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Beyoncé makes history at Coachella

American singer Beyoncé headlined the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, performing on April 14 and 21 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Her performance of April 14 immediately received enormous critical praise, with press widely describing the performance as "historic".

"The Fate of the Furious" opens worldwide

The Fate of the Furious is an American action movie directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. It is the eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The movie grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the 30th movie to gross over $1 billion, the 3rd-highest-grossing movie of 2017.

Video game Grand Theft Auto V is released for Microsoft Windows

GTA V is an action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. On the year it was released for Microsoft Windows it was also the first main entry in the GTA series since 2008's GTA IV. Extensively marketed the game broke industry sales records and became the fastest-selling entertainment product in history.

"It Shoulda Been You" opens on Broadway

It Shoulda Been You is a musical with music by Barbara Anselmi and book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, was directed by David Hyde Pierce, and starred Tyne Daly, Lisa Howard, and Harriet Harris.

Chibok schoolgirls kidnapping

The armed group kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School in the town of Chibok on the night, with 57 of them managing to escape in the immediate aftermath of the abduction. Kidnappers were heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists who arrived in trucks, vans and buses.

"Iron Man 3" premieres at Grand Rex theater in Paris

Iron Man 3 is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. The film was directed by Shane Black from a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle.

"Motown" opens on Broadway

Motown: The Musical is a jukebox musical that premiered on Broadway in April 2013. The musical is based on Berry Gordy's autobiography To Be Loved: The Music, the Magic, the Memories of Motown, and on the history of his founding and running of the Motown record label, and his personal and professional relationships with Motown artists.

Italian footballer suffered a fatal cardiac arrest on the pitch

Piermario Morosini suffered cardiac arrest and fell to the ground in the 31st minute of the Serie B match away to Pescara. He stumbled on the ground, trying to get up, before losing consciousness and receiving medical attention on the field. Morosini was rushed to the Santo Spirito hospital, but he died before reaching it.

"War Horse" opens on Broadway

War Horse is a play based on the book of the same name by children's writer Michael Morpurgo, adapted for stage by Nick Stafford. The play opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City. Seth Numrich originated the leading role of Albert. His Private Romeo costar, Matt Doyle, played Billy. Stephen Plunkett played Lieutenant Nicholls.

Earthquake strikes Yushu

The 2010 Yushu earthquake struck and registered a magnitude of 6.9Mw. It originated in Yushu, Qinghai, China. According to the Xinhua News Agency, 2,698 people were confirmed dead, 270 missing and 12,135 injured, 1,434 of them severely. The epicenter was located in Rima village, Upper Laxiu township of Yushu County,

The 200th episode of South Park airs on Comedy Central

200 is the fifth episode of the 14th season of the American animated television series South Park, and the 200th overall episode of the series. It originally aired on Comedy Central in the US In the episode, Tom Cruise and all other celebrities who have been mocked by residents of South Park in the past plan to file a class action lawsuit against the town, but Cruise promises to end the lawsuit if the town can get the Muslim prophet, Muhammad, to meet him.

Delta joins Northwest to form world's largest airline

Northwest Airlines was absorbed into Delta Air Lines, making Delta the largest airline in the world until the American Airlines-US Airways merger in 2013. In airports where Northwest and Delta operated in separate terminals, one airline moved to the other's terminal.

The human genome is mapped for the first time

The Human Genome Project formally launched in 1990 and remains the world's largest collaborative biological project. An initial rough draft of the human genome was available in June 2000 and by February 2001 a working draft had been completed and published followed by the final sequencing mapping of the human genome in April 2003.

Netflix launches online DVD rental store

Netflix launched the world's first online DVD rental store, with only 30 employees and 925 titles available, which included nearly the entire catalog of DVDs in print at the time. Netflix originally offered a 7-day DVD rental for $4, plus $2 shipping.

1996

Jagr becomes the all-time leader in regular season for right winger

Jágr set a record for most points, 149, by a European-born player. Both his 62 goals and 87 assists from that season still stand as career-highs. His 1995–96 totals for assists and points stand as the records for right-wingers in those categories. After the 1997–98 season, captain Ron Francis left the Penguins' captaincy to Jágr.

Nineteen year old Jennifer Ringley creates the popular website JenniCam

During her junior year at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jennifer Ringley installed a webcam in her dorm room and provided images from that webcam on her website named JenniCam. The webpage refreshed automatically every 3 minutes with the most recent picture from the camera.

1996

Detroit Red Wings win NHL regular season record 62 games

With their 62 wins, the 1995–96 Detroit Red Wings eclipsed the all-time record of most regular-season wins, which had been set at 60 by the 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens. Their 131 points during the regular season were the most since the 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens accumulated 132 points.

"Guys and Dolls" returns to Broadway

Guys and Dolls is a musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows. The 1992 Broadway revival was the most successful American remounting of the show since its original opening. Directed by Jerry Zaks, it starred Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit, Peter Gallagher as Sky, and Josie de Guzman as Sarah.

The 52nd Academy Awards

The 52nd Academy Awards were at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson. Kramer vs. Kramer, which out of its eight other nominations, finished with five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Benton, and Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman.

1976

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the 4th of his record 6 NBA MVP awards

Abdul-Jabbar won his fourth MVP after averaging 27.7 points (second in the league) and leading the NBA with 16.9 rebounds and 4.12 blocks per game. He earned his fourth MVP award, although the team failed to make the playoffs, but missed the post-season for the second straight year.

