Election of Gregory II as Pope
London granted a Charter authorizing the election of city officials
Death of Otto IV, Holy Roman Emperor
Death of St. Celestine V, Pope
Death of St. Ives (Ivo) of Brittany
Coronation of Pope Clement VI
The Estates General of France order war to be made on England
Coronation of Charles V "the Wise," King of France
Jacques Cartier begins his second voyage to Canada
Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England's King Henry the Eighth, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery and incest with her brother, Lord Rochford. Even her father testified against her. The charges were false.
Archbishop Cranmer issues a dispensation to King Henry VIII of England to marry Jane Seymour
Mary, Queen of Scots, takes refuge in England
The Spanish Armada set sail for England; it was soundly defeated by the English fleet the following August.
Vasily Shuisky overthrows the "False Dimitri" and becomes Czar of Russia
Chartering of the University of Gressen, Germany
The Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists
Pope (Bl.) Innocent XI born
France declares war on Spain
New England Confederation formed by Connecticut, New Haven, Plymouth & Massachusetts Bay colonies for purposes of defense.
England declared a "Commonwealth" by the "Rump" Parliament
The blind Baroque composer John Stanley died at the age of 73. Stanley's organ voluntaries survive to this day.
The first U.S. game law was approved. The measure called for penalties for hunting or destroying game within Indian territory.
In France, Napoleon created the Legion d'Honneur, an order of distinction for civil or military service.
The first English-style railroad coach was placed in service on the Fall River Line in Massachusetts.
William F. Channing and Moses G. Farmer patented the electric fire alarm system in Boston, Massachusetts; the first city to adopt the system.
Helen Porter Mitchell was born in Australia. Later, when she became an opera singer, she would take a new name, Nellie Melba. Nellie was a nickname for Helen. Melba came from her hometown, Melbourne. Melba Toast and Peach Melba were both named after her.
The Homestead Act becomes law.
Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh born
The Federated Boys' Clubs, forerunner of the Boys' Clubs of America, were organized.
The first American criminal conviction based on fingerprint evidence happened in New York City when a small-time burglar named Crispey was sent up for six months because he had touched a store window.
Congress passed the Emergency Quota Act, which established national quotas for immigrants.
Black Muslim leader Malcolm X in Omaha, Nebraska. He was assassinated as he spoke in a meeting at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. born
Thomas Edison spoke on the radio for the first time.
Playwright Lorraine Hansberry ("A Raisin in the Sun") born
PBS newscaster Jim Lehrer born
T.E. Lawrence, known as "Lawrence of Arabia," died in a motorcycle accident in England.
TV personality David Hartman born
Singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury born
Author-director Nora Ephron born
In an address to the US Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his country's full support in the war against Japan.
British rock guitarist Peter Townshend (The Who) born
Rock musician Phil Rudd (AC-DC) born
Concert pianist David Helfgott born
Rock singer-musician Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) born
Rock singer Joey Ramone (The Ramones) born
Singer-actress-model Grace Jones born
The U.S. Supreme Court declared racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal in its landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education.
Baseball catcher Rick Cerone born
Rock musician Martyn Ware (The Human League) born
The United States and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
Rock musician Iain Harvie (Del Amitri) born
It was revealed that American diplomats had found at least 40 secret microphones hidden in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
The Soviet Union ratified a treaty with the United States and Britain banning nuclear weapons from outer space.
Rock singer Jenny Berggren (Ace of Base) born
About 20,000 people marched in solemn silence to a cemetery in Warsaw, Poland, to mourn a teen-ager (Grzegorz Przemyk) who died while in police custody.
The Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup, defeating the four-time defending champion New York Islanders in five games.
Residents of the Philadelphia neighborhood ravaged by fire in a police confrontation with the radical group "MOVE" gathered for Sunday services to seek solace.
South Africa said its soldiers had attacked alleged targets of the African National Congress in the capitals of three neighboring black-ruled countries: Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Actor Eric Lloyd ("Jesse") born
In the first direct talks between China and Taiwan in 37 years, Beijing agreed to return a cargo jet flown to the communist mainland by a defecting Nationalist pilot.
Two days after 37 American sailors were killed when an Iraqi warplane attacked the US frigate Stark President Reagan defended America's presence in the Persian Gulf.
Carlos Lehder Rivas, co-founder of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel, was convicted in Jacksonville, Florida, of smuggling more than three tons of cocaine into the United States.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average passed the 2,500 mark, ending the day at 2,501.10.
The NCAA announced sanctions against the University of Kentucky's basketball program for recruiting and academic violations.
Summer Squall won the Preakness Stakes.
Secretary of State James A. Baker III concluded an agreement with the Soviet Union to destroy chemical weapons and settle long-standing disputes over limits on nuclear-tipped cruise missiles.
