South African Boers accept British terms of surrender.
The Titanic begins her maiden voyage which will end in disaster.
Allied troops liberate the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald north of Weener, Germany.
In their second attempt to take the Seelow Heights, near Berlin, the Red Army launches numerous attacks against the defending Germans. The Soviets gain one mile at the cost of 3,000 men killed and 368 tanks destroyed.
Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to play major league baseball as he takes the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers.