196 BC Ptolemy V ascended to the throne of Egypt.
1306 Robert The Bruce was crowned King of Scotland at Scone.
1309 Pope Clement V excommunicated Venice and all its population.
1613 The first English child born in Canada at Cuper’s Cove, Newfoundland to Nicholas Guy.
1625 Charles I became King of England, Scotland and Ireland as well as claiming the title King of France.
1724 – Jane Colden, American botanist and author, was born (d. 1766).
1734 – Lady Diana Beauclerk, English painter and illustrator (d. 1808)
1745 – Lindley Murray, American-English Quaker and grammarian (d. 1826)
1782 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1794 The United States Government established a permanent navy and authorized the building of six frigates.
1794 Denmark and Sweden formed a neutrality compact.
1814 War of 1812: Forces under General Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend.
1814 – Charles Mackay, Scottish journalist, anthologist, and author, was born(d. 1889)
1820 – Edward Augustus Inglefield, English admiral and explorer, was born (d. 1894)
1836 Texas Revolution: Goliad massacre – Antonio López de Santa Anna ordered the Mexican army to kill about 400 Texans at Goliad, Texas.
1836 Kirtland Temple in Ohio was dedicated in an 8 hour long service led by Joseph Smith, Jr. and Sidney Rigdon.
1839 – John Ballance, Irish-New Zealand journalist and politician, 14th Prime Minister of New Zealand (d. 1893)
1846 Mexican-American War: Siege of Fort Texas.
1851 – First reported sighting of the Yosemite Valley by Europeans.
1852 – Jan van Beers, Belgian painter and illustrator, was born (d. 1927).
1854 Crimean War: The United Kingdom declared war on Russia.
1863 Sir Henry Royce, English automobile pioneer, was born (d. 1933).
1871 The first international rugby football match, England v. Scotland, was played in Edinburgh at Raeburn Place.
1878 – Kathleen Scott, British sculptor, was born (d. 1947).
1879 – Sándor Garbai, Hungarian politician, 19th Prime Minister of Hungary, was born (d. 1947)
1883 English Salvation Army officers, Captain George Pollard and Lieutenant Edward Wright, arrived at Port Chalmers on a mission to establish a New Zealand branch of the quasi-military Christian evangelical movement, which had been founded in the slums of London’s East End in 1865.
1883 – Dimitrios Semsis, Greek violinist, was born (d. 1950).
1885 – Julio Lozano Díaz, Honduran accountant and politician, 40th President of Honduras, was born (d. 1957).
1886 Apache warrior, Geronimo, surrendered to the U.S. Army, ending the main phase of the Apache Wars.
1890 – Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, Scottish admiral, was born (d. 1974).
1892 – Thorne Smith, American author, was born (d. 1934).
1899 Gloria Swanson, American actress, was born (d. 1983).
1901 – Eisaku Satō, Japanese politician, 61st Prime Minister of Japan, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1975)
1901 – Kenneth Slessor, Australian journalist and poet, was born (d. 1971)
1906 The Alpine Club of Canada was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1910 A fire during a barn-dance in Ököritófülpös, Hungary, killed 312.
1912 James Callaghan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 2005).
1917 Cyrus Vance, American politician, was born (d. 2002).
1922 – Dick King-Smith, English author, was born (d. 2011).
1924 Sarah Vaughan, American singer, was born (d. 1990).
1931 David Janssen, American actor, was born (d. 1980).
1938 The Battle of Taierzhuang.
1941 Yugoslavian Air Force officers toppled the pro-axis government in a bloodless coup.
1943 Battle of the Komandorski Islands – In the Aleutian Islands battle started when United States Navy forces intercepted Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.
1944 – Alan C. Gilmore, New Zealand astronomer and academic, was born.
1945 Operation Starvation, the aerial mining of Japan’s ports and waterways began.
1950 Tony Banks, English musician (Genesis), was born.
1955 – Mariano Rajoy, Spanish lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of Spain, was born.
1958 Nikita Khrushchev became Premier of the Soviet Union.
1959 Andrew Farriss, Australian musician (INXS), was born.
1963 Beeching axe: Dr. Richard Beeching issued a report calling for huge cuts to the United Kingdom’s rail network.
1964 The Good Friday Earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history at a magnitude of 9.2 struck South Central Alaska, killing 125 people and inflicting massive damage to the city of Anchorage.
1969 Mariner 7 was launched.
1970 Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
1970 – Mariah Carey, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actress, was born.
1975 – Andrew Blowers, New Zealand rugby player, All Black, was born.
1975 Construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began.
1975 Fergie, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas), was born.
1976 The first 4.6 miles of the Washington Metro subway system opened.
1977 Tenerife disaster: Two Boeing 747 airliners collided on a foggy runway on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, killing 583 (all 248 on KLM and 335 on Pan Am). 61 survived on the Pan Am flight.
1980 The Norwegian oil platform Alexander Kielland collapsed in the North Sea, killing 123 of its crew of 212.
1980 Silver Thursday: A steep fall in silver prices, resulting from the Hunt Brothers attempting to corner the market in silver, led to panic on commodity and futures exchanges.
1984 Ernie Abbott, the caretaker at Wellington’s Trades Hall, was killed instantly when he moved a booby-trapped suitcase.
1984 – Ben Franks, Australian-born New Zealand rugby player, All Black, was born.
1986 A car bomb exploded at Russell Street Police HQ in Melbourne, killing 1 police officer and injuring 21 people.
1990 The United States begins broadcasting TV Martí to Cuba in an effort to bridge the information blackout imposed by the Castro regime.
1993 Jiang Zemin was appointed President of the People’s Republic of China.
1993 – Italian former minister and Christian Democracy leader Giulio Andreotti was accused of mafia allegiance by the tribunal of Palermo.
1994 – The Eurofighter took its first flight in Manching, Germany.
1998 The Food and Drug Administration approved Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence.
1999 An F-117 Nighthawk was shot down during the Kosovo War.
2002 – Passover massacre: A Palestinian suicide bomber kills 29 people partaking of the Passover meal in Netanya, Israel.
2004 HMS Scylla (F71), a decommissioned Leander class frigate, was sunk as an artificial reef off Cornwall, the first of its kind in Europe.
2009 – Situ Gintung, an artificial lake in Indonesia, failed killing at least 99 people.
2009 – A suicide bomber killed at least 48 at a mosque in the Khyber Agency of Pakistan.
2013 – A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Taipei, Taiwan, injuring 97 people.
2013 – Canada became the first country to announce its intention to withdraw from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
2014 – Philippines signed a peace accord with the largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, ending decades of conflict.
2015 – Al-Shabab militants attacked and temporarily occupied a Mogadishu hotel leaving at least 20 people dead.
2016 – A suicide blast in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, Lahore claimed more than 70 lives and left almost 300 others injured. The target of the bombing were Christians celebrating Easter.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia