879 - Louis III becomes King of the Western Franks.
1407 - the lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded with the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma.
1500 - Ludovico Sforza is captured by the Swiss troops at Novara and is handed over to the French.
1606 - The Charter of the Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America.
1710 - The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain.
1741 - War of the Austrian Succession: Prussia defeats Austria in the Battle of Mollwitz.
1815 - The Mount Tambora volcano begins its peak eruption period that lasts until July 15.
1816 - The United States Government approves the creation of the Second Bank of the United States.
1826 - The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive.
1856 - The Theta Chi Fraternity is founded at Norwich University.
1857 - The Sepoy Mutiny popularly known as the "Revolt of 1857" broke out in Meerut, India as part of the Indian independence movement.
1858 - The original Big Ben, a 14.5 tonne bell for the Tower of London is cast in Stockton-on-Tees by Warner's of Cripplegate. This however cracked during testing and was recasted into the 13.76 tonne bell by Whitechapel Bell Foundry and is still in use to date.
1865 - American Civil War: A day after his surrender to Union forces, Confederate General Robert E. Lee addresses his troops for the last time.
1866 - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh.
1869 - José Martí founds the Cuban Revolutionary Party.
1874 - The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska.
1887 - On Easter Sunday, Pope Leo XIII authorizes the establishment of The Catholic University of America.
1912 - The RMS Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage.
1916 - The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is created in New York City.
1919 - Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos.
1925 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is first published in New York City, by Charles Scribner's Sons.
1933 - New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps is created.
1941 - World War II: The Axis Powers in Europe establish the Independent State of Croatia from occupied Yugoslavia with Ante Paveliæ's Ustase fascist insurgents in power.
1944 - Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler escape from the Birkenau death camp.
1957 - The Suez Canal is reopened for all shipping after being closed for three months.
1963 - 129 people die when the submarine USS Thresher sinks at sea.
1968 - Shipwreck of the New Zealand inter-island ferry TEV Wahine outside Wellington harbour.
1971 - Ping Pong Diplomacy: In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit.
1972 - 20 days after he was kidnapped in Buenos Aires, Oberdan Sallustro is executed by communist guerrillas.
1972 - Vietnam War: For the first time since November 1967, American B-52 bombers reportedly begin bombing North Vietnam.
1973 - A British Vanguard turboprop crashes during a snowstorm at Basel, Switzerland killing 104.
1979 - Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
1991 - Italian ferry Moby Prince collides with an oil tanker in dense fog off Livorno, Italy killing 140.
1991 - A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites.