April 1 is known as April Fools Day or All Fools' Day in many
1789 - Pennsylvania Representative Frederick Augustus Conrad
Muhlenberg was elected as the first US Speaker of the House
1877 - Edward Schieffelin founded Tombstone, Arizona, best known
as the place where Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers had their
shoot-out with the Clantons and McLaurys at the O.K. Corral
1934 - Bonnie and Clyde kill two young highway patrolmen near
1963 - ABC premiered General Hospital, the daytime drama that
eventually become the network's longest-running (oap opera)
serial program produced in Hollywood. On the same day, NBC debuted
1970 - President Richard Nixon signed legislation officially
banning cigarette ads on television and radio.
1976 - Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve
1977 (Tornado) Madaripur and Shibchar, Bangladesh
1979 - Nickelodeon kid's cable channel was launched
1984 - Singer Marvin Gaye was shot three times and killed by
his father during a domestic dispute.
1997 - As part of a crossover April Fools joke, Pat Sajak hosted
Jeopardy and Alex Trebek hosted Wheel of Fortune.
1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed near what
is now called St. Augustine, Florida and declared the land
1860 - Pony Express mail, traveling by horse and rider relay
teams, simultaneously left St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento,
California. They used horses, not ponies.
1882 - Tombstone reads, "Jesse W. James, Died April 3,
1882, Aged 34 years, 6 months, 28 days, Murdered by a traitor
and a coward whose name is not worthy to appear here."
Jesse James was shot and killed by frenemy Robert Ford for
the reward money. There was a $5,000 bounty on the bank-robber,
but they gave Ford $500, and then arrested him.
1917 - The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress,
Jeannette Rankin, takes her seat as a representative from
1953 - TV Guide debuted.
1956 - As the World Turns and The Edge of Night first aired
on the CBS network in the United States, as the first half-hour
1956 - Elvis Presley sang "Heartbreak Hotel" on
the Milton Berle Show, with an estimated 25% of the United
States population viewing.
1973 - The first portable cell phone call was placed in New
1978 - Dallas premiered on CBS
1992 - In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti is convicted of
murder and racketeering and is later sentenced to life in
1992 - Pope John Paul II died.
1996 - Suspected "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski
was arrested at his Montana cabin.
1860 - The Pony Express began service, between St. Joseph,
Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler was granted a German patent for his
1953 - TV Guide published it's first issue
1955 - The American Civil Liberties Union announced it would
defend Allen Ginsberg's book, Howl, against obscenity charges.
1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on the Milton Berle Show
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I've Been
to the Mountaintop" speech.
1978 - At the 50th annual Academy Awards, held at the Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Woody Allen's Annie Hall
won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1977.
1981 - The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer,
was unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco.
1986 - Merv Griffin sold Merv Griffin Enterprises, to The
Coca-Cola Company, for $250,000,000.
1561 - UFOs were reported flying over Nuremberg, German
1841 - US President Harrison died of pneumonia after one month
1850 - Los Angeles, California was incorporated as a city.
1933 - Akron, a dirigible, crashed in New Jersey, killing
1949 - Twelve nations signed the North Atlantic Treaty, creating
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
1964 - The Beatles occupied all of the top five positions
on the Billboard singles chart in the United States, with
Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want
to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.
1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated by James Earl
Ray in Memphis Tennessee.
1969 - CBS abruptly cancelled The Smothers Brothers Comedy
Hour, and replaced it with Hee Haw, they announced. Hee Haw
episodes were ready to premiere in mid-June.
1973 - The World Trade Center in New York is officially dedicated.
1975 - Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill
Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1983 - Space Shuttle Challenger made its maiden voyage into
2013 - Famed movie critic Roger Ebert died
1614 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas married English
colonist John Rolfe.
1922 - The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned
Parenthood, is incorporated.
1936 (Tornado) Tupelo, Mississippi
1949 - Fireside Theater debuted on NBC.
