Death of St. John of Beverly
Charles the Bald institutes a tax to pay the Danes to leave Seine area
Death of Otto I "the Great," Holy Roman Emperor
Henry IV, King of England, directs John Colepepper to arrest one Thomas Northfield, Dominican, on charges of Witchcraft
English siege of Orleans broken by Joan of Arc
Thomas Munzer, leader of the German Peasant's Revolt, beheaded
Queen Elizabeth forbids Puritan meetings in England
Arrival of King James VI of Scotland and I of England in London
Convicted of libeling Queen of Charles I, William Prynne loses both ears
The House of Lords gives reluctant consent to the Bill of Attainder against Strafford 1641
In London, the first Theatre Royal in Drury Lane was opened under a charter granted by King Charles II.
HMS Victory, the British battleship and flagship of Lord Nelson, was launched at Chatham, Kent.
The first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President and Mrs. George Washington.
English poet Robert Browning in London. born
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was premiered in Vienna. The composer had accepted a commission for the work from the London Symphony, but reneged on the contractual promise to let it be played in London first.
Italian composer Antonio Salieri died in Vienna, Austria.
Otto of Bavaria was chosen king of Greece by the great powers at the conference of London.
Composer Johannes Brahms, regarded as one of the greatest composers of the 19th century music, was born in Hamburg, Germany. He wrote four symphonies and two piano concerti which have become standards in the classical repertoire.
Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in the Ural region of Russia. At 37, Tchaikovsky married. It may have been the dumbest thing he ever did. His bride knew Tchaikovsky was gay but thought she could change him. Wealthy Nadia von Meck supported Tchaikovsky for 13 years. His works included the ballet scores for ``The Nutcracker,'' ``Swan Lake'' and ``Sleeping Beauty.''
The American Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia.
In Warsaw, Polish workers surrendered after Prussian troops put down a rebellion.
In the American Civil War the battle of Vicksburg began when Sherman reinforced Grant and split the Confederate armies under Pemberton in two. The battle and siege lasted until July 4.
Yugoslav leader Josef Broz Tito. He was the Yugoslav partisan leader and president of post-war Yugoslavia from 1945 until 1980 born
Actor Gary Cooper (Frank James Cooper) was born in Helena, Montana. His films included "Sergeant York," for which he won his first Academy Award, 'High Noon' and 'The Plainsman'. born
Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid instant camera born
Columbia University approved final plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories. The award was established by Joseph Pulitzer.
1,198 people, including 63 children, died when a German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast. 114 of the victims were American. The incident contributed to the U.S. entry into World War I.
Romania signed the Treaty of Bucharest with Germany and Austria-Hungary; the treaty was nullified in November when the Central Powers collapsed.
Eva Peron, first lady of Argentina during the populist government of Juan Peron. She died of cancer aged 33. born
Actor Darren McGavin (some sources list May 5) born
The age at which women could vote in Britain was lowered from 30 to 21.
Singer Teresa Brewer born
Football Hall-of-Famer Johnny Unitas born
In the United States, the first coast to coast radio broadcast took place when Herbert Morrison described the explosion on the airship Hindenburg which took place the day before.
Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
Singer Johnny Maestro born
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA Victor.
Country singer Lorrie Collins born
Rock musician (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes) Ricky West born
Actress Robin Strasser born
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany from General Alfred Jodl.
The 1944 Pulitzer Prizes were awarded; winners included John Hersey for his novel "A Bell for Adano," Mary Chase for her play "Harvey," and Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal for his picture of the Iwo Jima flag-raising.
Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League, consisting of six teams.
Singer-songwriter Bill Danoff born
TV commentator Tim Russert born
Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games - by the International Olympic Committee.
Movie writer-director Amy Heckerling ("Clueless") born
The 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.
Actor Michael E. Knight ("All My Children") born
Leonid Brezhnev replaced Marshal Kliment Voroshilov as president of the Supreme Soviet.
Leonid Brezhnev announced that Francis Gary Powers, pilot of the U-2 plane shot down on May 1, had confessed to being on an intelligence mission for the CIA.
Rock musician Phil Campbell (Motorhead) born
The United States launched the "Telstar II" communications satellite.
Rock singer-musician Chris O'Connor (Primitive Radio Gods) born
Benjamin Britten had open heart surgery.
President Ford formally declared an end to the "Vietnam era." In Ho Chi Minh City -- formerly Saigon -- the Viet Cong staged a rally to celebrate their takeover.
Paul Geidel, convicted of second-degree murder in 1911, was released from prison in Beacon, New York, after serving 68 years and 245 days -- the longest-ever time served.
A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the "Agent Orange" class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who charged they had suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant.
The Edmonton Oilers set a National Hockey League record for playoff wins - 12. Edmonton won its second Stanley Cup with a 7-3 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.
10 years after the Vietnam War ended, New York City honored Vietnam veterans with a huge ticker tape parade.
Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth announced plans to institute mandatory drug testing for all baseball personnel except major-league players.
The Senate Finance Committee approved a plan to make the most sweeping changes in the U.S. income tax laws in more than 40 years. (A compromise version was signed by President Reagan the following October.)
Shelly Long made her last appearance on the TV show "Cheers." Long, who played cocktail server, Diane Chambers, to often hilarious results, left the hit comedy to pursue a movie career.
Rep. Stewart McKinney, R-Conn., died of AIDS at age 56, the first member of Congress identified as a victim of the disease.
Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, dogged by reports about his relationship with Miami model Donna Rice, put his campaign on hold and flew home to Denver to be with his family.
"Winning Colors" won the 114th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the third filly to win the event.
