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2010
Volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupts in Iceland resulting in massive disruption to air traffic in most of Europe
2007
At least 200,000 demonstrators in Ankara, Turkey protest against the possible candidacy of incumbent Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
2005
The Oregon Supreme Court nullifies marriage licenses issued to gay couples a year earlier by Multnomah County.
2003
U.S. troops in Baghdad capture Abu Abbas, leader of the Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner the {{MS|Achille Lauro}} in 1985.
The Human Genome Project is completed with 99% of the human genome sequenced to an accuracy of 99.99%.
2002
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez returns to office two days after being ousted and arrested by the country's military.
1999
A severe hailstorm strikes Sydney, Australia causing A$2.3 billion in insured damages, the most costly natural disaster in Australian history.
NATO mistakenly bombs a convoy of ethnic Albanian refugees – Yugoslav officials say 75 people are killed.
1994
In a U.S. friendly fire incident during Operation Provide Comfort in northern Iraq, two United States Air Force aircraft mistakenly shoot-down two United States Army helicopters, killing 26 people.
1988
In a United Nations ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland, the Soviet Union signs an agreement pledging to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
The {{USS|Samuel B. Roberts|FFG-58|6}} strikes a mine in the Persian Gulf during Operation Earnest Will.
1986
In retaliation for the April 5 bombing in West Berlin that killed two U.S. servicemen, U.S. president Ronald Reagan orders major bombing raids against Libya, killing 60 people.
{{convert|1|kg|lb}} hailstones fall on the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh, killing 92. These are the heaviest hailstones ever recorded.
1981
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1978
1978 Tbilisi Demonstrations: Thousands of Georgians demonstrate against Soviet attempts to change the constitutional status of the Georgian language.
1969
At the U.S. Academy Awards there is a tie for the Academy Award for Best Actress between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.
1958
The Soviet satellite Sputnik 2 falls from orbit after a mission duration of 162 days.
1956
In Chicago, Illinois, videotape is first demonstrated.
1945
Osijek, Croatia, is liberated from fascist occupation.
1944
Bombay Explosion: A massive explosion in Bombay harbor kills 300 and causes economic damage valued then at 20 million pounds.
1941
World War II: The Ustashe, a Croatian far-right organization is put in charge of the Independent State of Croatia by the Axis Powers after the Axis Operation 25 invasion. Rommel attacks Tobruk.
1940
World War II: Royal Marines land in Namsos, Norway in preparation for a larger force to arrive two days later.
1939
''The Grapes of Wrath'', by American author John Steinbeck is first published by the Viking Press.
1935
"Black Sunday Storm", the worst dust storm of the U.S. Dust Bowl.
1931
Spanish Cortes depose King Alfonso XIII and proclaims the 2nd Spanish Republic.
1927
The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1912
The British passenger liner {{RMS|Titanic}} hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 11:40pm. The ship sinks the following morning with the loss of 1,517 lives.
1894
The first ever commercial motion picture house opened in New York City using ten Kinetoscopes, a device for peep-show viewing of films.
1890
The Pan-American Union is founded by the First International Conference of American States in Washington, D.C.
1881
The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight is fought in El Paso, Texas.
1865
U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his family are attacked in his home by Lewis Powell.
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.
1864
Battle of Dybbøl: A Prussian-Austrian army defeats Denmark and gains control of Schleswig. Denmark surrenders the province in the following peace settlement.
1860
The first Pony Express rider reaches Sacramento, California.
1849
Hungary declares itself independent of Austria with Lajos Kossuth as its leader.
1846
The Donner Party of pioneers departs Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.
1828
Noah Webster copyrights the first edition of his dictionary.
1775
The first abolition society in North America is established. The Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage is organized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush.
1699
Khalsa: Birth of Khalsa, the brotherhood of the Sikh religion, in Northern India in accordance with the Nanakshahi calendar.
1471
In England, the Yorkists under Edward IV defeat the Lancastrians under the Earl of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet; the Earl is killed and Edward IV resumes the throne.
1434
The foundation stone of Cathedral St. Peter and St. Paul in Nantes, France is laid.
1341
Sack of Saluzzo (Italy) by Italian-Angevine troops under Manfred V of Saluzzo.
1294
Temür, grandson of Kublai, is elected Khagan of the Mongols and Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty with the reigning titles Oljeitu and Chengzong.
1205
Battle of Adrianople between Bulgarians and Crusaders.
1028
Henry III, son of Conrad, is elected king of the Germans.
966
Christianisation of Poland
70
Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, surrounds the Jewish capital, with four Roman legions.
69
Vitellius, commander of the Rhine armies, defeats Emperor Otho in the Battle of Bedriacum and seizes the throne.