China imposed martial law as the government took a firmer stand against the pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square, Beijing
The journal ‘Science’ reported the discovery of the virus that causes Aids .
Gilbert Murray died 1957 (born 1866). Classical scholar.
Pan American Airways launched the first regular transatlantic airmail service (Note: their passenger service began on 28th June 1939)
Lindbergh makes solo flight across the Atlantic, in 33½ hours
Birth of James ‘Jimmy’ Stewart, American actor .
Krakatoa began erupting, which ultimately led to the volcano’s destruction in a cataclysmic eruption in August of that year.
Birth of King Faisal I of Iraq .
Birth of William Thornton, British-born American architect and inventor, designed the US Capitol building in Washington DC and was the first superintendent of the US Patent Office
England passes Act of Grace, forgiving Roman Catholic followers of James II
Battle of Wakefield
Shakespeare's sonnets first published.
Death of Christopher Columbus, made common knowledge the existence of North America.
John Cabot departed Bristol on the Matthew in his quest to find a route to the west. (May 2 also sometimes quoted as the date of departure).
Battle of Nechtansmere fought between the Picts and the Northumbrians, which the Picts won decisively.