Marcus Aurelius, 16th Roman Emperor born
Death of Pope Stephen III
Conrad IV, King of Germany born
Death of St. Stephen of Perm
An attempt is made on the life of Lorenzo de Medici; Giuliano de Medici murdered
Baptism of William Shakespeare
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, issues a Licence for Sunday Sports
Marie de'Medici, Queen of France born
An expedition of English colonists, including Captain John Smith, went ashore at Cape Henry, Virginia, to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere.
Dutch West India Co. refused to exclude Jews from New Amsterdam
American naturalist and artist John James Audubon was born in Haiti. In order to devote time to his bird studies, he supported himself by giving lessons in music, dancing and fencing.
Friedrich von Flotow was born in Teutendorf in Germany. Flotow's reputation rests entirely on one work, a ballet which he later turned into an opera called "Martha." It is the only opera ever composed to employ an English setting, an Irish folk melody, and a German libretto!
The first Odd Fellows lodge in the United States was established in Baltimore, Maryland. The main focus of the fraternal order is "to relieve the brethren, bury the dead and care for the widow and orphan."
Russia declared war on Turkey to support Greece's battle for independence.
John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was surrounded by federal troops near Bowling Green, Virginia, and killed though they were ordered to take him alive.
Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler's deputy born
Seismologist Charles Richter, who devised the earthquake-measuring scale that bears his name, was born in Hamilton, Ohio.
Novelist Bernard Malamud born
Architect I.M. Pei. He designed the new wing of the National Art Gallery, the new parts of the Louvre, and the Kennedy Presidential Library. born
Weather forecasts were heard for the first time on radio when WEW in St. Louis, Missouri, aired weather news.
The Duke of York -- Britain's future King George VI -- married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in Westminster Abbey.
Jazz musician Teddy Edwards born
Dancer-actress Bambi Lynn born
Actress-comedian Carol Burnett (some sources 1938) born
During the Spanish Civil War, German-made planes destroyed the Basquetown of Guernica, Spain.
Songwriter-musician pop guitarist Duane Eddy born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Maurice Williams born
Pop singer Bobby Rydell born
Actress Claudine Auger ("Thunderball") born
1,540 or more people died in the world's worst mining disaster at a colliery in Benxi, in Japanese-occupied China.
Rock musician Gary Wright born
Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, the head of France's Vichy government during World War Two, was arrested.
Rock singer-musician Ronny Daytona (Ronny & The Daytonas) born
Olympic Hall-of-Famer Donna De Varona born
Television journalist Boyd Matson born
Patty Berg set a new record for major women's golf competition. She shot a 64-over 18 holes in a tournament in Richmond, California.
Actor Giancarlo Esposito born
Rock musician Roger Taylor (Duran Duran) born
Rock musician Chris Mars born
Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit the first of a record 61 home runs in a single season; the homer was off Detroit's Paul Foytack at Tiger Stadium.
Britain's first satellite, Ariel I, was launched from Cape Canaveral by a Thor-Delta booster.
Actor-singer Michael Damian ("The Young and the Restless") born
The African nations of Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
The Boston Celtics wrapped up an unprecedented sixth consecutive NBA championship. The Celtic still had two more crowns to win, however, before the string would come to an end.
Actor-comedian Kevin James ("King of Queens") born
The United States exploded beneath the Nevada desert a one-megaton nuclear device called "Boxcar."
The Broadway musical "Company," by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York.
The "Studio 54" discotheque opened in New York City.
Actress Marne Patterson ("Something So Right") born
Actress Jordana Brewster born
Following an unsuccessful attempt by the United States to rescue the US Embassy hostages in Iran, the Tehran government announced the captives were being scattered to thwart any future rescue effort.
A national commission released a scathing report on the state of American education, calling for sweeping measures to combat what it called a "rising tide of mediocrity" in schools.
The Dow Jones Industrial average closed above 1,200 points for the first time.
President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, arrived in Beijing to begin a 5-day visit to China.
Jazz pianist Count Basie died in Hollywood, Florida, at age 79.
The U.S. Senate passed, by voice vote, a resolution urging President Reagan to alter his plans to visit the German military cemetery at Bitburg.
President Reagan, during a stopover in Hawaii as part of a 12-day trip to Asia, telephoned ousted Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.
Actor Broderick Crawford died at age 74.
The world's worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire in the number-four reactor sent radioactivity into the atmosphere; at least 31 Soviets died immediately.
From Japan to Sweden, anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated on the first anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, with some of the biggest turnouts reported in Europe.
Vice President George Bush locked up the Republican presidential nomination with an easy win in the Pennsylvania primary. Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis won the Democratic contest.
Actress-comedian Lucille Ball died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 77.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, leader of the right-wing Likud bloc, was chosen to form a new government after Labor Party leader Shimon Peres failed in his attempt to form a coalition.
Carlos Pizarro Leongomez, leader of the leftist Colombian guerrilla movement M-19 who gave up violence to run for president, was assassinated on a plane.
New York's highest court awarded the America's Cup to the United States...ruling the San Diego Yacht Club did not cheat by racing a catamaran against an inherently slower New Zealand monohull boat. Catamarans have two parallel hulls and no one had ever tried to enter one in the America's Cup race before.
