Death of Boris I, Tsar of Bulgaria and Orthodox saint
Richard II, King of England, takes power from his Council
Richard Brierly and Adam Clerk fight a judicial duel concerning the robberies in September, 1390, of Geoffrey Chaucer
John and Sebastian Cabot set sail from England
John Jewel, witchhunter born
Artist Leonardo da Vinci died at Cloux, France.
Protestant League of German princes established
William Camden, English historian, antiquarian born
John Knox returns to Scotland
Escape of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, from Loch Leven
Athanasius Kircher, German scientist, inventor born
Marriage of Princess Mary of England to Prince William of Orange
Blasphemy Act is passed at Westminster
Alessandro Scarlatti, father of famous Domenico, was born in Palermo. Alessandro Scarlatti was a pioneer of the Italian-style overture, and he influenced German music by giving lessons to Hasse and Quantz. born
The Hudson Bay Company was chartered by England's King Charles the Second.
Catherine the Great, empress of Russia born
Gen. Henry Martyn Robert, author of "Robert's Rules of Order" born
Confederate Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own soldiers. He died eight days later.
Good Housekeeping magazine was first published by Clark W. Bryan in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Hannibal W. Goodwin of Newark, New Jersey, applied for a patent for celluloid photographic film - the film from which movies are shown.
The Oklahoma Territory was organized.
German air ace Manfred Richtofen - "The Red Baron" - was born. He shot down 80 Allied planes before being hit himself. The record hit, "Snoopy vs. The Red Baron" by Royal Guardsmen was inspired by him.
Broadway composer and lyricist Lorenz Hart. He collaborated with composer Richard Rogers on songs like "Thou Swell" and "My Funny Valentine." born
The first science fiction film was released Moon created by French magician George Melies.
Child care specialist Dr. Benjamin Spock born
Actor Theodore Bikel born
Actor Roscoe Lee Browne born
Jack Benny's first radio show made its debut on the NBC Blue Network.
Adolf Hitler banned trade unions in Germany.
Rock musician Link Wray born
"Peter and the Wolf," a symphonic tale for children by Sergei Prokofiev, had its world premiere in Moscow.
Comedy writer-voice actor Lorenzo Music born
Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees first baseman, sets a record for being in most consecutive games. He did not play against the Detroit Tigers, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games. Gehrig never played another game.
The Federal Communications Commission approved the regular scheduling of commercial television broadcasts.
Composer Mickey Bass III born
The Soviet Union announced the fall of Berlin, and the Allies announced the surrender of Nazi troops in Italy and parts of Austria.
Rock musician Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) born
Rock singer Randy Cain (The Delfonics) "Rudy" born
Country singer R.C. Bannon born
Rock singer Robert Henritt (The Kinks) "Bob" born
Prisoners revolt at Alcatraz, 5 die.
Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin born
Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) born
Actress Christine Baranski ("Cybill") born
King Hussein formally acceded to the throne in Jordan after his father, King Talal, was deposed. In Iraq, King Feisal II assumed power.
Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the controversial Republican senator from Wisconsin, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
A composer named Tadeusz Kassern, who grew to love America while working in New York as a Polish cultural attache, committed suicide because he had been refused permission to remain in the US.
Convicted sex offender and best-selling author Caryl Chessman was executed at San Quentin Prison in California.
Actress Elizabeth Berridge ("Amadeus;" "The John Larroquette Show") born
Country singer Ty Herndon born
Northern Dancer, with jockey Bill Hartack, won the Kentucky Derby.
The "Early Bird" satellite was used to transmit television pictures across the Atlantic.
After serving 48 years as head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover died in Washington at age 77.
Former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew was disbarred by the Maryland Court of Appeals, effectively preventing him from practicing law anywhere in the United States.
Actress Jenna Von Oy ("Blossom") born
South African authorities banned Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall," which had become the anthem of black's involved in a strike against government schools.
In the Falklands War, the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by the British submarine Conqueror; more than 350 men were killed.
A 28-second earthquake measuring 6.7 struck Coalinga, California, killing 47 people and causing damage estimated at $31 million.
President Reagan, on his way back to Washington after a six-day visit to China, met briefly in Fairbanks, Alaska, with Pope John Paul II, who was on his way to South Korea; it was the second time the two men had met.
Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov (who some called the conscience of the Soviet Union), began a hunger strike protesting the government's refusal to let his wife, Yelena Bonner, seek medical treatment abroad.
President Reagan and his host, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, tried to blunt criticism of plans to lay a wreath at the Bitburg military cemetery by inviting relatives of Nazi resisters to join in the ceremony.
Soviet official Boris N. Yeltsin told West German television that water reservoirs near the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant were contaminated with radioactivity.
The photo essay, "A Day in the Life of America," began as two hundred photojournalists covered the USA to take 35,000 pictures. Only 350 pictures were selected for the coffee-table-book publication.
"Alysheba" won the 113th running of the Kentucky Derby to earn a record $618,600. "Bet Twice" came in second and "Avies Copy" was third.
