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Westinghouse files for bankruptcy, in a blow to nuclear industry

Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is a US-based nuclear power company formed in 1998 from the nuclear power division of the original Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In March 2017, parent company Toshiba announced that WEC would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because of US$9 billion of losses from nuclear reactor construction projects.

UK Prime Minister Teresa May formally triggering Brexit

UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, began the process of withdrawing the UK from the European Union, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. She triggered it 9 months after EU membership referendum, sending a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk.

Ivanka Trump assumes an unpaid position as Advisor to the President

Ivanka Trump started officially working in her father's presidential administration, as she was appointed Advisor to the President. For this job, she takes no salary. She often defends the Trump administration and Trump himself against many allegations.

Magdalen Islands Mitsubishi MU-2 crashes

A Mitsubishi MU-2 operated by Aero Teknic, a Canadian aircraft maintenance company, crashed on approach to Îles-de-la-Madeleine Airport, killing former Canadian politician Jean Lapierre, several members of his family, and the two pilots. Lapierre was flying to his father's funeral with his wife and three siblings. While one man survived the crash, he died of a heart attack after being pulled from the wreckage.

EgyptAir Flight 181 is hijacked

EgyptAir Flight 181 was a domestic passenger flight from Borg El Arab Airport in Alexandria, Egypt, to Cairo International Airport, was hijacked by an Egyptian man, forcing it to divert to Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus. Shortly after landing, most passengers and crew were released by the hijacker. The hijacker, who claimed that he wore an explosive belt, surrendered about 7 hours later, and everybody escaped from the aircraft unharmed.

Dragon Bridge is officially opened

Dragon Bridge opened to traffic at cost of nearly $88 million. It spans over the length of 666m and it is 37.5m wide with 6 lanes. The bridge over the River Hàn provides the shortest link from Da Nang airport to the city. It was designed by Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers and built by Company No. 508.

Dar es Salaam building collapse

The Dar es Salaam building collapse occurred during the early hours of Good Friday when a 16-floor residential apartment building collapsed on a nearby mosque compound, killing 36 people and trapping over 60 under the rubble. The building was owned by Raza Huseein Damji with the National Housing Corporation having a 25 percent share in the project. Poor building design was the suspected cause for the collapse.

'Newsies' opens on Broadway

Newsies The Musical is a musical based on the musical movie Newsies, which in turn was inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City. The show has music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, and a book by Harvey Fierstein based on movies's screenplay by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse and made its Broadway next year, where it played for more than 1,000 performances before touring.

Moscow Metro bombings

Suicide bombings occurred at 2 stations of the Moscow Metro. They were carried out by two women, killing 40 people and injuring 100. The responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the militant Islamist Caucasus Emirate group.

'Irena's Vow' opens on Broadway

Irena's Vow is a Broadway play recounting the story of Irena Gut, a Polish nurse who, at the risk of her life, saved twelve Jews during World War II in German-occupied Poland. The play opened at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre at 219 West 48th Street after having premiered off-Broadway at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in September.

Rihanna releases her hit single 'Umbrella' featuring Jay-Z

"Umbrella" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. It features American rapper Jay-Z, who co-wrote the song with its producers Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell, with additional writing from The-Dream. The song was originally written with Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it.

Mariah Carey releases 'We Belong Together'

"We Belong Together" is a song by American singer Mariah Carey from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi. The song was released through Island Records as the second single from the album. "We Belong Together" was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Johntá Austin, and produced by the former three.

BBC Worldwide debuts BBC America

BBC America was launched in March presenting a mixture of comedy, drama and lifestyle programs from BBC Television and other British television broadcasters including ITV and Channel 4. In the channel's early days, it focused on repeats of popular lifestyle shows such as Changing Rooms and Ground Force. BBC America's head of television programming later stated that it was important for the channel to establish a niche since non-British viewers found the lifestyle shows appealing.

Television comedy series 'Ellen' is released on ABC

Ellen was an American television sitcom that aired on the ABC network consisting of 109 episodes. The title role is Ellen Morgan, played by stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres, a neurotic bookstore owner in her thirties. The title of the series was These Friends of Mine for the first season, but it was subsequently changed to avoid confusion with the NBC series Friends.

The 65th Academy Awards are held

The 65th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored films released in the United States. Unforgiven won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Clint Eastwood, and Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman.

Actor Paul Henreid dies at 84

Paul Henreid was an Austrian-born American actor and film director. He is best remembered for two timeless roles: Victor Laszlo in Casablanca and Jerry Durrance in Now, Voyager. Henreid died at the age of 84 of pneumonia in Santa Monica after suffering a stroke. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

'Woman of the Year' opens at the Palace Theatre

Woman of the Year is a musical with a book by Peter Stone and score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The Broadway production opened at the Palace Theatre, where it ran for 770 performances and eleven previews. Directed by Robert Moore, the cast included Lauren Bacall, Harry Guardino, Marilyn Cooper, Grace Keagy, and Roderick Cook.

Mercury flyby

American probe Mariner 10 approached planet Mercury for the first time in history. The distance was only 704 kilometers. The probe mapped about half of the planet's surface. The mission required more course corrections than any previous spaceflight. Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft to use the gravitational pull of one planet to help it reach another planet.


Arsenal winger Marc Overmars is born

Marc Overmars is a Dutch former footballer and the current director of football at Ajax. During his footballing career, he played as a winger and was renowned for his speed and technical skills. He represented the Netherlands national team for 11 years. He scored on his international debut in 1993 against Turkey and was a member of the Netherlands squads for 4 major tournaments: the 1994 and 1998 FIFA World Cups, and 2000 and 2004 European Championships.

The 14th Eurovision Song Contest

Four countries won the contest, the first time ever a tie-break situation had occurred. However, there was no rule at the time to cover such an eventuality, so all four countries were declared joint winners. France's win was their fourth. France became the first country to win the contest four times.


Muhammad Ali wins fight against George Chuvalo

Muhammad Ali won a fight against George Chuvalo through unanimous decisions on points. Ali defended his World Heavyweight Title for the 3rd time. The fight took place at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. 13,540 fans attended the fight.

After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria

Six years after the Treason Trial began, the judges produced a verdict of not guilty, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to convict the accused of "high treason" since they had advocated neither communism nor violent revolution; the outcome embarrassed the government.

The fifth Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Interest in the contest started to grow across Europe, with the number of participating nations increasing to 13 this year. Norway made its debut with one of their leading jazz singers.

'Some Like It Hot' is released

Some Like It Hot is an American romantic comedy film, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Some Like It Hot opened to largely positive reviews and is today considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.


Basketball player Walt Frazier is born

During his basketball career, Walt Frazier played for New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 1970 and 1973, he led the New York Knicks to their only two championships. After he retired from basketball, he worked as a broadcaster. In 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Painter Georges Seurat dies at 31

French post-Impressionist painter Seurat died in Paris, at home of his parents. His death was variously attributed to a form meningitis, pneumonia, angina or diphtheria. He was buried 2 days later, at Père Lachaise Cemetery, following commemorative service held in Saint Vincent de Paul church.

Tchaikovsky's 'The Queen of Spades' n St. Petersburg

The Queen of Spades, Op. 68 is an opera in 3 acts by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to a Russian libretto by the composer's brother Modest Tchaikovsky, based on a short story of the same name by Alexander Pushkin, but the plot was dramatically altered. The premiere took place in 1890 in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre in Russia.

Coca-Cola is brewed for the first time

American pharmacist John Pemberton made the first batch of his new drink. The Coca-Cola. He was trying to invent a new beverage after when Atlanta passed prohibition legislation. Coca-Cola was a nonalcoholic version of his previous drink called the French Wine Coca. Originally, it was made from cocaine mixed with alcohol.

P. I. Tchaikovsky's opera 'Eugene Onegin' premieres in Moscow

Tchaikovsky entrusted the production of the premiere to the students of Moscow Conservatory, believing it required maximum simplicity and sincerity. Opera was conducted by Nikolai Rubinstein and premiered at the Maly Theatre, in Moscow. It is based on Pushkin's novel in verse of the same name.

Royal Albert Hall is opened

Queen Victoria opened a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, in London. Edward, Prince of Wales gave the welcoming speech at the official opening ceremony. The following concert showed the Hall's acoustic problems with the strong echo. The problem was partially solved by suspending canvas awning below the dome.


MLB pitcher Cy Young is born

During his baseball career, Cy Young pitched for 5 different teams, including Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps and Boston Rustlers. He compiled 511 wins, which is the most in MLB history. In 1937, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

American engineer Elihu Thomson is born

His discoveries in the field of alternating current phenomena led to the development of successful alternating current motors. Thomson invented electric welding and other important inventions in electric lighting and power. Among his lifetime he claimed a total of about 700 patents. Thomson was also a co-founder of the General Electric Company.

Battle of Towton

The Battle of Towton was fought during the English Wars of the Roses. More than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours. 28,000 of them died on the battlefield. As a result, Edward, Duke of York became King Edward IV, displacing the Lancastrian King Henry VI.

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