Death of St. Alphege, Archbishop of Canterbury
Death of St. Leo IX, Pope
A Protestation against a decree of the Diet of the German Empire was published, from which event came the term "Protestants"
Death of Philip Melanchthon
English admiral Sir Francis Drake entered Cadiz harbor and sank the Spanish fleet, an action he referred to as "singeing the king of Spain's beard."
Death of Paolo Caliari, known as "Veronese," painter
Agnes Ratcleife hanged at Tyburn for witchcraft
Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, giving women the rights of succession to Hapsburg possessions.
Statesman Roger Sherman, a signer of the U.S. born
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach became the cantor of the city of Hamburg. Johann Sebastian Bach's most successful son succeeded his own godfather in the position, Telemann. CPE Bach thus became, firstly, a leading musical figure in Germany.
The American Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington, Mass. Eight Minutemen were killed and 10 wounded in an exchange of musket fire with British Redcoats. The shot 'heard round the world.'
The Netherlands recognized American independence.
English poet Lord Byron died of a fever while aiding Greek rebels fighting the Turks.
The Clayton-Bulwer agreement was signed by which Britain and the U.S. agreed not to obtain exclusive control of a proposed Panama canal.
Barracks on Alcatraz Island destroyed in fire.
Ole Evinrude, invented the outboard marine engine. born
The prototype of the first commercially successful American automobile was completed in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Charles E. Duryea and his brother Frank. It was powered by a single-cylinder 4-horsepower engine.
The Oscar Wilde play "A Woman of No Importance" opened at the Haymarket Theater in London.
The first American Marathon Race (now known as the Boston Marathon) was run from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Boston. The 26-mile, 385-yard race was won by John McDermott in 2 hours, 55 minutes and 10 seconds.
FBI agent Eliot Ness. Ness was the head of a nine-man team of law officers called the "Untouchables." born
Pierre Curie, French chemist and physicist, was run over and killed in Paris.
After weeks of being viewed through telescopes, Halley's Comet was reported visible to the naked eye in Curacao.
Actor Hugh O'Brian (Krampke)- (some sources 1930) born
Singer Don Barbour (The Four Freshmen) born
Actress Jayne Mansfield born
The United States went off the gold standard.
Actor-comedian Dudley Moore born
Actress Elinor Donahue born
148 years later than most, the state of Connecticut approves the Bill of Rights
Singer-musician Larry Ramos Jr. (Hilario) born
Musician-singer Alan Price (The Animals) born
Singer Eve Graham (The New Seekers) born
Jazz musician Czeslaw Bartowski born
During World War Two, tens of thousands of Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto began a valiant but futile battle against Nazi forces.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel," featuring the song, "You'll Never Walk Alone," opened on Broadway with Jan Clayton as Julie Jordan and John Raitt as Billy Bigelow.
Pop singer Mark "Flo" Volman (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie) born
Designer Paloma Picasso born
General Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Truman, bid farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."
Shigeki Tanaka, who survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima, Japan, in World War II, won the Boston Marathon.
The longest recorded major league home run was hit by Mickey Mantle. It traveled 565 feet.
Tennis player Sue Barker born
The first British ship paid an Egyptian toll to cross the Suez Canal.
The San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers met for the first time as major-league baseball came to the West Coast.
Pop singer Bekka Bramlett born
The Soviet Union launched its first Salyut space station.
The U.S. Apollo 16 spacecraft began orbiting the moon two days before astronauts landed on its surface.
India announced it had launched its first satellite, from the Soviet Union atop a Soviet rocket.
The Los Angeles Lakers won the coin toss in the first round of the college basketball draft. They chose Michigan State guard Ervin "Magic" Johnson.
Astronauts Sally K. Ride and Guion S. Bluford Jr. became the first woman and first African-American to be tapped for U.S. space missions.
President Reagan embraced a plan to build 100 M-X missiles and put them in existing launch silos, promising it would mean "a safer, more secure America.""
A federal judge in Chicago held Standard Oil of Indiana and two subsidiaries liable for damages caused by the massive 1978 oil spill from the tanker Amoco Cadiz off the French coast.
The space shuttle Discovery landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after a mission that was marred by a deployed satellite that failed to operate properly.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched and burned American flags in Britain, West Germany, Italy and Sweden to protest the U.S. air raid on Libya.
Actor Courtland Mead ("Kirk") born
Argentinian President Raul Alfonsin obtained the surrender of dozens of armed rebel soldiers who had been holed up at a military base for three days.
Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis won the New York presidential primaries.
After the Baltimore Orioles lost their 11th straight game, WIIY/Baltimore D.J. Bob Rivers vowed to stay on the air until they won. Eight games and 216 hours later, the O's won and Rivers finally got to sleep.
Pro-Democracy demonstrations began in Beijing's Tiananmen Square.
Forty-seven sailors were killed when a gun turret exploded aboard the USS "Iowa." It was one of the worst naval disasters since the war in Vietnam.
Nicaragua's 9-year-old civil war neared its end as Contra guerrillas, the Sandinistas and the incoming government agreed to a truce and a deadline for the rebels to disarm.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in South Korea for talks with President Roh Tae-woo.
Evander Holyfield won a unanimous decision over George Foreman to retain boxing's heavyweight title in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
After six days, engineers plugged the tunnel leak under the Chicago River that caused an underground flood that had virtually shut down business in the heart of the city.
