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Kimi Räikkönen hits a mechanic during a pit stop

During the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix, Kimi Räikkönen got into an accident, when he struck Ferrari tyre changer Francesco Cigarini. It occured during his 2nd pit stop on lap 35. It was caused by faulty pit box light that changed color to green early. Following the accident, Räikkönen stopped in the pit lane and retired the car.

'Killing Eve' premieres on BBC America

Killing Eve is a British spy thriller television series, produced in the United Kingdom by Sid Gentle Films for BBC America. The series follows Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle; as the chase progresses, the two develop a mutual obsession.

Falcon 9 lands at sea

Falcon 9 rocket landed on a drone ship 300 km from the Florida coastline. The rocket belonged to the SpaceX company. It was a first stage of the two-stage lift vehicle called Falcon 9. It was used again in 2017. Reusability of the Falcon 9 parts is similar to the reusability of aircraft, which reduces the cost of space missions.

The 150th episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' airs

The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama series, based on the book of the same name by L. J. Smith. The 150th episode, called “I Went to the Woods” is the 17th episode of the 7th season. It aired on The CW and had 1.03 million viewers in the US. The episode was directed by Julie Plec.

Vanessa Hudgens makes her Broadway debut in 'Gigi'

Gigi is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, based on Colette’s novella of the same name. The 2015 Broadway revival of the musical took place at the Neil Simon Theatre. Vanessa Hudgens led the cast that transferred there from the Kennedy Center. Catherine Zuber won Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

Thatcher was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to have been appointed. She implemented policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism. Thatcher died at the age of 87, after suffering a stroke. Reactions to the news of Thatcher's death were mixed across the UK.

'The Addams Family' opens on Broadway

The Addams Family is a musical comedy by Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. It is based on the Charles Addams cartoon of the same name. After the 2009 Chicago tryout, the cast transferred to Broadway where it performed the show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. It won 3 awards out of 19 nominations.

Skyscraper with wind PowerStation

Wind turbines on Bahrain World Trade Center started to move. They are fully integrated into the design of the building. The sail-shaped buildings on either side are designed to funnel wind through the gap to provide accelerated wind passing through the turbines. They are expected to provide 11% to 15% of the towers' power consumption.

Patrick Stewart stars in 'Macbeth' at the Lyceum Theatre

Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare that is centered around murderous general and his ascent to the throne. The 2008 Broadway production opened at the Lyceum Theatre, starring Patrick Stewart in the main role. Stewart’s performance earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.

Shedden Massacre

The Shedden massacre involved the gang-related killing of eight men, whose bodies were found in a field five kilometres north of Shedden, a small village in the Canadian province of Ontario, on April 8, 2006. Four vehicles, with the bodies inside, were first discovered by a farmer. The day after the bodies were discovered, five people, including one member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, were arrested for the murders, and three more people were arrested in June 2006. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said the killings were an isolated event and there were no fears for the safety of local residents. The name "Shedden massacre" is, in fact, a misnomer as the massacre took place at a farm outside of Iona Station and Shedden was just the hamlet closest to where the bodies were discovered in a farmer's field.

Suzan-Lori Parks wins a Pulitzer Prize

Suzan-Lori Parks is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist and musician. The first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play “Topdog/Underdog,” a beautifully written study of love, abandonment and ambition. Parks is often noted for her unique voice in the way she explores with language and dialect.


Tiger Woods wins 65th Masters Golf Tournament

The 2001 Masters Tournament was the 65th Masters Tournament, held in April at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Tiger Woods won his second Masters and sixth major championship, two strokes ahead of runner-up David Duval.

Actress Claire Trevor dies at 91

Claire Trevor was an American actress. She appeared in over 60 films, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Key Largo, and earning nominations for her roles in The High and the Mighty and Dead End. She also received top-billing in Stagecoach.

'The Iceman Cometh' opens at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre

The Iceman Cometh is a drama play by Eugene O’Neill, set in Harry Hopeäs Saloon in NY, in 1912. The 3rd Broadway revival from the 1998 London production took place at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran for a bit over 3 months. The production won several awards, including Outstanding Actor in a Play for Kevin Spacey.


Oliver McCall fights vs. Larry Holmes

Oliver McCall vs. Larry Holmes, billed as "The Burden of Proof", was a professional boxing match contested in April 1995 for the WBC Heavyweight Championship. Judges Barbara Perez and Tomi Tomihari gave the fight to McCall 115-114 and Chuck Giampa called it 115-112.

Rock singer-musician Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is found dead

Cobain's body was found an electrician visiting the house to install a security system went round the back of the house when no one answered the front door and peered through windows. He thought he saw a mannequin sprawled on the floor until he noticed a stain of blood by Cobain's ear. A 27-year-old Cobain committed suicide.

Contralto Marian Anderson dies

Marian Anderson was an African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century. Most of her singing career was spent performing concerts in major music venues. During her time she became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid 20th century.


Arthur Ashe announces he has AIDS

Ashe publicly announced his illness and began working to educate others about HIV and AIDS. He founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death from AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49. In 1993, Ashe was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the United States President Bill Clinton.

