Today in History, English
Today in History, English

39931April 7Event1955 – Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
39932April 7Event1956 – Spain relinquishes its protectorate in Morocco.
39933April 7Event1964 – IBM announces the System/360.
39934April 7Event1967 – Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times.
39935April 7Event1968 – Motor racing world champion Jim Clark was killed in an accident during a Formula Two race at Hockenheim.
39936April 7Event1969 – The Internet's symbolic birth date: Publication of RFC 1.
39937April 7Event1971 – President Richard Nixon announces his decision to increase the rate of American troop withdrawals from Vietnam.
39938April 7Event1976 – Former British Cabinet Minister John Stonehouse resigns from the Labour Party.
39939April 7Event1977 – German Federal prosecutor Siegfried Buback and his driver are shot by two Red Army Faction members while waiting at a red light.
39940April 7Event1978 – Development of the neutron bomb is canceled by President Jimmy Carter.
39941April 7Event1980 – The United States severs relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
39942April 7Event1983 – During STS-6, astronauts Story Musgrave and Don Peterson perform the first Space Shuttle spacewalk.
39943April 7Event1985 – Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev declares a moratorium on the deployment of middle-range missiles in Europe.
39944April 7Event1989 – Soviet submarine Komsomolets sinks in the Barents Sea off the coast of Norway killing 42 sailors.
39945April 7Event1990 – Iran–Contra affair: John Poindexter is found guilty of five charges for his part in the scandal (the conviction is later reversed on appeal).
39946April 7Event1990 – A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry Scandinavian Star, killing 159 people.
39947April 7Event1992 – Republika Srpska announces its independence.
39948April 7Event1994 – Rwandan Genocide: Massacres of Tutsis begin in Kigali, Rwanda.
39949April 7Event1994 – Auburn Calloway attempts to hijack Federal Express Flight 705 and crash it to allow his family to benefit from his life insurance policy. The crew subdues him and lands the aircraft safely.
39950April 7Event1995 – First Chechen War: Russian paramilitary troops begin a massacre of civilians in Samashki, Chechnya.
39951April 7Event1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
39952April 7Event2001 – Mars Odyssey is launched.
39953April 7Event2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad Saddam Hussein's regime falls two days later.
39954April 7Event2009 – Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for ordering killings and kidnappings by security forces.
39955April 7Event2009 – Mass protests begin across Moldova under the belief that results from the parliamentary election are fraudulent.
39956April 7Birth1330 – John, 3rd Earl of Kent, English nobleman (d. 1352)
39957April 7Birth1506 – Francis Xavier, Spanish missionary and saint, co-founded the Society of Jesus (d. 1552)
39958April 7Birth1539 – Tobias Stimmer, Swiss painter and illustrator (d. 1584)
39959April 7Birth1613 – Gerrit Dou, Dutch painter (d. 1675)
39960April 7Birth1644 – François de Neufville, duc de Villeroy, French general (d. 1730)

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