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Stockholm attack

A hijacked lorry was driven into crowds along Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. The attack claimed lives of 5 people and left 14 seriously injured. The perpetrator of the attack was rejected asylum seeker Rakhmat Akilov, a citizen of Uzbekistan. Police found a homemade bomb in the truck, which had not been detonated.

Video game Mortal Kombat X is released

Mortal Kombat X is a fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on the Unreal Engine 3, it is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series and a sequel to the previous game Mortal Kombat.

"Star Trek" premieres at the Sydney Opera House, Australia

First of several world premieres of the new Star Trek movie took place at Sydney Opera House. It was only the 3rd time a movie had its debut there. It was one day prior to the US opening. Director J. J. Abrams and cast were present. The movie then became a huge box office success, grossing over $385.7 million around the world.

Video game Tomb Raider: Legend is released

Tomb Raider: Legend is an action-adventure video game, the seventh entry in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise. Published by Eidos Interactive, it is the first game in the series not to be developed by Core Design, but by Crystal Dynamics and first full reboot within series.

Indian physicist Gopalasamudram Ramachandran dies

Ramachandran was known for his research on peptides, the basic stones of life. He invented a way to visualize energetically allowed shapes of their molecules. Such visualizations are now called Ramachandran plots. He was also first who proposed a triple-helical model for the structure of collagen, most abundant protein in human body.

Mars Odyssey launch

Odyssey was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and reached Mars orbit on October 24, 2001. Its mission is to use spectrometers and a thermal imager to detect evidence of past or present water and ice, as well as study the planet's geology and radiation environment.

US claims 'banana war' victory over Europe

The World Trade Organisation ruled in favor of the USA in its long-running trade dispute with Europe over bananas. For a long time, the USA argued that EU tariffs favor former European colonies in the Caribbean over Latin American producers and European distributors over US companies.


WrestleMania II

WrestleMania 2 was the second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). The event took place on Monday, April 7, 1986, making it the only WrestleMania that was not held on the customary Sunday. The events took place at three venues: the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York; the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois; and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California.

Sir Clive Sinclair sold his computer business for £5m to rival Amstrad

Sinclair Research sold the Sinclair trademark and computer business to Amstrad for £5 million. Sinclair Research Ltd. was reduced to an R&D business and holding company, with shareholdings in several spin-off companies, formed to exploit technologies developed by the company.

First Shuttle spacewalk

American astronauts Story Musgrave and Donald H. Peterson conducted first extravehicular activity from the board of a space shuttle. The shuttle in question was Challenger. Musgrave and Peterson used brand new spacesuits designed especially for the shuttle missions. Their spacewalk lasted 4 hours and 17 minutes.

Rick James releases album "Street Songs"

Street Songs is the fifth album by American musician Rick James, released via Gordy Records. "Give It to Me Baby", the lead song and single from the album, became James' second number one single on the R&B chart. It spent five weeks at the top spot. The fifth song on the album, "Super Freak", was also one of James' biggest hits.

Donald Trump weds Ivana Zelníčková

Donald Trump married Czech model Ivana Zelníčková at the Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan, in a ceremony performed by the Reverend Norman Vincent Peale. Together they had 3 children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric. The couple divorced in 1992.

The 18th Eurovision Song Contest

The 18th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Luxembourg. It was won by the Luxembourg entry, "Tu te reconnaîtras", this being Luxembourg's fourth win. The voting was a very close one, with Spain finishing only 4 points behind and Cliff Richard of the United Kingdom another 2 points after.

The 42nd Academy Awards

The 42nd Academy Awards were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. This was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be broadcast via satellite to an international audience, but only outside North America. Mexico and Brazil were the sole countries to broadcast the event live.

The Internet's symbolic birth date

The inception of the Request for Comments format occurred as part of the seminal ARPANET project. RFC 1, entitled "Host Software", was written by Steve Crocker of the University of California, Los Angeles.


Motor racing world champion Jim Clark is killed in an accident

Jim Clark, one of the most naturally talented motor racing driver was killed when his Lotus-Cosworth left the German track and roll into a wood at about 170mph during a Formula Two race. The cause of the accident could have been a fault in the steering mechanism or rear-axle suspension.

Film critic Roger Ebert publishes his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times

On his very first day at his new job, Ebert’s wrote his first review as critic of the French New Wave film Galia, this was published in the Chicago Sun-Times' Sunday magazine. Roger Ebert was 24. The opening paragraph is typical Roger, situating the film within the context of then-current trends in film making.

Actor Russell Crowe is born

Russell Ira Crowe is an actor, film producer, and musician. Although a New Zealand citizen, he has lived most of his life in Australia. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the historical epic film Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor.

IBM announces the System/360

IBM System/360 was revolutionary in content and unprecedented in scope. It marked a turning point in the emerging field of information science and the understanding of complex systems. It combines microelectronic technology, which makes possible operating speeds measured in billionths of a second.

