Conrad II was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John XIX.
Death of Hugh IV, Count of Maine
Death of St. William of Norwich
Tichborne family of Hampshire, England start tradition of giving a gallon of flour to each resident to keep a deathbed promise
Richard I, "Lionheart," wounded by a crossbow at Chalus
Construction begins on St. Mary's College, Oxford, England
Mairgret O'Carroll, of Ireland, holds a feast, with 2700 in attendance
Eight-year-old Beethoven gave his first public concert.
The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor, the first Sunday newspaper in Britain, was published.
The Louisiana Purchase was divided into the Territory of Orleans and the District of Louisiana.
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna. He had been in bed for weeks with pneumonia and edema. He died 49 years to the day after his first public concert.
Astronomers reported sighting a new planet in an orbit near that of Mercury. They named it Vulcan. It's now believed to have been a "rogue asteroid" making a one-time pass close to the sun.
The Paris Commune, an insurrection of Paris against the French government, was formally set up.
Poet Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California. Although he will be proclaimed "the Voice of New England," he first saw a New England farm at the age of ten.
Hastings College of Law founded.
The Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co. of Rochester, New York, manufactured the first commercial motion picture film.
Poet Walt Whitman died in Camden, New Jersey at age 72. Constantly revising and augmenting his "Leaves of Grass," he received the final, ninth, edition on his deathbed.
The world's first game reserve, the Sabi Game Reserve, was designated in South Africa.
Playwright Tennessee Williams was born in the rectory of his Episcopalian minister grandfather's church in Columbus, Mississippi.
Retired Army General William C. Westmoreland born
Following the publication of her first novel, "The Voyage Out," Virginia Woolf suffered a nervous breakdown.
In World War I, French Marshal Ferdinand Foch was appointed commander of the Allied armies on the western front.
"This Side of Paradise," F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book, appeared. It would sell 20,000 copies within a week. The author at 23 was the youngest novelist ever published by Scribner's.
Comedian Bob Elliott born
Conductor-composer Pierre Boulez born
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. born
The first telescope with a 200-inch diameter, reflecting mirror was shipped from Corning, New York, to Mt. Palomar Observatory in California. The lens of the Hale telescope weighed 20 tons. It was dedicated in 1948.
A six-foot-tall concrete statue of the cartoon character "Popeye" was unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival in Crystal City, Texas.
Journalist Bob Woodward born
In World War II, the Battle of Iwo Jima ended. During the battle about 22,000 Japanese troops were killed or captured and more than 4,500 U.S. troops died.
Actor Johnny Crawford ("The Rifleman") born
Rock singer Steve Tyler (Aerosmith) born
TV personality Vicki Lawrence born
Singer Teddy Pendergrass born
Comedian Martin Short born
Country singer Ronnie McDowell born
The Air Force flag was approved. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine to prevent poliomyelitis.
Country singer Dean Dillon born
Country singer Charly McClain born
TV personality Leeza Gibbons born
"The Bridge Over The River Kwai" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1957. Alec Guiness and David Lean won awards for best actor and director for the film.
The US Army launched America's third successful satellite, "Explorer Three."
Actress Jennifer Grey born
Basketball player John Stockton born
The U.S. Supreme Court gave federal courts the power to order reapportionment of seats in a state legislature, a decision that eventually led to the "one man, one vote" doctrine.
The musical play "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.
Rock musician James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) born
Country singer Kenny Chesney born
East Pakistan proclaimed its independence, taking the name Bangladesh.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt took over the premiership, saying "the stage of total confrontation (with Israel) has become inevitable."
Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty at the White House, ending 30 years of hostilities. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat gave President Carter credit for the so-called Camp David agreement.
Michigan State and Indiana State met in the all-time highest rated basketball game telecast. A pair of future NBA Hall-of-Famers played against one another: Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
Groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington, D.C. for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a pair of 200-foot black granite walls bearing the names of Americans killed or missing in the war.
In an interview with "Pravda," Soviet leader Yuri V. Andropov denounced President Ronald Reagan's proposal for a U.S. defense system against missiles, calling it a "bid to disarm the Soviet Union."
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 219-213 in favor of authorizing funds for the MX missile (the House voted two days later to appropriate $1.5 billion dollars for production of the MX).
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev accused the United States of carrying out planned aggression against Libya, and proposed talks on withdrawal of Soviet and American fleets from the Mediterranean.
The National Federation of High School Associations adopted the college distance, three-point shot, with a perimeter of 21 feet from the center of the backboard.
Jessica Hahn, the former church secretary who admitted to a sexual encounter with former PTL head Jim Bakker, told reporters she had not tried to blackmail Bakker, and expressed concern about "innocent bystanders who have been hurt" by the scandal.
Jesse Jackson stunned fellow Democrats by soundly defeating Michael S. Dukakis in Michigan's Democratic presidential caucuses.
Voters in the Soviet Union went to the polls to fill 1500 of the more than 2,000 seats in the new Congress of People's Deputies in what turned out to be a series of embarrassing defeats for the Communist Party.
Designer Halston died in San Francisco, California, at age 57.
"Driving Miss Daisy" won best picture at the 62nd annual Academy Awards and captured best actress prize for Jessica Tandy; Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor for "My Left Foot.""
A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled that criminal defendants whose coerced confessions were improperly used as evidence are not always entitled to a new trial.
The Bush administration indicated it would not aid rebels seeking to overthrow Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
A judge in Indianapolis sentenced former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to six years in prison for raping a Miss Black America contestant.
Cosmonaut Serge Krikalev returned to Earth. When he left Earth on May 18, 1991, he was a citizen of the Soviet Union. While he was in space, the Soviet Union dissolved. His return to Earth was delayed from lack of funds.
President Clinton promised a "full-court press" against Bosnian Serbs to secure their agreement to a United Nations peace plan endorsed by Bosnian Muslims and Croats.
U.N. peacekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina destroyed a Serb bunker following a seven-hour exchange of fire.
The Senate passed President Clinton's education reform measure, the "Goals 2000" bill, 63-22.
The National Labor Relations Board, in an extraordinary Sunday session, voted 3-to-2 to seek an injunction against baseball owners as a 7-1/2-month-old strike by players continued.
Former diplomat-turned-radio talk show host Alan Keyes entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Amid public fears of "mad cow disease," British farmers demanded their government order the destruction of old cattle, but Prime Minister John Major refused, and blamed the crisis on his political opponents.
Former US senator and secretary of state Edmund Muskie died in Washington DC, two days shy of his 82nd birthday.
Former drug counselor John G. Bennett Junior pleaded no contest in Philadelphia to charges stemming from a $100 million charity fraud.
The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate techno-religious cult who'd committed suicide were found inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
UN arms monitors began a mission to inspect an Iraqi "presidential site" for the first time in seven years of work. The team included diplomats and was led by Jayantha Dhanapala, the UN undersecretary-general for disarmament.
Russian, French and German leaders started their first informal "troika" meeting outside Moscow to discuss European security and other international matters. Russian President Boris Yeltsin, French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl met in the Bor government complex some 30 miles outside the Russian capital.
President Clinton stood with President Nelson Mandela in a racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country that was "truly free and democratic at last." Clinton, accompanied by his wife Hillary, became the first U.S. head of state to visit the former British colony.
The federal government endorsed a new HIV test that yields instant results.
American-led NATO forces launched a third night of airstrikes against Yugoslavia.
A computer virus named "Melissa" began infecting computers across the country.
Right-to-die advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted in Pontiac, Mich., of second-degree murder for giving a patient with Lou Gehrig's disease a lethal injection, an action videotaped and broadcast on television.
