Marriage of Otto II, Holy Roman Emperor, to Theophano, Princess of the Eastern Roman Empire
Coronation of Henry III, "the Black," as King of Germany
A body of Templars make a night raid on the Moslem camp at the Siege of Acre. They are all killed.
St. Mary's College, Oxford, England, opens
Queen Margaret of England lands at Weymouth, too late to save Warwick and her Kingdom
Vasco da Gama arrives at Malindi, East Africa
Bartoleme Ferrelo returns to Spain after discovering the San Francisco Bay area
Philip III, King of Spain born
Founding of the University of Edinburgh
Illiam Dhone, Manx patriot born
"Telescope" named at a banquet given by Federico Cesi, Duke of Acquasparta
The Protestant Union is dissolved
Birth of Christian Huyghens
Dutch physicist Christian Huygens, founder of the wave theory of light born
King Charles II of England issues a General Amnesty to all save those whom Parliament would exempt
George Frederick Handel died in London. Handel had led a performance of "Messiah" just eight days earlier, collapsing afterwards. Today Handel is a favorite son in the pantheon of British composers, but since he was a German emigre he is also honored that way in Germany.
The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, was founded in Philadelphia. The first American abolition society was organized by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
The first edition of Noah Webster's "American Dictionary of the English Language" was published.
Josef Lanner, as much a pioneer of the Viennese waltz as Johann Strauss was, died, he was 42.
The flag of the Confederacy was raised over Fort Sumter, S.C., as Union troops there surrendered in the early days of the Civil War.
President Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded by John Wilkes Booth while attending the comedy "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater in Washington.
Helen Keller's teacher Anne Sullivan was born on this day. Sullivan, who was nearly blind herself, succeeded in teaching the blind and deaf Keller to read, write and speak. born
English historian Arnold Toynbee born
A motion picture "peep show" device - the kinetoscope - invented by Thomas Edison went on display in New York City. It held 50 feet of film, about 13 seconds worth, and showed images of Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill.
Veteran's Hospital at Fort Miley established.
French President Emile Loubet opened the Paris International Exhibition; it covered 547 acres and was the biggest of its kind in European history.
Actor Sir John Gielgud born
Haitian dictator Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier born
President William Howard Taft set a precedent by throwing out the first baseball at the opening of the baseball season. Washington's Walter Johnson held the A's to one hit, winning 3-0.
The British liner "Titanic" collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and began sinking. Rescue ships picked up 706
Actor Jay Robinson ("The Robe") born
King Alfonso the 13th of Spain went into exile, and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed.
Actor Anthony Perkins born
Morton Subotnik was born in Los Angeles. Subotnik was an early experimenter with the use of tape recorders in making music.
Singer-songwriter Buddy Knox born
Babe Ruth played his first game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. He was playing for the old Boston Braves of the National League, the team that later moved to Milwaukee, then Atlanta. Ruth was in his last year in the major leagues.
Country singer Loretta Lynn born
The John Steinbeck novel "The Grapes of Wrath" was first published.
The motion picture "Wuthering Heights," starring Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier, premiered in New York.
Actress Julie Christie born
Actress Hattie McDonald became the first African-American to win an Oscar. She won for supporting actress in "Gone with the Wind." McDonald made 14 films before her death in 1952.
Baseball's all-time hit leader, Former Cincinnati Reds player-manager, Pete Rose born
Musician Richie Blackmore(Deep Purple) born
American planes firebombed Tokyo and damaged the Japanese Imperial Palace.
Rock musician Dennis Bryon (Amen Corner) born
Rock singer Jerry Knight (Raydio) born
Ampex Corp. of Redwood City, California, demonstrated its first commercial videotape recorder. The machine had a price tag of $75,000. The early machines were too large to fit in a small room.
Actress Emma Thompson born
Actor Brian Forester born
The musical "Bye Bye Birdie" opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York City. Chita Rivera and Dick Van Dyke starred in the Broadway show which ran for 607 performances.
Rock singer-musician John Bell (Widespread Panic) born
Baseball player Greg Maddux born
Baseball player David Justice born
Rock musician Barrett Martin born
Actor Anthony Michael Hall born
The Matt Crowley play "The Boys in the Band" opened in New York.
Rock musician Martyn Le Nobile (Porno for Pyros) born
Baseball's Steve Avery born
Stevie Wonder announced he signed a $13 million contract with Motown -- the most lucrative in music history at the time.
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") born
The first test flight of America's first operational space shuttle, the "Columbia," ended successfully with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In his weekly radio address, President Reagan announced he had ordered $32 million in emergency arms shipments for El Salvador.
Jack C. Burcham became the fifth person to receive the "Jarvik 7" permanent artificial heart. (However, he died 10 days later at Humana Hospital Audubon in Louisville, Kentucky.)
Bernhard Langer of West Germany won the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia.
Geraldo Rivera and a camera crew went to the Lexington Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, and a record audience watched as the long-sealed vault of racketeer Al Capone was opened. The vault contained nothing of value.
Americans got first word of the US air raid on Libya (because of the time difference, it was the early morning of April 15th where the attack occurred.) U.S. warplanes struck Libya in the biggest U.S. air strike since the Vietnam War. Libya claimed 40 of its people were killed.
French feminist author Simone de Beauvoir died in Paris at age 78.
Secretary of State George P. Shultz met at the Kremlin with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, who proposed the elimination of short-range nuclear missiles in East Germany and Czechoslovakia as part of an arms control agreement with the US.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and the Soviet Union signed agreements providing for the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan and creation of a non-aligned Afghan state.
Testimony concluded in the Iran-Contra trial of former National Security Council staff member Oliver L. North.
Former winery worker Ramon Salcido went on a rampage in Sonoma County, California, killing seven people, including his wife and four daughters; he was later sentenced to death.
Lithuanian officials, facing a Kremlin deadline to back away from their declaration of independence, acknowledged that an economic blockade threatened by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev could result in huge layoffs.
The final withdrawal of American combat troops from southern Iraq began, 88 days after the United States launched its massive offensive to drive Saddam Hussein's forces from Kuwait.
Libya cut itself off from the world for 24 hours to mark the sixth anniversary of the US air raid, the same day the World Court rejected Libya's appeal to prevent sanctions against it for refusing to turn over suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
A government-funded study said that of 3,321 men surveyed, only 1.1 percent identified themselves as exclusively homosexual, a finding disputed by gay activists.
British archaeologists unearthed a 7,000-year old seafarer's village on Dalma island in the United Arab Emirates. They said it was the first major settlement of the Ubaid period in that area.
Millions of black workers in South Africa went on strike to protest the slaying of activist Chris Hani.
Don Calhoun, an office supply salesman from Bloomington, IL, made a 79-foot basket at a Chicago Bulls-Miami Heat game and collected $1 million. He got his free ticket to the game from a friend and was chosen at random.
Two American F-15 warplanes inadvertently shot down two US helicopters over northern Iraq, killing 26 people
The chiefs of the nation's seven largest tobacco companies spent more than six hours being grilled by the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee about the effects of smoking.
Actor-singer Burl Ives died in Anacortes, Washington, at age 85.
The United Nations Security Council gave permission to Iraq, still under sanctions for its invasion of Kuwait, to sell $2 billion dollars worth of oil to buy food, medicine and other supplies. (Iraq rejected the offer.)
Six people died and more than 30 were wounded in Pakistan when a powerful bomb went off at a cancer hospital built by former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan.
Israel's four-day-old military campaign against Hezbollah guerrillas continued, with aircraft bombarding guerrilla strongholds in Beirut and southern Lebanon, provoking guerrilla vows to turn northern Israel into a "fiery hell."
Attorney General Janet Reno rejected Republican calls to seek an independent counsel to investigate campaign fund-raising.
James McDougal, who'd agreed to cooperate with Whitewater prosecutors investigating President and Mrs. Clinton, drew a three-year prison sentence for 18 felony fraud and conspiracy counts.
Despite international pleas for leniency, the state of Virginia executed Angel Francisco Breard, a Paraguayan convicted of murder.
President Clinton moderated a town meeting on race with an all-star panel of sports figures.