1987 - FOX debuted two shows, Married... with Children and
The Tracey Ullman Show
1991 - Katie Couric was designated a co-host of the Today
1994 - Lead Singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain committed suicide,
and was found three days later.
1997 - The Crocodile Hunter premiered on Animal Planet
2006 - The first case of H5N1 avian flu was confirmed in the
UK after tests on a dead swan found in Cellardyke, Fife.
2012 - Scandal premiered on ABC
648 BC - Earliest solar eclipse recorded by the Ancient Greeks.
1830 - The Mormon Church was founded in Fayette Township,
New York, by Joseph Smith
1895 - Oscar Wilde was arrested, and later found guilty of
being a homosexual, and sentenced to two years of hard labor.
1896 - In Athens, the opening of the first modern Olympic
Games 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius
1931 - Little Orphan Annie debuted on the Blue Network of
1936 (Tornado) Gainesville, Georgia
1966 - Hundred of children and thier teachers reported seeing
a UFO over Melbourne, Australia
1974 - "Waterloo" won the Eurovision Song Contest
for Sweden. ABBA went on to pop music success for much of
1906 (Volcano) Mount Vesuvius erupted and devastated Naples.
1933 - Prohibition in the United States was repealed for beer
of no more than 3.2% alcohol by weight.
1940 - Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American
to be depicted on a United States postage stamp.
1945 - Japanese battleship Yamato was sunk by Allied forces
off the coast of Okinawa.
1954 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous "domino
theory" speech, regarding communism in Southeast Asia.
1967 - Film critic Roger Ebert published his first film review
in the Chicago Sun-Times.
1970 - John Wayne won Best Actor Oscar for his role in 1969's
1970 - Midnight Cowboy won in the Best Picture, Best Director
and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars.
1730 - Shearith Israel, the first synagogue in New York City,
1820 - The Venus de Milo statue was discovered on the Aegean
island of Melos.
1838 (Tornado) Calcutta, India
1952 - US President Harry Truman announced the seizure of
all domestic steel mills to prevent a nationwide strike.
1964 - Gemini 1, an unmanned test flight, was launched.
1990 - Twin Peaks premiered on ABC
1994 - Lead Singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain was found dead,
having committed suicide three days earlier.
2005 - Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph agreed to plead guilty.
A security guard named Richard Jewell was initially considered
the prime suspect in the case.
1865 - At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert
E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses
S. Grant, ending the US Civil War.
1867 - The Alaska Purchase - the United States bought Alaska
from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million, in a treaty ratified
by the U.S. Senate.
1945 - 1945 - The United States Atomic Energy Commission was
1947 (Tornado) Higgins, Texas and Woodward, Oklahoma
1962 - Sophia Loren won Best Actress Oscar for Two Women
1967 - The first Boeing 737 made its maiden flight.
1998 - The Price Is Right aired their milestone 5,000th episode.
Every prize given away on that episode was a car.
1815 (Volcano Eruption) Mount Tambora (Year Without A Summer).
The eruption lasted 3 months.
1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (ASPCA) was founded in New York City.
1906 - O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi was published.
1953 - The House of Wax, in 3-D and starring Vincent Price,
opened at New York's Paramount Theater.
1963 - USS Thresher, an atomic submarine, sank in the Atlantic
Ocean, killing the entire crew of 129.
1970 - Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles
1971 - In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States,
the People's Republic of China hosted the US table tennis
team for a week-long visit.
2009 - Parks and Recreation premiered on NBC
2010 - Matt Smith debuted as the eleventh Doctor on Doctor
Who on BBC America
2014 - Kathleen Sebelius resigned as Secretary of the United
States Department of Health and Human Services, after the
faulty rollout of HealthCare.gov.
1876 - The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized
in New York City.
1909 - The city of Tel Aviv was founded.
1919 - The International Labor Organization was founded.
