Election of Stephen VI as Pope
Death of St. Heloise (of Heloise and Abelard)
Coronation of Frederick II, aged 4 years, as King of Sicily
The Barons of England march on John "Lackland," King of England
The landing of Henry III, King of England, in France, to assert his claim to the French Throne
Duke Henry "the Peaceful" abolishes "kurmede" and "merchet"
Albert, last Grand Master of Teutonic Knights, 1st Duke of Prussia born
James V, King of Scotland, founds the Institute of Justice
Sir Francis Weston, alleged paramour of Anne Boleyn, executed
Death of St. Paschal Baylon
Death of the "False Dimitri"
The first merry-go-round seen at a fair (Philippapolis, Turkey)
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi becomes 1st to see rings on Jupiter
Founding of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
English physician Edward Jenner, developer of the smallpox vaccine born
The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street.
Beethoven premiered the "Kreutzer" sonata at eight o'clock in the morning.
English writer Robert Surtees born
Norway's constitution was signed, providing for a limited monarchy.
Schuyler Wheeler, inventor of the electric fan born
The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was "Aristides." Aristides, covered the 1-mile in about 2.5 minutes and won $2,800. The race was created by Colonel M. Lewis Clark of Louisville, KY.
Edwin T. Holmes of Boston, Massachusetts, installed the first telephone switchboard burglar alarm.
Former Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini was born in Ruhollah Musawi in Persia. (d.1989)
The German composer Werner Egk was born. born
Actress Maureen O'Sullivan born
Former Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox born
Opera singer Birgit Nilsson born
Actor-director Dennis Hopper born
Former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Pervis Jackson (The Spinners) born
Congress passed the Vinson Naval Act, providing for a two-ocean navy.
The radio quiz show "Information, Please!" made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
Britain's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec on the first visit to Canada by reigning British sovereigns.
Station WNBT-TV in New York broadcast the first fashion show to be seen on TV. The show was broadcast from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan.
The Nazis occupied Brussels, Belgium, during World War Two.
Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester born
President Truman seized control of the nation's railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen.
The Soviet Union recognized the new state of Israel.
The Supreme Court issued its landmark "Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka" ruling which declared that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal.
TV personality Kathleen Sullivan born
The first synthetic mica (synthamica) was offered for sale in Caldwell Township, New Jersey. Mica is a crystal-like substance that aids in resisting heat and electricity in electronic applications.
Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard born
Actor-comedian Bob Saget born
Basketball player Bill Laimbeer born
Singer-musician Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) born
Rhythm-and-blues musician O'Dell (Mint Condition) born
Singer Jordan Knight (New Kids on the Block) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Darnell Van Rensalier (Shai) born
The Musical "Godspell" opened at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. The shown went on to become the third longest running off-Broadway production - 2,124 performances.
The Senate Watergate Committee opened hearings into the break-in at Democratic National headquarters in Washington, D.C.
NBC TV paid $5,000,000 for the rights to show Gone with the Wind just one time. It was the top price paid for a single opportunity to show a film on television.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Kandi Burruss (Xscape) born
Jockey Steve Cauthen began a win streak, at the age of 16. Cauthen rode his first race at River Downs, Kentucky. He went on to win 94 races, becoming horse racing's most watched jockey.
Philips announced the coming of the compact disc.
Rioting that claimed 18 lives erupted in Miami's Liberty City neighborhood after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four former Miami police officers of fatally beating black insurance executive Arthur McDuffie.
Israeli and Lebanese negotiators signed the final text of a U.S.-sponsored agreement providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon, provided Syria and the PLO withdrew their forces as well.
The U.S. House of Representatives, rejecting President Reagan's claim that it was "absolutely essential" to resume the manufacture of chemical weapons, defeated his proposed purchase of components for nerve gas bombs and shells.
Pilots at United Airlines went on a 29-day strike, forcing the carrier to drastically curtail service.
Bobby Ewing died on the season finale of "Dallas." Bobby, played by actor Patrick Duffy, died in a violent car explosion - only to come back to life the following season.
Actor Tahj Mowry ("Smart Guy") born
Friends and relatives gathered in Oregon for the funerals of two of the nine climbers who died during a school outing on Mount Hood.
Thirty-seven American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the US Navy frigate "Stark" in the Persian Gulf. (Iraq and the US called the attack a mistake.)
The Commerce Department reported that a record level of export sales gave the United States its lowest monthly trade deficit in three years in March 1988, totaling $9.7 billion.
The government of Poland approved freedom of religion, giving legal status to the Roman Catholic Church.
A court in Frankfort, West Germany, sentenced Mohammed Ali Hamadi to life in prison for his role in the 1985 TWA hijacking.
More than 1 million people demonstrated for democratic reforms in Beijing.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met in Moscow with Lithuanian Prime Minister Kazimiera Prunskiene, Gorbachev's first face-to-face meeting with a senior official of the defiant Baltic republics.
The Commerce Department reported the U.S. trade deficit had narrowed sharply in March 1991 to $4.05 billion, the lowest level in nearly eight years.
Pro-democracy protests began in Thailand; in four days of clashes with troops, 44 people reportedly were killed, although activists charged that hundreds died.
