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Sixteen people are killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest

An avalanche hit the area just below the Base Camp 2 at around 01:00 UTC (06:30 local time) and at an elevation of about 5,900 meters (19,400 ft). Sixteen people were killed in the avalanche and nine more were injured.

Two earth-like planets are discovered

The Kepler probe found a promising system around a star in the constellation Lyra, 1 200 light years from Earth. The star, designated Kepler-62, is little cooler and smaller than our Sun. It has five known planets. Two of them orbit in the habitable zone.

Dick Clark dies at age 82

Richard Wagstaff Clark was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. The show gave many new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, including Ike and Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and others.

Billionaire Warren Buffett says he is diagnosed with prostate cancer

Warren Buffett announced that he was diagnosed with stage one prostate cancer. Fortunately, this type of cancer had a high survival rate. In September that year, he said that he had completed the full 44-day radiation treatment cycle.

S&P's cut U.S. government's credit outlook from "stable" to "negative"

Standard & Poor's is an American financial services company that publishes research and analysis on stocks and commodities. After the Budget Control Act of 2011 took effect, S&P started lowering the US's long-term credit rating. It reached the point where they assigned it a negative outlook, due to fiscal and economic challenges.

The first Chief Technology Officer of the US is named

Barack Obama appointed Aneesh Chopra into a position of the first Chief Technology Officer of the US. Chopra was previously the commonwealth’s Secretary of Technology. His new duties included promoting technological innovation in order to create new jobs, reduce health care costs and protect the homeland.

Two of suicide bombings in Baghdad

A series of attacks occurred when five car bombs exploded across Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, killing nearly 200 people. The attacks targeted mainly Shia locations and civilians. The Sadriya market had already been struck by a massive truck bombing and was in the process of being rebuilt when the attack took place.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes welcome their baby Suri

The couple's daughter, Suri, was born on the one-year anniversary of their first date. The name "Suri" supposedly derives from the Persian meaning "Red Rose" and the Hebrew as a derivative of "Sarah" meaning princess. Holmes and Cruise were married in a Scientologist ceremony at the 15th-century Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Italy.

Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl dies

Heyerdahl sailed 6000 km across the Pacific Ocean, from South America to the Tuamotu Islands, on a handmade raft. The raft was called Kon-Tiki according to an ancient South American solar god. It was constructed out of balsa logs and other native materials. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages.

1999

Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL

The final game of Gretzky's career was a 2–1 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in April 1999 in Madison Square Garden. Although the game involved two American teams, both national anthems were played, with the lyrics slightly adjusted to accommodate Gretzky's departure.

1995

Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. is a former American football quarterback who played in the NFL for 16 seasons. In April 1995, Montana announced his retirement before a huge crowd at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. The event was broadcast live on local television, and included speeches from John Madden, Eddie DeBartolo, Jr, and others.

Alice Walker author of "The Color Purple" receives Pulitzer Prize

The Color Purple is an epistolary novel by Alice Walker who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the Southern United States in the 1930s.

1981

The longest professional baseball game is begun in Pawtucket, RI

The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings, two teams from the Triple-A International League, played the longest game in professional baseball history. It lasted 33 innings, with 8 hours and 25 minutes of playing time. 32 innings were played April 18/19, 1981, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and the final 33rd inning was played June 23, 1981. Pawtucket won the game, 3–2.

TV personality Kourtney Kardashian is born

Kourtney Mary Kardashian is an American television personality, socialite, businesswoman, and model. She and her family were picked to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Its success led to the creation of spin-offs including Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami and Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

U.S. Senate approves the Panama Canal Treaty

The US Senate backed the treaty negotiated by President Carter. The treaty transferred the control of Panama Canal to Panama by end of 1999. Canal itself was declared a neutral territory and became accessible to ships of all nations. The passing of the treaty was seen as a victory for Carter's foreign policy.

Alex Haley author of "Roots" receives Pulitzer Prize

Roots: The Saga of an American Family is a novel written by Alex Haley. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent, sold into slavery in Africa, transported to North America. Haley received a Pulitzer Prize for his book, and the TV series won several major awards.