"American Beauty" won five Oscars, including best picture; its leading man, Kevin Spacey, won best actor, while Hilary Swank won best actress for "Boys Don't Cry."
"Joy of Sex" author Alex Comfort died in Oxfordshire, England, at age 80.
Vladimir Putin was elected Russia's second democratically chosen president.
Land conflict mars Good Friday in Jerusalem
Pilgrims journey to Jerusalem for Good Friday
Protests continue at Baxter detention centre
Deep Impact cruising for comet crash
U.S. unveils plans to help India become a "major world power"
India to build aircraft carrier by 2012
Scientists discover soft tissue in dinosaur bones
US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visits Brazil
Gender imbalance in Tsunami deaths
Zimbabwe's Mugabe: Vote for us or starve
Hundreds of thousands protest anti-secession law in Taiwan
Morogoro Plastic, funded by Barclays, to open $2m network of recycling plants in Tanzania
Police, militia confront looters in Bishkek, leaders say city now calm
Fire in Tema, Ghana threatning oil refinery
Chinese government to safeguard old Beijing
Multiple parliaments meet in Kyrgyzstan, legitimacy uncertain
NCAA men's division I basketball tournament reaches "Elite Eight" round
Mozilla Foundation rolls out second security update for Firefox browser
Conservatives plan to reject budget over newly introduced Kyoto amendment in Canada
Massive star cluster found in Milky Way
Dick, Spielberg among Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees
Canadian union, railway reach last minute accord
Hundreds of thousands march in Taipei
U.S. willing to sell F-16s to Pakistan, India
Pentagon: Russia provided information to Iraq
Protesters rally for a second time against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
XVIII Commonwealth Games competition ends
Canadian Press speculates on special forces role in Iraq
Candace Parker double dunks, makes basketball history
Georgia mother loses child custody over humorous religion
Canadian Idol comes to Ottawa
Shiites claim coalition forces killed men in a mosque
Australia's new controversial workplace regulations come into effect this week
European Union demands release of Belarusian opposition leader
Newfoundland government launches seal hunt website
Power sharing to return to Northern Ireland
US charges Australian David Hicks
UN sanctions prompt Iran to limit cooperation with IAEA
NFL: Eagles trade for Spikes, Holcomb
LTTE carry out airstrike on air force base in Sri Lanka
Rain in Greater Vancouver area, increased turbidity in drinking water
Disdery Hombo & Tatyana Perepelkina win the Taipei International Express Marathon
Former first lady Nancy Reagan endorses McCain
Church of Scientology's 'Operating Thetan' documents leaked online
Popular soap opera 'The Young and the Restless' celebrates 35 years on the air
Sarkozy calls for Anglo-French unity on first day of state visit
Ukraine refused Moldova in extradition of Malhaz Djaparidze and liberated him
African troops invade rebel-held island of Anjouan
The INADI and Wikimedia Argentina sign an agreement of cooperation
Irish economy sees biggest contraction in decades
Tornadoes rampage through Mississippi
NATO and Iran talk for first time in 30 years
Girls in Florida sell pink lemonade, donate money to breast cancer research
US Air Force jet crashes in California
One day after attempted rescue, six stranded whales die on Australian beach
Judge refuses to dismiss charge against Barack Obama assassination plotter
US and Mexico to revise counter-drug strategy
Heavy earthquake hits the Philippines
South Korean navy ship sinks off North Korean coast
American singer Johnny Maestro dies at 70
UK's ITV cancels police drama "The Bill" after 27 years
Pichilemu and Cobquecura, Chile rocked again by aftershocks
Millions to turn off lights for Earth Hour tonight
Mayor of London Boris Johnson announces bidders for additional Tramlink vehicles
Bomb on Jerusalem bus kills one, over 30 injured
Qatar becomes first Arab country to fly fighter jets over Libya
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art buys Edward Hopper valued at over $25 million
Novartis challenges patent rejection in India
Supreme Court of the United States contemplates same-sex marriage
Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power