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- 196 BC – Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt.
- 1309 – Pope Clement V imposes excommunication, interdiction, and a general prohibition of all commercial intercourse against Venice, which had unjustly seized on Ferrara, a fief of the Patrimony of Peter.
- 1329 – Pope John XXII issues his In Agro Dominico condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.
- 1613 – The first English child born in Canada at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.
- 1625 – Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.
- 1782 – Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- 1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
- 1794 – Denmark and Sweden form a neutrality compact.
- 1809 – Peninsular War: A combined Franco-Polish force defeats the Spanish in the Battle of Ciudad-Real.
- 1812 – Hugh McGary Jr. established what is now Evansville, Indiana on a bend in the Ohio River.
- 1814 – War of 1812: In central Alabama, U.S. forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
- 1836 – Texas Revolution: Goliad massacre – Antonio López de Santa Anna orders the Mexican army to kill about 400 Texas POWs at Goliad, Texas.
- 1846 – Mexican-American War: Siege of Fort Texas.
- 1851 – First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans.
- 1854 – Crimean War: The United Kingdom declares war on Russia.
- 1871 – The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, is played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place.
- 1881 – Rioting takes place in Basingstoke in protest against the daily vociferous promotion of rigid Temperance by the Salvation Army.
- 1884 – A mob in Cincinnati, Ohio, US, attacks members of a jury who had returned a verdict of manslaughter in a clear case of murder, and then over the next few days would riot and destroy the courthouse.
- 1886 – Famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrenders to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.
- 1890 – A tornado strikes Louisville, Kentucky, killing 76 and injuring 200.
- 1910 – A fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, kills 312.
- 1915 – Typhoid Mary, the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the United States, is put in quarantine, where she would remain for the rest of her life.
- 1918 – Bessarabia joins the Kingdom of Romania.
- 1938 – Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Taierzhuang takes place.
- 1941 – World War II: Yugoslavian Air Force officers topple the pro-axis government in a bloodless coup.
- 1943 – World War II: Battle of the Komandorski Islands – In the Aleutian Islands the battle begins when United States Navy forces intercept Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.
- 1945 – World War II: Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan's ports and waterways begins. Argentina declares war on the Axis Powers.
- 1948 – The Second Congress of the Workers Party of North Korea is convened.
- 1958 – Nikita Khrushchev becomes Premier of the Soviet Union.
- 1963 – Beeching Axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issues a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom's rail network.
- 1964 – The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 strikes South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
- 1975 – Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System begins.
- 1976 – The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opens.
- 1977 – Tenerife airport disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collide on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). 61 survived on the Pan Am flight. This is the worst aviation accident in history.
- 1980 – The Norwegian oil platform Alexander L. Kielland collapses in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
- 1980 – Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, led to panic on commodity and futures exchanges.
- 1981 – The Solidarity movement in Poland stages a warning strike, in which at least 12 million Poles walk off their jobs for four hours.
- 1986 – A car bomb explodes at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.
- 1990 – The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
- 1993 – Jiang Zemin is appointed President of the People's Republic of China.
- 1993 – Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti is accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo.
- 1998 – The Food and Drug Administration approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, the first pill to be approved for this condition in the United States.
- 2000 – A Phillips Petroleum plant explosion in Pasadena, Texas kills 1 and injures 71.
- 2002 – Passover Massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel.
- 2004 – , a decommissioned Leander class frigate, is sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
- 2009 – Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, fails, killing at least 99 people.
- 2009 – A suicide bomber kills at least 48 at a mosque in the Khyber Agency of Pakistan.
- 2011 – Nintendo launches the 3DS in North America.
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