is the 127th day of the year (128th in May 7 leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 238 days remaining until the end of the year.
558 - In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses. Justinian I immediately orders the dome rebuilt.
1274 - In France, the Second Council of Lyons opens to regulate the election of the Pope.
1298 - Colocation of the first stone of Barcelona's Cathedral.
1429 - Joan of Arc ends the Siege of Orléans, pulling an arrow from her own shoulder and returning wounded to lead the final charge. The victory marks a turning point in the Hundred Years' War.
1664 - Louis XIV of France inaugurates The Palace of Versailles.
1697 - Stockholm's royal castle (dating back to medieval times) is destroyed in a huge fire (in the 18th century, it is replaced with the current Royal Palace).
1763 - Indian Wars: Pontiac's Rebellion begins - Chief Pontiac begins the "Conspiracy of Pontiac" by attacking British forces at Fort Detroit.
1824 - World premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Vienna, Austria. Work was conducted by Michael Umlauf, under the deaf composer's supervision.
1832 - Greece is recognised independent by the Treaty of London. Otto of Wittelsbach, Prince of Bavaria is chosen King.
1836 - The settlement of Mayagüez is elevated to the royal status of villa by the government of Spain.
1840 - The Great Natchez Tornado strikes Natchez, killing 317 people. It is the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
1847 - In Philadelphia, the American Medical Association (AMA) is founded.
1864 - American Civil War: The Army of the Potomac, under General Ulysses S. Grant, breaks off from the Battle of the Wilderness and moves southwards.
1895 - In Saint Petersburg, Russian scientist Alexander Stepanovich Popov demonstrates to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society his invention - the first in the world radio receiver. In the former Soviet Union this day is celebrated as Day of Radio.
1915 - World War I: a German submarine U-20 sinks the RMS , killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Public reaction to the sinking turned many formerly pro-Germans in the Lusitania United States of America against the German Empire.
1920 - Kiev Offensive: Polish troops led by Józef Piłsudski and Edward Rydz-Śmigły and assisted by a symbolic Ukrainian force captured Kiev only to be driven out by the Red Army counter-offensive a month later. 1920 -
Treaty of Moscow: Soviet Russia recognizes independence of the Democratic Republic of Georgia only to invade the country six months later.
1927 - Angelos Sikelianos organizes the first Delphic Festival in Delphi to celebrate the ancient Greek Delphic ideal.
1937 - Spanish Civil War: The German Condor Legion, equipped with Heinkel He 51 biplanes, arrive in Spain to assist Franco's forces.
1945 - World War II: General Alfred Jodl signs unconditional surrender terms at Reims, France, ending Germany's participation in the war. The document will take effect the next day.
1946 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with about 20 employees.
1947 - debuts, running for the next 11 years. Kraft Television Theater
1948 - The Council of Europe is founded during the Hague Congress.
1952 - The concept for the integrated circuit, the basis for all modern computers, is first published by Geoffrey W.A. Dummer.
1954 - Indochina War: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu ends in a French defeat (the battle began on March 13).
1960 - Cold War: U-2 Crisis - Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev announces that his nation is holding American U-2 pilot Gary Powers.
1964 - Pacific Air Lines Flight 773, a Fairchild F-27 airliner, crashes near San Ramon, killing all 44 aboard; the FBI later reports that a cockpit recorder tape indicates that the pilot and co-pilot had been shot by a suicidal passenger.
1974 - West German Chancellor Willy Brandt resigns.
1992 - Michigan ratifies a 203-year-old proposed amendment to the United States Constitution making the 27th Amendment law. This amendment bars the U.S. Congress from giving itself a mid-term pay raise. 1992 - Space Shuttle is launched on its maiden voyage ( Endeavour STS-49).
STS-49 mission logo.
