Braniff Flight 352 crashes near Dawson, Texas, killing all 85 persons on board. It is a scheduled domestic flight from William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, to Dallas Love Field in Dallas. The Lockheed L-188A Electra, registration N9707C, breaks up in midair and crashes, after flying into a severe thunderstorm. It was carrying 5 crew and 80 passengers; there were no survivors. Among those killed is Texas state representative Joseph Lockridge, the first black man to represent Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. Investigations later revealed that the accident was caused by structural over-stress and failure of the airframe while attempting recovery from loss of control during a steep 180-degree turn executed in an attempt to escape the weather.
Students at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, protest against the closure of Paris University at Nanterre and the proposed expulsion of some students.
In Paris, student protests continue. The Union Nationale des Étudiants de France (UNEF), France's largest student union, along with the union of university teachers, stages a march to protest against police actions at the Sorbonne. More than 20,000 protesters march towards the Sorbonne, and the police charge with batons. Some protesters create barricades and throw paving stones. The police respond with tear gas. Hundreds are arrested.
In Paris, students, teachers and young workers gather at the Arc de Triomphe to demand that criminal charges against arrested students be dropped and that the authorities reopen Nanterre and Sorbonne universities.
Died:Mike Spence, 31, British racing driver, while test driving a Lotus 56 turbocar in preparation for the Indianapolis 500.
In Paris, a crowd congregates on the Rive Gauche, and violence between them and the police resumes, after unsuccessful negotiations. It is claimed that the police used agents provocateurs to aggravate the situation by burning cars and throwing Molotov cocktails.
Greek cargo ship Gero Miklaos runs aground and breaks up in a cyclone at Akyab, Burma.
Ronan Point, a 23-storey tower block in Canning Town, east London, UK, partially collapses after a gas explosion, killing five people. The disaster highlights an area of design which had not previously been considered and which led to changes in legislation in the UK and other countries.
The US nuclear-powered submarineUSS Scorpion sinks 400 miles from the Azores. The official search continues until 5 June, when all 99 crew are "presumed dead". The remains of the ship are not located for a further four months.
France's Prime Minister, Georges Pompidou, suggests that President de Gaulle dissolve the National Assembly and call a new election by threatening to resign. Instead, de Gaulle announces his refusal to resign, calls an election for 23 June, and threatens to declare a state of emergency. Opposition parties agree to the election.