1242 - Russian troops repelled an invasion attempt by the Teutonic
1614 - American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John
Rolfe in Virginia.
1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip
1792 - U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential
veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives
among the states.
1806 - Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill.
1827 - James H. Hackett became the first American actor to appear
abroad as he performed at Covent Garden in London, England.
1843 - Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown
1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S.
Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109.
1887 - Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the
word "water" as spelled out in the manual alphabet.
1892 - Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls.
1892 - In New York, the Ithaca Daily Journal published an ad introducing a new 10 cent Ice Cream Specialty called a Cherry Sunday.
1895 - Playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against
the Marquess of Queensberry. Wilde had been accused of
1908 - The Japanese Army reached the Yalu River as the Russians
1919 - Eamon de Valera became president of Ireland.
1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular
production of balloon tires.
1930 - Mahatma Ghandi defied British law by making salt in India.
1933 - The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes
Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
1941 - German commandos secured docks along the Danube River in
preparation for Germany’s invasion of the Balkans.
1951 - Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death
for committing espionage for the Soviet Union.
1953 - Jomo Kenyatta was convicted and sentenced to 7 years in prison
for orchestrating the Mau-Mau rebellion in Kenya.
1955 - Winston Churchill resigned as British prime minister.
1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Los Angeles Lakers) became the
all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke
Wilt Chamberlain's record of 31,419 career points.
1985 - John McEnroe said "any man can beat any woman at any sport,
1986 - A discotheque in Berlin was bombed by Libyan terrorists. The U.S. attacked Libya with warplanes in retaliation on April 15, 1986.
1987 - FOX Broadcasting Company launched "Married....With Children"
and "The Tracey Ullman Show". The two shows were the beginning
of the FOX lineup.
1989 - In Poland, accords were signed between Solidarity and the government that set free elections for June 1989. The eight-year ban on Solidarity was also set to be lifted.
1998 - The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan opened becoming the largest
suspension bridge in the world. It links Shikoku and Honshu.
The bridge cost about $3.8 billion.
1999 - Two Libyans suspected of bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 were handed over so they could be flown to the Netherlands for trial. 270 people were killed in the bombing.
1999 - In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pled guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard.
2004 - Near Mexico City's international airport, lightning struck the jet Mexican President Vicente Fox was on.
2009 - North Korea launched the Kwangmyongsong-2 rocket, prompting an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council.