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Southwest Airlines jet experiences an engine failure

Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 was a Boeing 737-700 that experienced an engine failure after departing from New York–LaGuardia Airport en route to Dallas Love Field. One passenger was partially ejected from the aircraft and later died. Eight other passengers received minor injuries.

Final episode of '2 Broke Girls' airs

2 Broke Girls is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS. The series was produced for Warner Bros. Television and created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings. The series was canceled after 6 seasons. A combination of factors, including declining ratings, CBS's desire to have an ownership stake, and the network needing to clear space for three new sitcoms in the fall schedule, led to the show's demise.

'Groundhog Day' opens on Broadway

Groundhog Day is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and book by Danny Rubin. The musical opened at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in 2017. The plot centres around Phil Connors, an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who finds himself in a time loop, repeating the same day again and again.

A small plane crashes in the Portuguese village of Tires

Tires is a Portuguese village located in the civil parish of São Domingos de Rana, in the coastal municipality of Cascais. In 2017, a Swiss-registered light airplane crashed near a Lidl supermarket located in the village. At least five people were killed, including the pilot.

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.

A drone collides with an Airbus A320 at London's Heathrow Airport

The Airbus A320 with 137 passengers and crew on board was making its final approach when the pilot radioed the control tower to report a midair collision. "The pilot reported to police that he believed a drone had struck the aircraft," a spokeswoman for London's Metropolitan Police said. The flight then landed safely.


James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler

In 2015, during the drawn first Test of the West Indies tour in Antigua, he had West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin caught at slip for his 384th Test wicket, thus overtaking another Ian Botham record and becoming England's all-time highest Test match wicket-taker. Despite Anderson's best efforts, the match ended in a draw.

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.

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.

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.

The world premiere of 'The Assembled Parties'

The Assembled Parties is a play written by Richard Greenberg. It relates the story of a Jewish family living on the Upper West Side of New York City. The play opened on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a Manhattan Theatre Club production. Directed by Lynne Meadow, the play features Judith Light as Faye and Jessica Hecht as Julie.

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.

'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.

'Wonderland' opens on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre

Wonderland: A New Alice is a musical with a book by Jack Murphy and Gregory Boyd, lyrics by Murphy, and music by Frank Wildhorn. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre. The cast included Janet Dacal as Alice, Darren Ritchie as White Knight and Jack/Lewis Carroll, Jose Llana as El Gato, and Karen Mason as the Queen of Hearts.

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.

'A Catered Affair' opens on Broadway

A Catered Affair is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by John Bucchino. It is based the 1956 film The Catered Affair written by Gore Vidal. John Doyle directed the Broadway production, which starred Fierstein, Faith Prince and Tom Wopat.


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.

Tel Aviv bombing

The 2006 Tel Aviv shawarma restaurant bombing was a suicide bombing in 2006 at "Rosh Ha'ir" shawarma restaurant in Tel Aviv, Israel. Eleven Israeli civilians were killed in the attack and 70 were injured. The Palestinian militant organization Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the terror attack.


Freddy Adu becomes the youngest goal scorer in MLS history

In 2004, Freddy Adu became the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer game when he came on as a substitute in a game against the San Jose Earthquakes, and then he became the youngest scorer in MLS history, scoring a goal in a 3–2 loss to the MetroStars.


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.

The London revival of 'The Real Thing'

The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard. It examines the nature of honesty and uses various constructs, including a play within a play, to explore the theme of reality versus appearance. The play was revived in 2000 with Jennifer Ehle as Annie and Stephen Dillane as Henry. It played on Broadway and at the Donmar Warehouse in London.

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.


Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points

In his ABA and NBA careers combined, he scored more than 30,000 points. In 1993, Erving was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. On the combined NBA/ABA scoring list, he ranked third with 30,026 points.

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.


The Boston Marathon acknowledged womens competition

Roberta Gibb is recognized by the race organizers as the first woman to run the entire Boston Marathon. Kathy Switzer, who had registered as "K. V. Switzer", was the first woman to run and finish with a race number. She finished despite an infamous incident in which race official Jock Semple tried to rip off her numbers and eject her from the race.

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.

Paul McCartney releases first 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.

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.


Hornung and Karras are suspended for betting on NFL

Hornung's penchant for high-living would prove disastrous when, in 1963, a major scandal erupted and Hornung and another of the league's top stars, defensive tackle Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions, were suspended from football indefinitely by commissioner Pete Rozelle for betting on NFL games and associating with undesirable persons.

The 33rd Academy Awards are held

The 33rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in a movie 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.

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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