23 people were killed as four-dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma.
The government reported the nation had sunk deeper into recession in the first quarter of 1991 as the gross national product shrank at an annual rate of 2.8 percent.
Powerful aftershocks rattled Northern California following a six-point-nine earthquake that injured at least 65 people.
Finance officials from the Group of Seven nations, meeting in Washington, endorsed the broad outlines of an economic assistance package for the former Soviet Union.
Worshippers celebrated the first Russian Orthodox Easter in Moscow in 74 years.
President Clinton signed an executive order imposing new economic sanctions against Yugoslavia after the Serbian leadership in Bosnia voted against accepting a UN-sponsored plan to end the war.
Conan O'Brien was named to succeed David Letterman as host of NBC's "Late Night" program.
After the United States Holocaust Museum opened to the public, over two million toured the permanent exhibition during its first year of operation.
The New England Composers Orchestra, under the direction of James Yannatos and Charles Fussell, presented a Contemporary Music Series concert at Harvard University in Sanders Theatre.
Rachelle "Shelley" Shannon, who admitted shooting and wounding an abortion doctor outside his clinic, was sentenced in Wichita, Kansas, to nearly 11 years in prison.
A Taiwanese jetliner crashed in Hagoya, Japan, killing 264 people.
Voting began in South Africa's first all-race elections. South African blacks voted for the first time and gave the power of government to the African National Congress and President Nelson Mandela.
One week after the Oklahoma City bombing, Americans observed a minute of silence in honor of the victims.
After 16 days of bloodshed, Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas pledged to end the worst fighting in the Mideast in three years, agreeing to a U-S-brokered truce.
In his Saturday radio address, President Clinton prepared for the opening of a community service summit by asking Congress to pay for a drive to ensure that every third-grader can read.
Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera, a leading human rights activist in Guatemala, was bludgeoned to death two days after a report he'd compiled on atrocities during Guatemala's 36-year civil war was made public.
The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Cornelio Sommaruga, met with three U.S. soldiers held captive by Yugoslavia.
BBC anchorwoman Jill Dando, the host of a crime-fighting program, was fatally shot on the steps of her London home.
Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.
TV show Firefly's "Serenity" movie trailer released, could spoil enjoyment for fans
Wikipedia founder speaks at US law school
Historic summit, commemoration by Asian-African leaders in Bandung
Thousands of Romanians rally for release of kidnapped journalists
President Bush and Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdullah meet in Crawford ranch
India appoints new envoy to Bhutan
Argentinian workers preparing to defend control of factory
Rescuers search for survivors of Japan rail disaster
US military investigation clears soldiers in shooting of Nicola Calipari
Greenpeace protestors put solar panels on British Deputy Prime Minister's house
British mother paralyzed in stabbing communicates with police
UAL jet diverts in bomb scare
Potential Goldsmith leak worries Labour, excites opposition
Indiana Pacers beat Boston Celtics by 3 in game 2 of US basketball playoffs
New Government introduced to the Italian Parliament
Putin's state-of-the-nation speech addresses the economy
Alabama postal workers and customers become ill, suspicious substance found
Study claims recreational ecstasy use and depression unrelated
Others named in lawsuit against Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal
Two suicide bombers attack peacekeeping base in Egypt
Sri Lankan Army Chief critically injured in LTTE suicide bombing
Tony Snow named new White House press secretary
Security alert shuts down West London
Germans and Arabs establish a search engine that competes with Google
Pagan pentacle accepted by U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
Vanstone quits Australian politics, to receive posting in Rome
Putin delivers eighth annual address to parliament
Democrat submits resolution to impeach Cheney
Linda Jackson confirmed mayor of Vaughan, Canada
Pilots spot 'UFOs' near the Channel Islands
Demonstrators demand Buddhism be made Thai national religion
Tunisia, South Korea partner to monitor air quality
Stage collapse at Christian rock concert
Game modified to match New Zealand, police investigate
Iraqis begin second round of negotiations in Finland
Strike shuts down Toronto's transit system
55 people die in Casablanca mattress factory fire
Shuttle Discovery moved to VAB ahead of May launch
PeoPo Citizen Journalism Forum to prospect the vision of citizen journalism in Taiwan
At least 71 deaths in Mexico 'likely linked' to swine flu outbreak
Australian Football League: Essendon defeat Collingwood in ANZAC Day match
English magistrate resigns over Twitter posts
Polar bears deliver environmental petition to Premier of British Columbia
US declares public health emergency over spread of swine flu
Italian cruise ship thwarts attack by Somali pirates
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Icelandic centre-left coalition secures majority in parliamentary elections
Spokesman: At least 55 dead after violence in Darfur, Sudan
Nearly 100,000 protest for closure of US military base in Japan
6.5 magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Taiwan
Australian rules football: Gippsland Football League round 3 - Morwell v Traralgon
Poison lead singer Bret Michaels in critical condition
Sudanese president declared winner of elections
Hungarian conservative party wins majority in parliament
New Zealander William Trubridge breaks freediving world record
Liberian ex-President Charles Taylor convicted in war crimes trial
Connecticut repeals death penalty