In the year:
Joan of Arc entered the besieged city of Orleans to lead a victory over the English.
Maryland's House of Delegates voted against seceding from the Union.
New Orleans fell to Union forces during the Civil War.
Jazz musician Duke Ellington was born in Washington D.C.
The Easter uprising in Dublin collapsed as Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities.
Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler married his longtime mistress Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker. The couple killed themselves the next day.
American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp in Germany.
Twenty-eight former Japanese leaders were indicted as war criminals.
President Richard Nixon announced he was releasing edited transcripts of secretly made White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.
Truck driver Peter Sutcliffe admitted in a London court to being the "Yorkshire Ripper," the killer of 13 women in northern England over five years.
And someplace in there, my sister Mary Val was born.