Socrates, Greek philosopher (one suggested date) born
Chu Yuan, Chinese poet, drowns
Boniface and his party are murdered by German heathens
Death of Abul'-Abbas, Caliph of Bagdad
Knights and their families on the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign from God that they will recapture Jerusalem
Richard I of England sets sail for Acre
The Seventh Crusade captures Daimetta
Bruce, Baliol, and seven others acknowledge Edward I of England as sovereign over Scotland
Death of Louis X, King of France
Poet Franois Villon kills a priest in a brawl, is banished from Paris
Michelangelo commissioned to make 15 statues of saints for the Duomo of Siena, Italy
10,000 Spanish under Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, crush the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent
Egmont and Hoorne beheaded at Brussels, with 18 other patriots
Henry IV's army defeats the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.
The first expedition of the British East India Company reaches Achin, Sumatra
Marriage of Dr. John Hall to Susannah Shakespeare, daughter of William and Anne Shakespeare
Death of Orlando Gibbons, composer
500 Peqot Indians killed at Mystic, Connecticut by the English
Economist Adam Smith born
Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon in a ten-minute flight over Annonay, France.
The U.S. Congress prohibits citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.
John Couch Adams born. English astronomer who in 1845 predicted to within 2 degrees the position of a new planet. That planet Neptune was discovered and certified one year later.
Carl Maria von Weber died, he was 39. Weber suffered from tuberculosis so bad that the man who did the autopsy must have wondered how the composer lived as long as he did.
Athens falls to the Ottomans.
Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage.
Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy.
Harriet Beecher Stow publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom's Cabin in The National Era
The Republican National Convention, the first major political party convention to includes blacks, commences.
Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa born
Laurence Gilman. He was an important music critic of the early 1900s, despite having been entirely self-taught. born
Composer Igor Stravinsky born
Economist John Maynard Keynes in Cambridge, England. born
John Maynard Keynes, economist born
Civil War hero General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
Dennis Gabor, inventor of holography (3D laser photography) born
In South Africa, British troops under Lord Roberts seize Pretoria from the Boars.
About 10,000,000 American men began registering for the draft in World War One.
President Roosevelt signed a bill abolishing the gold standard.
Journalist and commentator Bill Moyers born
English novelist Margaret Drabble born
The Battle of France begins (WWII)
Rhythm-and-blues singer Floyd Butler (Friends of Distinction) born
The first B-29 bombing raid strikes the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.
Country singer Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) born
Rock musician Fred Stone (Sly and the Family Stone) born
Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as "The Marshall Plan."
Rock singer Laurie Anderson born
Rock musician Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) born
Jazz musician Kenny G born
Rock singer Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) born
Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.
The critic Hans Keller played a hoax, he recorded a bunch of random noises and claimed it was a new piece by a composer named Piotr Zak. He broadcast it on the BBC and sat back to see what critics would say.
War erupted in the Middle East as Israel, convinced an Arab attack was imminent, raided Egyptian military targets. Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered the conflict.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded just after claiming victory in California's Democratic presidential primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was immediately arrested.
Singer Brian McKnight born
Actor-rapper Mark Wahlberg born
Actor Chad Allen ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") born
Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.
General Motors agreed to buy Hughes Aircraft for more than $5 billion. At the time, it was the biggest corporate purchase outside the oil industry.
A federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. (Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus ten years.)
President Reagan, in Venice for an upcoming economic summit, called for an end to government agriculture subsidies by the year 2000 in a televised address carried in Europe by the United States Information Agency.
Clarence Pendleton, chairman of the US Civil Rights Commission, died at age 57.
"The Phantom of the Opera" won seven Tony Awards, including best musical; "M. Butterfly" won best play.
Authorities in Oakland County, Mich., moved to prevent further use of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's suicide device that Janet Adkins, an Oregon woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, had used a day earlier to take her own life.
The space shuttle "Columbia" blasted off with seven astronauts on a nine-day mission.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered his delayed Nobel Peace lecture in Oslo, Norway, warning that Western failure to heed his call for economic aid could dash hopes for a peaceful new world order.
The government announced the nation's unemployment rate had jumped to seven-point-five percent the month before, the highest level in nearly eight years.
In Somalia, militiamen loyal to Mohamed Farrah Aidid killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
"Colonial Affair," ridden by Julie Krone, won the Belmont Stakes.
