Death of St. Gregory of Nazianzus
Julius Nepos, last legitimate Western Roman Emperor, dies
Election of Baldwin I as Emperor of Rumania
Death of Richard de Bures, 17th Master of the Templars
Prince Edward and the English arrive at Acre (8th Crusade)
Charges of Witchcraft dismissed against Margery Jourdemain, John Virley, and John Ashwell, in England
Charles, Duke of Burgundy, reviews his troops near Lausanne, Switz.
Death of Lorenzo de Medici "The Magnificent"
Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain on his fourth and final voyage to the New World.
1st Episcopal celebration of the Eucharist in America, Jamestown
Execution of the Earl of Strafford
Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer better known as Captain Blood, stole the crown jewels from the Tower of London.
Giovanni Paisiello was born in Taranto. In his lifetime his operas, more than a hundred of them, were acclaimed the most. But Paisiello also composed a lot of symphonies, quartets and some keyboard concertos.
The first American newspaper cartoon was published. The illustration in Benjamin Franklin's "Pennsylvania Gazette" showed a snake cut into sections, each part representing an American colony; the caption read, "Join or die."
British inventor Joseph Bramah patented the beer-pump handle.
European explorer Alexander Mackenzie began a journey from Fort Chipewyan on Lake Athabasca, eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean via the Bella Coola River, the first to use a route north of Mexico.
Abolitionist John Brown in Torrington, Connecticut. Brown was convicted by the Commonwealth of Virginia of treason, murder and inciting slaves to rebellion; he was hanged on December 2, 1859. born
The first gas-lit theater in America opened. It was the Chatham Theatre in New York City.
A little town in Northwestern Nevada was named Reno after General Jesse Lee Reno, a Union officer of the Civil War. The town was first settled by the Washoe Indians who used the area for festivals and ceremonies.
Howard Carter, the Egyptologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen born
Henry J. Kaiser, built Liberty Ships, Jeeps born
Igor Stravinsky's youthful Symphony in E-flat was performed privately. The concert was arranged by Stravinsky's teacher Rimsky-Korsakov. No composer ever tended his own P-R as much as Stravinsky and he did a good job of downplaying anyone else's influence on his music.
The 17th Amendment to the Constitution, providing for the election of senators by popular vote rather than selection by state legislatures, was ratified.
Country singer Hank Snow born
CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace born
Americans Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett became the first men to make an airplane flight over the North Pole.
Canberra replaced Melbourne as the capital of Australia.
A starting gate was used for the first time in a Triple Crown race. The gate was rolled into place at the Preakness at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Gallant Fox won the race.
Actor-writer Alan Bennett born
Actress-turned-politician Glenda Jackson born
Italy annexed Ethiopia as Benito Mussolini celebrated in Rome.
The first sheet of postage stamps of more than one variety went on sale in New York City.
Musician Sonny Curtis (Buddy Holly and the Crickets) born
Musician Nokie Edwards (The Ventures) born
Vivien Leigh made her American stage debut, starring with Laurence Olivier in "Romeo and Juliet.""
Producer-director James L. Brooks ("As Good As It Gets") born
Musician Pete Birrell (Freddie and the Dreamers) born
Jimmie Davis, who wrote the song "You Are My Sunshine," became the Governor of Louisiana.
Singer-musician Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield and Poco) born
Musician-producer Steve Katz (Blood, Sweat and Tears) born
US officials announced that the midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.
Actress Candice Bergen born
Actor Anthony Higgins born
Prince Louis II of Monaco died shortly after delegating his powers to Prince Rainier, who began his reign on April 11, 1950.
Singer-songwriter Billy Joel born
Rock singer-musician Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick) born
Actress Alley Mills ("The Wonder Years") born
Baseball player Tony Gwynne born
The United States became the first country to use the birth control pill legally.
In a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow condemned television programming as a "vast wasteland."
Singer Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) born
The House Judiciary Committee opened its hearing on the possible impeachment of President Nixon
Ulrike Meinhof, a leader of the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group, hanged herself in prison.
Rock musician Dan Regan (Reel Big Fish) born
The bullet-riddled body of former Italian prime minister Aldo Moro, who'd been abducted by the Red Brigades, was found in an automobile in the center of Rome.
Eighteen people were killed when troops opened fire on terrorist occupying San Salvador cathedral in El Salvador.
A Liberian freighter rammed a bridge in Florida's Tampa Bay, collapsing part of the span and dropping 35 people to their deaths. A new $240 million Sunshine Skybridge opened seven years later, on April 30, 1987.
Actress Rosario Dawson born
Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury met for the first time in Ghana.
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher called a general election for June 9, eleven months earlier than she was required to, and the result was a larger majority in Parliament for the Conservatives.
In a nationally broadcast address, President Reagan appealed to the public and Congress to support his policies in Central America.
Capping a 10-day European tour with a speech before Portugal's assembly in Lisbon, President Reagan lashed out at the leaders of the Soviet Union and Nicaragua.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Hans Blix, said he'd been told by Soviet officials that they were working to encase the damaged Chernobyl nuclear reactor in concrete.
All 183 people aboard a Polish jetliner were killed when the plane, bound for New York, crashed and burned in Warsaw after the pilot made an emergency return.
Education Secretary William J. Bennett announced he would leave his position in mid-September.
