The King of Cyprus arrives at Acre with reinforcements
Treaty of Northhampton ratified by the English Parliament
The Bastard of Orleans attacks the English besiegers of Orleans
The Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury in the Wars of the Roses. (defeat of Queen Margaret of England by Edward IV)
Edward V, King of England, arrives in London
Line of Demarcation drawn; non-Christian world divided between Spain and Portugal by the Pope
Pope Alexander VI, a Spaniard, decreed that all new lands discovered west of the Azores were Spanish.
Columbus given a Spanish Coat-of-Arms
During his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica.
Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island. He later 'bought' the island from the Wappinger Indians for trinkets said to be worth $24. The Indians thought they were merely granting "share" rights.
Charles I prorogues the "Short Parliament" after 22 days
K'ang-hsi, fourth emperor of the Ch'ing dynasty. born
Bartolommeo di Francesco Cristofori, Italian harpsichord manufacturer, born. He was credited with designing the first pianoforte. born
Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
The first Derby horse race was run at Epsom in England over a distance of one and a half miles.
Educator Horace Mann born
During the Fourth Mysore War, Sultan Tippu of Mysore was killed at Seringapatam.
Thomas Henry Huxley, British naturalist and humanist and originator of the word agnostic born
American landscape painter Frederick Church born
John Hanning Speke, British explorer. He was the first European to see Lake Victoria, which he claimed was the source of born
The Cunard shipping line was founded by Samuel Cunard of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1st of the major San Francisco fires.
Verdi wrote to his publisher asking for a loan to renovate his home.
Woodward's Gardens opens to public.
Wagner named his brand new home in Bayreuth "Wahnfried," which can be translated as "Dream Peace."
The running of the Kentucky derby, "America's premier" thoroughbred horse race, was inaugurated.
Phonograph shown for 1st time at the Grand Opera House.
Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst, British painter and suffragette. She was the third member of her family to fight for votes for women. born
At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an eight-hour work day turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.
The first, practical phonograph, better known as the gramophone, was patented.
New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis Spellman born
The United States took possession of the Panama Canal Zone.
Actor Howard DaSilva born
Responding to a demand from President Wilson, Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare, thereby averting a diplomatic break with Washington.
Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese prime minister 1972-74. Disgraced later in the Lockheed bribery scandal, he was sentenced to four years in jail. born
Students demonstrated in China against the Versailles Peace Conference decision to hand Germany's possessions in Shantung Province to Japan. Known as the May Fourth Movement, it led to the birth of the Chinese Communist Party.
Luis Herrera Campins, Venezuelan president from 1978-84. born
The first general strike in British history began. It was called by the Trades Union Congress and troops were called in to man essential services.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
Jazz musician Maynard Ferguson born
The president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak born
Audrey Hepburn (Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Rusten) near Brussels, Belgium. Her first major movie role in "Roman Holiday" (1953) won her an Academy Award. She starred in such films as ``Roman Holiday,'' ``Breakfast at Tiffany's'' and ``My Fair Lady.'' born
Opera singer Roberta Peters born
Jazz musician Ed Cassid born
Mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.
Rock musician Dick Dale born
Jazz musician Ron Carter born
Dr. Douglas Hyde became the first president of Ireland under its new constitution.
ABC-TV political commentator George F. Will born
The Battle of the Coral Sea began. It was a turning point in World War II, with Japan losing 39 ships and the United States, one.
Singer-songwriter Nick Ashford born
Rock musician Ronnie Bond (Bullis) born
Pop singer Peggy Santiglia (The Angels) born
Actor Paul Gleason ("The Thin Red Line") born
During World War II, Field Marshall Montgomery announced German forces in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany agreed to surrender unconditionally.
A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended, the violence having claimed five lives.
Country singer Stella Parton born
Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks born
Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) born
Jazz musician Danny Brubeck born
Actress-singer Pia Zadora born
Country singer Randy Travis born
Football punter Rohn Stark born
The winners of the first Grammy Awards were Modugno's "Volare," as record of the year. Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" won album of the year. The Champs "tequila won best R&B performance.
Actress Mary McDonough ("The Waltons") born
Rock singer Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz) born
A group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in interstate buses and bus terminals.
The Moody Blues were formed in Birmingham, England. Members included Denny Laine, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick. The band reorganized in 1967 with Justin Hayward as lead vocalist.
The Pulitzer Prize jury failed, for the first time, to award winners in the areas of fiction, drama and music.
National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio during a demonstration against the Vietnam war.
Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) born
Rock musician Jose Castellanos (Save Ferris) born
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser announced that "Waltzing Matilda" would serve as his country's national anthem at the upcoming Olympic Games.
Singer Lance Bass ('N Sync) born
Marshal Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, died three days before his 88th birthday.
An Argentine jet fighter sank the British destroyer H.M.S. Sheffield during the Falkland Islands war.
William D. Ruckleshaus, nominated by President Ronald Reagan to again head the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate hearing there would be no "hit lists," "political decisions" or "sweetheart deals" under his leadership.
Poland's premier, General Wojciech Jaruzelski and Soviet President Konstantin Chernenko signed a 15-year economic cooperation agreement in Moscow.
Western leaders wrapped up a summit in Bonn by urging a "substantial reduction" in barriers to free trade.
"Spend A Buck" won the 115th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
As heads of the leading industrial democracies gathered in Tokyo for their annual economic summit, saboteurs fired five homemade rockets at the state guest house; no injuries resulted.
