“Iron Man 2”, directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in Los Angeles
NBC announces Conan O’Brien to replace David Letterman.
The world’s worst nuclear disaster to date occurred at Chernobyl, in Kiev. Thirty-one people died in the incident and thousands more were exposed to radioactive material.
Marshal Philippe Pétain, leader of France’s Vichy collaborationist regime during World War II, arrested for treason.
Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with Canada’s 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match.
Frederic Chopin’s “Grand Polonaise Brillante” premieres in Paris.
“La Marseillaise”, later the national anthem of France, is composed by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg.