Seibert Ward was born.
1891 - Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
1961 - Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
Kitty Kelly was born.
Coleen Mimnagh was born.
1941 - Dictator Joseph Stalin became the premier of Russia.
1954 - British athlete Roger Bannister became the first person to run a mile in under four minutes (3:59:4).
1994 - The Chunnel between England and France officially opened.
Megan Prendergast-Millard was born.
Rosemary Munro was born.
Doug Owens was born.
1915 - The British ocean liner Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine in World War I off the coast of Ireland.
2000 - Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as Russia’s president.
Marina Callaghan was born.
Donna Serrone Fajen was born.
Bob Killian was born.
Colleen Vielandi was born.
Eileen O’Callaghan was born.
1945 - V-E Day marks the European victory of the Allies in World War II.
Kathy Lehane Cawthorne was born.
1914 - Mother's Day became a public holiday.
1994 - The South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela as president.
John L. Muldoon was born.
Laura Flower Bruns was born.
Karen Potter was born.
1924 - J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
1940 - Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister.
1997 - IBM's supercomputer, Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov, the reigning world champion, in a six game chess match.
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