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The first episode of "Silicon Valley" debuts

Silicon Valley is an American comedy television series created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky. The series revolves around 5 men who found a startup company in Silicon Valley. It stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Josh Brener, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and Christopher Evan Welch.

Heidi Klum divorces Seal

After seven years of marriage, Heidi Klum filed for divorce from Seal. She also requested that her name, Heidi Samuel, be restored to her birth name of Heidi Klum. They have 3 biological children together, and Seal also adopted Leni, Klum's child from her previous relationship.

Portugal seeks bailout amid eurozone crises

Portugal's government, led by Jose Socrates, requested an IMF-EU bailout package in a bid to stabilize its public finances. After Greece and Ireland, Portugal was the 3rd eurozone country to ask for a financial assistance after being unable to fund its debts.

L'Aquila earthquake

The region of Abruzzo in central Italy was hit by an earthquake with a 5.8 magnitude on Richter scale. The epicenter was near the town of L'Aquila. Total damage was calculated to be around $16 billion. 308 people have been reported to die during an earthquake. Roughly 1,500 were injured and around 65,000 were left homeless.

Quentin Tarantino suffers his biggest flop to date

Grindhouse, a horror film double feature, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino was released, however ticket sales performed significantly below box office analysts' expectations despite mostly positive critic reviews. Although the film cost $53 million to produce, it earned only $25,4 million.

Craig Newmark launches Craigslist in San Francisco

Craigslist is an American classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums. Craig Newmark began the service as an email distribution list to friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It started expanding to other U.S. cities in 2000, and now covers 70 countries.

The Rwandan Genocide begins

The Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana returned from Tanzania, he was killed when his plane was shot down outside of the country’s capital, Kigali. This accident caused, that members of the Hutu ethnic majority in the east-central African nation of Rwanda murdered over 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority.

Author Isaac Asimov dies

Asimov was a science writer and well-known writers of science fiction. He died in New York City at the age of 72, from heart and kidney failure. He had dealt privately with a diagnosis of AIDS, which he'd contracted from a blood transfusion during bypass surgery.

Actor Zach Braff is born

Zach Braff is best known for his role as J. D. on the television series Scrubs. In 2004, he made his directorial debut with Garden State. He wrote the film, starred in it, and compiled the soundtrack album, for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album.

ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest

It was held at The Dome in Brighton on the south coast of the UK. The winner of the Contest was pop band ABBA from Sweden, that performed the song "Waterloo". Giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest, and are the most successful group to have ever taken part in the competition.


The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter

The first designated hitter in the history of baseball was Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees when he went to bat in the first regular season game played under the controversial new rule. From the beginning, some people criticized the designated hitter in bitter, moralistic terms.

Composer Igor Stravinsky dies

Influential Russian composer Igor Stravinsky created such famed works as 'The Rite of Spring,' 'Symphony in C' and 'The Rake's Progress.' Stravinsky died, at age 88, in New York City, with more than 100 works to his name. His approach to musical composition was one of constant renewal.

Actor Paul Rudd is born

Paul Rudd made his acting debut with NBC's drama series Sisters. He is known for his roles in the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Ant-Man, or Captain America: Civil War. In 2015, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 13th Eurovision Song Contest

The 13th Eurovision Song Contest took place at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, and was hosted by Katie Boyle. It was won by the Spanish song "La, la, la", performed by Massiel. A total of 17 countries entered the contest.

The 31st Academy Awards

The 31st Academy Awards ceremony took place at the Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California, and was hosted by Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven, and Laurence Olivier. The film Gigi won 9 Oscars, breaking the previous record of 8.

The first Tony Awards are presented for theatrical achievement

The first awards ceremony was held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The winners were presented with a scroll, a money clip and a cigarette lighter for the men or a 14-carat gold compact and bracelets for the women. A panel was consisted of approximately 868 voters.

