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Turkey starts to build world's longest suspension bridge

The Çanakkale 1915 Bridge is a suspension bridge under construction situated at the western end of the Sea of Marmara between Gelibolu and Lapseki towns. The bridge will have a total length of 12,694 ft, and its towers will be erected in the water. It will be the longest suspension bridge in the world.

Sport Relief 2016 raises a record 55 million pounds

'Sport Relief 2016' was a fundraising event organized by Sport Relief, in association with BBC Sport. The main event included a live telethon broadcast on BBC One and BBC Two, in addition to a number of run-up events. It took place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The total sum of the donations was £55,444,906.

Bardo National Museum attack

Bardo National Museum in the city of Tunis as attacked by 3 armed militants. Tourists were attacked outside of the building and ran towards the museum, where they had been taken hostage. There were a total number of 22 victims and around 50 injured. Responsibility was claimed by the Islamic state, with the threat to commit others.

'Divergent' premieres in Los Angeles

'Divergent' is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. The film is the first installment in the 'Divergent' series and was produced by Lucy Fisher, Pouya Shabazian, and Douglas Wick, with a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor.

A West End production of 'Blithe Spirit' opens

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. Its 2014 West End production opened at the Gielgud Theatre. The play ran there until June and starred Charles Edwards, Janie Dee, Jemima Rooper, Angela Lansbury and Simon Jones.

'Glee's' 100th episode airs

The 100th episode of TV series 'Glee' aired on Fox as the 12th episode of the 5th season. It is simply named as '100'. It was divided into 2 parts, with the second part airing a week later. Kristin Chenoweth and Gwyneth Paltrow appeared again in roles of April Rhodes and Holly Holliday as special guest stars.

'Bates Motel' is released on A&E

The first season of 'Bates Motel' premiered in March 2013 and concluded in May 2013. The season consisted of 10 episodes and aired on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. The series is described as a contemporary prequel to the 1960 film 'Psycho' and follows the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the Hitchcock film.

'Once' opens on Broadway

Once is a musical based on the movie of the same name by John Carney. The Broadway production opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won 8, including Tony Award for Best Musical. In addition, it won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical for 2011-12.

MESSENGER probe enters the orbit of mercury

Its name was backronym is Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging. It also had another meaning because Mercury was the messenger of the goods in Roman mythology. The probe's job was to study Mercury's chemical composition, geology, and magnetic field. She was the first spacecraft which entered the orbit of the planet.

Barack Obama signs $38 billion jobs bill

Obama tried to raise focus on public's concerns, namely jobs. On a ceremony held at The White House, Obama signed into law a jobs bill with $18 billion tax breaks and $20 billion of different spending. It was meant to persuade the private sector to start hiring again. It was supposed to particularly benefit small businesses.

Actress Natasha Richardson dies at 45

Natasha Jane Richardson was an English actress of stage and screen. She was a member of the Redgrave family, being the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson. Richardson died in March 2009 from an epidural hematoma, after hitting her head in a skiing accident in Quebec, Canada.

'The Da Vinci Code' by Dan Brown is published

The Da Vinci Code is a novel following symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu. The novel explores an alternative religious history and has been translated into 44 languages. In 2006, a movie adaptation of the novel was released by Columbia Pictures.


Michael Jordan announces he is ending his NBA retirement

Michael Jordan announced his return to the NBA through a two-word press release: "I'm back." The next day, playing for the Chicago Bulls, he scored 19 points in a game against the Indiana Pacers. The game had the highest Nielsen rating of a regular season NBA game since 1975.


Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock

The fight between Mike Tyson and Donovan Ruddock ended with less than a minute remaining in round 7. Tyson hit Ruddock with a 6-punch combination. As a result, referee, Richard Steele, stopped the fight and awarded Tyson the victory by technical knockout.

The largest art theft in US history

At the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, two men stole 13 works of art. Among the stolen works was The Concert, one of only 34 known works by Vermeer. The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt's only known seascape, was also stolen. Degas, Manet, and Flinck by Rembrandt were stolen too.

The 8th People's Choice Awards

The American awards show People’s Choice awards recognizes people in entertainment, voted online by the general public and fans. The 8th People’s Choice Awards was hosted by Army Archerd and John Forsythe. Barbara Mandrell and Burt Reynolds were named the Favorite All-Around Male and Female Entertainers.

