By many scholars' reckoning, Jesus of Nazareth was crucified by Roman troops in Jerusalem.
Metz, France, plundered by Attila the Hun
Death of St. Herman Joseph
The Four Martyrs of Tana killed in Muslim India
Deadline for David II, King of Scots, to persuade Scotland to accept Edward III, King of England, as King of Scots
Second treaty of Guerande between Yann IV of Brittany and Charles VI of France
The Ordeal by Fire in Florence
Death of Charles VIII, King of France
Death of St. Nilus of Sora
Magellan lands at Cebu, Phillipines
Furness Abbey surrenders to the King of England
The Abbot of Glastonbury writes to Thomas Cromwell, excusing himself from attending the House of Lords
John Samuels, his wife, and daughter, burned as witches
Death of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as "El Greco," painter
Jonas Michaelius arrives in New Amsterdam as the first Dutch Reformed Church minister in the colonies
Foundation of the City of Capetown, South Africa
Good Friday, Bach's "St. John Passion" was first sung in Leipzig.
English Lake Poet and philosopher William Wordsworth was born. He said, "Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feeling: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity." born
17-year-old Beethoven newly-arrived in Vienna played piano for Mozart. "Keep your eyes on him," Mozart said. "Someday he'll give the world something remarkable."
Richard Wagner fled Paris. So ended a wholly unsuccessful stay of nearly three years. Wagner left big debts behind him as usual.
W.K. Kellogg, founded the cereal company. born
Union forces under the command of General Ulysses S. Grant defeated the Confederates at Shiloh, Tennessee.
P.F. Collier published a weekly periodical for the first time. "Collier's" became the publication's name at a later date. The magazine was popular for 69 years.
U.S. journalist and broadcaster Walter Winchell was born in New York City. His newspaper columns and radio broadcasts containing news and gossip in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s gave him much influence. born
Conductor Percy Faith born
Jazz Singer Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan, nicknamed "Lady Day") in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. born
Sitar player Ravi Shankar born
An audience in New York saw an image of Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover in the first successful long-distance demonstration of television.
Actor James Garner (Baumgardner) born
Movie director Alan J. Pakula born
Former Defense Department analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers born
Country singer Cal Smith born
Satirist, Mark Russell born
Actor Ian Richardson born
Media commentator Hodding Carter born
Country singer Bobby Bare born
Former California Governor Jerry Brown born
Jazz musician Freddie Hubbard born
Television personality Sir David Frost born
Italy invaded Albania, which offered only token resistance. (Less than a week later, Italy annexed Albania.)
Movie director Francis Ford Coppola born
Booker T. Washington became the first African-American to be pictured on a U.S. postage stamp, a 10-cent stamp.
Drummer Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane) born
During World War Two, American planes intercepted a Japanese fleet that was headed for Okinawa on a suicide mission. The 72,000-ton battleship Yamato, with its crew of 2,498, and four destroyers were sunk.
Rock musician Bill Kreutzmann (The Grateful Dead) born
Auto pioneer Henry Ford died in Dearborn, Michigan, at age 83.
The World Health Organization was founded.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific" opened on Broadway. The musical was based on the book tales of the South Pacific by James Michener. It ran for 1,925 performances and starred Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza.
Country musician John Dittrich born
Rock musician Bruce Gary (The Knack) born
The UN General Assembly elected Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden to be secretary-general. The vote was 57 to one.
Football Hall-of-Famer Tony Dorsett born
The last of New York's electric trolleys completed its final run from Queens to Manhattan.
Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the "Green Jacket" at the Master's Tournament." The "Golden Bear" earned the win at one of golf's premier events at the age of 23.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Mark Kibble (Take 6) born
The United States recovered a hydrogen bomb it had lost off the coast of Spain.
The Supreme Court unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
A U.S. court confirmed it had closed the investigation of Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, over the car crash in which Mary Jo Kopechne died at Cahappaquiddick in 1969.
The Academy Award for best picture went to "Midnight Cowboy." John Wayne was named best actor for "True Grit," and Maggie Smith won best actress for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.""
Rock singer Victoria Adams Beckham ("Posh Spice" of the Spice Girls) born
China's leadership deposed Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping and appointed Hua Kuo-feng prime minister and first deputy chairman of the Communist Party.
The Toronto Blue Jays played their inaugural regular-season game and the first American League game played outside the United States, Toronto beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
President Jimmy Carter broke off diplomatic relations with Iran and ordered out all Iranian embassy staff because of the detention of the U.S. embassy hostages in Tehran.
Crewmen of the shuttle Challenger performed a spacewalk, the first by U.S. astronauts in nine years.
Former Sen. Frank Church of Idaho died in Bethesda, Maryland, at age 59.
The Census Bureau reported Los Angeles had overtaken Chicago as the nation's "second city" in terms of population.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev declared a moratorium on deployment of intermediate-range nuclear missiles until November, a pledge rejected by the Reagan administration as "not enough.""
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a criminal defendant wrongly denied the right to cross-examine prosecution witnesses is not always entitled to a new trial.
Chicago Mayor Harold Washington handily won a second term, quashing a challenge by archrival Edward Vrdolyak.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and Afghan leader Najibullah met in the Soviet Central Asian city of Tashkent, after which they issued a joint statement saying agreement was at hand on ending the civil war in Afghanistan and withdrawing Soviet troops.
A Soviet nuclear-powered submarine, the Komsomolets, caught fire and sank in the Norwegian Sea, claiming 42 lives.
One week after the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster, President Bush pledged federal assistance to help in the clean-up.
