ON THIS DAY...
1865, Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith, commander of Confederate forces west of the Mississippi, signs the surrender terms offered by Union negotiators bringing a formal end to the bloodiest four years in U.S. history.
1935, Babe Ruth, one of the greatest players in the history of baseball, ends his Major League playing career.
1953, Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned monarch of the United Kingdom.
1997, Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. Army soldier, is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.