1945 - The American Third Army liberated the Buchenwald concentration
camp, near Weimar, Germany.
1964 (Tornado) Bhabanipur, Bangladesh
1970 - Apollo 13 was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral,
Florida, carrying astronauts James A. Lovell, John L. Swigert,
and Fred W. Haise. The difficult trip back home was the topic
of the film, Apollo 13.
1981 - Van Halen's lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen married
One Day at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli
1988 - Cher (Cherilyn Sarkasian) won the Academy Award for
Best Actress for her performance in 1987's Moonstruck.
2006 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that
Iran had successfully enriched uranium.
1633 - Galileo was convicted of heresy, for announcing that
the Earth revolved around the Sun.
1914 - Mark Strand Theatre opened in New York City. It was
the first official "movie theater."
1934 - The strongest surface wind gust ever recorded on Earth,
at 231 mph, was measured on the summit of Mount Washington,
1955 - The polio vaccine, developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, was
declared safe and effective.
1961 - Aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri
Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first human being to travel
1981 - The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia), named
the STS-1 mission.
1987 - 21 Jump Street premiered on FOX
1995 - Drew Barrymore appeared on The Late Show with David
Letterman and because it was his birthday she famously danced
on his desk and flashed him on the air.
1204 - Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth
1570 - Guy Fawkes was born (died in 1606)
1742 - Handel's Messiah premiered in Dublin, Ireland.
1829 - The Roman Catholic Relief Act gave Roman Catholics
in the United Kingdom the right to vote and to sit in the
1870 - The New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded.
1902 - James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer,
1943 - The Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington,
1970 - An Oxygen tank exploded on Apollo13, but everyone survived.
It was also the major plot for the 1995 film, Apollo 13.
1974 - Western Union, with NASA and Hughes Aircraft, launched
the US' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite,
1976 - The United States Treasury Department reintroduced
the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note
1775 - The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully
Held in Bondage was organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
1818 - Noah Webster published his American Dictionary of the
1865 - John Wilkes Booth fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln
at a play (Our American Cousin) at Ford's Theater in Washington,
1912 - RMS Titanic hit an iceberg, killing 1514 people that
evening, and into the next day.
1933 - Jack Mackay and his wife reported seeing the Loch Ness
Monster, "Nessie", although the earliest report
was in 565 AD, when St. Columba turned away a giant beast
that was threatening a man in the Ness River, which flows
into the lake.
1935 - "Black Sunday Storm" - the worst dust storm
of the US Dust Bowl, hit from the Oklahoma Panhandle and Northwestern
Oklahoma to the Texas Panhandles.
1953 - The CIA started to give unwitting subjects LSD in a
search for a mind-controlling drug.
1969 (Tornado) East Pakistan, Pakistan
1969 - Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter) and Barbra Streisand
(Funny Girl) tied for Best Actress Oscar
1984 - My Little Pony premiered, in syndication
1990 - In Living Color premiered on FOX
1994 - The 24-hour movie channel Turner Classic Movies made
2003 - The Human Genome Project was completed with 99% of
the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
1755 - Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language
was published in London.
1892 - The General Electric Company as formed.
1912 - Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, near Newfoundland
& Nova Scotia, Canada, after hitting an iceberg the night
1923 - Insulin became available for use by people with diabetes.
1927 - The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 began.
1947 - Jackie Robinson, became the first African-American
player in Major League Baseball when he played at Ebbets Field
in Brooklyn, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1955 - McDonald's opened its first franchised restaurant by
Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois.
1984 - The inaugural World Youth Day was held in Saint Peter's
Square, Vatican City.
2013 - At approximately 2:50 PM (EDT), in a terrorist attack,
two explosions around Copley Square were caught live on camera
during the telecast of the Boston Marathon, killing three
and injuring 260.
73 AD - Masada, a Jewish fortress, fell to the Romans after
several months of siege.
