Death of Arthur I, King of England
Frankish Empire divided between Charles, Louis & Lothar, Worms
Assassination of Reginald II, King of the Isle of Man
Death of St. Ferdinand of Castile
Founding of the University of Marberg, Germany
Dante Alighieri, Italian poet born
A truce is proclaimed in the Scottish Wars, to last for thirteen years
Death of Henry II of Trastamara, King of Castile-Leon
Jerome of Prague, theologian, burned as a heretic by the Church
Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France, at age 19. She had been convicted of sorcery.
Columbus sets out from Spain on his third voyage
Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour, his 3rd wife
Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto lands on the coast of Florida.
Death of Charles IX, King of France
Death of Christopher Marlowe, playwright. Murky inconsistencies cloud the various accounts of Marlowe's death but it is most commonly held that he was stabbed to death during a disagreement over a tavern bill. He was buried on the 1st of June in the churchyard of St Nicholas at Deptford
"La Gazette de France" first published
Treaty of Prague ends Thirty Years War
Death of Peter Paul Rubens, painter
The territories of Nebraska and Kansas were established.
Bedrich Smetana's opera "The Bartered Bride," which was to become the world's most popular Czech opera, was premiered in Prague. It was not much of a success. Smetana would spend the next several years revising it, it enjoys success nowadays.
12 people were trampled to death when a rumor that the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge was in imminent danger of collapsing triggered a stampede.
Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig and many other cartoon characters born
Band leader Benny Goodman born
Indianapolis saw its first long-distance auto race; Ray Harroun was the winner.
The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated in Washington DC, by Chief Justice William Howard Taft.
Christine Jorgensen, who gained notoriety for undergoing a sex-change operation born
Country musician Johnny Gimble born
A battle between police and strikers at the Republic Steel Corp. plant in Chicago killed 10 people and wounded 90.
Walter Piston's "Incredible Flutist" was premiered by the Boston Symphony.
Actor Michael J. Pollard born
American forces secured the Aleutian island of Attu from the Japanese during World War Two.
Actor Stephen Tobolowsky born
Unidentified soldiers killed in World War Two and the Korean conflict were buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
One of the towering masterworks of the 20th century was premiered. Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" was composed for the rededication of the rebuilt St. Michael's Cathedral in Coventry. The church had been bombed out in World War Two.
Country singer Wynonna born
Rock musician Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) born
Rock musician Patrick Dahlheimer (Live) born
The American space probe "Mariner Nine" blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Florida, on a journey to Mars.
Rapper Cee-Lo (Goodie Mob) born
Pope John Paul II arrived in France on the first visit by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since the early 19th century.
Spain became NATO's 16th member, the first country to enter the western alliance since West Germany in 1955.
Soviet Defense Minister Sergei L. Sokolov and the chief of Soviet air defenses were fired, two days after West German pilot Mathias Rust entered Soviet airspace in a small plane and flew all the way to Moscow's Red Square.
On the second day of the Moscow summit, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, giving a toast at a state dinner, called for closer contacts with Americans, adding, "This should be done without interfering in domestic affairs, without sermonizing or imposing one's views and ways."
US Representative Claude Pepper (Democrat, Florida), a champion of the nation's elderly, died in Washington at age 88.
Student demonstrators at Tiananmen Square in Beijing erected a 33-foot statue they called the "Goddess of Democracy."
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in Washington for his summit with President Bush.
The US Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors can be sued for the legal advice they give police and can be forced to pay damages when that advice leads to someone's rights being violated.
President Bush ordered the seizure of Yugoslav government assets in the United States after the United Nations imposed sanctions in an effort to force Yugoslavia to observe a cease-fire in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Emerson Fittipaldi won the 77th Indianapolis 500, driving at an average speed of 157.207 miles-an-hour.
The UN Security Council warned North Korea to stop refueling a nuclear reactor and allow UN monitors to perform full inspections.
Mormon Church president Ezra Taft Benson died in Salt Lake City at age 94.