The Pittsburgh Symphony visited Chicago. Loren Maazel led the ensemble in the Adagio from Penderecki's Fourth Symphony, followed by the Brahms First.
The 51-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ended as fire destroyed the structure after federal agents began smashing their way in; dozens of people, including David Koresh, were killed.
South Dakota Governor George S. Mickelson died in an Iowa plane crash; he was 52.
The Supreme Court outlawed the practice of excluding people from juries because of their gender.
Bosnian Serbs seized anti-aircraft guns from U.N. guards near Sarajevo and shelled a hospital and U.N. buildings in Gorazde.
A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to beaten motorist Rodney King.
A truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, and injuring 500. Two suspects, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, were arrested in the case. (Timothy McVeigh was later convicted on federal murder charges and sentenced to death; Terry Nichols was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter.)
President Clinton, visiting Russia, paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Russians who died in the Nazi siege of Leningrad -- and to the victims of the Oklahoma bombing as well.
On the first anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, hundreds of mourners paused for 168 seconds of silence at the site where the federal building once stood.
More than 50,000 residents abandoned Grand Forks, North Dakota, as the rising Red River overran sandbags.
It was announced that Linda McCartney, the wife of Paul McCartney, had died two days earlier at age 56.
Mexican poet-philosopher Octavio Paz died at age 84.
Wang Dan, a leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, arrived in the United States after being freed by China.
The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law aimed at limiting e-mail smut does not violate free-speech rights.
Joseph Chebet of Kenya won the Boston Marathon, in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 52 seconds; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia won the women's
The German parliament inaugurated its new home in the restored Reichstag in Berlin, its prewar capital.
The worst air crash in Philippine history killed 131 people aboard an Air Philippines Boeing 737-200.
President Clinton knelt among 158 empty chairs memorializing each victim of the Oklahoma City bombing and declared the site "sacred ground" in the soul of America during a fifth-anniversary dedication ceremony.
Angolan Marburg virus still threat
Ukrainian president to visit Romania
Thermoelectric plants in Arad, Romania to be modernised
Romanian Ministry of Communications and IT discusses future objectives
MiniMax Discount to open inaugural stores in southern Romania
Elwood Norris receives Lemelson-MIT Prize for invention
Man arrested on charge of murdering Christa Worthington
Simon's Rock College tests Alan Turing theories with 'Imitation Game' experiment
German Cardinal Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI
British retailer Littlewoods plans to axe 3,200 jobs
109th Boston marathon takes place
Afghan coalition forces repel Taliban ambush: 8 killed, 16 captured
Associated Press changes online fee structure to meet Internet demands
New mass grave discovered in Kosovo
Barry Prime becomes Swim Ireland's new National Performance Director
North Korea shuts down its main nuclear reactor
Teen tram thief may yet work as tram driver
Accused have denied guilt in suitcase murder case
Sudan reports first bird flu case
New Zealand, Australia fly in extra personnel to help quell Solomon Island riots
India sends special envoy to Nepal
George Galloway exposes News of the World 'fake sheikh'
President Bush receives anti-free speech award
Vodafone launches new video news service for mobile phones, New Zealand
Bomb blasts in Iraq kill nearly 200
Nearly a dozen killed in suicide bomber attack in Iraq
Bible publishing firm in Turkey attacked; 3 killed
Canadian soldier falls from tower, dies afterwards
Molten steel kills 32 workers in Liaoning,China
380 million year old fossilized trees found in New York, USA
Cricket World Cup: West Indies vs Bangladesh
California student arrested in criminal threats made on Wikipedia
Bus crash in Spain leaves 9 Finnish tourists dead
Pope addresses UN in NY as US visit continues
10 arrested over Ugandan school fire as death toll reaches 20
First funeral for Elim students
Zimbabwe begins vote recount
Zimbabwe bound Chinese arms ship heads for Angola
Second controlled explosion to be carried out in Bristol, United Kingdom
French anthropologist Germaine Tillion dies at 100
Halema`uma`u crater erupts in Hawaii, USA
Former US President Jimmy Carter meets with Hamas Leader
Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft lands
Zimbabwe bound arms ship flees from South Africa
Chinese hackers call off attack on CNN website
Suicide bomb kills at least twenty in northwestern Pakistan
65th human bird flu case reported In Egypt
Six-year-old boy on vacation in Venezuela dies in plane crash
Pirate attack on Norwegian ship foiled by NATO forces
Sebastian Vettel wins wet Chinese Grand Prix
Afghanistan women protest Shia Family Law
Belgian ship hijacked off Horn of Africa by Somali pirates
Twelve injured in Washington after ride at fair topples over
Iran warns against Israeli invasion
Egyptian archaeologist finds artifacts which may lead to Cleopatra's tomb
Senior al-Qaeda leaders in Iraq killed
Half of Europe's flights could take off Monday, EU says
Suicide car bomber kills seven in Kohat, Pakistan
European airlines question flight bans
Suicide bomber kills 24 in Peshawar, Pakistan
Cuban tobacco grower Alejandro Robaina dies at age 91
Long Island teen found guilty of hate crime
Son of Illinois Senate President charged with driving under the influence
Formula One: Jenson Button wins Chinese Grand Prix
Toyota to pay US government $16.4 million over recalls
UK union ups strike stakes at services for unemployed
Afghanistan general Stanley McChrystal cleared of wrongdoing
US Secret Service agents face investigation for Colombian sex scandal
China, UN rebuke North Korea for rocket launch
Gun background checks a no-go in US Senate