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1784 – The first balloon was flown in Ireland.

1813 – U.S. troops under James Wilkinson attacked the Spanish-held city of Mobile that would be in the future state of Alabama.

1861 – U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army.

1865 – U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.

1892 – The General Electric Company was organized.

1899 – Thomas Edison organized the Edison Portland Cement Company.

1912 – The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.

1917 – The British defeated the Germans at the battle of Arras.

1940 – French and British troops landed at Narvik, Norway.

1945 – During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

1948 – The Arabs were defeated in the first Jewish-Arab battle.

1952 – U.S. President Harry Truman signed the official Japanese peace treaty.

1952 – The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.

1953 – In Buenos Aires, six people were killed by a bomb at a rally addressed by President Peron.

1956 – General Motors announced that the first free piston automobile had been developed.

1959 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a U.S. goodwill tour.

1986 – U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5, 1986.

1998 – Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.

1999 – In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a panel of two Lahore High Court judges convicted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, of corruption.

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