1328 - Louis VI the Roman, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1365)
1530 - Louis I de Bourbon, French Huguenot general (d. 1569)
1643 - Stephanus Van Cortlandt, American politician (d. 1700)
1700 - Gerard van Swieten, Dutch-born physician (d. 1772)
1724 - Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general (d. 1797)
1740 - Nikolai Arkharov, Russian general (d. 1814)
1748 - Olympe de Gouges, playwright and feminist revolutionary (d. 1793)
1763 - Józef Antoni Poniatowski, Polish prince (d. 1813)
1767 - Princess Frederica Charlotte of Prussia, Duchess of York and Albany (d. 1820)
1774 - William Bainbridge, American Commodore (d. 1833)
1787 - Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
1812 - Robert Browning, English poet (d. 1889)
1833 - Johannes Brahms, German composer (d. 1897)
1840 - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (d. 1893)
1847 - Archibald Primrose, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1929)
1857 - William A. MacCorkle, American politician (d. 1930)
1861 - Rabindranath Tagore, Indian writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1941)
1867 - Władysław Reymont, Polish writer, Nobel laureate (d. 1925)
1882 - Willem Elsschot, Flemish writer (d. 1960)
1885 - George 'Gabby' Hayes, American actor (d. 1969)
1891 - Harry McShane, Scottish socialist (d. 1988)
1892 - Archibald MacLeish, American Librarian of Congress (d. 1982) 1892 -
Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (d. 1980)
1893 - Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager (d. 1985)
1896 - Pavel Sergeevich Alexandrov, Russian mathematician (d. 1982)
1901 - Gary Cooper, American actor (d. 1961)
1909 - Edwin H. Land, American inventor (d. 1991)
1911 - Ishiro Honda, Japanese film director (d. 1993)
1916 - Huw Wheldon, British broadcaster (d. 1986)
1917 - David Tomlinson, English film actor (d. 2000)
1919 - Eva Peron, Argentine first lady (d. 1952)
1922 - Lew Anderson, American actor and bandleader (d. 2006) 1922 -
Darren McGavin, American actor (d. 2006) 1922 -
Joe O'Donnell, American documentary photographer, photojournalist (d. 2007)
1923 - Anne Baxter, American actress (d. 1985)
1924 - Albert Band, American film director (d. 2002)
1927 - Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, German screenwriter 1927 -
Jim Lowe, American singer
1929 - Babe Parilli, American football player 1929 -
Dick Williams, American baseball player, manager and coach
1930 - Totie Fields, American comedienne (d. 1978)
1931 - Teresa Brewer, American pop and jazz singer (d. 2007)
1933 - Johnny Unitas, American football player (d. 2002) 1933 -
Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer
1935 - Isobel Warren, Canadian author
1939 - Sidney Altman, Canadian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate 1939 -
Ruud Lubbers, Prime Minister of the Netherlands 1939 -
Johnny Maestro, American pop singer 1939 -
Jimmy Ruffin, American singer 1939 -
Ruggero Deodato, Italian film director, actor and screen writer
1940 - Angela Carter, English novelist and journalist (d. 1992)
1941 - Catherine P. Saxton, British-born American public relations executive
1943 - Harvey Andrews, English singer and songwriter
1944 - Eva Norvind, Mexican actress (d. 2006)
1945 - Christy Moore, Irish folk artist 1945 -
Robin Strasser, American TV soap opera actress
1946 - Thelma Houston, American singer 1946 -
Bill Kreutzmann, American drummer ( Grateful Dead) 1946 -
Brian Turner, English celebrity chef
1950 - Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor 1950 -
Tim Russert, American television host
1951 - Robert Hegyes, American actor
1954 - Philippe Geluck, Belgian cartoonist 1954 -
Amy Heckerling, American director
1955 - Ben Poquette, American basketball player 1955 -
Tim Richmond, American race car driver. 1955 -
Kevin Reed, American theologian
1956 - Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands 1956 -
Anne Dudley, British composer 1956 -
Jean Lapierre, Canadian politician and television host
1957 - Ray Fernandez, wrestler (d. 2004)
1959 - Barbara Yung Mei-ling, Hong Kong actress (d. 1985) 1959 -
