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Final episode of 'Black Sails' airs

Black Sails is an American historical adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine for Starz. The pirate drama mash-up of the historical record and Treasure Island has swashbuckled off after 4 seasons following its series finale.

Legendary Motown piano is restored with Paul McCartney's financial help

Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned label that achieved crossover success. During the 1960s, Motown achieved 79 records in the top-ten of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1960 and 1969. The Motown piano is an 1877 Steinway & Sons Model D grand piano, used by many musicians, including the Funk Brothers studio band, at the Hitsville U.S.A. Studio B from 1967 to 1972. On July 24, 2011, Paul McCartney was in Detroit for a performance at Comerica Park, as part of his On the Run Tour, and visited the Motown Museum for a private guided tour. While touring Studio A, he asked to play the Motown piano, only to find that it was not in playing condition. It was restored in 2012, with the support of McCartney, and was played by McCartney and Berry Gordy during a charity event in September 2012. The piano was inherited by Motown after it bought Golden World Records in 1967. The Golden World studio then became Hitsville U.S.A. Studio B.

Gnarls Barkley top charts with hit single 'Crazy'

Gnarls Barkley are an American soul duo, composed of singer-songwriter CeeLo Green and producer Danger Mouse. They released their debut studio album 'St. Elsewhere' in 2006. It contained their hit single 'Crazy', which peaked at number two on the US Hot 100 and topped the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, and was platinum certified for shipping over 1,000,000 records. St. Elsewhere also received a nomination for Album of the Year. 'Crazy' was leaked in late 2005, months before its regular release: it received airplay on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom, and radio DJ Zane Lowe also used the song in television commercials for his show. When it was finally released in March 2006, it became the first single to top the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone.

'Dallas' premieres on CBS

Dallas is an American soap opera, which revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. With its 357 episodes, Dallas remains one of the longest lasting full-hour prime time dramas in American TV history.

'The Sting' wins seven Oscars

The 46th Academy Awards took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and were hosted by Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross, John Huston, and David Niven. The Sting won 7 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill.

'Dark Shadows' concludes an almost 5 year run

Dark Shadows is an American Gothic soap opera following the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family. The series features vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and other supernatural characters. The original network run of the show lasted for nearly 5 years, producing 1,225 episodes.

The sci-fi movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' premieres

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. A novel also called 2001: A Space Odyssey was published soon after the film was released. The film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, winning one for Best Visual Effects.

The Beatles top the UK singles chart with 'Can't Buy Me Love'

Can't Buy Me Love was composed by Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles. The song is included on the band's 3rd studio album A Hard Day's Night. The Rolling Stone magazine ranks the song at number 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

'As the World Turns' and 'The Edge of Night' premiere on CBS-TV

As the World Turns and The Edge of Night both premiered on the same day, April 2, 1956, in a new 30-minute running time format. Prior to this, people were used to 15-minute segments instead. As the World Turns was the most watched daytime drama from 1958 to 1978, with the last episode airing on September 17, 2010.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1975

Pedro Pascal

born 1988

Jesse Plemons

born 1939

Marvin Gaye