Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms (vohrms) because of his religious beliefs and writings.
English Gen. John Churchill, ancestor of statesman Sir Winston Churchill. born
Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned king of Italy.
Arrangements were made in New Orleans for the surrender of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi.
President Andrew Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives for "high crimes and misdemeanors." He won acquittal in the Senate by one vote.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote that he liked an idea put forth for a new grand opera. "I have the read the Egyptian story. It is well-conceived," Verdi wrote, and proceeded to compose "Aida."
The conductor who commissioned Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, Eugene Goosens, was born. (Goosens' father and grandfather were also conductors)
Actors' Equity Association was organized.
The composer Victor Herbert, in his sixties and weighing about 260 pounds, died of a heart attack while climbing the stairs to his doctor's office in New York.
Sportscaster Brent Musberger born
Opera singer Teresa Stratas born
The evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk, France, during World War Two began.
Rock singer-musician Levon Helm (The Band) born
Actor Philip Michael Thomas born
Singer Hank Williams Jr. born
Sally Ride, first American woman in space born
More than 100 crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Bennington died in an explosion off Rhode Island.
Actress Margaret Colin born
Country singer-songwriter Dave Robbins (BlackHawk) born
Actress Genie Francis ("`General Hospital'') born
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait born
Singer Lenny Kravitz born
Actress Helena Bonham Carter born
Rock musician Phillip Rhodes (Gin Blossoms, The Pharoahs) born
The "Apollo Ten" astronauts returned to Earth after a successful eight-day dress rehearsal for the first manned moon landing.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Joey Kibble (Take 6) born
Actor-producer-writer Matt Stone born
At the Moscow summit, President Nixon and Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev signed a pact limiting nuclear weapons.
George H. Willig scaled the outside of the South Tower of New York's World Trade Center; he was arrested at the top of the 110-story building.
Fourteen people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS "Nimitz" off Florida.
Former PTL leader Jim Bakker told ABC's "Nightline" he had made a "terrible mistake" in turning control of the ministry over to the Reverend Jerry Falwell, and accused Falwell of misleading him.
Reports began circulating that House Majority Whip Tony Coelho would resign to spare himself and the Democratic Party the ordeal of an investigation into his ethics.
Soviet maverick politician Boris N. Yeltsin failed in a second round of voting to win the presidency of the Russian Federation. (He succeeded in a third round of balloting three days later.)
A Lauda Air Boeing 767 crashed in Thailand, killing all 223 people aboard; crash investigators blamed an engine thrust reverser that had inexplicably deployed shortly after takeoff.
Rick Mears became the third driver to win the Indianapolis 500 four times.
The White House announced that the Coast Guard was returning a group of Haitian refugees picked up at sea to their homeland under a new executive order signed by President Bush.
President Bush and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton won primaries in Kentucky, Arkansas and Idaho.
President Clinton renewed trade privileges for China, and announced his administration would no longer link China's trade status with its human rights record.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were married in the Dominican Republic. (The marriage, however, did not last.)
In the tobacco industry's largest recall ever, Philip Morris USA halted sales of several cigarette brands, including some versions of top-selling Marlboro, because some filters were contaminated.
Buddy Lazier won the Indianapolis 500.
A police sergeant searching the murky waters where ValuJet Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing all 110 people aboard, found the crucial cockpit voice recorder.
Albania's opposition parties pulled out of the election on polling day because of "terror'' and manipulation of the poll by the ruling Democratic Party.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard made an unexpected personal apology to tens of thousands of Aborigines forcibly taken from their parents under a past government policy of assimilation.
The Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island, historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.
The Supreme Court made it far more difficult for police to be sued by people hurt during high-speed chases.
House Republicans pushed through legislation that would put new obstacles in the way of spending government surpluses that came from Social Security taxes.
Indian aircraft fired on separatist guerrillas in the Kashmir province and Pakistan threatened retaliation; it was the first use of air power in years in the long-running conflict over the Himalayan border region.
Barry Grunow, 35, an English teacher at Lake Worth Community Middle School in Florida, was shot to death by Nathaniel Brazill, a seventh grader who'd been sent home for throwing water balloons on the last day of classes.
Power crisis in Moscow and central Russia largest ever recorded
Liverpool beats Milan on penalties in Champions League final
Researchers at UC Berkeley strike against "bad faith bargaining"
Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi reported "wounded"
Hundred million dollar New Zealand drug bust
Melbourne - Adelaide train services disrupted into next week following fatal crash
U.S. Senate passes immigration reform bill
Science minister visits Australia's newest nuclear reactor, receives nuclear power report
Sculptor to teach animation maquettes at VAB Creative Studio
Symantec AntiVirus vulnerability found
US marines may face death penalty for "massacre" of civilians in Iraq
Shots fired on Capitol Hill
In depth: Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal controversy
Amnesty Report 2006: disadvantaged pay price of war on terror
Australian troops land in East Timor
Indian Communists protest US involvement in country's internal affairs
BitTorrent index sues MPAA
Hamilton to appear at Goodwood
White House discussing troop withdrawals of up to 50% in Iraq
Khamenei visits head of Islamic Iraqi Council
Ivory Coast militia destroys weapons
McLaren Mercedes drivers will start from top of Monaco Grand Prix
New Zealand newspaper poll projects majority for National Party
Roadside bomb kills Canadian soldier, injures two others
U.S. minimum wage increase passed by Congress
New South Wales government turns out the light on Blue Mountains Freeway
Controversial medical center demolished in Buffalo, New York
Monster Pig killed by eleven-year old boy
Nine killed as Russian cargo plane crashes in Siberia
Seven civilians killed in Iraq
YODEX Review: Varied competitions, Vast creations
Squash lines up for the 2016 Olympics
Lebanon elects army chief as new president
Fire and explosions kill at least 30 at Iranian chemical factory
Author Robert Asprin dead at 61
Australian art gallery raided by police; photographer faces possible indecency charge
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft lands safely on Mars
Film director Sydney Pollack dies at age 73
Minnesota boy with cancer and mother return to abide by court rulings
Obama nominates Sonia Sotomayor to U.S. Supreme Court
Attack occurs in Stavropol, Russia; at least six dead
Oil spill in Alaska closes 800 miles of pipeline
UK police announce arrest of suspected serial killer
Irish Senator Kieran Phelan dies at age 60
Plane crashes into Toronto office building
Iraqi Airways drops flights to United Kingdom and Sweden
Mexican cartoonist Gabriel Vargas dies at 95
Jamaica: Violence kills at least 30
Rollover on Illinois Route 59 in Naperville injures one
Turkish shopkeeper saves falling toddler
The end of an era for Winfrey
Employees killed in Foxconn manufacturing factory
'George Davis is innocent - OK': UK court partially vindicates campaign after 36 years
News briefs: May 26, 2012
Two rockets hit southern Beirut
Kamchatka deep-focus underwater earthquake reaches Moscow