Actress Melissa Joan Hart is born

Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, voice actress, director, producer, singer, fashion designer, and businesswoman. She is known for her title roles in the sitcoms Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Melissa & Joey. Hart has been married to musician Mark Wilkerson; together, they have 3 sons.

The 30th Tony Awards

The 30th Annual Tony Awards was held at the Shubert Theatre and broadcast by ABC television. The theme of the show was "The Ones That Got Away", a medley of memorable songs from past musicals that did not win the Tony. Richard Burton performed a scene from Hamlet.

Actor David Tennant is born

David Tennant is a Scottish and British actor and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

1966

Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history

Russell played in the wake of pioneers like Earl Lloyd or Chuck Cooper, and he was the first African American player to achieve superstar status in the NBA. He also served a three-season stint as player-coach for the Celtics, becoming the first African-American coach in North American pro sports and the first to win a world championship.

The 38th Academy Awards

The 38th Academy Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope. The ceremony was broadcast on the ABC network and was the first to be broadcast live in color. The two most nominated films were The Sound of Music and Doctor Zhivago, each with ten nominations and five wins.

TV host Conan O'Brien is born

Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows. He has hosted Conan on the cable channel TBS. O'Brien was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and was raised in an Irish Catholic family.

Actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco

Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III. They had three children Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie. Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to begin her duties as Princess of Monaco.

Physicist Albert Einstein dies

Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein experienced internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm and died the next morning in Princeton Hospital.

Six countries set EU foundations in ECSC Treaty

The European Coal and Steel Community was formally established in by the Treaty of Paris, signed by Belgium, France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. It was set up after WWII to regulate the countries' industrial production under a centralized authority.

FBI agent and Soviet spy Robert Hanssen is born

Hanssen was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Knox College in Galesburg, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. Like his father, he became a member of Chicago Police Department. A few years later he left and joined FBI. Hanssen ended up betraying the US and became a double agent for the Soviet Union.

The Doolittle Raid

Doolittle Raid was an air attack planned by James Doolittle on the Japanese capital Tokyo and other targets located on the island of Honshu. The attack served as retaliation for the bombing of Pearl Harbor, just as well as to raise the morale of soldiers. Most of the bomber's crew managed to survive and return to the US.

1942

Maple Leafs come back from 3-0 to win Stanley Cup

The 1942 Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings. After losing the first three games, the Maple Leafs won the next four to win the series 4–3, winning their fourth Stanley Cup. It was the first Cup Final in history to go seven.

The first laundromat is opened in Texas

The 1st laundromat, also known as washateria, was opened in Fort Worth, Texas, by John F. Cantrell. Although steam-powered laundry machines were invented in the 19th century, their cost put them out of reach of many. Cantrell and others started renting short-term use of their machines.

Radio facsimile

First commercial radio transmission of a radio facsimile was sent from San Francisco, California to New York City. The photograph showed Marion Davies receiving a make-up box as a gift from Louis B. Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The machine was invented by Richard H. Ranger. It was the forerunner of now obsolete fax machines.

San Francisco earthquake

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). High intensity shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days. Thousands of homes were dismantled. As a result, up to 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American disasters.

English physician Erasmus Darwin dies

Darwin was one of the leading intellectuals of 18th century England. He was a grandfather of Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. As a naturalist, he formulated one of the first formal theories on evolution. Although he did not come up with natural selection, he did discuss many ideas that his grandson elaborated on sixty years later.

Paul Revere's midnight ride

Midnight Ride refers to the event where Revere rode to Lexington, avoiding British patrol and warning patriots along the route. Charlestown colonists and many of those he warned set out to deliver warnings of incoming British forces on their own. For his acts, a statue of Revere was made and unveiled in North End, Boston.

The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. Construction of the present basilica, which would replace Old St. Peter's Basilica from the 4th century AD, began in April 1506 and was completed in November 1626.

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