Caracalla (Marcus Aurelius Antonius), Roman emperor noted for his brutality, was assassinated as he launched a second campaign against the Parthians.
Florida was discovered and claimed for Spain by Juan Ponce de Leon.
August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist noted for his work on formaldehyde and coal-tar products. born
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 236-foot steamship Great Western sailed from Bristol, England, on her maiden voyage. It was the first to cross the Atlantic regularly.
Sir Adrian Boult, English conductor. In 1918 Gustav Holst asked him to conduct the first performance of "The Planets." born
Actress Mary Pickford, born Canada as Gladys Smith. She was an astute businesswoman, and formed the United Artists company 1919 with Charlie Chaplin, D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks.
The Anglo-French agreement known as the "Entente Cordiale" was signed. It settled all global differences between Britan and France, including disputes over Newfoundland, West Africa, Egypt and Morocco.
The opening of China's first parliament took place Peking.
Former first lady Betty (Elizabeth) Ford born
Comedian Shecky Greene born
One day after invading Albania, Italian troops took the capital, Tirana, and King Zog fled to Greece.
Basketball Hall of Famer John Havlicek born
Actor John Schneider ("Dukes of Hazzard") born
Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim ("Catfish") Hunter born
Actor Stuart Pankin ("Not Necessarily the News") born
Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta was convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau insurrection and was sentenced with five others to seven years' hard labor.
Singer and songwriter Julian Lennon born
Rock singer-musician Donita Sparks (L7) born
Actress Robin Wright Penn born
Actress Patricia Arquette born
Rock singer Craig Honeycutt (Everything) born
Rock musician Darren Jessee (Ben Folds Five) born
Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter, sculptor and pioneer of Cubism, died. Refusing to return to Spaduring the Franco regime, he spent most of his life France. His most noted works were "Demoiselles d'Avignon" and "Guernica."
Henry "Hank" Aaron hit the 715th home run of his career, breaking Babe Ruth's record. The home run was hit Atlanta against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabib admitted he had violated the country's currency laws; he later resigned.
Actor Taran Noah Smith ("Home Improvement") born
Jennifer Guinness of the well-known brewing family was kidnapped Ireland for a 2 million pound ransom.
Actor Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel, California.
The Soviet Union acknowledged that one of its nuclear submarines had caught fire and sunk off Norway the day before. (The next day, the Soviet government said 42 lives had been lost.)
Ryan White, the teen-age AIDS patient whose battle for acceptance gained national attention, died in Indianapolis at age 18.
The cult series "Twin Peaks" premiered on ABC TV.
Secretary of State James A. Baker the Third toured refugee camps near the Iraqi border, praising relief efforts but saying "hope must be given to these people for a return to home."
Jockey Willie Shoemaker was left paralyzed in an automobile accident.
PLO leader Yasser Arafat survived a plane crash the Sahara desert; the plane's three crew members were killed.
Kurt Cobain, singer and guitarist for the grunge band Nirvana, was found dead in Seattle from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound; he was 27.
South Africa's four key political leaders met at a bush camp lion country for a peace summit aimed at stopping violence threatening free and fair elections.
Japanese Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa resigned over a loan scandal.
Former secretary of defense Robert S. McNamara, in an interview with AP Network News and "Newsweek" magazine to promote his memoirs, called America's Vietnam War policy "terribly wrong."
Yugoslavia and its former republic of Macedonia signed a treaty to normalize relations.
Stock prices plunged on Wall Street amid concerns over stronger-than-expected employment data. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 88.51 to end at 5594.37.
The nation's major cigarette makers withdrew support for a historic tobacco settlement, saying Congress had twisted their offer to help cut teen smoking into a harsh attack on their industry and sharp tax increases for American smokers.
Thirty-six people were killed by tornadoes which struck Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.
At a White House news conference, President Clinton said NATO could still win in Kosovo by air power alone, and he expressed hope for an early release of three American POW's; also at the session with reporters was visiting Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji, who promised to cooperate in investigations of alleged nuclear-weapons spying and illegal campaign contributions by Beijing.
The Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that personnel action had been taken following the mistaken bombing of the Chinese embassy during the NATO war against Yugoslavia; one employee was reportedly fired.
Actress Claire Trevor died in Newport Beach, California.
The Dalai Lama wraps up a 10-day visit to Taiwan during which he stresses that Taiwan's future should be decided by the Taiwanese people. But he avoids directly addressing Taiwanese and Tibetan independence.
First Iraq Medal of Honor recipient receives memorial headstone at Arlington
Iranian opposition group declares all acts of current government void
Sex, mental and physical exercise, fight dementia
Police search home of Las Vegas woman who found finger in her chili at Wendy's
Bill Clinton to visit Romania
Romanian president meets with EU officials in Bucharest
Romanian PM and Siemens discuss Electroputere privatisation
Funeral of Pope John Paul II takes place
Wikimedia announces Yahoo! support
Music promoter Mean Fiddler sold for almost Â£38m
Spam mailer gets 9 year jail sentence
Eric Rudolph pleads guilty to avoid death sentence
Brazilian cardinal criticizes President after inquired about Brazilian Pope
Electronic Frontier Foundation files motion to stop AT&T from forwarding Internet traffic to NSA
Australian provisional driver caught doing more than twice the speed limit
Men pose as police on Australian freeway, commit assault and robbery
Honolulu man dies after fall into sewage-contaminated harbor
NCAA Football: Three Gopher players arrested following rape allegations
NHL: Heatley scores 50th goal in Sens win over Bruins
US strikes suspected Iraqi insurgents
Fernando Alonso wins Malaysian Grand Prix
Captain of sunken cruise ship charged
Indian foreign minister injured in road accident
Cricket World Cup: England vs Australia
Afghan translator reported killed by Taliban captors
Zach Johnson wins Masters Golf Tournament
Program Ecumenical Hellenism starts second decade of action
UEFA Champions League: April 8, 2008
Boy killed by shark in Australia
Gen. Petraeus, Amb. Crocker testify before US Armed Services Committee
Arson charge for man who cleaned home with gasoline
5.6-magnitude aftershock earthquake strikes Italy
United States Senate candidate Al Franken increases lead in recount
Boeing 757 makes emergency landing at Vnukovo airport in Moscow
Fox News movie reviewer fired for downloading film
Eurozone economy did not grow at all in last quarter of 2009
US air carrier Spirit Airlines announces $45 carry-on baggage fee
UK interest rates remain at 0.5%
Microsoft to release patches for 64 security flaws on Tuesday
Britain touts private security contractors for Libya
Two shot on nuclear submarine in Southampton, England
Australian opposition may oppose plain packaging on cigarettes
Wreckage, victims of Air France Flight 447 found
New South Wales Premier criticised over government structure
Pump leak and fire shuts down nuclear reactor in France
Report: North Korea planning third nuclear bomb test
News briefs: April 7, 2012
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87