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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.

'Billy Elliot' closes at London's Victoria Palace Theatre after an 11-year run

Billy Elliot the Musical was written by Lee Hall, with music by Elton John. It is based on the 2000 movie Billy Elliot. Since its 2005 premiere in the West End, at the Victoria Palace Theatre, it was performed there 4,600 times. The production ended when the theatre closed for refurbishment.

'Wolf Hall' opens on at the Winter Garden Theatre

Wolf Hall is a play by Mike Poulton, based on Hilary Mantel’s historical novel of the same name. The Broadway production of the play opened at the Winter Garden Theatre after 21 previews. Despite being nominated for 23 awards, the production won only Tony awards for Best Costume Design of a Play.

A student stabs 20 people at Franklin Regional High School

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.

Earthquake strikes Bushehr

An earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.3 occured in the Iranian province of Bushehr. The epicenter of the quake was near the city of Khvormuj and the towns of Kaki and Shonbeh. The quake was followed by 32 aftershocks, most within an hour. A total of 37 people died and roughly 850 more were injured.

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.

Political comedy 'Parks and Recreation' debuts on NBC

Parks and Recreation is an American political satire TV sitcom by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. After its premiere on NBC, the show received mixed reviews. The show holds a Metacritic score of 58/100. The premiere had been watched by 6.77 million viewers, which later dropped to 4.25, by the time of the finale of the 1st season.

Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and 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.

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.


Alan Shearer becomes the youngest player to score a hattrick in England

Alan Shearer is a former English football player who played at the top level of English league football. Roughly 2 weeks after his professional debut, Shearer scored a hat-trick in a 4-2 victory against Arsenal. At the age of 17 years and 240 days, he became the youngest player to ever do so, breaking the record of Jimmy Greaves.

James L. Brooks wins three Oscars this year

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.

Maggie Smith wins an Oscar for playing an Oscar loser

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

'Hamlet' opens on Broadway

Hamlet is a tragedy written by Shakespeare, dating somewhere between 1599 and 1602. It went through several productions since its original premiere. The 1964 Broadway production took place at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and ran for 137 performances. Hume Cronyn won Tony Award in the category Best Featured Actor in a Play.

'West Side Story' takes home ten Oscars

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.


PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame

The Professional Golfers’ Association created a Hall of Fame in order to honor the professional golf players who stand above the rest. Over the time, there has been a number of other halls of fame, which eventually merged into the World Golf Hall of Fame, located at St. Johns County, Florida, and Pinehurst Hall in North Carolina.

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.


The first complete live football match is aired, as England take on Scotland

Despite the fact the BBC started its TV service in 1936, it was not until 2 years later, when the 1st international football match appeared on TV screens. The match took place at the Empire Stadium in Wembley with an attendance of 93,267 people. Scotland won 1-0, thanks to Tommy Walker who scored from 15 yards.


The first baseball exhibition game ever played

Fenway Park is a baseball park in Boston, near Kenmore Square. The stadium has been the home for the Boston Red Sox since 1912. The team christened the park with a friendly exhibition match against Harvard Crimson. It happened just 11 days prior to their regular-season home opener against NY Highlanders.

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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