The best actresses Oscar is shared by Katherine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand

It was a tie. The Best Actress award went to both Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand, for her debut performance in Funny Girl. Reprising her role in the hit Broadway musical, Streisand earned raves for her portrayal of Fanny Brice, the quintessential “ugly duckling” who blossoms into a sophisticated and beautiful star.

Lawrencium

The element number 104, was discovered at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. It was decided to call it Lawrencium after Ernest Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron, a device that was used to discover many artificial radioactive elements. There were many disputes about the priority of the discovery, especially between U. S. and Soviet Union.

1966

American Major League Baseball pitcher Greg Maddux is born

Gregory Alan Maddux, nicknamed "Mad Dog" and "The Professor", is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. Maddux is best known for his accomplishments while playing for the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs. With the Braves, he won the 1995 World Series over the Cleveland Indians.

1966

American professional baseball player David Justice is born

David Christopher Justice is an American retired professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, and Oakland Athletics. Justice won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 1990, and was a three-time MLB All-Star.

American marine biologist Rachel Carson dies

Carson was marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

Actor Robert Carlyle is born

Robert Carlyle, born in Maryhill, Glasgow, is a Scottish actor. He left school at the age of 16 and worked for his father as a painter and decorator, however, he continued his education by attending night classes at Cardonald College in Glasgow. Today, he is most known for roles in Trainspotting or The Full Monty.

1960

Montreal Canadiens win fifth consecutive Stanley Cup

From 1953 to 1960, Montreal Canadiens won six Stanley Cups, including a record five straight from 1956 to 1960, with a new set of stars coming to prominence: Jean Beliveau, Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, Jacques Plante and Richard's younger brother, Henri.

"Bye Bye Birdie" opens on Broadway

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. In New York, the Broadway production opened at the Martin Beck Theatre, transferring to the 54th Street Theatre and then the Shubert Theatre. The original Broadway cast included Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, and Paul Lynde.

The first demonstration of videotape is conducted in Chicago, Illinois

Ampex introduced the two-inch quadruplex videotape machines, the 1st commercial professional broadcast quality videotape machines capable of replacing kinescopes, at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Chicago.

RCA demonstrates electron microscope

Vladimir Zworykin and James Hillier demonstrated an early electron microscope in Philadelphia. They built the 1st model to reach a milestone magnification of 100,000 times. The microscope was 10 feet high and weighed half a ton. From 1940 to the 1960s RCA sold approximately 2,000 electron microscopes.

"The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck is first published

The Grapes of Wrath vividly portrays life during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in America as it follows a family of Oklahoma tenant farmers traveling westward. It explores the strength and goodness of the human spirit in the face of gruesome, truly dismal circumstances. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Black Sunday storm

Black Sunday refers to a particularly severe dust storm that occurred as part of the Dust Bowl. It was one of the worst dust storms in American history and it caused immense economic and agricultural damage. It is estimated to have displaced 300 million tons of topsoil from the prairie area in the US.

Singer Loretta Lynn is born

Loretta Lynn, born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, is an American country music singer-songwriter with multiple gold albums in a career spanning almost 60 years. At her 15 years, she got married to Oliver Lynn with whom she stayed for almost 50 years until her husband's death.

The first Volvo car premieres in Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo Group and Volvo Cars was officially founded when the first car, the Volvo ÖV 4 series, affectionately known as “Jakob”, rolled out of the factory in Hisingen, Gothenburg. Volvo ÖV 4 is the first car built by Volvo. All 10 prototypes were assembled in Stockholm at the company AB Galco.

Frozen food

American inventor Clarence Birdseye patented a new system for commercial freezing. Its main part were two stainless steel belts carrying packaged fish, freezing the fish quickly. Birdseye came to the idea of food freezing as a trapper and biologist in Labrador. He noticed that fish and caribou meat frozen for months tasted as good as fresh food.

Architect Louis Sullivan dies

Louis Henry Sullivan was an American architect, and has been called the "father of skyscrapers" and "father of modernism". He is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper. He died in a Chicago hotel room. Later, a monument was erected in Sullivan's honor, a few feet from his headstone.

1912

Brazilian giants Santos are formed

Santos Futebol Clube, commonly known simply as Santos, is a Brazilian sports club based in Vila Belmiro, a bairro in the city of Santos. It plays in the Paulistão, the State of São Paulo's premier state league, as well as the Brasileirão, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system.

President Lincoln is shot

The famous actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. during the comedy Our American Cousin. Booth fired his .44-caliber single-shot derringer pistol into the back of Lincoln’s head. Lincoln died in the early morning hours.

English neurosurgeon Victor Horsley is born

Horsley was a pioneer in surgery on the brain and spinal cord. In 1887, he worked with his former professor, Sir William Gowers, in the controversial first surgery to remove a spinal cord tumor. They treated an Army officer with a spastic paralysis of the lower extremities, enabling him to walk again.

"The Murders in Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe is published

The Murders in the Rue Morgue is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine. It has been recognized as the first modern detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales of ratiocination"."The Murders in the Rue Morgue has been adapted for radio, film, and television many times.

Composer George Frideric Handel dies

George Frideric Handel was a German, later British, Baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well-known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. He died at home in Brook Street, at age 74. The last performance he attended was of Messiah.

Dutch physicist Christiaan Huygens is born

Huygens is often called first theoretical physicist. He discovered formula for the centripetal force, laws of elastic collision, wave theory of light and a pendulum clock. As an astronomer, Huygens suggested the existence the rings of Saturn and discovered the first of Saturn's moons, Titan.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Loretta Lynn