Caracalla, Emperor of Rome born
Deaths of Sts. Agape, Chionia, and Irene
Justinian crowned co-Emperor of the East
Death of St. Isidore of Seville
Death of Alfonso X, King of Castile-Leon
James II, King of Aragon, given Corsica & Sardinia by the Pope
Death of Joan, Queen to King Philip "the Fair" of France
Death of Robert III, King of Scotland
Death of Mathias, King of Hungary
Pierre Attaingnant publishes "Chansons nouvelles musique a quartes partes," the first French publication of polyphonic music.
Ivan IV, Czar of Russia, grants lands to Grigory Stoganov
Queen Elizabeth dines on board the "Pelican," the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the World, and, after dinner, Knighted him
Death of St. Benedict the Black
Death of Fredrick II, King of Denmark and Norway
Condemnation for witchcraft of three members of the Samuels family in Warboys, England
Death of John Napier, inventor of logarithms
Death of Prince Maurice of the Netherlands
Quakers arraigned as Recusants
French historical and portrait painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (a favorite of Napoleon) born
American abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens was born in Danville, Vermont. born
Social reformer Dorothea Dix born
Congress decided the flag of the United States would consist of 13 red and white stripes and 20 stars, with a new star to be added for every new state of the Union.
American portrait painter-inventor Linus Yale was born in Salisbury, New York. He invented the Yale infallible bank lock and developed the cylinder lock. born
President William Henry Harrison died of pneumonia after serving for one month. He was the ninth U.S. president and the first to die in office.
The city of Los Angeles was incorporated.
Daniel Emmett introduced "I Wish I Was In Dixie's Land" (later renamed Dixie) in New York City. Just two years later, the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.
A pianist performed in Philadelphia, and an audience heard the performance in New York. It was an important early demonstration of Alexander Graham Bell's new invention, the telephone.
Japanese naval leader Isoroku Yamamoto was born. He planned the Pearl Harbor attack December 7, 1941. He was killed when his plane was shot down by U.S. aircraft.
Susanna Medora Salter became the first woman elected mayor of an American community -- Argonia, Kansas.
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Tristram Speaker born
Gold is discovered in the Yukon.
Author-playwright Robert E. Sherwood born
British financier Cecil Rhodes left $10 million in his will to provide scholarships for Americans at Oxford University.
Broadcaster John Cameron Swayze. He was one of television's first news anchors and began the popular 15-minute "Camel News Caravan" on NBC-TV from 1948-1956. born
Blues musician Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield born
Composer Elmer Bernstein born
Actress Elizabeth Wilson born
Author-poet Maya Angelou born
Recording executive Clive Davis born
Former Baseball Commissioner and president of Yale University, A. Bartlett Giamatti was born in Boston, MA. One week prior to his death, he suspended Pete Rose for life for betting on baseball games. born
Bandleader Hugh Masekela born
Professor C.G. King of the University of Pittsburgh isolated Vitamin C after five years of research.
The American composer George Chadwick died in Boston.
Author-Celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley born
Raoul Laparra, the music critic of the Paris newspaper "Le Matin," died in an Allied air raid.
Baseball player Rusty Staub was born. He was the first player to be Designated Hitter in all 162 games, in 1978 with the Detroit Tigers
During World War Two, US forces liberated the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany.
US troops on Okinawa encountered the first significant resistance from Japanese forces.
Actor Walter Charles born
Actress Catherine Spaak born
Actor Craig T. Nelson born
Rock musician Berry Oakley (The Allman Brothers Band) born
Country singer Gail Davies born
Representatives of 11 nations gathered in Washington, D.C., to sign the North Atlantic Treaty, creating the NATO alliance.
Actress Christine Lahti born
Country singer Steve Gatlin (The Gatlin Brothers) born
Actress Lorraine Toussaint born
Rock musician Craig Adams (The Cult) born
Actor Robert Downey Junior born
Actress Nancy McKeon born
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.
CBS canceled the popular Smothers Brothers comedy series. The hour-long show strongly influenced television humor during the two years it aired. Tom and Dick, however, frequently found themselves at odds with the censors over material that would be considered tame today.
"Star Trek" was canceled by NBC, after a total of 79 episodes.
Country singer Clay Davidson born
Rock musician Magnus Sveningsson (The Cardigans) born
NBC's television broadcast of Elvis Presley's Aloha from Hawaii concert at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14. The original performance was broadcast live via satellite in Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Vietnam. The broadcast attracted 51% of the viewing audience. (Viewed in more American households than man's first walk on the moon.)
Rhythm-and-blues singer Andre Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) born
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati.
More than 130 people, most of them children, were killed when a US Air Force transport plane evacuating Vietnamese orphans crashed shortly after take-off from Saigon.
Actress Natasha Lyonne born
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the deposed prime minister of Pakistan, was hanged after he was convicted of conspiring to murder a political opponent.
Henry Cisneros became the first Mexican-American elected mayor of a major US city -- San Antonio, Texas.
The space shuttle "Challenger" roared into orbit on its maiden voyage.
Actress Gloria Swanson died in New York at age 84.
The U.S. government granted political asylum to Chinese tennis champion Hu Na.
Gary Dotson, who served six years of a prison sentence for rape, was freed on bail from the Joliet Correctional Center in Illinois after his accuser, Cathleen Crowell Webb, testified the attack had never occurred.
During a visit to Chile, Pope John Paul the Second denounced torture and pleaded for reconciliation.
The Arizona Senate convicted Governor Evan Mecham of two charges of official misconduct, and removed him from office. (Mecham was the first US governor to be impeached and removed from office in nearly six decades.)
Democrat Richard M. Daley was elected mayor of Chicago, defeating Republican Edward R. Vrdolyak and independent Timothy C. Evans.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III began three days of talks in Washington with his Soviet counterpart, Eduard Shevardnadze, to discuss the Lithuanian crisis and arms control issues.
Sen. John Heinz, R-PA, and six other people, including two children, were killed when a helicopter collided with Heinz's plane over a schoolyard in Merion, Pennsylvania.
His campaign acknowledged that Bill Clinton had received an induction notice in April 1969 while attending college in Oxford, England; Clinton said the notice arrived after he was due to report, and that his local draft board had told him he could complete the school term.
President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their two-day summit in Vancouver, British Columbia. Clinton extended $1.6 billion in aid; Yeltsin proclaimed the two countries "partners and future allies."
On Wall Street, stocks plummeted in violent spasms of selling that sent the Dow industrial down more than 40 points to a six-month low.
The University of Arkansas won the NCAA basketball championship, defeating Duke 76-72.
Francisco Martin Duran, who had raked the White House with semiautomatic rifle fire in October 1994, was convicted in Washington of trying to assassinate President Clinton. Duran was later sentenced to 40 years in prison.
The former general manager of Daiwa Bank's New York branch pleaded guilty to aiding a $1.1-billion cover-up.
President Clinton signed legislation severing the link between crop prices and government subsidies.
Space shuttle "Columbia" blasted off from Cape Canaveral on what was supposed to have been a 16-day mission -- however, a defective power generator forced the shuttle's return four days later.
During a visit to Haiti, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright urged leaders to stop political infighting that had paralyzed the Caribbean nation for nearly a year.
Sixty-three people were killed in an explosion inside a Ukrainian coal mine.
The Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 8-to-2 in baseball's first season opener held in Mexico.
NATO warplanes and missiles attacked an army headquarters, oil refineries and other targets in and around Belgrade.
In a volatile day on the US stock market, the Nasdaq composite index and the Dow Jones industrial average each plunged more than 500 points before reversing course as buyers flooded back into the market.
Sudan's defense minister and 14 other military officers are killed when their plane crashes on takeoff. The loss comes during a critical point in country's civil war. _________________________________________________________________
Voyager space probes face shutdown
NASA prepares to roll orbiter Discovery to launch pad
HBO plans expansion of TV channels in Asia
13 pilot whales returning to sea, off Western Australia
Hunter S. Thompson obituary spawns "murder" theory
US blocks use of mapping technology in China
Desmond Tutu calls for election of African pope
Funeral of Pope John Paul II will be Friday 8 April at 10.00
Venezuela buys more weapons, now from Spain
India and China to discuss energy: cooperation or competition?
MPAA's Valenti signs Betamax tapes for EFF protesters as Grokster case continues in US Supreme Court
Royal wedding delayed as Prince plans for Pope's funeral
Legendary Canadian football coach Frank Clair has died
Al Gore-owned cable news channel to relaunch August 1 with viewer-created content
Lebanese-Syrian meetings reach full withdrawal accord
Talks held to avert Nigerian oil production strike
Third of Thais vote 'none of the above'
Iran tests its second missile
Judge throws out petition case against Patrick Murphy in PA Congressional race
Collyer brothers to bid for Everton F.C.?
Thailand's Prime Minister announces resignation
Berlusconi in trouble over use of bad word
Tom DeLay will not seek re-election; to resign from Congress
Flooding Danube threatens thousands
Waikiki beaches reopen after sewage spill
MLB: Twins defeat Orioles 3-2
Pupils in detention forced to wear orange overalls
One killed at CNN Atlanta shooting
Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka vs England
Ahmadinejad to free British navy personnel
Fifth-graders have sex in class, charged with obscenity
6.2 earthquake reported in Solomon Islands
US bomber aircraft catches fire after landing at airbase in Qatar
Major explosion at Mt. Redoubt volcano in Alaska
Moldovan president tells NATO over half a million Moldovans held hostage in separatist Transnistria
Sony Fair starts in Taipei, Taiwan with "HD Entertainment Park"
UK sex offenders to be banned from some websites
Two arrests after murder in Bristol, United Kingdom
Canadian convicted of murder in HIV case
At least 3 police officers killed in Pittsburgh shootings
US stocks log gains for fourth week in a row
Interview with US political activist and philosopher Noam Chomsky
Boeing 737 makes emergency landing at Vnukovo airport in Moscow
13 killed in U.S. air strike in Pakistan
Bomb blast kills 5 policemen in Islamabad, Pakistan
Alaska GOP calls for Begich resignation for Senate revote
US to alter aviation security policy
Pakistan: 38 Talibani insurgents killed in two seperate attacks in Orakzai area
Ten security personnel killed by Maoists in Orissa, India
30 dead in Baghdad bomb blasts, hundreds of people injured
7.2 quake rattles lower Colorado River area in Mexico
Earthquakes hit Dominican Republic, Ryukyu Islands and Tonga
Homage to Chilean politician Jaime GuzmÃ¡n nineteen years after his death
Chinese ship leaking oil near Great Barrier Reef
Barack Obama announces 2012 re-election bid
Genetically modified dairy cows produce 'human milk'
Female boxer shot before fight by stepfather in Berlin
Brazzaville picks up the pieces after ammo depot explosion
China ends retaliation on social media sites
UK police arrest woman over William Davis murder
On the campaign trail, March 2012
Uruguay Senate gives green light for same-sex marriage