Actor Jackie Chan is born

Chan Kong-sang is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic fighting style, comic timing, use of improvised weapons, and innovative stunts, which he typically performs himself, in the cinematic world.

Auto pioneer Henry Ford dies at age 83

Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at Fair Lane, his estate in Dearborn. Funeral services were held in Detroit's Cathedral Church of St. Paul and he was buried in the Ford Cemetery in Detroit.

The Japanese battleship Yamato is sunk by American planes

The Japanese battleship Yamato,the largest battleships ever built in history was sunk in Japan’s first major counterattack on the ground in the struggle for Okinawa. Displacing 71,659 tons and capable of 27 knots. Over 3,000 sailors died when she exploded and sank.

Booker T. Washington becomes the first African American to be depicted on a United States postage stamp

President Franklin D. Roosevelt directed that Washington be considered for the new stamp series. Booker T. Washington was the first African-American that appeared on a United States postage stamp. He was known for being one of the best orators of his time who used his oration skills to be the voice for African-Americans.

Italy invades Albania

The Italian invasion of Albania was a result of the imperialist policies of Italian dictator Mussolini. Albania was already dependent on Italy’s economy. It seems that 100,000 Italian soldiers and 600 aircraft were involved in the action. A personal union between Italy and Albania was proclaimed.

Director Francis Ford Coppola is born

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. While a number of Coppola's ventures in the 1980s and 1990s were critically lauded, he has never quite achieved the same commercial success with films as in the 1970s.

National Beer Day, marking the end of prohibition in the U.S.

National Beer Day marks the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted after having been signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Act allowed people to buy, sell, and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales.


Rangers Coach Lester Patrick became the oldest person to appear as a player in a Stanley Cup Final

Curtis Lester Patrick was a professional ice hockey player and coach. Patrick is famous for an incident which occurred during the Stanley Cup finals of 1928. At the age of 44 years, while serving as coach and general manager of the Rangers, Patrick inserted himself into the playoff game in April to play goal against the Montreal Maroons.

Musician Billie Holiday is born

Eleanora Fagan was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.

Kenneth Oakley is born

Kenneth Oakley was an English physical anthropologist, geologist, and paleontologist. He developed a method to date fossils bones by measuring their fluoride levels, based on a French mineralogist's theory that bones would gradually absorb fluoride from surrounding soil.

Nansen at 86°14′

Norwegian explorers Fridtjof Nansen and Hjalmar Johansen reached 86°13.6′N. They wanted to reach the North Pole (90°N) but were unsuccessful and retreated. Before final attempt to reach Pole overland Nansen and his crew drifted 18 months through the Arctic Ocean aboard his ship Fram frozen into a pack of ice.

The Battle of Cumberland Church

Army of the Union suffered a defeat at the hands of Confederate forces near Farmville in Virginia. The battle was part of Appomattox Campaign during American Civil War. Confederate forces fortified the high ground around the church which was too strong for Union soldiers to take and they were forced to stop their attacks.

American industrialist Will Keith Kellogg is born

Keith Kellogg founded a Kellogg Company, which exist to this day and produces breakfast cereals. The cereals itself were an invention of his brother, John Harvey Kellogg, physician and anti-masturbation activist. Both brothers belonged to Seventh-Day Adventist Church and promoted healthy living.

John Walker sells the first friction match

Walker sold his first "Friction Light" from his pharmacy in Stockton on Tees. Walker's first friction matches were made of cardboard but he soon began to use wooden splints cut by hand. His invention of the friction light actually happened almost by accident the year before.

The first performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis"

The Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123, is a solemn mass composed by Ludwig van Beethoven from 1819 to 1823. It was first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, under the auspices of Beethoven's patron Prince Nikolai Galitzin.

Premiere of Beethoven's "Eroica"

The Symphony No. 3 in E♭ major, Op. 55 is a symphony in four movements by Ludwig van Beethoven. One of the composer's most celebrated works, the Eroica symphony is a large-scale composition that marked the beginning of Beethoven's creative middle-period.

Poet William Wordsworth is born

William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature. His magnum opus is generally considered to be The Prelude, a semi-autobiographical poem of his early years that he revised and expanded a number of times.

Premiere performance of J. S. Bach's "St John Passion"

Bach's St John Passion was first performed in the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, shortly after Bach’s 39th birthday. It is a musically extravagant setting full of bad feeling and intensity yet surprising in its beauty. It is Bach’s the most controversial work.

Charles University is founded in Prague

Charles University is the oldest and largest university in Czechia and it was the first university in Central Europe. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe in continuous operation and ranks in the upper 1.5 percent of the world’s best universities. Charles University consists of 17 faculties.

Anniversaries of famous

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P. T. Barnum

born 1954

Jackie Chan

born 1986

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