Martial-law courts in Kuwait began trying people accused of collaborating with Iraqi occupation forces, sentencing one man to life in prison for wearing a Saddam Hussein T-shirt.
Willy T. Ribbs became the first black driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
The 27th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits Congress from giving itself mid-term pay raises, went into effect. It actually became part of the constitution on May 7, 1992, when Michigan became the 38th state to ratify the amendment. It was written in 1789.
224-pounder Dave Gauder of England, pulled a 196-ton jumbo jet three inches across the runway at Heathrow Airport in London for the world record for pulling a heavy object.
Massapequa, New York, Mary Jo Buttafuoco was shot and seriously wounded by her husband Joey's teen-age lover, Amy Fisher.
Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown" for having its title character decide to bear a child out of wedlock.
Boston Pops saluted "My Fair Lady," "Oklahoma," "South Pacific" and "Showboat" with some singing help from Susan Powell.
The White House set off a political storm by abruptly firing the entire staff of its travel office; five of the seven staffers were later reinstated and assigned to other duties.
President Clinton held a news conference in which he defended his foreign policy against suggestions he improvises it from crisis to crisis, saying, "I continue to look for new solutions.""
Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died in New York at age 64.
The Senate voted, 99-to-0, to reject President Clinton's spending blueprint.
NASA's administrator unveiled plans to slash thousands of aerospace jobs and to overhaul virtually every part of the agency.
Space shuttle "Endeavour" and its crew rocketed into orbit and quickly began preparing for the release of an inflatable antenna.
NBC sportscaster Marv Albert was charged in an indictment with biting a woman in an Arlington, Virginia, hotel room as many as 15 times and forcing her to perform oral sex. (Albert denied the charges, but at trial, ended up pleading guilty to assault and battery.)
Bandits stole three of Rome's most important paintings, two by van Gogh and one by Cezanne, from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
Millions of pagers nationwide stopped working when a communications satellite, the Galaxy Four, suddenly lost track of Earth.
As NATO's Operation Allied Force entered its ninth week, Russia's special envoy to the Balkans called on both NATO and Yugoslavia to suspend hostilities.
The Justice Department renewed its campaign to revoke John Demjanjuk's citizenship, alleging he was a Nazi death camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible."
The much-anticipated movie prequel "Star Wars -- The Phantom Menace" opened.
China and the European Union reached a market-opening trade deal, clearing Beijing's largest remaining hurdle to joining the World Trade Organization.
Masked gunmen launched a coup in Fiji that toppled Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, the country's first ethnic Indian premier.
NOAA predicts increased hurricane activity in U.S.
Exclusive Interview: Piano Man is possibly a British actor
Adrian reaches hurricane-strength, will strike Central America tonight
Euro Disney SCA receives new CEO
Journalist detained at Council of Europe human rights conference in Warsaw
Dec. 2004 Sumatra quake was longest ever recorded
Speaker breaks tie by voting for Canadian budget
Amazon deforestation accelerating
Two Australian car ferry operators caught drunk on the job
State schools chief to appeal California High School Exit Exam ban to state high court
Hawaii governor Lingle lobbies GOP for Akaka Bill passage
Indonesia hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake
US General in Iraq Claims Employment can Undermine Insurgency
Apes and birds are able to plan ahead: psychologists
RAGGS debuts on Australia's Seven Network
UN: Guantanamo Bay should be closed
Space shuttle Discovery safely arrives at launch pad
Wellington Hurricanes in Super 14 rugby final
OpenSync Interview - syncing on the free desktop
Elephants Dream: Free content 3D film released to the Internet
UPS plans $1 billion expansion, 5,000 new jobs at KY air hub
UN denounces killing of Haitian journalist Alix Joseph
500 million US dollars worth of treasure found off coast of Cornwall UK
Ayatollah Rafsanjani commemorates Iran-Iraq battle victory
Mourning ceremonies for earthquake begin throughout China
20 killed and over 40 missing as overcrowded bus crashes into Nepal river
Man remanded in custody after allegedly spraying urine on goods in Gloucestershire, UK
Ice hockey news: May 18, 2008
Stench of rotting corpses drives Russian doomsday group from cave
Polish politician sentenced in sex scandal
Malawi holds presidential and parliamentary elections
UK House of Commons' Speaker resigns
WHO director: Pandemic alert level will not be raised
Curfew imposed in parts of Thailand
Afghan Taleban attacks NATO base; several dead
Investigation into Polish air crash reveals passengers in cockpit
Same-sex marriage allowed in Portugal
Karzai visits UK for talks with new PM
Oil from Gulf spill reaches major current
Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigns as head of IMF
News briefs: May 19, 2012
China's 'Bandit King' given life term in 'massive' bribery case
Fifteen players leave Bolton Wanderers F.C. after relegation
Noosa defeat University in Sunshine Coast Rugby Union round nine
White House releases Benghazi emails