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April 21 in History

Update: April, 21/2012 - 09:42



Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch naval surgeon, is born; best known as the founder of Cape Town (1652), which helped open South Africa for whites.


Death of Joaquin da Silva Xavier, Brazilian national hero. Better known as Tiradentes (the Tooth-puller), he led an unsuccessful uprising against Portuguese rule in Brazil and was tried and executed.


Birth of Charlotte Bronte, English novelist (died 1855). Her works include Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette.


The United States recognises the independence of Cuba.


Death of American novelist Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). His two masterpieces, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, are drawn from his own boyhood experiences.


In World War II the last German troops withdraw from Bologna, Italy; on the same day Russian troops reach the suburbs of Berlin.


Death of Huynh Thuc Khang (born 1876), Vietnamese scholar, journalist, writer and social activist. He was one of the leaders of the patriotic Duy Tan (Renovation) movement early this century, editor-in-chief of the Tieng Dan (People's Voice) newspaper, and a founder of Hoi Lien Hiep Quoc Dan Viet Nam (Viet Nam National League).


Brazil's capital moves from Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia, a modernistic city built from scratch on the central high plains.


Nguyen Van Thieu resigns from the presidency of the Sai Gon regime.


The first Chinese Army soldiers march into Hong Kong in preparation for the handover of the British colony in China on July 1.


Russian lawmakers approve the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which would oblige Russia to end all nuclear test explosions once the United States and other nuclear-capable nations comply.


Haitians vote in a legislative election billed as the final step in the often-delayed process to bring back democracy to the poorest nation in the Americas.


European researchers say they not only found the smallest planet ever, Gliese 5810 e, but also realise that a neighbouring planet discovered earlier, Gliese 581 d, was in the prime habital zone for potential life. — AP/REUTERS/VNS

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