Suicide of the Defenders of Masada. (Evidence today indicates that a mass suicide may not have actually occured).
Death of Pope Sergius III
Death of Godwine, Earl of the West Saxons of England
Capture of Baldwin I of Rumainia by the Bulgarians at Adrianople
Aybak, Sultan of Egypt, murdered by order of his wife
A Ghost dances at the wedding of Alexander III, King of Scots, and Joleteta, daughter of the Count de Dreux, at Jedburgh
Filippo Brunelleschi, Italian architect, dies at about 69
Italian painter and inventor Leonardo da Vinci born
Nanak, 1st guru of the Sikhs born
The Submission of the Clergy is made to Henry VIII
Christian V, King of Denmark and Norway born
Thomas Hobbes dedicates "Leviathan" to Francis Godolphin
Mathematician Leonhard Euler born
Dr. Samuel Johnson, the English poet, journalist and lexicographer, had his famous dictionary published.
English chemist Joseph Priestley coined the term ``eraser'' when he found that a small cube of latex could be used to rub out pencil marks.
The first American school for the deaf opened in Hartford, Connecticut.
The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
President Lincoln sent Congress a message recognizing a state of war with the Southern states and calling for 75,000 volunteer soldiers.
Three days after the attack on Fort Sumter, President Lincoln declared a state of insurrection and called out Union troops.
President Lincoln died at 7:22AM, hours after he was shot at Ford's Theater in Washington by John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Johnson became the nation's 17th president.
Painter Thomas Hart Benton born
Jacques Ibert was born. Ibert's tuneful music, French with Spanish accents, is contemporary with Ravel and "Les Six," and is still performed in Europe and Latin America.
General Electric Co., formed by the merger of the Edison Electric Light Co. and other firms, was incorporated in New York state.
The British luxury liner "Titanic" sank at 2:20AMin the North Atlantic off Newfoundland, less than three hours after striking an iceberg.
Manuel de Falla's "El Amor Brujo," from which we get the famous showpiece "Ritual Fire Dance," was premiered in Madrid.
Actor Michael Ansara born
Dr. Lee DeForest's Phonofilm, the first sound-on-sound film motion picture was demonstrated for a by-invitation-only audience at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. The guest saw "The Gavotte."
Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics.
Actress Elizabeth Montgomery born
Country singer Roy Clark born
Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander, to the comic strip "Blondie." The child would be nicknamed "Baby Dumpling."
Bluesman Frank Frost born
Country singer Bob Luman born
Actress Claudia Cardinale born
Actress Julie Sommars born
Rock singer-guitarist Dave Edmunds (Rockpile) born
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had died April 12, was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York.
During World War Two, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. The troops discovered 28,000 women, 12,000 men and another 13,000 unburied bodies.
Jackie Robinson, modern baseball's first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day.
TV producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason born
"Musique Concrete". Pierre Schaeffer, a radio technician in Paris, generally gets the credit for mixing sound effects and other natural recordings to make music of a sort.
Newspaper columnist Heloise Cruse Evans (Hints from Heloise) born
Rock singer Phil Mogg (UFO) born
Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois. Kroc began his career selling milkshake machines. On his first day of business, sales of 15-cent hamburgers and 10-cent french fries totaled $366.12.
The world's first, all-color, TV station was dedicated in Chicago, Illinois. It was named WNBQ-TV and is now WMAQ-TV.
General Motors announced that the first, free piston, automobile had been developed.
Olympic gold medal track athlete Evelyn Ashford born
Actress-screenwriter Emma Thompson (some sources list April 14) born
Cuban leader Fidel Castro arrived in Washington to begin a goodwill tour of the United States.
Rock musician Graeme Clark (Wet Wet Wet) born
Rock musician Ed O'Brien (Radiohead) born
Actor George C. Scott won Best Actor at the Academy Awards but refused the Oscar for his role in "Patton." He had said previously that "It is degrading to have actors in competition with each other."
Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre died in Paris at age 74.
Roy L. Williams agreed to resign as president of the Teamsters union as part of a bargain with federal prosecutors. (Williams was succeeded by Jackie Presser.)
Six Ku Klux Klansmen and three Nazi Party members were acquitted of civil rights violations in the killings of five Communist Workers Party members in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1979.
U.S. officials in Seattle indicted 23 members of a Neo-Nazi group, the "Order," for robbery and murder.
South Africa said it would repeal laws prohibiting sex and marriage between whites and non-whites.
French dramatist Jean Genet died in Paris at age 75.
The United States launched an air raid against Libya in response to the bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April fifth; Libya says 37 people, mostly civilians, were killed.
A jury in Northampton, Massachusetts, found Amy Carter, Abbie Hoffman and 13 other protesters innocent of charges stemming from a demonstration against CIA recruiters at the University of Massachusetts.
Former White House spokesman Larry Speakes resigned from Merrill Lynch and Co. less than a week after disclosing that he had, on two occasions, fabricated quotations attributed to President Reagan.
Students in Beijing launched a series of pro-democracy protests after former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang died; the protests culminated in the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Ninety-five people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England.
