Diocletian's edict against the Manicheans
St. Bernard calls for the 2nd Crusade at Vezelay, France
Baldwin III, King of Jerusalem, exiles his mother, Melissande
Ivan I Kalita, Grand Prince of Moscow (1328-41), dies at about 37
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain issued an edict expelling Jews from Spanish soil, except those willing to convert to Christianity (they have 3 months to leave).
Death of Francis I, King of France
Last Mass in St. Giles Cathedral
Founding of San Cristobal, Venezuela
British seize fortress of Dumbarton, Scotland
A rapier and dagger duel is fought at Paris, between De Sourdiac and De la Chasnaye-Lalier
Rene Descartes was born. More than just a philosopher, Descartes wrote one of the first great books on music, the "Compendium musicae." One of his most famous propositions is: "I think, therefore, I am." (Cogito ergo sum...). Descartes is known as the "father of modern philosophy.)
English poet Andrew Marvell born
Death of Philip III, King of Spain
The "father of symphony", Franz Joseph Haydn, was born in Austria-Hungary. Haydn composed about 120 symphonies, a dozen operas and hundreds of other musical works. born
Russian author, playwright and novelist Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol was born. His most famous work is the novel "Dead Souls." Gogol died in 1852. born
Edward FitzGerald, writer, "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" born
German physicist and chemist Robert Bunsen (inventor of the Bunsen burner) born
Schumann's First Symphony was premiered in Leipzig. Schumann wrote afterward that it went over as well, he felt, as any symphony since Beethoven.
Sir Dugald Clerk, inventor of the 2-stroke motorcycle engine. born
Boxer Jack Johnson, the first black to hold the heavyweight title born
Wabash, Indiana, became the first town completely illuminated by electrical lighting.
French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel unfurled the French tricolor atop the Eiffel Tower, officially marking its completion.
Whitcomb L. Judson of Chicago, Illinois, received a patent for the hookless shoe fastener.
Radio-TV personality Henry Morgan born
The United States took possession of the Virgin Islands, which it had purchased from Denmark at the cost of $25 million.
Actor-singer Richard Kiley born
The first US dance marathon, held in New York City, ended with Alma Cummings setting a world record of 27 hours on her feet.
Actor Sydney Chaplin born
Actor William Daniels born
Labor leader Cesar Estrada Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona. Chavez organized migrant farm workers in support of better working conditions. He started the National Farm Workers Association and organized boycotts of some produce. born
Hockey Hall-of-Famer Gordie Howe born
Designer Liz Claiborne born
The Ford Motor Company publicly unveiled its "V-8" engine.
Congress authorized the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Country singer-songwriter John D. Loudermilk born
American bank robber John Dillinger escapes from police custody.
Actress Shirley Jones born
Actor Richard Chamberlain. born
Musician Herb Alpert born
Actor Christopher Walken born
The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical play "Oklahoma!" opened on Broadway (Alfred Drake played the role of Curly and Joan Roberts played Laurey).
Comedian Gabe Kaplan born
The Tennessee Williams play "The Glass Menagerie" had its Broadway premier with Laurette Taylor as Amanda Wingfield, Eddie Dowling as Tom, Julie Haydon as Laura and Anthony Ross as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.
Actress Rhea Perlman born
Vice President Al Gore born
Congress passed the Marshall Aid Act, a plan to rehabilitate war-ravaged Europe.
Newfoundland entered confederation as Canada's tenth province.
Actor Ed Marinaro (some sources 1949) born
Indy "500" driver Kevin Cogan born
Rock musician Angus Young (AC/DC) born
At a Finsbury Park, UK, concert that included Englebert Humperdinck and Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar for the first time.
President Johnson announced he would not seek re-election and simultaneously ordered suspension of American bombing of North Vietnam.
A bankruptcy referee granted the owner of the Seattle Pilots permission to sell the major-league baseball franchise to investors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Pilots became the Milwaukee Brewers.
