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Final episode of 'Black Sails' airs

Black Sails is an American historical adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine for Starz. The pirate drama mash-up of the historical record and Treasure Island has swashbuckled off after 4 seasons following its series finale.

'The Play That Goes Wrong' opens at Lyceum Theatre

The Play That Goes Wrong is a play by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company. The play opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. The production featured the original London cast, and film director J. J. Abrams made his debut as a theatrical producer.

'Skylight' opens at the John Golden Theatre

Skylight is a play by British dramatist David Hare. A new production, directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy — reprising the part he had first performed in 1997 — and Matthew Beard transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theatre in 2015.

Garissa University College attack

Gunmen stormed the Garissa University College in Garissa, Kenya, killing 148 people, and injuring 79 or more. The militant group and Al-Qaeda offshoot, Al-Shabaab, which the gunmen claimed to be from, took responsibility for the attack. The gunmen took over 700 students hostage, freeing Muslims and killing those who identified as Christians.

Oikos University shooting

On April 2, 2012, 43-year-old One L. Goh opened fire in a classroom at Oikos University. Former student's act left seven people dead and another three injured, making him the fourth-deadliest university shooter in United States history. Goh was later sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences on July 14, 2017.

'End of the Rainbow' opens at the Belasco Theatre

End of the Rainbow is a musical drama by Peter Quilter, which focuses on Judy Garland in the months leading up to her death in 1969. The play opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre in 2012. In addition to Bennett, the cast featured Michael Cumpsty as Anthony, Tom Pelphrey as Mickey Deans, and Jay Russell.

'Reasons to Be Pretty' opens on Broadway

Reasons to be pretty is a play by Neil LaBute, his first to be staged on Broadway. The plot centers on four young working class friends and lovers who become increasingly dissatisfied with their dead-end lives and each other. It is the final installment of a trilogy that focuses on modern-day obsession with physical appearance.

Tornado outbreak

It was a series of tornadoes that occurred during the late afternoon and evening. It was the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States since the May 2003. There were 28 people killed by tornado outbreak plus two other deaths from straight-line winds. The most notable tornadoes of the outbreak struck northeastern Arkansas, and West Tennessee.


The Vancouver Grizzlies setting an NBA single-season record

Vancouver Grizzlies, in their first year of existence, managed to lose 23 consecutive games in a single season. The team with Byron Scott on the roster set the record for the longest losing streak on 2nd April 1996. This record was since beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 11, 2011 when they lost their 26th consecutive game against the Los Angeles Clippers.


Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out

One of Jayasuriya's memorable bowling performances came in the semi-final of 1996 Cricket World Cup, where he took 3 wickets for just 12 runs in seven overs. It was Jayasuriya who took the vital wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and broke his crucial partnership with Sanjay Manjrekar, which was taking the game away from Sri Lankans at one stage.


WrestleMania V

WrestleMania V took place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The main event was Hulk Hogan versus Randy Savage for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship billed "The Mega Powers Explode" which Hogan won after a leg drop.

'Dallas' premieres on CBS

Dallas is an American soap opera, which revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texas family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. With its 357 episodes, Dallas remains one of the longest lasting full-hour prime time dramas in American TV history.

Velcro patent expires

The hook and loop fastener became free everybody who wanted to manufacture its imitations. Original Velcro was invented in 1948 by Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral. He used to go for hikes to the mountains and noticed how thistle burrs clung to clothing. The name Velcro comes from French. “Vel” stands for velvet and “cro” for crochet which means hook.


The steeper chaser Red Rum wins the Grand National for a record third time

Red Rum was a champion Thoroughbred steeplechaser. He achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976. The Grand National is a notoriously difficult race that has been described as "the ultimate test of a horse’s courage".

French president Georges Pompidou dies at 62

Former prime minister and President of France died while still in the office. His death was caused by cancer, affecting B cells. The funeral service took place at Notre-Dame, in Paris. He was subsequently buried at Orvilliers Cemetery. France withdrew from the Eurovision that took place 4 days after his death.

'The Sting' wins seven Oscars

The 46th Academy Awards took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and were hosted by Burt Reynolds, Diana Ross, John Huston, and David Niven. The Sting won 7 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for George Roy Hill.

Tennessee Williams' 'Small Craft Warnings' premieres in NYC

Small Craft Warnings by Tennessee Williams focuses on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California. The play premiered at the Off-Broadway Truck and Warehouse Theatre. It cast Helena Carroll as Leona and William Hickey as Steve.


