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Taksim attack

Suicide bombing took place at popular shopping area of İstiklal Avenue, in Istanbul. Attacked detonated the bomb while passing a group of tourists. Four people, excluding the attacker, died and 36 more were injured. Further investigation led the Turkish authorities to hold the Islamic state accountable for the attack.

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" first premieres in Mexico City

The premiere in Mexico City took place at the Auditorio Nacional. With the sales of $5.8 million, including midnight showings, it had the biggest opening day for Warner Bros. Overall, it earned $36 million in Mexico. Despite the profit, it was considered a disappointment, receiving generally unfavorable reviews from critics.

Author Arthur C. Clarke dies at 90

Arthur C. Clarke is famous for co-writing the screenplay for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. In 1961 he was awarded the Kalinga Prize, an award which is given by UNESCO for popularizing science, and in 1998, he was knighted. He died in Sri Lanka after suffering from respiratory failure.

Gamma-ray burst visible by naked eye

At 06:12 UTC the Swift satellite detected from Earth’s orbit a very strong gamma-ray burst. It was accompanied by visible light, which was observable without any special equipment. The distance of its source was calculated to be 7.5 billion light-years from a solar system. That makes it the farthest object visible to the naked eye in history.

Actor Bruce Willis is born

Willis was born in the town of Idar-Oberstein, in West Germany as a son of an American soldier and German mother. Roughly 2 years after his birth, his father took the family back to the US, settling in Carneys Point Township, New Jersey. He decided for an acting career and managed to become one of the highest-grossing actors.

Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real" premieres in NYC

Camino Real by Tennessee Williams is a play named after its setting, alluded to El Camino Real, a dead-end place in a Spanish-speaking town with sporadic transportation to the outside world. The play deals with coming to terms with the thought of growing older and becoming irrelevant.

American Academy Awards are televised for the first time

The 25th annual ceremony, also known as Oscars took place at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood and the NBC International Theatre in NYC. It was the first to be televised and held simultaneously at Hollywood and NYC. It was hosted by Conrad Nagel, Bob Hope in Hollywood and Fredric March in NYC.

Adolf Hitler issues "Nero Decree" to destroy all German factories

The Nero Decree ordered the destruction of German infrastructure to prevent their use by Allied forces as they penetrated deep into Germany at the end of WWII. Albert Speer, Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production, was responsible for carrying the decree out. 42 days after issuing the order, Hitler committed suicide.

Mexican chemist Mario J. Molina

He is one of the people who discovered the ozone hole. Molina joined the lab of American chemist Sherwood Rowland in 1973. They were both interested study of chemical properties of atoms with, and only with, excess translational energy owing to radioactive processes. In 1974 they described the process of ozone breakdown catalyzed by chlorofluorocarbons.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is opened

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic. It was designed and built by British firm Dorman Long and Co. The opening was accompanied by speeches by the Governor of New South Wales and the Minister for Public Works.

Nevada legalizes gambling

Most forms of gambling were legalized in Nevada by Assembly Bill 98. This provided a source of income for the state and helped lure in investors. Since laws on gambling were more strict in rest of the US, Las Vegas became an attractive place for certain figures and rapidly developed in following years.


Baseball player Richie Ashburn is born

Richie Ashburn was a center fielder in MLB. During his career, he played for Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and New York Mets. After ending his career as a player, he became a radio and TV commentator for the Phillies. In 1995, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Daylight saving time in the U. S.

American Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time. The main goal of its introduction was energy saving. By synchronously resetting all clocks in a region to one hour ahead of standard time all the inhabitants of that region gain an extra hour of daylight. This means that they do not use electric lights and many other machines.

The U.S. Supreme Court uphold the 8-hour work day

The constitutionality of Adamson Act had been upheld by the US Supreme Court. The act was a federal law passed in 1916. It established an 8-hour long workday and promised additional pay for working overtime. The decision to upheld the act stopped the railway unions in their preparations to go on strike.

British archaeologist John Marshall is born

He served as a Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India from 1902 to 1928 and oversaw the excavations of Harappa and Mohenjodaro. These two cities belonged to the Indus Valley Civilisation. Along with Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, it was one of cradles of civilised society and the most widespread one.

Antônio Carlos Gomes' "The Guarany" premieres in Milan

The Guarany is an opera ballo composed by Antônio Carlos Gomes, based on the José de Alencae's novel O Guarani. Its libretto was written by Antonio Scalvini and Carlo D'Ormeville. The opera was the 1st Brazilian opera to gain praise outside Brasil.

Charles Gounod's opera "Mireille" premieres in Paris

Mireille is an opera in 5 acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Michel Carré, based on the Frédéric Mistral's poem Mireio. The opera takes place in the 19th Century Provance. It premiered at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris.

Charles Gounod's opera "Faust" premieres in Paris

Faust is a grand opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré. The opera is loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust, Part One. It debuted at the Théâtre Lyrique on the Boulevard du Temple in Paris.

Boston, Massachusetts is incorporated as a city

The inhabitants of Boston voted to change the official name from the Town of Boston to the City of Boston, and the people of Boston approved the charter incorporating the City. At that time, Boston's population was about 46,226 and its area was 4.7 square miles.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1958

Andy Reid

born 1955

Bruce Willis

born 1947

Glenn Close