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Hayabusa2 successfully fires a bullet at Apollo asteroid

Hayabusa2 deployed what can be described as a free-flying gun with one "bullet", called Small Carry-on Impactor; the system consists of a 2.5 kg copper projectile shot to the surface by an explosive propellant charge. Following SCI deployment, Hayabusa2 also left behind a deployable camera to observe and map the precise location of the SCI impact.

Broadway revival of 'Present Laughter' opens

Present Laughter is a comic play written by Noël Coward. The play's title comes from a song in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, which urges carpe diem. A Broadway revival opened at the St. James Theatre, starring Kevin Kline as Garry, Kate Burton as Liz, Reg Rogers as Morris, and Kristine Nielsen as Monica, with direction by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner is pulled

Kendall Jenner appeared in a short film commercial for Pepsi called "Live for Now". The ad was pulled by Pepsi one day after its release, as it was criticized for attempting to capitalize on imagery imitating protests in the Black Lives Matter movement.

PayPal cancels $3.6 million investment in Charlotte over LGBTQ discrimination law

Because of the passage of a widely condemned anti-LGBT law, PayPal decided not to move forward with planned expansion in Charlotte, North Carolina. Leaders of more than a hundred companies, including Apple Inc, Twitter Inc, and Alphabet Inc urged North Carolina Governor to repeal the legislation.

Drake releases 'One Dance'

One Dance by Drake is included on his 4th studio album called Views. The song reached number one in 15 countries, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for 10 non-consecutive weeks. In 2016, it became the most played song ever on Spotify, with over one billion individual streams.

'Scandal' first airs on ABC

Scandal is a political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes, starring Kerry Washington. Its pilot episode, Sweet Baby, introduces the main character Olivia Pope, a crisis manager with her own firm, and its staff Stephen Finch, Harrison Wright, Abigail Whelan, Huck and newly hired Quinn Perkins.

Upper Big Branch Mine disaster

An explosion rocked the tunnels 1,000 feet underground at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Montcoal, West Virginia. Twenty-nine out of thirty-one miners at the site were killed. Two miners were hospitalized. The accident was the worst in the United States since 1970.

Actor Charlton Heston dies

Charlton Heston, aged 84, died of pneumonia at his home in Beverly Hills, with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, by his side. His funeral was attended by 250 people including Nancy Reagan and Hollywood stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia de Havilland or Christian Bale.

'The Pirate Queen' opens on Broadway

The Pirate Queen is a musical with music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, French lyrics by Alain Boublil and English lyric adaptations by Richard Maltby, Jr. and John Dempsey. Frank Galati directed, with musical staging by Graciela Daniele, Irish Dance choreography by Carol Leavy Joyce, and additional choreography by Mark Dendy.

'Follies' returns to Broadway

Follies is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Goldman. A Broadway revival opened at the Belasco Theatre and closed after 117 performances and 32 previews. It was significantly stripped down and was not a success critically.

Four fans are arrested for the stabbings to death of two men in Turkey

The violence occurred at Istanbul's Taksim Square during a fight between Leeds fans and Galatasaray fans the day before their UEFA Cup semi-final first leg at Galatasaray's Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul. Four men were arrested and charged with their murders.

Final episode of original of 'Red Dwarf' airs

Only the Good... is the final episode in the eighth series and the original run of the British science fiction series Red Dwarf. It was first shown in the UK on BBC2 and was written by Doug Naylor and directed by Ed Bye. The episode also marks the final regular appearance of Chloë Annett as Kochanski and Norman Lovett as Holly. Both characters would reappear in a guest capacity in later episodes.

The world's longest bridge span opens in Japan

Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a suspension bridge, which links the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island. It crosses the busy Akashi Strait as part of the Honshu–Shikoku Highway. It was completed in 1998, and with the length of 1,991m, it has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world.

Poet Allen Ginsberg dies

Irwin Ginsberg was an American poet, philosopher, and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that followed. Ginsberg is best known for his poem "Howl", in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.

Steve Irwin's 'The Crocodile Hunter' debuts

The Crocodile Hunter is a wildlife documentary television series that was hosted by Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri. It became the Animal Planet's highest-rated series at the time, and it aired 78 episodes during five seasons, from 1996 through 2007.

Marlon Brando makes anti-semitic remarks on Larry King

Marlon Brando, an American actor, and film director made a comment on Larry King Live, saying Hollywood was run and owned by Jews. He denied his comments were anti-Semitic. A day after Brando's death, King also defended Brando's comments, saying that they had been taken out of context.

American musician Kurt Cobain commits suicide

In the guest house behind his Seattle home, a 27-year-old Cobain committed suicide. He placed a shotgun into his mouth and fired, killing himself instantly. Cobain was mourned in the days after his suicide by fans, fellow musicians, and his wife. His ashes were scattered into Washington's Wishkah River.

Businessman Sam Walton dies

Sam Walton died at the age of 74 of multiple myeloma, a type of bone cancer, in Little Rock, Arkansas. At the time of his death, his company, Wal-Mart, employed 380,000 people, and its annual sales were nearly $50 billion, flowing from 1,735 Wal-Marts, 212 Sam’s Clubs, and 13 Supercenters.


WrestleMania VIII

WrestleMania VIII was the eighth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. It took place in April 1992 at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The card included two main events, both of which shared the official promotional poster.

Space Shuttle Atlantis makes eighth flight

The primary objective of this six day mission was to launch the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), the second of the Great Observatories program which included the visible-spectrum Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the infrared Spitzer Space Telescope. The mission also featured two spacewalks, the first since 1985.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 crashes

The flight, operated using a twin-turboprop Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, crashed just north of Brunswick while approaching the airport for landing. All 23 people aboard the plane were killed, including passengers Sonny Carter and John Tower. Four years later, another Embraer Brasilia of ASA crashed in the Georgia countryside in similar circumstances.

'Married... with Children' first airs on Fox

Married... with Children is an American television sitcom that was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt. The sitcom follows the lives of Al Bundy, his wife Peggy; their daughter Kelly, and their son Bud. The series comprises 259 episodes and 11 seasons.

West Berlin discotheque bombing

Three people were killed and 229 injured when La Belle discothèque was bombed in the Friedenau district of West Berlin. The entertainment venue was commonly frequented by United States soldiers, and two of the dead and 79 of the injured were Americans.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar becomes the highest-scoring player in NBA history

In a game against the Utah Jazz played in Las Vegas. Taking a pass from Magic Johnson, Abdul-Jabbar whirled and launched his trademark sky-hook toward the hoop. The shot drew nothing but net, giving Abdul-Jabbar career point No. 31,420, which vaulted him past Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA's all-time leading scorer. He still holds the career record with 38,387 points.

Aviatic billionaire Howard Hughes dies

Howard Hughes died at the age of 70 on board an aircraft owned by Robert Graf and piloted by Jeff Abrams. The following autopsy recorded kidney failure as the cause of his death. At the time of his death, Hughes was in bad physical condition, he suffered from malnutrition, and his kidneys were damaged.

Mount Etna erupts in Sicily

Lava buried the Etna Observatory, destroyed the 1st generation of the Etna cable-car, and seriously threatened several small villages on Etna's east flank. Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.


Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA Playoff record of 41 rebounds

Chamberlain reversed his fortunes. He had been traded to the new Philadelphia team, the 76ers, and they finished the regular season with the best record in the history of the league. In the championship series, the 76ers polished off the San Francisco Warriors to win the first world title for Chamberlain.

Cukor's 'My Fair Lady' won eight Oscars

The 37th Academy Awards took place at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and were hosted by Bob Hope. It was the only time in Oscar history, where 3 films got 12 or more nominations. Beck and My Fair Lady each received 12, while Mary Poppins received 13. The Academy Award for Best Picture went to My Fair Lady.

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death

Rosenbergs were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Judge Kaufman sentenced them to death, under Section 2 of the Espionage Act of 1917. The death penalty was imposed based on the personal recommendation of prosecutor Roy Cohn. Julius Rosenberg claimed they were innocent and the case was a political frame-up.

25 fans lose their lives when a stand collapses at Glasgow’s Ibrox stadium as the Scottish national team plays England

The 1902 Ibrox disaster was the collapse of a stand at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland which led to the deaths of 25 and injuries to more than 500 supporters during an international association football match between Scotland and England. The match was the first time that the ground had been used more than half full.

American industrialist Larry Bell is born

In 1935, Bell founded the Bell Aircraft company. It produced several famous designs. Most notable of them is the Bell X-1, the first supersonic aircraft. Bell manufactured fixed-wing aircraft, vertical take-off and landing aircraft and even hovercrafts and missiles. The company was purchased in 1960 by Textron and lives on today as Bell Helicopter.

British surgeon Joseph Lister is born

Lister is considered an inventor of sterile surgery. While working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, he started to use phenol for cleaning surgical tools and wounds. It was an application of early bacteriological research of Louis Pasteur. Lister's work led to a great reduction in post-operative infections.

The first performance of Beethoven's 'Symphony No. 2 in D'

The Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36, is a symphony in four movements written by Ludwig van Beethoven and is dedicated to Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky. Beethoven produced the symphony during his stay at Heiligenstadt in 1802, at a time when his deafness was becoming more pronounced and he began to realize that it might be incurable.

Collection of the British Museum is established

British parliament bought the collection of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane and made it accessible to the public. The prize was 20 000 pounds, which was far less than the value of the collection. It consisted of 50 000 books and 69 352 items of nature and art. The collection was placed in the Montagu House in the Bloomsbury district in London.

The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island

Roggeveen arrived at an unknown island on Easter Sunday, so he called it Easter Island. He reported seeing 2,000-3,000 inhabitants. Also registered the presence of the Moai statues but he thought they were earthen and didn't pay much attention to them.

The Battle of the Ice

A battle between the Republic of Novgorod, led by Prince Alexander Nevsky and the crusader army, led by the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights took place at Lake Peipus. It was a frozen lake, which gave the battle its name. Crusaders, with the roughly only half as many men as the opposing force sustained a significant defeat.

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