Death of St. Simon Stylites the Younger
Death of LaFranc, Archbishop of Canterbury
Death of St. David I, King of Scotland
The 5th Crusade sails from Acre to Egypt
French King Philip VI announces confiscation of Gascony from England - Beginning of the Hundred Years War
Capture of Joan of Arc by the Burgundians
Coronation, in Ireland, of Lambert Simnel, posing as Edward VI, King of England
A list of heretical books drawn up in London; Tyndale's Bible burned
Nicolaus Copernicus publishes proof of a sun-centered solar system "De Revolutionibus", he dies just after publication.
Physicist, William Gilbert, researcher into magnetism born
Captain Christopher Newport and 105 followers found the colony of Jamestown at the mouth of the James River on the coast of Virginia.
Sir Thomas Gates institutes "laws divine moral and marshal, " a harsh civil code for Jamestown.
After years of unprofitable operation Virginia's charter is revoked and it becomes a royal colony.
The House of Commons of England declares "Tunnage and Poundage" to be illegal
The Dutch West Indies Trading Co.(Peter Minuet) bought the island of Manhattan from the Indians, paying with goods worth about $24.
Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit, invented the thermometer born
English Parliament passes Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants.
The Methodist Church is established.
Jean-Paul Marat, French revolutionist born
Bostonian lawyer James Otis denounces "taxation without representation" and calls for the colonies to unite in demonstrating their opposition to Britain's new tax measures.
Believing that a French invasion of Ireland is imminent, Irish nationalists rise up against the British occupation.
Beethoven dedicated his brand new sonata to a French violinist named Kreutzer. But Kreutzer hailed the work as "unintelligible" and proudly declared that he would never play it.
Beethoven's short but to-the-point tragic overture "Egmont" was premiered.
Painter Emanuel Leutze was born in Germany. He painted some of the most famous American works such as "Washington Crossing the Delaware," and "Columbus Before the Queen." born
Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London. Her father, the Duke of Kent, was the fourth son of George III. Her mother was a German princess. Victoria was 18-years-old when she became queen. born
The first passenger railroad in the United States began service between Baltimore and Elliott's Mills, Maryland.
Samuel F.B. Morse transmitted the message, "What hath God wrought!" from Washington to Baltimore as he formally opened America's first telegraph line.
General Zachary Taylor captures Monterey in Mexican War.
Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho sang Charles Gounod's "Ave Maria" in its first public performance.
Bushwackers led by Captain William Marchbanks attack a Federal militia party in Nevada, Missouri
Berkeley named (for George Berkeley, Bishop of Cloyne).
The first American bicycle race is held in Boston.
Some 200 people died when the Canadian ferry "Princess Victoria" sank near London, Ontario.
The Brooklyn Bridge opened by President Arthur & Govenor Cleveland. The bridge linked Brooklyn and Manhattan Island.
Hostess and party-giver Elsa Maxwell, credited with introducing the "scavenger hunt" born
American publisher Samuel I. Newhouse born
W.T. McCullough of Boston, Massachusetts, opened the first public garage. One could rent space for selling, storing and repairing vehicles.
Actress Lilli Palmer born
Bartok's opera "Bluebeard's Castle" premiered in Budapest. It was controversial, not only because the music was hard on the ears, but also because the Bartok version of the Bluebeard story made Bluebeard, a serial killer, out to be an idealist who was misunderstood.
Author-broadcast executive Roger Caras born
Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia.
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) began service on the "Columbian" run between New York City and Washington, D.C. The passenger train was the first train with air conditioning throughout.
The first major league baseball game played at night took place at Cincinnati's Crosley Field as the Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-to-1.
Comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong born
Musician Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall," and "Blowin' in the Wind" born
The German battleship "Bismarck" sank the British dreadnought "Hood" in the North Atlantic.
Actor Gary Burghoff (M*A*S*H*) born
Singer Patti LaBelle born
Actress Priscilla Presley born
Country singer Mike Reid born
Willie Mays begins playing for the New York Giants.
