Kidnapping of Pope Leo III
Coronation of Malcolm III as King of Scotland
Death of St. William of Monte Vergine
St. Louis XI, King of France born
Edward II, King of England and first of that ilk to be named Prince of Wales born
An entry in the Jornal de la Chambre of King Edward II shows pence a day paid to one "Robyn Hod" for service to the King
Death of Pope Benedict XII
Edward III, King of England, pardons Cecilia of Nottingham for murder
Nicholas Flamel is said to have made gold by Alchemical means
The Rump of the Council of Basel recognizes Nicholas V as Pope; Felix V, the anti-Pope, abdicates
Death of Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI of England
Martin Waldeseemueller names America in honor of Amergo Vespucci
Henry VIII, King of England, forbids private ownership of firearms by any person with an income of less than 100 pounds per year. The ban is cheerfully ignored
William the Silent, Prince of the Spanish Netherlands born
Death of Louise Labe, the "Belle Cordiere," and poet, who served in the Royal Army of France as a cavalryman under the name "Loys"
Death of Torquato Tasso, poet
Oliver Cromwell, lord protector of England born
Dutch defeat Spanish fleet at Gibraltar Bay
Suicide of the Ming Chongzhen Emperor
Patent granted for the thimble
Highwayman Nicolas Jacques Pelletier became the first person under French law to be executed by the guillotine.
"La Marseillaise," composed the night before by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was sung for the first time, in Strasbourg, France.
The New York and Harlem Railway was incorporated in New York City.
Paul Julius Reuter, founder of the news agency that bears his name, used 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices between Brussels and Athens.
Ground was broken for the Suez Canal. This canal links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. Egyptian workers started construction under harsh working conditions described as 'slave labor.' The project was not completed until 1867.
Franz Liszt took the four minor orders of the Roman Catholic Church, a preliminary step toward becoming a priest. Liszt never took it any farther. But sensing the dramatic impact of his tenuous church connection, he wore a cassock for the remaining 21 years of his life.
Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy. He invented the wireless telegraph in 1895.
Congress formally declared war on Spain in the battle over Cuba. As a result of the Spanish-American War, America took its first step in becoming a world power. America was given Puerto Rico and Guam as a result of the war.
William S. Porter entered the Ohio Penitentiary after being convicted of embezzlement. While in prison, he began writing short stories under the pseudonym "O. Henry."
New York became the first state to require automobile license plates. The fee was $1.
The American composer John Knowles Paine died.
Former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. born
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow in Pole Creek, North Carolina. In the 1950's, he was the first newsman to challenge the "witch hunting" tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
During World War One, Allied soldiers invaded the Gallipoli Peninsula in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Turkish Empire out of the war.
Ella Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, Virginia. She won 12 Grammy Awards.
"Buddy," the first seeing eye dog, was presented to Morris S. Frank.
Jazz musician Rick Henderson born
Country musician Vassar Clements born
Movie director-writer Paul Mazursky born
The great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye once composed an opera in Belgium's Walloon language. It was called "Peter the Miner," and it premiered in Brussels. Ysaye was supposed to conduct, but he collapsed at the first rehearsal and was still sick on opening night.
Former Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon born
Songwriter Jerry Leiber born
Author Anthony Lukas born
During World War Two, US and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe River, a meeting that dramatized the collapse of Nazi Germany's defenses.
Rock musician Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) born
Singer Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) born
Delegates of 46 countries gathered in San Francisco to organize a permanent United Nations.
Actor Jeffrey DeMunn born
Rock musician Michael Brown (Lookofsky) of "The Left Bank" born
Country singer-songwriter Rob Crosby born
The prototype manufacture of a new solar battery was announced by the Bell Laboratories in New York City.
Former basketball player Dave Corzine born
The St. Lawrence Seaway opened to traffic, saving shippers millions of dollars. By going from the sea to the Great Lakes across upstate New York, folks no longer had to ship the long, costly way around.
Actor Hank Azaria ("The Simpsons;" "Mad About You") born
Rock singer Andy Bell (Erasure) born
Rock musician Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction) born
Colorado Governor John Love signed the first law legalizing abortions in the United States. The law was limited to therapeutic abortion when agreed to, unanimously, by a panel of three physicians.
Actress Renee Zellweger born
200,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters marched on Washington, D.C.
A U.S. commando mission to rescue 53 American embassy hostages in Iran was abandoned in the desert with the loss of eight American lives when a helicopter collided with a tanker aircraft.
Israel turned over the final third of the occupied Sinai peninsula to Egypt under the Camp David peace agreement.
Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to visit his country after receiving a letter in which the Manchester, Maine, schoolgirl expressed fears about nuclear war.
The Pioneer Ten spacecraft crossed Pluto's orbit, speeding on its endless voyage through the Milky Way.
David Anthony Kennedy, the 28-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was found dead in a hotel room in Palm Beach, Florida.
257 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to President Reagan, urging him to cancel his planned visit to the German military cemetery at Bitburg.
President Reagan left Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on the first leg of a 13-day journey to the Far east that included an international economic summit in Tokyo.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington for three days of protests against US foreign policy, particularly toward Central America and South Africa.
To the cheers of spectators, a judge in Jerusalem sentenced John Demjanjuk to death after the retired Ohio autoworker was convicted of being "Ivan the Terrible," a Nazi death camp guard who'd killed tens of thousands of people (however, Demjanjuk's conviction was later overturned).
Japanese Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita announced his resignation in order to take responsibility for his involvement in Japan's "Recruit" stock scandal.
The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.
Violetta Chamorro assumed the Nicaraguan presidency, ending more than a decade of leftist Sandinista rule.
