King Edward III bans football in favor of archery
Catherine de' Medici born
The Edict of Nantes grants political rights to French Huguenots.
John Hanson, 1st US President under the Articles of Confederation born
Frederick Lord North, British prime minister (1770-82) born
Handel's oratorio, the ``Messiah'' is first performed in Dublin.
The third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, in present-day Albemarle County, Virginia, born
The French defeat the European allies in Battle of Bergen.
Lord North extends the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbids trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.
The first elephant arrives in America from Bengal, India.
Frank Woolworth, founder of the five-and-dime stores born
After 34 hours of bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates.
Union forces under Gen. Sherman begin their devastating march through Georgia.
Butch Cassidy [Robert LeRoy Parker], American western outlaw and leader of the Wild Bunch. born
The air brake is patented by George Westinghouse of New York.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York.
Sir Robert Watson-Watt. He invented a new apparatus for the "detection and location of aircraft by radio methods" for radar, while he was superintendent of the Radio Research Lab at Ditton Park, England. born
Alfred Butts inventor of the game of ``Scrabble.'' born
J.C. Penny opens his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.
Irish dramatist and novelist Samuel Beckett He is known for his works ``Happy Days'' and ``Waiting for Godot.'' He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969. born
Former Minnesota Gov. Harold Stassen born
Atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair born
British forces kill hundreds of Indian nationalists in the Amritsar Massacre.
Movie director Stanley Donen born
Actor Bradford Dillman born
The first flight over Mount Everest is completed by Lord Clydesdale.
Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Republican, Colorado) born
American actor Lyle Waggoner He is best known for his work on television's ``Carol Burnett Show.'' He also appeared in the films ``Dead Women in Lingerie'' and ``Wizards of the Demon Sword.'' born
American magician, Howard Thurston died. He led the largest magic show in the world and was famous for his large stage illusions such as the ``floating lady.'' In his later years he gave one-hour shows in movie theaters.
Playwright Lanford Wilson born
Actor Paul Sorvino. His work includes the ``Law & Order'' television series and films ``Goodfellas'' and ``The Firm.'' born
German troops capture Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
Movie and TV composer Bill Conti born
President Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial.
Rock musician Jack Casady (Jefferson Airplane) born
Vienna falls to Soviet troops.
Singer Al Green. Among his hits were ``Can't Get Next to You'' and ``I'm Still in Love with You.'' He is an ordained minister. born
Actor Ron Perlman. He is known for his role in the TV series ``Beauty and the Beast.'' His films include ``Name of the Rose,'' ``Romeo's Bleeding'' and ``Alien Resurrection.'' born
Rock musician Max Weinberg Drummer (E Street Band) born
Comedian Gary Kroeger born
Actress Saundra Santiago born
Van Cliburn became the first American to win the Tchaikovsky International Piano Contest in Moscow.
The first navigational satellite is launched into Earth's orbit.
Rock musician Joey Mazzola (Sponge) born
The U.N. General Assembly condemns South Africa because of apartheid.
Chess champion Garry Kasparov. He became the youngest world chess champion after defeating Anatoly Karpov in 1985. born
Actress Page Hannah. born
Baseball player Jose Rijo. The Cincinnati Reds pitcher beat the Oakland A's twice and claimed the MVP award during the 1990 World Series. born
Sidney Poitier wins an Academy Award, for ``Lilies of the Field.''
work as the first black page ever to serve in either chamber of Congress.
Rock musician Lisa Umbarger (Toadies) born
Apollo 13, four-fifths of the way to the moon, was crippled when a tank containing liquid oxygen burst. (The astronauts managed to return safely.)
The Major League Baseball strike ends as owners agree to add $500,000 to the players' pension fund.
Actor Jonathan Brandis ("Seaquest DSV") born
The U.S. extends the offshore fishing limit from 12 to 200 miles.
The U.S. Federal Reserve begins issuing $2 bicentennial notes.
The world's longest doubles ping-pong match ends after 101 hours.
Pope John Paul the Second visited a Rome synagogue in the first recorded papal visit of its kind.
The Population Reference Bureau reports the world's population had exceeded five billion.
House Speaker Jim Wright delivered an emotional defense of his conduct against ethics charges, declaring he would "fight to the last ounce of conviction and energy" he possessed.
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev gives Lithuania a two-day ultimatum, threatening to cut off some supplies to the Baltic republic if it does not rescind laws passed since a March 11 declaration of independence.
The Soviet Union accepted responsibility and apologized for the World War Two murders of thousands of imprisoned Polish officers in the Katyn Forest, a massacre the Soviets had previously blamed on the Nazis.
An advance team of U.N. observers arrives in Kuwait City to set up a peacekeeping force along the Kuwait-Iraqi border.
