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Elon Musk's SpaceX flies the world’s first reusable rocket

The first operational re-use of a previously-flown Falcon 9 booster was successfully accomplished in March 2017 with B1021 on the SES-10 mission after CRS-8 in April 2016. The booster landed a second time and was retired.

Rihanna releases "Needed Me"

"Needed Me" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna from her eighth studio album, Anti. It was written by Rihanna, Brittany Hazard, Charles Hinshaw and Derrus Rachel together with its producer DJ Mustard and its co-producers Twice as Nice and Frank Dukes.

Zakim Bridge is opened northbound

Northbound lanes of Boston cable-stayed bridge across the Charles River before the southbound part was finished. It serves as a replacement for the old Charlestown High Bridge. Both bridge and the connecting tunnel were constructed as part of the Big Dig – largest highway construction project in the US.

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother dies at 101

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was the wife of King George VI and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. She died in her sleep at the Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park, with her daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, at her bedside. She was the longest-lived member of the royal family in British history.

"Beetlejuice" premieres

Beetlejuice is an American comedy-fantasy film directed by Tim Burton, produced by The Geffen Film Company and distributed by Warner Bros. The film eventually grossed US$73,707,461 in North America. Beetlejuice was a financial success, recouping its US$15 million budget, and was the 10th-highest grossing film of the year.


American football cornerback Richard Sherman is born

From 2018, Richard Sherman plays for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and he helped them to win their 1st Super Bowl. Prior to his NFL career, he played college football for the Stanford Cardinal.

Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" sells for a record 22.5 million pounds

During an art auction at Christie's auction house, a record-setting amount was paid for van Gogh's Sunflowers. The painting was bought by Yasuo Goto, Japanese insurance magnate, for roughly $40 million. It was 4-times as high as the previous record. It was later speculated that the painting might be an Émile Schuffenecker forgery.

Actor James Cagney dies at 86

James Francis Cagney Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film, though he had his greatest impact in film. Cagney died at his Dutchess County farm in Stanfordville, New York, on Easter Sunday, of a heart attack. He was 86 years old.

Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley Jr. in Washington, D.C., as they were leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Hinckley's motivation for the attack was to impress actress Jodie Foster, who had played the role of a child prostitute in the 1976 film Taxi Driver.

Singer Norah Jones is born

Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress. She has won numerous awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade. She has won nine Grammy Awards and was 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart.

Margaret Thatcher hires Saatchi & Saatchi for breakthrough campaign

Saatchi & Saatchi is a global communications and advertising agency network with 140 offices in 76 countries and over 6,500 staff. Lord Bell was the company's first Media Director appointed in 1970. He was instrumental in the agency's strength of the relationship with Margaret Thatcher developed during their work on her 1979 and 1983 campaigns.

"Applause" opens at Palace Theater NYC for 900 performances

The premiere of the „Applause“ took place on Broadway, at the Palace Theatre. The musical started a run of 896 performances and 4 previews. Ron Field assumed the role of a director and choreograph. It won 4 out of 11 nominations for Tony Awards, with additional 3 Drama Desk Awards and 2 Theatre World Awards.

Singer Celine Dion is born

Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer and businesswoman. Born into a large family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Dion emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record.

Barbra Streisand stars on "Color Me Barbra" special on CBS

Color Me Barbra is the seventh studio album by singer Barbra Streisand released on Columbia Records. It reached number 3 on the US albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was also the title of Streisand's second CBS TV special and the first in color when it was still a novelty for TV, hence the title.

Actor Robbie Coltrane is born

Robbie Coltrane is a Scottish actor and author. He is known for his roles as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. Coltrane moved into acting in his early twenties, taking the stage name Coltrane and working in theatre and comedy.

Singer Eric Clapton is born

Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards, and the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.


Basketball player Jerry Lucas is born

During his NBA career, Jerry Lucas played for Cincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors, and New York Knicks. In 1980, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. After his basketball career ended, he became a teacher and writer.

Swedish businessman Ingvar Kamprad is born

Feodor Ingvar Kamprad was a Swedish business magnate. He was the founder of IKEA, a multinational retail company specializing in furniture. He lived in Switzerland from 1976 to 2014. In 1943, when he was 17, Kamprad founded IKEA in Sweden, selling replicas of his uncle Ernst's kitchen table.

Gandhi announces resistance against Rowlatt Act

The British colonial officials in India passed the Rowlatt Act, to block Gandhi's movement of civil disobedience. The Act allowed the British government to treat civil disobedience participants as criminals. It extended. The legislation led to stricter control of the press, arrests without warrant, or indefinite detention without trial.

George Bernard Shaw's "Candida" premieres

The first performance of Shaw's Candida took place at the Theatre Royal in South Shields, England. It initially was not very successful and it took few years till it became popular. It is a comedy that tells a story of youthful poet Eugene trying to win the affections of Candida, wife of clergyman James Morell.

Austrian psychologist Melanie Klein is born

She belonged to the followers of Sigmund Freud. Her main interest was child psychology, for which she devised many psychotherapeutic techniques. She was a proponent of so-called object relations theory, which describes the development of psyche in relation to other people in the environment during childhood.

American author Clifford Beers is born

He is considered a father of the American mental hygiene movement. At the age of 24, he was confirmed to the mental institution. He witnessed serious mistreatment of the patients from the hands of the staff and wrote an autobiographical book A Mind That Found Itself. Later he became a proponent of the reform of the treatment of the mentally ill.

Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union

After the defeat of the Confederate States in the American Civil War, Texas was mandated to rejoin the United States of America. Although Texas did not meet all the formal requirements for readmission, United States Congress permitted Texas' representatives to take their seat in Congress.

US agrees with Russia to buy Alaska for $7.2 million

The Alaska Purchase was the United States' acquisition of Alaska from the Russian Empire. The treaty was ratified by the US Senate and signed by President Andrew Johnson. Russia wanted to sell its Alaskan territory, fearing that it might be seized if war broke out with the United Kingdom.

Bedřich Smetana's opera "Prodaná nevěsta" premieres

Smetana's 2nd opera premiered at the Provisional Theatre in Prague. It consisted of two acts of spoken dialogue. Due to a public holiday, it was poorly attended and receipts failed to cover the costs. Even though it was not immediately successful, the work is considered a major contribution to the development of Czech music.

Pencil with eraser

American inventor Hymen Lipman patented a pencil with attached eraser. He sold his patent for $100,000. It was a good deal because the patent was later invalidated. It was determined to be simply a composite of two devices rather than an entirely new product. However, pencils with erasers are still in use today.

Painter Vincent van Gogh is born

Van Gogh, Dutch painter known for his post-impressionism was born in Zundert, Netherlands. In his early years, he got a job as an art dealer, at the Goupil & Cie in the Hague. His paintings mostly depicted peasant laborers and landscapes. He suffered from depressions and did not manage to become successful during his lifetime.

General anesthesia

General anaesthesia or general anesthesia is a medically induced coma with loss of protective reflexes, resulting from the administration of one or more general anaesthetic agents. It is carried out to allow medical procedures that would otherwise be intolerably painful for the patient; or where the nature of the procedure itself precludes the patient being awake.


German mathematician Carl Gauss came with a way how to construct heptadecagon, seventeen-sided polygon. From the times of ancient Greece, mathematicians were interested in the construction of polygons using only an idealized ruler and compass a drawing tool, not a navigational instrument. Gauss showed which regular polygons can be constructed. It was a breakthrough.

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