Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland in 1306. The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, the world's first passenger railway, opened in 1807. A fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killed 147 workers, mostly young women, in 1911. Thousands of people bearing candles gathered in Bratislava's Hviezdoslav Square to demonstrate for religious freedom in 1988.
Born today: Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), Béla Bartók (1881-1945), Norman Borlaug (1914-2009), Simone Signoret (1921-1985), Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), Aretha Franklin (1942) and Elton John (1947).
It is Mothers' Day in Slovenia.