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Balikpapan oil spill

The Balikpapan oil spill was an oil spill off coast from the city of Balikpapan, Indonesia. It was caused by a cracked pipeline linked to a Pertamina refinery in the city. A blaze which occurred when the oil spill caught on fire had killed five residents who were in the bay, in addition to causing respiratory problems in the city.

Mudslides in Mocoa

Heavy rain triggered flash flooding and landslides in the city of Mocoa, Putumayo, Colombia. 254 people were killed, 332 injured, and 70 were left missing. It was the 3rd deadliest weather-related disaster in Colombian history.

'13 Reasons Why' first airs on Netflix

13 Reasons Why is an American teen drama web television series developed for Netflix by Brian Yorkey, based on the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The series revolves around seventeen-year-old high school student, Clay Jensen, and his deceased friend Hannah Baker, who has killed herself after having to face a culture of gossip and sexual assault. The first season was released on Netflix. It received positive reviews from critics and audiences.

Kolkata flyover collapse

A 150 m steel span of the under-construction Vivekananda Road flyover in the Girish Park neighborhood of Kolkata, India, collapsed. 50+ people died and more than 80 were injured in the incident. The construction for the 2.2 km Vivekananda Road flyover was contracted in 2008 and the work began in 2009. IVRCL, a construction firm based in Hyderabad, won the bid for the project.

The final episode of 'Cougar Town' airs

Cougar Town is an American television sitcom that ran for 102 episodes over six seasons. The show was created by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel and was produced by Doozer and Coquette Productions in association with ABC Studios.

The series finale of 'How I Met Your Mother'

The series finale called Last Forever is the final episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The episode is the 23rd and 24th episode of season 9, and the 207th and 208th episode of the series overall. The last episode was directed by Pamela Fryman and written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo' opens on Broadway

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a play by Rajiv Joseph. The show is about "a tiger that haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life. A Broadway production opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.


Cesc Fabregas equalizes from the penalty with broken leg

After being fouled by Barcelona’s Carlos Puyol, Arsenal’s equalizes from the penalty spot … with what turns out to be a broken leg sustained from Puyol’s foul

'Hair' returns to Broadway

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The Broadway revival earned strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

Des'ree releases her last album 'Dream Soldier'

Dream Soldier is the fourth album by British soul singer-songwriter Des'ree. It was released on the Sony Soho Square record label and features the UK top 75 single, "It's Okay". It is the last studio album by Des'ree to date; she hasn't released any new material since the album's release.


Arsenal star David Rocastle dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Rocastle announced that he was suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer which attacks the immune system, a few months before his death. He underwent a course of chemotherapy and was hopeful of a recovery. He then died aged 33. Rocastle was survived by his wife and children. Many years later, it was revealed that Rocastle's cancer had been declared terminal from the time of his diagnosis in October 2000.

'The Matrix' is first released

The Matrix directed by The Wachowski Brothers stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. The Matrix won 4 Academy Awards. The success of the film led to the release of two feature film sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.

'10 Things I Hate About You' is released

10 Things I Hate About You is an American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Gil Junger and starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Larisa Oleynik. In its opening weekend, the film grossed US$8,330,681 in 2,271 theaters in the United States and Canada, averaging $3,668 per venue, and ranking number two at the box office.

Netscape releases Mozilla open-source code

Mozilla is a free software community founded by members of Netscape. In January 1998, Netscape made two announcements: first, that Netscape Communicator would be free; second, that the source code would also be free. One day later Jamie Zawinski, from Netscape, registered mozilla.org.

Pioneer 10 mission ends

NASA discontinued the Pioneer 10 mission. The probe was about ten billion kilometers from Earth. Its signal was too weak to be regularly tracked. In 1973 Pioneer 10 visited Jupiter. It was the first of five artificial objects to achieve the escape velocity that will allow them to leave the Solar System.

'Teletubbies' is released on BBC Two

Teletubbies is a British pre-school children's television series created by Ragdoll Productions' Anne Wood and Andrew Davenport. The programme focuses on four multi-colored creatures known as "Teletubbies". Particularly notable for its high production values, the series rapidly became a commercial success in Britain and abroad.


Longest strike in MLB history ends

Because of the strike, 948 games were canceled and MLB became the 1st major professional sports league to lose an entire postseason due to labor struggles. The MLB strike was suspended after 232 days, making it the longest such stoppage in MLB history and breaking the record set by the strike which occurred in 1981.

TAROM Flight 371 crashes

TAROM Flight 371 was a scheduled international passenger flight, flying with an Airbus A310 from Otopeni International Airport in Romania's capital Bucharest to Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium. The flight was operated by TAROM, the flag carrier of Romania. The Airbus A310-324, registered as YR-LCC, entered a nose-down dive after takeoff and crashed near Baloteşti in Romania. All 60 people aboard were killed in the crash.

