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Pedestrian bridge collapses onto highway

A 175-foot-long, recently-made section of the FIU-Sweetwater UniversityCity pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the Tamiami Trail, resulting in six deaths and eight injuries, and eight vehicles were crushed underneath. An examination carried out by the Federal Highway Administration discovered faults in the design of the bridge.

Givenchy appoints it first female designer, Clare Waight Keller

In 2017, Clare Waight Keller was appointed artistic director of haute couture and ready-to-wear for women and men at Givenchy. Replacing Riccardo Tisci, she was the first woman to hold the position at the company.

Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast"

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. In Malaysia, the Film Censorship Board insisted the "gay moment" scene, where LeFou briefly waltzes with Stanley, to be cut, prompting an indefinite postponement of its release by Disney.

AlphaGo artificial intelligence wins Go

AlphaGo, a computer Go program developed artificial intelligence company DeepMind, defeated Lee Sedol, 18-time world champion in Go. The match took place in Seoul, South Korea. AlphaGo won four times in five games. The match has been compared with the historic chess match between Deep Blue computer and Garry Kasparov.

Justin Timberlake releases album “The 20/20 Experience”

The 20/20 Experience is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released in March 2013, by RCA Records, as the follow-up to his second studio album FutureSex/LoveSounds. It is considered the first half of a two-piece project, later being supplemented by his fourth studio album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.

Beginning of the Syrian Civil War

The unrest in Syria, part of a wider wave of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, grew out of discontent with the Syrian government and escalated to an armed conflict after protests calling for Assad's removal were suppressed. International organizations have accused virtually all sides involved of severe human rights violations and of massacres.

Sasha Baron Cohen marries Australian actress Isla Fisher

Baron Cohen first met actress Isla Fisher in 2002 at a party in Sydney, Australia. The couple became engaged in 2004. Subsequent to Fisher's conversion to Judaism, the two married in 2010 in Paris, France in a Jewish ceremony. Baron Cohen and Fisher have three children.

A revival of "Blithe Spirit" opens on Broadway

Blithe Spirit is a comic play written by Noël Coward, about novelist Charles Condomine who ends up being haunted by the ghost of his 1st wife. Since its premiere in 1941, the play went through a number of different productions. The 2009 Broadway revival took place at the Shubert Theatre and was directed by Michael Blakemore.

Gërdec explosions

The methodical destruction of the old ammo was supposed to occur with a series of small, controlled explosions, but a chain of events led to the entire stockpile going up at once. The main explosion destroyed hundreds of houses within a few kilometers from the depot. Albanian authorities confirmed 26 deaths in the explosions.

Bourbonnais train crash

The 1999 Bourbonnais, Illinois, train crash was a collision between Amtrak's southbound City of New Orleans passenger train and a semi-trailer truck in the village of Bourbonnais, Illinois, near the city of Kankakee. Most of the train derailed, killing 11 people.

The Spice Girls top the UK singles chart with "Mama"

"Mama" is a song by the British girl group the Spice Girls. Released as the album's fourth single in March 1997, it became their fourth consecutive number-one single in the United Kingdom, which made the Spice Girls the first act in UK chart history to have its first four singles reach number one.

"Starlight Express" opens on Broadway

Starlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Webber and Richard Stilgoe, known for being performed on roller skates. The Broadway production of the musical opened at the Gershwin Theatre, running there for 761 performances. John Napier won a Tony Award for Best Costume Design and in addition 2 Drama Desk Awards.

Collapse of Hotel New World

The collapse of the Hotel New World was Singapore's deadliest civil disaster since the Spyros disaster in 1978. The six-storey building situated at the junction of Serangoon Road and Owen Road rapidly collapsed, trapping 50 people beneath the rubble. Seventeen people were rescued, whereas 33 people were killed.


Larry Holmes beats David Bey for heavyweight boxing title

Bey beat Greg Page in 1984 for the United States Boxing Association's heavyweight championship to run his pro record to 14-0. He lost his next fight to Holmes, who was then the International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion, via 10th-round technical knockout in 1985 in Las Vegas.

Internet's first domain is registered

The first commercial Internet domain name, in the TLD com, was registered with the name symbolics.com by Symbolics Inc., a computer systems firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the first quarter of 2015, 294 million domain names had been registered.

The 10th People's Choice Awards are held

The 10th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1983, were held in 1984. They were broadcast on CBS and hosted by Andy Williams. Michael Jackson won the Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer award and Barbara Mandrell with Barbra Streisand won the Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer award.

Led Zeppelin top the UK chart with their double album "Physical Graffiti"

Physical Graffiti is the 6th studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released as a double album in February 1975 by their newly founded imprint label Swan Song Records. The band wrote and recorded 8 new songs for the album at Headley Grange, which stretched the total time of the record beyond the typical length of a single LP.

"Killing Me Softly With His Song" is at #1 on the Billboard chart

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The song was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman, who recorded the song in late 1971. In 1973 it became a number-one hit in the US and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart.

"The Godfather" premieres in NYC

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. The world premiere of The Godfather took place in New York City in March 1972, almost three months after the planned release date of Christmas Day in 1971.


Bobby Orr becomes the fourth NHL player to get 100 points in one season

Playing for the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr became the 1st defenseman in the NHL history to score 100 points in a season. He entered the game with 97 points and reached the milestone by scoring 2 goals and assisting on 2 more in a 5–5 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden.

Tommy Roe is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Dizzy"

"Dizzy" is a song originally recorded by Tommy Roe, with instrumental backing from L.A. session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, which was an international hit single in 1969. Co-written by Roe and Freddy Weller, "Dizzy" was a major hit, reaching #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in March 1969.

My Fair Lady opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story is about Eliza Doolittle who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins. The original Broadway production starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews.

Iranian oil industry is nationalized

The nationalization of the Iran oil industry movement was a movement in the Iranian parliament to nationalize Iran's oil industry. The legislation led to the nationalization of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. The movement was led by Mohammad Mosaddegh, a member of the Majlis for the National Front and future prime minister of Iran.

Hitler occupies and annexes Czechoslovakia

The occupation of Czechoslovakia began with the German annexation of Czechoslovakia's northern and western border regions, known collectively as the Sudetenland, under terms outlined by the Munich Agreement. Adolf Hitler's pretext for this action was the alleged privations suffered by the ethnic German population living in those regions. New and extensive Czechoslovak border fortifications were also located in the same area.

American physician E. Donnall Thomas is born

He is celebrated as an inventor of the bone marrow transplantation. It was the first practical stem cell therapy. It is used for the treatment of various cancers of the blood or bone marrow, such as multiple myeloma or leukemia. The recipient's immune system is destroyed with radiation or chemotherapy before the transplantation.

UK luxury car maker Rolls-Royce is founded

Rolls-Royce Limited owned a British luxury car and aero-engine manufacturing business founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated as a vehicle for their ownership of their Rolls-Royce business.

Christopher Columbus returns from his first voyage

After spending almost a week in Portugal, Columbus returned to Spain. He discovered Santo Domingo a Cuba, although he wanted to sail to India. The largest of his three ships, Santa Maria, run aground and had to be abandoned. Columbus also noticed the difference between magnetic and geodetic north, although he did not discover it first.

Julius Caesar is stabbed to death by Brutus

The assassination of Julius Caesar was the result of a conspiracy by many Roman senators. Led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus, and Marcus Junius Brutus, they stabbed Julius Caesar to death in a location adjacent to the Theatre of Pompey. The ramifications of the assassination led to the Liberators' civil war and, ultimately, to the Principate period of the Roman Empire.

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