The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople.
England adopts the Union Jack as its flag.
Parliament repeals the Townsend Acts.
Henry Clay, the "Great Compromiser", American politician and statesman who ran unsuccessfully for president three times. born
The British navy wins its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.
Francis Preston Blair, Washington Globe newspaper editor born
Phineas Pratt patented the comb cutting machine.
The first colonists arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
Charles Gaylor patented the fireproof safe in New York City.
John Shaw Billings, American librarian, army born
Yung Wing, one of several Chinese students to arrive in America this day, went on to become the first student from China to graduate from Yale University .
The American Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter South Carolina.
James Alexander Tyng, while playing a baseball game in Lynn, MA, became the first ballplayer to wear a catcher's mask.
Voters in Lockport, New York, became the first in the nation to use voting machines.
Actress and singer Lily (Alice) Pons (I Dream Too Much, That Girl from Paris) born
Dancer (Helen Beck) Sally Rand born
The Hippodrome opened in New York City with the gala musical revue, "A Yankee Circus On Mars".
Bandleader Lionel Hampton (On the Sunny Side of the Street, Hey! Hot Mallets, Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, Rag Mop) A few sources list 1913 born
Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.
American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clash at Parrel, Mexico.
Actress-dancer (Lucy Ann Collier) Ann Miller (Easter Parade, Sugar Babies, You Can't Take It with You, Hit the Deck, Kiss Me Kate, On the Town, Room Service, Lovely to Look At) born
Country singer Ned Miller born
Actress Jane Withers born
British Cabinet comes out in favor of women voting rights.
Musician Billy (Richard) Vaughn (Melody of Love, The Shifting, Whispering Sands, Sail along Silver Moon) born
Ukulele playing, falsetto singer (Herbert Khaury) Tiny Tim (Tiptoe Through The Tulips) born
Opera singer Montserrat Caballe born
"Tender Is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald was first published.
Actor Charles Napier born
One of the classic theme songs of the Big Band era was recorded for Decca Records: Woody Herman's Orchestra recorded "Woodchopper's Ball."
Jazz musician Herbie Hancock born
Actor Frank Bank ("Leave It to Beaver") born
Rock singer John Kay (Steppenwolf) born
The U.S. Twentieth Air Force is activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage Warm Springs, Georgia, at age 63; he was succeeded by Vice President Harry S. Truman.
Talk show host David Letterman born
Author Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent, The Burden of Proof) born
Singer David Cassidy born
Chip (James Earl) Carter (son of 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter and First Lady, Roslyn Carter) born
Bill Haley records "Rock Around the Clock."
The Salk vaccine against polio was declared safe and effective.
Actress Suzzanne Douglas born
Country singer Vince Gill born
Rock musician Will Sergeant (Echo & the Bunnymen) born
Rock singer Art Alexakis (Everclear) born
Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.
Folk-pop singer Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) born
Country singer Deryl Dodd born
Arnold Palmer won his fourth Masters title and became the first golfer to earn career golf earnings of $506,496.00.
Philadelphia singer, Chubby Checker married former Miss World, Catherina Lodders.
Figure skater Elaine Zayak born
Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.
Rock singer Nicholas Hexum (311) born
Actress Shannen Doherty born
Actress Claire Danes born
The space shuttle Columbia blasted off from Cape Canaveral on its first test flight.
Chicagoans went to the polls to elect Harold Washington the city's first black mayor.
Challenger astronauts made the first satellite repair in orbit by returning a healthy Solar Max satellite to space as an orbiting sun watcher. The satellite had been circling the Earth for three years with all circuits dead before repairs were made.
Federal inspectors declared that four animals of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus were not unicorns as the circus said, but goats with horns which had been surgically implanted.
Senator Jake Garn of Utah became the first senator to fly space as the shuttle Discovery lifted off.
Radical activist Abbie Hoffman was found dead at his home New Hope, Pennsylvania, at age 52
Former middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson died Culver City, California, at age 67.