For the first time, live models were used for Playtex bra ads. This time, models didn't have to be mannequins or women wearing the undergarments OVER dresses. The use of live models crossed a previously taboo line.
Pope John Paul II ended his five-day visit to West Germany, with a call for religious freedom in the Soviet bloc and praise for those who had opposed the "mass hysteria and propaganda" of the Nazi era.
Three French hostages -- Marcel Carton, Marcel Fontaine and Jean-Paul Kauffmann -- were released in Beirut by pro-Iranian kidnappers.
A year-long amnesty program for illegal aliens in the United States who met certain conditions was coming to a close, with thousands of applicants lining up nationwide on the last day.
Fired White House aide Oliver North was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes and acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair.
The South African government and the African National Congress concluded talks in Cape Town with a joint statement agreeing on a "common commitment toward the resolution of the existing climate of violence.""
Strike the Gold won the 117th Kentucky Derby.
President Bush suffered shortness of breath while jogging at Camp David; he was rushed to Bethesda Naval Hospital, where doctors found he was experiencing an irregular heart beat.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton toured riot-ravaged Los Angeles streets, blaming the destruction on what he called 12 years of Republican neglect.
About 70,000 Thais protested against the appointment of Suchinda Kraprayoon, an unelected general, as prime minister.
The final performance of the current New York Philharmonic program. Michael Torke said his new fanfare "Run" has a jogging rhythm and a positive feel. Bartok's "Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta" dates from 1936 but has a modern, action-movie sound even today.
The United States handed over control of the relief effort in Somalia to the United Nations.
The European Parliament overwhelmingly approved European Union plans to admit Austria, Finland, Norway and Sweden to the 12-nation bloc.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
An Iranian nuclear official said spent fuel from Iran's Russian-made reactors, potential raw material for nuclear bombs, would be returned to Russia for safeguarding.
A 13-year era of Socialist rule ended in Spain when conservative leader Jose Maria Aznar was appointed prime minister.
"Grindstone" won the Kentucky Derby, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas an incredible sixth straight victory in a Triple Crown race.
IBM's Deep Blue computer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, evening their six-game series at one game apiece.
Cerefino Jimenez Malla became the first Gypsy beatified in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
Wijayananda Dahanayake, former prime minister of Sri Lanka, died.
Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, California, under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.
In Vatican City, the commander of the Swiss Guard, Alois Estermann, and his wife were found shot to death in their apartment; a Vatican inquiry concluded that a corporal, Cedric Tornay, had shot the couple and then turned the gun on himself.
Tornadoes roared across the Plains for a second straight day.
Work crews struggled to restore electricity across Serbia after NATO strikes on major power grids left Belgrade and other cities in the dark.
Five New York police officers went on trial for the torture of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. (One officer later pleaded guilty; a second was convicted; three were acquitted.)
The "ILOVEYOU" e-mail virus infected computer networks and hard drives across the globe, spawning various imitations.
Londoners chose political maverick Ken Livingstone to be their first elected mayor.
Romanian presidential advisor resigns
Turbolinux adopted by China's largest bank
Romanian media workers ask Iraqi ambassador for help regarding kidnapped journalists
Refurbished cafeteria opens in Romanian parliament
ConstanÅ£a shipyard revenues increase by 63.5 percent in 2004
Romanian student wins NASA Space Settlement Design Contest
New Mars Orbiter arrives for launch
U.S. newspaper circulation continues 20-year slide
Tito remembered 25 years after his death
Charity haircuts and collaborative art at spring festival in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Former Haitian Prime Minister Neptune reported close to death
Saskatchewan man escapes black bear attack
Boston's Faneuil Hall selects performers
New York City Subway N service to be restored to Coney Island May 29, via the Sea Beach Line
Twelve more moons of Saturn discovered
Serbia - Pahomije's case moved to Nis
Partizan increases its lead
Italian biggest win at Italian Lottery Superenalotto
Rescue attempts continue for Tasmanian miners
Former Victorian Premier considers political comeback
Picasso's painting sold for $95.2 million
Prime Ministers of Greece and Turkey meet in Thessalonika
States challenge to Australian Work Choices Act begins
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Lava flows from Mount Merapi
Zacarias Moussaoui to serve life in prison
Soft drink companies to stop high school soda sales
Voting day for local elections in England
Royal Canadian Mint unveils world's largest gold coin
Ulster Volunteer Force announces it will put weapons "beyond reach"
Protesters in Israel call for resignation of Prime Minister
Taliban resurgent in Pakistan on enforcement of Sharia law
Fugitive Cuban soldiers in failed skyjacking
Plane crashes in McAllen,Texas; two dead
Mercury astronaut Walter Schirra dies, aged 84
Khamenei denounces US 'bullying', praises martyrdom operations
Party supporting Scottish independence from UK wins elections
Three children taken from New Mexico compound
Rescuers hunt Brazilian plane carrying four UK passengers
351 dead after Burma cyclone
Microsoft drops bid for Yahoo
Swine flu cases worldwide top 1,000
Indo-Canadian teens kidnapped, found dead in car
US criticizes Iran for remarks at nuclear conference
Investigation into US Airways river ditching in New York completed
Continental and United Airlines to merge
Severe flooding leaves 28 dead in southern United States
California governor Schwarzenegger vetoes smoking ban in parks
6.4 magnitude earthquake hits Chile
Iraq starts manual vote recount
'Where is your god now?': London policemen on trial accused of beating Muslim
Kony campaign faces ridicule, praise