In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic demanded guarantees of no further NATO air attacks and de facto recognition of a self-styled Serb state.
The House called off a contempt-of-Congress vote after President Clinton's aides turned over one-thousand pages of papers and a long-sought list of documents in the travel office firings.
Britain's Prince Andrew and the former Sarah Ferguson were granted an uncontested decree ending their ten-year marriage.
Child molester Jesse K. Timmendequas was convicted in Trenton, New Jersey, of raping and strangling a seven-year-old neigbhor, Megan Kanka, whose 1994 murder inspired "Megan's Law," requiring that communities be notified when sex offenders move in. (Timmendequas was later sentenced to death.)
Northern Afghanistan was rocked by a powerful earthquake believed to have killed up to five-thousand people.
Pakistan set off another nuclear blast.
A tornado tore through Spencer, South Dakota, killing six people.
Astronauts from the space shuttle Discovery rigged cranes and other tools to the exterior of the international space station during a spacewalk; then, the astronauts entered the orbiting outpost for three days of making repairs and delivering supplies.
Kenny Brack won the crash-marred Indianapolis 500, driving a car owned by racing legend A.J. Foyt.
Former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey died in Scranton at age 68.
Gordon "Tex" Beneke, a singer and sax player with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, died in Costa Mesa, California, at age 86
President Clinton arrived in Portugal as he opened a week-long visit to Europe.
Huge Gay Pride parade held in Brazil
Amnesty International urges international investigations of top U.S. officials
Class of 9/11 graduates West Point
Polish writer Tomasz PacyÅ„ski dies
UK and U.S. bombing raids against Iraq increased in 2002
Australian PM doesn't support Queensland party amalgamation
New Zealand to get new postal codes
U.S. Military truck crash kills civilians; Kabul riots
Operation Marham:India rushes aid to Indonesia
East Timor: President GusmÃ£o takes emergency powers to quell unrest
Dutch pedophiles set to go political
Former chaplain at Guantanamo tells about abuse and underage prisoners
Bomb blasts near Greek Minister's house
Chinese stock markets plunge after tax increase
Nightwish announce Anette Olzon as new lead vocalist
Iran typifies Islamic justice, says chief judicial official
New Zealander on oxygen machine dies after power disconnection
Thai Rak Thai dissolved, ex-premier Thaksin banned from politics
F-15 fighter jet crashes near Vincennes, Indiana, USA
Lordi to star in horror movie
US places man with TB under quarantine, launches search for contactees
Arnold Schwarzenegger marks three day visit to Canada
Oldbury nuclear power station suffers fire
Officer who killed Polish dissident during Communist era sentenced to 4 years prison
Ban on cluster bombs adopted by 111 countries
X performs at the TLA in Philadelphia
First fertilised fish fossil found
Serie A 2008â09: Inter Milan fire Mancini
Fear and loathing on the campaign trail, May 2008
Major 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Honduras
Protesters against police violence surround London's Scotland Yard
Explosion in Chinese mine kills 25
Nineteen-year sentence for murder handed down to music producer Phil Spector
UN hides facts about war in Sri Lanka, says French Le Monde
Gun attack at Iranian election office injures three
British MP condemns deportation of man to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Oil prices reach six-month high
Facebook blocked in Bangladesh
Ice Hockey: Blackhawks take first Stanley Cup Finals game in 11-goal thriller
Israel declines appeals to sign Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Canada keeping eye on Deepwater Horizon spill
'Statues of Democracy' removed in Hong Kong
BP: Plug for underwater oil leak in Gulf of Mexico fails
At least thirty dead after bus accident in India
Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile
University of Chicago's Mansueto Library suffers power outage
Former Hungarian president Ferenc MÃ¡dl dies aged 80
Blatter set to be re-elected as FIFA suspends two senior officials
Egypt opens border crossing with Gaza
Charles Taylor gets 50 years for war crimes
U.S. Congressman Thad McCotter denied ballot in re-election primary race; announces write-in campaign
'Cartoons country' festival in Moscow: in pictures