Actress Greta Garbo died in New York at age 84.
Turkey began moving thousands if Iraqi Kurds from a border settlement to camps farther inside Turkey, in a major policy shift of President Turgut Ozal's government. Refugees were previously kept in the mountains.
Countries barred Libyan jets from their airspace and ordered diplomats to go home because of Libya's refusal to turn over suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Hotel magnate Leona Helmsley began serving a prison sentence for tax evasion (she was released from prison after 18 months).
Russia's deeply divided Congress of People's Deputies formally endorsed President Boris Yeltsin's economic reforms.
The Group of Seven nations unveiled a $28.4 billion aid package for Russia after an emergency meeting in Tokyo.
Ministers from 109 countries signed a 26,000-page world trade agreement known as the "Uruguay Round" accords in Marrakesh, Morocco.
In his weekly radio address, President Clinton asked Congress to protect a short list of key legislation, saying he was giving the highest priority to welfare reform, targeted tax cuts and a crime bill preserving assult weapons ban.
Funeral services were held in Pescadero, California, for Jessica Dubroff, the seven-year-old girl who died trying to become the youngest person to fly across America.
Japan and the U.S. announced the closure of six more U.S. military facilities on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, reducing the amount of land occupied by American forces there by a fifth.
South Africa's "truth commission," looking into abuses during the apartheid era, began its public hearings.
President Clinton began a weeklong, round-the-world trip, heading for a three-day visit to Japan after a brief stopover in Cheju, South Korea.
The Justice Department inspector general reported that FBI crime lab agents produced flawed scientific work or inaccurate testimony in major cases such as the Oklahoma City bombing.
In Saudi Arabia, fire destroyed a tent city outside Mecca, killing at least 343 Muslim pilgrims.
Jackie Robinson's number 42 was retired 50 years after he became the first black player in major league baseball.
Pol Pot, the notorious leader of the Khmer Rouge, died at age 73, evading prosecution for the deaths of two million Cambodians.
A gunman opened fire at the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, killing two people and wounding four others before being shot to death by police.
Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles became the 24th player to reach three-thousand hits when he lined a clean single to center off Twins reliever Hector Carrasco. (The Orioles won the game, 6-to-4.)
The world's leading financial officials, meeting in Washington, pledged cooperation to promote global prosperity. Meanwhile, anti-globalization protesters swarmed through the heart of the nation's capital.
Two years following its restoration, a 30-meter stretch of the ancient Aurelian wall ringing Rome collapses into a pile of brick fragments dating to the 3rd century. The cause of the collapse was suspected to be heavy rains.
United States arrests 10,340 fugitives in first-of-kind nationwide sweep
U.S. Federal Judge overturns ephedra ban
France Telecom significantly increases its share in Orange Romania
British Airways launches three new weekly flights from Bucharest to London
Australian police seize one tonne shipment of ecstacy
Last British volume car manufacturer closes down
Two astronauts blast off to their new home--International Space Station
Lebanese Prime Minister steps down
Romanian economy predicted to maintain steady growth until 2008
U.S. claims of Iraqi bioweapons labs contradicted in classified Pentagon report filed on 27 May 2003
Police confirm lagoon bodies are boys missing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Iran President warns Israeli government is heading towards annihilation
Flight 93 cockpit recorder played in Moussaoui trial
Motorsport: A1GP Shanghai, China results
Palestinian group claims murder of BBC reporter
Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh vs Ireland
Pro-secular Turks rally against Erdogan's possible presidential candidacy
NHL: Senators regain series lead over Penguins
NHL: Detroit defeats Calgary to take control of series 2-0
NHL: Ducks take commanding three game lead on Wild
NHL: Canucks steal series lead from Stars in overtime
Chicago wins 2016 USOC Olympic Bid
French presidential elections: SÃ©golÃ¨ne Royal calls for gentle reforms
MLB: Joba Chamberlain leaves Yankees to be with ill father
Bush marks 265th anniversary of birth of Thomas Jefferson
Bombings in Iraq kill scores
US airlines Delta and Northwest agree to merge
Golf: Ãngel Cabrera wins Masters Tournament
Nine dead and more than 70 injured after bridge collapses in Peru
Scottish woman on 'Britain's Got Talent' becomes YouTube sensation
Australians missing out on full sports coverage, media outlets say
Court participates in traffic ticket amnesty program
US Library of Congress plans archive of Twitter
Current polls show high probability of hung parliament in UK general election
Somali radio stations stopped from playing music by Islamist militants
Cyclone in eastern India kills 31
Ash from Iceland volcano could affect UK flights
Deposed Kyrgyz President flees to Kazakhstan
Rescue efforts underway after China earthquake
European airspace closed by volcanic ash
Senior U.S. aviation official resigns after crisis in control towers termed 'unacceptable'
Multiple explosions hit Boston Marathon
Nuclear weapons protest at Faslane leads to 47 arrests
Two people confirmed dead in Boston Marathon bombing
Researchers create rat kidneys in a laboratory