Benedict III ends his reign as Catholic Pope
A contract was signed by Christopher Columbus and a representative of Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, giving Columbus a commission to seek a westward ocean passage to Asia.
Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
Giovanni da Verrazano reached present-day New York harbor.
Antonio Mendoza is appointed first viceroy of New Spain.
Frederick I, king of Sweden born
Samuel Chase, signer of the Declaration of Independence born
Frances Williams, the first African-American to graduate for a college the western hemisphere, publishes a collection of Latpoems.
American statesman Benjamin Franklin died Philadelphia at age 84.
Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.
Russia abandons all North American claims south of 54' 40'.
Virginia become eighth state to secede from the Union.
General Grant bans the trading of prisoners.
Mary Surratt is arrested as a conspirator the Lincoln assassination.
The game "snooker" is invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
Danish author Karen von Blixen-Finecke born. She is also known by her pen names Isak Dinesen, Osceola and Pierre Andrézel. Blixen wrote works in Danish, French and English. Blixen is best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and her story, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into Academy Award-winning motion pictures.
Nikita S Khrushchev, Soviet premier (1958-64) during the Cold War. born
China and Japan sign peace treaty of Shimonoseki.
Novelist and playwright Thornton Wilder(Our Town and The Bridge of San Luis Rey) born
Actor Lon McCallister born
Harry Reasoner, American broadcast journalist born
Rock promoter Don Kirshner born
Yugoslavia surrendered to Germany World War Two.
The last French troops leave Syria.
Jackie Robinson bunts for his first major league hit.
Actress Olivia Hussey born
Rock singer-musician Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) born
Composer-musician Jan Hammer born
About 1500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro.
Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, became the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.
Ford Motor Company unveiled its new "Mustang" model.
A jury Los Angeles convicted Sirhan Sirhan of assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Czechoslovakian Communist Party chairman Alexander Dubcek was deposed.
The astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely the Pacific, four days after a ruptured oxygen tank crippled their spacecraft.
Phnom Penh fell to Communist insurgents, ending Cambodia's five-year war.
Warsaw, police route 1,000 Solidarity supporters
The House Ethics Committee released its report accusing Speaker Jim Wright of violating House rules on the acceptance of gifts and outside income -- charges denied by the Texas Democrat.
The Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, the civil rights activist and top aide to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at age 64.
President Bush warned the Soviet Union against carrying out an economic blockade of Lithuania, hinting at "appropriate responses."
Congress voted to put a quick end to a day-old nationwide strike by 235,000 rail workers (President George Bush signed the legislation early the next day).
The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 3,000 for the first time, ending the day at 3,004.46.
A federal jury Los Angeles convicted two former police officers of violating the civil rights of beaten motorist Rodney King; two other officers were acquitted.
Bosnian Serb tanks entered the Muslim enclave of Gorazde; the UN Security Council issued a nonbinding statement that condemned the Serbs' escalating military activities, but made no threat of force to back its condemnation.
An Air Force jet exploded and crashed in a wooded area in eastern Alabama, killing eight people, including an assistant Air Force secretary and a two-star general.
President Clinton signed an executive order stripping the classified label from most national security documents that were at least 25 years old.
Seeking to calm Pacific security jitters, President Clinton and Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto signed a joint declaration establishing new U.S.-Japan ties for a "stable and prosperous" Asia.
A jury in Los Angeles opted to spare Erik and Lyle Menendez the death penalty, recommending that the brothers instead serve life in prison without parole for gunning down their wealthy parents.
A Thai military team collected evidence from the body of Pol Pot, former chief of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge guerrillas, to lay to rest doubts that one of the century's worst tyrants was truly dead.
The first of three bombs to explode in London within a two-week period went off in Brixton, a racially mixed neighborhood, injuring 39 people.
Gen. Wesley Clark, NATO's commander, warned Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic to change his policies in Kosovo or see his military machine destroyed.
World finance officials in Washington closed out the most tumultuous meetings in the history of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank with renewed pledges to hasten debt relief for poor countries and increase support for fighting the AIDS epidemic.