Both sides claimed victory in Panama's national elections, with the opposition also charging a pattern of fraud.
Latvia elected Ivars Godmanis as prime minister; Moscow sought more information about the republic's attempt to leave the Soviet Union.
The White House put aside President Bush's pledge of no new taxes, saying talks to strike a budget deal with Congress would have "no preconditions."
Doctors said that President Bush's recent bout with an irregular heartbeat was caused by a mildly overactive thyroid gland, a condition they said was easily treatable.
President Bush visited riot-scarred Los Angeles.
The space shuttle "Endeavour" blasted off on its maiden voyage.
A 203-year-old proposed constitutional amendment barring Congress from giving itself a midterm pay raise received enough votes for ratification as Michigan became the 38th state to approve it.
President Clinton proposed dramatic changes in political campaign financing.
In South Africa, representatives of 23 political parties signed a declaration of intent to hold multiracial elections within a year.
Norway's most famous painting, "The Scream" by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from an Oslo museum. It was found undamaged in a hotel in south Norway.
Japan's Justice Minister Shigeto Nagano resigned after his attempts to whitewash past Japanese military aggression provoked a diplomatic row in Asia.
South Africa's democratic era started in earnest as new ANC-dominated provincial legislatures met and blacks took political power for the first time in more than three centuries.
Jacques Chirac, the conservative mayor of Paris, won France's presidency in his third attempt defeating Lionel Jospin in a runoff to end 14 years of Socialist rule.
Leaders of 54 nations that fought on both sides in World War II signed olive leaves in London in a ceremony of reconciliation.
The first international war crimes proceeding since Nuremberg opened at The Hague in the Netherlands, with a Serbian police officer, Dusan Tadic, facing trial on murder-torture charges. (A year later on this date, Tadic was convicted of brutalizing prisoners, but was acquitted of more serious crimes, including murder.)
The Army accused its top enlisted man, Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney, of sexual misconduct. (At his court-martial, McKinney was acquitted of sexual misconduct, but found guilty of obstruction of justice.)
A U.S. government study criticised Switzerland for dealing in Nazi gold during World War II.
Chrysler Corporation and United Auto Workers agreed to a new contract, ending a damaging 28-day engine-plant strike.
The parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corporation for more than $37 billion.
Londoners voted overwhelmingly to elect their own mayor for the first time in history. (The mayoral election will take place in May 2000.)
A jury in Pontiac, Mich., ordered "The Jenny Jones Show" to pay $25 million to the family of Scott Amedure, a gay man who was shot to death after revealing a crush on Jonathan Schmitz, a fellow guest on the talk show.
NATO jets struck the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three people and injuring 20; President Clinton called the attack a "tragic mistake."
Actor-producer-author Douglas Fairbanks Junior died in New York at age 90.
President Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in Russia's first democratic transfer of power.
A second fire was set to contain an earlier blaze that was begun to clear brush on the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico; the second fire blew out of control, destroying more than 200 homes and damaging part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory before it was controlled.
Muslim opens first Arab Holocaust museum in Nazareth
CARTOSAT-I and HAMSAT satellites launched precisely by PSLV-C6, will have longer life
United States begins testing equipment for demolition of a major VX nerve gas stockpile
20-horse field for Derby dash
Chili finger suspect arrives in San Jose, California for trial
North Carolina church kicks out Democrats
Reactions to Apple's OS X Tiger
Kentucky Derby field chart
PAP returned to power in Parliamentary Elections, Singapore
Iraqis celebrate deaths of British troops
Sudan will welcome UN Peacekeepers in Darfur
Human Rights Watch implicates 600+ in war prisoner abuse
Iran says it may withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
The Sultan's Elephant entertains London
1 dead, 13 injured in Dublin bus pursuit
March against new French copyright law
Michael Schumacher wins the European Grand Prix
UK Government report into UFOs released
Australian veteran Nine Network reporter dies
88th annual Brita Kongreso draws to a close
Prayers on TV mandatory in Iran
Iran's leader appoints new members to cultural council
15th anniversary of Russian Federation Armed Forces.
Wreckage of Kenya Airways flight 507 found in jungle; All 114 on board killed
Palestinian Islamists attack children's festival in Gaza Strip
President-elect Sarkozy promises change for France
Aid starts to reach Myanmar
Explosion in Chelmsford, Essex
Scientology branch in Germany drops legal fight against government surveillance
Floating wreckage of Brazilian plane carrying four UK businessmen recovered
Obama projected winner in North Carolina primary, Clinton wins Indiana by narrow margin
Italy: Berlusconi announces new government
Five arrested in Canada after C$2 million armoured car robbery
Porsche and Volkswagen automakers agree to merger
US automaker GM reports losses of $6 billion
Several groups seek to purchase Saturn auto brand
Major League baseball player Manny Ramirez receives 50-game ban
US economy added 290,000 jobs last month, unemployment at 9.9%
UK elections: Hung parliament, Cameron to negotiate with Liberal Democrats
US stocks see 9% drop before making recovery
Voters turned away from polling stations in UK general elections
Al-Qaeda says bin Laden death will 'not be wasted'; Pentagon releases videos of terrorist leader in compound
27 believed dead in Indonesian plane crash
Australia, Malaysia closing in on refugee agreement
Obama decides against the release of graphic photos of bin Laden
Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination
U.S. study says Type 2 diabetes in youth is hard to control
Caloundra defeat Nambour 24-10 in week seven of Sunshine Coast Rugby Union
Black and Blue Belles win in Canberra Roller Derby League blowout
13th Annual Beverly Hills film festival opens
Solar powered plane completes first leg of transcontinental trip