1881 - In Dodge City, Kansas, gunslinger Bat Masterson fought
his last gun battle. He paid an $8 fine and retired.
1943 - Albert Hoffmann accidently discovered the psychedelic
effects of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
1947 - Texas City Disaster, ammonium nitrate explosion killed
1947 - Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the unveiling
of his portrait in the South Carolina House of Representatives,
coined the term "Cold War" to describe relations
between the United States and the Soviet Union.
1962 - Walter Cronkite became the news anchor for the CBS
1990 - Doctor Death, Jack Kevorkian, participated in his first
assisted suicide. Janet Adkins was the patient, in Detroit,
1995 - Governor George W. Bush named April 16 as Selena Day
in Texas, after the singer was killed two weeks earlier.
2007 - Virginia Tech massacre: Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people
and injured 17 before committing suicide.
1397 - Geoffrey Chaucer told The Canterbury Tales for the
first time at the court of Richard II.
1815 (Volcano) Tambora volcano in Indonesia killed almost
1897 - A UFO supposedly crashed into a farm owned by J.S.
Proctor in Aurora, Texas.
1907 - The Ellis Island immigration center in New York processed
11,747 people, more than on any other day.
1937 - Daffy Duck's first appearance was in Porky's Duck Hunt.
1960 - Singer Eddie Cochran died, and Gene Vincent was injured
in a UK car accident.
1961 - The unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion began.
1964 - The Ford Mustang as introduced to the North American
1966 - Policemen Dale Spaur and Wilbur Neff reported chasing
a UFO at 5:00 AM in Portage County, Ohio
1973 (Tornado) Balurchar, Bangladesh
2011 - Game of Thrones premiered on HBO
2014 - NASA's Kepler confirmed the discovery of the first
Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.
1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica
1902 - Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala,
is destroyed by an earthquake.
1906 (Earthquake) At 5:13 AM, an earthquake estimated at close
to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California.
1923 - Yankee Stadium, "The House that Ruth Built",
1924 - Simon & Schuster published the first crossword
1930 - BBC reported there was no news, and then played out
with piano music.
1983 - The Disney Channel began as a cable channel
1983 - A suicide bomber destroyed the United States embassy
in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 63 people.
1989 - In the People's Republic of China (PRC), student protests
grew until the Chinese government eventually suppressed them
in June, during what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square
1995 - Rox became the first television show distributed via
2012 - Dick Clark, host of "American Bandstand"
and "New Year's Rockin' Eve" died.
2014 - 16 people were killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.
1775 - The American Revolution began in Lexington, Massachusetts.
1897 - The first Boston Marathon was held.
1919 - Leslie Irvin made the first successful voluntary free-fall
parachute jump using a self-contained parachute.
1956 - American actress Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier
1963 (Tornado) Cooch Behar, India
1977 - The Amazing Spider-Man debuted on CBS
1987 - The Tracey Ullman Show featured a short with "The
1993 - At Mount Carmel in Waco, Texas, the FBI launched a
tear-gas assault on the Branch Davidian compound, ending with
a fire that killed 80 members, including 22 children.
1995 - A massive truck bomb exploded outside the Alfred P.
Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing
2009 - Cake Boss premiered on TLC
1657 - Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam
(New York City).
1841 - The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allen Poe,
was published in Graham's Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine.
It is considered the first detective story.
1871 - The Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux
Act, Congress authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to declare
martial law in stopping the Ku Klux Klan.
1912 - Opening day for baseball's Tiger Stadium in Detroit,
Michigan, and Fenway Park in Boston.
1926 - Western Electric and the Warner Brothers film studio
officially introduced Vitaphone, a new process that would
enable the addition of sound to film.
1999 - At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, students
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 13 people and wounded
23 more before killing themselves.
2008 - Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy
2010 - The Deepwater Horizon, run by British Petroleum (BP)
drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven
753 BC - Romulus and his twin brother Remus founded Rome.
1895 - Woodville Latham and his sons, Otway and Gray, demonstrate
the "Panopticon" - the first movie projector developed
in the United States.
