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Rudimental are at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Days'

"These Days" is a song by English drum and bass band Rudimental, featuring British singers Jess Glynne and Dan Caplen as well as American rapper Macklemore. After spending a record-tying 7 weeks at number two, the song reached number one in the UK becoming Rudimental's third UK number-one single, Glynne's sixth, and both Macklemore and Caplen's first.

Gaza border protests start

A 6-week campaign composed of a series of protests was launched at the Gaza Strip, near the Gaza-Israel border. Called by Palestinian organizers the Great March of Return, the protests demanded that Palestinian refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to the land they were displaced from in what is now Israel. They were also protesting the blockade of the Gaza Strip and the moving of the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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.

Interstate 85 bridge collapse

A massive fire collapsed a bridge on Interstate 85 in Atlanta, Georgia. After the 92-foot-long section collapsed, I-85 was closed to traffic for approximately 2 miles between its split with I-75 and the interchange with State Route 400. Three sections of northbound I-85 and three sections of southbound I-85 were replaced in 43 days at a cost of $15 million USD.

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.

Mayflower oil spill

The Mayflower oil spill occurred when the Pegasus Pipeline, owned by ExxonMobil and carrying Canadian Wabasca heavy crude from the Athabasca oil sands, ruptured in Mayflower, Arkansas, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock releasing about 3,190 barrels of oil. Approximately 12,000 barrels of oil and water mix was recovered. Twenty-two homes were evacuated. The US Environmental Protection Agency classified the leak as a major spill.

Cessna Citation crashes into two homes

A Cessna 501 Citation crashed into a house in Farnborough, London, near Biggin Hill Airport, from where the aircraft had taken off a short time before. There were no survivors among the five people on board, which included former racing drivers Richard Lloyd and David Leslie.

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.

'Contact' opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre

Contact is a musical "dance play" that was developed by Susan Stroman and John Weidman, with its "book" by Weidman and both choreography and direction by Stroman. It ran both off-Broadway and on Broadway. It consists of three separate one-act dance plays. Contact premiered at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Lincoln Center and then moved to Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

'The Lion King' reaches its 1,000th performance at the New Amsterdam Theatre

The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. The musical was an instant success before premiering on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theater.

Sitcom 'Bagdad Café' starring Whoopi premieres

Bagdad Cafe is an American television sitcom starring Whoopi Goldberg and Jean Stapleton that aired on CBS. The series ran two seasons before being canceled in winter 1990. The last two episodes aired in July 1991. The show is based on the Percy Adlon film Bagdad Cafe.

'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.

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.

'Agnes of God' opens on Broadway

Agnes of God is a play by American playwright John Pielmeier which tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. A psychiatrist and the mother superior of the convent clash during the resulting investigation. The play opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre.

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.

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.

'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum' returns to Broadway

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. A revival opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and closed after 156 performances.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

French scientists defined the length of a meter

The meter is the base unit of length in the International System of Units. The SI unit symbol is m. The meter was originally defined in 1793 as one 10-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole – as a result the Earth's circumference is approximately 40,000 km today.

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