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Imphal earthquake in India

The Imphal earthquake struck northeast India in the state of Manipur with a moment magnitude of 6.7. Many buildings were damaged, 200 people were injured and at least 11 were killed. The quake was also strongly felt in Bangladesh.


Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record

Butler broke Michael Jordan's team record for points in a half, scoring 40 of his 42 after the break to lead the Bulls to a 115–113 win over the Toronto Raptors. It was his 5th season in Chicago Bulls basketball team.

Baga massacre

The Baga massacre was a series of mass killings carried out by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Baga and its environs, in the state of Borno. The attack began when Boko Haram overran a military base that was the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force containing troops from Chad, Niger, and Nigeria.


AC Milan sells Alexandre Pato to Corinthians

Brazilian forward Alexandro Pato, once expected to be the next world footballing star, left AC Milan to Corinthians, after six injury-ravaged seasons. São Paulo based club paid a €15m transfer fee on a four-year deal. His debut for the club occurred against Oeste, with Pato scoring on his first touch on the ball after a pass by Paulinho, maintaining his reputation of scoring in his debut matches.

Bitcoin genesis block is established by Nakamoto

The Bitcoin network came into existence with the release of the first open source Bitcoin client and the issuance of the first bitcoins, with Satoshi Nakamoto mining the first block of bitcoins ever, known as the genesis block, which had a reward of 50 bitcoins.

The first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

After the Democrats won majorities in the 2006 midterm elections, Pelosi was chosen to become the first woman to take the post of Speaker of the House. She was the first Italian-American to lead a major party in Congress. As the leader of the Democratic party in the House, Pelosi was sometimes a divisive figure.

Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

It was the third iteration of the Late Late Show franchise. Ferguson's predecessor was David Letterman. During the week ending March 31, 2006, The Late Late Show attracted an average of 1.9 million total viewers, a number that increased to 2.0 million a year later.

Flash Airlines Flight 604 crashes

Boeing 737-300 crashed into the Red Sea shortly after takeoff from Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, killing all 135 passengers, most of them French tourists, and all 13 crew members. It remains the deadliest accident involving a Boeing 737-300, and the deadliest involving the Boeing 737 classic series.

Mars landing

The Polar Lander was the first attempt to land on Mars since the Mars Pathfinder mission of 1997. It was a 290-kilogram robotic spacecraft lander launched by NASA and it was to carry out a 90-day primary mission followed by an extended mission lasting until a terminal hardware failure.

Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is signed

It was a bilateral treaty between the United States of America and Russia on the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. They would also eliminate multiple independent reentry vehicles. The treaty was signed in Moscow on a second summit meeting. START II never actually came into force.


Buffalo Bills make one of the greatest comebacks

One of the most notorious American football games in history. Buffalo Bills come back from being down 32 points to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild-card playoff game.


Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal

The leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and assists than any other player, shot his 700th goal in his career. It was during the game of his team Los Angeles Kings against New York Islanders. The Kings won with score 6 - 3. That season, Gretzky was the captain of the team.

The first woman is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Aretha Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church. By the end of the 1960s, she had gained the title The Queen of Soul. She recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard and won 18 Grammy Awards.


Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush

During a Monday Night Football game in Minnesota, Dorsett broke a 99-yard touchdown run against the Vikings, which is the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Dorsett rushed for 12,739 yards and 77 touchdowns in his 12-year career. Dorsett also had 13 receiving scores.

Naturalist, artist and author Joy Adamson dies

Adamson's body had been found by her assistant on a road near her camp in Mawson. Her injuries were caused by stabs from a sword-like weapon, not by a lion's fangs and claws. The true story behind Joy Adamson's death remains a mystery. Shortly after her death, Adamson's final book, Queen of Shaba, came out, which detailed her studies on leopards.

Apple is registered in the Commercial Register

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak officially incorporate the Apple Computer Corporation. Wayne sold his share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800 and Mike Markkula Jr. becomes the first chairman of Apple after his investment. They also decided to move company outside of Steve Jobs parent’s garage and rent a building in Cupertino.

B.J. Thomas is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" is a song written for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. The song was recorded by B. J. Thomas in seven takes after Bacharach expressed dissatisfaction with the first six.


Michael Schumacher is born

German racing driver, born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, who raced in Formula One for Benetton and Ferrari, where he spent the majority of his career. Schumacher made his Formula One debut at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix and basically was the most popular driver among Formula One fans.

Dwight D. Eisenhower breaks off diplomatic relations with Cuba

U.S. officials were convinced that Castro’s government was too anti-American to be trusted. Castro began to increase program of nationalizing foreign property. In return, US began to implement cutbacks in a trade with Cuba. The diplomatic break was the culmination of an increasingly acrimonious situation.

Alaska becomes the 49th U.S. state

The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for 7.2 million U.S. The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.

The first electric watch

Hamilton introduced the world's first electric watch, the Hamilton Electric 500. It was available in a variety of non-traditional asymmetrical case styles, including the Ventura that was designed by Richard Arbib. The watch was worn by Elvis Presley, who also featured in the movie Blue Hawaii.

Actor Mel Gibson is born

American actor and filmmaker, who was born in Peekskill, New York, and moved with his parents to Sydney, Australia, when he was 12 years old. He is best known as an action hero. During his career, he won many awards. In 1985, Gibson was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People, the first person to be named so.

Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is born

John Paul Jones is a versatile musician who plays instruments such as bass guitar, organ, guitar, koto, lap steel guitars, mandolin, autoharp, violin or ukulele. In 2014, he ranked first on Paste magazine's list of 20 Most Underrated Bass Guitarists.

Lord Haw Haw is hanged for treason

William Joyce was a notorious broadcaster of Nazi propaganda to the UK during World War II. His announcement 'Germany calling, Germany calling' was a familiar sound across the airwaves. In 1945, Joyce was captured and returned to Britain, where he was later hanged for treason.


NHL star Bobby Hull is born

Robert Marvin Hull is a Canadian former ice hockey player who is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. His blonde hair, legendary skating speed, an end to end rushes, and the ability to shoot the puck at very high velocity, were all a part of the player known as "The Golden Jet".

American computer scientist Seymour Papert is born

Papert is most known for his invention of the Logo computer programming language, together with Wally Feurzeig and Cynthia Solomon. The logo is used mainly for education in computer programming. The programmer commands a turtle which draws pictures in the sand with its tail. The name of the language was derived from Greek logos meaning “word” or “thought.”

The first artificial nuclear transmutation of elements

Ernest Rutherford had found out how to artificially induce a nuclear reaction in a stable element. He had discovered peculiar radiations when alphas were projected into the air and narrowed the effect down to the nitrogen, not the oxygen in the air. Nuclear reactions were Rutherford’s main focus for the rest of his scientific career.

American astronomer William Wilson Morgan is born

William Wilson Morgan, the astronomer who discovered the spiral structure of the Milky Way galaxy. For more than 60 years a specialist in astronomical morphology. His investigations of starlight and the distances and arrangement of stars led to the discovery that gained him wide recognition in science.

English writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is born

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.

The drinking straw is patented by Marvin C. Stone

A drinking straw is a tube for transferring a beverage from its container to the mouth of the drinker. Marvin Stone subsequently used paraffin-coated manila paper to improve durability and patented his design. He came upon the idea while drinking a mint julep on a hot day in Washington, D.C.

Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" premieres in Paris

Don Pasquale is an opera buffa or comic opera. The opera was first performed by the Théâtre-Italian at the Salle Ventadour in Paris with great success. It is believed to be the high point of the 19th-century opera buffa tradition.

English astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth is born

Smyth was English astronomer who was Astronomer Royal for Scotland for over 40 years. He made successful experimental observations on the peaks of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, the first use of a high-level Observatory. Smyth was very interested in the construction, dimensions, and purpose of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

George Frideric Handel's opera "Faramondo" premieres

Faramondo, HWV 39, is an opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to an Italian libretto adapted from Apostolo Zeno's Faramondo. The story is loosely based upon the legend of Pharamond, a mythological King of the Franks, circa 420 AD, and the early history of France. The opera had its first performance at King's Theatre, London.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Mel Gibson

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