Teflon is invented

New chlorofluorocarbon refrigerant, the tetrafluoroethylene gas in its pressure bottle stopped flowing before the bottle's weight had dropped to the point signaling "empty". Since Plunkett was measuring the amount of gas used by weighing the bottle, he became curious as to the source of the weight, and finally resorted to sawing the bottle apart. He found the bottle's interior coated with a waxy white material that was oddly slippery.

Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak

Two small towns in Mississippi and Georgia were devastated by tornadoes. It caused nearly $13 million in damage across the region. This tornado ranks as the fourth most destructive storm in US history based on the number of dead. Nearly 420 people were killed by these tornadoes.

"A Connecticut Yankee" is released

A Connecticut Yankee is an American Pre-Code film adaptation of Mark Twain's novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The film was directed by David Butler to a script by William M. Conselman, Owen Davis, and Jack Moffitt, and stars Will Rogers, William Farnum, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Myrna Loy.

American molecular biologist James Watson is born

Watson is famous because of his discovery of the structure of DNA. He deduced it in 1953 together with Francis Crick based on experimental data provided by Rosalind Franklin and by Maurice Wilkins. Later Watson was interested in cancer research and co-established the Human Genome Project, an international research effort to read human DNA.

Around the world in the plane

A team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service took off in four planes for the first aerial circumnavigation. The trip took 175 days, covering over 44 342 km. It was the third attempt to fly around the world. The British and French tried the same thing before Americans but failed.

US declares war on Germany

After Germany sunk the US ships, the vote to declare war on them was quickly passed by the US Congress. The US entered the war against Germany as an independent power, without officially joining the Allies. They made a major contribution of supplies, materials, and money. US forces arrived on the Western Front next year.

Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reach the North Pole

Robert Peary and Matthew Henson traveled with the aid of dogsleds and three separate support crews who turned back at successive intervals before reaching the Pole. Many modern explorers, including Olympic skiers using modern equipment, contend that Peary could not have reached the pole on foot in the time he claimed.


Summer Olympics officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad start

The first celebration of the modern Olympic Games took place in its ancient birthplace of Athens. Organised by the International Olympic Committee. The Games welcomed athletes from 14 nations, with the largest delegations coming from Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain.

Dutch aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker is born

Fokker designed many aircraft. His name is associated with the early fighter planes from the Great War. Most famous was the revolutionary Fokker Eindecker. After the war, Fokker moved his business to the Netherlands. He produced a variety of successful aircraft including the Fokker trimotor, a successful passenger plane of the inter-war years.

City of Vancouver is incorporated

A coastal seaport city in Canada was incorporated in the same year as the first transcontinental train arrived. President of Canadian Pacific Railway arrived to establish the CPR terminus in Port Moody and named the city after George Vancouver. Large companies fueled its economic activity which led to its rapid development.

John Wesley Hyatt acquires a patent for Celluloid

John Wesley Hyatt acquired Parkes's patent and began experimenting with cellulose nitrate with the intention of manufacturing billiard balls, which until that time were made from ivory. He used cloth, ivory dust, and shellac, and patented a method of covering billiard balls with the addition of collodion.

The Battle of Sailor's Creek

The Battle of Sailor's Creek was fought in 1865, near Farmville, Virginia, as part of the Appomattox Campaign, near the end of the American Civil War. It was the largest battle of the Appomattox Campaign and the last major engagement between the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and local Richmond area defense forces.

The Battle of Shiloh

The Battle of Shiloh was a battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought in 1862 in southwestern Tennessee. Confederate Army of Mississippi under the leadership of General Albert Sidney Johnston, launched a surprise attack on the Army of Tennessee.

King Richard the Lionheart dies

King Richard I was the ruling king of England from July 1189 until April 1199. He also ruled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine, and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes. Because of his reputation for being military leader and warrior, he was also known as the Richard the Lionheart.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1928

James Watson

died 2013

Don Shirley

born 1969

Paul Rudd