The Grand Forks (North Dakota) Herald won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for public service; author Philip Roth received the Pulitzer fiction award, his first, for "American Pastoral."
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr told Congress the Watergate-era law that gave him the power to probe actions of executive branch officials was flawed and should be abolished.
NATO mistakenly bombed a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees; Yugoslav officials said 75 people were killed.
British entertainer Anthony Newley died in Jensen Beach, Florida, at age 67.
On Wall Street, stocks plummeted in heavy trading, with the Dow industrials down 617 points and the Nasdaq composite index falling 355 points, capping one of the worst weeks ever for US stocks.
In Washington, protesters dumped manure on Pennsylvania Avenue, seeking to disrupt meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
After almost two weeks of intense searching, China ends the hunt for a pilot elevated to the status of national hero when his fighter jet crashed after a collision with a U.S. spy plane.
When the dog bites the hand of a stranger
Chinese authorities question genetically altered rice allegation
Lawsuits filed against students accused of illegally sharing files over the Internet2
German cannibal seeks review of manslaughter conviction
U.S. Federal Agents arrest two Houston men in UN Oil for Food scandal
Israeli paratroopers stop 15 year old Palestinian from detonating himself
Killer virus sent worldwide
China calls Japan's gas drilling plan 'a serious provocation'
Slime-mold beetles named for Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld
Lib Dems launch manifesto
Major 'Spiritual Life of College Students' study released by UCLA
Australian PM faces inquiry into Iraqi kickbacks
Grover Norquist attempts to trademark 'K Street Project'
Forecast cloudy for COSMIC launch
Explosion rocks Jama Masjid in India
New Apple software lets Microsoft Windows boot on Macs
Canada tests cow for mad cow disease
Amber Alert canceled in Toronto
Salon: Rumsfeld allowed Guantanamo abuse
Egyptian official states Al-Qaeda explosives expert killed in airstrike
Bear in Tennessee kills six-year-old girl
NHL: Rangers edge Thrashers in goaltender duel
Canada contributes weather station to NASA Mars mission
Horse racing: Silver Birch wins the Grand National
French presidential candidate Sarkozy accuses left parties of betraying left values
Cricket World Cup: New Zealand vs South Africa
Two suicide bombers attack US targets in Casablanca
Canadian activist June Callwood dies at 82
NHL: Penguins defeat Senators to even series
Football: Watford fall to Manchester United in FA Cup
NHL: Devils fall to Lightning, series tied at 1-1
Explosion hits police station in Kerala, India
NHL: Islanders steal one in Buffalo to even series at 1-1
NASA: Series of errors led to loss of Mars Global Surveyor
Large earthquake strikes coast off French Guiana
Physicist John Wheeler dies at age 96
Economic policy makers conclude Washington meetings
NGOs in Taiwan to promote carbon-decreasing movements in different sectors before Earth Day
Atlas rocket launches ICO G1 satellite
Counting continues for Nepal's Constituent Assembly elections
Indiana congressional candidate Tony Zirkle defends speech at Nazi meeting
All confirmed dead on Kata Air An-32, Moldova asks for Russian investigatory help
11 policemen dead after attack by Taliban
Two British servicemen killed in roadside bombing
Tamil protests underway in Oslo
Eight year old Victoria Stafford of Ontario missing since Wednesday
French fishermen blockade Channel ports
BC election writ drops; referendum campaigns underway
Minnesota court declares Franken winner; Coleman considers appeal
Manitoba's flood creating hazardous conditions
Vatican criticized for cardinal's claim of homosexuality and pedophilia link
Officials: Two soldiers and over 30 insurgents killed in Pakistan
Volcanic eruption starts on top of EyjafjallajÃ¶kull, Iceland
Burial site for Polish president Lech Kaczynski draws objections
6.9 magnitude earthquake hits western China
Toyota to suspend sales of Lexus GX 460 over new safety fears
One dead after apartment fire in Oxfordshire, England
Scientists create schizophrenic brain cells
Barry Bonds guilty of obstruction
Tulsa shootings accused face multiple murder charges
Zimmerman stands before judge for the Trayvon Martin shooting
BBC to play 'four to five seconds' of Thatcher protest song