Pope Leo decrees that this year Easter is to be observed on April 24th
Election of Nicholas I, "the Great," as Pope
Halley's Comet appeared over England. A monk spotted it and predicted the destruction of the country. The battle of Hastings followed and thousands of English were killed in it.
Amerigo Vespucci, Italian mapmaker, becomes citizen of Spain
Envoys of Montezuma II attend the first Easter Mass in Central America
English Navy Board chartered by King Henry VIII
Mary Queen of Scots, aged 16, married the Dauphin of France, the future Francis II.
Bothwell takes Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, to his castle of Dunbar
Election of Pope Sixtus V
Assassination of Concino Concini, the Marechal d'Ancre
John Graunt, statistician, founded the science of demography born
Peace signed between England and France
The Boston News Letter became the first American newspaper to be published on a regular basis.
Publisher Robert Thomas Grafton, Massachusetts. He was founder and editor of "The Farmer's Almanac". The first issue came out in 1793. born
The national anthem of France, "La Marseillaise", was composed by Captain Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, an officer stationed in Strasbourg
Congress approved a bill establishing the Library of Congress in Washington DC, appropriating $5,000 "for the purchase of such books as may be necessary."
English novelist Anthony Trollope born
Jacob Ebert of Cadiz, Ohio, and George Dulty of Wheeling, West Virginia, patented the soda fountain.
Premiere of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor, No. 1, Opus 26
Federal troops moved out of New Orleans, ending the North's military occupation of the South following the Civil War.
William W. Price began work at the Washington Star where he became the first regular White House reporter.
Spain declared war on the United States after rejecting America's ultimatum to withdraw from Cuba.
Artist Willem DeKooning born
U.S. poet laureate Robert Penn Warren born
The Ottoman Turkish Empire began the brutal mass deportation of Armenians during World War One.
Some 1600 Irish nationalists launched the Easter Rising by seizing several key sites in Dublin, including the General Post Office. (The rising was put down by British forces several days later.)
Critic Stanley Kauffmann born
Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto received its American premiere with the Boston Symphony. This is one of the greatest violin concertos ever written because it dramatically shows off the soloist without the use of any cadenzas.
Laurens Hammond of Chicago, Illinois, announced the development of the pipeless organ.
Actress Shirley MacLaine born
Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand born
Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley born
Country singer Richard Sterban (The Oak Ridge Boys) born
Rock musician Doug Clifford (Creedence Clearwater Revival) born
A new commissioner of baseball was named. He was Albert B. "Happy" Chandler.
Rock musician Glenn Cornick (Wild Turkey) born
The state of Jordan was formed by the union of Jordanian-occupied Palestine and the Kingdom of Transjordan.
Raymond Burr made his television acting debut on Gruen Guild Playhouse in an episode titled "The Tiger."
Actor-playwright Eric Bogosian born
British statesman Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth the Second at Buckingham Palace.
Actor Michael O'Keefe born
Rock musician David J (Bauhaus) born
Bob Dylan made his recording debut (and $50) playing harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's "Midnight Special" album.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology achieved the first satellite relay of a television signal, between Camp Parks, California, and Westford, Massachusetts.
Rock musician Billy Gould (Faith No More) born
Rock musician Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays) born
Rock musician Patty Schemel (Hole) born
Rock musician Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) born
Leftist students at Columbia University in New York began a week-long occupation of several campus buildings.
The People's Republic of China launched its first satellite, which kept transmitting a song, "The East is Red."
The United States launched an abortive attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that resulted in the deaths of eight US servicemen.
Austria's governing Socialists lost their absolute majority in Parliament during national elections, prompting Chancellor Bruno Kreisky to announce he would resign after 13 years in office.
The government reported consumer prices had risen .2 percent in March 1984, leaving inflation for the year running at a moderate annual rate of five percent.
The 69th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced, with the fiction award going to Alison Lurie's "Foreign Affairs," the drama award to Stephen Sondheim and James Lupine's "Sunday in the Park with George."
Wallis, the Duchess of Windsor, for whom King Edward the Eighth gave up the British throne, died in Paris at age 89.
18 people, including 12 U.S. military personnel, were injured when a roadside bomb exploded in the Greek port of Piraeus; the guerrilla group November 17 claimed responsibility.
Genetically altered bacteria, designed to prevent frost damage, was sprayed on a California strawberry field in the first test of such biotechnology in nature.
Three sailors were killed and 22 injured when fire broke out aboard the submarine USS Bonefish off the Florida coast.
Greek cycling champion Kanellos Kanellopoulos pedaled the human-powered aircraft Daedalus over the Agean Sea for nearly four hours.
President Bush led a memorial service at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia for the 47 sailors killed in a gun-turret explosion aboard the USS Iowa.
The space shuttle "Discovery" blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope is so powerful, it can see a dime, 25 miles away.
