Death of St. Epiphanius of Salamis
Death of Pope Sylvester II
Marriage of Richard I of England and Berengaria of Navarre
King Louis IX (St.) of France arrives at Acre from Egypt
54 Knights Templars burned in France
The fourth new Vicar of the church in Shaftsbury, England is appointed, when predecessors die of the Plague
The first University is endowed in Cracow, Poland
DeSoto leaves Cuba searching for the 7 Cities of Gold
Day of the Barricades, Paris, France; Henry III flees the city
Marriage of Edward Winslow to Susanna White, the first to take place in Plymouth Colony, Mass.
George Chapman, English poet, dramatist, translator, dies
Charles I accepts Parliament's terms, with reservations
During the American War of Independence, Charles Town (later Charleston), South Carolina, fell to the British after a two-month siege.
Robert Baldwin, Canadian statesman. With Louis Lafontaine he was joint leader of the first and second Liberal administrations in Canada. born
Sir Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) defeated the French at Oporto, forcing them to retreat from Portugal.
English artist, author and poet Edward Lear was born. Lear is best remembered for his limericks. A limerick has been described as the only "fixed verse form" indigenous to the English language.
Nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale in Florence, Italy. She served as a nurse in Turkey and the Crimea during the Crimean War. born
The first indicted bank robber in the United States, Edward Smith, was sentenced to five years hard labor at Sing Sing Prison.
A Shawnee Indian uttered a curse on "The Great White Father" for violating Indian treaties, beginning the curious cycle of American Presidential deaths. Every president elected or re-elected at 20-year cycles died in office from 1840-1960.
Jules Massenet was born outside of St. Etienne, France. "La Grand' Tante" was Massenet's first opera. It was performed when he was 25. An orchestral suite went over pretty well. His delicate sensuality influenced Debussy.
Composer Gabriel Urbain Faure was born in Pamiers, France. born
Mormon pioneer William Clayton invented the odometer while crossing the plains in his covered wagon.
Royal assent was given to the Manitoba Act whereby Manitoba entered Confederation as the fifth Canadian province. Manitoba was purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company by the Dominion of Canada.
Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, died. He developed opera containing spoken as well as sung passages.
Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, composer of operas including ``The Bartered Bride'' and ``The Brandenburgers in Bohemia,'' died.
Charles Sherrill. of the Yale track team, became the first runner to use the crouching start for a fast break in a foot race.
Actress Katharine Hepburn born
Journalist Howard K. Smith born
The first imported horse to win the Kentucky Derby was the English-bred colt, Omar Khayyam. He won $49,070 -- the top prize.
Convicted spy Julius Rosenberg born
The magazine "Radio Broadcast" commented, "the rate of increase in the number who spend at least part of an evening listening to radio is almost incomprehensible."
Baseball Hall of Fame member Yogi Berra born
Norwegian Roald Amundsen, Italian Umberto Nobile and American Lincoln Ellsworth crossed the North Pole in an airship.
Shostakovich's First Symphony was premiered by the Leningrade Philharmonic. Shostakovich was 19 years old. His symphony had been a graduation exercise. The Shostakovich First is an extremely good piece of music, full of clever ideas.
Marshal Jozef Pilsudski led a successful military coup against the Polish government.
Composer Burt Bacharach born
The body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, New Jersey.
The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and the Agricultural Adjustment Administration were established to provide help for the needy and farmers.
Talk show host Tom Snyder born
Comedian George Carlin born
George VI was crowned king of England, succeeding his brother Edward, who abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Andrei Amalrik, Soviet author, historian and political dissident. He achieved worldwide fame with the publication in 1970 of his provocative essay ``Will The Soviet Union Survive Until 1984?.'' born
Actress Millie Perkins born
Former White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler born
Country singer Billy Swan born
During World War Two, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered.
Musician Ian McLagan (Small Faces; The Faces) born
Actress Lindsay Crouse born
Singer-musician Steve Winwood born
The Soviet Union announced an end to the Berlin Blockade.
Actor Bruce Boxleitner born
The American Bowling Congress abolished its white males-only membership restriction after 34 years.
