Heraclius restores the True Cross, recaptured from the Persians
William of Norwich allegedly murdered, leading to 1st charge of ritual murder against Jews in the Middle Ages
Bernard of Clairveaux preaches the Second Crusade
Annullment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Elanor of Aquitaine
Death of Valdemar II, King of Denmark
Robert I, "the Bruce," King of Scotland born
Start of the final struggle between England and Wales
Death of St. Nicholas von Flue
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake as a heretic.
Orlando Gibbons became organist of Kings College, Cambridge... a position he would hold for the rest of his life.
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The organist/composer had 10 brothers; four of whom were musicians. He fathered 20 children and was married twice. born
Francis Lewis, signer of the Declaration of Independence born
Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Fourier, mathematician and Egyptologist born
Thomas Jefferson reported to President George Washington in New York as the new secretary of state.
The French civil code, the "Code Napoleon," was adopted.
Mexican statesman Benito Juarez, who was Mexico's first president of Indian ancestry, was born in Oaxaca.
James Jesse Strang, America's only crowned king (king of the Mormons) born
The Rensselaer School in Troy, New York was incorporated. The school, known today as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, became the first engineering college in the United States.
Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky born
Franz Schubert's "Great" Symphony in C major was premiered in Leipzig. Schumann discovered it and Mendelssohn conducted it. Schubert had been dead 11 years.
Yosemite Valley is discovered in California.
Florenz Ziegfeld, of Follies fame born
Journalist Henry M. Stanley began his famous expedition to Africa to locate the missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone.
A marriage in Kentucky ended the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The last of the original feuding families died in 1984. The feud started with an accusation of pig-stealing and lasted 10 years.
Poet Phyllis McGinle born
Tsar Nicholas II and his family were arrested by the revolutionary forces in Russia.
American and German soldiers fought the key World War I battle of the Somme.
Bandleader Mort Lindsey born
English theatrical director Peter Brook born
The voice of Lowell Thomas was first heard on radio. Thomas was heard talking about "Man's First Flight Around the World," on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Nationalist Chinese forces of Chiang Kai-shek took the city of Shanghai.
Actor James Coco (some sources 1930) born
Actor Al Freeman Junior born
Alexander Glazunov died in exile in Paris. Glazunov was born almost 71 years earlier, so he grew up in the world of Brahms, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, and lived long enough to hear Stravinsky and Schoenberg.
Kate Smith recorded "God Bless America," a song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 as a tribute of a successful immigrant to his adopted country, for Victor Records.
Actress Kathleen Widdoes ("As the World Turns") born
A new government was formed in France by Paul Reynaud, who became prime minister, succeeding Edouard Daladier.
Actress Marie-Christine Barraul born
Rock musician (Sly & The Family Stone) Rosie Stone born
During World War Two, Allied bombers began four days of raids over Germany.
Actor Timothy Dalton born
The United Nations set up temporary headquarters at Hunter College in New York.
The Los Angeles Rams signed Kenny Washington, the first black player to join a National Football League team since 1933.
Rock singer-musician Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) born
Rock musician Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) born
Rhythm-and-blues singer Russell Thompkins Junior (The Stylistics) born
Actress Sabrina LeBeauf born
Actor-comedian Brad Hal born
Some 70 people were killed in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police fired on demonstrators.
The Beatles made their debut in an appearance at Liverpool's Cavern Club, where they became regulars in a matter of months.
Actor Matthew Broderick born
Comedian-talk show host Rosie O'Donnell born
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev pledged that Russia would cooperate with the United States in peaceful exploration of space. The joint American-Soviet Soyuz space mission was conducted in July 1975.
The Alcatraz federal prison island in San Francisco Bay was emptied of its last inmates at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
More than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Reverend Martin Luther King Junior began their march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. More than 25,000 people join in the march by the time the marchers reach Montgomery, Alabama.
