1784 - The first balloon was flown in Ireland.
1794 - "Courrier Francais" became the first French daily newspaper to be published in the U.S.
1813 - U.S. troops under James Wilkinson attacked the Spanish-held city of Mobile that would be in the future state of Alabama.
1817 - The first American school for the deaf was opened in Hartford, CT.
1850 - The city of San Francisco was incorporated.
1858 - At the Battle of Azimghur, the Mexicans defeated Spanish loyalists.
1861 - U.S. President Lincoln mobilized the Federal army.
1865 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln died from injuries inflicted
by John Wilkes Booth.
1871 - "Wild Bill" Hickok became the marshal of Abilene, Kansas.
1880 - William Gladstone became Prime Minister of England.
1892 - The General Electric Company was organized.
1899 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Portland Cement Company.
1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. 1,517 people died and more than 700 people survived.
1917 - The British defeated the Germans at the battle of Arras.
1923 - Insulin became generally available for people suffering with diabetes.
1934 - In the comic strip "Blondie," Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead welcomed a baby boy, Alexander. The child would be nicknamed, Baby Dumpling.
1940 - French and British troops landed at Narvik, Norway.
1945 - During World War II, British and Canadian troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.
1947 - Jackie Robinson played his first major league baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Previously he had only appeared in exhibition games.
1948 - The Arabs were defeated in the first Jewish-Arab battle.
1951 - The first episode of the "Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" radio show aired.
1952 - U.S. President Harry Truman signed the official Japanese peace treaty.
1952 - The first B-52 prototype was tested in the air.
1953 - In Buenos Aires, six people were killed by a bomb at a rally
addressed by President Peron.
1953 - Pope Pius XII gave his approval of psychoanalysis but warned
of possible abuses.
1953 - Charlie Chaplin surrendered his U.S. re-entry permit rather
than face proceedings by the U.S. Justice Department. Chaplin
was accused of sympathizing with Communist groups.
1956 - The worlds’ first, all-color TV station was dedicated. It was
WNBQ-TV in Chicago and is now WMAQ-TV.
1956 - General Motors announced that the first free piston
automobile had been developed.
1959 - Cuban leader Fidel Castro began a U.S. goodwill tour.
1960 - The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was
organized at Shaw University.
1967 - Richard Speck was found guilty of murdering eight student nurses.
1983 - In Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, the Tokyo Disneyland themepark opened.
1984 - Ten members of a family were found murdered in their home
in New York City. An infant was found crawling among the
1986 - U.S. F-111 warplanes attacked Libya in response to the
bombing of a discotheque in Berlin on April 5, 1986.
1987 - In Northhampton, MA, Amy Carter, Abbie Hoffman and 13 others
were acquitted on civil disobedience charges related with a
1987 - In New York City, Mbongeni Ngema's "Asinamali!" opened as the first South African play on Broadway.
1989 - Students in Beijing launched a series of pro democracy protests upon the death of former Communist Party leader Hu Yaobang. The protests led to the Tienanmen Square massacre.
1989 - In Sheffield, England, 96 people were killed and hundreds were injured at a soccer game at Hillsborough Stadium when a crowd surged into an overcrowded standing area. Ninety-four died on the day of the incident and two more later died from their injuries.
1994 - The World Trade Organization was established.
1997 - Christopher Reeve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 - Pol Pot died at the age of 73. The leader of the Khmer Rouge regime thereby evaded prosecution for the deaths of 2 million Cambodians.
1999 - In Algeria, former Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president. All of the opposition candidates claimed that the vote was fraudulent and withdrew from the election.
1999 - In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a panel of two Lahore High Court judges convicted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, of corruption.
2000 - 600 anti-IMF (International Monetary Fund) protesters were arrested in Washington, DC, for demonstrating without a permit.
2010 - In Prospect Harbor, ME, the Stinson Seafood plant stopped sardine processing after 135 years in operation.