Iran-Contra Affair: US Army Colonel and White House aide Oliver North was fined $150,000 and given a suspended sentence (see also 4th May 1989)
The first episode of the American sitcom Seinfeld was broadcast
Death of Harry James, American musician and bandleader .
Death of Walter Gropius, German architect, founder and director of the Bauhaus school of design, architecture, and applied arts
Last tram runs in London (Woolwich to New Cross)
National Health Service established
Death of Jonas Lie, Norwegian writer .
William Booth (1829-1912) founds Salvation Army, in London
Fourth Battle of Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. British Admiral Charles Napier’s naval squadron defeated the navy of Portuguese usurper Dom.
Birth of Giuseppe Garibaldi, military leader in wars leading to Italian unification.
Newton published his Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica – written in Latin
Battle of Southwark
Scotland and France form their 'Auld Alliance'