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April 21, 753 B.C.

Rome founded

According to legend, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother Remus found Rome on the site where the twins were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. They soon became involved in a petty quarrel, however, and Remus jumped over a city wall that Romulus was building and was slain by hi...

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April 21, 1997

First Space Funeral

On this day in 1997, the world's first space funeral took place when a rocket ship blasted into space carrying the ashes of 1960s icon Timothy Leary, the creator of Star Trek Gene Roddenberry, physicist and space activist Gerard O'Neill, rocket engineer and would-be extraterrestrial coloniser Krafft...

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April 21, 1526

First Battle of Panipat

On this day in 1526, Turkic-Mongol Muslim conqueror Babur routed the Lodi dynasty in North India in the First Battle of Panipat, marking the beginning of the Mughal Empire. It was one of the first uses of gunpowder firearms and field artillery in battle. A descendant of Timur and Genghis Khan...

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