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Rihanna releases "Bitch Better Have My Money"

"Bitch Better Have My Money" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was written by Jamille Pierre, Bibi Bourelly, Rihanna, Travis Scott, Kanye West and WondaGurl and produced by Deputy, co-produced by West, together with additional production by Scott and WondaGurl. The song was digitally released in March 2015 through the iTunes Store.

Ariana Grande releases first single "The Way"

"The Way" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her debut studio album, Yours Truly. It was written by the song's producer Harmony Samuels, alongside Amber Streeter, Al Sherrod Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Brenda Russell, and Mac Miller, who is featured in the song.

Challenger Deep expedition

Canadian filmmaker James Cameron reached Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth. He was first in over 50 years to visit it. First people who reached the bottom of the Deep were Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh aboard famous bathyscaphe Trieste. Cameron made a solo descent in a 7-meter deep-diving submersible named Deepsea Challenger.

Reese Witherspoon weds Jim Toth at Libbey Ranch in Ojai, California

In February 2010, it was reported that Witherspoon had begun dating Jim Toth, a talent agent and co-head of motion picture talent at the Creative Artists Agency, where Witherspoon is a client. Witherspoon and Toth announced the engagement in December 2010, and married in March 2011 in Ojai, California, at Libbey Ranch. They have a son, born in 2012.

Sinking of the Cheonan

Cheonan, a Pohang-class corvette of the Republic of Korea Navy, carrying 104 people, sank off the country's west coast near Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 seamen and injuring 56. The cause of the accident remains in dispute.

Video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is released

The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles is the second expansion pack for the role-playing video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Announced in January 2007, the expansion was developed, published, and released over the Xbox Live Marketplace by Bethesda Softworks; its retail release was co-published with 2K Games.

"Doctor Who" returns to BBC TV after 16 years

The first series of the 2005 revival of the British sci-fi programme Doctor Who began with the episode "Rose". This marked the end of the programme's 16-year absence from episodic television following its cancellation in 1989. It was the first new televised Doctor Who story since the broadcast of the television movie starring Paul McGann in 1996.

Melissa virus

The Melissa virus was a mass-mailing macro virus. As it was not a standalone program, it was not a worm. It targeted Microsoft Word and Outlook-based systems, and created considerable network traffic.

Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven's Gate cult suicides

Police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate, an American UFO religious millenarian cult, who had taken part in a mass suicide in order to reach what they believed was an extraterrestrial spacecraft following Comet Hale–Bopp.


Mike Tyson is sentenced to 6 years in prison

Mike Tyson was convicted for the rape of 18-year-old Desiree Washington, Miss Black Rhode Island, in an Indianapolis hotel room. He was released after serving less than three years of his sentence. During his incarceration, he converted to Islam.

Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay form free-trade zone Mercosur

Mercosur, also known as Mercosul or Ñemby Ñemuha, is a South American trade bloc established by the Treaty of Asunción in 1991 and Protocol of Ouro Preto in 1994. Its full members are Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Venezuela is a full member but has been suspended since December 2016.

Actress Keira Knightley is born

Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in 1999 and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole in 2001.

Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder release "Ebony & Ivory" in the UK

"Ebony and Ivory" is a 1982 number-one single by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. It was released in March of that year. The song is featured on McCartney's album Tug of War. A self-empowerment hit that tackles issues of racial equality, the song reached number one on both the UK and the US charts.

Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty is signed

The Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty was signed in Washington, D.C., by Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, and US president Jimmy Carter. The treaty included mutual recognition, cessation of the state of war, and normalization of relations.


Michigan State defeats Indiana State in NCAA championship

The game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Indiana State Sycamores took place at the Special Events Center in Salt Lake City. Michigan State won 75–64 and claimed the school's 1st national championship in men's basketball. The game had the highest Nielsen ratings of any game in the history of American basketball.


George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton

The fight between George Foreman and Ken Norton lasted less than 2 rounds, with Foreman scoring his 3rd consecutive knockout victory to retain the heavyweight titles. The fight took place at Poliedro de Caracas in Caracas, Venezuela.

