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Roger Federer wins his 100th ATP singles title overall

Federer displayed a level of comfort on Centre Court that can be expected from someone who had previously won the event seven times. Trading body blows with 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, the Next Gen ATP champion 17 years his junior, the Swiss legend secured his 100th tour-level title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the soon-to-be Greek World No. 10.

Lizama River oil spill

The spill began at the Lizama 158 oil well, which was operated by the state-owned company Ecopetrol. An oil spill of approximately 550 barrels has killed more than 2,400 fish, birds and reptiles near the city of Barrancabermeja, Colombia.

Gunmen attack the French embassy in Ouagadougou

At least eight heavily armed militants launched an assault on key locations throughout Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. Targets included the French embassy and the headquarters of Burkina Faso's military. Eight people were arrested in connection to the attack including two military officers.

Snapchat stocks surge 44% in market debut on Wall Street

Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University, and developed by Snap Inc., originally Snapchat Inc. During Snapchat's debut on Wall Street in March 2017, it's stocks rose up to 44 percent.

'Significant Other' opens on Broadway at the Booth Theatre

Significant Other is an American play written by Joshua Harmon, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2015, followed by a Broadway production at the Booth Theatre in 2017. Directed by Trip Cullman, the cast featured Gideon Glick as Jordan, with John Behlmann. It marked the Broadway debuts for both playwright Harmon and director Cullman.

Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth after 340 days in space

In 2012, Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko were selected for a year-long mission to the ISS. Their year in space began with the launch of Soyuz TMA-16M in 2015, and they remained on the station for Expeditions 43, 44, 45, and 46. The mission ended in 2016, with the departure of Soyuz TMA-18M from the station.

The Longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight

Emirates is the world's fourth largest airline in scheduled revenue passenger-kilometers flown, the fourth-largest in terms of international passengers carried, and the second-largest in terms of freight tonne kilometers flown. From 2016 to 2017 Emirates had the longest non-stop commercial flight from Dubai to Auckland.

The 86th Academy Awards are the most watched Oscars since 2000

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the AMPAS, honored the best films of 2013 and took place in March 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, LA. During the ceremony, the AMPAS presented Oscars in 24 categories. Actress Ellen DeGeneres hosted the show for the second time, having previously hosted the 79th ceremony held in 2007.

Sarah Ruhl's 'Stage Kiss' opens Off-Broadway

Following her Tony Award-nominated Best Play In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Sarah Ruhl released her play Stage Kiss in 2011. It premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The play was directed by Jessica Thebus.

Tornado outbreak in Ohio Valley

A large section of the Ohio Valley was hit by a deadly tornado outbreak, with 70 recorded tornadoes. The disaster caused the deaths of 41 people and left many more injured. Officials estimated the damage costs to $3.1 billion. It was the 2nd deadliest outbreak in early March for the US, since official records began in 1950.

Steve Jobs launches Apple's iPad 2

The iPad 2 is a tablet designed, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. Compared to the first iPad, as the second model in the iPad line it gained a faster dual core A5 processor, a lighter build structure, and was the first iPad to feature VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTime video calling.

'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' debuts on NBC

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Fallon. The show premiered in 2009 with Robert De Niro, Justin Timberlake, Nick Carter and Van Morrison appearing as Fallon's first guests. Former Late Night host Conan O'Brien also made a cameo appearance in the beginning.

Dmitry Medvedev wins Russian presidential election

Medvedev, whose candidacy was supported by Vladimir Putin and five political parties, received 71% of the vote. The fairness of the election was disputed, with official monitoring groups giving conflicting reports. The European election monitoring group PACE characterized the election as "neither free nor fair."

Prudhoe Bay oil spill

The Prudhoe Bay oil spill was an oil spill that was discovered at a pipeline owned by BP Exploration, Alaska in western Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Initial estimates of the five-day leak said that up to 267,000 US gallons were spilled over 1.9 acres, making it the largest oil spill on Alaska's north slope to date.

Ashura Bombings

The Ashura massacre in Iraq was a series of planned terrorist explosions that killed at least 178 and injured at least 500 Iraqi Shi'a Muslims commemorating the Day of Ashura. The bombings brought one of the deadliest days in the Iraq occupation after the Iraq War to topple Saddam Hussein.