Country singer Kix Brooks (Brooks and Dunn) born
Passengers crowded in to ride the last run of the Third Avenue elevated, "The El," in New York City. The train traveled from Chinatown to the Bronx.
Baseball player Lou Whitaker born
A.J. Foyt earned his first auto racing victory in Kansas City, Missouri. He went on to become a four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 -- in 1961, 1964, 1967 and 1977.
Erich Von Stroheim, film actor and one of the silent screen's greatest directors, died. Films he directed included ``Greed'' and ``The Wedding March.''
Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley exchanged hits when they appeared on the same TV special. Sinatra sang "Love Me Tender" and Elvis sang "Witchcraft.""
Rock musician Billy Duffy (The Cult) born
Actor Emilio Estevez born
France and independent French-speaking West African states initialed an agreement setting up a West African Monetary Union.
Country musician Eddie Kilgallon (Ricochet) born
West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.
Actor Stephen Baldwin born
John Masefield, English poet and, from 1930, poet laureate, died.
Actress Kim Fields Freeman born
The Senate voted unanimously to confirm Harry A. Blackmun as a Supreme Court justice.
Actor Mackenzie Astin born
The White House announced the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the "Mayaguez," in international waters.
Singer Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm (Spice Girls) born
Sixteen-year-old racing-jockey Steve Cauthen rode in his first race. He finished far back in the pack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Cauthen got his first win just five days later.
Actor Jason Biggs ("American Pie") born
The Commerce Department said hurricanes would no longer be named exclusively after women.
Maxie Anderson and his son, Chris were the first to make a non-stop balloon flight across North America in a 75-foot-high helium balloon - "The Kitty Hawk." They went from San Francisco to Quebec in 4 days, 2,200 miles.
President Benjamin Sheares of Singapore died in office.
In Fatima, Portugal, security guards overpowered a Spanish priest armed with a bayonet who was trying to reach Pope John Paul the Second.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 17-11 to approve the release of $625 million for development of the M-X missile that had been blocked by Congress.
The 1984 Louisiana World Exposition began a six-month run in New Orleans. (The fair proved a financial disaster, with organizers forced to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors.)
Amy Eilberg was ordained in New York as the first woman rabbi in the Conservative Jewish movement.
A Soviet government statement reported six deaths from burns and radiation in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir rejected Foreign Minister Shimon Peres' proposal for an international Middle East peace conference, calling it "perverse and criminal." Peres angrily accused Shamir of arrogance.
Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, meeting in Geneva, resolved nearly all remaining questions on an intermediate-range missile treaty.
The nation's largest airline computer reservation system, the American Airlines Sabre system, shut down for nearly 12 hours -- disrupting the operations of thousands of travel agencies nationwide.
Retired British pilot Jack Mann was kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists in Beirut. He was the oldest of the Westerners held hostage in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war.
Three car bombs in Colombia killed 27 people as the country's drug barons appeared to switch to indiscriminate attacks in their war against the government.
The presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania forged a united front by reviving a 1934 political alliance in hopes of enhancing their drive for independence from the Soviet Union.
The moderate Nepali Congress won Nepal's first multi-party elections in 32 years.
Syrian President Hafez Assad, meeting with U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, refused to yield on key demands for joining a Middle East peace conference.
Four suspects were arrested in the beating of trucker Reginald Denny at the start of the Los Angeles riots.
President Bush announced he would travel to the Earth Summit in Brazil.
CIA Director Gates said he had begun declassifying all relevant information on the President Kennedy assassination to end the notion that the CIA was involved
Actor Robert Reed of TV's "The Brady Bunch" died in Pasadena, California, at age 59.
President Clinton proposed putting all money raised from new taxes and spending cuts into a trust fund dedicated solely to reducing the nation's huge budget deficit.
Franco Nobili, the head of Italy's biggest state firm IRI, was arrested in Rome after a 15-month corruption probe.
A token force of Palestinian police crossed the Jordan River in preparation for the end of 27 years of Israeli military rule in a West Bank enclave around Jericho.
The Senate joined the House inpassing a bill banning blockades, violence and threats against clinics where abortions are performed.