One of the most censored events in American TV talk-show history

Madonna made an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. The appearance was noted for an extremely controversial series of statements and antics by Madonna, which included many expletives. In particular, Madonna said the word "fuck" 14 times during the course of the interview. This made the episode the most censored in American network television talk-show history while at the same time garnering Letterman some of the best ratings he ever received.

Actor and martial arts idol Brandon Lee dies aged 28

Lee was filming a scene in The Crow where his character is shot and killed by thugs. In the scene, Lee's character walks into his apartment and gets shot. A bullet from the dummy round was already trapped in the barrel, this caused the .44 Magnum bullet to be fired out and it struck Lee in the abdomen, mortally wounding him. He was rushed to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.


American track and field star Jesse Owens dies at 66

Jesse Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist. He specialized particularly in the sprints and the long jumps. Prior to his death, he suffered from a drug-resistant type of lung cancer. He was buried at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago.

Israel won Eurovision Song Contest for the second time

The Eurovision Song Contest was held in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the previous contest. The winner was Israel with the song "Hallelujah", performed by Gali Atari and Milk and Honey. As well as being broadcast live in the 19 competing countries, the contest was broadcast in Turkey, Romania, Hong Kong, and Iceland.

Wings release 'London Town' album

London Town is the sixth studio album by Wings. The album had a long and tumultuous gestation which saw the loss of two band members, the birth of a baby and the release of the then best-selling single in British history.


John Wooden wins 10th NCAA title for UCLA

John Wooden concluded his coaching career triumphantly when Richard Washington and David Meyers combined for 52 points as UCLA responded with a 92–85 win over Joe B. Hall and Kentucky to claim Wooden's first career coaching victory over the Wildcats and his unprecedented 10th national championship.


Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali

Ken Norton won the fight against Muhammad Ali in the 12th round. Ali suffered a broken jaw in the bout, there were no knockdowns. The fight took place at Sports Arena, San Diego, and was attended by 11,884 spectators.


United States Census Bureau accepted the first UNIVAC I computer. It was the first commercial computer produced in the United States. The designers were J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, the inventors of another famous early computer, the ENIAC. UNIVAC I machine was later used to predict the result of the 1952 U. S. presidential election.

Tennessee Williams' 'Glass Menagerie' premieres on Broadway

The first play of Glass Menagerie on Broadway opened in the Playhouse Theatre. In the same year, it was nominated for and won the NY Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play. Its positive reception changed the public view of Williams and made him famous. The premiere was directed by Eddie Dowling and Margo Jones.

'Oklahoma!' opens on Broadway

Oklahoma! is the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs' 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. The original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City. It was directed by Rouben Mamoulian and choreographed by Agnes de Mille.

'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is released

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a mystery film based on the novel The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was directed by Sidney Lanfield and released by 20th Century-Fox. It is among the best-known cinematic adaptations of the book and is often regarded as one of the best.

Italian particle physicist Carlo Rubbia is born

He is known as one of the two discoverers of the W and Z particles, the other one was Simon van der Meer. These particles mediate the weak interaction (or force). it is one of the fundamental forces in nature that causes radioactive decay. Protons and neutrons in the atom nucleus are exchanging W and Z particles, which causes the existence of the weak force.

German Republic gives power to Hitler

Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Subsequently, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act of 1933, which began the process of transforming the Weimar Republic into Nazi Germany, a one-party dictatorship, based on the ideology of National Socialism.

The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted

The Motion Picture Production Code was the set of industry moral guidelines that was applied to most United States motion pictures released by major studios from 1930 to 1968. It is also popularly known as the Hays Code, after Will H. Hays, who was the president of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America from 1922 to 1945.


Ice hockey legend Gordie Howe is born

Gordie Howe played 26 seasons in the NHL, spending his first 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, and his last season with the Hartford Whalers. In 1972, he was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

US adopts daylight saving time

During World War I, in an effort to conserve fuel, Germany began observing DST in May 1916. The rest of Europe soon followed. The plan was not adopted in the US until the Standard Time Act of March 1918, which confirmed the existing standard time zone system and set summer DST to begin on the last day of March 1918.

Antonín Dvořák's opera 'Rusalka' premieres in Prague

The premiere of Rusalka took place at the Prague National Theatre. It achieved enormous success among the Czech people and became one of the most successful Czech operas. Following this, it gained success abroad quite soon as well. The name Rusalka represents a lake or river inhabiting water sprite from Slavic mythology.

Eiffel Tower officially opens

At the end of March, Eiffel Tower was officially opened. During the celebration, several government officials and press representatives ascended to the top of the tower. Even though it was criticized for its design, it became a global icon of France, just as well as one of the most-visited monuments in the world.

Novelist Charlotte Brontë dies at 38

English novelist Brontë died during her pregnancy, at her home in Haworth, only 3 weeks before her 39th birthday. It is not exactly clear what was the cause, though her death certificate states it was due to tuberculosis. Following her death, she was buried in the family vault, in the Church of St Michael and All Angels.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Chloé Zhao

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