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Volkswagen pleads guilty in dieselgate affair

EPA had found that Volkswagen had intentionally programmed TDI diesel engines to activate their emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing which caused the vehicles' NOx output to meet US standards during regulatory testing, but emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world driving.

Final episode of "The Vampire Diaries" airs

The series finale of The Vampire Diaries named I Was Feeling Epic aired as the 16th and last episode of season 8. The episode was written by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, and directed by Julie Plec. A one-hour retrospective aired before the finale.

Wiz Khalifa releases "See You Again"

See You Again is a song by Wiz Khalifa, featuring Charlie Puth. It was commissioned for the soundtrack of the action film Furious 7 as a tribute to Paul Walker, who died in a car accident. The single spent 12 non-consecutive weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 and received 3 nominations at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.

Marvin Gaye family win $7.3 million lawsuit for music copyright infringement

Blurred Lines, a single performed by Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams, was inspired by the Marvin Gaye song called Got to Give it Up. Subsequently, the song became the subject of dispute with the family of Gaye and Bridgeport Music. As a result, Thicke and Williams were found liable for copyright infringement.

American chemist F. Sherwood Rowland dies

His best-known work was the discovery that chlorofluorocarbons contribute to ozone depletion. Rowland theorized that man-made organic compound gases combine with solar radiation and decompose in the stratosphere. This releases atoms of chlorine and chlorine monoxide. These atoms destroy ozone molecules.

Nasdaq stock index peaks before the dot-com bubble burst

NASDAQ Composite peaked at 5,132.52 but fell 78% in the following 30 months. The dot-com bubble was a historic economic bubble and period of excessive speculation, a period of extreme growth in the usage and adaptation of the Internet by businesses and consumers. During this period, many Internet-based companies were founded, many of which failed.

American television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" premieres on The WB

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon. The series tells a story of Buffy Summers, the latest in a line of young women known as Vampire Slayers, who are fated to battle against vampires, demons, and other forces of darkness.

Writer Charles Bukowski dies at 73

Bukowski was a German-American author whose work focused on the lives of poor people, writing itself or alcohol. His work has been the subject of several critical articles, despite receiving little attention from academic critics. He died at the age of 73, due to leukemia. He was buried in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Avalanche at Swiss Ski resort Klosters nearly kills Prince Charles

Prince Charles was enjoying skiing trip in Klosters ski resort with his friends when an avalanche started above them. All but two of them, Major Hugh Lindsay and Mrs. Palmer-Tomkinson, managed to avoid it. Prince and the rest of the party frantically dug them out, however, Hugh died on arrival at Davos hospital.

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko dies at 73

Chernenko, the man who led the Soviet Union for over a year and Chairman of Presidium of the Supreme Soviet fell into a developed hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver in his late years. His death was preceded by a coma. An autopsy showed that he died to a combination of damaged heart, congestive heart failure, and liver cirrhosis.

Actress Olivia Wilde is born

Olivia Wilde is known for playing Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley in the medical-drama television series House. She also played in the films Alpha Dog, Drinking Buddies, Her, or Rush. She is an advocate for feminism, in 2017 she participated in the Women's March in Washington, D.C.

Singer Carrie Underwood is born

Carrie Underwood is a country singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to prominence as the winner of the 4th season of American Idol. In 2005, she released her debut album called Some Hearts, including singles such as Jesus, Take the Wheel and Before He Cheats. She won 3 Grammy Awards for the album.

Gloria Gaynor is at No. 1 on the US singles chart with "I Will Survive"

I Will Survive is a song recorded by Gloria Gaynor, and written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. The song's lyrics describe the narrator's discovery of personal strength following a devastating breakup. It has sold 14 million copies worldwide.

Producer Timbaland is born

Timbaland is a famous producer for R&B and hip hop artists. He has cooperated with many musicians, including Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtrado, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Madonna, Rihanna and One Republic. So far, he has received 18 Grammy nominations and won 4 of them.

Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" & "I Can Do It"

The Singer and I Can Do It are songs included in a box set by Barbra Streisand called Just for the Record. The Singer was written by Walter Marks, and I Can Do It was written by Johnny Worth. The whole set includes a variety of Streisand's performances recorded between 1955 and 1988.

Dutch physicist Frits Zernike dies

He invented the Phase-contrast microscopy. It is an optical-microscopy technique that converts phase shifts in light passing through a transparent specimen to brightness changes in the image. Phase-contrast microscopy is particularly important in biology. It reveals many cellular structures that are not visible with a simpler bright-field microscope.

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward is born

Prince Edward was born at Buckingham Palace as the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. His baptism took place at Windsor Castle. He obtained a degree as Master of Arts at Cambridge. Followed this, he spent some time with Royal Marines, commissioned musical and formed TV production company.

Tennessee Williams' "Sweet Bird of Youth" premieres in NYC

Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth tells a story of a gigolo Chance Wayne returning to his hometown. The premiere at Broadway took place at the Martin Beck Theatre. Subsequently, it was nominated for 3 Tony Awards. The play was later referenced in songs and movies, and there was also a movie and TV adaptation.

Islamic militant and terrorist Osama bin Laden is born

Bin Laden was born in Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia to the family of billionaire father. He was raised as a devout Sunni Muslim. After the university, he joined a militant group fighting against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Years later, he established Al-Qaeda and declared war on the US, initiating series of bombing attacks.

Military coup is led by General Fulgencio Batista in Cuba

Fulgencio Batista was the former president of Cuba and later dictator, backed by the US. During another presidency race, he was in a distant third position. However, being backed by the army, he staged a coup and seized the power. Following this, he took control of the country as provisional president, after canceling the elections.

Actor Chuck Norris is born

Chuck Norris appeared in many action films, such as Way of the Dragon, Good Guys Wear Black, The Octagon, Lone Wolf McQuade, or Code of Silence. He also played the title role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger. As a martial artist, he won many championships and has founded his own school of fighting.

The 10th Academy Awards are held

The 10th Academy Awards were hosted by Bob Burns at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Leo McCarey was awarded the Best Director prize for his film called The Awful Truth. The Life of Emile Zola has received the award for Outstanding Production.

Long Beach earthquake

The 1933 Long Beach earthquake took place on March 10 at 5:54 P.M. PST south of downtown Los Angeles. The epicenter was offshore, southeast of Long Beach, California, on the Newport–Inglewood Fault. The earthquake had a moment magnitude of 6.4 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe). Damage to buildings was widespread throughout Southern California. An estimated forty million dollars' worth of property damage resulted, and 115 to 120 fatalities. The majority of the fatalities resulted from people running out of buildings exposing themselves to the falling debris.


England football club Chelsea F.C. is founded

Chelsea F.C. is a professional football club in London, England, that competes in the Premier League. Since its foundation, the club's home is Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's regular colors are royal blue shirts and shorts with white socks. In 2017, the club was ranked by Forbes magazine as the 7th most valuable football club in the world.

Telephone switch

A telephone exchange is a telecommunications system used in the public switched telephone network or in large enterprises. An exchange consists of electronic components and in older systems also human operators that interconnect (switch) telephone subscriber lines or virtual circuits of digital systems to establish telephone calls between subscribers.

"Mr. Watson, come here!"

American innovator Alexander Graham Bell made the first call by his new invention, the telephone. He called his assistant Thomas A. Watson. He said: “Mr. Watson — Come here — I want to see you. — I want to see you.” Bell himself, however, considered his invention intrusive and refused to have the telephone in his study.

First call

Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson became the first people to talk on the phone. Thomas A. Watson was Bell's assistant. First words over the telephone were: "Mr. Watson – Come here – I want you." There is, however, some dispute over this issue. A telephone is the result of work of many people but Alexander Bell first patented it.

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