- 879 – King Louis the Stammerer d-d-d-d-dies
- 1710 – The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain
- 1912 – The Titanic leaves port in Southampton, England for her first and only voyage. Four days later, Leonardo di Caprio would freeze to death when the boat sank, but Kate Winslet fortunately survived
- 1919 – Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos. Ninety one years later, the Zapata moustache is still popular in some suburbs and followers of the Village People
- 1953 – Warner Brothers premieres the first 3D film, entitled House of Wax and starring Vincent Price
- 1998 – Northern Ireland Peace Agreement is signed.
- 2000 – Larry ‘Frank Burns’ Linville passes away
Jim Bowie (1796), Union General and Ben Hur author Lew Wallace (1827), Omar Sharif (1932), Steven Seagal (1951)
Frank Burns: Why does everyone take an instant dislike to me?
Trapper John: It saves time, Frank.