2013: Ariel Castro, 52, is arrested after three women missing for more than a decade are found alive in his Cleveland, Ohio, home. Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were held against their will until Berry escaped with her 6-year-old daughter and contacted the police. Castro eventually pleaded guilty to 937 criminal counts of rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder as part of a plea bargain and was sentenced to life in prison without the chance of parole plus 1,000 years. One month into his sentence, he committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets in his prison cell.
2012: Actor George Lindsey, best known for his role as Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," "Mayberry R.F.D." and "Hee-Haw," dies at age 83 in Nashville, Tenn.
2004: The sitcom "Friends" ends after 236 episodes and 10 seasons. The finale was watched by 51.1 million American viewers, making it the fourth most watched series finale in television history and the most watched TV episode of the decade.
2002: "Spider-Man" becomes the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.
1998: Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood strikes out 20 batters against the Houston Astros to tie the major-league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his fifth career start.
1997: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time holds its induction ceremonies in Cleveland, Ohio, where the hall is located. The acts inducted include The Jackson 5, The Bee Gees, The Young Rascals, Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Parliament-Funkadelic.
1994: Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait sets fire to a couch while a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." As a result, he would be fined $2,700 plus the cost of the chair and was also required to tape several public service announcements about fire safety.
1994: Former Arkansas state worker Paula Jones files a lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, alleging that he had sexually harassed her in 1991. A federal judge would eventually dismiss the suit in April 1998, saying that Jones' claims fell "far short" of being worthy of a trial. Jones soon appealed the dismissal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, but dropped the appeal in November 1998 after reaching a $850,000 settlement with Clinton. The case precipitated Clinton's impeachment, with charges of perjury and obstruction of justice being later brought against Clinton based on statements regarding the nature of his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky he made during the depositions for the Jones lawsuit.
1994: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and French President François Mitterrand officiate at the opening of the Channel Tunnel, also referred to as the Chunnel. The tunnel, which runs under the English Channel between England and France, possesses the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world.
1992: German-American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, best known for movies such as "The Shanghai Express," "Desire" and "Destry Rides Again," dies of renal failure at the age of 90 in Paris, France.
1989: Cedar Point opens Magnum XL-200, the first roller coaster to break the 200-foot height barrier, therefore spawning what is considered to be the "coaster wars."
1983: Actress Gabourey Sidibe, who made her acting debut in the 2009 film "Precious," a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has also appeared on the TV shows "The Big C" and "American Horror Story: Coven" and in the movie "Tower Heist."
1983: Actress Adrianne Palicki, best known for the TV show "Friday Night Lights" and movies such as "Legion," "Red Dawn" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," is born in Toledo, Ohio.
1983: The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax after examination by experts. The 60 diaries were bought for nearly 9 million German marks by the West German news magazine Stern, which published excerpts the month before. It turned out that the diaries were actually written by the notorious forger Konrad Kujau. Both he and journalist Gerd Heidemann, the journalist who claimed to have received the diaries after they were smuggled out of East Germany, went to trial in 1984 and were each sentenced to 42 months in prison for forgery and embezzlement.
1982: Seattle Mariners pitcher Gaylord Perry becomes the 15th pitcher to win 300 career games.
1981: A jury of architects and sculptors unanimously selects Maya Ying Lin's design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial from 1,421 other entries. The monument would be dedicated in November 1982.
1976: An earthquake strikes the Friuli region of northeastern Italy, killing 939 people, injuring another 2,400 and destroying entire villages.
1972: Hockey goalie Martin Brodeur, who has won three Stanley Cup championships in a career with the New Jersey Devils stretching more than two decades, is born in Montreal, Canada. He has also won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is the NHL's all-time leader in regular season wins, losses, shutouts and games played.
1961: Actor and filmmaker George Clooney, who got his start on the TV medical drama "ER" and has starred in movies such as "Ocean's Eleven," "The Perfect Storm," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Syriana," "Michael Clayton," "Up in the Air" and "The Descendants," is born in Lexington, Ky. Clooney has also directed movies such as "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," "Good Night, and Good Luck" and "The Ides of March." He has won three Golden Globes and two Academy Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor in "Syriana" and one for producing the Best Picture winner "Argo" in 2013. He is also known for his political activism, including serving as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace.
1960: Actress Roma Downey, best known for the TV series "Touched by an Angel," is born in Derry, Northern Ireland.
1960: President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960. The law established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone's attempt to register to vote. It was designed to deal with discriminatory laws and practices in the segregated South, by which blacks had been effectively disfranchised since the late 19th and start of the 20th century.