Data indicates that moon Europa has a liquid ocean

The data Galileo collected supported the theory of a liquid ocean under the icy surface of Europa, and there were indications of similar liquid-saltwater layers under the surfaces of Ganymede and Callisto. Ganymede was shown to possess a magnetic field and the spacecraft found new evidence for exospheres around Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

Yahoo! is incorporated

Yahoo! is a web services provider that is wholly owned by Verizon Communications under Oath Inc., and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The original Yahoo! company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated in March 1995. Yahoo was one of the pioneers of the early Internet era in the 1990s.

Fermilab announce the discovery of the top quark

Existence of top quark was postulated in 1973 by Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Maskawa to explain the observed CP violations in kaon decay, and was discovered in 1995 by the CDF and DØ experiments at Fermilab. Kobayashi and Maskawa won the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics for the prediction of the top and bottom quark.


Teemu Selanne sets new rookie record for goals

Teemu Selänne finished the season with 16 multi-goal games, including 4 hat-tricks and a four-goal game, en route to breaking the NHL record for goals by a rookie. He scored his 110th point, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, to break Peter Šťastný's rookie points record.


Mario Lemieux returns after cancer treatment

Mario Lemieux was forced to undergo energy-draining aggressive radiation treatments, leaving his career and possibly his survival in doubt. He missed two months of play, and without him, the Penguins struggled. When he returned, he was 12 points behind Buffalo's Pat LaFontaine in the scoring race.

'Like a Prayer' premieres on worldwide Pepsi commercial

In January 1989, while the music video for "Like a Prayer" was still being filmed, Pepsi-Cola announced that they had signed Madonna for US$5 million deal to feature the singer and the song for the company's TV commercial. Madonna wanted to use the commercial to launch "Like a Prayer" globally before its actual release.

The 30th Grammy Awards are held

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards were held in March 1988, at Radio City Music Hall, New York City. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Album of the Year went to U2 for The Joshua Tree, and Song of the Year went to Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and James Horner for "Somewhere Out There".

Earthquake hits Edgecumbe

The 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake measured 6.5 on the moment magnitude scale and struck the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand. The most damage was in the towns of Edgecumbe, Te Teko, Kawerau, Matata and Thornton. Twenty-five people suffered injuries that needed medical attention, but no-one was killed.

Columbia Center in Seattle is opened

Columbia Center is a 76-story skyscraper and the tallest building in Seattle, just as well as in the state of Washington. It was opened roughly 3 months after its completion. It was primarily leased for various companies, however, there are retail spaces at lower floors and public observatory on the 73rd floor.

Wham! start a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart

Make It Big is the second studio album from British pop duo Wham!, released in 1984. The album was a critical and commercial success, hitting number one in both the UK and the US and spawning four singles, all topping the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It was certified 6× Platinum in the US within weeks of the album's tenth anniversary.


Stuttgart, and Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi is born in Brazil

Kevin Dennis Kurányi is a German-Brazilian retired footballer of Hungarian and Panamanian descent. He played as a striker and possessed great aerial ability and finishing skills. From 2003 to 2008, Kurányi was part of the German national team, for which he scored 19 goals in 52 games.

First non-American or Soviet astronaut

Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 28 was launched to the Salyut 6 space station. The crew consisted of Soviet citizen Aleksei Gubarev and Czechoslovak citizen Vladimir Remek. Remek was the first person launched into space who was not a citizen of the United States or the Soviet Union. His flight was the first mission of the Intercosmos program which gave Soviet satellite states access to space.

The first woman receives American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television, and theater. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue ten Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Concorde's first flight

British-French supersonic passenger jet Concorde took off for the first time. The prototype 001 flew from Toulouse airport in France. Test pilot Captain Andre Turcat landed after just 28 minutes. He maintained subsonic speed during the flight. His landing gear was in the down position. Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years.

Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony

Shostakovich decided his work should be designated as a symphony, rather than a song cycle. He wanted to emphasize on the unity of the work musically and philosophically. It consists of 11 linked movements, each a setting of a poem by 4 authors. Most of the poems are about unjust or early death.


Phil Esposito becomes the first NHL player to score 100 points in a season

Phil Esposito, a former Canadian ice hockey player, became the 1st NHL player to score 100 points in a season. He scored the 100th point in a game between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Garden. He finished the season with 126 points.

'The Sound of Music' is released

The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise, and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, with Richard Haydn and Eleanor Parker. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 stage musical of the same name, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.

US Air Force begins Operation Rolling Thunder

Operation Rolling Thunder was the title of a gradual and sustained aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the U.S. 2nd Air Division, U.S. Navy, and Republic of Vietnam Air Force against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The operation became the most intense air/ground battle waged during the Cold War period.


Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points

Wilt Chamberlain set the single-game scoring record in the NBA by scoring 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors in a 169–147 win over the New York Knicks at Hershey Sports Arena. That season, Chamberlain averaged a record 50.4 points per game.

Elvis Presley releases 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy'

"Lawdy Miss Clawdy" is a rhythm and blues song released in 1952 by New Orleans singer and songwriter Lloyd Price who introduced The New Orleans Sound. In 1956, four years after its release, Elvis Presley made his own cover of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy". The song was also covered by many famous musicians like Little Richard or The Beatles.


The first NBA All-Star Game

The 1951 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played in March 1951, at Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Boston Celtics. The game was the first edition of the National Basketball Association All-Star Game and was played during the 1950–51 NBA season.

Ho Chi Minh is elected President of North Vietnam

Hồ Chí Minh was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was Chairman and First Secretary of the Workers' Party of Vietnam. He was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, as well as the People's Army of Vietnam and the Việt Cộng during the Vietnam War.

British Egyptologist Howard Carter dies

He is known for the discovery of the intact tomb of King Tutankhamun. He was employed by English archaeology enthusiast Lord Carnarvon as a supervisor of his private expedition. In the time of the expedition, the Valley of Kings was considered exhausted. Carter went back to the location which was abandoned a few seasons earlier.

'King Kong' premieres in NYC

King Kong is a 1933 American pre-Code monster adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. It opened at the 6,200-seat Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the 3,700-seat RKO Roxy across the street in March 1933. Over the four-day period of its projection, the film grossed $89,931.

Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev is born

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a Russian and former Soviet politician. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev was born in Stavropol Krai into a peasant Ukrainian–Russian family, and in his teens, operated combine harvesters on collective farms.

Actress Jennifer Jones is born

Jennifer Jones was an American actress during Hollywood's golden years. Jones, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Song of Bernadette, was also Academy Award-nominated for her performances in 4 other films. She was married 3 times, most notably to film producer David O. Selznick.

Actor Desi Arnaz is born

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III, better known as Desi Arnaz or Desi Arnaz, Sr., was a Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer. He is best remembered for his role as Ricky Ricardo on the American television series sitcom I Love Lucy. He co-starred on that show with Lucille Ball, to whom he was married at the time.

US Steel becomes the world's first company worth over $1 billion

The U.S. Steel is an American integrated steel producer headquartered in Pittsburgh, with production operations in the U.S., Canada, and Central Europe. At one time, it was the largest steel producer and largest corporation in the world. It was capitalized at $1.4 billion ($41.18 billion today), making it the world's 1st billion-dollar corporation.

Territory of Washington is organized

The Territory of Washington was an organized incorporated territory of the United States. It was created from the portion of the Oregon Territory north of the lower Columbia River and north of the 46th parallel east of the Columbia. At its largest extent, it also included the entirety of modern Idaho and parts of Montana and Wyoming.

German astronomer Heinrich Olbers dies

He is known for the dark night sky paradox, often called Olbers' paradox in his honor. It is the argument that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal static universe. Olbers also discovered the minor planet Vesta, second-most-massive and second-largest body in the asteroid belt.

Territory of Arkansas is organized

Arkansaw Territory was created from the portion of the Missouri Territory lying south of a point on the Mississippi River at 36 degrees north latitude running west to the St. Francis River, then followed the river to 36 degrees 30 minutes north latitude, then west to the territorial boundary.

U.S. Congress outlaws import of slaves

The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves is a United States federal law that stated that no new slaves were permitted to be imported into the United States. This legislation was promoted by President Thomas Jefferson, who called for its enactment in his State of the Union Address.

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