Junk bond king, Michael Milken, pleaded guilty in what may have been one of the largest individual cases of fraud ever to rock Wall Street.
East and West Germany agreed on July 2nd as the date for economic union, a prelude to full political unification.
A Kurdish rebel leader announced the guerrillas had reached an agreement in principle with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to end the Kurd's two-week rebellion.
President Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton made long-distance back-to-back appearances via satellite hookups before the National Association of Hispanic Journalists meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Irish Republican Army exploded a truck bomb in the City of London financial district, killing one man and causing millions of dollars' worth of damage.
Former African National Congress president Oliver Tambo died in Johannesburg, South Africa, at age 75.
Bosnian Serbs, threatened with NATO air strikes, grudgingly gave up their three-week assault on Gorazde, burning houses and blowing up a water treatment plant as they withdrew.
A package bomb linked to the "Unabomber" exploded inside the Sacramento, California, offices of a lobbying group for the wood products industry, killing chief lobbyist Gilbert B. Murray.
The U.N. tribunal for former Yugoslavia named Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and two of his senior aides as war crimes suspects.
Negotiators for Congress and the White House agreed on a permanent budget for fiscal year 1996.
The main assembly of the Palestine Liberation Organization voted to revoke clauses in its charter that called for an armed struggle to destroy Israel.
The Senate voted 74-to-26 to approve the chemical weapons treaty, five days before the pact was to take effect.
The prosecution and defense presented opening statements in the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh.
Comedian Pat Paulsen died in Mexico at age 69.
After a month of confrontation, Russian lawmakers caved in to President Boris Yeltsin, approving acting prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko, 35, as premier despite doubts about his relative youth and inexperience. (Kiriyenko was fired just four months later.)
On the second day of a NATO summit, the alliance ran into objections from Russia and questions among its own members about enforcing an oil embargo against Yugoslavia by searching ships at sea.
A teen-age gunman opened fire at Washington's National Zoo, wounding seven children.
In a statement about the disappearance of a laptop computer with highly sensitive documents, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright announced a five-point plan to help guard against such lapses in the future.
Romanian reporters call for release of hostages in Iraq
5-year-old girl arrested and handcuffed by Florida police
British government considering new nuclear power stations
Barry Prime changes mind about Swim Ireland
Bush nomination to UN post faces bi-partisan problems
NYSE to merge with Archipelago; NASDAQ to buy Instinet
By-elections fail to provide way out of Thai political crisis
Oil prices drive new investment in clean technology
Explosions rock Egyptian resort town of Dahab
Microsoft and EU face off in Luxembourg court
Tennis player Rafael Nadal crowned "King of Clay"
Linux distributors agree on standard for desktop software
112 year old joke fools political activists and the Associated Press
World leaders condemn deadly explosions in Egypt
Indian Supreme Court verdict:AMU to remain a minority institution
Newly discovered extra-solar planet may be Earth-like
Entire fossilized forest found in Illinois, USA
Turkey's governing party names Abdullah GÃ¼l as presidential candidate
Cricket World Cup - 1st Semi-Final: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
Inmates take over Indiana prison, two employees injured
Football: Manchester United defeat AC Milan in Champions League
Canada's Liberals put forward Afghanistan motion
9 US soldiers killed in Iraq bombing; 20 others wounded
Thailand orders Ample Rich directors to pay US$616 million taxes
20 tons of cocaine seized by US Coast Guard
Republic of Molossia hosts state visit
Ukranian manufacturer preparing to sell Adolf Hitler dolls
UK teachers strike in first national teachers strike in 21 years
Earth Day marked in various ways
US claims North Korea helped Syria build reactor bombed by Israel
US Senate unanimously passes genetic nondiscrimination bill
Spain's unemployment rate surpasses 17 percent
Four bombings over two days leave more than 130 dead in Iraq
Outbreak of swine flu in Mexico kills at least twenty, infects 1,000
US state of Arizona signs into law controversial immigration bill
Six policemen killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
Illinois Fair Map Amendment could die before appearing on ballot
New York man pleads guilty in New York City subway bomb plot
Zeus botnet trojan horse is back
Two children killed in fire in Derbyshire, England; man arrested
Somali al-Shabaab group seizes three towns
US indicts eleven alleged pirates from Somalia
Iranian president Ahmadinejad in Zimbabwe for trade fair
Sherpa mountaineer Nawang Gombu, first to summit Mount Everest twice, dies
Tornadoes damage hundreds of Missouri homes, force closure of airport
U.S. Coast Guard investigation finds 'poor safety culture' contributed to Deepwater Horizon disaster
California employees owe state US$13.3 million in unpaid loans
'Apple's data is dirtiest,' says Greenpeace
Massachusetts study finds links between bullying and family violence
Qur'an-burning pastor jailed after mosque protest barred
Noted magic dealer pleads guilty to US federal charges
Man drowns in Texas lake after falling from boat