US President Bill Clinton told a press conference that he had not had sexual relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Lotus 1-2-3, a popular spreadsheet application, was released .
Death of Nelson Rockefeller, 41st Vice-President of the United States
The Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, re-opened and began accepting black performers for the first time. It became famous for launching the careers of many popular singers and entertainers
Death of Alva Belmont, American socialite and supporter of women’s suffrage.
John Logie Baird gives first demonstration of television
Birth of Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist .
A week of riots began over The Playboy of the Western World by JM Synge, at its first staging at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Fall of Khartoum, General Gordon killed
Rum Rebellion: armed forces took control of New South Wales, Australia, ousting Governor William Bligh (of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame).
First convicts (and free settlers) arrive in New South Wales (left Portsmouth 13 May 1787) — the 'First Fleet'; eleven ships commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip