1924: Frank Silver, author of Yes We Have No Bananas, and his jazz band performed at Imperial Theatre.
1940: City Attorney C. Wesley Killebrew and plumbing inspector W.K. "Kid" Whittle came to blows during an Augusta City Council meeting.
1949: Augusta's acting police Capt. F.B. Green declared war on racketeering and gambling, issuing a blanket order giving his entire police force the same powers as special raiding squads.
1968: Georgia Gov. Lester Maddox appointed Augusta's state Rep. William M. Fleming Jr. to the Superior Court bench. Today, Judge Fleming is chief judge for the Augusta Judicial Circuit encompassing Burke, Columbia and Richmond counties.
1789: The first inaugural ball was held in New York in honor of President George Washington.
1847: The American Medical Association was founded in Philadelphia.
1915: Nearly 1,200 people died when a German torpedo sank the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast.
1939: Germany and Italy announced a military and political alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis.
1941: Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded Chattanooga Choo Choo for RCA Victor.
1945: Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Rheims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World War II.
1954: The 55-day Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam ended with Vietnamese insurgents overrunning French forces.
1975: President Ford formally declared an end to the "Vietnam era." Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, the Viet Cong staged a rally to celebrate their takeover.
1984: A $180 million out-of-court settlement was announced in the "Agent Orange" class-action suit brought by Vietnam veterans who charged they'd suffered injury from exposure to the defoliant.1989: Both sides claimed victory in Panama's national elections, with the opposition also charging a pattern of fraud.
1992: The space shuttle Endeavour blasted off on its maiden voyage.
1994: Norway's most famous painting, The Scream, by Edvard Munch, was recovered almost three months after it was stolen from an Oslo museum.
1994: Go For Gin won the 120th Kentucky Derby.
1998: The parent company of Mercedes-Benz agreed to buy Chrysler Corp. for more than $37 billion.1998 Londoners voted overwhelmingly to elect their own mayor for the first time in history; the mayoral election will take place in May 2000.