David Ricardo 1772 - Economist, author
- 1775 - The American Revolution began as fighting broke out at Lexington, MA.
- 1892 - The Duryea gasoline buggy was introduced in the U.S. by Charles and Frank Duryea.
- 1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.
- 1943 - The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule began. The Jews were able to fight off the Germans for 28 days.
- 1982 - NASA named Sally Ride to be first woman astronaut.
- 1989 - A gun turret exploded aboard the USS Iowa. 47 sailors were killed.
- 1993 - The Branch-Davidian’s compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground. It was the end of a 51-day standoff between the cult and U.S. federal agents. 86 people were killed including 17 children. Nine of the Branch Davidians escaped the fire.
- 1994 - A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.8 million to Rodney King for violation of his civil rights.
- 1995 - The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of the bombing on June 2, 1997.