Queen of Wands
Henry V is crowned King of England.
Edward IV dies at age 40 in Westminster probably due to apoplexy by excess.
French explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana.
French poet and critic Charles Baudelaire (Les Fleurs de Mal) born in Paris.
These fervent lovers and austere savants
Equally like, in their ripe season
The cats powerful and mild, house proud
Who between them are chilly and sedentary.
These friends of the science and luxury
Seekers of silence and the horrors of night;
Erebus would use them as funeral horses
If there pride inclined them to servitude.
They dream in the attitude of nobles
Like large sphinxes streched in a bed of solitude
Who appear to fall asleep and dream of the end.
Their fecundity is full of sparks of magic,
and particles of gold, like grains of fine sand,
Blazing vaguely in their eyes mysticly.
by Charles Baudelaire
translated by Grey Coopre
Photographer Eadweard Muybridge born in Kingston upon Thames, England.
He did important work in photographic studies of motion.
On a Palm Sunday, General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at a farmhouse in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
Blues musician Mance Lipscomb born near Navasota, Texas.
Renaissance man Paul Robeson born in Princeton, New Jersey.
During the Mexican Revolution a bi-plane dropped bombs on two gunboats becoming one of world's first naval/air skirmishes.
Playboy publisher and man about town Hugh Hefner born in Chicago.
Songwriter, satirist and mathematcian Tom Lehrer (Poisoning Pidgeons in the Park) born in New York City.
His path went from performer to educator.
Merry prankster, editor of The Realist & cofounder of the Youth International Party, Paul Krassner born New York.
Rock n' Roller Carl Perkins (Blue Suede Shoes) born in Tiptonville, Tennessee.
French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (Breathless) in in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
Radical feminist author and would-be assassin of Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas (SCUM_Manifesto) born in Ventnor City, New Jersey.
The Mitsubishi Kamikaze-Go airplane arrives in London.
It was the first Japanese-built aircraft to fly to Europe.
Marian Anderson sings a recital at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, after being denied permission to sing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall.
NASA introduces the first seven astronauts who will be part of Project Mercury.
They are quickly dubbed the Mercury Seven by the press.
The Houston Astrodome opens with the first indoor baseball game played between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.
The Astros won 2 - 1.
The album Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan was released.