The Scandinavian Star, a Bahamas-registered ferry operated by Da No Line, was struck by an arson fire en route from Norway to Denmark; 158 people were killed.
Farm Aid IV was held in the Hoosier Dome. 45,000 people attended the 13-hour concert, which raised $1 million. Performers: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Elton John.
Former national security adviser John M. Poindexter was convicted of five counts at his Iran-Contra trial.
U.S. military planes began air-dropping supplies to Kurdish refugees who were facing starvation and exposure in the snow-covered mountains of northern Iraq. The U.S. warned Iraq not to interfere with the relief effort.
PLO chairman Yasser Arafat survived the crash-landing of his plane in the Libyan desert; three crew members were killed.
Democrat Bill Clinton swept the New York, Kansas and Wisconsin primaries.
"The Sacramento Bee," "The New York Times" and "Newsday" won two Pulitzer prizes each; playwright Robert Schenkkan was honored for "The Kentucky Cycle," novelist Jane Smiley for "A Thousand Acres."
European warplanes began arriving in Italy in preparation for enforcing a no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Civil war erupted in Rwanda, a day after a mysterious plane crash claimed the lives of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi. In the months that followed, hundreds of thousands of minority Tutsi and Hutu intellectuals were slaughtered.
President Clinton threatened to veto a lengthy list of bills passed by the Republican-controlled House if they were not modified in the Senate.
During a prime-time television address, House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared the GOP's "Contract With America" was only a beginning.
Celebrating Easter Mass under a glorious spring sky, Pope John Paul appealed for support for the "artisans" of peace in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and the Holy Land.
The Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to Steven Millhauser for "Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer," but no award was given for drama. "The Times-Picayune" of New Orleans won two journalism Pulitzers, including the public service prize, for a series examining how overfishing and pollution are devastating the oceans.
Mary Bono, the widow of entertainer-turned-politician Sonny Bono, won a special election to serve out the remainder of her husband's congressional term.
President Clinton held a town meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on the future of Social Security.
Yugoslav authorities sealed off Kosovo's main border crossings, preventing ethnic Albanians from leaving as the wave of refugees approached the half-million mark.
Attorney General Janet Reno met in Washington with the father of Elian Gonzalez; Reno later told reporters that officials would arrange for Juan Miguel Gonzalez to reclaim his son, but she gave Elian's Miami relatives one more chance to drop their resistance and join in a peaceful transfer.
Thousands of laid off workers and citizens call for the resignation of Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit and his government.
Armed police break up protests in several Turkish cities after the lira falls sharply and prices soar.
Tech heavyweights unite to offer $100 laptops to poor nations
U.S. Baseball: Delgado starts off well with Marlins
Italy urges pilgrims to avoid Rome city centre for Pope funeral
Western Australia apologises to abused wards-of-state
Bitmover ends free Bitkeeper, replacement sought for managing Linux kernel code
FBI starts investigation of charges of shoddy work on new SF Bay bridge
Hackers crack Sony PSP to allow Internet chat, web surfing
Cricket: India beats Pakistan in Visakhapatnam ODI
University of North Carolina wins basketball tournament
Appeal launched for Australian citizen facing execution over marijuana charges
Space shuttle Discovery photographed from ISS
Separatists fail to stop re-opening of Kashmir bus service
US House committee approves daylight saving time amendment
At least four killed by bomb thrown from motorcycle in Cairo
FDA mandates "black box" for Celebrex, pulls Bextra off market
Ethiopia plans to expand country's Internet access
ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings diagnosed with lung cancer
Massachusetts lawmakers enact plan for universal health coverage
Libby says Bush authorized NIE leaks
Blair, Ahern unveil plan for Northern Ireland devolution
Indian police break up hunger strike over dam project
Dozens die in Iraq bombing, al-Sadr blames occupation forces
Ship sinks off Djibouti, killing at least 109
Semapedia introduced to Africa: Powered by "Made in Ghana" technology
NHL: Datsyuk inks seven-year deal with Red Wings
Rowing: Cambridge win the 153rd Boat Race
Good Friday Appeal achieves fund-raising record
Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh vs South Africa
MLB: White Sox shut out Twins in below-freezing weather
Condominiums and apartments at former mental hospital burn to the ground
Felipe Massa will start from pole of Malaysian Grand Prix
South Australian father and daughter in sexual relationship
Feist leads Juno Award winners
Princess Diana jury returns verdict of "unlawful killing"
Olympic torch extinguished three times in Paris
401 children from Texas sect compound taken into custody
Former Managing Director of Gambian newspaper appears in court
Nikolay Davydenko beats Rafael Nadal in Sony Ericsson Open
Church of Scientology warns Wikileaks over documents
46 illegal Afghan immigrants suffocate in truck in Pakistan
Obama makes unannounced visit to Iraq
Canadian light aircraft stolen; Wisconsin State Capitol evacuated
Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage
Scientist says he predicted Italy earthquake, was ignored
US announces revised limits on use of nuclear weapons
Naperville, Illinois welcomes home Olympic silver medalist Molly Schaus
Two arrests at Liverpool airport after attempt to smuggle corpse onto flight
U.S. budget crisis will cause personal budget crisis for U.S. troops
Twelve dead at Brazilian school after man opens fire
Body of missing student found in Bath, England
At least fourteen dead after eating toxic fish in Madagascar
Train crash in Netanya, Israel injures at least 50; no casualties
Indian activist begins "fast-unto-death" hunger strike to end corruption
Mother charged with hurting baby; Munchausen Syndrome by proxy?
ACLU, EFF challenging US 'secret' court orders seeking Twitter data
Military jet crashes in Virginia Beach, Virginia
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: close Guantanamo Bay