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Pink Star diamond sets world record price of $71 million for a gem

The Pink Star is a diamond weighing 59.60 carats, rated in color as Fancy Vivid Pink by the Gemological Institute of America. It was mined by De Beers in 1999 in South Africa. The Pink Star was sold at an auction in Hong Kong for $71 million to Chow Tai Fook Enterprises.

Video game The Elder Scrolls Online is released

The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing video game developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is set in the continent of Tamriel and features a storyline indirectly connected with the other games in the Elder Scrolls franchise.

Thane building collapse

A building collapsed in Mumbra, a suburb of Thane in Maharashtra, India, killing 74 people. According to the report, standards practices for safe and lawful construction were not followed. As a result, 15 suspects were arrested including builders, engineers, municipal officials and other responsible parties.

Grumpy Cat is born

Grumpy Cat is an American cat internet celebrity known for her permanently grumpy facial appearance. She rose to prominence when a photograph of her was posted on social news website Reddit, and lolcats parodies created from the photograph went viral.

Günter Grass publishes controversial poem

Günter Grass was a German novelist and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. In 2012 he published a prose poem named "What must be said". The poem discusses a threat of annihilation of the Iranian people and the writer's fears that Germany's delivery to Israel of a sixth Dolphin-class submarine capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Google announces “Project Glass”; history of Google Glass began

Google Glass is a brand of smart glasses, an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses. It was developed by X with the mission of producing a ubiquitous computer, which would display information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format.

Beyoncé marries Jay-Z

Beyoncé and Jay-Z married secretly. The couple started dating in 2000. In 2012, their daughter Blue Ivy Carter was born, and in 2017, their twins Rumi and Sir were born. In 2006, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were listed as the most powerful couple for TIME magazine's 100 most influential people.


The last tie to ever occur in the NHL

Each National Hockey League regulation game is 60 minutes long. The game is composed of three 20-minute periods with an intermission between periods. At the end of regulation time, the team with the most goals wins the game. If a game is tied after regulation time, overtime ensues. The last tie in NHL occurred in April 2004.

Alibaba is founded

Alibaba Group is a Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail, Internet, AI, and technology conglomerate. It was founded by Jack Ma and Peng Lei. Its name comes from the character Ali Baba from the Arabian literature One Thousand and One Nights.

Space shuttle Columbia is launched

This mission was originally intended to be on orbit for 15 days and 16 hours. It was, however, cut short. The reason was a problem with fuel cell number two. It seemed like oxygen and hydrogen could uncontrollably mix in it, which could end by an explosion. Mission Flight Rules required that the fuel cell is shut down and flight terminated.


Chicago beats Miami 100-92 to win its NBA record 44th consecutive home game

Chicago beat Miami 100-92 to win its NBA record 44th consecutive home game and its NBA record 37th consecutive home game at the start of a season. The Bulls lost their next game to the Hornets 98-97 on April 8, ending both streaks. The elder Curry was the hero for the Hornets He scored 19 points and hit the final two free throws.

Mosaic Communications Corporation is founded

Mosaic Communications Corporation, currently Netscape, was founded by Jim Clark, Marc Andreessen, and William Foss. It was the 1st company to attempt to capitalize on the nascent World Wide Web. Its 1st product was the web browser, called Mosaic Netscape 0.9.


WrestleMania IX

WrestleMania IX was the ninth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. The event took place at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada, in April 1993, and was the first WrestleMania event held outdoors.

American game designer Alfred Butts dies

Butts is famous as the inventor of the Scrabble game. Although an architect by training, he switched to board game development in the 1930s. He wanted to create a game that utilized both chance and skill by combining elements of anagrams and crossword puzzles. Butts studied the New York Times front page to now many of each letter he would include in the game.

Actress and musician Jamie Lynn Spears is born

Jamie Lynn Spears is known for her role as Zoey Brooks on the Nickelodeon teen sitcom Zoey 101. In 2013, she started a career in country music. She released her debut single, "How Could I Want More", along with her debut album called The Journey.

President Ronald Reagan calls for an international ban on chemical weapons

Reagan opened his 23rd formal news conference Wednesday evening by announcing plans to offer the Soviet Union a global ban on chemical weapons during the upcoming meeting of the U.N. Committee on Disarmament in Geneva. Opponents of the chemical weapons program assailed his motives.

Space Shuttle Challenger makes its maiden voyage into space

STS-6 was the sixth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was the first Space Shuttle mission during which a spacewalk was conducted. Challenger returned to Earth on 9 April 1983 at 10:53 am PST.

Actress Gloria Swanson dies

Gloria May Josephine Swanson was an American actress and producer best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed film Sunset Boulevard. Swanson was also a star in the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille.

The 26th Eurovision Song Contest

The 26th Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Simmonscourt Pavilion of the Royal Dublin Society in Dublin, Ireland. The UK won the contest with the song "Making Your Mind Up" performed by Bucks Fizz. A total of 20 countries entered the contest, with Cyprus making its début in the contest.

Actor Heath Ledger is born

Heath Ledger, an Australian actor, and director appeared in 19 films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Monster's Ball, Lords of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight, for which he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Microsoft is founded

At a time when most Americans use typewriters, childhood friends Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft, a company that makes computer software. The pair were total computer geeks in an age when any access to computers was hard to come by. The original name of "Micro-Soft" was suggested by Allen.


Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record

Braves management wanted Hank Aaron to break the record in Atlanta and were, therefore, going to have Aaron sit out the first three games of the season. He played two out of three, tying Babe Ruth's record in his very first at-bat, on his first swing of the season, off Reds pitcher Jack Billingham, but did not hit another home run in the series.

World Trade Center opens

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of 7 buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It featured the landmark Twin Towers, which were destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. At the time of their completion, the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world.

NASA launches Apollo 6

Apollo 6 was an unmanned test of the Saturn V launch vehicle and the final unmanned Apollo test mission. Two minutes into the flight, the rocket experienced severe pogo oscillations for about 30 seconds. Ten hours after launch, it landed 43 nautical miles from the planned touchdown point in the North Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. While standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

Actor Robert Downey Jr. is born

During his career, Robert Downey Jr. has won one BAFTA Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, and one Screen Actor Guild Award. He appeared in films such as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Zodiac, The Avengers, or Sherlock Holmes. From 2012 to 2015, he topped the Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors.

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

Can't Buy Me Love topped the US chart for 4 weeks. The song 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.

TV presenter Graham Norton is born

Graham Norton is a five-time BAFTA TV Award winner for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. He also presents on BBC Radio 2 and is the BBC television commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest. He published two memoirs called So Me and The Life and Loves of a He Devil.

The 32nd Academy Awards

The 32nd Academy Awards took place at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. The film Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars and broke the all-time record of 9 set the year before by Gigi. It remained the most honored motion picture in Academy Award history until Titanic equaled the feat in 1997.

American engineer Steven Sasson is born

He is known as the inventor of first self-contained digital camera. He developed it shortly after leaving an engineering school as a new employee of the Kodak Company. His prototype was about the size of a toaster and weighed three and half kilos. It had resolution 100 × 100 pixels. The image was recorded onto a cassette tape and this process took 23 seconds.

NATO is formed

NATO was established under the North Atlantic Treaty, signed in Washington by 10 Western European countries and two from North America. The essence of NATO is collective defense, which provides mutual assistance, including military aid, in case of an attack on a party or parties to the Treaty.

US forces liberate the Nazi death camp Ohrdruf in Germany

The concentration camp near Ohrdruf was the 1st Nazi concentration camp liberated by US troops. After soldiers of 4th Armored Division and 89th Infantry Division entered the camp, they discovered piles of bodies. Following this, General Eisenhower requested a band of a journalist to let the world know of the Nazi crimes.

First bombardment of oil refineries in Bucharest by Anglo-American forces kills 3000 civilians

Bucharest was heavily bombarded by Allied planes but included a bombing by Nazi Germany after the royal coup. The bombardments targeted Ploiesti oil fields, Brasov factories, Turnu Severin port and train station.The official toll was 2,942 dead and 2,126 wounded.

