2000: The final episode of the sitcom "Boy Meets World" airs after seven seasons. The show followed Cory Matthews (played by Ben Savage) and his friends and family, from his elementary school days to his life as a married man.
2000: The movie "Gladiator," starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Ridley Scott, opens in theaters. The movie would go on to win five Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Crowe.
1994: Michael P. Fay, 18, is caned in Singapore for theft and vandalism in what was believed to be the first caning involving an American citizen. While caning is a routine court sentence in Singapore, it spurred backlash in the United States from those who deemed it excessive for a teenager committing a non-violent crime. The number of cane strokes Fay received was ultimately reduced from six to four after U.S. officials requested leniency.
1989: Singer-songwriter, dancer and actor Chris Brown, whose hits include "Run It!," "Kiss Kiss," "With You" and "No Air," is born in Tappahannock, Va.
1988: Singer-songwriter Adele is born Adele Laurie Blue Adkins in London, England. After releasing her debut album, "19," in 2008, she won the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards. She surpassed the success of her debut with 2011's "21," which has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide and won her six Grammy Awards in 2012 including Album of the Year, equalling the record for most Grammy Awards won by a female artist in one night.
1987: The U.S. Congress begins its televised hearings on the Iran-Contra affair, in which senior officials in President Ronald Reagan's administration secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran to help fund Nicaraguan rebels. The hearings ran until Aug. 6 1987, with the eventual report stating that "If the president did not know what his national security advisers were doing, he should have."
1983: British actor Henry Cavill, best known for playing Superman in 2013's "Man of Steel," is born in Saint Saviour on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands. Cavill is also known for his role on the TV series "The Tudors" and in movies such as "Tristan & Isolde," "Stardust" and "Immortals."
1981: Actress Danielle Fishel, best known for playing Topanga Lawrence on the sitcom "Boy Meets World," is born in Mesa, Ariz. She is also known for being the host of Style Network's "The Dish" and is reprising her "Boy Meets World" role in the spinoff "Girl Meets World."
1981: Bobby Sands, a 27-year-old member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking. Sands was the leader of the hunger strike effort by Irish republican prisoners in protest of the removal of "Special Category Status," which had previously granted them de facto prisoner of war status and relief from some ordinary prison regulations. A total of 10 republican prisoners died before the protest ended. Sands was serving a 14-year sentence for possession of a revolver used in an October 1976 gun battle with police following the bombing of a furniture store in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland. Pictured here is a mural honoring Sands on the wall of the Sinn Fein offices in Belfast.
1979: Actor Vincent Kartheiser, best known for his TV roles on "Angel" and "Mad Men," is born in Minneapolis, Minn. He's seen here with his girlfriend, Alexis Bledel of "Gilmore Girls" fame, in January 2013.
1978: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the 13th player in major-league history to reach 3,000 hits, with a single off Montreal Expos pitcher Steve Rogers. Rose would go on to collect a total of 4,256 hits during his career, a record that still stands today.
1973: Actress Tina Yothers, best known for her role as Jennifer Keaton on the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties," is born in Whittier, Calif.
1973: Secretariat wins the 1973 Kentucky Derby in 1:59 2/5, setting a record that still stands today. He went on to set records at both the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years. Secretariat was the ninth horse to win the Triple Crown and only two have won it since, Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978.
1961: In the first manned flight of Project Mercury, Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space. Shepard rode his Freedom 7 capsule on a 15-minute suborbital flight, reaching an altitude of 101.2 nautical miles.
1959: Journalist Brian Williams, who has served as the anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News" since 2004, is born in Elmira, N.Y.
1955: The musical "Damn Yankees" opens on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre. The production, which starred Ray Walston, Gwen Verdon and Stephen Douglass, moved to the Adelphi Theatre in May 1957 and ran for a total of 1,019 performances.
1944: Actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his roles in the "Lord of the Rings" and "Indiana Jones" movie franchises, is born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales. He's also known for his TV work in "Sh?gun," "Sliders," "Robin of Sherwood" and "I, Claudius."
1943: Comedian, actor and writer Michael Palin, one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python, is born in Broomhill, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. Palin is also known for his travel writings and documentaries and for his roles in movies such as "Time Bandits," "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures."
1942: Tammy Wynette, one of country music's best-known artists and biggest-selling female singers, is born Virginia Wynette Pugh in Bounds, Miss. She was best known for songs such as "Stand By Your Man," "I Don't Wanna Play House," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Kids Say the Darndest Things." She was married to fellow country music singer George Jones from 1969 to 1975 and the duo recorded several albums and singles throughout the 1970s and early '80s, including the No. 1 country hits "We're Gonna Hold On," "Golden Ring" and "Near You." She suffered a series of serious physical ailments starting in the 1970s, including more than a dozen major operations and an addiction to large doses of pain medication, and died at age 55 from a of a blood clot in her lung on April 6, 1998.
1940: Actor Lance Henriksen, best known for playing the android Bishop in "Aliens" and "Alien 3," is born in New York City. Henricksen is also known for the TV series "Millennium" and for roles in movies such as "Hard Target," "The Right Stuff" and "The Quick and the Dead."
1934: The first Three Stooges short, "Woman Haters," is released. The short includes Bud Jamison's character delivering the first "eye pokes" to the Stooges, which in turns sets off the first real Stooge brawl.
1920: Authorities arrest Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left) and Nicola Sacco (right) on charges of murdering two men during the armed robbery of a shoe factory in South Braintree, Mass. After a controversial trial and a series of appeals that made the Italian-born anarchists the center of one of the largest cause célèbres in modern history, Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in August 1927.
1914: Actor Tyrone Power, known for swashbuckler roles or romantic leads in movies such as "The Mark of Zorro," "Blood and Sand," "The Black Swan" and "The Black Rose," is born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He died of a heart attack at age 44 on Nov. 15, 1958.
1904: Pitching against the Philadelphia Athletics at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, Cy Young of the Boston Americans throws the first perfect game in the modern era of baseball. Young struck out eight as Boston won the game 3-0.
1903: Chef and author James Beard, who brought French cooking to the American middle and upper classes in the 1950s, is born in Portland, Ore. Although he died of heart failure at the age of 81 in January 1985, Beard's name lives on today in his foundation's annual Beard awards in various culinary genres.
1891: The Music Hall in New York City has its grand opening and first public performance, with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. It would be renamed Carnegie Hall in 1893 after Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropist who paid for its construction.
1866: Memorial Day is first celebrated in the United States at Waterloo, N.Y.
1864: Journalist Nellie Bly, a ground-breaking reporter who launched a new kind of investigative journalism, is born in Cochran's Mills, Pa. Bly, whose real name was Elizabeth Jane Cochrane, was best known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She died of pneumonia at age 57 on Jan. 27, 1922.
1862: Mexican troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla despite being outnumbered nearly two to one. Today the day is marked as Cinco de Mayo, a commemoration of the battle and a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
1821: Napoleon Bonaparte dies at the age of 51 in exile on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.
1818: German philosopher and political theorist Karl Marx, who played a significant role in the establishment of the social sciences and the development of the socialist movement, is born in Trier, a town then part of the Kingdom of Prussia's Province of the Lower Rhine. Considered one of the greatest economists of all time, Marx published numerous books during his lifetime, most notably "The Communist Manifesto" and "Das Kapital."
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