1863 Confederate General Stonewall Jackson died after being
accidentally shot by his own troops.
1869 The US first transcontinental railroad was completed with a
ceremony in Promontory Point, Utah.
1899 * Fred Astaire, US dancer, actor and singer who made several
films with Ginger Rodgers.
1902 * David Selznik, US film producer of the film Gone with the
1907 Mother's Day was first celebrated by Miss Anna Jarvis of
1910 * Arthur Marshall, English journalist, author and performer of
1924 J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI.
1940 In London, Winston Churchill Replaced discredited Chamberlain,
taking charge, as German forces invaded the Low Countries by air and
1941 The worst of the London blitz occurred as German bombers
dropped 100,000 bombs.
1946 * Maureen Lipman, English television actress.
1967 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared before magistrates
charged with drug offences.
1978 55 days after he was kidnapped by the Red Brigade, the murdered
Italian politician Aldo Moro was buried after a private funeral
1994 Nelson Mandela become South Africa's first black president
following more than three centuries of white rule.
1998 The political wing of the republican IRA supported the Good
Friday peace agreement heralding a major shift in modern
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