70 Siege of Jerusalem: Titus and his Roman legions breached the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The Jewish defenders retreated to the First Wall. The Romans built a circumvallation, all trees within fifteen kilometres were cut down.
1416 The Council of Constance, called by the Emperor Sigismund, a supporter of Antipope John XXIII, burned Jerome of Prague following a trial for heresy.
1431 Hundred Years’ War: 19-year-old Joan of Arc
was burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal. Because of this the Catholic Church remember this day as the celebration of Saint Joan of Arc.
1434 Hussite Wars (Bohemian Wars): Battle of Lipany – effectively ending the war, Utraquist forces led by Diviš Bořek of Miletínek defeated and almost annihilated Taborite forces led by Prokop the Great.
1536 Henry VIII of England married Jane Seymour, a lady-in-waiting to his first two wives.
1539 Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay, Florida, with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold.
1574 Henry III became King of France.
1588 The last ship of the Spanish Armada set sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel.
1635 Thirty Years’ War: the Peace of Prague (1635) was signed.
1642 From this date all honours granted by Charles I were retrospectively annulled by Parliament.
1757 Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1844).
1806 Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy.
1814 Napoleonic Wars: War of the Sixth Coalition – the Treaty of Paris (1814) was signed returning French borders to their 1792 extent.
1819 – William McMurdo, English general, was born (d. 1894).
1832 The Rideau Canal in eastern Ontario opened.
1842 John Francis attempted to murder Queen Victoria as she drove down Constitution Hill with Prince Albert.
1845 – Amadeo I, King of Spain, was born (d. 1890).
1846 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweller, was born (d. 1920).
1854 The Kansas-Nebraska Act became law establishing the US territories of Nebraska and Kansas.
1859 Westminster’s Big Ben rang for the first time in London.
1862 – Mirza Alakbar Sabir, Azerbaijani philosopher and poet, was born (d. 1911).
1868 Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern “Memorial Day) was observed in the United States for the first time (By “Commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic” John A. Logan‘s proclamation on May 5).
1869 – Grace Andrews, American mathematician, was born (d. 1951).
1871 The Paris Commune fell.
1876 Ottoman sultan Abd-ul-Aziz was deposed and succeeded by his nephew Murat V.
1879 New York City’s Gilmores Garden was renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and opened to the public at 26th Street and Madison Avenue.
1883 A rumour that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse causes a stampede that crushes twelve people.
1901 – A 10-man Royal Commission reported unanimously that New Zealand should not become a state of the Commonwealth of Australia.
1909 – Benny Goodman, American clarinet player, songwriter, and bandleader, was born (d. 1986).
1911 At the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first Indianapolis 500 ended with Ray Harroun in his Marmon Wasp becoming the first winner of the 500-mile auto race.
1913 First Balkan War: the Treaty of London, 1913 is signed ending the war. Albania becomes an independent nation.
1914 The new and then largest Cunard ocean liner RMS Aquitania, 45,647 tons, set sails on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
1915 The East Indiaman ship Arniston was wrecked during a storm at Waenhuiskrans, the loss of 372 lives.
1917 Alexander I became king of Greece.
1919 – René Barrientos, Bolivian army officer and politician, 55th President of Bolivia, was born. (d. 1969).
1922 In Washington, D.C. the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.
1928 – Joan Birman, American mathematician, was born.
1941 World War II: Manolis Glezos and Apostolos Santas climb on the Athenian Acropolis, tear down the Nazi swastika and replace it with the Greek flag.
1942 World War II: 1000 British bombers launched a 90-minute attack on Cologne, Germany.
1948 A dike along the flooding Columbia River broke, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of thousands are left homeless.
1955 – Caroline Swift, English lawyer and judge, was born.
1955 Topper Headon, British musician (The Clash), was born.
1958 Memorial Day: the remains of two unidentified American servicemen, killed in action during World War II and the Korean War respectively, were buried at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
1959 The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour was officially opened by Governor-General Lord Cobham.
1961 Long time Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
1961 – Harry Enfield, English actor, director, and screenwriter, was born
1962 Kevin Eastman, American comic book creator (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), was born.
1963 A protest against pro-Catholic discrimination during the Buddhist crisis was held outside South Vietnam’s National Assembly, the first open demonstration during the eight-year rule of Ngo Dinh Diem.
1963 – Helen Sharman, English chemist and astronaut, was born.
1966 Former Congolese Prime Minister Evariste Kimba and several other politicians are publicly executed in Kinshasa on the orders of President Joseph Mobutu.
1967 Daredevil Evel Knievel jumped his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row.
1967 The Nigerian Eastern Region declared independence as the Republic of Biafra, sparking a civil war.
1971 Mariner 9 was launched to map 70% of the surface, and to study temporal changes in the atmosphere and surface, of Mars.
1972 The Angry Brigade went on trial over a series of 25 bombings throughout Britain.
1972 In Tel Aviv members of the Japanese Red Army carried out the Lod Airport Massacre, killing 24 people and injuring 78 others.
1989 Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high “Goddess of Democracy” statue was unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators.
1996 – A New Zealand Royal Honours System was established with the institution of the New Zealand Order of Merit, which replaced the various British State Orders of Chivalry.
1998 A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit northern Afghanistan, killing up to 5,000.2002– 272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies were held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City.2003 – Depayin massacre: at least 70 people associated with the National League for Democracy were killed by government-sponsored mob in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi fled the scene, but was arrested soon afterwards.
2012 – Former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War.
2013 – Nigeria passed a law banning same-sex marriage.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia