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'Indecent' opens at Broadway's Cort Theatre

Indecent is a play by Paula Vogel. It recounts the controversy surrounding the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch, which was produced on Broadway in 1923, for which the cast of the original production was arrested on the grounds of obscenity. In 2017, the production moved to Broadway where it opened at the Cort Theatre.

'Hamilton' wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Hamilton premiered on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

2014 Mount Everest avalanche

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.

'A Haunted House 2' is released

A Haunted House 2 is a 2014 American horror comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes and starring Marlon Wayans. The film is the sequel to the 2013 film A Haunted House. Like its predecessor, the film received negative reviews, and earned over $23 million at the box office.

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.

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.

James Corden stars in 'One Man, Two Guvnors'

One Man, Two Guvnors is a play by Richard Bean, an English adaptation of Servant of Two Masters, a 1743 Commedia dell'arte style comedy play by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni. The play then premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. James Corden reprised his role for American audiences.

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.

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.

Broadway revival of 'La Cage aux Folles' opens

La Cage aux Folles is a musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and lyrics and music by Jerry Herman. A transfer of the 2008 London revival to Broadway opened at the Longacre Theatre, directed by Johnson and Page, with cast members A.J Shively, Robin de Jesús, Fred Applegate, Veanne Cox and Christine Andreas.

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.

'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' is released

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a 2008 American romantic comedy film directed by Nicholas Stoller and starring Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Russell Brand. The film, which was written by Segel and co-produced by Judd Apatow, was released by Universal Pictures.

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.

'The Light in the Piazza' opens at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre

The Light in the Piazza is a musical with a book by Craig Lucas and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. The Broadway production opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center, where it ran for 504 performances. The cast featured Victoria Clark, Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, Michael Berresse and Sarah Uriarte Berry.

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.

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' opens on Broadway

Thoroughly Modern Millie is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics by Dick Scanlan, and a book by Richard Morris and Scanlan. After a long production history, the musical premiered on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, directed by Michael Mayer. The original cast included Sutton Foster as Millie and Marc Kudisch as Trevor.


Prankster manages to sneak into Manchester United’s team photo

Before Manchester United's Champions League match against Bayern Munich, Power walked onto the pitch in team colours as an impostor, and took up a position next to player Andy Cole. Although he was noticed by other players, he managed to remain in place for the team photo.


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.


Peyton Manning is first pick by Indianapolis Colts

Manning was selected by the Colts as the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. From 1998 to 2010, he improved the fortunes of the struggling Colts franchise and helped transform them into consistent playoff contenders.

Red River flood

The Red River flood of 1997 was a major flood that occurred along the Red River of the North in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Southern Manitoba. The flood reached throughout the Red River Valley, affecting the cities of Fargo and Winnipeg, but none so greatly as Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, where floodwaters reached more than 3 miles inland.


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.

'Beauty and the Beast' opens at the Palace Theatre

Beauty and the Beast is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. The musical opened on Broadway at the Palace Theatre. Directed by Robert Jess Roth, the original Broadway cast included Susan Egan as Belle, Terrence Mann as the Beast, and Burke Moses as Gaston.

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.


Longest professional baseball game

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.

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.

'Side by Side by Sondheim' opens on Broadway

Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue featuring the songs of the Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. Its title is derived from the song "Side by Side by Side" from Company. The Broadway production, directed by Sherrin, opened at the Music Box Theatre, and later transferred to the now-demolished Morosco Theatre.

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.


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 are held

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.

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.


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 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.

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 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI. High-intensity shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley. Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days.

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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