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2015

Andy Murray weds Kim Sears

Murray began dating Kim Sears, daughter of player-turned-coach Nigel Sears, in 2005. Their engagement was announced in November 2014, and they married in April 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral in his hometown, with the reception at his Cromlix House hotel. The couple lives in Oxshott, Surrey, with their two children. He identifies himself as a feminist.

The gameshow Wheel of Fortune celebrates its 6000th episode

Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a competition in which contestants solve word puzzles to win cash and prizes determined by spinning a giant carnival wheel. Wheel of Fortune ranks as the longest-running syndicated game show in the United States, with over 6,000 episodes aired.

"Matilda" opens on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre

Matilda the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was adapted by Dennis Kelly, with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. The musical premiered at Broadway's Shubert Theatre and Bertie Carvel and Lauren Ward reprised their roles as Miss Trunchbull and Miss Honey.

Prima ballerina Maria Tallchief dies

Tallchief was considered America's first major prima ballerina and was the first Native American to hold the rank. She traveled the world, becoming the first American to perform in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater. In December 2012, Tallchief broke her hip and died in April 2013 from complications stemming from the injury.

"Magic/Bird" pens at Broadway's Longacre Theatre

Magic/Bird is a play by Eric Simonson about basketball stars Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, their rise from college basketball to the NBA and super stardom, and eventually the Olympic Dream Team, their team and personal rivalries and ultimately their long-running friendship.

Indian Ocean earthquakes

The 2012 Indian Ocean earthquakes were magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 Mw  undersea earthquakes that struck near the Indonesian province of Aceh. Initially, authorities feared that the initial earthquake would cause a tsunami and warnings were issued across the Indian Ocean; however, these warnings were subsequently cancelled.

U.S. Justice Dept. sues Apple over e-book pricing

The Justice Department accused 5 of the USA's largest publishing houses, Hachette SA, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, and Apple of fixing prices on e-books, and forcing their customers to pay millions of dollars more for their favorite titles.

"The Avengers" premieres in Los Angeles

Marvel's The Avengers is an American superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sixth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Minsk metro bombing attack

The Minsk Metro bombing occurred when at least 15 people were killed and more than two hundred were injured in an explosion on the Minsk Metro, Belarus. The explosion happened at the central Kastryčnickaja station at 17:55 local time. The Prosecution Office launched a criminal investigation and classified the event as a terrorist attack.

"The Motherf**ker With the Hat" opens

The Motherfucker with the Hat is a 2011 play by Stephen Adly Guirgis. The show is described as "a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and misplaced haberdashery." The Motherfucker with the Hat premiered at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre The cast starred Chris Rock in his Broadway debut as Ralph D.

Heather Locklear divorces Richie Sambora

Locklear filed for divorce from Sambora in February 2006. The following month Sambora filed for joint custody of their daughter and enforcement of a prenuptial agreement. Their divorce was finalized in April 2007. In the same month, Locklear began a relationship with fellow Melrose Place alum Jack Wagner.

Ellis Park soccer stampede kills 43

The Ellis Park Stadium disaster was the worst sporting accident in South African history where spectators poured into the Ellis Park Stadium in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, for the local Soweto derby association football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, crushing 43 people to death.

"Copenhagen" opens on Broadway

Copenhagen is a play by Michael Frayn, based on an event that occurred in Copenhagen in 1941, a meeting between the physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. It opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre and ran for 326 performances. Directed by Michael Blakemore, it starred Philip Bosco, Michael Cumpsty, and Blair Brown.

"King & I" premieres at Neil Simon Theater in NYC

The King and I is musical by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II, based on Margaret Landon's novel, Anna and the King of Siam. Christopher Renshaw directed major revivals on Broadway winning the Tony Award for Best Revival. The revival ran on Broadway for 780 performances.

"Miss Saigon" opens on Broadway

Miss Saigon is a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance. The musical debuted on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre and closed after 4,092 performances.

1989

Goalkeeper scored goal in the Stanley Cup

Philadelphia Flyers Ron Hextall, as a goalkeeper scored goal in the Stanley Cup Playoff. It was first scored goal from goalkeper in NHL playoff. He did it in impressive fashion, hitting the empty-netter in a playoff game against the Washington Capitals. Hextall took a shot with his team up 7-5.

The 60th Academy Awards are held

The 60th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The Last Emperor won nine awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Bernardo Bertolucci.

Steve Jobs is forced out of Apple by John Sculley

Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple after a long power struggle between him and John Sculley. As a result, five additional senior Apple employees also resigned and joined Jobs in his new company, NeXT. Jobs didn't return to Apple until 1997.

Satellite repair on the orbit

American astronauts James van Hoften and George Nelson conducted a spacewalk to repair broken satellite SolarMax. They caught it, brought it on board of the Challenger Space Shuttle and replaced malfunctioning altitude control system. Catching the satellite was a very difficult job. It was a first such repair in history.

Konstantin Chernenko named President of the Soviet Union

Chernenko assumed the position of the head figure of the governmental institution, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet. He was elected by a joint session of both houses included in Presidium. He held the position until his death in 1985. His policies were focused on supporting the labor unions and education and propaganda reforms.

The 55th Academy Awards are held

The 55th Academy Awards were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. The awards were dominated by the Best Picture winner Gandhi, which won eight awards out of its eleven nominations.

The Apple I is created

Steve Wozniak dabbled in computer-design and created what would become the Apple I. Wozniak's friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer, the Apple I was Apple's first product. It went on sale in July 1976 at a price of US$666.66 because Wozniak liked repeating digits.

1971

Bobby Orr scores a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins becomes the first defenseman since 1922 to have a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Orr scores three goals in a 5-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Forum in Game 4 of the Quarterfinals. He ties the game 1-1 midway through the second period and scored twice in the third to help the Bruins even the series at two wins each.

Apollo 13 is launched

Apollo 13 was the 7th manned mission in Appollo space program and the 3rd intended to land on the Moon. But the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module upon which the Command Module had depended. Despite the great hardship, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970.

US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs 1968 Civil Rights Act

Civil Rights Act provided equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion or national origin. It also made it a federal crime to interfere with anyone for same reasons. The Act was signed into law by President Johnson during riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King. It was nicknamed Fair Housing Act.

"Illya Darling" opens on Broadway

llya Darling is a musical with a book by Jules Dassin, music by Manos Hadjidakis, and lyrics by Joe Darion, based on Dassin's 1960 film Never on Sunday. After 22 previews, the Broadway production opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Attendance was fueled by the star wattage provided by Melina Mercouri, who was nominated for a Tony Award.

Palm Sunday tornado outbreak

The second Palm Sunday tornado outbreak occurred in the Midwest U.S. states of Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa, with 47 tornadoes. It was the second-biggest outbreak on record at the time. In the Midwest, 271 people were killed and 1,500 injured.

The trial of Adolf Eichmann begins in Jerusalem

Eichmann went on trial in Jerusalem for crimes against the Jewish people, crimes against humanity and war crimes. The trial prompted a new openness in Israel; many Holocaust survivors felt able to share their experiences as the country confronted this traumatic chapter. He was found guilty on all counts, sentenced to death.

Vertical take-off and land jet

United states experimental aircraft Ryan X-13 Vertijet took off vertically from its mobile trailer, angled over into a horizontal attitude, and flew for several minutes. Then Vertijet transitioned to vertical flight and slowly descended back onto its trailer and landed. It was piloted by Peter Girard.

"Marty" premieres in New York

Marty is an American romantic drama film directed by Delbert Mann. The screenplay was written by Paddy Chayefsky, expanding upon his teleplay of the same name. The film stars Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair. Marty has been well-regarded by critics since its initial release.

American botanist Luther Burbank dies

Burbank was one of the pioneers of the agricultural science. In his 55-year carrier, he developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants. Most known are Shasta daisy, the fire poppy, July Elberta peach, the Santa Rosa plum, the Flaming Gold nectarine or the Wickson plum. Russet Burbank potato is a potato cultivar named after him.

1912

The New York Highlanders adopted pin-striped home uniforms

It was the final season for the "Highlanders", before evolving exclusively into the "Yankees". It was also their final season playing their home games at Hilltop Park. The team finished with a total of 50 wins and 102 losses, coming in 8th, last place in the American League. The club was managed by Harry Wolverton.

English surgeon James Parkinson is born

Parkinson is known as the discoverer of what would later be renamed Parkinson's disease. In 1817 he wrote an article called An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, which described the condition for the first time. He erroneously suggested that the tremors were caused by the lesions in the cervical spinal cord. Parkinson had many other interests, including paleontology.

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