Country star Conway Twitty died in Springfield, Missouri, at age 59.
In Texas, Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison won the US Senate seat vacated by Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen.
At least 264 Indonesian villagers in East Java were killed by an earthquake.
President Clinton headed across the English Channel aboard the USS George Washington, en route to the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy.
Hurricane Allison buffeted the Gulf Coast with 75 mph winds, swamping streets and spinning off tornadoes but causing no major damage.
Joseph Waldholtz, the ex-husband of -S Representative Enid Greene (Republican, Utah), pleaded guilty to providing his wife false information for her taxes and to falsifying spending reports from her congressional campaign.
Harold J. Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever caught spying against his own country, was sentenced to 23 and a-half years in prison for selling defense secrets to Russia after the Cold War.
Volkswagen AG won approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $700 million (however, BMW later got to purchase the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo).
A strike at a General Motors parts factory near Detroit closed five assembly plants and idled workers nationwide; the walkout lasted seven weeks.
Jazz and pop singer Mel Torme died in Los Angeles at age 73.
Pope John Paul II began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland.
Charismatic failed in his bid to win thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, finishing third behind Lemon Drop Kid and Vision and Verse in the Belmont Stakes.
Steffi Graf won her sixth French Open tennis title, beating top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
President Clinton visited the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, the last stop in his weeklong European tour, where he dispensed $80 million in American aid to help entomb the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, scene of the world's worst nuclear accident.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count under an agreement that dropped murder charges in the stabbing deaths of two men outside a Super Bowl party in Atlanta.
Ronald Reagan, President, Governor, and Screen Actor, dies in California at the age of 93
The Swiss vote yes to same-sex relationships and "Schengen/Dublin"
Fire in Alpine road tunnel between Italy and France
Switzerland is voting on same-sex partnerships and Schengen/Dublin
Israel upset Republic of Ireland again in World Cup Qualifiers
Blog alliance forms over leaked Downing Street memo
Government of Zimbabwe forces thousands out of their homes
AP Probe suggests Bolton manipulated Iraq inspections to favor War
Coldplay's new album hits stores worldwide this week
U.S. wants to impose its "no-fly" list on most Canadian domestic flights
US obstructs Amnesty International investigation into Guantanamo prisoner abuse
Computer Associates warns of massive botnet attack
Handbag used in Hurricanes assault reached $22,750, New Zealand
United Nations Report: Deserts threatened by global warming
U.K. doctors successfully transplant a beating heart
NSW Government walks away from Cross City Motorway negotiations
President Bush pushes for gay marriage ban
White House urges patience on Iran
Alan Garcia wins Peruvian presidential election
Brazilian soccer team defeats New Zealand All-Whites
Australian charities slam new welfare rules
Gunmen enter Palestine TV station in hail of bullets
Australian nuclear power plants rejected by states
U.S. Senator Craig Thomas of Wyoming dies at age 74
Thai junta partially lifts political ban
Ten charged with plot to overthrow Laos government
U.S. Congressman William Jefferson faces 16-count indictment for corruption
Scooter Libby gets 30 months in Plame case
U.S. President Bush responds to Russian criticism
Eleven killed in train crash in northern Victoria, Australia
ETA ends year-long cease-fire with Spain
NHL: Detroit wins the Stanley Cup
Malware from mass SQL injections confirmed by security experts
U.S. Navy forced to give up on Burma relief
Clinton to suspend campaign
US and UK diplomats detained in Zimbabwe
U.S. ISPs to test restricting heavy Internet users
False dawn for Air France flight; debris not from crash, search continues
UK's Labour government faces cabinet resignations, electoral defeat
Strategic arms talks between Russia and the US end without declaration
Explosion in Pakistan mosque kills dozens
US unemployment rate reaches 9.4 percent
Penske Auto selected to buy General Motors' Saturn unit
British singer Susan Boyle released from clinic
MV Rachel Corrie seized by Israeli Naval Forces
Naoto Kan elected new Prime Minister of Japan
163 dead after lead poisoning in Nigeria
Vanuatu denies announcing recognition of Abkhazia
EF-3 tornado strikes western Massachusetts
Assisted-suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian dies at age 83
French broadcasters barred from saying "Facebook" or "Twitter" on air
Libyan court jails 24 foreigners for helping Gaddafi
On the campaign trail, May 2012
Scottish court jails Joseph Kearins for culpable homicide of Jordan McGuire