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Great Fire of Valparaiso

The Great Fire of Valparaíso started on 12 April 2014 at 16:40 local time, in the hills of the city of Valparaíso, Chile. The wildfire destroyed at least 2,500 homes, leaving 11,000 people homeless. An additional 6,000 people were evacuated from the city, which was placed on red alert and declared a disaster zone. Fifteen people were confirmed killed and ten suffered serious injuries.


Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley

Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley II (billed as "Vindication") is a boxing welterweight championship fight for the WBO Welterweight Championship. The bout was held in April 2014, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision and took the WBO Welterweight title, ending Bradley's undefeated streak.

Hyperinflation forced Zimbabwe to officially abandon the Zimbabwean dollar

The Zimbabwean dollar was the official currency of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 2009, when its use was abandoned. In place of the Zimbabwean dollar, currencies including the South African rand, Botswana pula, pound sterling, Indian rupee, euro, Japanese yen, Australian dollar, Chinese yuan, and the US dollar are now used.


Chris Chelios of the Red Wings sets an NHL record appearing in his 22nd playoffs

Christos Kostas "Chris" Chelios is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman. He was one of the longest-tenured players in the National Hockey League. In April 2007, he became the oldest defenseman to score a short-handed goal in the NHL in a playoff game against the Calgary Flames.


Detroit Red Wings set an NHL record for wins in a season

The 1996–97 Detroit Red Wings season was the 71st National Hockey League season in Detroit, Michigan. The highlight of the Red Wings season was winning the Stanley Cup, they're first since 1955. The Red Wings have also set a new NHL record for most wins in a season.


Indiana's Reggie Miller becomes the second NBA player to reach 1,200 career 33-pointers

Reggie Miller is a former professional basketball player from US. Legendary NBA 3-point shooter who played his complete 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers. Miller became the second NBA player to reach 1,200 career 33-pointers after win 111-101 against Orlando where hits 6-of-11 attempts from 3-point range.

Actress Saoirse Ronan is born

Saoirse Una Ronan is an Irish and American actress. Her accolades include a Golden Globe Award, three Academy Award nominations, and four British Academy Film Award nominations. She was featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and in Time's Next Generation Leaders list.

The Euro Disney Resort officially opens with its theme park Euro Disneyland

It was the second Disney resort to open outside the United States, following Tokyo Disney Resort and the first to be owned and operated by Disney. Disneyland Paris underwent a name change to Disneyland Resort Paris in March that year.


Championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson dies

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American professional boxer who competed from 1940 to 1965. He was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus that was treated with insulin. In Robinson's last years, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He died in Los Angeles at the age of 67 and was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

Author Alan Paton dies

Paton was a South African author and anti-apartheid activist. His works include the novels Cry, the Beloved Country and Too Late the Phalarope. Paton volunteered for service during World War II but was refused. He formed the Liberal Association in early 1953.

First genetically modified animal is patented

Biologists Philip Leder and Timothy Stewart created a mouse highly susceptible to cancer, which makes the mouse suitable for research. Susceptibility is caused by specific variant of a gene called HRAST. The mouse itself is called the OncoMouse. The rights to the invention were owned by DuPont.


Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis dies

Joseph Louis Barrow, best known as Joe Louis and nicknamed the "Brown Bomber", was an American professional boxer who competed from 1934 to 1951. Louis died of cardiac arrest in Desert Springs Hospital near Las Vegas in April 1981, just hours after his last public appearance viewing the Larry Holmes–Trevor Berbick Heavyweight Championship.

First Space Shuttle Launch

Brand new American Space Shuttle flew to the orbit for the first time. It carried a crew of two, mission commander John W. Young and pilot Robert L. Crippen. It was the first American manned space flight since the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975. The launch occurred on the 20th anniversary of the first-ever human spaceflight.


US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games

The 1980 Summer Olympics boycott was one part of a number of actions initiated by the United States to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Soviet Union, which hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics, and other countries would later boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland

He dipped his artificial leg in the muddy waters of St John’s harbour in the Atlantic Ocean and set off on the greatest adventure of his life. A police escort and a small crowd witness the departure of Terry and his van, which carries eight pairs of running shoes, three extra legs and various spare parts.

Actress Jennifer Morrison is born

Jennifer Marie Morrison is an American actress, producer, and former child model. She is known for her roles as Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical-drama series House and Emma Swan in the ABC adventure-fantasy series Once Upon a Time. She also has portrayed Zoey Pierson, one of Ted Mosby's love interests on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother.

Ronald Wayne sells his 10 percent share in the company for just $800

After Ronald Wayne, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer, Wayne received a 10% stake in Apple. Less than two weeks later, he relinquished his equity for US$800, and he let go of that valuable Apple stock, which has exploded in value since.

Acterss Shannen Doherty is born

Shannen Maria Doherty is an American actress, producer, and television director. She is known for her roles as Maggie Malene in Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Heather Duke in Heathers, Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed.

Yuri Gagarin becomes the first man to fly in space

The Vostok 1 spacecraft with Gagarin aboard was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Gagarin thus became both the first human to travel into space, and the first to orbit the Earth. His call sign was Kedr. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission.

Novelist Tom Clancy is born

Clancy was best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and after the Cold War. 17 of his novels were bestsellers. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice-chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees.

Television host David Letterman is born

David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. Letterman was ranked seventh on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Letterman is also a television and film producer. His company, Worldwide Pants, produced his show as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and several prime-time comedies.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies

After returning from the Yalta Conference, Roosevelt looked old and frail. His health got worse as the time passed. He died at his personal retreat, Little White House, located in the Historic District of Warm Springs, Georgia. According to the attending cardiologist, the president died due to massive cerebral hemorrhage.

"Rebecca" premieres in Miami, Florida

Rebecca is an American romantic psychological thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film stars Laurence Olivier as the brooding, aristocratic widower Maxim de Winter, and Joan Fontaine as the young woman who becomes his second wife, with Judith Anderson and George Sanders in supporting roles.

Composer Herbie Hancock is born

Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the post-bop sound. He has had many songs "cross over" and achieve success among pop audiences. His album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope dies

Cope described many famous dinosaur species, like Camarasaurus, Amphicoelias or Coelophysis. He wrote around 1 400 papers during his lifetime. He raced in discovering new fossils with another famous paleontologist Charles Marsh. Their competition is called the Bone Wars. Cope founded a thought school Neo-Lamarckism.


Catcher's mask is used for the first time

In a baseball game between Harvard students and the Live Oaks, the curve ball was all the rage and Harvard catcher James Tyng was taking a beating behind home plate. He became the first man to wear a catcher’s mask in a professional game. The reaction in the media was diverse.

The Battle of Fort Pillow

Union deployed black men as US soldiers in Battle of Fort Pillow. It took place on the Mississippi River in Henning, Tennessee. Roughly 600 Union soldiers were led by commanders Booth and Bradford against a stronger Confederate army. African-American Union troops and their officers were massacred as they attempted to surrender.

The Battle of Fort Sumter

Fort Sumter near Charleston was bombarded by Confederate States army. Commanding officer Beauregard led huge amount of Confederate forces against 85 fort defenders, led by Robert Anderson. The battle resulted in Confederate victory and surrendering of the fort by US Army. It was also the beginning of the American Civil War.

American librarian John Shaw Billings is born

Billings was the first director of the New York Public Library and modernizer of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office. In his early years, he was a surgeon and a statistician on medicine in the U.S. Army. He was profoundly interested in advancing knowledge by creating libraries and improving access to books.

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