Today is the 121st day of the year, with only 244 days remaining.
It is the beginning of the fifth month of the year.
1751 - The first cricket match is played in America.
1776 - It is the establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt, Upper Bavaria, by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.
1840 - The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.
1863 - The Battle of Chancellorsville begins.
1884 - Moses Fleetwood Walker, becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.
1915 - The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the Atlantic.
1927 - The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London, England to Paris, France.
1930 - The planet Pluto is officially named.
1931 - The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City.
1945 - A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and Germany."
1950 - Guam is organized as a United States commonwealth.
1956 - The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.
1971 - Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, takes over operation of U.S. passenger rail service.
1989 - Disney-MGM Studios opens at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
1991 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics steals his 939th base, making him the all-time leader in this category. It is overshadowed later that evening by Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers, when he pitches his seventh career no-hitter.