Henry II "the Saint," Holy Roman Emperor born
Consecration of Cathedral at Lincoln, England
Cathedral of Rheims destroyed by fire
New Rheims cathedral begun
Reginald II assumes Manx throne
Council of Vienne abolishes the Templars, and condemns the Beguines
Rome was sacked when troops under Charles, Duke of Bourbon, pillaged the city and killed some 4,000 inhabitants.
Anne Boleyn writes her last letter to Henry VIII of England
Jacques Cartier's third expedition leaves Canada for France
St. Frances Xavier arrives in Goa, India
Henry VIII's "Primer" henceforth to be used in all English churches
Bothwell, and Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, enter Edinburgh
John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas born
Eighty-five "witches" burned at Guelch
Beacon set on Beacon Hill, Boston
Death of Cornelis Jansen, theologian
John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence born
Frederick II of Prussia attacked Austrian troops defending Prague in the Seven Years' War. The attack succeeded and Prague fell with 10,000 Austrian casualties.
Maximilien-Francois-Marie-Isidore de Robespierre, one of the principal figures of the French revolution, born.
A famous organist and organ builder of Beethoven's day, Joseph Vogler, died. Vogler inspired Robert Browning to compose a poetic epitaph which included the lines, "for my resting places is found the C major of this life so now I will try to sleep."
The first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Twopenny Blue, went on sale in Britain.
Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola, Florida, patented the mechanical refrigerator.
Linus Yale of Newport, New York, received a patent for the clock-type lock. Yale locks are among the top brands of security devices sold today.
Robert Edwin Peary in Cresson, Pennsylvania. U.S. Arctic explorer. He led the first expedition to reach the North Pole in 1909. born
Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud born
Arkansas seceded from the Union.
Confederate forces commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee routed Union troops under Gen. Joseph Hooker at the battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia.
The Civil War battle of the Wilderness in Virginia ended; General Lee's Confederate forces defeated a superior Federal force led by General Grant.
A.P. Giannini, founder of Bank of America born
The Sioux chief Crazy Horse surrenders and gives up all claim to Nebraska.
British statesman Lord Cavendish was murdered by Irish nationalists soon after arriving in Dublin as chief secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
Congress passed, over President Arthur's veto, the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese immigrants from the US for ten years.
The Paris Exposition formally opened, featuring the just-completed Eiffel Tower.
Electrician Irwin H. Hoover began installing electrical wiring in the White House.
Legendary silent-screen star Rudolph Valentino (Rodolpho Alfonzo Rafaello Pietro Guglieimi Di Valentina D'Antonguolla) in Castellaneta, Italy. His films included ``The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,'' ``The Sheik'' and ``Blood and Sand.' born
The conductor Jacha Horenstein was born in Kiev. Horenstein was one of the earliest devoted Mahlerites, and conducted Mahler's long, emotional symphonies whenever he had the opportunity. Horenstein also should get a lot of the credit for keeping the music of Carl Nielsen alive during Nielsen's most obscure years.
Britain's King Edward the Seventh died. His son acceeded to the throne as George V.
Actor Stewart Granger born
Orson Welles, U.S. actor, director, producer and writer. His film ``Citizen Kane'' is regarded as one of the most influential films in history. born
Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Red Sox, hit his first major-league home run. "The Sultan of Swat" went on to hit 714 round-trippers before he retired as a New York Yankee in 1935.
Author Theodore White born
Lyman Frank Baum, U.S. author of children's stories about the imaginary land of Oz, died. The film version of his ``Wonderful Wizard of Oz'' became a cinema classic.
The Paris Peace Conference disposed of Germany's colonies; German East Africa was assigned as a League of Nations mandate to Britain and France, German South-West Africa as a mandate to South Africa.
Producer Ross Hunter (Martin Fuss) born
Jazz musician Fred Randall born
Actress Elizabeth Sellars born
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays ('Say Hey Kid') born
President Paul Doumer was assassinated by a Russian emigre in Paris.
The Works Progress Administration began operating.
The hydrogen-filled German dirigible "Hindenburg" burned and crashed in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 of the 97 people on board.
Josef Stalin became official leader of the Soviet government.(replacing Vyacheslav M. Molotov.)
During World War Two, some 15,000 Americans and Filipinos on Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese.
Singer Jimmie Dale Gilmore born
Rock singer Bob Seger born
Rock musician Davey Johnstone (Elton John's trio) born
British Labor Party leader, Prime Minister Tony Blair born
Rock singer Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac) born
Medical student Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile during a track meet in Oxford, England, in three minutes, 59.4 seconds.
Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book "Profiles in Courage.""
Actress Mare Winningham born
Britain's Princess Margaret married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, a commoner, at Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1978.)
Actor George Clooney born
Actor Clay O'Brien ("The Apple Dumpling Gang") born
In the first test of its kind, the submerged submarine USS "Ethan Allen" fired a Polaris missile armed with a nuclear warhead that detonated above the Pacific Ocean.
Actress Roma Downey ("Touched By an Angel") born
Rock singer-musician Tony Scalzo (Fastball) born
Rock musician Mark Bryan (Hootie and the Blowfish) born
The worst street fighting in Paris since the liberation shook the left bank as students and police fought for control of the fashionable Boulevard St. Germain. The University of the Sorbonne was closed.
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigned after an aide was arrested on charges of spying for East Germany.
An earthquake struck the town of Udine in northern Italy, killing 973 people and leaving over 100,000 homeless.
In Austria's general election, Dr. Bruno Kreisky's Socialist Democratic Party was returned to power for a fourth consecutive term.
Yale architecture student Maya Ying Lin was named winner of a competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The U.S. expelled all Libyan diplomats, citing was it said was the Libyan government's support for international terrorism.
West German government experts announced scientific tests had proven the purported Hitler diaries to be "obvious fakes" that the experts said were derived from a book on the Nazi dictator written in the 1960's.
Voters in El Salvador went to the polls for the second time in six weeks, this time to decide a presidential runoff between Jose Napoleon Duarte and Robert D'Aubuisson. (Duarte would emerge the winner.)
The space shuttle Challenger ended a one-week mission in orbit with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In the wake of the Chernobyl disaster, Soviet officials revealed that radiation escaped from the damaged nuclear reactor for 36 hours before area residents were evacuated because the plant staff did not realize the seriousness of the accident.
Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart held a news conference in Hanover, New Hampshire, in which he denied ever having an affair with Miami model Donna Rice, but declined to say whether he'd ever committed adultery.
CIA Director William J. Casey died at age 74.
In his first comment on the matter, President Reagan said he didn't "look kindly upon" reports that a memoir written by his former chief of staff, Donald Regan, painted an unflattering portrait of first lady Nancy Reagan.
"Sunday Silence" scored a two-and-a-half-length upset victory over "Easy Goer" in the 115th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Former president P.W. Botha quit South Africa's ruling National Party as a protest against the apartheid reform program of his successor F.W. de Klerk.
Freed American hostage Frank Reed told a news conference in Arlington, Virginia, that he had been savagely beaten by his captors in Lebanon after two unsuccessful escape attempts.
Soviet authorities agreed to open for just one day eight crossing points along a 260-mile stretch of the River Prut, which had marked the division of Moldavia between Romania and the Soviet Union since 1945.
President Bush returned to work after spending two nights at Bethesda Naval Hospital because of an irregular heartbeat; he met at the White House with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev delivered a speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where Winston Churchill had spoken of the "Iron Curtain;" Gorbachev said the world was still divided, between North and South, rich and poor.
Actress Marlene Dietrich died at her Paris home at age 90.
The Bosnian Serb parliament, for the third time, rejected a United Nations peace plan for Bosnia-Herzegovina. The president of Serbia, Slobodan Milosevic, ordered a blockade of supplies except food and medicine to the Bosnian Serbs.
The space shuttle "Columbia" landed safely in California after a ten-day mission.
For the first time since the Ice Age, a direct link connected Britain and mainland Europe. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and French President Francois Mitterrand opened the Channel Tunnel.
Nelson Mandela and his ANC named their team for a post-apartheid government of national unity.
Former Arkansas state worker Paula Corbin Jones filed suit against President Clinton, alleging he'd sexually harassed her in 1991.
The U.N. Security Council tightened sanctions against Haiti to pressure its military rulers to allow the return of exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
In London, thousands of World War II veterans, along with dignitaries from around the world, gathered to begin commemorations of the 50th anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat - V-E Day.
Long-shot Thunder Gulch won the 121st Kentucky Derby.
Friends and relatives of the Oklahoma City bombing victims made a somber pilgrimage to the site of the attack to say good-bye to their loved ones.
Guatemala's leftist guerrillas signed a key accord in talks with the government of President Alvaro Arzu aimed at ending 35 years of civil war.
