238 Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperor.
1556 Cardinal Reginald Pole becomes archbishop of Canterbury
1621 Hugo de Grote escapes from Loevenstein castle, Netherlands, in a book chest. (This sounded so outlandish but upon further reading I discovered that Mr. Grote's views and writings about ecclesiastical matters made him hugely unpopular, enough to get himself imprisoned in this castle. With the help of his wife and handmaiden, he escaped from the castle to Paris in this book chest...)
1765 The Stamp Act is passed. This is the first direct tax imposed by the British parliament on the colonies of British America.
1917 The USA is the first nation to recognize the new government of Russia.
1923 The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt.
1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt makes wine and beer with up to 3.2% alcohol legal. (Cheers to FDR!)
1941 The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state goes into operation.
1941 Jimmy Stewart is inducted into the Army, becoming the first major American movie star to wear a military uniform in World War II.
1963 Beatles release their first album, "Please Please Me".
1975 Walt Disney World Shopping Village opens.
1981 1st class postage raised from 15 cents to 18 cents.
1994 the Dutch Ambassador to the U.S. christens a new tulip: the Hillary Clinton.
1997 Comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth (1.315 AU - astronomical unit)
2015 The remains of Richard III, King of England from 1483 to 1485, are escorted in a royal funeral procession; the remains were discovered in Leicester in 2012 and were reburied at the Leicester Cathedral on March 26, 2015.