1789 – 1st US Congress begins regular session during George Washington’s presidency at Federal Hall, NYC (ending 1791)
1902 – Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with $10 million.
1911 – Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP.
1917 – US Senate agrees (82-6) to participate in WWI.
1922 – WAAB (Baton Rouge, La) becomes 1st US radio station with “W” calls.
1937 – 4th Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) golf: Byron Nelson wins first of his 5 major titles by 2 strokes ahead of Ralph Guidahi.
1945 – World War II, US Army occupies Bielefeld in north-eastern Germany.
1960 – 32nd Academy Awards: “Ben-Hur”, Charlton Heston & Simone Signoret win.
1964 – Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love” single goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks.
1968 – Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Riots break out in over 100 cities in the United States.
1973 – World Trade Center, then the world’s tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories), Later destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
1974 – Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth’s home-run record by hitting his 714th in Cincinnati, facing Jack Billingham.
1975 – Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800.
1983 – 45th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston, 54-52; Wolfpack win with buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles off a desperation 30 foot shot from Derreck Whittenburg.
1987 – “Always & Forever” second studio album by Randy Travis (Billboard Album of the Year 1988)
1991 – Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania and six others are killed when a helicopter collides with their plane over an elementary school in Merion, Pennsylvania.
1997 – Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs.
2005 – 67th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Illinois, 75-70; Tar Heels’ 4th national championship.
2019 – US Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pledges to roll back anti-LGBT policies, including not baptizing children of gay parents.
2022 – Elon Musk buys 9.2% of Twitter stock, making him the company’s largest stockholder.