Death of St. Isidore the Farm-Servant
Philip IV "the Fair" succeeds to French throne
Othon de Grandson and William Hotham leave for Italy
Edward I, King of England, invites the Scots clergy and nobility to meet with him at Norham, to discuss who shall be King of Scots
Chaucer given a home, rent-free, over Aldgate, in London
Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci sailed on his first voyage to the New World. America was named for him.
An expedition left Europe to explore Brazil
Cortes begins the siege of Tenochtitlýn (Mexico City)
Suleiman, "the Lawgiver," leaves Istanbul to besiege Vienna
Jacques Cartier sights Newfoundland
John Knox's sermon launches Scottish Reformation
The Reformation preachers are summoned to Stirling
Death of Luis de Camoes, author and historian
The first permanent English colony in North America, Jamestown Settlement, was founded near what is today Williamsburg, Virginia.
Dutch sieze Bahia, Brazil
Louis the 16th ascended the throne of France.
Continental Congress issues paper currency for 1st time.
Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys captured the British-held fortress at Ticonderoga, New York.
Augustin-Jean Fresnel, pioneered in optics. born
American patriot Paul Revere died in Boston.
British statesman and scholar James Bryce born
Sir Thomas Lipton was born. At age 26, Lipton opened a grocery store in Glasgow and eventually created the world's first grocery chain with over 400 stores.
The Russian composer Anatol Liadoff was born.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops and spent the next two years in prison.
The "golden spike" was driven at Promontory Point, Utah, joining the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific lines to form America's first transcontinental railway.
Victoria Claflin Woodhull became the first woman nominated for the U.S. Presidency. She was nominated by the National Equal Rights Party.
Swiss theologian Karl Barth born
Actor/dancer Fred Astaire born
Movie producer David O. Selznick ("Gone With The Wind") born
Three horses made up the field of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Agile was the winner.
One time Speaker of the House, Carl Albert born
The first Mother's Day observance took place during church services in Grafton, West Virginia, and Philadelphia.
Milton Babbitt, was born. He was the composer of the first composition for synthesizer. born
Actress Nancy Walker born
J. Edgar Hoover was given the job of FBI director.
Sportscaster Pat Summerall born
The first US planetarium opens, in Chicago.
The Nazis staged massive public book burnings in Germany.
TV and radio personality Gary Owens born
Playwright Arthur Kopit born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Henry Fambrough (The Spinners) born
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government.
Adolf Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, parachuted into Scotland on what he claimed was a peace mission. (Hess ended up serving a life sentence at Spandau prison until 1987, when he apparently committed suicide.)
Singer Danny Rapp (Danny & The Juniors) born
Writer-producr-director Jim Abrahams born
Singer-musician Graham Gouldman born
Jazz musician Jimmy Ponder born
Singer Donovan Leitch born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ron Banks (The Dramatics) born
Olympic medalist skiers Phil and Steve Mahre -- twin brothers. born
The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Triton completed its 84-day submerged voyage around the world.
Rock singer Bono (U2) born
Pope John XXIII received the Balzan Peace Prize, the first peace prize ever awarded to a pope.
Rock musician Chris Novoselic (Nirvana) born
Actor Jason Brooks ("Days of Our Lives") born
Preliminary Vietnam peace talks began in Paris.
A federal grand jury investigating the Watergate scandal indicted former Attorney General John Mitchell and former Commerce Secretary Maurice Stans on perjury charges.
Actress Joan Crawford died in New York.
Britain's Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon announced they were divorcing after 18 years of marriage.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jason Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) born
Socialist Francois Mitterrand defeated incumbent Valery Giscard d'Estang in the second round of the country's presidential election.
A federal appeals court in Washington reinstated the ABSCAM bribery conviction of former U.S. Rep. Richard Kelly of Florida.
The International Court of Justice said the U.S. should halt any actions to blockade Nicaragua's ports (the U.S. had already said it would not recognize World Court jurisdiction on this issue).
A federal judge in Salt Lake City, Utah, ruled the government was negligent in its 1950s open-air nuclear weapons testing, and ordered it to pay $2.6 million in ten cancer cases (the award was later overturned).
President Reagan was greeted by Vice President George Bush as he returned to Washington from his four-nation tour of Europe.
Soviet official Valentin Falin was quoted by the West German magazine "Der Spiegel" as saying two more people had died from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, bringing the reported death toll to four.
Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the celebrated "Blue Angels" precision aerial demonstration team.
500 witnessed Motley Crue's Tommy Lee wed actress Heather Locklear.
President Reagan visited Tuskegee University, one of the nation's oldest black educational institutions, where he told graduating seniors his administration "won't be satisfied until every American who wants a job has a job and is earning a decent living."
An eight-day strike by workers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, ended without an agreement.
In Panama, the government of General Manuel Antonio Noriega announced it had nullified the country's elections, which independent observers said the opposition had won by a 3-1 margin.
The government of China announced the release of 211 dissidents who had been involved in pro-democracy demonstrations a year earlier.
Alexander Bessmertnykh became the first Soviet foreign minister to visit Israel as he met with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Foreign Minister David Levy.
Astronaut Pierre Thuot tried but failed to snag a wayward satellite during a spacewalk outside the shuttle "Endeavour" (however, a trio of astronauts succeeded in capturing the Intelsat-Six three days later).
Minneapolis Mayor Donald Fraser vetoed a resolution by a Minneapolis agency that would have shut down the Minnesota Opera Company's presentation of "Pirates of Penzance." Union musicians had been on strike against the operate company since April 29
Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee visited the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia for a hearing on the issue of homosexuals in the military; most of the sailors said they favored keeping the ban on gays.
At least 188 workers were killed in a doll factory fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
The state of Illinois executed convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
An annular, or "ring," eclipse cast a moving shadow across the United States.
Terry Nichols was charged in the Oklahoma City bombing.
Former President Bush's office released his letter of resignation from the National Rifle Association in which Bush expressed outrage over its reference to federal agents as "jack-booted government thugs.""
In Orkney, South Africa, 104 miners were killed in an elevator accident.
Two Marine helicopters collided in the dark and crashed in a piney swamp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, during a US-British training exercise, killing 14 people.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams won full backing for the Northern Ireland peace accord in a fundamental reversal of decades-old policy.
The FAA grounded older models of the Boeing 737 after mandatory inspections of some aircraft found extensive wear in power lines running through their wing fuel tanks.
A military jury at Camp Lejeune, N.C., sentenced Captain Richard Ashby, a Marine pilot whose jet clipped an Italian gondola cable and sent 20 people plunging to their deaths, to six months in prison and dismissed him from the corps for helping hide a videotape shot during the flight. (Ashby was acquitted earlier of manslaughter.)
China broke off talks on arms control with the United States, and allowed demonstrators to hurl stones at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing for a third day to protest NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
Cartoonist, playwright and songwriter Shel Silverstein was found dead in his Key West, Fla., apartment; he was 66.
Actor Craig Stevens, who'd starred in the 1950's TV series "Peter Gunn," died in Los Angeles at age 81.
High wind drove what began as a deliberately set fire into a New Mexico canyon, forcing the evacuation of the entire town of Los Alamos and its 11,000 residents. (The fire had been set to contain an earlier blaze intended to clear brush.)
Ruling Liberals of British Columbia attack opposition in election campaign
Moldovan Prosecutor Generalâ€™s Office finishes investigation regarding Valeriu Pasat
Craigslist founder ponders open journalism
Racing - Elvstroem a surprise entry at Newbury
Google News seeks patent for search system that returns â€˜qualityâ€™ links
Major security flaws found in Mozilla Firefox browser
German Holocaust memorial dedicated
Two hundred digit number factored
Last American survivor of the Titanic disaster dies
Explosives stolen from California mine
Australia will help in East Timor if requested: Downer
Britney Spears announces she is pregnant again
UK hacker faces extradition to US
Southern Australian munitions factory explodes
Judge delays exit exam decision until Friday
UK Attorney General says Guantanamo should close
Possibility of new graphic health warnings on NZ cigarette packs
ICANN rejects .xxx top-level domain name proposal
Concrete supplier indicted in Boston 'Big Dig' scandal
Only one World War I veteran left in Canada
Canadian government employee faces criminal charges in leak of environment plan
Children's program on Palestinian TV propagates Islamic world leadership
New developments in Hrant Dink case
Tamil Nadu film 'Sivaji: The Boss' nearing release
Exclusive interview with prominent blogger, David Farrar
British Prime Minister Tony Blair to resign on June 27
Ex-head of Qantas freight operations in US jailed for price fixing
Morgan Tsvangirai to compete in run-off
Ignored warnings 'worsened' situation in Myanmar
Scotland's Grangemouth oil refinery catches fire
Mothers around the world on Mother's Day
Guatemalan government may suspend liberties under state of emergency
Moscow gas pipeline catches fire
Past Eurovision contestants give advice to this year's performers, speculate on who will win
UK elections: Gordon Brown offers resignation to secure Labour-Liberal coalition
Baseball: Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden throws perfect game
Landmine blast in Chattisgarh, India kills eight
Multiple explosions in Russian coal mine, eleven dead
Russia celebrates Victory Day
Australian rules football: Traralgon remain only undefeated team after five rounds of Gippland Football League season
Nothing honourable in honour killings, says Indian court
Australian airline Qantas faces engineers strike
Four U.N. staff dead after plane crash in Bolivia
Prison inmate wins 41% against President Obama in West Virginia primary
Russian passenger jet crashes on Indonesian demonstration flight
No surprises for sport in 2012/2013 Australian federal budget
Woman shot, killed during standoff with police in Longview, Texas
Former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader dies aged 95