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Rocket landing 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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The 12th Eurovision Song Contest

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.

Actress Robin Wright is born

Robin Gayle Wright is an American actress and director. She is the recipient of seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations and has earned a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award for her work in television. Wright first gained attention for her role in the NBC Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, as Kelly Capwell.

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.

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.

Designer and businesswoman Vivienne Westwood is born

Vivienne Westwood is a British fashion designer notable for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. In 1990 and 1991, she was awarded British Fashion Designer of the Year. She is also interested in many political causes such as the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, climate change and civil rights groups.

American biochemist Melvin Calvin is born

Calvin is known for his discovery of what is today known as the Calvin cycle (together with Andrew Benson and James Bassham). It's an important part of photosynthesis. The cycle took place inside a specialized compartment in plant cell called the chloroplast.

Actress Mary Pickford is born

Gladys Louise Smith was a Canadian-born film actress and producer. She was a co-founder of both the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio, and, later, the United Artists film studio, and one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who present the yearly "Oscar" award ceremony.

American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing is born

Cushing was a pioneer of brain surgery but contributed to many other areas. He promoted the use of x-rays in surgical practice. He discovered that pituitary is the master hormone gland and founded the clinical specialty of endocrinology. Cushing also described increased secretion of the adrenocorticotropic hormone, called Cushing's disease now.

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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