Torrey Canyon oil spill

The supertanker SS Torrey Canyon carried a full cargo of crude oil from Kuwait National Petroleum refinery to Milford Haven in Wales. Due to a navigational error, the tanker struck the rocks between Cornish Mainland and the Isles of Scilly. Estimated 25-36 million gallons of oil were spilled into the ocean.

First spacewalk

Soviet cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first human to leave the spacecraft in a specialized spacesuit. The extravehicular activity took 12 minutes. It did not go well. His spacesuit ballooned. He was angered by heatstroke. His body temperature increased by 1.8 °C. Leonov said he was up to his knees in sweat.


Speed skater Bonnie Blair is born

Bonnie Blair is one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. She competed for the USA in 4 Olympics, winning 5 gold medals and 1 bronze medal. After she retired from speed skating, she became a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson.

France wins the 7th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 1962 was the seventh edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, held in March 1962 at the Villa Louvigny in Luxembourg. The contest was won for a third time by France with the song 'Un premier amour', performed by Isabelle Aubret. This marked the first time a country had won three contests.

Luxembourg wins the 6th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the sixth Eurovision Song Contest held in March 1961. It was hosted in the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès located in Cannes, France, where it had been staged two years previously. Luxembourg won for its first time with the song "Nous les amoureux" performed in French by Jean-Claude Pascal.


Maurice Richard is the first NHL player who scored 50th goals of the season

Maurice Richard was the 1st player to score 50 goals in 50 games and in a season. As he approached 50 goals for the season, opposition players made violent efforts to prevent him from scoring. Despite those efforts, Richard reached the milestone by scoring in a 4–2 Montreal win.

New London School explosion

The New London school in Texas was destroyed by an explosion triggered by a natural gas leak. The explosion caused the walls of the school to bulge and lifted the roof from building before crashing back down. More than 295 people were killed by the explosion. Majority of victims were buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near New London.

South African President F. W. de Klerk is born

F. W. de Klerk served as State President of South Africa from 1989 to 1994 and as Deputy President from 1994 to 1996. Klerk's government focused on breaking up the apartheid system and introducing universal suffrage. For that, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, together with Nelson Mandela.

The first electric razor goes on sale for $25

Electric shavers, encased in sleek, black Bakelite went on sale in NYC. The person behind them was American Col. Jacob Schick, who set up his factory in Stamford, Connecticut. They sold about 3000 pieces in the first years alone, costing $25 each. Prices went down in following years, due to competition with on the market.

Tri-State Tornado

The deadliest tornado in US history spanned over a large portion of the Midwestern and Southern US. It lasted roughly 7 hours, claimed the lives of 695 people and left 2,027 injured. About 15,000 homes were destroyed, leaving thousands without shelter or food. The damage was estimated at $16.5 million at the time.

Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to 6 years imprisonment for disobedience

A British colonial court convicted Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi of civil disobedience after a protest march led to violence. Although he was sentenced to 6 years, he was released after 2 years for an appendicitis operation.

Arnold Schoenberg's 'Verklärte Nacht' premieres in Vienna

Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4, is a string sextet in one movement composed by Arnold Schoenberg. It is considered his earliest significant work, and it was composed in just 3 weeks. The work was inspired by Richard Dehmel's poem of the same name.


Dutch football club AFC Ajax is founded

AFC Ajax is based in Amsterdam and its home stadium is the Johan Cruyff Arena. The club has been the most successful club in the Netherlands, with 33 Eredivisie titles and 18 KNVB Cups. It is one of the 5 teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup.

German inventor Rudolf Diesel is born

The diesel engine has the highest efficiency of any combustion engine. They produce less carbon dioxide than other types of engines. Their exhaust, however, contains many poisonous air contaminants. Rudolf Diesel died when he was traveling to London on passenger steamer. He went overboard for unknown reasons. His death remains a mystery.

Wells Fargo is founded as a shipping company

Henry Wells and William Fargo joined with a number of other investors, in order to fill the gap in cross-country shipping. The company originally specialized in shipping from the East Coast to mining camps around northern California. In later years, it developed into an international banking and financial services company.

American Express is founded

A multinational financial corporation also known as Amex was founded as a joint stock one. It was a result of several express companies.It formerly started as an express mail business, later expanding in the area of financial services. The original headquarters was located at the Tribeca section of Manhattan, NY.

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