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Video game 'Far Cry 5' is released

Far Cry 5 is action-adventure first-person shooter video game set in an open world environment. The game is developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the eleventh installment and the fifth main title in the Far Cry series.

'Latin History for Morons' opens Off-Broadway

Latin History for Morons was a show about the participation of Latin Americans throughout US history. The show premiered Off-Broadway at the Public Theater before moving to Studio 54. Latin History for Morons was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Play.

Mount Pavlof eruption begins

Pavlof Volcano is a stratovolcano of the Aleutian Range on the Alaska Peninsula. It has been one of the most active in the United States since 1980. When the new eruption began it was sending an ash cloud to 37,000 feet above sea level, extending 400 miles NE. The volcano gave 25 minutes warning before the onset of the eruption. The alert level was raised to "Warning" and the aviation color code was raised to "Red", which indicates incoming eruption with high levels of ash.

Lahore suicide bombing

On an Easter Sunday, at least 75 people were killed and over 340 injured in a suicide bombing that hit the main entrance of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, one of the largest parks in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack targeted Christians who were celebrating Catholic Easter. However, as both Christians and Muslims were mingled in the park Muslims were also killed. The majority of victims were women and children.

Launch for the International Space Station

Russian Soyuz spaceship took off to the ISS with three astronauts on board. Two of them, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko, later performed the first one-year stay at the Space Station. The spacecraft stayed docked with ISS for seven months. It departed and landed in September with the old ISS crew.

'The King's Speech' opens on West End

The King's Speech is a play written by David Seidler and based on the 2010 Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. The success of the movie encouraged producers to bring the story to the stage as originally intended. The play was staged at the Wyndham's Theatre on London's West End.

'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying' opens on Broadway

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical by Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead's 1952 book of the same name. A 50th-anniversary Broadway revival directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford and starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and ran for 473 performances.

Ford sells Volvo to Chinese Geely

In October 2009, Ford confirmed that, after considering several offers, the preferred buyer of Volvo Cars was Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, the parent of Chinese motor manufacturer Geely Automobile. In December 2009, Ford confirmed the terms of the sale to Geely had been settled. A definitive agreement was signed in March 2010, for $1.8 billion.

'Gypsy' returns to Broadway

Gypsy is a musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. The Encores! production was a success, and despite Ben Brantley's somewhat negative review of LuPone's performance in The New York Times, the show transferred to Broadway, where it opened at the St. James Theatre.

'Grey's Anatomy' first airs on ABC

The American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy aired with its pilot episode called A Hard Day's Night. The episode was written by Shonda Rhimes and directed by Peter Horton. It introduces main characters and surgical interns Meredith Grey, Cristina Yang, Izzie Stevens, Alex Karev and George O'Malley.

Passover massacre

A suicide bombing by Hamas occurred at the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel, during a Passover Seder, a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. 30 civilians were killed and 140 were injured. It was the deadliest attack against Israelis during the Second Intifada.

Viagra is approved in the US

Sildenafil, sold as the brand name Viagra among others, is a medication used to treat erectile dysfunction and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Since becoming available in 1998, sildenafil has been a common treatment for erectile dysfunction; its primary competitors are tadalafil, trade name Cialis, and vardenafil, also known as Levitra.

Take That release 'Back for Good'

"Back for Good" is a song recorded by British band Take That for their third studio album, Nobody Else from 1995. It was written and produced by the lead singer Gary Barlow, with an additional production done by Chris Porter. The song topped the UK Singles Chart and achieved great success in many countries around the world.

Eurofighter jet makes maiden flight

The aircraft's development effectively began in 1983 with the Future European Fighter Aircraft programme, a multinational collaboration among the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. The maiden flight of the Eurofighter prototype took place in Bavaria in March 1994, flown by DASA chief test pilot Peter Weger.

Silvio Berlusconi becomes Italian Prime Minister for the first time

Berlusconi launched a massive campaign of electoral advertisements on his three TV networks, and preparing his top advertising salesmen with seminars and screen tests, of whom 50 were subsequently elected despite an absence legislative experience. He subsequently won the elections, with Forza Italia garnering 21% of the popular vote, more than any other single party.

The first soap opera featuring African American family premieres

Generations is an American soap opera that aired on NBC. The show was groundbreaking in that it was the first soap opera to feature from its inception an African-American family. It focused on the relationship between two Chicago families: the Whitmores and the Marshalls.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe's 'Starlight Express' premieres

The premiere of Starlight Express took place at the West End Apollo Victoria Theatre, in the Westminster District of London. It became one of the longest running musicals in West End, running 7408 performances. Musical features actors with roller skates, performing as trains competing to become the „Fastest Engine in the World“.

Neil Simon's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' premieres on Broadway

Brighton Beach Memoirs Broadway premiere took place at the Alvin Theatre, later transferring to the 46th Street Theatre. It is a semi-autobiographical comedy, set during The Great Depression. It focuses on teenager Eugene and his puberty experiences. The play was received well and achieved popularity on Broadway.

The worst aviation disaster of all time

Two Boeing 747 passenger jets collided on the runway at Los Rodeos Airport, on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, killing 583 people. The collision occurred when one jet initiated its takeoff run while the 2nd jet, shrouded in fog, was still on the runway and about to turn off onto the taxiway.

The 45th Academy Awards are held

The 45th Academy Awards were presented in 1973, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LA, honoring the best films of 1972. The ceremonies were presided over by Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston and Rock Hudson. Cabaret, Bob Fosse's adaptation of the Broadway stage musical, set a record for the most Oscars won without winning Best Picture.

Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin dies

Gagarin was the first man to fly into outer space. He completed one orbit of the Earth in 1961. The design of his spaceship, Vostok 1, was supervised by Sergei Korolev. Gagarin instantly became a celebrity. Later he worked as a deputy training director of the Soviet Cosmonaut Training Centre. Gagarin died in the crash of the MiG-15 jet.

Alaska earthquake

With the magnitude 9.2, the Alaskan earthquake was the most powerful recorded in North American history, and the second most powerful recorded in world history. Ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths.

Nikita Khrushchev becomes Soviet Premier

Nikita Khrushchev was responsible for the de-Stalinization of the SSSR, for supporting the progress of the early Soviet space program, and for several relatively liberal reforms in areas of domestic policy. In 1964, he was removed from power, and replaced by Leonid Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin.

Frank Sinatra records 'I'm a Fool to Want You'

"I'm a Fool to Want You" is a 1951 song composed by Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, and Joel Herron. Frank Sinatra co-wrote the lyrics and released the song as a Columbia Records single. Frank Sinatra first recorded the song with the Ray Charles Singers in March 1951, in an arrangement by Axel Stordahl in New York.


Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon

Joe Louis fought Abe Simon and won by a technical knock out. He retained The Ring and world heavyweight titles. The fight took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Because of his Army service during WWII, Louis wouldn't defend his title again for 4 years and 3 months.


March Madness is founded

March Madness is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the USA, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the NCAA. It was created by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and was the idea of Harold Olsen, a coach from Ohio State University.

First non-direct blood transfusion

Belgian physician Albert Husting treated patient in Brussels by non-direct blood transfusion. Prior to his experiment, transfusions had to be made directly from donor to receiver before coagulation. Husting used sodium citrate as an anticoagulant. His transplant was in fact a diluted solution of blood.

The first long-distance phone line is activated in the US

AT&T built an interconnected long-distance telephone network, which reached from New York to Chicago. Users often did not use their own phone for such connections but made an appointment to use a special long-distance telephone booth or "silence cabinet" equipped with 4-wire telephones and other advanced technology.

Battle of Horseshoe Bend

The Battle of Horseshoe Bend was fought during the War of 1812 in the Mississippi Territory, now central Alabama. US forces and Indian allies defeated the Red Sticks, a part of the Creek Indian tribe who opposed American expansion.

Charles I ascends English throne

Charles I was monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland until his execution in 1649. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular, the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch.

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