The first traveling sidewalk in a railroad station began its first day of operation in Jersey City, New Jersey.
United Press International was formed through a merger of the United Press and the International News Service.
Actress Kristin Scott Thomas born
The Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter became the second American to orbit the Earth as he flew aboard "Aurora Seven."
The officials of the National Football League ruled that half-time of regular season games would be cut to 15 minutes.
Actor-dancer Gene Anthony Ray (TV show "Fame") born
Rock musician Vivian Trimble (Luscious Jackson) born
Rapper-recording executive Heavy D born
Rock musician Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes) born
Britain and France opened transatlantic Concorde service to Washington.
In a surprise move, the Kremlin ousted Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny from the Communist Party's ruling Politburo.
Actor Billy L. Sullivan ("Something So Right"). born
Iran rejected a call by the World Court in The Hague to release the American hostages.
Mrs. Christina Samane of South Africa gave birth to the heaviest baby ever born -- a 22-pound, 8-ounce son.
New Yorkers marked the 100th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge with a parade and a massive fireworks display.
Actor-rapper Big Tyme born
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled private religious schools that practice racial discrimination are not eligible for church-related tax benefits.
A court in El Salvador found five former national guardsmen guilty of murdering four American churchwomen in December 1980. (The guardsmen were each sentenced to 30 years in prison.)
President Reagan denounced a House-passed Democratic package of $56 billion in deficit reductions for the following fiscal year, saying it was riddled with phony savings.
The Union Jack was flown in Israel for the first time in 38 years as Margaret Thatcher became the first British prime minister to visit the Jewish state.
An estimated 250,000 people crowded onto the Golden Gate Bridge to celebrate the structure's 50th birthday a few days before the actual anniversary.
Country singer Billy Gilman born
President Reagan vetoed legislation that would have strengthened the nation's ability to defend itself and its industries against trading practices of other nations that were deemed unfair.
Vice President George Bush and Michael Dukakis won the Idaho presidential primaries.
China's top army command published a letter strongly supporting hard-line Premier Li Peng, who was reportedly locked in a power struggle with rival factions who opposed his strong stance against student protesters.
Two members of the militant environmental group Earth First! were injured when a pipe bomb exploded in their car in Oakland, California.
The Edmonton Oilers won their fifth Stanley Cup as they defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1.
The remains of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, assassinated by a suicide bomber, were cremated.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to deplore Israel's deportation of four Palestinians from the occupied territories.
Israel began airlifting 15,000 Ethiopian Jews to safety as Ethiopian rebels continued to advance on Addid Ababa.
Al Unser Jr. became the first second-generation winner of the Indianapolis 500; his father Al Unser, finished third. In the closest finish ever, he beat Scott Goodyear by .043 seconds.
President Bush authorized the Coast Guard to return directly home all Haitian refugees picked up at sea. Al Unser Junior became the first second-generation winner of the Indianapolis 500; his father, four-time winner Al Unser, finished third.
Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posada Ocampo and six other people were killed at the Guadalajara, Mexico, airport in what was described as a shootout involving drug gangs.
"Farewell My Concubine" and "The Piano" jointly won the Golden Palm award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Senate confirmed Roberta Achtenberg, an acknowledged lesbian, to be a top federal housing official.
Four men convicted of bombing New York's World Trade Center were each sentenced to 240 years in prison.
The United States and Japan agreed to revive efforts to pry open Japanese markets to U.S. goods.
Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson died in London at age 79.
"Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $1,500 for running a call-girl ring that catered to the rich and famous
President Clinton underwent his annual physical at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, where he had a precancerous lesion removed from his nose. On the plus side, his weight was the same as the year before 216 and his cholesterol count had improved from 203 to 191.
The space shuttle "Atlantis" returned to Earth, bringing with it NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger, who'd spent four months aboard the Russian "Mir" space station.
