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Flight BS211 crashes in Nepal

US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211 was a scheduled international passenger flight by US-Bangla Airlines from Dhaka to Kathmandu. The aircraft serving the flight, a 78-seater Bombardier Dash 8 Q400, crashed on landing, and burst into flames. There were 67 passengers and 4 crew members on board; 52 people died, while 19 survived.

'The Boss Baby' premieres at the Miami

The Boss Baby is an American computer-animated comedy film loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee and produced by DreamWorks Animation. The movie premiered at the Miami International Film Festival, and was released by 20th Century Fox at the end of this month.

'Come From Away' opens on Broadway

Come from Away is a musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The story is set in Gander, a small town in Canada, during Operation Yellow Ribbon, week after the September 11 attacks. The Broadway production ran at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It won several awards, including the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.

Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried is married to actor Thomas Sadoski

Seyfried began dating actor and The Last Word co-star Thomas Sadoski early in 2016. The couple confirmed their engagement later that year, and in 2017, they got married and had a private ceremony in secret. Consequently, it was announced that Seyfried had given birth to the couple's first child, a daughter.

East Harlem gas explosion

The 2014 East Harlem gas explosion occurred at 9:31 a.m. on March 12, 2014, in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. The explosion leveled two apartment buildings located just north of 116th Street, at 1644 and 1646 Park Avenue, killing eight people, injuring at least 70 others, and displacing 100 families.

Methane hydrate extraction

Japanese state company JOGMEC becomes the first to successfully extract methane hydrate from the seabed. It is a compound in which a large amount of methane is trapped within a crystal structure of water, forming a solid similar to ice. The sedimentary methane hydrate reservoir probably contains 2–10 times the currently known reserves of conventional natural gas.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time' premieres

Simon Stephens wrote the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time based on Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name. After its original production at Royal National Theatre in London, the play transferred to the Apollo Theatre in the West End. The production ran there until the roof collapsed and a new theatre was sought.

'Hunger Games' premieres in Los Angeles

The Hunger Games is an American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. At the time of its release, the film's opening weekend gross of $152.5 million was the third-largest of any movie in North America.

Bernard Madoff pleads guilty for the biggest fraud in Wall Street history

The Madoff investment scandal was a major case of stock and securities fraud. Bernard Madoff, the former NASDAQ Chairman and founder of the Wall Street firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC, admitted that the wealth management arm of his business was an elaborate Ponzi scheme.

TV website hulu goes live

Hulu is an American entertainment company that provides "over-the-top media services". It is primarily oriented towards instant streaming of television series, carrying current and past episodes of many series from its owners' respective television networks and other content partners.

'Ice Age' premieres

Ice Age directed by Chris Wedge features the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary. It tells a story of Manny, a no-nonsense wooly mammoth, who meets Sid, a loudmouthed ground sloth. Together they find a human baby, and they set out to return the baby.

Gritty crime drama 'The Shield' premieres on FX

The Shield is an American crime drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered in 2002, on FX in the United States, and concluded in 2008, after seven seasons. The series was created by Shawn Ryan and The Barn Productions for Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television.

Several bombs explode in Mumbai, India

The 1993 Bombay bombings were a series of 12 bomb explosions that took place in Mumbai, India. The coordinated attacks were the most-destructive bomb explosions in Indian history. These were the first serial-bomb-blasts of their kind in the world. The single-day attacks resulted in 257 fatalities and 713 injuries.

The 15th People's Choice Awards are held

The 15th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1988, were held in 1989. They were broadcast on CBS. Some of the highlights were Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman winning the Favorite Actor/Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture Award and Bill Cosby and Cher receiving the Favorite All Around Male/Female Star Award.

Rick Astley is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Never Gonna Give You Up" is a song by British singer and songwriter Rick Astley, released as a single in July 1987. It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was a worldwide #1 hit, initially in the UK in 1987 where it was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the US.

'Les Miserables' opens at Broadway for 4000+ performances

After running in the US for several weeks, the musical Les Misérables got to Broadway. It premiered at The Broadway Theatre. It continued to run there. Until 1990, when it moved to the Imperial Theatre. The original run lasted 16 years, making it the 2nd longest-running Broadway musical at the time.


Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

Playing for Boston Celtics, Larry Bird scored a career-high and franchise record 60 points in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. The game took place in New Orleans and the Celtics won 126–115. At the end of the year, Bird was named Most Valuable Player for the 2nd consecutive season.

The 11th People's Choice Awards

The 11th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1984, were held in 1985. They were broadcast on CBS and hosted by John Forsythe. Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood won the Favorite Motion Picture Actor/Actress Awards and Beverly Hills Cop won the Favorite Motion Picture Award.

U2 score their first UK #1 album with 'War'

War is the third studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Steve Lillywhite, and was released in February 1983 on Island Records. War was a commercial success for the band, knocking Michael Jackson's Thriller from the top of the charts to become the band's first number-one album in the UK.


Gordie Howe starts his first game at center next to his sons

Playing for the Hartford Whalers, 51-year-old Gordie Howe started his 1st NHL game at center, with sons Mark at left wing and Marty at right wing in a game against the Red Wings. After one season with the Hartford Whalers, Gordie Howe retired at the age of 52.

Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

McCartney married his first wife, Linda Eastman, and in August, the couple had their first child, Mary, named after his late mother. After the Beatles' break-up, the two collaborated musically and formed Wings in 1971.


Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record

Bobby Hull became the 1st NHL player to score more than 50 goals in a season, surpassing Maurice Richard and Bernie Geoffrion. His 51st goal against the New York Rangers earned him a 7-minute standing ovation from the Chicago Stadium spectators. He scored 54 goals that season.

US union leader Hoffa is sentenced to eight years for bribery

Hoffa became involved with organized crime from the early years of his Teamsters work, and this connection continued until his disappearance. He was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud in two separate trials. He resigned as president of the union as part of a pardon agreement with President Richard Nixon.

The third Eurovision Song Contest

The third Eurovision Song Contest took place in Hilversum, Netherlands, following the country's win at the 1957 Contest, forming the convention that the winning country of the previous ESC hosts the following year's contest. The winner was France with the song "Dors, mon amour", performed by André Claveau.

Llandow Air disaster

The Llandow air disaster was, at that time, the world's worst air disaster with a total of 80 fatalities. The aircraft, an Avro Tudor V, had been privately hired to fly rugby union enthusiasts to and from an international game in Ireland. On the return flight the aircraft stalled and crashed on its approach to land.

US President Harry Truman introduces Truman-doctrine to fight communism

Truman announced the doctrine centered on American foreign policy to the Congress. He meant to support free people, resisting outside pressure in order to counter Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. It shifted the American policy to that of a containment of Soviet expansion, instead of tolerating it.

Jewish victim of the Nazi Holocaust Anne Frank dies

Anne Frank was a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, who died at the age of 15 in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. She died few days before the camp was liberated by British soldiers, due to the typhus that spread through the camp. Anne gained fame posthumously when her diaries were published as „The Diary of a Young Girl“.

FDR conducts his first "fireside chat"

Roosevelt started a practice of evening radio broadcasts, meant to address the problems country faced. His first „chat“ was about the Emergency Banking Act, as a response to the banking crisis. It was broadcasted on Sunday evening from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House and took roughly 14 minutes.

Mohandas Gandhi begins 240 miles march protesting British salt tax

An event is known as Salt March, or Dandi March, was meant as a protest against the taxation on salt production. The taxes were introduced by British officials and deemed the sea-salt reclamation illegal. The march lasted 24 days and it was one of the most significant organized challenges to British authority in India.

American astronaut Wally Schirra is born

He was the only man who flew Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Schirra was originally a naval pilot, later test pilot. He was selected for the first astronaut training programme and became one of the original Mercury Seven. In summary, Schirra spent 12 days 7 hours and 12 minutes in space. He retired from the navy after the Apollo 7 flight.

American physicist C. Guy Suits is born

He is known as the director of the General Electric research laboratory. His team created artificial diamonds by subjecting carbon to the high pressure and temperature without a metal catalyst, which was used previously. Suits held patents in various fields, for example, railway signal improvements, radio circuits or submarine signals.

Coca-Cola is bottled and sold for the first time

The popular soft drink Coca-Cola was bottled for the first time in Vicksburg by Joseph A. Biedenharn, a local confectioner. Today, surviving 19th-century Biedenharn soda bottles are prized by collectors of Coca-Cola memorabilia. His original candy store has been renovated as the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum.


Andrew Watson becomes the first black international footballer

Andrew Watson is widely considered to be the world's first black person to play association football at international level. He played three matches for Scotland between 1881 and 1882. Arthur Wharton was commonly thought to be Britain's first black player, but Watson's career predated him by over a decade.

Publisher Adolph Ochs is born

Adolph Simon Ochs was an American newspaper publisher and former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times. Ochs was born to a Jewish family in Cincinnati. His parents, Julius Ochs and Bertha Levy, were both German immigrants.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Simon Boccanegra' premieres in Venice

The premiere of Verdi's opera, Simon Boccanegra, took place at Teatro La Fenice. It was praised for fidelity of the music and elegance of the orchestration by critics. Despite this, the opera itself was not a popular success, as it was not received warmly by the audience. Following this, Verdi himself assessed it as a fiasco.

Abel Tasman see New Zealand for the first time

He was the first European who saw it. Later he anchored his two ships, Heemskerck and Zeehaen, at the northern end of the South Island in Golden Bay. Four of his sailors were killed by local Māori. At least one Māori man was hit by a canister shot. Tasman named the bay Murderers' Bay. Next European visitor of new Zeeland was James Cook in 1769.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1945

Anne Frank

born 1946

Liza Minnelli

born 1947

Mitt Romney