'Five Guys Named Moe' opens at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre

Five Guys Named Moe is a musical by Louis Jordan and Clarke Peters, based on the Jordan’s earlier musical short of the same name. Its Broadway production opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre after 19 previews. It was nominated for 2 Tony Awards, but unlike the Original London production, did not manage to win any.


Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident

William Lee Shoemaker was an American jockey who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. Roughly a year after his retirement, he got into a car accident while drunk-driving. As a result of the crash, Shoemaker was left paralyzed from the neck down.

A fire breaks out on the passenger ferry Scandinavian Star

The fire aboard the ship Scandinavian Star that killed 159 people was professionally and wilfully set by two members of the crew. The Bahamas-flagged Scandinavia Star was sailing from Olso, Norway to Denmark when two separate fires broke out, eventually engulfing the ferry in thick smoke.

The offbeat murder-mystery 'Twin Peaks' premieres on ABC

Twin Peaks is an American mystery horror drama TV series by Mark Frost and David Lynch. The show premiered on ABC and became one of the top-rated series of 1990. Its popularity helped it gain a cult following, despite the fact it was cancelled later due to decline in ratings. The 1st season was comprised of 8 episodes.

Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel, California

Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and political figure. He won election as mayor of his adopted hometown, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California – a small, wealthy village and artists' community on the Monterey Peninsula.

John Sculley is named president and CEO of Apple Computer

John Sculley III is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and investor in high-tech startups. Sculley was vice-president and president of Pepsi-Cola until he became a chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Furthermore, Sculley was named Silicon Valley's top-paid executive, with an annual salary of US$10.2 million

David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear

David Copperfield is an American magician, described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. His illusions have included the disappearance of a Learjet, the vanishing and reappearance of the Statue of Liberty, and levitating over the Grand Canyon.

The Clash's release self-titled debut album in Britain

The self-titled debut album by The Clash was released through CBS Records. The Clash is a thin and scratchy rapid-fire cataloging of problems big and small. It's about race relations, unemployment, and American cultural imperialism. It is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time.


Frank Robinson becomes the first African American MLB manager

Frank Robinson made history when he became the first African-American manager in the major leagues. Still active as a player, he made the day even more memorable by hitting a home run in his first at bat, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead on their way to a 5-3 win.

The 47th Academy Awards are held

The 47th Academy Awards were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Bob Hope, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra. This was the last year NBC aired the ceremonies before ABC secured broadcasting rights, which they still hold to this day.


Hank Aaron hits his 715th career home run

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run and breaks the long standing record held by Babe Ruth. Aaron’s record-breaking 715th homer came in the fourth inning of the Braves’ home opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with over 53,000 fans in attendance at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Artist Pablo Picasso dies

Pablo Picasso died at the age of 91, in Mougins, France. Spanish expatriate Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, as well as the co-creator of Cubism. He has also sold more pieces, and his works have brought in higher profit margins, than any other artist of his time.

United Kingdom scores its first Eurovision victory

The 12th edition of Eurovision Song Contest took place in Vienna, Austria. The presenter was Erica Vaal. The winning entry "Puppet on a String", sung by Sandie Shaw, representing the United Kingdom, had one of the widest margins of victory ever witnessed in the competition; it garnered more than twice as many points as the second placed song.

Gemini 1 takes off

Gemini 1 was the first unmanned test flight of the Gemini spacecraft in NASA's Gemini program. Its main objectives were to test the structural integrity of the new spacecraft and modified Titan II launch vehicle. It was also the first test of the new tracking and communication systems for the Gemini program and provided ground support crews with training for the first manned missions. It is often considered a bridge between the first manned American spaceflight program, Project Mercury, and the Apollo program which took humans to the moon.

Frank Sinatra hosts the 35th Academy Awards

The 35th Academy Awards, honoring the best in the film of that year, were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, hosted by Frank Sinatra. The Best Actress Oscar occasioned the last act of the long-running feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.

Programming language COBOL is created

COBOL was designed by CODASYL and was partly based on previous programming language design work by Grace Hopper. It is imperative, procedural and object-oriented. COBOL is primarily used in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments.


Poland footballer Grzegorz Lato is born

Grzegorgz Lato was born in Malbork, a town located in the Zulawy region, in northwestern part of Poland. He started his football career at the age of 16, with the Polish club Stal Mielec. Lato spent there 14 seasons, before pursuing his career abroad. The peak of his career was at the 1974 World Cup, when he became the leading scorer.

Arnold Schoenberg & Tudor's ballet 'Pillar of Fire' premieres in NYC

Pillar of Fire is a 30-minute dramatic ballet choreographed by Antony Tudor to Arnold Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht Op. 4. The work was first produced by the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House on 8 April 1942.

The Battle of Appomattox Station

The Battle was fought between a Union Army cavalry division and Confederate Army of Northern Virginia artillery units during the Appomattox Campaign of the American Civil War. Three trains were captured by units of Union cavalry. This action also marked the last strategic use of rail by Confederate forces.

Premiere of Mozart's 'Violin Sonata No. 27'

Violin Sonata No. 27 in G major was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1781 and first published in the same year. The G major Sonata was first presented by the Viennese house Artaria along with the sonatas K. 296 and K. 376 to K. 380, a set of six issued as "Op. 2.".

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