1413: Henry V is crowned King of England.
1483: Edward V (age 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as King of England. He is never crowned, and disappears presumed murdered, after being incarcerated in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard.
1882: British poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti dies at the age of 53.
1959: NASA names the first 7 American astronauts for Project Mercury. On the same day, architect Frank Lloyd Wright died at the age of 89.
1960: South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd survives an assassination attempt despite being shot twice in the face.
1962: Arnold Palmer wins the third of his 4 Masters titles in an 18-hole Monday playoff with Gary Player at Augusta. On the same day, “West Side Story” won eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars. Star Rita Moreno wins Best Supporting Actress.
1963: Winston Churchill becomes the first honorary citizen of the United States.
1964: Singles Chart:
- I Can’t Buy Love – The Beatles
- Little Kids – Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
- I believe – Singles
- World Without Love – Peter and Gordon
- Just One Look – The Hollies
- Don’t Fade – The Rolling Stones
- I love you because – Jim Reeves
- This Girl Belongs To Yesterday – Gene Pitney
- Tell Me When – The Applejacks
- Bits and Pieces – The Five Dave Clarks
1966: Actress Sophia Loren marries director Carlo Ponti in Paris.
1967: Ranking of albums:
- The Sound of Music – Original Soundtrack
- The Monkeys – The Monkeys
- Best Of – Beach Boys
- No more monkeys – The monkeys
- Four Tops Live – The Four Tops
- Come the Day – The Seekers
- Trini Lopez in London – Trini Lopez
- Pictures – The Walker Brothers
- Between the Buttons – The Rolling Stones
- Going Places – Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
1969: First flight of Concorde 002 at Filton, Bristol. On the same day, Sikh busmen in Wolverhampton were granted the right to wear turbans in service after a long campaign.
1976: Young Liberals chairman Peter Hain is acquitted of robbing a branch of Barclays Bank. That same day, singer-songwriter Phil Ochs hanged himself at his sister’s house in Queen’s, New York.
1978: Gary Player shoots a record 64 (-8) final round to win the Masters.
1979: The Deer Hunter wins the Best Picture Oscar.
1983: On TV (Saturday)
1984: About 100 pickets are arrested in violent clashes with police outside two working coal mines in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
1988: Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave is killed when his car veers off the road and hits a tree in Syracuse, Georgia. On the same day, singer Brook Benton died at the age of 56.
1989: Nick Faldo wins the Masters for the first time.
1991: Record producer Martin Hannett, best known for his work with Joy Division, dies.
1992: John Major is elected Prime Minister after the Conservative Party wins the most votes in British electoral history.
1997: Singer-songwriter Mae Boren Axton dies aged 82 in her bath.
1999: Niger’s President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara is shot dead in a coup attempt.
2002: Over a million people line the streets for the Queen Mother’s funeral.
2003: American troops arrive in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, when the regime of Saddam Hussein is overthrown.
2005: The Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil ceremony.
2006: Phil Mickelson wins his third US Masters.
2018: Fleetwood Mac announced that Lindsey Buckingham had been fired from the band and would be replaced on tour by Neil Finn of Crowded House and guitarist Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
2021: The Duke of Edinburgh dies aged 99.
BIRTHDAYS: Valerie Singleton, host, 85; Hannah Gordon, actress, 81; Steve Gadd, drummer, 73; Sorcha Cusack, actress, 73; Dennis Quaid, actor, 68; Iain Duncan Smith MP, politician, 68; Mark Kelly, keyboardist, (Marillion) 61; Marc Jacobs, fashion designer, 59; Joe (Charles) Scarborough, American television host/former politician, 59; Cynthia Nixon, actress, 56; Robbie Fowler, former footballer, 47; Gerard Way, singer-songwriter (My Chemical Romance) 45; Rachel Stevens, singer (S Club 7) 44; Albert Hammond Jr, guitarist (The Strokes) 42; Jay Baruchel, actor, 40; Leighton Meester, actress, 36; Kristen Stewart, actress, 32; Elle (Mary) Fanning, actress, 24 years old.