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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.

Video game The Sims 4: Get to Work is released

The Sims 4: Get to Work is an expansion pack in The Sims 4. It includes four new active careers, Detective, Doctor, Scientist and retail business. The game also features a new neighborhood called Magnolia Promenade where you can go shopping. It takes elements from The Sims 2: Open for Business and The Sims 3: Ambitions.

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 Pamela Fryman and written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.

Video game RollerCoaster Tycoon was released

RollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates amusement park management. The premise of the game is to complete a series of preset scenarios by successfully building and maintaining amusement parks through business ownership as a theme park entrepreneur.

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.

Video game StarCraft is released

StarCraft is a military science fiction media franchise, created by Chris Metzen and James Phinney and owned by Blizzard Entertainment. The video game focuses on a galactic struggle for dominance among 4 species, Terrans, Zerg, Protoss, and Xel'Naga, in a distant part of the Milky Way galaxy known as the Koprulu Sector.

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.

Video game Need for Speed II is released

Need for Speed II is a racing video game. It is a part of the Need for Speed series and is the second installment in the series, following Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed. The game was developed by EA Canada. The lead programmer for the game was Laurent Ancessi with Wei Shoong Teh and Brad Gour as senior programmers.


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.


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.

The 24th Eurovision Song Contest

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.

Actor Ewan McGregor is born

Ewan Gordon McGregor is a Scottish actor, known internationally for his various film roles, including independent dramas, science-fiction epics, and musicals. McGregor's first professional role was in 1993 when he won a leading role in the British Channel 4 series Lipstick on Your Collar.


Ice hockey player Pavel Bure is born

Pavel Bure played for 12 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks, the Florida Panthers, and the New York Rangers. In 2012, he was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and in 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.


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.

Actor Christopher Walken is born

Christopher Walken is an American stage and film lead and character actor, who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows. Influenced by their mother's own dreams of stardom, he and his brothers, Kenneth and Glenn, were child actors on television in the 1950s.

"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.

Fashion designer Liz Claiborne is born

Claiborne was born to prominent American parents living in Brussels. Her family moved back to the US at the start of WWII. She worked for several years as a sketch artist in Manhattan in NYC. Following this, she started her own design company, Liz Claiborne Inc. It immediately became successful and made it to the Fortune 500 list.


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.

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is born

Bach was born in Eisenach, in the duchy of Saxe-Eisenach, present-day Germany. He came from family of professional musicians. He composed mostly keyboard and organ music for churches. During his lifetime, Bach had both many critics and supporters. His work was met with limited appreciation.

French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes is born

He is considered a father of modern western philosophy. In mathematics, he invented the cartesian coordinates system and Cartesian or analytic geometry, which uses algebra to describe geometrical objects. This was a step which led to the development of the infinitesimal calculus, the most powerful mathematical tool of all times.

King of France Henry II is born

Henry II was a monarch of the House of Valois who ruled as King of France from 1547 to 1559. He was the 2nd son of Francis I and pursued his father's policies in the matter of arts, wars, and religion. He persisted in the Italian Wars against the House of Hapsburg and tried to repress the Protestant Reformation.

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