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1519 - Envoys of Montezuma II attended the first Easter mass in Central America.

1558 - Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis.

1877 - Russia declared war on the Ottoman Empire.

1915 - During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians.

1916 - Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later.

1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

1970 - The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite.

1973 - Albert Sabin reported that herpesviruses were factors in nine kinds of cancer.

1989 - Thousands of students began striking in Beijing.

1990 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. 
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