Actress Cynthia Geary born
Rock musician Jonas "Joker" Berggren (Ace of Base) born
Rock M-C Maxim (Prodigy) born
Rock musician Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) born
"Hip-hop DJ" DJ Premier (Gang Starr) born
The US Supreme Court ruled that states may not require one-year residency for voting eligibility.
Skier Spider Sabich was shot to death by singer Claudine Londet at their Aspen, Colorado, residence. She was later found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
The Egyptian Parliament unanimously approved a peace treaty with Israel.
President Ronald Reagan tapped former Environmental Protection Agency administrator William D. Ruckelshaus to again head the EPA, following the resignation of Anne M. Burford.
Police in Langa, South Africa, opened fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings, killing at least 21 demonstrators.
The presidential commission investigating the Challenger disaster viewed footage of the space shuttle's fatal launch the previous January; the film showed flame from a booster rocket leak which triggered the explosion.
Actor Robert Preston, best known for his portrayal of conman Professor Harold Hill in the musical "The Music Man," died in Santa Barbara, California, at age 68.
The Sandinista government of Nicaragua and US-backed Contra rebels began three days of talks in the border town of Sapoa by exchanging cease-fire proposals and agreeing to a truce during the negotiations.
A Trident Two missile exploded seconds after being test-fired from a submarine for the first time.
After 33 years, Dick Clark announced he was stepping down as host of "American Bandstand." More than 65,000 records were played on the TV show. More than 10,000 guests appeared; over 600,000 teenagers danced.
Randall Dale Adams, whose conviction for killing a police officer was overturned after the evidence was questioned in the documentary "The Thin Blue Line," was released from a Texas prison.
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev increased pressure on the breakaway republic of Lithuania, ordering its citizens to turn in their guns.
Secretary of State James Baker met black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela in Namibia.
Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, became independent after 75 years of South African rule.
A U.N. Security Council panel decided to lift the food embargo on Iraq.
Test results released in Los Angeles showed that Rodney King, the motorist whose beating by police was videotaped by a bystander, had marijuana and alcohol in his system following his arrest.
During a debate in Buffalo, New York, Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton sought to turn the tables on rival Jerry Brown by accusing the former California governor of hypocrisy on the issue of campaign contributions.
President Bush and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl met at Camp David, Maryland.
Voters in France handed the Socialist government a devastating defeat in first-round parliamentary elections.
"Schindler's List" won best picture at the 66th Academy Awards; Holly Hunter was named best actress for "The Piano," while Tom Hanks was named best actor for "Philadelphia.""
Actor MacDonald Carey died in Beverly Hills, California, at age 81.
Thousands of Japanese police raided the offices of a secretive religious group, Aum Shinri Kyo, in connection with nerve-gar attacks on Tokyo subways that killed 12 people and sickened thousands.
General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a settlement in a 17-day brake-factory strike that idled more than 177,000 employees and brought the world's number-one automaker to a near standstill.
Goran Persson, a former finance minister, became Swedish prime minister.
President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin wrapped up their summit in Helsinki, Finland, still deadlocked over NATO expansion, but able to agree on slashing nuclear weapons arsenals.
A suicide bomber blew himself up in Tel Aviv, killing three Israeli women.
Pope John Paul the Second began a visit to Nigeria with the Vatican pressing the African nation's military regime to release dozens of prisoners, including prominent opposition figures and journalists.
President Boris Yeltsin criticized the Russian government for huge delays in paying wages to state sector workers.
Israel's Supreme Court rejected a final effort to have American teen-ager Samuel Sheinbein returned to the United States to face murder charges. (Under a plea agreement with Israeli proseuctors, Sheinbein was later sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of Alfred Tello Jr.)
Oscars, including best picture and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow; Roberto Benigni won best actor for "Life is Beautiful," while Steven Spielberg won best director for "Saving Private Ryan."
