0996 - Sixteen year old Otto III was crowned the Roman Emperor.
1471 - King Henry VI was killed in the tower of London. Edward IV
took the throne.
1536 - The Reformation was officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.
1542 - Hernando de Soto died along the Mississippi River while
searching for gold.
1602 - Martha's Vineyard was first sighted by Captain Bartholomew
1688 - The English poet Alexander Pope was born.
1790 - Paris was divided into 48 zones.
1819 - Bicycles were first seen in the U.S. in New York City. They were originally known as "swift walkers."
1832 - In the U.S., the Democratic Party held its first national
1840 - New Zealand was declared a British colony.
1856 - Lawrence, Kansas was captured by pro-slavery forces.
1863 - The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, LA, began.
1881 - The American branch of the Red Cross was founded by Clara
1881 - The United States Lawn Tennis Association was formed in New
1891 - Peter Jackson and Jim Corbett fought for 61 rounds only to
end in a draw.
1906 - Louis H. Perlman received his patent for the demountable
1922 - The cartoon, "On the Road to Moscow," by Rollin Kirby won a
Pulitzer Prize. It was the first cartoon awarded the Pulitzer.
1924 - Fourteen-year-old Bobby Franks was murdered in a "thrill
killing" committed by Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb.
The killers were students at the University of Chicago.
1927 - Charles A. Lindberg completed the first solo nonstop airplane
flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The trip began May 20.
1929 - The first automatic electric stock quotation board was used
by Sutro and Company of New York City.
1934 - Oskaloosa, IA, became the first city in the U.S. to
fingerprint all of its citizens.
1947 - Joe DiMaggio and five of his New York Yankee teammates were
fined $100 because they had not fulfilled contract requirements
to do promotional duties for the team.
1956 - The U.S. exploded the first airborne hydrogen bomb in the
Pacific Ocean over Bikini Atoll.
1961 - Governor Patterson declared martial law in Montgomery, AL.
1968 - The nuclear-powered U.S. submarine Scorpion, with 99
men aboard, was last heard from. The remains of the sub
were later found on the ocean floor 400 miles southwest of
1970 - The National Guard was mobilized to quell disturbances at
Ohio State University.
1980 - The movie "The Empire Strikes Back" was released.
1982 - The British landed in the Falkland Islands and fighting began.
1991 - In Madras, India, the former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi was
killed by a bouquet of flowers that contained a bomb.
1998 - An expelled student, Kipland Kinkel, in Springfield, OR,
killed 2 people and wounded 25 others with a semi-automatic
rifle. Police also discovered that the boy had killed his
parents before the rampage.
1998 - Microsoft and Sega announced that they are collaborating on
a home video game system.
1998 - In Miami, FL, five abortion clinics were hit by an butyric