12th April 1961
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to enter space and the first to orbit the Earth. 55 years.
13th April 1956
Emil Nolde, German Danish painter, printmaker and one of the first Expressionists, dies. 60 years.
13th April 1866
Butch Cassidy, notorious American train and bank robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch gang, is born. 150 years.
14th April 1986
Simone de Beauvoir, French author and existentialist philosopher most famous for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, dies. 30 years.
15th April 1946
Jackie Robinson was called up the majors, becoming the first African-American player in the 20th century to take the field. 70 years.
19th April 1956
Prince Rainier III of Monaco has married the American film actress Grace Kelly. 70 years.
21st April 1926
Queen Elizabeth II is born. 90 years.
21st April 1816
Charlotte Brontë, British novelist and the eldest out of the three famous Brontë sisters, is born. 200 years.
22nd April 1766
Madame de Staël, French novelist, essayist, literary theorist, political propagandist, critic and poet, was born. 250 years.
22nd April 1616
Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, playwright, poet and author of Don Quixote, died. 400 years.
23rd April 1616
William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, dies. 400 years.
23rd April 1516
The Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) was signed in Ingolstadt. 500 years.
24th April 1931
Bridget Riley, English painter, one of the foremost exponents of Op art, is born. 85 years.

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