1918 - Above the Somme River in France, Baron Manfred von
Richthofen, the Red Baron, was killed by Allied fire, either
by an air fight or from the ground.
1930 - 320 people were dead and another 130 were seriously
injured in a prison fire at the Ohio State Penitentiary.
1981 - "Weird Al" Yankovic made his first national
television appearance on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
1986 - Geraldo Rivera hosted a live, highly promoted two-hour
syndicated special The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault. They
1990 - Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue aired, a special program
that warned children about the dangers of drugs and featured
characters from several Saturday morning children's shows,
was simulcast by ABC, BET, CBS, Fox, NBC, USA Network, and
1992 - The first discoveries of planets outside of our solar
system (two planets orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12) were
announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.
1519 - Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés established
a settlement at Veracruz, Mexico.
1864 - The U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 that
mandated that the inscription 'In God We Trust' would be placed
on all coins minted as United States currency.
1876 - The first ever National League baseball game is played
in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red
Stockings. Boston won the game 6-5.
1912 - Pravda, the "voice" of the Communist Party
of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg.
1970 - Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson
of Wisconsin, and this year initiated the annual event.
1978 - The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) made
their first appearance on Saturday Night Live.
1998 - Disney's Animal Kingdom opened at Walt Disney World.
2000 - US Federal Agents seized six-year-old Elián
González from his relatives' home in Miami, and sent
him back to Cuba.
1564 - William Shakespeare was born. He went on to write 38
plays and invent dozens of English words.
1635 - The first public school in the Americas, the Boston
Latin School, was founded in Boston.
1940 - Rhythm Club Fire (or The Natchez Dance Hall Holocaust)
Natchez, Mississippi killed 198 people.
1961 - Judy Garland performed at Carnegie Hall, the performance
is often called "the greatest night in showbiz history."
2005 - First YouTube video was uploaded, titled "Me at
the zoo". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw
1184 BC - The fall of Troy (with the Trojan Horse) took place,
according to tradition.
1704 - The first regular newspaper in British Colonial America,
the News-Letter, was published in Boston, Massachusetts.
1800 - The Library of Congress was established.
1885 - American sharpshooter Annie Oakley joined Buffalo Bill's
Wild West Show.
1895 - Joshua Slocum, the first person to sail single-handedly
around the world, set sail from Boston, Massachusetts aboard
the sloop "Spray".
1908 (Tornado) Amite, Louisiana and Purvis Missouri
1982 - Jane Fonda's first Workout video was released.
1990 - STS-31 - The Hubble Space Telescope was launched from
the Space Shuttle Discovery.
1644 - The Chongzhen Emperor, the last Emperor of Ming Dynasty
China, committed suicide during a peasant rebellion.
1719 - Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Adventures of Robinson
Crusoe was published.
1792 - Highwayman (thief) Nicolas J. Pelletier becomes the
first person executed by guillotine.
1859 - Ground was broken for opened the Suez Canal by British
and French engineers. The 100 mile canal opened ten years
1901 - New York became the first US state to require automobile
1944 - The United Negro College Fund was incorporated.
1947 - President Harry Truman opened the two lane White House
1953 - Francis Crick and James D. Watson published "Molecular
Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic
Acid" describing the double helix structure of DNA.
1954 - The first practical solar cell was demonstrated by
Bell Telephone Laboratories.
1982 - Israel completed the withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula
per the Camp David Accords.
1983 - Pioneer 10 traveled beyond Pluto's orbit.
1992- Growing Pains and Who's The Boss aired their final episodes
662 (Earthquake) Iran
1278 - Imprisoned for murder, John le F*cker sends a letter
asking for bail, the earliest recorded instance of the English
swear word "f*ck".
