Lothair I crowned Holy Roman Emperor
Rebbenu Moses b. Nahman (Nahmanides), talmudist, dies
Death of Sir Othon de Grandson
Charles IV crowned Holy Roman Emperor
Death of St. Vincent Ferrer
The Santa Maria del Fiore church in Florence is struck by lightning
English political philosopher, Thomas Hobbes born
King James I of England also James VI of Scotland, leaves Edinburgh for London
Stephen Bosckay is elected Prince of Transylvania
American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
The "Mayflower" sailed from Plymouth, Massachusetts, on a return trip to England.
Founder of Yale University, philanthropist, Elihu Yale born. Although born in America, Yale was taken to England by his family at the age of three, and he never returned.
John Winthrop, colonizer and first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company dies.
Italian adventurer Giovanni Casanova born
Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence born
Louis Spohr, a contemporary of Beethoven who was almost as big in his day, was born in the German town of Brunswick. He became a touring violin virtuoso, and married a harpist. He never stopped conducting and was a champion of Mozart's music.
George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.
Isaac Quintard of Stanfield, Connecticut, patented the cider mill.
Educator Booker T. Washington. He was the first president and principal developer of Tuskegee Institute. born
Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.
Johan Strauss's Die Fledemaus premieres in Vienna.
British historian Lord Acton wrote, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
In Tuscumbia, Alabama, teacher Anne Sullivan taught her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.
Walter H. Coe of Providence, Rhode Island, patented gold leaf in rolls.
Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who'd accused the writer of homosexual practices.
Actor Spencer Tracy was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tracy received two consecutive Academy Awards for best actor.
Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan born
Actress Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was is best known for her brilliant and intense characterizations of strong women.
Novelist Arthur Hailey born
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio, began the first regular production of "balloon" tires.
Director Roger Corman born
Singer (The Platters) Tony Williams born
Actor Nigel Hawthorne born
Country music producer Cowboy Jack Clement born
The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Impressionist Frank Gorshin born
The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colin L. Powell born
Country singer Tommy Cash born
Actor Michael Moriarty (Law & Order) born
Singer Allan Clarke (The Hollies) born
Charles Ives, decades after he wrote his Third Symphony, the work was finally performed, and won him a Pulitzer. Ives, ever gracious, replied, "Prizes are for boys. I'm grown up!"
Samuel Barber's Cello Concerto was premiered.
Dr. Judith Resnik was born. Dr. Resnik was the second American woman in space. The 36-year-old mission specialist, died on board the space shuttle Challenger January 28, 1986.
Singer Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) born
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death in New York for stealing atomic secrets for the Soviet Union
Richard J. Daley was elected mayor of Chicago, Illinois, starting one of the most colorful political careers in history.
Vickie Anne Thompson born in Norfolk, Virginia
Army General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington, D.C. He was 84.
"My Fair Lady" won the Academy Award for best picture, and one of its stars, Rex Harrison, was named best actor; Julie Andrews won best actress for "Mary Poppins."
Musician (Pearl Jam) Mike McCready born
Country singer Troy Gentry born
Violence erupted in several American cities in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek died at age 87.
Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died of kidney failure during a flight from Acapulco, Mexico, to Houston. He was 72.
France expelled about 50 Soviet diplomats and officials, accusing them of trying to steal military secrets. The Soviet embassy called the expulsions an unjustified political act.
Basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the LA Lakers became the highest-scoring player in NBA history. He reached 31,419 career points in a game vs. the Utah Jazz. The record was previously held by Wilt Chamberlain.
Japan notified the United States it would end all commercial whaling by 1988.
Radio stations around the world interrupted their programming for a simultaneous Good Friday broadcast of "We Are The World." It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie and recorded by 46 artists for the Africa Relief Fund.
An American soldier and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of the La Bell discotheque in West Berlin., The incident prompted the U.S. air raid on Libya a week later.
President Reagan arrived in Canada for a summit with Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Fox Broadcasting Company made its prime-time TV debut by airing the premiere episodes of "Married ... With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show" three times each.
Governor Michael S. Dukakis won a solid victory in Wisconsin's Democratic presidential primary, while on the Republican side, Vice President George Bush overwhelmed his opposition.
A 15-day hijacking ordeal began as gunmen forced a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet to land in Iran.
Joseph Hazelwood, former captain of the Exxon Valdez supertanker that leaked nearly 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound, surrendered to authorities in New York.
The government of Poland signed an agreement restoring the independent labor movement Solidarity after a seven-year ban.
The United States and the Soviet Union announced that President Bush and Soviet President Gorbachev would hold their first full-scale summit in the United States in late May-early June.
Former Texas Sen. John Tower, his daughter and 21 other people were killed in a commuter plane crash near Brunswick, Georgia.
The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission that included the deploying of the second of NASA's Great Observatories.
President Bush orders the US Air Force transport planes to drop supplies to Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq.
The government reported the nation's jobless rate surged to 6.8 percent in March.
In Washington DC, a crowd estimated by authorities at half a million marched in support of abortion rights.
Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton died in Little Rock, Arkansas, at age 74.
A medical student (Suada Dilberovic) became the first fatality of war in Bosnia-Herzegovina as Serb nationalists began forcibly opposing the republic's secession from Yugoslavia.
Peru's President Alberto Fujimori suspended his country's constitution and dissolved Congress.
North Carolina defeated Michigan 77-to-71 to win its first NCAA basketball championship in eleven years.
The European Community called for more and tighter sanctions on Serbia to try to force Belgrade's allies in Bosnia to accept a peace plan.
President Clinton presided over a 90-minute town hall meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which he called himself the victim of "false charge" in connection with the Whitewater controversy.
The Commerce Department reported that the Index of Leading Economic Indicators dropped one-tenth of one percentage point in February.
The House of Representatives passed, 246-188, a tax-cut bill, the final major item in the Republican's "Contract With America."
Accompanied by six children who survived the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton bowed his head in silent prayer at the site where 168 people were killed almost a year earlier.
Allen Ginsberg, the counterculture guru who shattered conventions as poet laureate of the Beat Generation, died in New York City at age 70.
In Leeds, England, environment chiefs from the world's top eight industrialized nations announced plans to curb the smuggling of hazardous waste, endangered species and substances that damage the ozone layer.
NATO missiles and aircraft blasted Serbian targets inside Yugoslavia for a 13th straight day.
The United Nations suspended sanctions against Libya after Moammar Gadhafi surrendered two suspected Libyan intelligence agents for trial in the 1988 Pan Am bombing.
In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student.
Ending a two-year investigation, an independent counsel cleared Labor Secretary Alexis Herman of allegations that she'd solicited $250,000 in illegal campaign contributions.
Yoshiro Mori took over as Japan's new prime minister, succeeding Keizo Obuchi, who'd been felled by a stroke.
A Dutch driver is convicted of manslaugher and sentenced to 14 years in prison for the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants who suffocated in his truck in Dover, England.
Owner of Wendy's chili finger still not found
Nigerian Housing Minister fired in anti-corruption drive
Maiyo and Romanova triumph in Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run
India-China border talks resume
Triple limb-reattachment fails - boy loses foot
Abu Ghraib prison camp struck by tractor bomb
UK Prime Minister sets General Election date
Arinze and Tettamanzi equal favorites as new Pope
China responds to US plan for import quotas
China censors, arrests Catholics in wake of Pope's death
Talk-therapy can make a difference in early treatment of severe depression
Miles-long queue to view Pope John Paul one last time
China to sell warships to Pakistan
Jeter saves the day for the Yankees
Taiwanâ€™s Blue Camp pays respects on the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of Chiang Kai-shek
National Conference in the Norwegian Socialist Left Party
National Conference in the Norwegian Centre Party
Advocacy groups complain about 4parents.gov sex-ed website
Six Papuans reported camping on Australian island
Apple releases program to limit iPod volume
University of Florida wins NCAA basketball championship
U.S. jury decision moves Moussaoui closer to execution
Homeland Security spokesman arrested for trying to seduce a minor
Australian PM announces $1.8 billion mental health plan
Guinea's PM fired by President
Thaksin departure doesn't signal end to Thai political crisis
Cats could play significant role in transmitting bird flu to humans, say Dutch researchers
Apple unveils "Boot Camp" allowing Windows to work on Macs
Interview with Glen Stollery of ScienTOMogy.info
MLB: White Sox defeat Indians 4-3 following hit batter
Retired hockey enforcer Tie Domi to sue coach of son's team
British navy personnel back home
Keith Richards denies reports that he snorted his father's ashes
MLB: Pirates complete sweep of Astros
NCAA Football: Grambling State legend Eddie Robinson dies
OECD releases report on New Zealand's environmental performance
NHL: Carolina's postseason hopes end
Cruise ship sinks off Greek coast, two missing
UEFA Cup: quarter-final first leg round up
MLB: Twins defeat Orioles 7-2, sweep series
FA Cup: Portsmouth defeat West Brom, advance to final
Family of 'murdered' UK teenager reacts to death
Steve Sinnott, leader of the National Union of Teachers, dies aged 56
Grand National won by 'Comply or Die'
Olympic torch arrives in London
MLS: Toronto FC at D.C. United
Independent presidential candidates debate this weekend
Woolly mammoth demise may have been result of climate change and overhunting
Bristol Central Library closed after fire
Massive ice shelf expected to break away from Antarctica
Welsh University announces intelligent robot conducting biology experiments
Five children found dead in Graham, Washington
North Korea launches rocket
South African government appeals for calm after death of white supremacist
38 people die in suicide attack during political rally in Pakistan
Gunmen kill 25 in Iraqi village
Pakistan: Peshawar hit by triple bomb blasts
UN attacks Gbagbo military positions in Ivory Coast
Serial killer suspected loose in New York, more bodies found
netball ANZ Championship kicks off
Last Ottoman dies, aged 91
Former US Sheriff of the Year jailed in drugs-for-sex case
Could an unmarked grave in Winchester contain the remains of King Alfred?