Pope Stephen II was elected to succeed Pope Zacharias; however, Stephen died only two days later.
Death of Shirkuh, Caliph of Egypt
Coronation of Martin IV as Pope
Excommunication of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor
Yann V becomes Duke of Brittany
Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England born
The Pope declares Henry VIII of England "truly married" to Catherine of Aragon
Waltham Abbey, the last remaining monastery in England, seized by Henry VIII, King of England
Death of St. Toribio of Lima
Vivaldi entered the priesthood. He had asthma attacks, or faked them, when he said Mass. But he never had the same problem while conducting a church orchestra or choir.
George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" had its London premiere after which the first "standing ovation" was recorded. King George was so "inspired" he jumped to his feet after which everyone else followed suit.
The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act for taxing the American colonies, an action that became a major grievance for rebellious colonials. The Stamp Act led to the Stamp Act Congress, and the adoption of the slogan "No Taxation without Representation".
In a speech to the Virginia Provincial Convention, Patrick Henry made his famous plea for American independence from Britain, saying, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Henry was 38 years old.
Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94 in G Major, also known as the "Surprise Symphony," was performed publicly for the first time, in London.
Josiah G. Pierson received a patent for a rivet machine.
Explorers Lewis and Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.
H-F Chorley, a London reviewer reported on Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique": "A Babel, and not a Babylon of music."
The most widely used Americanism "O.K." was first used in the New York publication "The New Era" by the Democratic OK Club. They got the name from Old Kinderhook, NY, where President Martin Van Buren was born.
Cookery expert Fannie Farmer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She later edited "The Boston Cooking School Cook Book," which ran into 21 editions before her death in 1915.
Eleazer A. Gardner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a patent for the cable street car.
John D. Defrees became the first Superintendent of the United States Government Printing Office.
Battle of Kernstown, VA - Jackson begins his Valley Campaign.
Count Karl Robert Nesselrode, foreign minister of imperial Russia from 1822-56, died. His policies helped bring about the Crimean war.
John Stevens of Neenah, Wisconsin, patented the grain crushing mill. The machine allowed flour production to increase by 70% and to sell for $2 per barrel.
Dame Nellie Melba, Australian Opera Singer, reveals secret of her now famous toast.
Actress Joan Crawford born
Japanese film maker Akira Kurosawa born
Werner von Braun, rocket scientist born
The giant German gun, "Big Bertha," shelled Paris from 75 miles away.
Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy.
Comedian Marty Allen born
The State of Tennessee made it a crime for a teacher in any state-supported public school or college to teach any theory that contradicted the Bible's account of man's creation.
Martha Wright (in Seattle, Washington) born
First telephone installed in the White House.
Roger Bannister, the first person to run the mile in less than four minutes born
The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers.
Movie director Mark Rydell born
Los Angeles Railway Co starts using PCC streetcars.
Race car driver Craig Breedlove born
Japanese-Americans were forcibly moved from their homes along the Pacific Coast to inland internment camps.
Singer-producer Ric Ocasek (Cars) born
Singer Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens) born
Moses Malone, basketball player born
Pakistan became an independent Islamic Republic within the British Commonwealth with Maj. Gen. Iskander Mirza as its first provisional President.
Actress Amanda Plummer born
Peter Lorre (Laszlo Loewenstein), Hungarian-born U.S. film actor who starred in gangster and horror films, died.
Actor Richard Grieco. born
America's first two-person space flight began as "Gemini Three" blasted off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts Virgil I. Grissom and John W. Young aboard.
Pope Paul VI met Britain's archbishop of Canterbury at the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, the first meeting between the heads of the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches in 400 years.
Rock singer-musician Damon Albarn (Blur) born
Rock musician John Humphrey (The Nixons) born
Actress Keri Russell ("Felicity") born
Actress Nicholle Tom ("The Nanny") born
The US Supreme Court ruled that states could require, with some exceptions, parental notification when teen-age girls seek abortions.
British "Great Train Robbery" suspect Ronald Biggs was taken into custody in Barbados after his abduction in Brazil.
Dr. Barney Clark, recipient of a permanent artificial heart, died at the University of Utah Medical Center after 112 days with the device.
President Reagan first proposed development of technology to intercept enemy missiles -- a proposal that came to be known as the Strategic Defense Initiative, as well as "Star Wars."
Billy Joel married model Christie Brinkley in New York City. They "parted" in 1994.
Patricia Roberts Harris, who served in two Cabinet posts in the Carter administration, died in Washington at age 60.
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of Pusan, South Korea, as they cheered political opposition leader Kim Young-sam in the biggest anti-government rally in six years.
Jerry Collins, a millionaire greyhound race track owner, donated one-point-three million dollars to help evangelist Oral Roberts reach his goal of raising eight million dollars for medical scholarships.
President Reagan announced he would visit the Soviet Union for the first time, from May 29th until June second, for his fourth summit meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
The most expensive wedding dress in history was presented by Helen Gainville in Paris. It featured embroidered diamonds by Alexander Reza and was valued at over $7 million.
Fawn Hall, former secretary to onetime National Security Council aide Oliver North, completed two days of testimony at North's Iran-Contra trial.
Former Exxon Valdez Captain Joseph Hazelwood was sentenced by a judge in Anchorage, Alaska, to help clean up Prince William Sound and pay $50,000 in restitution for his role in the 1989 oil spill.
British Princess Eugenie in 1990. (daughter of Prince Andrew and Fergie) born
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein shuffled his Cabinet, but kept in place his hard-line ministers of interior and defense to direct a crackdown on rebellion against his rule.
L.A. Kings hockey center Wayne Gretzky and Kings owner Bruce McNall bought a 1910 Hinus Wagner baseball card at Sotheby's auction for $451,000, breaking a 1989 record: $115,000 for another Honus Wagner card.
The president of the United Nations Security Council announced that Libya had offered to surrender two men suspected in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to the Arab League (however, Libya reversed itself two days later).
Alex Ross of the New York Times gave a favorable review to a recent Lincoln Center performance by the Prism Quartet, a foursome not of strings but of saxophones. They premiered Michael Ruszczynski's "Fantasy Quartet," which Ross liked very much.
In his first formal news conference since taking office, President Clinton suggested restricting the duty assignment of homosexuals in the military as a way of allowing openly gay personnel; however, the idea was quickly abandoned.
Scientists announced they'd found the renegade gene that causes Huntington's disease.
Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexico's leading presidential candidate, was assassinated in Tiajuana.
23 paratroopers were killed when a F-16 fighter jet and a C-130 transport plane collided while landing at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina and the F-16 skidded into another transport on the ground.
Actress Giulietta Masina died in Rome at age 73.
Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's National Hockey League career record with his 802nd goal.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher met with Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev in Geneva; afterward, Kozyrev said the U.S.-Russia "honeymoon has come to an end," referring to disagreements over Chechnya and nuclear sales to Iran.
Taiwan held its first direct presidential elections; incumbent Lee Teng-hui was the landslide victor.
Amid renewed violence, Israel's Cabinet called on the Palestinian Authority to crack down on Islamic militant groups, but stopped short of suspending peace talks.
The American Cancer Society recommended that women begin annual mammograms at age 40.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin fired his Cabinet.
The greatest ship that ever sank found a berth in Hollywood history night as "Titanic" sailed off with 11 Oscars, tying the record for most Academy Awards won by a single film. James Cameron, the film's co-producer, screenwriter, co-editor and director picked up three awards for the picture - best director, best picture and best editing. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, the odd couple in "As Good as It Gets," walked off with the top acting awards. It was Nicholson's third Oscar.
The US Supreme Court allowed term limits for state lawmakers.
President Clinton hailed "the new face of Africa" as he opened a historic six-nation tour in Ghana.
Britain placed all ports of entry on alert for Iraqi biological weapons after intelligence sources warned of a plot to smuggle lethal anthrax in bottles of perfume and alcohol.
NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana gave the formal go-ahead for airstrikes against Serbian targets following the failure of Kosovo peace talks.
Pope John Paul the Second paid his respects at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial.
President Clinton visited the western Indian village of Nayla.
In a first, Speaker Dennis Hastert named a Catholic priest, the Reverend Daniel Coughlin, as the new House chaplain.
Icelandic parliament grants Bobby Fischer full citizenship
Kyrgyz government declares elections valid, refuses to declare state of emergency as opposition cements control of the south
Mother of another Brazilian soccer player kidnapped
Cambridge, MA, landmark "Gas With a Smile" requests waiver in conversion to Hess Express
Australian Govt to lessen numbers of immigrants detained indefinitely
Explosion near Beirut kills three, injures five
AU$1.25M reward offer for proof of living Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine)
U.S. federal marshals seize killer beds
96 dead of Ebola-like Marburg virus in Angola
Parker shown the door as Gap spokeswoman
UN Reform: China, South Korea question seat for Japan on Security Council
Google launches Google Code project, showcasing open source code, APIs
Minuteman bike path iced out through Arlington after 4th snowiest winter on record
Chess legend avoids 10 year prison term
New Kyrgz interior minister says force may be used, riot police clash with protesters in Bishkek
Harp seal hunt approved by Canada, activists call for boycott of Canadian seafood
India signs on to chemical patents to comply with WTO order
NASA's Spitzer space telescope views alien worlds
PAD petitions election commission for Thaksin's disqualification
Police arrest hostage taker in Greek mental clinic
New book links Bonds, Giambi and Sheffield to BALCO
Pandermalis announces 2007 Acropolis Museum opening
Representative accuses Bush of signing bill not passed by Congress
Information from prisoner leads to freedom for 3 hostages
NFL: Houston Texans release QB David Carr
River Thames to receive clean-up with new tunnel
Belgian Archbishop lectures on health care and religion
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer murdered; investigation underway
Recalled pet food found to contain rat poison
Bill Gates to receive honorary degree from Harvard University
French Space Agency CNES releases UFO files
Cricket World Cup: West Indies vs Ireland
British police detain 2005 London bombings suspects
Project brings dialogue between society and prisoners
Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka vs India
15 Royal Navy sailors captured at gunpoint by Iranian guards
U.S. federal judge blocks Internet pornography law
Banned film 'The Profit' appears on Web
Suspect in Madeleine McCann case Robert Murat has confiscated possessions returned
Kimi RÃ¤ikkÃ¶nen wins Malaysian Grand Prix
Cheney meets with Israeli and Palestinian leaders
Premier League 2007â08: Manchester United 3 â 0 Liverpool
Premier League 2007â08: Chelsea 2 â 1 Arsenal
National Hockey League news: March 23, 2008
FedEx cargo jet crashes in Narita, burns
Plane crashes in Montana, 17 killed
Air France-KLM interested in acquiring Czech Airlines
Clashes in France after anti-condom speech by Pope
Suncor makes bid to take over Petro-Canada
Son of poet Sylvia Plath commits suicide
Longtime New York radio reporter found stabbed to death
US stock markets soar after bailout plan
Australian Football League: Clubs threaten to take home games interstate
Alaskan Mount Redoubt volcano erupts
British celebrity Jade Goody dies of cervical cancer at age 27
New York City reaches $33 million strip search settlement
Non-profit ACORN plans to shut down
'Worst song of all time' becomes YouTube sensation
Gene mutation produces autism-like traits in mice
Petition urges Apple to remove 'anti-gay' app
Roman coins hoard found in Somerset, England
Australian softball player Kahu Kapea ready for International Youth Cup
Scotland sets date for referendum