Cincinnati Reds baseball manager Pete Rose was suspended for 30 days by National League president A. Bartlett Giamatti, two days after Rose shoved an umpire during a game won by the New York Mets 6-to-5.
60 Chinese students rode bicycles into Beijing to present demands for democratic reforms to Chinese leaders.
At a Baltimore gathering, physicists said they were persuaded that claims of "cold fusion" were based on nothing more than experimental errors by scientists in Utah.
The African National Congress and the South African government opened their first talks for negotiations to dismantle apartheid.
U.S., British, French and Dutch forces plunged 50 miles deeper into northern Iraq.
In his ninth encyclical, Pope John Paul II acknowledged the success of capitalism, but denounced the system for sometimes achieving results at the expense of the poor and of morality.
Los Angeles began to recover from rioting that had erupted in the wake of the Rodney King-taped beating acquittals; about 2800 National Guard troops patrolled the city while 3200 others stood by.
Former House Ways and Means Chairman Wilbur D. Mills died in Searcy, Arkansas, at age 82.
Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic approved a plan to end the Bosnian war (however, the Bosnian Serb assembly rejected it four days later).
Authorities said they had recovered the remains of David Koresh from the burned-out Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas.
Nelson Mandela claimed victory in the wake of South Africa's first democratic elections; President F.W. de Klerk acknowledged defeat.
President Clinton agreed to allow some 20,000 Cubans into the United States after months of detention at Guantanamo Bay, but said any more Cubans who fled their country would be forcibly repatriated.
The Senate passed, 97-to-3, an immigration bill to tighten border controls, make it tougher for illegal aliens to get US jobs and curtail legal immigrants' access to social services.
President Clinton and congressional Republicans came to terms on a plan to balance the budget over five years.
Tony Blair, whose new Labor Party crushed John Major's long-reigning Conservatives in a national election, became at age 44 Britain's youngest prime minister in 185 years.
A new national memorial honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt was officially opened in Washington DC.
"Real Quiet" won the Kentucky Derby.
In separate radio addresses, President Clinton and congressional Republicans lambasted the Internal Revenue Service and promised more reforms to prevent abuses of the tax-collecting agency in the future.
Actor Oliver Reed died in Malta at age 61.
Yugoslav authorities handed over to the Rev. Jesse Jackson three American prisoners of war who had been held for a month.
An investigating panel concluded that Texas A&M University students cut corners in construction and school officials failed to adequately supervise them before a bonfire collapse in November 1999 that killed 12 people.
Former nurse Christina Marie Riggs was executed by injection in Arkansas for smothering her two young children.
Jockey Julie Krone became the first female elected to thoroughbred racing's hall of fame.
World's oldest seaborne passenger vessel on tour as floating library
USA baseball proposes "three strikes" rule for steroid abuse
British Skylark rocket makes its final flight
Swiss cement company Holcim Ltd sees net profits jump 67%
Blogspot ban lifted in Pakistan
Legislators in US states call for the impeachment of President Bush
Nine alarm fire engulfs Brooklyn warehouses
Drug, alcohol, tobacco abuse rising among California teens
Blue Security anti-spam community target of large-scale spam attack
Inter-Balkan Summit to take place in Thessalonika, Greece
Flight from Armenian capital Yerevan crashes near Sochi
U.S. government to improve recruitment for civil service jobs
Delta emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Dell to offer Ubuntu Linux on some computers
AKP calls for early general election in Turkey
Private helicopter crashes in UK
President Bush and Democrats seek compromise
Tomb of former Hungarian communist leader vandalised
Rosslyn Chapel music score 'decoded'
Study: Arctic ice could be gone by 2020
Pandora radio to prevent access from outside U.S.
Digg.com suffers user revolt
Bloc QuÃ©bÃ©cois raise concern over remark made by hockey player
Free to air digital TV switched on in New Zealand
2007/08 UEFA Cup: Fiorentina vs. Rangers F.C.
Odense SC win Danish squash championship
MT duo & Robot Taiwan 2008: Vast opportunities for machinery industry
Johnson ousts Livingstone in London mayoral election
Results of British local elections announced
Southern Sudan's defence minister among those killed in major plane crash
Evangelist minister and Islam critic charged with arson in Alabama
Bush calls for congress to make more money available for Food Aid
New Zealand Music Month kicks off for 2008
Obama's 100-day speech warns of U.S.'s problems
Increased turnout, reports of violence at worldwide May Day demonstrations
1,100 evacuated due to massive Halifax brush fire
Bomb scare closes Times Square, New York
Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico reported to have reached coast; offshore drilling ban announced by Obama administration
Australian cadets face charges over sex abuse
Osama bin Laden killed in U.S. operation in Pakistan, White House says
Poison control centers educate public on hand sanitizer consumption
Hundreds feared dead after Indian ferry boat capsizes
First successful womb transplant recipient passes six-week pregnancy mark