1960: More than 20 million viewers watch the first televised royal wedding when Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong-Jones at Westminster Abbey in London.
1957: The Pulitzer Prize for Biography is awarded to U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy for his book "Profiles in Courage." The book is a volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States senators throughout the Senate's history.
1957: The sitcom "I Love Lucy" airs its final episode. The show, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley, is recognized as one of the greatest sitcoms of all time. It was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings.
1954: Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.
1953: Tony Blair, the British Labour Party politician who served as the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1952: Italian-Dutch physician and educator Maria Montessori, best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, dies of cerebral hemorrhage at age 81 in Noordwijk, South Holland, Netherlands.
1945: Singer-songwriter Bob Seger, best known for hits such as "Old Time Rock and Roll," "Night Moves," "Turn the Page," "We've Got Tonight," "Against the Wind" and "Like a Rock," is born in Lincoln Park, Mich.
1945: Mildred Gillars, one of two women known as "Axis Sally," delivers her last propaganda broadcast to Allied troops just two days before the German surrender in World War II. An American broadcaster, Gillars was employed by the Third Reich in Nazi Germany to proliferate propaganda during the war. She was convicted of treason by the United States in 1949 following her capture in post-war Berlin.
1941: At California's March Field, Bob Hope performs his first USO show.
1940: John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Grapes of Wrath."
1937: Boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who fought professionally as a middleweight boxer from 1961 to 1966, is born in Clifton, N.J. Carter was tried and convicted twice for a 1966 triple homicide, but the second conviction was overturned in 1985 and he was not retried. He became famous thanks to Bob Dylan's 1975 song "Hurricane" and the 1999 movie "The Hurricane," starring Denzel Washington. Carter died of prostate cancer at age 76 on April 20, 2014.
1937: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, N.J. Of the 97 people on board, 35 people died, along with one death among the ground crew. The disaster was the subject of spectacular newsreel coverage and the incident destroyed public confidence in the hydrogen-filled airships, marking the end of an era.
1931: Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays, who spent the majority of his major-league career with the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets, is born in Westfield, Ala. Mays won two MVP awards and tied Stan Musial's record with 24 appearances in the All-Star Game. He ended his career with 660 home runs, third at the time of his retirement, and currently fourth all-time, won a record-tying 12 Gold Gloves, was named the 1951 National League Rookie of the Year, and won a World Series title in 1954 with the Giants.
1919: Author L. Frank Baum, best known for writing "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," dies at the age of 62 in Hollywood, Calif., the day after suffering a stroke.
1915: Filmmaker and actor Orson Welles, whose first movie was 1941's "Citizen Kane," often ranked as one of the all-time greatest films, is born George Orson Welles in Kenosha, Wis. An outsider to the studio system, he directed a total of only 13 movies in his career, including the critically acclaimed "The Magnificent Ambersons" and "Touch of Evil." He also worked extensively in theater and radio, including the now legendary 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds." He died from a heart attack on Oct. 10, 1985, at age 70.
1915: Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hits the first of his 714 major-league home runs in a 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds.
1895: Silent film star Rudolph Valentino, who became a pop icon and a sex symbol in the 1920s thanks to roles in movies like "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse," "The Sheik," "Blood and Sand," "The Eagle" and "The Son of the Sheik," is born Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina D'Antonguolla in Castellaneta, Puglia, Kingdom of Italy. Valentino died at age 31 on Aug. 23, 1926, eight days following surgery for appendicitis and gastric ulcers after collapsing at the Hotel Ambassador in New York City.
1882: President Chester A. Arthur signs the Chinese Exclusion Act into law. The act suspended Chinese immigration and was originally supposed to last 10 years. It wasn't repealed until Dec. 17, 1943.
1877: Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.
1862: Author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau, best known for his book "Walden" and his essay "Civil Disobedience," dies of tuberculosis at the age of 44 in Concord, Mass.
1856: Polar explorer Robert Edwin Peary, who made the first successful expedition to the North Pole in 1909, is born in Cresson, Pa.
1856: Sigmund Freud, the neurologist who became known as the founding father of psychoanalysis, is born in Freiberg in Mähren, Moravia, Austrian Empire.
1682: Louis XIV of France moves his court to the newly built Palace of Versailles.
A notorious pirate is captured and killed, RCA Victor buys Elvis' contract from Sun Records, the nation mourns a president, The Beatles release "The White Album," and "Toy Story" premieres, all on this day.