570: Muhammed, founder of Islam, was born this date, according to the Shi’a sect. (Other sources suggest April 20.)
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1918: Dutch Olympian Fanny Blankers-Koen (1918-2004), who blazed a trail for women athletes, is honoured with Google Doodle on her 100th birthday!
1923: Prince Albert, Duke of York, marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. He later becomes King George VI. She becomes Queen Elizabeth, and later the Queen Mother, after her husband’s death in 1952.
1933: The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established.
1977: Studio 54 opens in New York.
1986: The worst nuclear disaster in history occurs in Chernobyl. At first, the Soviets deny the accident occurred. But the usually secretive Soviet Union backtracks, confirming that a reactor at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine is damaged. (Note: At the time, most western media sources spelled the plant’s name according to the Russian transliteration: Chernobyl. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, many have switched to the Ukrainian transliteration, Chornobyl.)
1994: South African citizens of all races are allowed to vote in a general election for the first time, precisely 44 years after Apartheid was formalized by the government with the passing of the Group Areas Act.
1994: Germany makes Holocaust denial illegal.
2005: Syria withdraws the last of its military troops from Lebanon, ending its 29-year military occupation of that country.