On this day:

1815: Mount Tambora explodes in one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history

1998: Negotiators in Northern Ireland reach a historic peace deal, the Good Friday Agreement

Born on this day:

1880: Mohammed Nadir Shah, King of Afghanistan (1929-33), born in Dehra Dun

1894: Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, born in Pilani

Gone on this day:

1760: Gerard George Clifford, head of East-Indian Company

1995: Morarji Desai, Indian politician and activist, 4th Prime Minister of India