Death of St. Euthymius the Enlightener
Richard I of England and King Guy of Jerusalem attack Cyprus
Amerigo Vespucci departs Lisbon on the voyage that gets the New World named after him
Mary, sister of King Henry VIII of England, widow of King Louis XII of France, marries Charles, Duke of Suffolk, against her brother's wishes, in England
Mary, Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the battle of Langside in Glasgow.
Election of Pope Gregory XIII
Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.
Margaret Jones, of Plymouth, Mass., found guilty of witchcraft
Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, in Vienna. born
John VI of Portugal. He ruled first as prince regent (1799-1816) and then as king (1816-26), and formally acknowledged Brazil's independence in 1825. born
The first fleet of ships carrying convicts to the new penal colony of Australia left England. They arrived the following January.
The Republic of Ecuador was founded, with Juan Jose Flores as president.
Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony was premiered in London.
John Nash, British architect who developed Regent's Park and Regent Street in London, died.
The first foreign embassy in Hawaii is established.
Sir Arthur Sullivan, English composer who together with librettist W.S. Gilbert wrote such operettas as ``The Mikado,'' ``The Pirates of Penzance'' and ``The Gondoliers,'' born.
The U.S. Congress formally declared war on Mexico over California, although fighting had begun days earlier.
Peter Henry Emerson, first photographer to promote photography as an independent art. born
Daniel Auber died in Paris at the age of 89. Auber, born in Normandy while Beethoven was still a lad, was a master of the French comic opera. Even Wagner praised his music. But by the time Auber died his music was all but forgotten outside of France.
French painter Georges Braque. He worked closely with Pablo Picasso, jointly creating the movement known as Cubism. born
Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) founded
Cyrus Hall McCormick, U.S. industrialist and inventor, died. He is generally credited with the development of the mechanical harvester.
Brazil's parliament agreed to abolish slavery.
British novelist Daphne du Maurier (Lady Browning), granddaughter of novelist George Browning and best known for her novel "Rebecca." born
William R. Tolbert Jr, Liberian president from 1972 until he died in a coup in 1980. born
Boxing champion Joe Louis (Joseph Louis Barrow) in Lafayette, Alabama. World heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 until 1949 when he retired. born
Three peasant children near Fatima, Portugal, reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary.
The first US airmail stamps, featuring a picture of an airplane, were introduced. (On some of the stamps, the airplane was printed upside-down, making them collector's items.)
Actress Beatrice Arthur born
Director-choreographer Herbert Ross born
Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian Arctic explorer and diplomat, died. He headed Norway's team at the League of Nations and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1922
In his first speech as prime minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons, "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat."
Martin Bormann became deputy leader of German's Nazi party following Rudolf Hess's mysterious flight to Scotland.
The Italian commander-in-chief in Tunisia surrendered a day after his German counterpart, with the Allies holding some 250,000 prisoners of war.
The first British-produced jet bomber, the Canberra, made its maiden test flight.
Actor Franklin Ajaye born
Singer Stevie Wonder born Steveland Hardaway Judkins
The musical play "The Pajama Game" opened on Broadway.
President Eisenhower signed into law the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Act.
Vice President Nixon's limousine was battered by rocks thrown by anti-US demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela.
French nationalists in Algeria rebelled against their government's policy of doing a deal with Algerian rebels, seizing government buildings and taking over several towns.
Baseball player Dennis Rodman born
U.S. film actor Gary Cooper, who won Oscars for his roles in ``Sergeant York'' and ``High Noon,'' died at 60.
Actress Julianne Phillips born
Israel and West Germany agreed to establish diplomatic relations. Several Arab nations broke ties with Germany.
Country singer Lari White born
Singer Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish) born
Actress Susan Floyd ("Then Came You") born
Talks between North Vietnamese and American negotiators, aimed at ending the Vietnam War, opened in Paris.
Actress Samantha Morton ("Sweet and Lowdown") born
Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca wounded Pope John Paul in St. Peter's Square.
11 people died when a Philadelphia police helicopter bombed the fortified house of a radical organization, MOVE, to end a 24-hour siege. The ensuing fire destroyed 53 homes.
Austrian author Stefan Zweig's prized possessions were bequeathed to the British Library. Among them: a Freud article on Mozart, a Bach cantata, and Haydn's 97th Symphony.
President Reagan said his personal diary confirmed that he'd talked with Saudi Arabia's King Fahd about Saudi help for the Nicaraguan Contras at a time when Congress banned military aid -- but Reagan said he did not solicit secret contributions.
The US Senate voted 83-to-6 to order the US military to enter the war against illegal drug trafficking, approving a plan to give the Navy the power to stop drug boats on the high seas and make arrests.
In unusually strong language, President Bush called on the people of Panama and the country's defense forces to overthrow their military leader, General Manuel Antonio Noriega.
Rebels seized the state radio station on the Indian Ocean island republic of Madagascar, but the government quickly regained control after the coup attempt failed to secure mass support.
Two U.S. airmen were shot to death in the Philippines on the eve of talks concerning the future of U.S. military bases; the revolutionary New People's Army claimed responsibility.
South African black activist Winnie Mandela and two co-defendants were convicted of abducting four young black men and keeping them at her Soweto home. (After an appeal, Mrs. Mandela was ordered to pay a fine.)
A trio of astronauts from the space shuttle "Endeavour" captured a wayward Intelsat-Six communications satellite during the first-ever three-person spacewalk.
President Bush announced a $600 million loan package to help rebuild riot-scarred Los Angeles.
The Strategic Defense Initiative (''Star Wars''), the futuristic defense program initiated by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, was downgraded by the Pentagon.
Ezer Weizman was sworn in as Israel's seventh president. His uncle Chaim Weizmann was the first president at Israel's founding in 1948.
The House Ways and Means Committee gave final approval to President Clinton's deficit-cutting package, containing a tax increase of $246 billion over five years.
In suburban Paris, a masked man armed with dynamite took a roomful of nursery school children hostage, demanding $18.5 million. (The man was shot to death by a crack police unit two days later).
Foreign ministers from the West and Russia agreed on a new joint strategy to relaunch Bosnian peace negotiations.
President Clinton nominated federal appeals Judge Stephen G. Breyer to the US Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Harry A. Blackmun.
Palestinian police took over control of Jericho from Israeli soldiers.
Army Captain Lawrence Rockwood was convicted at his court-martial in Fort Drum, N.Y., of conducting an unauthorized investigation of reported human rights abuses at a Haitian prison (the next day, Rockwood was dismissed from the military, but received no prison time).
Over 600 people were killed by a tornado in the northern Bangladesh district of Tangail.
Recovery workers in the Florida Everglades retrieved the flight data recorder from ValuJet Flight 592.
Thousands of Liberian war refugees, many ill after a week at sea, were refused admission to the Ghanaian port of Takoradi.
The Supreme Court unanimously struck down Rhode Island's ban on ads that list or refer to liquor prices, saying the law violated free-speech rights.
At the Oklahoma City bombing trial, prosecutors showed jurors the key to the Ryder truck used to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, alleging Timothy McVeigh left it behind in the same alley he picked to stash his getaway car.
President Clinton ordered harsh sanctions against an unapologetic India, which had gone ahead with a second round of nuclear tests despite global criticism.
Russian lawmakers opened hearings on whether President Boris Yeltsin should be impeached. (The lower chamber of parliament ended up rejecting all five charges raised against Yeltsin, including one accusing him of starting the Chechen War.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and columnist Meg Greenfield died in Washington at age 68.
Explosions at a fireworks warehouse in the Netherlands killed 22 people and injured nearly one-thousand others.
Irish inflation back on the rise
Bundestag approves EU Constitution
Uzbekistan protesters under fire after prison break
Pope Benedict XVI begins process for sainthood of Pope John Paul II
New York City Henry Hudson highway retaining wall collapses
Microsoft Internet Explorer market share drops below 90 percent in U.S.
Protests spread in Afghanistan
Native Hawaiian sovereignty bill to be debated in U.S. Senate in June
Merapi roars, compulsory evacuation ordered
Liverpool win an exciting FA Cup final
Full text of Ahmadinejad's letter to Bush made available online
Italian Geographic Society's 140th anniversary
Reports: Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah killed in Afghanistan
Five members of US patrol killed; Three missing in Iraq
Tamil Nadu film 'Sivaji: The Boss' may have a delayed release in Kerala
Iceland's government coalition keeps majority
UK fighters confront Russian bombers over international waters
Felipe Massa wins Spanish Grand Prix
Canada wins Men's World Hockey championships in Moscow, defeating Finland 4-2
Gilles Duceppe drops out of Parti QuÃ©bÃ©cois leadership race
Pakistan's coalition government faces split
Five of six accused over 9/11 to be tried; charges against '20th hijacker' dropped
HP to aquire EDS for 13.9B
Wikimedia Foundation receives copyright infringement claim from Mormon Church
Moldovan wines win three medals at contest in Bordeaux
Car crash on A37 near Bristol, two dead
Former Emir of Kuwait dies at age 78
Man in UK convicted for having obese dog
Violence in Somalia displaces over 27,000
Assassinated lawyer accuses Guatemalan president from beyond grave
India's Anand defends chess world championship title against Bulgarian challenger Topalov
KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party
Russia agrees to construct Turkish nuclear reactor
Five hundred Euro note withdrawn from sale in UK
Madagascarâs leader Andry Rajoelina âwill not run in pollsâ
Airport named after late Nigerian President Umaru YarâAdua
Canadian track and field coach Charlie Francis dies at age 61
El Salvador suspended from world football by FIFA
US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets with senators on Capitol Hill
Lockdown at Missouri university lifted as police apprehend suspected gunman
'Django Unchained' returns to Chinese cinemas