14th April

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1981 Shuttle Columbia completes its first orbit NASA's space shuttle Columbia completes 36 orbits of the earth during a flight of 54 hours.
1970 NASA - Apollo 13 An explosion on board Apollo 13 causes one of the most critical situations in American space history.
1939 John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is published John Steinbeck publishes "The Grapes of Wrath".
1912 Titanic collides with iceberg The British liner Titanic collides with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and starts to sink.
1900 Paris International Exhibition opens The French President M Loubet opens the Paris International Exhibition with a call for world peace. The exhibition covering 547 acres is the largest of its kind.
1865 Abraham Lincoln shot President Abraham Lincoln is shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the theater. He dies the next day.
1759 George Frideric Handel dies German composer George Frideric Handel dies in London
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