1866 – President Andrew Johnson ends the civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
1877 – 1st Easter egg roll held on White House lawn.
1912 – Titanic undergoes sea trials under its own power.
1917 – Rep. Jeannette Rankin (R-Montana) begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Representatives.
1921 – Albert Einstein lectures in New York City on his new “Theory of Relativity”
1932 – “Tarzan the Ape Man” released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films.
1942 – USS Hornet with Jimmy Doolittle’s B-25 departs from San Francisco.
1954 – Plans to build Disneyland 1st announced.
1958 – Wind speed reaches a record 280 kph in a tornado, Wichita Falls, Texas.
1972 – New York Mets manager Gil Hodges collapses just minutes after completing a round of golf in West Palm Beach, Florida, and dies of a heart attack.
1973 – CBS radio begins on the hour news, 24 hours a day.
1978 – TV show “Dallas” starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS as a 5 year mini-series; ratings success lead to a 13-year run.
1985 – The NCAA Rules Committee adopts a 45-second clock for men’s basketball in the 1986 season in an effort to eliminate stalling.
1986 – New York City Mayor Ed Koch signs & brings the Gay Rights Bill into effect.
1990 – 52nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Nevada-Las Vegas beats Duke, 103-72; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin’ Rebels first title.
2000 – The Tradition Senior Men’s Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Tom Kite wins his lone Champions tour major with a birdie on the 6th playoff hole with Tom Watson & Larry Nelson.
2006 – Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
2010 – Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million.
2019 – NASA states it wants to send astronauts to Mars by 2033, and land on the Moon again in 2024.
2020 – Number of COVID-19 cases worldwide passes 1 million, with 1,002,159 cases and 51,485 deaths reported, according to Johns Hopkins University.