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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.

The 86th Academy Awards are held

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.

Video game Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is released

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a 2010 first-person shooter video game developed by the Swedish firm EA DICE and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PS3, X360, iOS and Kindle Fire systems. It is a direct sequel to Battlefield: Bad Company and is part of the Battlefield game series. It was released worldwide in March 2010.

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."

Video game The Sims 2: Open for Business is released

The Sims 2: Open for Business is the 3rd expansion pack for The Sims 2, released in March 2006, which allows Sims to run a home or community lot based business. Although it is not a direct reimagining of Open for Business, The Sims 3: Ambitions introduces a theme of following playable sims to work and creating salable items using numerous skills.

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.


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.


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.

"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".

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.

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.

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.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin is born

Christopher Anthony John Martin is an English singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and philanthropist. Born in Whitestone, near Exeter in Devon, Martin went to University College London where he formed a rock band with Jonny Buckland in 1996 called Pectoralz, which was eventually renamed Coldplay in 1998.

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.

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.

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.

Actor Daniel Craig is born

In 1992, Daniel Craig debuted in the drama The Power of One. He achieved international fame as the 6th actor to play the role of James Bond, taking over from Pierce Brosnan. Besides that, he appeared in the films including The Golden Compass, Defiance, Cowboys & Aliens or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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.

"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.


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.

Jon Bon Jovi is born

John Francis Bongiovi Jr., is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor. Jon Bon Jovi is best known as the founder and frontman of the rock band Bon Jovi, that was formed in 1983. He has released 2 solo albums and 12 studio albums with his band, which to date have sold over 130 million albums worldwide.

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.

Writer D. H. Lawrence dies of tuberculosis at 44

Health state of Lawrence took quite a hit on his third visit to Mexico. He suffered a fatal attack of malaria and tuberculosis. He never truly recovered and was left ill and in poor health, unable to travel for rest of his life. He died at the Villa Robermond in Vence, France, from severe complications of tuberculosis.

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.

Children's Author Dr. Seuss is born

Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, US. During his studies at the Dartmouth College, he was writing for humor magazine and rose to the rank of editor-in-chief. He started pursuing a career as an author, signing his works as Dr. Seuss. Under this name, he authored more than 60 children's book over the years.

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.

Composer Bedřich Smetana is born

Bedřich Smetana was born in Litomyšl, east of Prague in Czechia. He was introduced to music at the age of 6 by his father. He decided to pursue a musical career. After few years of studying, he set out on a tour with little success. He composed operas, with much greater success. He is known as the father of Czech music.

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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