Russian czar Ivan IV, or Ivan “The Terrible,” died at age 53.
After months of American protests, Britain repealed the Stamp Act.
The most violent single tornado in U.S. history, the “Tri-State Tornado,” hit Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois, killing 689 people and injuring 13,000 others.
Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first spacewalk.
The oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked off the Cornish coast of England, spilling 919,000 barrels of oil into the sea.
A small asteroid made the closest approach to Earth ever recorded, only about 26,500 miles away.
After a long legal battle, Terry Schiavo's feeding tube was removed. She died 13 days later.