Maimonides [Moses ben Maimon], Cerdoba, Spain, philospher, physician born
Election of Celestine III as Pope
Nichiren, Japanese Buddhist priest born
Sicilian Vespers begin, Palermo - Sicilians massacre 8,000 French
Massacre of Berwick by Edward I, King of England
Chartering of the Most Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths of England
James I of Scotland was captured and imprisoned by King Henry IV of England.
Mehmed II, Ottoman sultan who took Constantinople born
Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
Henry VIII, King of England, divorces Catherine of Aragon
Strangulation of Ibrahim, Grand Vizier of Turkey
Burning of Bishop Ferrar, of St. David's, for heresy
Fishermen landed on Monhegan Island, Maine to stay for the summer
Sir John Hawkins, wrote first history of music in English born
Spanish artist (Francisco) Jose de Goya (y Lucientes) was born in Fuendetodos, Spain. His multifarious paintings, drawings and engravings reflected contemporary historical upheavals.
Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, was proclaimed king of Naples.
Britain and its allies against Napoleon marched triumphantly into Paris.
English author Anna Sewell ("Black Beauty") born
Florida became a United States territory.
Dr Crawford Long first used ether as an anesthetic during a minor operation. The doctor from Jefferson, Georgia, placed an ether-soaked towel over the face of James Venable and removed a tumor from his neck.
Post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh was born in Holland. The Dutch painter was best known for his use of bold colors and thick, impasto technique.
The Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Crimean War and guaranteeing the integrity of Ottoman Turkey.
Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented a pencil with an attached eraser. (The average pencil can write a continuous line 35 miles long).
Secretary of State William Seward reached an agreement with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7,200,000 in gold. A deal roundly ridiculed as "Seward's Folly."
Texas becomes the last confederate state readmitted to the Union.
The 15th Amendment passes, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race.
Queensboro Bridge opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It is more commonly known as the 59th Street Bridge.
Singer Frankie Laine born
Former CIA Director Richard Helms born
McGeorge Bundy, National security adviser born
The Audubon Ballroom in New York City held the first dance marathon.
Actor Richard Dysart born
Peter Marshall, game show host (Hollywood Squares) born
Amelia Earhart is first woman to make solo crossing of the Atlantic.
Actor director Warren Beatty born
Basketball hall-of-famer Jerry Lucas born
Rock musician Graeme Edge (The Moody Blues) born
British guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton born
The Soviet Union invaded Austria during World War II.
The Baltic Sea port of Danzig (Gdansk) was captured by the Soviet Union.
Actor Robbie Coltrane ("Cracker") born
Invention of phototransistor announced, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
"On the Waterfront" won the Academy Award for best picture of 1954, while its star, Marlon Brando, won best actor; Grace Kelly won best actress for "The Country Girl," beating out Judy Garland for "A Star Is Born."
Actor Paul Reiser ("Mad About You") born
Rap artist M.C. Hammer born
Singer Tracy Chapman born
Actor Ian Ziering ("Beverly Hills 90210") born
John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for the U.S. Senate due to injuries suffered in a fall.
One of television's best-known games shows, Jeopardy, developed by Merv Griffin, aired on NBC-TV for the first time with Art Fleming as the host.
The musical "Applause" opened on Broadway.
Ellsworth Bunker resigned as US ambassador to South Vietnam. He was succeeded by Graham A. Martin.
Airey Neave, a leading member of the British parliament, was killed by a bomb planted by the Irish National Liberation Army.
President Reagan was shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. Also wounded were White House news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a District of Columbia police officer.
Third Space Shuttle Mission - Columbia 3 returns to Earth.
Singer-musician Scott Moffatt (The Moffatts) born
A jury in Santa Monica, California, decided that Groucho Marx's companion, Erin Fleming, had defrauded the late comedian, and awarded nearly half a million dollars to the executor of Marx's estate.
U.S. ends participation in multinational peace force in Lebanon.
Police in South Africa used tear gas and rubber bullets against black protesters in the 10th straight day of unrest around southeastern industrial cities.
James Cagney died at his farm in Stanfordville, New York, at age 86.
The movie "Platoon" won four Academy Awards, including best picture; Paul Newman was named best actor for "The Color of Money," Marlee Matlin best actress for "Children of a Lesser God."
An attorney for the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart said the televangelist would return to the pulpit, defying national Assemblies of God church officials who had suspended him for at least a year for "moral failure."
"The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein won the Pulitzer Prize for drama while in the journalism category, the Anchorage Daily News won the public service award for its reports on alcoholism and suicide among native Alaskans.
Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus vetoed a restrictive abortion bill, ending the anti-abortion forces' goal of giving Supreme Court a chance to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
"The Silence of the Lambs" won five top Oscars at the 64th annual Academy Awards, including best picture, best actress for Jodie Foster and best actor for Anthony Hopkins.
Israeli authorities barred West Bank Palestinians from entering Israel after two traffic police officers were shot to death.
Washington attorney Robert Altman went on trial in New York, charged with wrongdoing in connection with the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; he was later acquitted.
Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to battle each other.
The Clinton administration announced it was lifting virtually all export controls on non-military products to China and the former Soviet bloc.
Tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees, fleeing violence in Burundi, began a two-day trek to sanctuary in Tanzania.
Pope John Paul II issued the eleventh encyclical of his papacy in which he condemned abortion and euthanasia as crimes that no human laws could legitimize.
The space shuttle "Atlantis" narrowly avoided having to make an emergency landing when its cargo-bay doors wouldn't open at first to release built-up heat.
Funeral services were held in Bethesda, Maryland, for former senator and Secretary of State Edmund Muskie.
The reigning champion Lady Vols of Tennessee won their fifth NCAA women's basketball title by defeating Old Dominion, 68-to-59.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard argument Monday on whether the law barring discrimination based on disability applies to people who have the virus that causes AIDS, but have no symptoms of the disease.
Rolls-Royce was purchased by German automaker BMW in a $570 million deal.
A jury in Portland, Ore., ordered Philip Morris to pay $81 million to the family of a man who died of lung cancer after smoking Marlboros for four decades.
Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic insisted that NATO attacks stop before he moved toward peace, declaring his forces ready to fight "to the very end." NATO answered with new resolve to wreck his military with a relentless air assault.
O.J. Simpson laywer, Cochran, dead at 67
Monday night's Indonesian quake toll appears less than first feared
Irish scientists had predicted further Sumatran earthquake
UN Secretary General Annan cleared of influencing oil-for-food contracts by Volcker report
Three Romanian journalists abducted in Iraq
New Zealand praised by NATO Secretary General
German retail giant Rewe to open Penny Market stores in Romania
Pope gets feeding tube through nose
School dinner costs just 49p in Wales
Falwell's condition upgraded to "stable"
British computer magazine discovers electricity cost of running computers
Taiwan Nationalists leader visits Beijing
Fox TV executive takes reins at Paramount studios
Charlottetown, P.E.I. residents rally to support restaurant
Egyptians protest against President despite ban
Cyclone Glenda closes in on Western Australia
Australian Federal Police raid home over unauthorised access to pay TV services
Son charged with eye-gouging attack on mother dies
Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and officer tangle on the Hill
Captors release American journalist Jill Carroll
Optus B1 outage leaves all New Zealand Sky TV digital subscribers without service
Nigeria arrests Charles Taylor for war crimes trial
Court rules rubber-stamping Thai election ballots not required
Tourist ferry sinks off Bahrain coast; at least 44 dead
U.S. actor Charlie Sheen questions 9/11 theories
Luxembourg, India spar over Arcelor takeover bid
First Brazilian astronaut accompanies ISS replacements
Australian MPs exchange fighting words over healthcare rebate
EU warns Microsoft: forthcoming Vista risks antitrust breach
Dell delays filing of financials as accounting investigation continues
UN Security Council calls for release of British soldiers in Iran
Canadian university students would prefer MP3 players over car radios
Women's groups promote "Equal Pay Day" in Belgium
Adult-only TLD rejected by Internet body
US Food and Drug Administration reports melamine found in contaminated pet food
Iran airs new video of UK crewmen, releases new letters from Turney
European Union calls for release of British crewmen in Iran
Cricket World Cup: England vs Ireland
Israeli company develops new radioactive waste conversion process
Zimbabwe opposition claims early victory in election
English Premier League: Week 32 round-up
Wikipedia publishes 10 millionth article
Muqtada al-Sadr calls for end to fighting
National Hockey League news: March 30, 2008
US Maj. Gen. Kelly: 'unbelievable over crowding' in Fallujah city jail
'Killing Fields' trial for S-21 chief Duch underway in Cambodia
Highly contagious Hand, foot and mouth disease killing China's children
Eurovision '04 winner Ruslana discusses her paths as singer, spokesmodel, stateswoman and source of inspiration
US sergeant pleads guilty to four murders in Iraq
Chinese spy network infiltrated foreign affairs, embassies
4.3 magnitude earthquake strikes the San Francisco region
Fugitive arrested in connection with January murder in Pennsylvania
Eight people dead after shooting in North Carolina nursing home
Varun Gandhi charged for inciting community tensions
Caloundra win Sunshine Coast, Australia cricket grand final
Two dead after car crash in Inverness, Scotland
NCAA ice hockey east and west regional tournament results
Man dies after being hit by train in Moray, Scotland
Miami of Ohio and Boston College advance to NCAA men's ice hockey Frozen Four
China executes more people than rest of world combined, according to report
British scientist shot dead in Ecuador
Banned Chinese medicine still on sale in United Kingdom
21 infants found dead in Chinese river
Body of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan found in Moroccan lake
Illinois judge lifts restraining order on pre-abortion parental notification law
First images received from orbit around Mercury
BP lose laptop containing sensitive claimant data
Gaddafi loyalists go on offensive, rebels pushed back
Forces loyal to Ouattara plan to seal Ivory Coast border
US Senator Rand Paul blocks synthetic marijuana legislation
Sandra Fluke named candidate for Time's 100 most influential people
Report indicates continued severe weather problems still looming
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney for president
Brookfield, Wisconsin man charged with stealing toilet and urinal parts