1805 – Lewis and Clark Expedition leaves Fort Maden beginning their journey to the Pacific Ocean.
1827 – English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches.
1891 – Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day.
1902 – Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms.
1922 – Warren G Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, leases the Teapot Dome oil reserves to Harry Sinclair, setting in motion the Teapot Dome scandals.
1927 – Using phone lines TV is sent from Washington, D.C. to NYC.
1940 – 7th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins the first of his 3 Masters titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Lloyd Mangrum.
1944 – World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul’s School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings.
1945 – Battle of Okinawa: US planes intercept Japanese fleet heading for Okinawa on a suicide mission, super battleship Yamato and four destroyers are sunk.
1954 – US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a “domino-effect” of communism in Indo-China.
1963 – Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1600 new investors.
1968 – Riots continue in over 100 US cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1973 – Cleveland sets day game & opening-game attendance records of 74,420.
1978 – US President Jimmy Carter defers production of neutron bombs.
1985 – 1st live telecast of Easter Parade in New York.
1990 – Farm Aid IV concert.
1999 – The World Trade Organization rules in favor of the United States in its long-running trade dispute with the European Union over bananas.
2003 – U.S. troops capture Baghdad: Saddam Hussein’s regime falls two days later.
2014 – 76th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Kentucky, 60-54: 2nd time a school has won both men’s & women’s Division 1 national titles in same year.
2020 – China ends its lockdown of Wuhan, the city at the center of the COVID-19 pandemic after 76 days as the country reports no new deaths for the 1st time.