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April 14th History

1471 - In the English wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Barnet.

1759 - George Frederick Handel dies in London, leaving works such as the Messiah and the Water Music as his memorial.

1814 - The US repeals its trade embargo with Britain

1860 - Fort Sumter falls to the Confederate Army

1865 - Drama Off Stage As Lincoln Shot

1903 - In New York, the typhus vaccine is discovered by Dr Harry Plotz

1915 - Russian composer and pianist Alexander Scriabin dies

1931 - Britain gets its first Highway Code

1951 - Death of Ernest Bevin, British Labour politician and minister of labour in the coalition government during World War II

1954 - Soviet diplomat Vladimir Petrov asks for political asylum in Australia.

1956 - The first videotape is demonstrated in Chicago

1983 - The first cordless telephone is introduced in Britain