Defeated by Vitellius' troops at Bedriacum, Otho commits suicide.
Pelagius I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
The Norman Robert Guiscard takes Bari, ending five centuries of Byzantine rule southern Italy.
Hans Sloane, founder of British Museum born
Queen Anne of England knights Isaac Newton.
Bonnie Prince Charles is defeated at the battle of Culloden
Sir John Franklin, arctic explorer who discovered the North-West Passage. born
President-elect Washington left Mount Vernon, Virginia, for his inauguration in New York.
U.S. Senate ratifies Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed U.S.-Canada border.
San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.
A bill ending slavery the District of Columbia became law.
Flora Batson, soprano baritone singer born
Wilbur Wright, designer, builder and flyer of first airplane born
John Millington Synge, dramatist and poet Playboy of the Western World born
Charlie Chaplin, silent movie actor best remembered for his character "Little Tramp." born
Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenreturned to Russia after years of exile.
Actor-comedian Spike Milligan born
Actor-director-author Peter Ustinov born
Annie Oakley shoots 100 clay targets a row, to set a women's record.
Composer and conductor Henry Mancini ( Moon River). 1927 Actor Peter Mark Richman born
Actress-singer Edie Adams born
Jazz musician Herbie Mann born
Queen Margrethe the Second of Denmark born
The Island of Malta is awarded the George Cross recognition for heroism under constant German air attack. It was the first such award given to any part of the British Commonwealth.
The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
US troops reached Nuremberg, Germany, during the Second World War.
His first speech to Congress, President Truman pledged to carry out the war and peace policies of his late predecessor, President Roosevelt.
American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany. The Nuremberg Trial brought high-ranking Nazis to justice.
Singer Gerry Rafferty born
Financier and presidential confidant Bernard M. Baruch said a speech at the South Carolina statehouse: "Let us not be deceived - we are today the midst of a cold war."
A lens which provides zoom effects is demonstrated New York City.
America's worst harbor explosion occurred Texas City, Texas, when the French ship "Grandcamp" blew up; another ship, the "Highflyer," exploded the following day. The blasts and resulting fires killed 576 people.
Basketball Hall-of-Famer (Lew Alcindor) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar born
Actor Jay O. Sanders born
Actress Ellen Barkin born
Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News."
Rock singer David Pirner (Soul Asylum) born
Actor-comedian Martin Lawrence born
Rock musician Dan Rieser (Marcy Playground) born
The Pentagon announces the "Vietnamization" of the war; troops will begcoming home.
Actor Peter Billingsley ("A Christmas Story") born
Two giants pandas arrive the U.S. from China.
Apollo 16 blasted off on a voyage to the moon.
The ban on women attending West Point is lifted.
Spain's ambassador to Lebanon (Pedro Manuel de Aristegui) was killed by shellfire that broke out between Christian militiamen and an alliance of Syrian and Muslim gunners.
The Supreme Court rejected appeals by Dalton Prejean, a nearly retarded man condemned to die for the 1977 murder of a Louisiana state trooper (Prejean was executed the following month). The court also let stand a ban on school dances in the Bible Belt town of Purdy, Mo.
President Bush announced that US forces would be sent into northern Iraq to assist Kurdish refugees.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev began a visit to Japan.
Sir David Lean, director of the movies "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," died in London at age 83.
Bosnian Serbs downed a British Sea Harrier jet near Gorazde; the pilot ejected, and was rescued by Bosnian government troops.
Ralph Ellison, author of "Invisible Man," died in New York at age 80.
In his Easter Sunday message, Pope John Paul II sent a message of peace to victims of unrest, including the Palestinians and Kurds.
President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, arrived in Japan for a three-day visit after a brief stopover in South Korea.
Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce.
Paula Jones announced she would ask an appeals court to reinstate her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton after it was thrown out by a federal judge.
Tornadoes claimed eleven lives Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
President Clinton defended NATO airstrikes against Serbian targets during visits to Michigan and Massachusetts, saying U.S. involvement in Kosovo was a moral imperative. Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from hockey.
The International Monetary Fund concluded a protest-marred opening session in Washington with a statement repeating past pledges to seek greater debt relief for the poorest countries and reform the IMF so it could better prevent financial crises.
Deadly virus samples missing in Mexico/Lebanon
Utah Man pleads guilty in wife's death
BBC launches the Creative Archive
AARP claims US prescription drug prices continue to rise
Hungary rebukes other EU members for their negative stance towards Croatia
Paris hotel fire kills 21
Wendy's doubles reward for 'chili finger' info to US$100,000
NRA meets in Houston--Beleaguered Tom DeLay will speak
Holland park introduces special trail for elderly and impaired
Senate unanimously confirms Michael Griffin as new NASA head
Freelance reporter fired from Boston Globe for adding fictitious details to story
Over a quarter of a billion camera phones sold in 2004
"Levitra" ads pulled by FDA
Second weekend of protests begins in China
10-year-old Oklahoma girl found murdered
Australian cheerleaders told to cover up
Mumps outbreak strikes Iowa, midwest United States
Australia could help discourage nuclear weapon proliferation: Opposition
Police in Aruba make an arrest in Natalee Holloway case
Antalya to host children from 40 countries
Britain could face electricity blackouts
Ecumenical Hellenism program's representatives visited U.S.A.
10,000 refuse to pay U.S. taxes to protest Iraq war
New Zealand's telecommunications ranks low in OECD
Kenya's Cheruiyot and Russia's Grigoryeva capture Boston Marathon crowns
33 dead, 15 injured in Virginia Tech shootings
NHL: Lightning strikes as Jersey falls behind in series
NHL: Sabres keep Islanders at bay to take series 2-1 series lead
Cricket World Cup: Australia vs Sri Lanka
Hawaii entertainer Don Ho dies at 76
Former US president Carter meets with former deputy-PM for Hamas
Disney animator Ollie Johnston dies at 95
13 arrested in Rhys Jones murder investigation
SecuTech Expo starts in Taipei, Taiwan for grasping global security industry
Man falls down elevator shaft; woman breaks his fall
Pope Benedict XVI visit to the United States begins
Zimbabwe's election delay could have 'serious implications', warns UN Secretary-General
Pegasus rocket launches C/NOFS satellite
Stolen Generations used as medical guinea pigs, Australian inquiry told
Family blames Scientology for daughter's death
Plane crash in Congo kills at least 70
Pacific Islands Forum condemns Fiji takeover
Fire sensors removed from Polish hostel where fire broke out
New York Governor introduces same-sex marriage bill
United Nations: More people with access to cell phones than toilets in India
US unveils revived space exploration program
Mother of slain Army Ranger calls for removal of General McChrystal from committee
Japanese nuclear plant operators ordered to compensate affected families amid calls for prime minister to resign
Experts raise serious questions over safety of U.S. oil industry and warn another spill may be 'unavoidable'
UK to ban export of lethal injection drugs to US
Kentucky lawmaker in critical condition after fight in high school cafeteria
News briefs: April 15, 2012
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