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On This Day

  • The appearance of sun dogs over Stockholm, Sweden, inspired the painting Vädersolstavlan, the oldest colour depiction of the city.
  • French explorer René Caillié became the first confirmed non-Muslim to enter Timbuktu, for which he later received a 10,000-franc prize from the Société de géographie.
  • Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday was celebrated as a national holiday in Nazi Germany.
  • Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold embarked on a massacre, killing 13 people and wounding over 20 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.
  • Fernando Lugo became the first non-Colorado Party candidate to be elected President of Paraguay in 61 years.

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

In the News

  • Abdelaziz Bouteflika is re-elected President of Algeria.
  • At least twelve Nepalese guides are killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
  • Adult human DNA is cloned for the first time within an unfertilized egg.
  • Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, recipient of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature, dies at the age of 87.
  • NASA announces the discovery of Kepler-186f, the first known Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone.
  • Ukraine launches a military campaign against pro-Russian activists in East Ukraine.

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