The body of former CIA director William E. Colby was found washed up on a riverbank near his southern Maryland vacation home, eight days after he'd disappeared.
Army Staff Sergeant Delmar G. Simpson was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping six trainees at Abereeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
World chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM's Deep Blue computer played to a draw in game three of their six-game match.
President Clinton wrapped up his visit to Mexico as he and Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo pledged closer cooperation on immigration and drug smuggling.
Representative Dan Burton, chairman of the House fund-raising inquiry, apologized to GOP colleagues for the furor over his release of selected portions of tapes of Webster Hubbell's prison conversations; Burton's top investigator departed, ordered fired by House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Astronomers announced the detection of a gamma ray burst in a galaxy 12 billion light years away that was equal to the energy expended by the sun in one trillion years.
President Clinton met with Kosovo refugees in Germany, listening to accounts of murder, rape and terror and promising them, "You will go home again in safety and in freedom."
Reversing decades of overwhelming loyalty to Britain's governing Labor Party, Scottish and Welsh voters elected strong nationalist oppositions to their first separate assemblies of modern times.
Russia and the Western powers set aside their differences over NATO airstrikes and drafted a joint plan to end the Kosovo conflict.
"Fusaichi Pegasus" became the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby since "Spectacular Bid" in 1979.
Jack Mazzan, who'd spent 20 years on death row for the murder of a judge's son, was released on bail, three months after the Nevada Supreme Court reversed his conviction.
U.S. Navy finds soldier shot wounded Iraqi at Fallujah in self defense
Yemen's first-ever feature film to be screened at Cannes Festival
Results of United Kingdom General Election
Romanian tourism to be rebranded
India's NDA rejects PM's appeal to end boycott
Sydney bus driver accused of kidnapping schoolchildren
Coffeeheaven to enter Romanian market
Romanian road traffic laws aligned to EU standards
Australian PM apologises for deportation of Australian
Surprise win for RESPECT Party in UK General Election
British Conservative leader Michael Howard to step down
Mortgage advisers attempt to collect rent from neighbors after FBI raid in Union City, California
Germany gives 16.7 million euro loan to Albania to improve its water supply
Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity gets stuck in a small sand dune
New York City Subway's skip-stop 9 service to make its last run May 27
68% of Dutch consider their government "Lap Dog" of United States
Polls open for the Parliamentary Elections, Singapore
4 year old Indian boy runs 40 miles in 7 hours
Michelle Wie makes cut in Korean men's golf tournament
10 American soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan
Car hits five-year-old Australian girl
Anarchists, police clash in central Athens during anti-war rally
Tornadoes cause millions in damages in Waco, Texas
Cruise liner off England coast catches fire
Warehouse burns in Helsinki, Finland
Getafe CF coach Schuster criticises preliminary Spanish World Cup pick
Iranian minister eschews un-Islamic dress at Sharm al-Sheikh
Kenya Airways jet with at least 114 on board crashes
Indonesian suspected bird flu case dies; symptoms included encephalitis
Forward advance! - Battle of the Atlantic Parade in Toronto, Canada
Khatami: dialogue is best solution to solve Iran's nuclear controversy
Global WTO competition for law students won by the University of Melbourne
Sarkozy wins French Presidential election
Football: Manchester United clinch Premiership title
Death toll from cyclone in Myanmar continues to rise
UK PM pledges aid for Myanmar
'Suspicious package' causes closure of busy street in Buffalo, New York
Boy stops wearing Brett Favre jersey after four years
Congressional computers continue to be used to vandalize Wikipedia
UK Home Secretary announces ID card pilot launch
American comedic actor Dom DeLuise dies at age 75
As many as 100 civilians die in Afghan raid
UK general election results
Peruvian bolero singer Lucho Barrios dies aged 75
Nigeria swears in new president after death of Umaru Yar'Adua
British oil firm claims discovery off coast of Falkland Islands
Black boxes from Air France Flight 447 localized
Mumbai gunman given death penalty, to be hanged
NBC employee wins $266M from California lottery
British political candidate Nigel Farage injured in plane crash on polling day
Athens bank fire kills three as Greece goes on strike
New York bridge shut down after suspicious truck found
Greek parliament passes austerity bill
Russian forces storm oil tanker seized by Somali pirates, crew freed
Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua reported dead
African leaders start drive to eradicate malaria
Liberal Democrats defeated in UK elections after alternative vote and councils rejected; Salmond wins historic first majority vote
UK holds referendum on voting system
I'll Have Another wins Kentucky Derby