Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor, takes the Palace of St. Angelo, Italy
Death of St. Hugh of Cluny
Death of St. Robert of Molesme
King Guy of Jerusalem sends an embassy to Count Raymond
Tripoli taken by Quala'un, Sultan of Egypt
Death of St. Catherine of Siena
Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.
John Houghton, Prior, executed for refusing to recognize Henry VIII
Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England
Cardinal Richelieu appointed Chief Minister of the Royal Council of France
Sweden and Denmark signed a defense treaty against the Duke of Wallenstein, bringing Sweden into the Thirty Year War.
Electors of Bavaria and Cologne were outlawed by the Holy Roman Empire.
The first Duke of Wellington, victor of the Battle of Waterloo, was born in Dublin as Arthur Wellesley.
The French fleet under Admiral Suffren prevented Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope.
A patent for rubber was awarded to J.F. Hummel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, born; he emancipated the serfs in 1861 but severe repression of political opposition led to his assassination in 1881.
A liberal constitution was promulgated in Portugal for a hereditary monarchy.
Adolph Sutro, SF mayor, built Cliff House, railways, tunnels. born
Pope Pius IX dissociated himself from the Italian national movement.
Austrian forces crossed the Sardinian front.
Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
Publisher William Randolph Hearst. The American newspaper publisher who built up the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. He developed a sensational style of journalism featuring banner headlines and lavish illustrations. born
Theta Xi, a professional fraternity, was founded in Troy, New York.
The British conductor Thomas Beecham was born, the heir to the Beecham's liver pill fortune. Beecham was so rich he more or less bought an orchestra to learn to conduct. His fame is partly the result of the accident of his living in one of the recording capitals of the world. He founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1947 and did much to promote the works of Delius, Sibelius and Richard Strauss
Women were admitted for the first time to examinations at England's Oxford University.
Several hundred unemployed men known as "Coxey's Army" swarmed into Washington to ask Congress for help.
Malcolm Sargent, the British conductor, who had the misfortune to spend most of his career in Beecham's shadow, was born. He was in charge of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (1942-1948) and of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1950-1957).
Band leader and composer Duke Ellington (Edward Kennedy Ellington) born in Washington, DC. He was one of the most influential forces in jazz history, producing about 2,000 works.
Japanese emperor Hirohito 1901 American occupation, Hirohito renounced his divinity and most of his powers. born
Movie director Fred Zinnemann, director of such films as "High Noon" and "From Here to Eternity." born
Swedish-born engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, New Jersey, patented the improved version of the zipper; naming it the "separable fastener."
The Easter Rising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
Singer Don Mills (The Mills Brothers) born
After a siege of 143 days, the British surrendered Kut-el-Amara to the Turks.
Germany's main offensive on the Western Front in World War I ended.
Actress Celeste Holm born
Musician Danny Davis (The Nashville Brass) born
Construction of the "Spirit of St. Louis" was completed. B.F. Mahoney was the 'mystery man' behind the Ryan company that built Lindbergh's plane.
A British ultimatum forced Egypt to provide freedom of public meetings.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Carl Gardner (The Coasters) born
Singer-musician Lonnie Donegan born
Symphony conductor Zubin Mehta born
The Boston Bees agreed to rename the National League team, The Braves, the name they used prior to 1935.
The Japanese army captured the town of Lashio, cutting off the Burma Road between China and India.
Country singer Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) born
U.S. forces attacked Truk in the Caroline Islands, dropping over 800 tons of bombs.
American troops liberated 32,000 prisoners from the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
Anglo-U.S. committee advised against the partition of Palestine.
28 former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals.
Middle distance runner Jim Ryun born
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld born
Ernest Borgnine made his network television debut in "Night Visitor" on Ford Theatre on NBC-TV.
Actress Kate Mulgrew born
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer born
Actor Daniel Day-Lewis born
Actress Eve Plumb ("The Brady Bunch") born
Rock musician Phil King (Lush) born
ABC-TV's "Wide World of Sports" made its debut. The show, featuring Jim McKay as host, along with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Jack Whitaker and Heywood Hale Brun and others, was not an immediate hit.
Country singer Stephanie Bentley born
Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) born
Tennis player Andre Agassi born
Country singer James Bonamy born
In Burundi, the deposed King Ntare V was killed in an abortive coup.
Rock musician Mike Hogan (The Cranberries) born
President Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of some secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
Jaime Roldos of the Concentration of Popular Forces party was elected president of Ecuador.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock, British-born film director best known for his suspense thrillers, notably ``Psycho,'' died.
Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England during a five-year period.
In a whites-only election, the National Party was returned to power in South Africa but with a reduced majority.
Harold Washington was sworn in as the first black mayor of Chicago.
President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, flew 600 miles from Beijing to central China, where they saw farms, peasant villages and an archeological site.
Actor Zane Carney ("Dave's World") born
The space shuttle "Challenger" lifted off with seven astronauts and a "mini-zoo" of monkeys and rats aboard.
The Soviet Union appealed to the West for help in fighting a reactor fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that had sent a radioactive cloud across northeastern Europe.
Ronnie DeSillers, a seven-year-old liver transplant recipient whose story had prompted thousands of Americans, including President Reagan, to lend support, died at a Pittsburgh hospital while awaiting a fourth transplant.
The first condor conceived in captivity was born at San Diego Wild Animal Park.
McDonald's announced it would open its first restaurants in Moscow.
In a sign that student demonstrators in Beijing had gained influence, China's government conducted informal talks with leaders of the democracy protests, and then televised the discussions.
14 Liverpool football supporters were sentenced to jail terms for their part in the 1985 Heysel stadium tragedy in Belgium.
Wrecking cranes began tearing down the section of the Berlin Wall surrounding the Brandenburg Gate, the wall's most famous section.
