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Carmen Cusack debuts on Broadway in 'Bright Star'

Cusack originated the role of Alice Murphy in early workshops of the Steve Martin/Edie Brickell musical and led “Bright Star” 8 shows a week throughout its Broadway run. Cusack earned rave reviews and a Tony nomination for her star-making portrayal of Alice Murphy, a precocious teen who grows up to be a Southern magazine editor.


Ajax legend Johan Cruyff dies aged 68

Cruyff died at the age of 68, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. His lung cancer had metastasized to his brain and a week before his death he had begun to lose his ability to speak as well as movement on his left side. He was cremated in Barcelona within 24 hours following his death. A private ceremony was held, attended only by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Deliberate crash by co-pilot kills all 150 passengers

A crash occurred during the flight from Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain to Düsseldorf Airport in Germany, operated by Germanwings. The aircraft crashed 100 kilometers north-west of Nice in the French Alps. It was Germanwings' first fatal crash in the 18-year history of the company.

McNally's 'Mothers and Sons' opens on Broadway

Mothers and Sons opened on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre after previews. Directed by Sheryl Kaller, the cast stars Tyne Daly as Katharine Gerard, Frederick Weller, Bobby Steggert and Grayson Taylor. The scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Jeff Croiter and sound by Nevin Steinberg.

'The Book of Mormon' premieres on Broadway

The show opened on Broadway after nearly 7 years of development. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded indifferently; however, they did purchase advertising space in its playbill in later runs. The Book of Mormon garnered overwhelmingly positive critical responses, and set records in ticket sales for the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The show was awarded nine Tony Awards, one of which was for Best Musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

US version of 'The Office' premieres on NBS

The 1st season of the American television comedy The Office premiered in the US on NBC in 2005. The Office is an American adaptation of the British TV series of the same name and is presented in a mockumentary format, portraying the daily lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.

'All Shook Up' opens on Broadway

The musical premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre and closed after 213 performances and 33 previews. Directed by Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Ken Roberson, the original Broadway cast included Cheyenne Jackson, Jenn Gambatese, and Jonathan Hadary.

Halle Berry becomes the first woman of color to win an Oscar for Best Actress

Halle Berry became the first African-American to win Academy Award for Best Actress. Nominated for their performances as the title character in Iris, Best Actress nominee Judi Dench, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Kate Winslet became the second pair of actresses nominated for portraying the same character in the same film.

NATO commences air bombardment against Yugoslavia

The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was a military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia during the Kosovo War. The bombing led to the withdrawal of Yugoslav armed forces from Kosovo and the establishment of United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, a UN peacekeeping mission.

Mont Blanc Tunnel fire

A Belgian transport truck carrying flour and margarine caught fire in the tunnel. 39 people died, which showed how lack of coordination could hamper the safety of the tunnel, all the operations are managed by a single entity: MBT-EEIG, controlled by both ATMB and SITMB together, through a 50–50 shares distribution.

Jonesboro massacre

Mitchell Scott Johnson and Andrew Douglas Golden are former middle school students and the 13 and 11 year old perpetrators, respectively, of the March 24, 1998 massacre at Westside Middle School in unincorporated Craighead County, Arkansas near the city of Jonesboro. Johnson and Golden fatally shot four students and a teacher with multiple weapons, and both were arrested when they attempted to flee the scene. Ten others were wounded in the shooting. Both Golden and Johnson were charged with the five murders and 10 injuries that were caused by the shooting, and were imprisoned until each turned 21 years of age.

'Jake's Women' opens at Neil Simon Theater NYC for 245 performances

The opening play of Jake's Women on Broadway, at the Neil Simon Theater, was directed by Gene Saks. It ran for 7 months with the same cast. Alan Alda got the nomination for the Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play. It depicts a story about Jake, a successful writer talking to women he knows about his struggles in marriage.

Punch, Britain's oldest satirical magazine, closes after 150 years

Punch was a British weekly magazine of humor and satire founded by Henry Mayhew and Ebenezer Landells. After the 1940s, when its circulation peaked, it went into a long decline and closed. It was revived in 1996 but closed again in 2002.

American sitcom 'ALF' ends after four years on air

ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC. The title character is Gordon Shumway, a sarcastic, friendly extraterrestrial nicknamed ALF, an acronym for Alien Life Form, who crash-lands in the garage of the suburban middle-class Tanner family. The show aired for 4 years.

Exxon Valdez oil spill

The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An oil tanker, owned by Exxon Shipping Company, struck Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef and spilled 10.8 million US gallons of crude oil. The region is a habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals, and seabirds.

Argentine President Isabel Martínez de Perón is deposed in a military coup

Following the death of her husband, President Juan Perón, Isabel Martínez de Perón served as President of Argentina from 1974 to 1976. She was deposed and formally arrested by the army after months of violent reprisals and popular unrest. In 1981, she was sent into Exile in Spain.


Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner

Muhammad Ali won the fight after he knocked out Chuck Wepner in the 15th round. The fight took place at the old Richfield Coliseum and it is one of the 4 fights in which Ali was officially knocked down in the ring. The fight is also known for inspiring the film Rocky.

TV broadcast from the Moon

American probe Ranger 9 impacted on the surface Earth's natural satellite. It was equipped with cameras capable of obtaining high-quality television picture. These pictures were broadcast to the millions of viewers across the United States. It was the only purpose of the probe. It did not conduct other experiments.

Elvis Presley joins the army

In March 1958, Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army as a private at Fort Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas. His arrival was a major media event. Presley announced that he was looking forward to his military stint, saying he did not want to be treated any differently from anyone else: "The Army can do anything it wants with me."

Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' opens for 694 performances

The original Broadway production of Tennessee's favorite play opened at the Morosco Theater. It was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Barbara Bel Geddes who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role of Maggie. It won Pulitzer Prize in Drama category and NY Drama Critic's Circle named it Best American Play.

American palaeontologist Robert T. Bakker is born

He was responsible for initiating the so-called "dinosaur renaissance." It was a small-scale scientific revolution that started in the late 1960s. It led to renewed interest in dinosaurs. Bakker is especially interested in dinosaur ecology and behavior. He collected evidence for the theory that some dinosaurs were endothermic.

'Wuthering Heights' premieres in Los Angeles

Wuthering Heights is a 1939 American drama romance film directed by William Wyler and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. It is based on the novel, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The film depicts only sixteen of the novel's thirty-four chapters, eliminating the second generation of characters.

German rocket-propulsion engineer Krafft Arnold Ehricke is born

During World War II., Ehricke worked on the V-2 rocket. After the war, he was extracted to the United States during an Operation Paperclip together with Wernher von Braun. In the U.S. he was one of the designers of the Atlas rocket. Later he co-invented the first liquid hydrogen propelled upper stage launch vehicle, called Centaur. It is still in use.

Robert Koch discovers tuberculosis bacterium

In Koch’s times physicians believed that tuberculosis is an inherited disease. Koch, however, considered it to have an infectious origin. He used his famous four postulates to prove it in controlled experiments with guinea pigs. He discovered Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacterium. From 1982, March 24 is commemorated as a World Tuberculosis Day.

Johann Sebastian Bach dedicates his Brandenburg Concertos to Christian Ludwig

Bach wrote a collection of 6 instrumental works for Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg -Schwedt. He seems to have selected 6 pieces from various concertos, he had composed prior to the event to create some of the best compositions of the Baroque era. The work used the widest spectrum of instruments in daring combinations.

Scottish King James VI becomes King James I of England

James VI became King of England and Ireland as James I, after Elizabeth I had died. James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland. He reigned in all 3 kingdoms for 22 years.

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