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Coptic churches hit by blasts

Coptic Christian churches in Egypt were targeted by two suicide bombings on Palm Sunday. The first explosion in Tanta claimed lives of 27 people. Another explosion in Alexandria killed 17 more. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. Interior minister revealed the there were several police officers among the victims.

A student stabs 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA

16 year old attacker Alex Hribal walked through the hallway with two large kitchen knives at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. 20 students and a security officer at Franklin Regional Senior High School were either stabbed or slashed in the attack. Hribal was charged as an adult.

Video game Age of Empires II: HD Edition is released

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Released for the Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems, it was the second game in the Age of Empires series.

Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion

Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock, with a plan to keep the company independently managed. Britain's Office of Fair Trading approved the deal on August 14, 2012, and on August 22, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. allowed the deal to proceed as well.

Britain's Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles

The wedding took place in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. A service of blessing was at Windsor Castle led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. A ceremony attended by about 800 of the couple's friends and family, including the Queen and Prince Philip. They spent their honeymoon in Scotland.

Actress Elle Fanning is born

Mary Elle Fanning is an American actress and fashion model. Fanning starred in her breakout role as Alice Dainard in J. J. Abrams' sci-fi-drama, Super 8, for which she received positive reviews and a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. She is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning.

Seiko introduces Ruputer

The Ruputer was a wristwatch computer developed by Seiko.The Ruputer had a 16-bit, 3.6 MHz processor and 2 MB of non-volatile storage memory and 128 KB of RAM. Its display was a 102×64 pixel monochrome LCD. Its main forms of input were a tiny 8-direction joystick and 6 function buttons.

Most famous mission of the Endeavour Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted from Cape Canaveral. It was the sixty-second mission of the Shuttle. Its scientific goal was radar imaging of Earth ecosystems. The whole mission, including preparations, was captured by Discovery Channel in a documentary Space Shuttle, which is still loved by astronautics fans today.


Pittsburgh Penguins win their 16th consecutive game

NHL team the Pittsburgh Penguins set a National Hockey League record with their 16th consecutive victory Friday night, beating the New York Rangers, 10-4, behind Mario Lemieux's five goals. The Penguins broke the 11-year-old record of the New York Islanders, who won 15 straight on their way to the Stanley Cup in 1981-82.

Actress Kristen Stewart is born

Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress, director, and model. Born in Los Angeles to parents working in show business, Stewart began her acting career in with uncredited roles and a minor character appearing in several films. She gained notice for playing Jodie Foster's daughter in the thriller Panic Room.

Actress Leighton Meester is born

Leighton Marissa Meester is an American actress, singer, songwriter, and model. She is known mostly for her starring role as Blair Waldorf on the television series Gossip Girl. In addition to acting, Meester has also ventured into music.

The 56th Academy Awards

The 56th Academy Awards were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson. The Best Supporting Actress winner this year was unique. Linda Hunt won the award for her role as Billy Kwan – a male Chinese-Australian photographer – in Peter Weir's The Year of Living Dangerously.


Gordie Howe scores his final playoff goal

Three days after scoring his 801st and final regular-season goal, Gordon Howe, a Canadian professional ice hockey player, scored his last of his 68 Stanley Cup Playoff goals. He put a long backhand shot past goaltender Denis Herron in the third period of the Hartford Whalers' 8-4 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 2 of the Preliminary Round.

The 51st Academy Awards

The 51st Academy Awards ceremony, organized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The Deer Hunter won five awards including Best Picture.

"All the President's Men" is released

All the President's Men is an American political thriller film about the Watergate scandal, which brought down the presidency of Richard M. Nixon. It is based on a non-fiction book of the same name by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two journalists investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post.


The first game of the Philippine Basketball Association

The league opened its first season and held its first games at the Araneta Coliseum, with a sellout crowd of 18,000 watching. A doubleheader was featured Mariwasa Noritake vs. Concepcion Carrier and Toyota vs. Universal Textiles. The Concepcion Carrier lost, 101-98. The second match won Toyota 105-101.

"Sugar" opens at Majestic Theater NYC

Sugar is a musical with a book by Peter Stone, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. It is based on the film Some Like It Hot. Produced by David Merrick and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, Sugar opened on Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in 1972 after 14 previews and closed in 1973 after 505 performances.

Concorde 002 maiden flight

Second prototype of supersonic passenger airliner Concorde jumped to the sky for the first time. This prototype was designated 002 and belonged to the British. Instead of passenger seats, the body of the aircraft was full of flight test equipment. French prototype, 001, flew for the first time approximately one month earlier.

