1795 Beethoven debuts as pianist in Vienna at age 24. Thirty-two years later he is buried in Vienna, 20,000 people attended his funeral.
1798 Republic of Switzerland forms
1867 Congress approves building of Lincoln Memorial
1941 First performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Requiem Symphony”
1961 After a 4½ year trial, Nelson Mandela is acquitted on treason charge
1974 Mariner 10’s, first fly-by of Mercury, returns photos
1976 Eight Ohio National Guardsmen indicted for shooting four Kent State students
1981 Peter Stone’s musical Woman of the Year opens at Palace Theater in New York for 770 performances
1986 Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia
1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes at 10,006.78 – above the 10,000 mark for the first time
1819 Edwin Drake, drilled first productive US oil well
1867 Cy Young, American baseball pitcher who holds the most wins in MLB history
1875 Lou Henry Hoover, first lady
1918 Sam Walton, founder and CEO of Wal-Mart. He passed away on April 5th, 1992.