American computer scientist Larry Page is born

He is known as a co-founder of Google. Page developed a new search engine together with Sergey Brin at Stanford. Page himself invented an algorithm for ranking websites in search engine results. It is called the PageRank. As of January 2018, Page was the ninth-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $53.8 billion.

Actress Jennifer Grey is born

Jennifer Grey is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing, for which Grey earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. Her television work includes her 2010 victory in season eleven of Dancing with the Stars and starring in the Amazon Studios comedy series Red Oaks.

The 30th Academy Awards are held

The 30th Academy Awards ceremony was held in 1958, to honor the best films of 1957. The Oscar for Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium was awarded to Pierre Boulle for The Bridge on the River Kwai, despite the fact that he did not know English. This was the 1st time all 5 Best Picture nominations were also nominated for Best Director.

Tests show that U.S. polio vaccine works

Polio vaccines are vaccines used to prevent poliomyelitis. There are two types: one that uses inactivated poliovirus and is given by injection, and one that uses weakened poliovirus and is given by mouth. The World Health Organization recommends all children be fully vaccinated against polio.

Iwo Jima is officially declared secure

After Iwo Jima was declared secured, about 3,000 Japanese soldiers were left alive in the island's warren of caves and tunnels. Some of them did eventually surrender. The U.S. military occupied Iwo Jima until 1968 when it was returned to Japan.

Singer Diana Ross is born

Diana Ernestine Ross is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, which, during the 1960s, became Motown's most successful act, and are the best charting girl group in US history.

English biologist Richard Dawkins is born

Dawkins is not a scientist in a strict sense of the word. He is more a science, or even popular science, writer. Even so, Dawkins influenced science like no other man in the twentieth century. In 1976, he published a book The Selfish Gene, which popularized the new, gene-centered view of evolution. His other topic is the criticism of religion.

Swissair is founded as the national airline of Switzerland

Swissair AG/S.A. was the national airline of Switzerland between its founding in 1931 and bankruptcy in 2002. For most of its 71 years, Swissair was one of the major international airlines and known as the "Flying Bank" due to its financial stability, causing it to be regarded as a Swiss national symbol and icon.

Actor Leonard Nimoy is born

Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, singer, and songwriter. He was best known for his role as Spock of the Star Trek franchise, a character he portrayed in television and film from a pilot episode shot in late 1964 to his final film performance in 2013.

Actor Strother Martin is born

Strother Douglas Martin, Jr. was an American character actor who often appeared in support of superstars John Wayne and Paul Newman and was memorable in western films directed by John Ford and Sam Peckinpah. Martin perhaps is best known as the prison "captain" in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke.

Playwright Tennessee Williams is born

Renowned American playwright, Tennessee Williams died in his suite at the Hotel Elysée. According to NYC medical examiner, Williams had choked to death after inhaling bottle plastic cap. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was posthumously honored with a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Poet Walt Whitman dies at 72

In his later years, Whitman's health significantly declined, which lead to his death in Camden, New Jersey. Due to bronchial pneumonia, his lungs diminished to one-eighth of their normal breathing capacity. More than 1000 people came to see his body, before the burial. He was buried in a tomb, at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden.

Businessman and fashion designer Guccio Gucci is born

Gucci was born in Florence, Tuscany, as a son of a leather craftsman. He started his designing career by making travel bags and accessories. He founded House of Gucci and hired best craftsmen, which helped him built a reputation for quality. Several years later, he expanded the business overseas and opened the Manhattan store.

Poet Robert Frost is born

Frost was born in San Francisco, California. His first poem was published in high school's magazine. After spending two years at Dartmouth College, he returned home and worked at various jobs. Later, he started focusing on poetry and realistic depictions of rural life. He was honored with 4 Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry.

Composer Ludwig van Beethoven dies at 56

Beethoven's liver was significantly damaged, probably due to heavy alcohol consumption. This, along with other factors possibly lead to his death in Vienna. He died during a thunderstorm while being accompanied by his friend, Anselm Hüttenbrenner. Around 20,000 citizens of Vienna joined his funeral procession.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1940

Nancy Pelosi

born 1944

Diana Ross

died 1995