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1986: Soviets admit nuclear accident
The Soviet Union acknowledges there has been an accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine.

1996: Gunman runs amok in Tasmania
At least 32 die when a man opens fire indiscriminately on a crowded tourist area of Tasmania, Australia.

1945: Italian partisans kill Mussolini
Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy until his downfall in 1943, has been killed by partisans along with his mistress, Clara Petacci, and some close associates.

1969: President Charles de Gaulle resigns
The French president, Charles de Gaulle, resigns from office after 11 years, following his defeat in a referendum on governmental reforms.

1994: CIA double agent jailed for life
Former CIA agent Aldrich Ames admits selling secrets to the Soviet Union and then Russia, in one of the most damaging spy cases in US history.

2001: First space tourist blasts off
A billionaire businessman from California becomes the first paying passenger to go to outer space.


Around this Day

25 April
Top Story: 1980: Tehran hostage rescue mission fails

26 April
Top Story: 1962: First US rocket lands on Moon

27 April
Top Story: 1945: Russians and Americans link at Elbe

29 April
Top Story: 1992: LA in flames after 'not guilty' verdict

30 April
Top Story: 1975: Saigon surrenders

1 May
Top Story: 1945: Germany announces Hitler is dead


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