Violent protests break out in Kyrgyzstan over allegedly rigged parliamentary elections
Car maker DeLorean dies at 80
EU concerned about Microsoft compliance, $5 million daily fine possible
Possible black hole created in US
WSJ: Diller close to $2 billion deal for Ask Jeeves
Kofi Annan unveils UN reform plan
Bank of Ireland to axe 2,000 jobs
Driftwood crucifix listed on eBay for $25,000
Bush signs historic Schiavo bill into law
UN creates rapid-response fund for disasters
Japan wins World Baseball Classic, 10-6
Ohio man kills teen who walked on his lawn
Yellow Sheep River develops â‚¬123 Linux based computer
Demonstrator in coma - serious allegations against the French police
Protesters mark 3rd anniversary of Iraq invasion
New Zealand Attorney-General resigns
UN inaugurates rapid-response fund for future disasters
Queensland mops up after Cyclone Larry's billion dollar devastation
Small airplane crashes in Colombia
NSW Opposition leader uses Yahoo Answers to query voters
Toronto man claims $18 million jackpot
Coroner warns on Internet drugs
Fossilized remains of "burrowing" dinosaur found in Montana
Reward against terrorists in Greece
Canadian Liberal MP expelled from caucus for supporting Conservative budget
Church of Sweden open to homosexual weddings
Cricket World Cup: Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh
SpaceX Falcon I launches from Kwajalein Atoll
SpaceX Falcon I rocket fails to orbit test satellite
Cricket World Cup: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
Pakistan coach's death 'suspicious'
World agricultural honeybee disappearance
Two UK sailors killed in submarine accident
Zinaida Greceanii nominated Moldovan Prime Minister
Senator Obama's passport records breached in January 2008
Major US presidential candidates have passport files breached
Pilot killed as Su-25 military jet explodes near Vladivostok
Israel to install missile defense systems on airliners
Scientists say that a 'global layer of water' exists on Saturn's moon Titan
Red Bull Racing F1 team must prove safety after David Coulthard suffers crash
Social networking site lets users run virtual campaign for US president
Large 7.2 earthquake strikes China
Bones of 'small-bodied humans' found in Micronesian cave
Micronation Republic of Molossia announces international summit
New Zealand pilots receive bravery awards for foiling airliner hijack
Thousands evacuated after chemical truck overturns in Pennsylvania
Google removes some street view images
Emirates jet tail strikes runway during takeoff at Melbourne airport
Pennsylvania lost 41,000 jobs in February, a 13-year high
US says Zimbabwe government has âa long way to goâ before sanctions are lifted
Rock music church in Pennsylvania allowed concerts under court settlement
Emergency directive for Sikorsky S-92A helicopters
Australian Labor Party reelected to Queensland government: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Obama apologizes for Special Olympics comment on The Tonight Show
"The Dark Knight" film director's brother arrested for murder, kidnapping
UK's BAA forced to sell three airports
Two US Navy vessels collide in the Strait of Hormuz; 15 lightly injured
New Jersey backpedals on proposed bikini waxing ban
Queensland election candidates on Gold Coast back daylight saving
Four Oakland, California police officers shot, all in critical condition
Kangaroo knocks jogger unconscious in Canberra, Australia
British Airways cabin crew begins strike
Leader of Somali group al-Shabaab assassinated
Ex-UN official says Pakistan disrupted talks with Taliban
Icelandic volcanic eruption prompts evacuation, flight diversions
Fishermen find body of child killed by Chile tsunami in Pichilemu
Severe sandstorm strikes Beijing, China
WHO releases report on drug resistant tuberculosis
Boni Yayi confirmed as winner of Benin presidental election
Haiti votes in presidential runoff
Man charged with murder of British woman in Hong Kong
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch wins Jeff Byrd 500
AT&T to purchase T-Mobile for US$39 billion
Existing US home sales fall 9.6% in February
US Air Force upgrades F-22 oxygen system after deadly crash
Savage on Santorum on Savage
Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes Mexico; no fatalities reported
Mexico gunmen kill twelve police
Canberra central business district trials urinals
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awards Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne with Abel prize of 2013
Anonymous people reveal animal cruelty at Australian Inghams poultry producer factory using CCTV footage