Michael E. Knight, American actor
1960 - Almudena Grandes, Spanish novelist
1961 - Phil Campbell, British musician ( Motörhead)
1963 - Johnny Lee Middleton, American musician ( Savatage & Trans-Siberian Orchestra)
1965 - Owen Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 1999) 1965 -
Norman Whiteside, Northern Irish Footballer
1968 - Traci Lords, American actress
1969 - Eagle Eye Cherry, Swedish musician 1969 -
Rick Porras, American co-producer
1972 - Frank Trigg, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
1973 - Kristian Lundin, Swedish songwriter 1973 -
Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
1974 - Breckin Meyer, American actor 1974 -
Ian Pearce, English footballer
1975 - Jason Tunks, Canadian track & field athlete 1975 -
Nicole Sheridan, American porn star 1975 -
Zee, American hip hop artist
1977 - Lisa Kelly, Irish singer
1978 - Brian Clevinger, American author
1978 - Stian Arnesen (Nagash/Lex Icon), Norwegian Black Metal musician 1978 -
Shawn Marion, American basketball player
1979 - Katie Douglas, American basketball player
1980 - Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
1984 - Alex Smith, American football player 1984 -
Drew Stanton, American football player
1985 - Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player
1986 - Mark Furze, Australian actor
1986 - Matt Helders, Musician, Drummer for Arctic Monkeys
1987 - Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007) 1987 - Dennis Mak, Chinese singer ( Sun Boy'z)
973 - Otto I (b. 912)
1092 - Remigius de Fécamp, first bishop of Lincoln (b. unknown)
1427 - Thomas la Warr, English churchman
1523 - Franz von Sickingen, German soldier (b. 1481)
1539 - Guru Nanak Dev, Founder of Sikhism (b. 1469) 1539 -
Ottaviano Petrucci, Italian printer (b. 1466)
1615 - Sanada Yukimura, Japanese samurai (b. 1567)
1617 - David Fabricius, German astronomer (b. 1564)
1667 - Johann Jakob Froberger, German composer (b. 1616)
1682 - Tsar Feodor III of Russia (b. 1661)
1718 - Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England (b. 1658)
1793 - Pietro Nardini, Italian composer (b. 1722)
1800 - Niccola Piccinni, Italian composer (b. 1728)
1805 - William Petty, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1737)
1825 - Antonio Salieri, Italian composer (b. 1750)
1840 - Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
1868 - Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1778)
1876 - William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
1896 - H. H. Holmes, American serial killer (b. 1861)
1922 - Max Wagenknecht, German composer (b. 1857)
1925 - William Hesketh Lever, First Viscount Leverhulme (b. 1851)
1940 - George Lansbury, Labour Party Leader (b. 1859)
1941 - Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
1942 - Felix Weingartner, Yugoslavian conductor (b. 1863)
1951 - Warner Baxter, American actor (b. 1889)
1967 - Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One pilot (b. 1935
1987 - Colin Blakely, British actor (b. 1930)
1989 - Guy Williams, American actor (b. 1924)
1995 - Ray McKinley, American jazz drummer, singer and bandleader (b. 1910)
1998 - Allan McLeod Cormack, South African physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1924) 1998 -
Eddie Rabbitt, American musician (b. 1941)
2000 - Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (b. 1909)
2002 - Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
2004 - Waldemar Milewicz, Polish reporter (b. 1956)
2005 - Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971) 2005 -
Peter W. Rodino, American politician (b. 1909) 2005 -
Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
2006 - Richard Carleton, Australian news reporter (b. 1943) 2006 -
Joan C. Edwards, American philanthropist (b. 1918) 2006 -
Machiko Soga, Japanese actress, singer, and tokusatsu legend (b. 1943)
2007 - Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977) 2007 -
Octavian Paler, Romanian writer and journalist (b. 1926) 2007 - Yahweh ben Yahweh, American cult leader (b. 1935)
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