Band leader Lawrence Welk died in Santa Monica, California, at age 89.
Yo-Yo Ma performed the Prokofiev "Sinfonietta concertante" with the Montreal Symphony. Charles Dutoit also conducted two seasonal works, Debussy's "Printemps," and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring."
President Clinton visited the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the birthplace of the atomic bomb, where he promoted his five-year, $20 billion defense-conversion plan.
The U.N. Security Council approved a peacekeeping force and an arms embargo for violence-racked Rwanda.
The Federal Reserve boosted two key interest rates by half a percentage point each.
The Senate Ethics Committee concluded that Sen. Bob Packwood, R-OR, had to face a full-scale Senate investigation of charges that included making improper advances toward women.
Jacques Chirac was sworn in as president of France, ending the 14-year tenure of Socialist Francois Mitterrand.
President Clinton signed a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in. ("Megan's Law," as it's known, is named for Megan Kanka, a seven-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and slain in 1994.)
Rebel leader Laurent Kabila declared himself president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire.
Russia's "Mir" space station got a new oxygen generator and a fresh American astronaut, courtesy of the space shuttle "Atlantis."
"Silver Charm" won the Preakness, two weeks after winning the Kentucky Derby. (However, Silver Charm failed to win the Belmont Stakes.)
Leaders of the Group of Eight nations ended their summit in Birmingham, England, with a plea to Pakistan not to respond in kind to India's five nuclear explosions.
New York Yankees pitcher David Wells became the 13th player in modern major league baseball history to throw a perfect game as he retired all 27 batters he faced in a 4-to-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The Supreme Court banned states from paying lower welfare benefits to newcomers than to longtime residents.
Makah Indians in Washington state harpooned a gray whale for the first time in 70 years.
Labor Party leader Ehud Barak unseated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli elections.
Two former Ku Klux Klansmen were arrested on murder charges in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls on a Sunday morning - a crime that shocked the nation and galvanized the civil rights movement. Thomas E. Blanton Jr., 61, of Birmingham, and Bobby Frank Cherry, 69, of Mabank, Texas, surrendered on the state charges and were jailed without bail. (Thomas Blanton Junior was convicted and sentenced to life in prison May 1, 2001. Bobby Frank Cherry was indicted in 2000, but his trial was delayed after evaluations raised questions about his mental competency.)
In a big victory for President Clinton and a blow for labor, legislation normalizing trade relations with China overwhelmingly won the support of key committees in the House and Senate. The House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure 34-4 as previously undecided committee members flocked to support the administration.
Microsoft develops anti-virus product
Pop starlet Kylie Minogue has early-stage breast cancer
BBC begins trial program allowing legal TV and radio downloads
Sony unveils Playstation 3
Star Wars III premieres at Cannes
French Workers stay at home for Whit Monday
Galloway and Pasqua deny any wrongdoing on their part in the oil-for-food program
Italian football: Roma and Lazio accused of fixing game
Muslim leaders don't accept "pressured" apology
"Do you know this pianist?" asks helpline
Department of Defense releases 9/11 video of plane hitting Pentagon
Hawaii to spend $4.9M on coqui frog eradication
Half of Australian defence force's munitions of no use
Pacific tests tsunami warning systems
Verizon says customer phone records were not handed over to the NSA
College ice hockey could follow NHL and add second referee
Barcelona win Champions League
Culture of violence reported in central Australian Aboriginal communities
Rescued Australian miners sign multi-million dollar media deal
Mundine beats Green in super-middleweight WBA eliminator
Marble slab falls off skyscraper in Toronto
Complaints about Bible surge after HK student paper classified as indecent
NHL: Buffalo Sabres beat Ottawa Senators 3 to 2
Recently discovered planet may contain 'hot ice'
Sarkozy appoints FranÃ§ois Fillon as Prime Minister of France
Historic crossing of Korean border
Whales that swam into Sacramento River are injured
MLB: Ninth-inning rally lifts Mets over Cubs
Cyber attacks in Estonia threaten national security
Wolfowitz to quit as head of the World Bank
Canadian TV to go all-digital in 2011
Israel responds to Hamas rockets with air strike on Gaza, killing four
Insurgents in Iraq kill 32 with chemical bomb
Asbestos victims file 6.6 billion yen class action lawsuit in Tokyo
Lake near Bristol drained of water through vandalism
Warsaw court requests testimony from Thatcher and Gorbachev
United States Senator Ted Kennedy rushed to the hospital
India's Congress party wins elections
Sudan accuses Chad of air strikes
After Eurovision win, Norwegians show their patriotism on Constitution Day
English Football: Manchester United clinch Premier League title
Sri Lankan president declares victory over rebels
Plane crash in northern Afghanistan kills at least 43
England defeats Australia and wins Twenty20 Cricket World Cup
Bus attack in India kills many
Seven-year-old girl killed in Detroit, Michigan police raid
Iran, Turkey, Brazil reach nuclear agreement
Judge Dannii Minogue exits UK X Factor over 'Australia's Got Talent' scheduling clash
Tasmanians protest against pulp mill