1533 – Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.
1814 – The allied European nations against Napoleon marched into Paris.
1822 – Florida became a U.S. territory.
1842 – Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first operation while his patient was anesthetized by ether.
1855 – About 5,000 “Border Ruffians” from western Missouri invaded the territory of Kansas and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. It was the first election in Kansas.
1858 – Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.
1867 – The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1870 – The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1870 – Texas was readmitted to the Union.
1903 – Revolutionary activity in the Dominican Republic brought U.S. troops to Santo Domingo to protect American interests.
1905 – U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was chosen to mediate in the Russo-Japanese peace talks.
1909 – The Queensboro bridge in New York opened linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
1909 – In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
1916 – Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1936 – Britain announced a naval construction program of 38 warships.
1939 – The comic book “Detective Comics #27” appeared on newstands. This comic introduced Batman.
1940 – The Japanese set up a puppet government called Manchuko in Nanking, China.
1941 – The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel began its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
1944 – The U.S. fleet attacked Palau, near the Philippines.
1945 – The U.S.S.R. invaded Austria during World War II.
1946 – The Allies seized 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
1947 – Lord Mountbatten arrived in India as the new Viceroy.
1950 – The invention of the phototransistor was announced.
1950 – U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1957 – Tunisia and Morocco signed a friendship treaty in Rabat.
1958 – The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gave its initial performance.
1964 – “Jeopardy” debuted on NBC-TV.
1964 – John Glenn withdrew from the Ohio race for U.S. Senate because of injuries suffered in a fall.
1970 – “Applause” opened on Broadway.
1970 – “Another World – Somerset” debuted on NBC-TV.
1972 – The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
1972 – The Eastertide Offensive began when North Vietnamese troops crossed into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the northern portion of South Vietnam.
1975 – As the North Vietnamese forces moved toward Saigon South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets in desperation.
1981 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1982 – The space shuttle Columbia completed its third and its longest test flight after 8 days in space.
1984 – The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1987 – Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” was bought for $39.85 million.
1993 – In Sarajevo, two Serb militiamen were sentenced to death for war crimes committed in Bosnia.
1993 – In the Peanuts comic strip, Charlie Brown hit his first home run.
1994 – Serbs and Croats signed a cease-fire to end their war in Croatia while Bosnian Muslims and Serbs continued to fight each other.
1998 – Rolls-Royce was purchased by BMW in a $570 million deal.
2002 – An unmanned U.S. spy plan crashed at sea in the Southern Philippines.
2002 – Suspected Islamic militants set off several grenades at a temple in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Four civilians, four policemen and two attackers were killed and 20 people were injured.
2009 – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed that the new World Trade Center building would be officially known by its legal name of “One World Trade Center.”