The space shuttle Discovery landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California after a mission which included the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope.
More than 100 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale rocked Soviet Georgia, destroying hospitals, schools, factories and 17,000 homes.
U.S. troops continued airlifting Iraqi refugees from a camp in southern Iraq to Saudi Arabia.
Rioting erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted 4 white policemen of nearly all charges in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. A total of 54 people died in the 3 days of unrest.
Exxon executive Sidney Reso was kidnapped outside his Morris Township, New Jersey, home by Arthur Seale, a former Exxon security official, and Seale's wife, Irene; Reso died in captivity.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth the Second announced that for the first time, Buckingham Palace would be opened to tourists to help raise money for repairs at fire-damaged Windsor Castle.
Alfred Brendel gave a recital in Chicago. It's an all-Beethoven, all-sonata program... five sonatas mostly from the middle years, including the "Pastoral."
In Costa Rica, 18 Supreme Court justices were freed after being held captive by gunmen for three days.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the terror of ethnic massacres in Rwanda were pouring into Tanzania.
Israel and the PLO signed an agreement in Paris granting Palestinians broad authority to set taxes, control trade and regulate banks under self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
Rescue workers in Oklahoma City continued the grim task of searching for bodies and pulling debris from the bombed-out Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, where the remains of more than 120 of the 168 victims had been removed.
Former CIA Director William Colby was missing and presumed drowned by authorities in Maryland after an apparent boating accident; his body was later recovered.
A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons went into effect.
Astronaut Jerry Linenger and cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev went on the first US-Russian space walk.
Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Mike Royko died in Chicago at age 64.
Staff Sergeant Delmar Simpson, a drill instructor at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, was convicted of raping six female trainees. (He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and dishonorably discharged.)
Israelis began marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of their country (although, according to the Western calendar, the anniversary fell on May 14th).
The United States, Canada, and Mexico agreed to eliminate tariffs on items accounting for $1 billion in trade at a meeting in Paris of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived in Belgrade on a mission to win freedom for three American prisoners of war held by Yugoslavia.
Yugoslavia filed World Court cases against 10 countries, including the United States, claiming their bombing campaign breached international law.
Lennox Lewis knocked out Michael Grant in the second round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain his WBC and IBF heavyweight titles.
Tens of thousands of angry Cuban-Americans marched peacefully through Miami's Little Havana, protesting the gruesome raid in which armed federal agents yanked six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from the home of relatives.
Romanian mining industry to receive 115 million euro in state aid
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Latin America
Ezer Weizman former Israeli president dies at the age of 81
U.S. EPA submits 2003 greenhouse gas inventory to U.N.
Exploding toads confuse scientists
Harvard University officials update Agassiz Neighborhood Council about local construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Swedish packaging company transfers production lines to Romania
World's most expensive hotel-casino opens in Las Vegas
Grenade attack on fellow soldiers puts sergeant on death row
Putin pledges to help Palestinians
New Italian goverment gets confidence from the Senate too
City of Buffalo, N.Y. fighting lawsuit against hotel proposal
U.S. members of congress arrested over Sudan protest
Ayman al-Zawahiri appears in new videotape
U.S. Web host target of denial-of-service attack
British Home Secretary faces pressure to resign over foreign offender release crisis
Taliban abducts Indian engineer
Maoists in India kill 13 and free 25 hostages
Zarqawi shows face in new video
Shuttle will launch in July: NASA
Sniper's tower attacked in Ramadi
Mujahideen Shura Council claims responsibility for various attacks in Iraq
Spanish-language version of U.S. anthem stirs controversy
Mexico on the verge of decriminalizing possession of small amounts of drugs
Peace activist claims Iran keen to compromise on nuclear issue, Cheney, Rumsfeld allegedly block negotiations
Comedians lampoon Bush at White House Correspondents' Dinner
BBC and ITV to provide free satellite TV in the UK
New York state Governor Eliot Spitzer proposes legalization of same-sex marriages
US: Melamine from contaminated pet food enters human food chain
MLB: Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock killed in car accident
Justin Trudeau wins Liberal Party nomination
Shooter at Kansas City mall kills three
Tanker truck fire causes collapse on Oakland Freeway
a Jack Russell terrier named George saved five children at a carnival in New Zealand from an attack by two pit bulls. He charged at them and held them at bay long enough for the children to get away. Killed by the pit bulls, he was posthumously awarded the PDSA Gold Medal.
Telecom New Zealand bounces gay e-mail
Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen wins Spanish Grand Prix
US Dept. of Justice IP address blocked after 'vandalism' edits to Wikipedia
Bush meets with President of Guatemala
Microsoft's attempt to buy out Yahoo may never happen
Pioneer chemist Albert Hofmann dies at age 102
Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-2
2007/08 UEFA Champions League: Manchester United vs. Barcelona
French tourists killed in California bus rollover accident
U.S. GDP sees worst drop in five decades
At least 41 killed in bombings in Iraq
Aurora Borealis caused by electrical space tornadoes
Swine flu outbreaks appear globally; WHO raises pandemic alert level to 5
India buys 250,000 OLPC laptops
Iraqi based war video game pulled by publisher
Sixteen-year-old boy charged with murder over use of Playstation in Chile
Thai police, protesters in violent clashes; at least one dead
US official warns of Hezbollah missile threat
"Bigoted woman": controversial Gordon Brown remarks caught on air
New Jersey students protest proposed budget cuts
Deadly tornadoes rip through southern US, killing over 300
Steve Jobs denies 'location-gate'
Prince William marries Kate Middletonâlive updates
Signals indicate Texas economy continues to improve
China sets up US$10 billion credit line with European nations
Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL's Seattle Seahawks
Prague explosion injures dozens