In its first meeting, East Germany's first democratically elected parliament acknowledged responsibility for the Nazi Holocaust, and asked the forgiveness of Jews and others who had suffered.
Kurdish rebels reported the Iraqi army was attacking guerrillas in northern Iraq.
Defense Secretary Dick Cheney announced plans to close 31 major US military bases, including Ford Ord in California and Fort Dix in New Jersey.
Euro Disneyland opened France.
Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell declined to be
In a move that stunned the business world, billionaire Kirk Kerkorian and former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca made an unsolicited $22.8 billion bid to buy the nation's third largest automaker; Chrysler responded that it wasn't for sale.
President Clinton named US Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to succeed the late Ron Brown as commerce secretary.
Golfer Mark O'Meara won the Masters title Augusta, Georgia.
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams appealed to IRA supporters to accept Northern Ireland's compromise peace accord.
US District Judge Susan Webber Wright cited President Clinton for contempt of court, concluding that the president had lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky in a deposition in the Paula Jones case.
A jury in Little Rock, Arkansas, acquitted Susan McDougal of obstructing Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's Whitewater inquiry and deadlocked on two other charges, causing a mistrial.
Attorney General Janet Reno met in Miami with the US relatives of Elian Gonzalez, after which she ordered them to bring the six-year-old boy to an airport the next day so he could be taken to a reunion with his father in Washington. (Elian was seized by federal agents ten days after Reno's order to turn him over.)
After urging from U.S. President George W. Bush, China agrees to release 24 crew members of a U.S. spy plane held by Beijing for 11 days.
Australian man arrested at U.S. Capitol building
KLM flight to Mexico sent back by U.S. Homeland Security, inquiry follows
New top level domain names created
Tom DeLay raises Republican hackles as ethics charges dominate news
Child killed by family dog
Irish Enterprise Exchange Launched in Dublin
Eritrea plans to vaccinate 500,000 children
Australian Immigration denies issuing banned drug
US trade deficit soars to new high of US$61.04 billion
Labour attack Tory economic policy
Liberal Democrat Party pauses to welcome Donald James Kennedy
Cloned cattle's milk and meat seem safe, according to new study
Australian foreign minister tells inquiry it was the UN's job to investigate Iraq kickback claims
Australian PM to face Cole inquiry
Bomb threat that diverted Ryanair jetliner reportedly a hoax
NSW to Queensland water pipeline would be "cost-effective": Report
Plants on other planets may not be green
Author Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84
UN genocide exhibit removed and put on hold after Turkey objects
Two Iraqi MPs killed in bombing at parliament
Violence in Uganda over forest clearing proposal
CBS fires radio personality Don Imus
Cricket World Cup: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
NHL: Detroit burns Calgary in first playoff matchup
UEFA Cup: Tottenham out after 2-2 draw with Sevilla
NHL: Rangers slip past Thrashers in Playoff opener
NHL: Buffalo overwhelms Islanders in Playoff opener
NHL: Jersey opens Playoffs with win over Tampa Bay
EBay Australia to only permit payment via PayPal
Large earthquake strikes south of New Zealand
Spain's new cabinet has more women than men
Kata Air An-32 crashes - all presumed dead
Authorities in Belgium raid Church of Scientology
Over 60 dead in Kenya cholera outbreak, state issues alert
American captain freed from Somali pirates
State of emergency in Thailand; protestors attack PM's car
Sunday school teacher arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murder
NATO troops kill four people on bus in Afghanistan
Calm returns to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Car bomb explodes near MI5 army base in Northern Ireland
Eleven dead after Belarus subway bombing
French police arrest two women wearing veils after burqa ban goes into effect
Fatal train fire may have been suicide attempt, British police say
Mubarak refused permission to leave Egypt for treatment after heart attack
Crisis at stricken Japan nuclear plant escalates to level of Chernobyl; six killed in aftershock
France first to enforce burqa ban
Facebook acquires Instagram for US$1 billion
Two unconscious drug-overdosed men discovered outside University of Canberra residence hall
Goat head delivered to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts
Anonymous muscle in on Canadian teen rape case