British Labor Party leader John Smith died unexpectedly at age 55.
Actors Sullivan and Sawyer Sweeten ("Everybody Loves Raymond") born
President Clinton, during a stopover in Ukraine, visited Babi Yar, the site where more than 30,000 Kiev Jews were massacred by the Nazis in 1941.
Authorities in Florida called off the search for possible survivors from the crash of ValuJet Flight 592, a day after the jetliner nose-dived into the Everglades with 110 people on board
At the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh, star prosecution witness Michael Fortier testified that McVeigh had
India and Pakistan agreed to release each other's imprisoned nationals and to set up a telephone hotline to ease tensions.
Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Chechen leader Aslan Maskhadov signed a peace accord promising to end 400 years of intermittent conflict.
A day after India's first atomic test blasts in 24 years, neighboring Pakistan said it was ready to test a nuclear device itself. Indonesian President Suharto's security forces killed at least six student demonstrators.
Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin announced he was quitting in July. (He was succeeded by his deputy, Lawrence Summers.)
Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and the Cabinet.
Adam Petty, 19, the fourth-generation driver of NASCAR's most famous family, died in a crash during practice for the Busch 200 at New Hampshire International Speedway.
During visits to Ohio and Minnesota, President Clinton called for open trade with China, saying it would help the communist nation move closer to democracy.
Millions worldwide still in slavery
Dog laws strengthened in Virginia county
Serbia and Montenegro: Red Star advances to cup finals
European MEPs abolish right to opt-out of Working Time Directive
Security flaws in Mozilla Firefox internet browser fixed
U.S. Senator Voinovich allows Bolton nomination to pass to full Senate vote
Gaza settlers protest planned pull-out
Former U.S. Homeland Security chief defends Canada border security
U.S. Senate: U.K. and French politicians were allocated Iraqi oil
Australian emergency telephone service lost in Southern NSW, ACT
Giorgio Napolitano elected Italian president
Israeli gasoline supplier to Palestinians cuts supply
Exiled Chagos islanders win right to return home
Judge suspends California High School Exit Exam requirement
USA Today reports NSA obtained call logs from communications companies
Oil pipeline explodes in Nigeria; 200 feared dead
Calls for corporate tax reform in Australia goes unheeded
Jihadis still work online
Palestinians get interim aid
Object that fell through roof of New Jersey home not a meteorite
Ayatollah Emami-Kashani calls Americans 'murderers'
Violence surrounds political rally in Pakistan
Stevenage Borough win FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium
Longest coffee table symbolises World Fair Trade Day in Belgium
Tamil Nadu film 'Sivaji: The Boss' release date changes again
President of Guinea submits to military
Serbia wins Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Two children witness woman being killed by a tiger
Syrian democracy advocate Kamal Labwani jailed for 12 years
UK opposition leader calls for Burma aid to be dispatched by air if access for aid workers does not improve
Large earthquake hits central China
Polish humanitarian Irena Sendler dies at age 98
Dottie Rambo dies in tour bus crash
Republic of Molossia announces new customs station
Ben Folds performs at Western Connecticut State University
British Airways Flight 38 suffered low fuel pressure; investigation continues
NASA launches Space Shuttle Atlantis
American journalist in Iran freed from prison
44 dead and over 300,000 homeless after flooding in Brazil
Jenson Button wins Spanish Grand Prix
Former U.S. soldier convicted of raping Iraq teen, four murders
Over 100 dead in Libyan plane crash
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledges support for Afghanistan
At least fourteen dead in Pakistan after drone strikes
New Albertan Lieutenant Governor takes office
Explosives investigation at US Embassy in Chile; Pakistani man detained
Facebook hired PR firm to discredit Google, reveals leaked correspondence
Campaigners angry at new British police tracking system
Actress Mia Amber Davis dies aged 36
Man commits suicide by jumping from Burj Khalifa
News briefs: May 12, 2012
Obama's new stance on same-sex marriage earns donations
Nude unicyclist arrested near Houston, Texas
Haitian cholera victims threaten United Nations with lawsuit
Fifth Expo GastronomÃa finishes in Caracas