Death of St. Brendan the Voyager
Death of Hloise, at about 63
Moslems take the Maudite Tower of Acre
The Medici government in Florence is overthrown; the Republic is re-established
Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England
Death of William Adams, "Anjin-sama", the first Englishman in Japan
Delivery of the lead ballast for Charles II's yacht, the first built in England in the 'modern' fashion
The English lexicographer, author and wit Samuel Johnson first met his future biographer, James Boswell.
Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis the 16th of France, who was 15.
Venice, already a cultural center in the 18th century, opened a new opera house. The first performance at the "Teatro La Fenice" was an opera by Paisiello.
William Seward, secretary of state whose purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million was called "Seward's Folly" born
The French Senate declared Napoleon Bonaparte emperor.
Banker Levi Morton, U.S. vice president under Benjamin Harrison born
David Hughes, inventor of the microphone born
Richard Wagner was in some serious trouble, when a warrant was issued for his arrest. The authorities in Dresden had gotten wind of the fact that Wagner, then running the local opera house, was hanging out with revolutionaries. Wagner fled.
Congress authorized minting of the 5-cent piece. On its face was a shield, while on the reverse was the number 5. (the silver half-dime was used up to this point).
The US Senate failed by one vote to convict President Andrew Johnson as it took its first ballot on one of eleven articles of impeachment against him.
U.S. Marines landed in Korea in an unsuccessful attempt to open the country to foreign trade.
The first electric tram went into public service in German, near Berlin.
Emile Berliner gave the first demonstration of flat disc recording and reproduction before the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.
George Wyman of San Francisco became the first person to cross the United States in a motorized vehicle -- a 1.5 horsepower motorcycle (most lawn mowers have more power than that.)
Actor Henry Fonda in Grand Island, Nebraska. Fonda won an Oscar for best actor in "On Golden Pond." In 1940, he was nominated for his performance in "Grapes of Wrath."" born
U.S. Bureau of Mines was authorized by Congress.
Band leader Woody Herman born
Entertainer Liberace born
Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome.
Actor Harry Carey Junior born
The first Academy Awards were presented during a banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The movie "Wings" won "best production" while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.
Jazz singer Betty Carter born
Jazz musician Billy Cobham born
The musical "Annie Get Your Gun" opened on Broadway.
The body of CBS News correspondent George Polk was found in Solonika Bay in Greece, a week after he'd disappeared.
Actor Pierce Brosnan born
Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut born
Actress Debra Winger born
American author and critic James Agee died in New York.
A Big Four summit conference in Paris collapsed on its opening day as the Soviet Union leveled spy charges against the United States in the wake of the U-2 incident.
Tennis star Yannick Noah born
U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper in his Mercury-Atlas craft splashed down near Midway in the Pacific after orbiting the Earth 22 times in a mission lasting just over 34 hours.
The musical play "The Roar of the Greasepaint -- the Smell of the Crowd," by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, opened on Broadway.
Singer Janet Jackson born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Ralph Tresvant (New Edition) born
The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Venus-5 landed on the surface of Venus.
Tennis player Gabriela Sabatini born
Country singer Rick Trevino born
Musician Simon Katz (Jamiroquai) born
First Class Mail raised from 6 cents to 8 cents.
Actor David Boreanaz ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") born
Actress Tori Spelling born
Helmut Schmidt was sworn in as the new chancellor of West Germany, after the resignation of Willy Brandt.
Japanese climber Junko Tabei became the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
Five people were killed when a New York Airways helicopter, idling atop the Pan Am Building in midtown Manhattan, toppled over, sending a huge rotor blade flying.
"Keep Music Live!" With that slogan, musicians boycotted the British Broadcast Corporation. The BBC scaled back plans to disband several regional orchestras after two months of broadcasting only records. Europe still has a lot of state-sponsored radio orchestras.
The Lebanese Parliament and the Israeli Knesset voted to approve a U.S.-sponsored accord calling for the withdrawal of foreign troops, including Israeli forces, from Lebanon. (Agreement signed the next day.)
The U.S. House of representatives approved a compromise allowing production of only 15 of the 40 MX missiles which President Reagan had called for -- and only if the Soviet Union failed to return to arms talks by the following April.
The president of El Salvador, Jose Napoleon Duarte, visited President Reagan at the White House to talk about attempts to negotiate peace with leftist rebels.
Michael Jordan was named Rookie of the Year in the National Basketball Association. Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, had been chosen as the number three draft pick.
The Labor Department reported that the Producer Price Index fell six-tenths of 1 percent in April 1986, to its lowest level in nearly two-and-a-half years.
Kentucky Derby winner "Alysheba" captured the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. (However, Alysheba fell short in the Belmont Stakes, failing to become the first Triple Crown champion since "Affirmed.")
Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled police can search discarded garbage without a search warrant.
During his visit to Beijing, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, formally ending a 30-year rift between the two Communist powers.
