0030 – Jesus of Nazareth was crucified.
1250 – King Louis IX of France was ransomed for one million dollars.
1527 – Henry VIII and King Francis of France signed the treaty of Westminster.
1725 – Spain withdrew from Quadruple Alliance.
1789 – George Washington took office as first elected U.S. president.
1803 – The U.S. purchased the Louisiana Territory from France for $15 million.
1812 – Louisiana admitted as the 18th U.S. state.
1849 – The republican patriot and guerrilla leader Giuseppe Garabaldi repulsed a French attack on Rome.
1864 – Work began on the Dams along the Red River. The work would allow Union General Nathaniel Banks’ troops to sail over the rapids above Alexandria, Louisiana.
1889 – George Washington’s inauguration became the first U.S. national holiday.
1900 – Hawaii was organized as an official U.S. territory.
1930 – The Soviet Union proposed a military alliance with France and Great Britain.
1943 – The British submarine HMS Seraph dropped ‘the man who never was,’ a dead man the British planted with false invasion plans, into the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain.
1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide. They had been married for one day. One week later Germany surrendered unconditionally.
1953 – The British West Indian colonies agreed on the formation of the British Caribbean Federation that would eventually become a self-governing unit in the British Commonwealth.
1998 – NATO was expanded to include Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The three nations were formally admitted the following April at NATO’s 50th anniversary summit.
1998 – United and Delta airlines announced their alliance that would give them control of 1/3 of all U.S. passenger seats.
2002 – Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was overwhelmingly approved for another five years as president.
2012 – One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building.
2015 – NASA’s Messenger spacecraft crashed into the surface of Mercury. The space probe sent back more than 270,000 pictures to earth.