Probable Beltane sacrifice of "Lovernios the Druid" (Lindow Man I)
Death of Sts. Marian and James
Galerius Valerius Maximianus issued an edict under which Christians were legally recognized in the Roman Empire.
Theodahad, King of the Ostrogoths, has his wife Amalasuntha, daughter of Justinian, Emperor of the East, strangled
Supernova observed by Chinese & Egyptians in constellation Lupus
John of Plato Carpini arrives at Batu Khan's camp on the Volga
Louis IX ransomed at Daimetta
The French army sets forth for Budapest
Decree expelling the Jews from Spain is publicly announced
Columbus receives his commission of exploration from Spain
Death of Pierre du Terrail, the Chevalier de Bayard, "Sans Peer Et Sans Reproche", from a musket ball in the back, in the assault on Bresica, Italy
Hernando de Soto, with 600 troops, lands in Florida
Thomas, Baron Audley, English Lord Chancellor (1533-44), dies
Death of Pope Marcellus II
William Lilly, English astrologer, author, almanac compiler born
Burning of Louis Gaufridi, for witchcraft at Aix-en-Provence
Franois de Montmorency Laval, 1st Roman Catholic Bishop in Canada born
John Endicott appointed as Governor of the Plantation of Massachusetts Bay
German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss born
George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States, taking office in New York.
The United States more than doubled its land area by signing a treaty to buy all the French territory west of the Mississippi River for $15 Million.
Louisiana became the 18th state of the Union.
The central provinces were designated as the Kingdom of Poland, under Alexander of Russia.
Hungarian composer Franz Lehar, who wrote the operetta "The Merry Widow" born
Educator and poet John Crowe Ransom in Pulaski, Tennessee. Ransom was a leading theorist of the Southern literary renascence that began after Worl War I. born
The first national holiday in the United States was celebrated. The citizens of the U.S. observed the centennial of George Washington's inauguration.
The legendary engineer, John Luther "Casey" Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad in a wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers, died.
Hawaii was organized as a US territory.
Princess Juliana of the Netherlands born
Actress Eve Arden (Eunice Quedens) Our Miss Brooks, Grease born
Percy Grainger's mother jumped to death from the 18th story of a building in New York City. She left a note to her son that said, "You and I never loved one another anything but purely and right." The two were abnormally close, so there had been rumors of intimacy.
Actress Cloris Leachman born
Singer Willie Nelson born
Talk show host Gary Collins born
Baseball's "Iron Man," Lou Gehrig, played his last game with the New York Yankees.
The New York World's Fair, billed as a look at "the world of tomorrow," officially opened.
The first railroad car equipped with fluorescent lights was put into service. The train car was known as the "General Pershing Zephyr.""
Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials to be the first American woman, prize-fight referee.
Paul Hindemith took a professorship at Yale. Hindemith was forced out of Nazi Germany, partly because his wife was Jewish and partly because the Nazis thought his music was too modern, no matter how Aryan it was.
Charlie "Bird" Parker's first commercially recorded work was cut at Decca Records. The jazz great was the originator of the bebop style of modern jazz.
Actress Jill Clayburgh born
The New York Giants (of baseball) defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers 26-8. They also set a major-league record for home runs driven in by a single team in a single game.
As Russian troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.
The debut of "Queen for a Day" was heard on Mutual Radio. The opening line "How would YOU like to be queen for a day?" was delivered by host Jack Bailey. The first "Queen": Mrs. Evelyn Lane.
"Arthur Godfrey Time" made its debut on the CBS radio network.
Sweden's King Carl Gustav XVI born
President Truman signed a measure officially changing the name of Boulder Dam to Hoover Dam.
The Organization of American States held its first meeting, in Bogota, Colombia.
Singer Merril Osmond born
Movie director Jane Campion ("The Piano") born
Actor Paul Gross ("Due South") born
Basketball player Isiah Thomas born
Country musician Robert Reynolds (The Mavericks) born
The FCC ruled that all TV receivers should be equipped to receive both VHF (channels 2-13) and the new UHF (channels 14-83).
Rapper Turbo B (Snap) born
Rock musician Clark Vogeler (Toadies) born
President Nixon announced the US was sending troops into Cambodia, an action that sparked widespread protest.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) born
Rock singer J.R. Richards (Dishwalla) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) born
President Nixon announced the resignations of his aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, along with Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst and White House counsel John Dean.
Actor Johnny Galecki ("Roseanne") born
South Vietnam unconditionally surrendered to North Vietnam. The communists occupied Saigon and re-named it Ho Chi Minh City.
In London, armed gunmen seized the Iranian Embassy demanding the release of political prisoners in Iran. The siege lasted six days.
Actress Kirsten Dunst born
Death claimed ballet choreographer George Balanchine in New York at age 79, as well as blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters in Suburban Chicago at age 68.
Country singer Tyler Wilkinson (The Wilkinsons) born
President Reagan, nearing the end of his China visit, attended a farewell banquet in Beijing, then flew to Shanghai, where he addresses more than 1,000 students at Fudan University.
President Reagan set out on a trip to Europe and an economic summit which was already overshadowed by his planned visit to a German military cemetery where Nazi SS troops were buried.
The Soviet Union released a photograph of the damaged Chernobyl nuclear plant, and accused western news organizations of spreading false rumors of thousands of deaths, saying only two people had died.
Pope John Paul II began a five-day visit to West Germany.
President Reagan welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone to the White House.
Education Secretary William Bennett called for mandatory AIDS testing for several groups of people, including hospital patients and prison inmates.
"Molloko," the first California condor chick to be conceived in captivity, was hatched at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
General Manuel Noriega, waving a machete, vowed at a rally to keep fighting United States efforts to oust him as Panama's military ruler.
500,000 people attended a papal mass in Madagascar where Pope John Paul II beatified Victoire Rasoamanarivo, a 19th century Madagascar woman.
President Bush attended a parade in New York City celebrating the bicentennial of the American presidency.
Hostage Frank Reed was released by his captives in Lebanon; he was the second American to be released in eight days.
An estimated 125,000 people died as a cyclone struck Bangladesh.
Former Massachusetts Senator Paul Tsongas announced his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As rioting in Los Angeles entered its second day, President Bush condemned the violence, and said the Justice Department would intensify its investigation of police conduct in the beating of Rodney King.
NATO appointed U.S. Gen. John Shalikashvili as the new commander of its forces in Europe.
Top-ranked women's tennis player Monica Seles was stabbed in the back during a match in Hamburg, Germany, by a man who described himself as a fan of second-ranked German player Steffi Graf. (The man, convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, was given a suspended sentence.)
Some 100,000 men, women and children fleeing ethnic slaughter in Rwanda crossed into neighboring Tanzania.
President Clinton announced he would end U.S. trade and investment with Iran, denouncing the Tehran government as "inspiration and paymaster to terrorists.""
More than 10,00 soldiers, students and children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the end of the war.
President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres signed an accord in Washington extending US help to Israel in countering terrorism.
The Senate approved the nomination of Alexis Herman to be labor secretary.
ABC TV aired the "coming out" episode of the situation comedy "Ellen" in which the title character, played by Ellen DeGeneres, acknowledges her homosexuality.
President Clinton reopened the newly renovated Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
A bomb exploded at a gay pub in London, killing three people and injuring more than 70.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with three U.S. soldiers being held prisoner by Yugoslavia.
Hundreds of thousands participated in a gay-rights rally in Washington.
Privatisation of Romanian power distributor completed
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie in theaters
Flood in Vojvodina worsens
Romanian government asks kidnappers to release female journalist
INTOSAI meets in Paro, Bhutan
Partial local elections to be held in 26 Romanian towns
Orange Romania reaches 5.29 million subscribers in first quarter of 2005
EU accession treaty ratified by Romanian government
Metro Cash and Carry to open new supermarket in Arad, Romania
Heavy rain washes away highway in Alba county, Romania
Hindu mythological theme park planned for banks of Ganges
First photo of a planet that orbits another sun
Taiwan Kuomintang Party leader Lien Chan meets Hu Jintao in a historical visit to China
Pay-by-Plastic pumps up gas prices in U.S.
Vindicated Thai GM activists face gaol all the same
Violent rioting, deaths follow disputed election in Togo
Food with cancer-causing dye recalled in Britain
New drug from lizard's saliva
Wal-Mart closes down unionized store
Hawaii legislature reaches agreement to suspend gasoline price cap
Kidnapped Indian engineer killed by Taliban
Australian civil rights activists protest terror suspects' internment
London hosts anti-racism concert ahead of local elections
Trapped Australian miners found alive
London Planetarium closes to make way for celebrity-themed show
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith dies
Ten people injured as elderly driver hits crowd at Australian show
Microsoft Silverlight released into first test phase
Daylight savings extended in New Zealand
Queensland prisoners put to work manufacturing water tanks
Report claims that Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer was poisoned
Stephen McNeil becomes leader of the Nova Scotia Liberals
Norway purchases Canadian oil sands company
Ex-CIA Director George Tenet's memoir published
Protests in Turkey over Presidential candidate
Historic Georgetown library on fire
Khamenei criticizes "materialistic values" for mistreatment of workers
No un-Islamic hairdo, makeup, or ties for Iranian men
2007/08 UEFA Champions League: Chelsea vs. Liverpool
Livingstone brands Boris 'a joke' in London mayoral elections
Indian heart disease 'more severe than in West'
Dolphin dies during performance at theme park
Mexico on path to decriminalize personal possession of drugs
Car plows into crowd during Dutch Queen's Day celebrations
UN official: DR Congo is ârape capital of the worldâ
Belgium passes ban on full face veil
Algerian driver released by hostage takers in Niger
Taliban commander reportedly alive, despite claims of January death
Controversial wind farm approved by US government
Pakistani peace mediator killed in tribal area
'Very dangerous' killer escapes South African hospital
Egyptian politician ElBaradei says ousted President Mubarak must stand trial
Swiss mountaineer Erhard Loretan dies in climbing accident
Sixteen killed in Marrakech, Morocco bomb blast
French journalists claim Gaddafi promised Sarkozy campaign â¬50 million
Sharapova defeats Azarenka in Porsche Finale
Australian billionaire announces replica Titanic
St. Louis storm uproots tent; one dead, several injured