Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africas first black president after more than three hundred years of white rule
French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac resigned. He was replaced by Michel Rocard.
Buckingham Palace announced that Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon were to divorce.
Bill Haley and the Comets release Rock Around the Clock
Rudolf Hess lands in Scotland
Churchill forms Wartime Coalition Government
The Nazis staged massive public burnings of ‘un-German’ books .
First Zeppelin Air Raids on London
Birth of Maybelle Carter, innovative American country music guitarist
The first official Mother’s Day celebration took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church, Grafton, West Virginia.
Indian Mutiny begins
National Gallery in London opens to the public
Britain captures Jamaica
Battle of Loudoun Hill. 600 Scots under Robert the Bruce defeated an English army 5 times their size.