Death claimed entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. in Los Angeles at age 64
Muppets creator Jim Henson died at the age of 53.
Hungarian prime minister-designate Jozsef Antall named a center-right coalition cabinet after 40 years of Communist rule.
Queen Elizabeth the Second became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III wrapped up his latest Mideast visit in Israel without an agreement for Arab-Israeli peace talks.
Actress Marlene Dietrich, who had died in Paris at age 90, was buried in Berlin.
"America3" ("America Cubed"), skippered by Bill Koch, won the 28th defense of the America's Cup.
The space shuttle "Endeavour" completed its maiden voyage with a safe landing in the California desert.
A two-day Bosnian Serb referendum on a UN-backed peace plan ended, with voters rejecting the proposai by a wide margin.
Israel began its final withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, shutting down the prison and military headquarters where Israeli soldiers had been in charge since the 1967 Middle East War.
The Clinton administration threatened punitive tariffs that would double the prices for Japan's most popular luxury cars.
Japanese police arrested doomsday cult leader Shoko Asahara, holding him in connection with the nerve-gas attack on Tokyo's subways two months earlier.
Admiral Jeremy "Mike" Boorda, the nation's top Navy officer, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after some of his military awards were called into question.
The space shuttle "Atlantis" docked with Russia's "Mir" station.
President Clinton publicly apologized for the notorious Tuskegee experiment, in which government scientists deliberately allowed black men to weaken and die of treatable syphilis.
In Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko ended 32 years of autocratic rule, giving control of the country to rebel forces.
"Silver Charm" won the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. (However, Silver Charm subsequently lost the Belmont Stakes to "Touch Gold.")
The Justice Department said preliminary figures from the FBI indicated a decline in serious crime in 1998 for the seventh consecutive year.
The Federal Reserve raised its federal funds rate by one-half point, the biggest increase in five years.
The New York Democratic Party, meeting in Albany, nominated first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for the US Senate.
A large study in Finland found evidence that people who ate fish less than once a week ran a 31% higher chance of mild to severe depression than people who ate it more often. According to psychiatrist Dr. Antti Tanskanen of the University of Kuopio in Finland, it is possibly because fish contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, or PUFA.
Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas resigned from United Press International, a day after the wire service was sold to the parent firm of The Washington Times.
Police find owner of Wendy's chili finger
Croatian local elections: results pending
Citizen "podcasting" goes mainstream Citizen
Hundreds of people gather in support of Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Australian man caught driving with no licence twice in one day
India postpones test-firing of Agni-III ballistic missile
UN releases list of "10 stories the world should hear more about"
Flooding ravages Northeastern United States
BellSouth denies phone records were handed over to the NSA
Ex-Indian diplomat's passport revoked
Man mistakenly interviewed live on BBC News 24
U.S. restores full diplomatic relations with Libya
Ayaan Hirsi Ali leaves Dutch Parliament
7.4 magnitude hits Pacific near New Zealand
Wuerl appointed Washington, D.C.'s new bishop
New Zealand Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet employee named as Telecom mole
Settlement returns billions to California schools funding
Bi-directional Censorship from the Great Firewall of China
Australia won't take back spent uranium
Spanish Socialist Workers' Party proposes human rights bill for great apes
Trawler sinks in Foveaux Strait, three generations killed
Thomson Corporation and Reuters agree to merge
New York couple keeps Indonesian women as slaves
Media speculate over possible presidential bid by Michael Bloomberg
Khamenei OKs talks with US on Iraq
Sarkozy succeeds Chirac as president of France
6.3 earthquake rocks Laos
Prince Harry prohibited from going to Iraq
Jackson County, Oregon rejects tax to reopen libraries
Michael Nutter wins Philadelphia, USA mayoral primary
Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest daughter Yolanda King dies at age 51
Guards at Nova Scotia jail refuse to work after asbestos discovery
Official Myanmar death toll increases to 78,000
California Supreme Court strikes down ban on gay marriage
Young Designers' Exhibition to interact with the world
Predictable random number generator discovered in the Debian version of OpenSSL
Asbestos controversy aboard Scientology ship Freewinds
Red Cross says 100 dead after roadworks trigger pipeline explosion in Nigeria
German Football: Lahm signs contract with Bayern Munich until 2012
Zimbabwe presidential run-off date set
Germany selects squad for Euro 2008
Norway wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2009
France pledges twelve million Euro in aid to Pakistan
Japan's opposition chooses new leader
German GDP drops by 3.8%, largest decline in 40 years
Nearly three million contraband cigarettes seized by Canadian and U.S. authorities
Car bomb kills 11 in Pakistan
Metal singer Ronnie James Dio dies aged 67
UK Foreign Secretary meets US Secretary of State in Washington, D.C.
Efforts to cap Deepwater Horizon oil spill delayed again
Canadian military aircraft escort airliner after bomb threat
Hong Kong by-elections start
Police warn of possible bomb threat in central London