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On This Day

  • German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers discovered 4 Vesta , the brightest asteroid and the second-most massive body in the asteroid belt.
  • American Civil War: The Appomattox Campaign opened with the Battle of Lewis's Farm, in which the Confederate Army was forced into a series of retreats that would culminate in their surrender.
  • The Royal Albert Hall in Albertopolis, London, was officially opened by Queen Victoria.
  • World War II: The German 4th Army was almost completely destroyed by the Soviet Red Army at the Heiligenbeil Pocket in East Prussia.
  • Queen Elizabeth¬†II gave Royal Assent to the Canada Act 1982, which ended all remaining dependence of Canada on the United Kingdom by a process known as "patriation".

Audio content relating to events that happened on this day in history, according to Wikipedia.

In the News

  • A 12-hour siege at a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, ends with the death of over 20 people, including a U.N. diplomat.
  • Mathematicians John F. Nash, Jr. and Louis Nirenberg share the Abel Prize for their work on partial differential equations.
  • Saudi Arabia conducts airstrikes against Houthi militants and their allies after their advance on the provisional Yemeni capital of Aden.
  • Germanwings Flight 9525 crashes in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.
  • Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, dies at the age of 91.
  • A solar eclipse is visible across much of Europe, with totality over the Faroe Islands and Svalbard.
  • Suicide bombings at two mosques in Sana'a, Yemen, kill 142 people, including 13 children.

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