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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.

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.

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.

Video game Job Simulator is released

Job Simulator is a virtual reality simulation video game developed and published by Owlchemy Labs. In the game, players participate in approximations of real-world jobs and perform tasks associated with that occupation, some realistic and others comical.

"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.

Writer Saul Bellow dies

Saul Bellow was a Jewish Canadian-American writer. For his literary work, Bellow was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, the Nobel Prize for Literature, and the National Medal of Arts. He is the only writer to win the National Book Award.

The world's longest bridge span opened 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.

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.

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.

Marlon Brando makes anti-semetic remarks about hollywood 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.


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.

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.

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.

"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.


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.

Singer Pharrell Williams is born

Pharrell Williams has earned 10 Grammy Awards, and is a two-time Academy Award nominee, receiving a Best Original Song nomination for "Happy", and the Best Picture nomination as one of the producers of Hidden Figures. He is a member of the record production duo The Neptunes, and the lead vocalist and drummer of the band N*E*R*D.

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.

The 37th Academy Awards

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.

Singer Agnetha Fältskog is born

Agnetha Fältskog rose to prominence in Sweden after she had released her debut album called Agnetha Fältskog. She reached international fame as a member of the pop group ABBA, one of the best-selling music artists in history.

Actor Gregory Peck is born

Gregory Peck is well known for portraying Atticus Finch in the film To Kill a Mockingbird, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also received Oscar nominations for his roles in The Keys of the Kingdom, The Yearling, Gentleman's Agreement. and Twelve O'Clock High.

Actress Bette Davis is born

Bette Davis was an American actress of film, television, and theater. She is remembered as one of Hollywood's legendary leading ladies, famous for her larger-than-life persona and for her nearly 100 film appearances. In her sixty-year career in films, she won two Best Actress Academy Awards and was a finalist for eight others.

Actor Spencer Tracy is born

Spencer Tracy was one of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age. He won 2 out of 9 Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor. During his career, he appeared in 75 films. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him as the 9th greatest male star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.

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.

1st 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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Kurt Cobain

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