1564 - Playwright William Shakespeare was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire, England. Traditionally baptized three days after
birth, this is how we know his birthday was April 23.
1721 (Earthquake) Tabriz, Iran
1933 - The Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi
Germany, was established.
1954 - Polio vaccine trials began.
1977 - Studio 54 opened at 254 West 54th Street in New York
1986 - Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster, Ukraine
1989 (Tornado) Daulatpur-Salturia Tornado, Bangladesh killed
1300 people and injured 12,000.
1978 - Ringo Starr's, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince
and the Pauper, airs on NBC, with George Harrison narrating.
2010 - Boobquake was envisioned by Jennifer McCreight. An
estimated 200,000 people participated world wide, and the
epicenter was considered the Purdue Bell Tower in West Lafayette,
2011 - The Voice premiered on NBC
4977 BC - The Universe was created, according to Johannes
1667 - Blind writer John Milton sold his copyright to 'Paradise
Lost' for 10 pounds. He needed the money because he was penniless
at the time.
1865 - SS Sultana explosion, Mississippi River, near Memphis,
1936 - he United Auto Workers (UAW) gains autonomy from the
American Federation of Labor.
1956 - Rocky Marciano retired as world heavyweight boxing
1992 - Betty Boothroyd became the first woman to be elected
Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.
2002 - The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe
Pioneer 10, launched in 1972.
2014 - Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were declared saints.
1789 - The HMS Bounty was taken over in a mutiny led by
Fletcher Christian, the first mate. Captain William Bligh
and 18 of his loyal supporters were set adrift in a small
1965 - My Name Is Barbra, Barbra Streisand's first TV special,
aired on CBS.
1967 - World boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Cassius Marcellus
Clay, Jr.) refused to be inducted into the US Army and was
immediately stripped of his heavyweight title.
1975 - Tom Snyder interviewed ex-Beatle John Lennon on The
1988 - Over Maui, Hawaii, flight attendant Clarabelle "C.B."
Lansing was blown out of Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing
737, and fell to her death when part of the plane's fuselage
ripped open in mid-flight.
1994- The Simpsons aired its 100th episode
2001 - Millionaire Dennis Tito become the world's first space
1962 - ABC's Wide World of Sports premiered.
1945 - The US Seventh Army's 45th Infantry Division liberated
the Dachau concentration camp.
1968 - The musical, Hair, opened at the Biltmore Theatre on
1991 (Cyclone) Bangladesh Cyclone, in Bangladesh killed 135,000
1993 - A cartoon version of Barry White appeared on the fourth
season finale of The Simpsons.
1992 - Rodney King trial verdict announced. Four police officers
who had been charged with using excessive force in arresting
black motorist Rodney King a year earlier were aquitted. Roiting
ensued - over the next three days 53 people were killed and
hundreds of buildings were destroyed.
1996 - TV Land network made its debut.
2011 - The Wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and
1789 - In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated
as the first president of the United States.
1803 - The Louisiana Purchase from France, for 15 million
dollars, also included much (if not all of) of Arkansas, Colorado,
Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New
Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming.
1812 - The Territory of Orleans became the 18th U.S. state
under the name Louisiana.
1900 - Casey Jones died in a train wreck in Vaughan, Mississippi,
while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
1927 - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were the first
celebrities to leave their footprints in concrete at Grauman's
Chinese Theater, in Hollywood.
1939 - The New York World's fair opened at Flushing Meadow
Park in Queens.
1948 - The Land Rover, a British-made all-terrain vehicle,
debuted at an auto show in Amsterdam.
1966 - The Church of Satan was established at the Black House
in San Francisco.
1989 - CNBC, the first NBC cable channel and the first financial
cable channel, began transmitting.
1992 - The finale for The Cosby Show aired on NBC
1992- The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon
Studios in Orlando, FL.
1993 - Tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Parchein
1997 - During the "Puppy" episode of "Ellen"
it was revealed that the main/title character (Ellen) was