A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that schools can be sued when officials fail to stop students from sexually harassing each other.
The Supreme Court ruled that police violate people's privacy rights when they bring TV camera crews or other journalists into homes during arrests or searches.
Mike Tyson walked out of a Rockville, Md., jail after serving 3 months behind bars for assaulting two motorists over a fender-bender.
Gunmen killed five people in a robbery attempt at a Wendy's restaurant in Queens, New York.
The state of Maryland dismissed its wiretapping case against Linda Tripp after judge disallowed most of Monica Lewinsky's testimony.
Israeli troops pulled out unilaterally from south Lebanon, ending 18 years of occupation.
Isiah Thomas, Bob McAdoo and Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Dissident meeting held in Cuba
Democratic Republic of Congo adopts new constitution, plans elections
Marshall Islands to request $3 billion more from U.S. for health effects of nuclear testing
Kidnapped Romanian journalists return home
National Aromanian Day celebrated
Child released after spending entire life in Australian detention centre
Chilean army recruits missing
Italian police under trial for events at 2001 G8 Genoa meeting
Laura Bush visits Middle East in goodwill tour
Fox News viewership drops by half in 6 months
Particle accelerator reveals long-lost writings of Archimedes
Preakness won by Afleet Alex, Kentucky Derby Winner Third
World's tallest geyser erupts
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith opens in 105 countries around globe
Voyager 1 enters heliosheath at edge of solar system
Canadian MP crosses from Conservative to Liberal party
East Timor descends into further violence: Downer
The Australia Institute identifies ideal sites for nuclear power stations
Sir Edmund Hillary angry with mountaineers who left British climber to die
British sailor resumes around-the-world voyage after stop in Hawaii
Major fire breaks out at Istanbul airport
Fishermen make "very rare" find in Siberia
California Supreme Court revives High School Exit Exam
Multinational force sent to East Timor
British plane catches fire in Afghanistan
Police retrieve body of American tourist on hunting holiday in New Zealand
NHL: Schedule set for playoff finals
Protesters demonstrate at US Coast Guard Academy
Lebanese Army and Fatah al-Islam resume fighting
California Senator Carole Migden says medication may have caused car crash
38 miners killed in Russian mine explosion
Daughter of U.S. vice president, Mary Cheney, has baby boy
Authorities contacted after school death threat made on Wikipedia
English Football: Chelsea F.C. sack Grant
Police arrest two over Exeter bomb explosion
No prosecution for UK minor who called Scientology a 'cult'
President Bush to meet with LDS Church leaders in Utah
Centennial of 'father of contemporary Thai cinema' celebrated
Seven Moroccans killed in bus crash in central France
Court rules against Texas officials in FLDS case
Israel scrambles fighters to intercept unresponsive aircraft carrying Tony Blair
USL First Division: Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
Morgan Tsvangirai returns to Zimbabwe
Boeing pushes back 737 replacement development
Myanmar to allow foreign aid says UN's Ban Ki Moon
New law to help asbestos sufferers in Victoria, Australia
Jenson Button wins Monaco Grand Prix
Ten-year-old computer glitch prevents delivery of 1,380 Canadian health results
Space Shuttle Atlantis lands safely at Edwards Air Force Base
US and South Korea to conduct naval exercises in response to warship sinking
State of emergency declared in Kingston, Jamaica
Australian rules football: VCFL Country Championship - Bendigo vs. Gippsland
Body cemented in barrel found in Toronto harbour
'Black boxes' pulled from Air India plane wreckage
Nicolaus Copernicus buried again
California teen becomes youngest to conquer Everest
British ventriloquist Ray Alan dies at age 79
London policeman charged over G20 protest death
Police arrest train passenger for a 16-hour loud cellphone conversation
Top exorcist says schoolgirl was kidnapped for Vatican sex ring
Attorney John Wolfe wins 42% against President Obama in Arkansas primary