Kenya's Elijah Lagat won the Boston Marathon; Catherine Ndereba became the first female Kenyan winner.
Kenyan aviation union threatens government with strike
Lebanese cabinet talks re-started by new PM
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, releases study of local emissions
Body of missing Florida girl found
Littlewoods plans to axe 3,200 jobs
Internet censorship study group reports on China
Famed classical works rediscovered
Croke Park opens to soccer and Rugby
Freak wave rocks luxury liner--4 hurt
Harvard University declines to discipline professor who plagiarized
Childhood exposure to TV linked to bullying
Unconfirmed: 20 dead, hundreds hurt after protest in Iranian city of Ahwaz
ACLU, Minutemen trade accusations of misbehavior
Manchester United 4-1 Newcastle United
Russian Soyuz docks with International Space Station for crew change
Papal conclave attracting more bets than the Oscars
British National Fingerprint Database begins without parliamentary consultation
Suspect in Oklahoma girl's murder blogged about depression, "dangerously weird" fantasies
Greenpeace founder supports nuclear energy
Explosion in Tel Aviv injures at least 40, kills at least 8
Sondhi may face arrest over lÃ¨se majestÃ© allegations
Still no action in standoff in Ontario town
Canada confirms fifth case of Mad Cow Disease
British National Party to tempt voters in May local elections
Rail accident in northern Greece
France knew of and told CIA about al-Qaeda hijack plans prior to 9/11
NHL: Sens edge out Pens to take commanding 3-1 series lead
St. Edwards University, Texas evacuated due to bomb threat
Cricket World Cup: England vs South Africa
Mayor of Nagasaki dies after being shot
Football: Manchester United push past Sheffield
Israel marks Holocaust Memorial Day
Ontario may adopt new voting system
NHL: Flames burn Red Wings in Calgary
NHL: Rangers dominate Thrashers, lead series 3-0
Virginia Tech shooter identified, witness reports emerge
Indonesia angered as nation's airlines all remain banned in EU airspace
Brazilian President: not continuing to use biofuels would be a 'crime against humanity'
George Bush meets with Gordon Brown
'Expelled' producers accused of copyright violations
Japan Airlines fined US$110 million for price fixing
All metal cladding taken off Cabot Circus Tower due to fault
Bomb hurt seven police in Basque city of Bilbao
Eric Bogosian on writing and the creative urge
Computex Preview: WiMAX, threat? opportunity?
Maoist guerrilla attacks kill at least 17 on first day of Indian elections
Swedish court finds administrators of The Pirate Bay guilty of contributory copyright infringement
Fijian regime appoints vice-president
Anti-tax tea parties held across the USA
Small plane crash in Florida destroys home
Australian rules football: Gippsland Football League round 2 - Traralgon v Wonthaggi
Europe's airline chaos: in depth
US bank Goldman Sachs accused of fraud
Tobacco manufacturers and retailers fined over UK price fixing
UK politician Nick Clegg wins historic first televised political debate
Toyota to recall Sienna minivan in North America
30 people die in bombing in northwestern Pakistan
Thai anti-government leaders escape capture
Pakistan: Eight killed in hospital blast
Australian rules football: Gippsland Football League round 2 - Leongatha v Morwell
Officials: Seventeen insurgents killed in Orakzai, Pakistan
Chilean musicians perform concert for Peralillo, Chile residents
UN report says death of Benazir Bhutto preventable; fault of government
Australian Defence Force faces a mass of sexual abuse lawsuits
'Outraged' LaHood unveils plans to tackle fatigued U.S. air traffic controllers
Bloomberg and Clinton create green alliance
Syrian protests met with crackdown
Australian carbon tax plans hit road block
Former Australian athlete jailed for eighteen years for murdering her baby
Poverty rises as food prices increase
Supreme Court of Pakistan criticizes authorities over Bhutto murder
UK hospital discharges footballer Fabrice Muamba
Taliban raids Pakistan prison, 384 escape
High Court of Australia dismisses appeal against conviction, compulsory voting