Speaking at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, President Bush warned Iraq the United States would "not tolerate any interference" with the international relief effort for Kurdish refugees.
Princess Anne, daughter of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, begins divorce proceedings after a two-year separation from Capt. Mark Phillips.
Construction workers breech a retaining wall in the Chicago River, sending water flooding through a tunnel system connecting buildings in the downtown area.
Five Israelis are killed and another 30 wounded in a suicide bombing in a bus station in Hadera.
A federal appeals court opened the way for Shannon Faulkner to become the first woman to take part in military training at The Citadel.
Rep. Robert Dornan, R-California, announces his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.
James M. McHaney, a prosecutor in the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, Germany, after World War II died.
President Clinton used his weekly radio address to call on Congress to pass an anti-terrorism bill that had languished for a year despite a promise of quick action after the Oklahoma City bombing.
Tiger Woods, 21, wins the Masters Tournament. He was the youngest Masters champion and the first African-American to win any of the four major professional golf tournaments for men.
Indian Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda resigns.
NationsBank and BankAmerica announced a $62.5 billion merger creating the country's first coast-to-coast bank while Banc One and First Chicago NBD said they would unite in a $28.9 billion deal.
A 500-pound steel joint fell from the upper level of New York's Yankee Stadium, crashing onto seats below (fortunately, no fans were inside the park at the time)
Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to ten to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder in the lethal injection of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient.
President Clinton, during a question-and-answer session with newspaper editors, heatedly said "I'm not ashamed" about being impeached and "I'm not interested" in being pardoned for any alleged crimes in the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Whitewater investigation.
A high-ranking Chechen official in the republic's pro-Russian administration is killed when an explosion rips through a television studio where he was filming a broadcast.
Britney Spears announces she is pregnant
Death toll mounts in Nepal civil conflict
IBM and National Geographic to launch DNA database project
Four Romanian ambassadors recalled
NZ Prime Minister In Mid-Air Emergency
Romania to adopt euro between 2012 and 2014
TAROM cancels all Bucharest-Arad flights
European Parliament approves accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU
Survey finds Spam tolerance growing
India-China border-treaty hoped to improve ties, facilitate trade
Indiana businessman held hostage in Iraq
NASA rethinks abandoning Hubble
Sit-in at Washington University, St. Louis enters ninth day
Britons urged not to vote by post
Microsoft releases low-cost Windows XP Starter Edition in Brazil
Unions ballot to "shut down the BBC"
Blair launches third and final manifesto
Tory candidate in election gaffe
New Zealand Cricket under pressure to stop Zimbabwe tour
Torvalds codes temporary replacement for Bitkeeper
Police investigate new lead in 'Chili Finger' case; Ayala abandons lawsuit
Conservative Party launches manifesto
New industrial area to be created in Arad county, Romania
Islamic web forum releases videotape of Ayman al-Zawahiri
NHL: Ducks charge to two game lead over Wild
Research In Motion financial probe becomes formal investigation
Nintendo releases final version of Opera internet browser for Wii
MLB: Travis Hafner wins it for Indians
Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader
Cricket World Cup: Ireland vs Australia
Google buys DoubleClick for $3.1 billion
NHL: Turco shuts out Canucks in Stars victory
New Jersey Governor hospitalized after car crash
Football: Cristiano Ronaldo extends stay at United
Television New Zealand announces job losses; news worst hit
TerÃ¤sbetoni frontman J. Ahola on representing Finland at Eurovision & more
Nine dead, scores injured after bombing in Iran
Taipei AMPA: IT industry will pulse the growth of automotive industry
Boao Forum for Asia starts with sectors on economy, environment, and the Internet
Bristol Central Library reopens after being closed due to fire
3000 homeless after fire breaks out in Chad refugee camp
English Football: Roundup for Easter weekend
Peruvian rebels kill thirteen soldiers
Amazon.com de-ranks LGBT books, blames "glitch"
Music producer Phil Spector convicted of murder
30 brightly coloured mummies discovered in Egyptian necropolis
Journalists deported from Fiji
Landslide causes train derailment in Italy; nine dead
Twitter announces advertising platform
Abhisit Vejjajiva administration on brink of collapse
Polish president and first lady lie in state ahead of funeral
Study: Women susceptible to high dietary glycemic load
Mubarak arrested in Egypt ahead of corruption probe
A380 collides with regional jet at JFK airport
Bob Dylan plays first concert in Vietnam
Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's spaceflight marks fifty years of human space travel
Ohio executes two-time murderer
NASA celebrates 30th anniversary of first shuttle launch; annouces new homes for retired shuttles
First Algerian president Ahmed Ben Bella dies aged 95
Nine Peruvians rescued from collapsed mine
Kentucky men plead not guilty in gay hate crime case
European Court of Human Rights rules Germany allowed to ban incest
French Senate vote in support of same-sex marriage