The White House threatened to "take whatever steps are necessary" should Iraq fail to meet a deadline for withdrawing its security forces from the refugee zone in northern Iraq.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, facing harsh criticism during a closed-door meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee, offered to resign as party leader, an offer that was rejected.
The United States announced its first financial aid to Hanoi since the 1960s: $1 million to make artificial limbs for Vietnamese disabled during the war.
Islamic forces in Afghanistan took control of most of the capital of Kabul following the collapse of the Communist government.
An earthquake measuring seven-point-one on the Richter scale shook northern California.
Voters in Russia participated in a referendum, giving President Boris N. Yeltsin a sturdy vote of confidence.
Hundreds of thousands of gay rights activists and their supporters marched in Washington DC, demanding equal rights and freedom from discrimination.
Terrorist bombers struck twice on the eve of South Africa's first all-race election, killing about a dozen people.
Conservative Tsutomu Hata became prime minister of Japan, succeeding Morihiro Hosokawa.
Regular season play by major-league baseball teams got underway and was the first official action since the longest strike in sports history began in August 1994.
Show business legend Ginger Rogers died in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 83.
A day after the PLO annulled clauses calling for Israel's destruction, the governing Labor Party abandoned its long-standing opposition to a Palestinian state.
A court in Gdansk, Poland, dropped proceedings against Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski over the 1970 fatal shootings of 44 protesters by security forces when he was defense minister.
Ford Motor Company announced a recall of about 8 million cars, minivans and pickups because of an ignition switch fire hazard.
The prosecution began calling witnesses in Timothy McVeigh's Oklahoma City bombing trial.
A federal judge ruled for the first time that the Food and Drug Administration can regulate tobacco as a drug - but said it couldn't restrict cigarette advertising.
Christian Mortensen, who emigrated to the United States from his native Denmark in 1903, died. He was thought to have be the oldest man in the world at the age of 115.
Whitewater prosecutors questioned first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on videotape about her work as a private lawyer for the failed savings and loan at the center of the investigation.
More than 70,000 mourners gathered in Littleton, Colo., to remember the victims of the Columbine High School massacre.
Lord Killanin, former president of the International Olympic Committee, died in Dublin, Ireland, at age 84.
On the third and final day of their Washington summit, NATO leaders promised military protection and economic aid to Yugoslavia's neighbors for standing with the West against Slobodan Milosevic.
Assailants shot and killed Zika Petrovic, an ally of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic.
Broadway producer David Merrick died in London at age 88.
Iraqi insurgency continues unabated, new hopes for a cabinet
Skydiver dies after legs severed in jump
Molson beer buys into the craft market
LDS Church announces new library plans
ANZAC's remembered ninety years after assault on Gallipoli
ISS Expedition 10 returns to Earth
Serb General Pavkovic to Surrender to Hague
150,000 street vendors in India shown how to avoid causing 'Delhi belly'
Romanian PM says his country won't give in to terrorist demands
Japanese commuter train derails, apartment building smashed
BBC admits sending hecklers into Conservative campaign meeting
Bulgarian and Romanian EU accession treaty is signed in Luxembourg
Study: Children who socialise more, get cancer less
German Minister for Foreign Affairs gives evidence about visa practice
Violence, allegations of fraud disrupt election in Togo
Cyclone Monica misses Darwin
Russian commander: Tu-160s penetrate US airspace undetected
Clashes in Athens during Condoleezza Rice's visit to Greece
Lawsuit sends Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal to New York Supreme Court
ANZAC Day marked throughout NZ, AU
Emergency declared in Peru as Mt. Ubinas threatens to erupt
Accused killer of Canadian police officer released on bail
Rare rhino caught on videotape
Iran's morality police crack down on un-Islamic dress
Bathurst War Memorial vandalised before ANZAC service
ANZAC Day marked around the world
Man cuts off his own penis in UK restaurant
Cricket World Cup - 2nd Semi-Final: Australia vs South Africa
Long March 3C rocket launches Tianlian-1 satellite
Helen Thomas probes White House on torture; online community sends flowers
Series of earthquakes strikes Reno, Nevada area
US Marine charged with rape of Japanese girl
Arsonist behind Namdaemun gate fire in Seoul imprisoned for 10 years
UK City Councillor suspended from party after expressing controversial views
At least 25 dead in Sri Lanka bus bombing
American actress Bea Arthur dies at age 86
ANC leads in South Africa vote
Pirate Bay case: Internet group attacks websites in "Operation Baylout"
Professor sought after three die in Georgia shooting
Almost 6,500 civilians killed in Sri Lanka, UN reports
At least 24 dead in clashes in central Kenya
Russia ends "counterterrorism operation" in Chechnya
Stephen Hawking: aliens "almost certain to exist," could invade Earth
WHO starts simultaneous immunization campaigns in over 100 countries
Condemned US killer to face execution by firing squad
NATO tankers in Pakistan attacked, four killed
Five dead after continuing violence in Nigeria
Thai prime minister dismisses offer by anti-government protesters
Mississippi tornado kills at least ten
Officials: Eight insurgents killed in Orakzai, Pakistan
Fire sweeps Manila, Philippines slum
Paul SchÃ¤fer, founder of Colonia Dignidad, dies at 88
British government apologises for suggesting the Pope could create a brand of "Benedict" condoms
Australian PM Gillard pressured to address human rights crackdown in China
Renowned Indian guru ÅrÄ« Satya Sai Baba dies aged 84
Disposal of fracking wastewater poses potential environmental problems
Trinidad TV host bailed on teen rape broadcast charges
Former Ukranian PM Yulia Tymoshenko goes on hunger strike
USDA says mad cow disease found in cow in California
Egypt cancels 15 year gas supply contract to Israel
Sandra Fluke receives Stand Up for Choice Award
Trinidad TV host charged over teen rape footage