Bob Dylan release album "Nashville Skyline"

The album by Columbia Records as LP record, reel to reel tape and audio cassette. Nashville Skyline found Dylan in a quiet place, after his own turbulent experiment with electrifying folk music. He had taken an opportunity after a motorcycle accident to reconnect with family life, and his music had become more personal.

The first Boeing 737 makes its maiden flight

Boeing 737 series is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history. It has developed into a family of ten passenger models with capacities from 85 to 215 passengers. The 737 is Boeing's only narrow-body airliner in production, with the 737 Next Generation and the re-engined and redesigned 737 MAX variants currently being built.

Actress Cynthia Nixon is born

Cynthia Ellen Nixon is an American actress, activist, and gubernatorial candidate in the State of New York. She is known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.


First indoor baseball game is played

The first baseball game played at the Astrodome occurred an exhibition game the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees. Mickey Mantle hit major-league history’s first indoor home run, but it was the building people talked about. The Astrodome was stadium to have each of the 42,217 seat cushioned.

American fashion designer Marc Jacobs is born

Marc Jacobs is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for his own fashion label Marc Jacobs. He was the creative director of the French design house Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014. Jacobs was on Time magazine's "2010 Time 100" list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The 34th Academy Awards

The 34th Academy Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope; this was the 13th time Hope hosted the Oscars. Legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini received his first Best Director nomination for his film La Dolce Vita.

America's first seven astronauts for project Mercury are announced

They piloted the manned spaceflights of the Mercury program from May 1961 to May 1963. Members of the group flew on all classes of NASA manned orbital spacecraft of the 20th century. Gus Grissom died in 1967, in the Apollo 1 fire. The others all survived past retirement from service.

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright dies

Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect and interior designer who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright was known as a pioneer of the so-called Prairie School movement of architecture and he also developed the concept of the Usonian home in Broadacre City, a unique vision for urban planning in the US.

Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Earning thunderous applause and an entirely unsought standing as a seminal figure in the civil rights movement. Her voice was a message of hope for America’s future. More than 75,000 people come to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear famed African-American contralto Marian Anderson give a free open-air concert.

Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is born

Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French actor initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s and one of the biggest French film stars. His best-known credits include Breathless and That Man from Rio. Belmondo was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

Businessman Hugh Hefner is born

Hugh Hefner was known as the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy. He was an advocate of sexual liberation and freedom of expression. He was also a political activist and philanthropist in several other causes and public issues.

J. Presper Eckert Jr. is born

J. Presper Eckert Jr. was an American engineer and inventor of the first general-purpose electronic computer, the digital machine that was the prototype for most computers in use today. He also built ENIAC, a digital computer to be used by the U.S. Army for military calculations.

Birth-control pills' developer Gregory Pincus is born

Pincus was a biologist and researcher who co-invented the combined oral contraceptive pill. He was interested in the way that hormones affected mammals' reproductive systems. He has received a number of awards. Pincus was acknowledged for his creation of the Laurentian Hormone Conference, which was a conference of endocrinologists.

The Battle of Appomattox Court House

The Confederate army under the leadership of General Robert E. Lee was cut off in its retreat by much larger Union force. A short battle ensued and Lee, seeing that his forces can't break through enemy lines surrendered. The surrender documents were signed in the afternoon, in the parlor of the house of grocer Wilmer McLean.

The Battle of Pleasant Hill

The Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, formed part of the Red River Campaign during the American Civil War, when Union forces were aiming to occupy the state capital Shreveport.

Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville makes the oldest known recording of an audible human voice

The recording, of part of the French folk song Au clair de la lune, was initially played at a speed that produced what seemed to be a 10-second recording of the voice of a woman or child singing at an ordinary musical tempo. The researchers later found that it was actually a 20-second recording of a man, probably Scott himself, singing the song very slowly.

English photographer Eadweard Muybridge is born

Muybridge pioneered motion photography. In 1878, he was hired by industrialist Leland Stanford to determine whether a galloping horse ever lifts all four feet completely off the ground during the gallop. Muybridge took 24 photographs of a horse in a rapid succession and displayed them on a device for displaying moving images of his own design.

English engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel is born

Brunel is considered of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history. He built first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship, the SS Great Britain. His constructions changed English landscape. Brunel set the standard for a well-built railway, using careful surveys to minimize gradients and curves.

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