Actor Anthony Perkins is born

Anthony Perkins is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and its three sequels. His other films include Fear Strikes Out, The Matchmaker, Five Miles to Midnight, Murder on the Orient Express, North Sea Hijack, The Black Hole, or Crimes of Passion.

Vitamin C is isolated

American biochemist Charles Glen King isolated the Vitamin C. The substance was independently isolated by a Hungarian chemists Albert Szent-Györgyi and Joseph L. Svirbely. There was a dispute over priority. Szent-Györgyi was later awarded by Nobel Prize for the discovery, while King wasn't. Vitamin C is essential for prevention of scurvy.

Automobile manufacturer Karl Benz dies

Karl Benz died at his home in Ladenburg, Germany, at the age of 84 from a bronchial inflammation. The Benz home has been later designated as historic and is used as a scientific meeting facility for a nonprofit foundation, that honors Karl Benz and his wife Bertha for their roles in the history of automobiles.

Author and activist Maya Angelou is born

Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was an American author, actress, screenwriter, dancer, poet and civil rights activist best known for her 1969 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Angelou received several honors throughout her career, including two NAACP Image Awards in the outstanding literary work.


American MLB player and manager Gil Hodges is born

Gilbert Ray Hodges, was an American Major League Baseball first baseman and manager who played most of his 18-year career for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. He was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 1982.

Jeannette Rankin begins her term as 1st woman member of US House of Reps

Jeannette Rankin was a politician, lifelong pacifist and women's rights advocate. Her campaign for a seat in the congressional election was supported by her brother Wellington. She was later elected and become one of the fifty Congress members to vote against the declaration of war on Germany during WWI.


Arnold Malcolm "Mickey" Owen, an American baseball player and coach is born

Mickey Owen was born in Nixa, Missouri, the USA as Arnold Malcolm Owen. The brawling Dodgers catcher who became a Brooklyn byword for "goat" with his infamous dropped third strike in the 1941 World Series. Owen played for 13 seasons in the major leagues and was an outstanding catcher with a strong, accurate arm.

Musician Muddy Waters is born

Muddy Waters is sometimes referred to as the father of modern Chicago blues. He recorded his first records for Columbia Records and then for Aristocrat Records. Besides blues and rhythm and blues, he also influenced rock and roll, hard rock, folk music, jazz, and country music.


Baseball Hall of Famer Tris Speaker is born

Speaker was born in Hubbard, Texas. He was perhaps the best center fielder ever to play baseball. A player highly regarded for both his work at the plate and in the field. The durable Speaker played in more than 100 games for 19 consecutive seasons. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1937.

Bryant's Minstrels debut "Dixie" in New York City in the finale of a blackface minstrel show

Bryant’s Minstrels premiered the song in a show at Mechanics’ Hall. The printed playbill called it “Dixie’s Land.” The final act of most minstrel shows of the time were blackface burlesques of mainstream theater, but "Dixie" and songs like it prompted an industry-wide revival of plantation-related material.

The city of Los Angeles is incorporated

After the end of the Mexican-American War, LA and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and became part of the US. Roughly 2 years later, LA was incorporated as a municipality, governing over the adjacent area. In 5 months after this, California achieved statehood.

The 9th US President William Henry Harrison dies at 68

Harrison died in the White House, after falling ill with the cold. Due to his busy social schedule, his rest time was very scarce. He was the 1st US president to die in office. His funeral took place in the Wesley Chapel in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was buried at the Congressional Cemetery and later reburied in North Bend, Ohio.

John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States

When former president Harrison died in office, the Cabinet met and determined that Tyler would be Vice-President acting President. However, Tyler had himself sworn as President and took the oath, therefore becoming the youngest man to assume the office to that point. He kept the Harrison's cabinet members as his own.

Philip Astley stages the first modern circus

Englishman Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London. Astley’s trick riding received such a favorable response that he soon hired other equestrians, a clown, and musicians. Astley rode in a circle rather than a straight line as his rivals did, and thus changed the format which was later named a circus.

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