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Actress Doris Roberts dies

Doris Roberts was an American actress, author, and philanthropist whose career spanned six decades of television. She appeared as a guest on many talks and variety shows, along with appearing as a panelist on several game shows. Roberts died in her sleep following a stroke, in Los Angeles, California.

Writer Gabriel García Márquez dies

Gabriel García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the Nobel Prize in Literature García Márquez died of pneumonia at the age of 87 in Mexico City.

Discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star

Kepler-186f is an exoplanet orbiting the red dwarf Kepler-186, about 550 light-years from the Earth. It is the first planet with a radius similar to Earth's to be discovered in the habitable zone of another star. NASA's Kepler spacecraft detected it using the transit method, along with four additional planets orbiting much closer to the star.

Explosion at Texas fertilizer plant

An ammonium nitrate explosion occurred at the West Fertilizer Company storage and distribution facility in West, Texas, while emergency services personnel were responding to a fire at the facility. Fifteen people were killed, more than 160 were injured, and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Same-sex marriage is legalized in New Zealand

Same-sex marriage was legalized by House of Representatives. The vote passed by 77 votes to 44. Subsequently, Department of Internal Affairs had to make several changes for marriage licenses. The decision proved to be economically beneficial as many couples from abroad came there and spent money on marriage ceremonies.

The first episode of "Game of Thrones" debuts

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It's an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is A Game of Thrones. It is filmed in Belfast and elsewhere in the United Kingdom, Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Malta, Morocco, Spain, and the US.

"Thor" premieres in Sydney, Australia

Thor is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It is the fourth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor.


Crosby becomes the youngest NHL player to reach 100 points in a season

Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, who serves as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. He became the first rookie to earn 100 penalty minutes and 100 points in the same season, which magnified his reputation for complaining to NHL officials.


Barry Bonds hit his 500th career home run

Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in MLB with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Bonds received seven NL MVP awards and 14 All-Star selections and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He hit his 500th home run against Terry Adams of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Photographer and musician Linda McCartney dies

Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney was an American musician, photographer, and animal rights activist. She was married to Paul McCartney of the Beatles. McCartney was a professional photographer of celebrities and contemporary musicians. She died of breast cancer at the age of 56.


Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

In April 1997, in the first game of a first-round playoff matchup against the Montreal Canadiens, Martin Brodeur fired the puck the length of the ice and into the Canadiens' empty net to ensure a 5–2 victory. It was only the second time in NHL history that a goaltender had scored in the playoffs, and the fifth time overall.

American neuropsychologist Roger Sperry dies

Sperry is known for his experiment with split-brain. He studied functional specialization in the cerebral hemispheres. He was responsible for overturning the widespread belief that the left brain is dominant by showing that several cognitive abilities were localized in the right brain. Later Sperry’s work turned more to philosophy than psychology.

Singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham is born

Victoria Caroline Beckham is an English businesswoman, fashion designer, model, and singer. In the late 1990s, Beckham rose to fame with the all-female pop group Spice Girls and was dubbed Posh Spice by an issue of the British music magazine Top of the Pops.

FedEx, then known as Federal Express, began operations

FedEx Express started operations with 14 Dassault Falcon 20s that connected 25 cities in the USA. During the 1st night, 186 packages were carried. Services included both overnight and two-day package and envelope delivery services, as well as Courier Pak.

Actress Jennifer Garner is born

Jennifer Anne Garner is an American actress. Following a supporting role in Pearl Harbor, Garner gained recognition for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the ABC spy-action thriller Alias. For her work on the series, she won a Golden Globe Award and a SAG Award and received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Paul McCartney releases 1st solo album "McCartney"

The debut album by English rock musician Paul McCartney was issued on Apple Records after McCartney had resisted attempts by his Beatles bandmates to have the release delayed to allow for Apple's previously scheduled titles, notably the band's Let It Be album. The album received an unfavorable response from the majority of music critics.

Apollo 13 splashdown

The mission was intended to land on the Moon. The landing was aborted when oxygen tank of the service module exploded. The astronauts were in grave danger. They had limited power, shortage of potable water and they were losing cabin heat. Carbon dioxide concentration was increased in the vessel. Everything went well in the end and the crew survived.

Sirhan is convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy

A man of Palestinian origin, Sirhan, was sentenced to death in a gas chamber after he was put on trial for the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. The sentence later changed to life in prison. Sirhan stated that he bore no ill will towards Kennedy and his reasons were connected to the conflict in the Middle East.

Surveyor 3 probe is launched

It was the third Moon lander from American Surveyor program. The landing occurred two days after the launch. It was not perfect. The probe bounced from the surface of the moon twice. The probe carried a surface-soil sampling-scoop. In 1969, Surveyor 3 was visited by astronauts from the Apollo 12.

The Ford Motor Co. unveiles the Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an American car manufactured by Ford. It was originally based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. The Mustang created the "pony car" class of American muscle cars, affordable sporty coupes with long hoods and short rear decks and gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro or Dodge Challenger.

The 33rd Academy Awards

The 33rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1960, were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope. This was the first ceremony to be aired on ABC television, which has aired the Academy Awards ever since.


Mickey Mantle made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees

Mickey Charles Mantle played his entire MLB career with the New York Yankees as a center fielder and first baseman, from 1951 through 1968. Mantle was one of the best players and sluggers and is regarded by many as the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the MLB All-Century Team in 1999.

Harvard Mark I computer starts operation

The IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator, called Mark I by Harvard University’s staff, was a general purpose electromechanical computer that was used in the war effort during the last part of World War II. One of the first programs to run on the Mark I was initiated by John von Neumann.

Daffy Duck's first appearance, in Porky's Duck Hunt

Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character produced by Warner Bros. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, where he usually has been depicted as the best friend and occasional arch-rival of Bugs Bunny.

British archaeologist Leonard Woolley is born

Woolley is known for his discoveries at Ur in Mesopotamia. He found the famous Copper Bull and the pair of Ram in Thicket figurines. Woolley was the first modern archaeologist who excavated in a systematic way, kept records and used them to reconstruct ancient life and history. During his expeditions, he was secretly working for British naval intelligence.

Financier J. P. Morgan is born

J. P. Morgan, a leading financier of the Progressive Era, played important roles in the formation of the United States Steel Corporation, International Harvester and AT&T. In 1892, he arranged the merger of Edison General Electric and Thomson-Houston Electric Company to form General Electric.

US Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin dies

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin suffered from obesity throughout his middle-aged and later years, which resulted in multiple health problems. He died from a pleuritic attack at his home in Philadelphia, at age 84.

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