President Bush complained that Panama's elections were marred by "massive irregularities," and he called for worldwide pressure on General Manuel Antonio Noriega to step down as military leader.
The Soviet Union held its Victory Day parade in Moscow's Red Square, celebrating the defeat of the Nazis during World War II.
President Bush and congressional leaders announced plans for emergency budget talks, with tax increases and spending cuts on the negotiating table.
William Kennedy Smith was charged with rape, nearly six weeks after Patricia Bowman accused him of attacking her at the Kennedy family estate in West Palm Beach, Florida (he was acquitted at trial).
President Bush met at the White House with U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, who relayed Iraq's rejection of a U.S.-backed proposal for a U.N. civilian force in northern Iraq.
President Bush, back in Washington after a visit to riot-torn Los Angeles, promised in a radio speech that he would work with the Democrat-controlled Congress on proposals to help American cities.
A methane gas explosion roared through the Westray coal mine in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, killing 26 miners. The bodies of 11 men were recovered. Further recovery was called off due to the danger of a cave-in.
The White House said President Clinton had directed Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher to contact US allies to discuss how they could ensure Serbia's promise to cut supplies to the Bosnian Serbs.
South Africa's newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country's first black president. Madnela promised a South Africa for "all its people, black and white."
The city of Kinshasa, Zaire, was placed under quarantine after an outbreak of the Ebola virus.
President Clinton arrived in Moscow for a summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin.
The United States returned 13 Cuban boat people to their homeland, the first refugees to be sent back under a new policy bitterly protested by Cuban-Americans.
In dramatic video testimony to a hushed courtroom in Little Rock, Arkansas, President Clinton insisted he had nothing to do with a $300,000 loan at the heart of the criminal case against his former Whitewater partners.
The National Party, which inflicted apartheid on South Africa then helped break the hated system, decided to quit Nelson Mandela's two-year-old government of national unity, effective June 30.
During a visit to a rain forest in Costa Rica, President Clinton urged nations not to sacrifice their environment in pursuit of economic gain.
Indonesian President Suharto left his troubled country for a summit in Egypt with a warning his army would quell violence over his 32-year rule and the worsening economy.
Furious Chinese demonstrators hurled rocks and debris into the U.S. Embassy in a second day of protests against NATO's bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Yugoslavia.
A chartered bus carrying members of a casino club on a Mother's Day gambling excursion flipped off a highway in New Orleans, killing 22 people.
Former Governor Edwin Edwards, who was known for nod-and-a-wink politics but always evaded prosecutors, was convicted for the first time, on charges he extorted hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen applying for riverboat casino licenses. The former four-term Democratic governor was found guilty along with his son Stephen of fraud and racketeering. (Edwards was sentenced to ten years in prison and fined a quarter of a million dollars.)
A draft statement prepared by a U.N. conference on nuclear disarmament singled out Israel for being the only country in the Middle East that hasn't signed onto the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Failed Republican presidential candidate John McCain decided to endorse former rival George W. Bush at their Tuesday summit, despite misgivings about the Texan's agenda.
Romanian Humanist Party changes name to Conservative Party
Nuclear waste leaks at Sellafield facility on Cumbrian coast, England
Ex-ambassador comes fifth in election in UK Foreign Secretary's seat whilst trying to highlight alleged torture in Uzbekistan
Victory Day 60th anniversary commemorated in Russia
US VX nerve gas disposal test a success
75 Iraqi militants reported dead in U.S. offensive
Grafton, New York Peace Pagoda celebrates birth of Buddha with Flower Festival
Long shots dashed hopes of favorites in Derby race
Varanasi bombings suspect shot in Kashmir
Australian Budget for 2006-2007 released
Third Australian miner laid to rest
Bush announces food aid to Darfur, AU faces fund crisis
Australian "3 CDMA" customers have 90 days to move to 3G
Ahmadinejad sends letter to George W. Bush
High school seniors take last-chance exit test while judge prepares to strike it down
Buncefield oil depot tank 'was overflowing'
China enters UN human rights council
British Foreign Secretary: no plans for Iran
Warner Brothers ban movie previews in Canada
Northern Ireland has home rule returned
Trial 'soon' for aid worker who facilitated release of Italian journalist in Afghanistan
Video released with demands for exchange of BBC correspondent
Iraqi school children killed in US air strike
Subtropical storm brews off eastern Florida, USA
Canadian television show to debut in French speaking countries
Scientists to bring all species together in Encyclopedia of Life
Atlantic Canada to investigate lotto winnings
Search for Brazilian plane with four UK passengers called off after seven days
US denies arrest of al-Masri, al-Qaeda in Iraq leader
Price of crude oil reaches new record high
Bristol police involved in standoff at a residence
Thabo Mbeki visits Zimbabwe amid rising violence
Myanmar criticised for hampering aid; UN resumes relief efforts
Five biggest US banks told to raise $74.6 billion; fail "stress tests"
Recession hits Australian asbestos victims fund
Wildfire in California displaces 30,000
2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks
7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia
Football: Chelsea beat Wigan to win fourth Premier League title
Former Ukraine PM Yulia Tymoshenko to end hunger strike, daughter announces
Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney for US president
Mexico and world react to murdered journalists
Lord Falconer proposes bill to legalise assisted dying for terminal ill in UK