Colonists land at Cape Henry, Va., They would found Jamestown the next month.
John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln’s assassin, was surrounded by federal troops in a barn in Virginia. He was shot and killed, either by the soldiers or by his own hand.
The German Luftwaffe (air force) destroyed the Spanish town of Guernica.
Tanganyika and Zanzibar joined to form Tanzania.
The worst nuclear power plant accident in history occurred at Chernobyl, near Kiev, U.S.S.R.
The first multi-racial elections were held in South Africa.
Vermont Governor Howard Dean signed the nation's first bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions.