- 1865 - John Wilkes Booth (age 26, born May 10, 1838), American stage actor and assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, shot at by Boston Corbett.
- 1954 - "Seven Samurai" (Japanese movie), starring Toshiro Mifune, was released.
- 1963 - Birthday: Jet Li, Chinese actor & martial artist born in Beijing, China.
- 1983 - NFL Draft: John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts (from University of Stanford).
- 1991 - Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine. He was arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics.
- 2005 - Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troops in Lebanon, ending its 29-years of military domination.
- 2012 - 70 people killed by rocket attacks by the Syrian Army on the city of Hama.