Lt. William Calley was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the deaths of 22 Vietnamese civilians in what is called the "My Lai" massacre.
Swimmer Mark Spitz was presented the Amateur Athletic Union's coveted Sullivan Award as the outstanding amateur athlete of 1971.
Ken Norton defeated Muhammad Ali in a 12-round split decision. Ali had his jaw broken during the fight.
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that coma patient Karen Anne Quinlan could be disconnected from her respirator. (Quinlan, who remained comatose, died in 1985.)
Some 5,000 people died when a major earthquake struck Colombia, devastating the mountain city of Popayan.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, long a favorite of country music stars, closed its doors in Nashville, Tennessee.
El Salvador's Christian Democratic Party, led by President Jose Napoleon Duarte, won a majority of seats in legislative elections.
Louisville beat Duke, 72-69, to win the NCAA college basketball championship.
167 people died when a Mexicana Airlines Boeing 727 crashed in a remote mountainous region of Mexico.
The judge in the "Baby M" case in Hackensack, New Jersey, awarded custody of the girl borne under a surrogate-motherhood contract to her father, William Stern, instead of the surrogate, Mary Beth Whitehead.
The novel "Beloved" by Toni Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, while the North Carolina newspaper "Charlotte Observer" won the prize for public service for its coverage of the PTL scandal.
The FBI announced it would conduct a criminal investigation into the massive oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.
Hundreds of people were injured when rioting erupted in London over Britain's so-called "poll tax."
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev warned the defiant Baltic republic of Lithuania to annul its declaration of independence or face "grave consequences."
The Soviet Republic of Georgia voted to declare their independence from the Soviet Union. Hours after the election, Soviet troops were dispatched from Moscow to Georgia in a state of emergency.
Communists won Albania's first multiparty elections, but democratic opponents scored victories in major cities. Meanwhile, the Warsaw Pact spent the last day of its existence as a military force.
The UN Security Council voted to ban flights and arms sales to Libya, branding it a terrorist state for shielding six men accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and a French airliner.
The UN Security Council increased international pressure on Bosnian Serbs, authorizing NATO warplanes to shoot down aircraft that violated a ban on flights over Bosnia.
Actor Brandon Lee, 28, was killed during the filming of a movie in Wilmington, North Carolina, by a prop gun that fired part of a dummy bullet instead of a blank.
Steve Reich was sandwiched between Bach and Mahler at the Chicago Symphony. Michael Tilson Thomas conducted Bach's "Sinfonie for Double Orchestra in E-flat major," Reich's composition called "Three Movements," and Mahler's First Symphony.
"Star Dust" lyricist Mitchell Parish died in New York at age 92.
The PLO and Israel agreed to resume talks on Palestinian autonomy, more than a month after the Hebron mosque massacre.
Baseball players agreed to end their 232-day strike after a judge granted a preliminary injunction against club owners.
President Clinton briefly visited Haiti, where he declared the U.S. mission to restore democracy there a "remarkable success."
Mexican-American singer Selena, 23, was shot to death in Corpus Christi, Texas, by the founder of her fan club (Yolanda Saldivar was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison).
Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced a halt to combat operations in Chechnya, limited troop withdrawals and a willingness to hold indirect talks with the rebels' leader.
The Supreme Court ruled the government can force cable television systems to carry local broadcast stations.
Jury selection began in Denver in the trial of accused Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
For the first time in history, the Clinton administration released a detailed financial statement for the federal government showing its assets and liabilities.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. was released from jail after spending four months behind bars for violating his probation on drug and alcohol related charges.
A Mexican crime figure who confessed to killing an American businessman was cleared of murder charges. Judge Vicente Hernandez rejected evidence against Alfonso Gonzalez Sanchez, alias "El Chucky," accused of leading a gang of taxi robbers and of murdering U.S. real estate broker Peter Zarate, 40, on Dec. 15, 1997.
Former New York Congresswoman Bella Abzug died at age 77.
The UN Security Council imposed a new arms embargo on Yugoslavia to pressure the Serbs into concessions concerning ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
Three U.S. Army soldiers were captured by Serb forces near the Yugoslav-Macedonia border. (Staff Sergeant Andrew Ramirez, Staff Sergeant Christopher Stone and Specialist Steven M. Gonzales were released more than a month later.)
Four New York City police officers were charged with murder for killing Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant, in a hail of bullets. (The officers were later acquitted.)
Akayev willing to resign as president of Kyrgyzstan
Pressure building on Myanmar to decline ASEAN chair
New York Times finds flight logs that back Canadian's claim of kidnapping by US government
New Doctor Who quits series, BBC searches for replacement actor
Brazilian president defends Chavez and criticizes US
UN Report: Earth ecosystem in peril
Man attempts to foil breathalyzer by eating feces
EU nabs US$300 million illegal trafficking in Spain
U.S. Supreme Court hears MGM v. Grokster
Voting in Zimbabwe starts amid accusations of rigged outcome
Chlorine spill in China's Jiangsu province kills 28, injures hundreds
Palestinian security chief quits, says too little is being done to curb lawlessness
Maine passes gay rights law
Dresden city council wants DNA matching for doggy-doo
Rainy weather in Hawaii enters sixth week
Faust seeks Murphy disqualification in PA Congressional primary
Judge sentences Ali to 30 years for Bush assassination plot
Lethal earthquakes rock western Iran, 70 or more die
Sewage spill fouls Waikiki Beach
Auto parts maker Delphi plans to cut 8,500 jobs; union contracts
Canada freezes aid to Palestine
Condoleezza Rice visits the United Kingdom
Israeli website reports speculation over U.S. attack on Iran in April
Football: Crouch hat-trick lifts Liverpool to victory
US Naval officer temporarily relieved for "possible supremacist activities"
Cricket World Cup: Bangladesh vs Australia
NHL: Avalanche defeat Wild 2-1
Sydney holds voluntary one hour blackout
NHL: Penguins rally, fall to Leafs in OT
Two Wikimedia employees announce resignations
Iraqi army kills seven, detains four
Media reports exaggerate cell phone cancer risk
Iraqi Policeman killed while protecting leader of 'Sons of Iraq'
US home prices drop at record levels
Volunteers and food needed for flooded Manitoba, Canada
Forces capture Somali pirates who mistakenly attacked naval ship
Jenson Button wins Australian Grand Prix, Brawn teammate comes second
U.S. Congress considers lifting Cuba travel ban
77 names added to fallen journalist memorial in Washington, D.C.
Fireball lights up sky across Canadian prairies
Shipwreck off coast of Libya; hundreds of African migrants feared dead
New romantic comedy film to star Drew Barrymore, Justin Long
South Downs to get National Park status in UK
Man jailed for murder of children in Manchester, England
US and France to work together for new Iran sanctions
Serbia condemns 1995 Srebrenica massacre
Double bomb blasts kill at least twelve in northern Caucasus
US Navy aircraft crashes after Afghanistan mission
Monarch butterfly population down by as much as 60%
Canadian charter airline Skyservice suspends operations
Search for harmful Asian carp in Chicago area turns up nothing
All change for Nottingham, England trams as new operator announced
British haulage managing director Edward Stobart dies at age 56
Scotland's oldest detainee facing attempted murder charges
Ed to wed: UK Labour leader Miliband announces engagement to Justine Thornton
India's population increases by 181 million in ten years
Japanese nuclear officials race to avoid disaster as radiation levels in sea rocket
US woman sentenced to jail for faking sonâs cancer
Libyan foreign minister defects to the UK
US President Obama considering supplying arms to Libyan rebels
European Commission clears British Airways owner IAG to buy bmi from Lufthansa
United States economy growth revised up to 0.4% in last quarter of 2012
Thousands take to streets protesting 'ratbag's Bedroom Tax
Canberrans spend Easter outside: in pictures