Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
US lifts economic sanctions imposed on Libya 18 years previously as a reward for its cooperation in eliminating weapons of mass destruction.
In the United States, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 is introduced.
The last Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 rolls off the assembly line.
The world's largest lollipop weighing 3,011 pounds (1,366 kg) is made in Denmark
An IRA bomb devastates the Bishopsgate area of City of London.
Freddie Stowers is awarded the posthumous Medal of Honor for which he had been recommended in 1918.
STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of anthrax after 48 years of quarantine.
Apple Computer unveils its Apple IIc portable computer.
In Harrogate, United Kingdom, Nicole wins the twenty-seventh Eurovision Song Contest for Germany singing "Ein biÃŸchen Frieden" (A little bit of peace).
The first IBM PC is introduced.
Eight U.S. servicemen died in Operation Eagle Claw as they attempted to end the Iran hostage crisis.
The Baader-Meinhof Gang blow up the West German embassy in Stockholm.
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched.
The Gambia becomes a republic within the British Commonwealth, with Dawda Jawara as the first President.
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1.
Vietnam War: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had "gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily."
Mexico becomes a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty.
The 17th century Swedish ship Vasa is salvaged.
Bandung Conference ends: Twenty-nine non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa finish a meeting that condemned colonialism, racism, and the Cold War.
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
World War II: Operation Demon â€“ The United Kingdom begins evacuating Greece.
Easter Uprising begins: The Irish Republican Brotherhood led by nationalist Patrick Pearse start a rebellion in Ireland.
Armenian Genocide: The Ottoman Government began their genocidal campaign to annihilate the Armenian people of Anatolia.
The skyscraper Woolworth Building in New York City was opened.
Spanish-American War: Spain declares war on the United States.
The Keyesville Massacre: a massacre of 53 Native American men from the Tehachapi tribe in Keyesville, California.
American Civil War: A flotilla commanded by Union Admiral David Farragut passes two Confederate forts on the Mississippi River on its way to capture New Orleans, Louisiana.
The United States Library of Congress is established when President John Adams signs legislation to appropriate $5,000 to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress".
The first regular newspaper in the United States, the Boston, Massachusetts New-Letter, is published.
Greeks enter Troy using the Trojan Horse (traditional).