Baseball player and manager Gil Hodges dies

Gil Hodges played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an All-Star for eight seasons and a Gold Glove Award winner for three consecutive seasons. Hodges died of heart attack at age 57. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982.

'Dark Shadows' concludes an almost 5 year run

Dark Shadows is an American Gothic soap opera following the lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the wealthy Collins family. The series features vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and other supernatural characters. The original network run of the show lasted for nearly 5 years, producing 1,225 episodes.

The sci-fi movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' premieres

2001: A Space Odyssey is a science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. A novel also called 2001: A Space Odyssey was published soon after the film was released. The film was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, winning one for Best Visual Effects.

The Beatles top the UK singles chart with 'Can't Buy Me Love'

Can't Buy Me Love was composed by Paul McCartney and released by the Beatles. The song is included on the band's 3rd studio album A Hard Day's Night. The Rolling Stone magazine ranks the song at number 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

'As the World Turns' and 'The Edge of Night' premiere on CBS-TV

As the World Turns and The Edge of Night both premiered on the same day, April 2, 1956, in a new 30-minute running time format. Prior to this, people were used to 15-minute segments instead. As the World Turns was the most watched daytime drama from 1958 to 1978, with the last episode airing on September 17, 2010.

Radar patent

Robert Watson-Watt was granted a patent for his new device, the RADAR. Watson-Watt originally worked as a meteorologist. He wanted to use radio signals to map out the position of thunderstorms. Between 1934-1939 many nations, including Germany, developed similar systems. British design was most successful.

Charles Lindbergh turns over $50,000 as ransom for his kidnapped son

Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was abducted from his home in Highfields, New Jersey. The child body was discovered nearby on 12th May.


17 year old girl strikes out Babe Ruth

The NY Yankees and the Chattanooga Lookouts were scheduled to play an exhibition game. Mitchell was brought in to pitch during the first inning. After taking a ball, Ruth swung and missed at the next two pitches. Mitchell's fourth pitch to Ruth was a called third strike.

Ras Tafari Makonnen becomes Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia

When the Ethiopian empress Zewditu died, few days after her husband Gugsa Welle, regent Tafari rose to an emperor. However, he was officially crowned and proclaimed „King of Kings of Ethiopia“ several months later. Emissaries from a number of countries, just as well as many royals and dignitaries were present at the event.

Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany

After several American ships were sunk by Germany, Wilson delivered his „War Message“ to Congress. He asked the Congress Germany's actions as an act of war and proposed the US to enter the war in response. Both the cabinet and the Congress were in favor of war, which meant that the declaration passed by strong majority.

The ill-fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials

Titanic's sea trials began 2 days after her fitting out was finished, and 8 days before leaving Southampton on her maiden voyage. The sea trials consisted of a number tests of her handling characteristics, carried out first in Belfast Lough and then in the open waters of the Irish Sea.

'Electric Theatre' opens in Los Angeles

Electric Theatre in Los Angeles was opened to the public as the first permanent movie theater designed specifically for the exhibition of films by Thomas Lincoln Tally. The Electric Theatre gained massive popularity, as both day and night showings regularly completely sold out.

Walter Chrysler is born

Walter Chrysler was an American automotive industry executive and founder of Chrysler Corporation, which he founded in 1925. In 1928, Chrysler was named Time magazine's Man of the Year, and in 1967, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

The Battle of Fort Blakeley

Battle of Fort Blakeley was the final major battle during the American Civil War. It took place In Baldwin County, Alabama. Major General Edward Canby led his forces, consisting of 16,000 men against the garrison with only roughly 4,000 defenders. With sheer numbers, the Union forced the fort to surrender.

The Battle of Copenhagen

A naval battle occurred near Copenhagen when British fleet attempted to enter the harbor. Danish-Norwegian navy which was stationed in the city's inlet formed a blockade. Since most of the Danish forces were formed from volunteers and their ships were not equipped as good as British, the Brits emerged victorious from the conflict.

Beethoven's first symphony in Vienna

Ludwig van Beethoven hired the Burgtheater in Vienna to premiere his First Symphony and play other works, such as one of Mozart's symphonies and pieces from Beethoven's teacher Haydn's oratorio The Creation, as well as his own Septet and Piano Concerto No. 2.

US dollar adopted as the country's standard unit of money

The Coinage Act, passed by the US Congress established the silver dollar as the unit of money in the USA and pegged it to the value of the widely used Spanish silver dollar. The act also established the United States Mint and regulated the coinage of the USA.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1939

Marvin Gaye

born 1988

Jesse Plemons

born 1975

Pedro Pascal