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Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion was the April 20, 2010, explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), which was owned and operated by Transocean and drilling for BP in the Macondo Prospect oil field about 40 miles (60 km) southeast off the Louisiana coast. The explosion and subsequent fire resulted in the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon and the deaths of 11 workers; 17 others were injured. The same blowout that caused the explosion also caused a massive offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world, and the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Public demonstration of the soon-to-be released Windows 98

The release of Windows 98 was preceded by a notable press demonstration at COMDEX. Microsoft's CEO Bill Gates was highlighting the system's ease of use and enhanced support for Plug and Play. Nevertheless, when presentation assistant plugged a USB scanner in, the operating system crashed, displaying a Blue Screen of Death.

1993

Pittsburgh Penguins set an NHL record with their 13th-straight playoff victory

The Pittsburgh Penguins were the best team in the NHL during the 1992–93 regular season. Despite missing over a quarter of the regular season due to Hodgkin's Disease, Mario Lemieux returned later in the year to help the Penguins put together a 17-game winning streak, an NHL record still standing today.

Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

The deal was a joint venture with Time Warner and paid Madonna an advance of $60 million. It gave her 20% royalties from the music proceedings, the highest rate in the industry at the time, equaled only by Michael Jackson's royalty rate established a year earlier with Sony.

1986

Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

In the most historic arena in the NBA, the Boston Garden, a playoff game in which the player eventually to be regarded as the greatest ever to play, Michael Jordan, scored the most points in a playoff game against one of the teams regarded by many as the best ever, the 1986 Boston Celtics, with five of their top six players Hall of Famers.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr is born

Miranda May Kerr is an Australian model. Kerr rose to prominence as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. Kerr was the first Australian Victoria's Secret model and also represented the Australian department store chain David Jones. Kerr has launched her own brand of organic skincare products, KORA Organics, and has written a self-help book.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is created

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.

"Annie Hall" is released

Annie Hall is an American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Charles H. Joffe, the film stars the director as Alvy "Max" Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the film's eponymous female lead, played by Diane Keaton.

Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"

"We've Only Just Begun" is a hit single by Carpenters written by Roger Nichols (music) and Paul Williams (lyrics). Ranked at No. 405 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", it is frequently used as a wedding song.

The first jar of Nutella comes out from the Ferrero factory in italy

The first jar of Nutella left the Ferrero factory in Alba, Piedmont, an area known for the production of hazelnuts, and became an immediate success. The main ingredients of Nutella are sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa solids, and milk powder.

Transcontinental videocall

The call was made between New York City and Anaheim, California using a device called Picturephone. It was made in AT&T's Bell Labs. Picturephone consisted of a telephone handset and a small watching TV. It allowed telephone users to see each other in fuzzy video images as they carried on a conversation.

Japan starts construction of its iconic high-speed Shinkansen railroads

Japanese National Railways started construction of the 1st segment of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka. The cost of constructing the Shinkansen was initially estimated at nearly 200 billion yen, however, the actual figures were nearly double at about 400 billion yen.

Actress Jessica Lange is born

Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress. She is a recipient of several awards, including two Academy Awards, one Tony Award, three Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Dorian Awards. Lange was discovered by producer Dino De Laurentiis while modeling part-time for the Wilhelmina modeling agency.

1939

Ted Williams made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox

Theodore Samuel Williams played his entire 19-year MLB career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, excepting service time during World War II and the Korean War. Williams was nineteen-time All-Star and winner of many other awards. Moreover, he is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Billie Holiday records the first civil rights song "Strange Fruit"

Eleanora Fagan, alias Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Strange Fruit is a song which was first sang and recorded in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans.

American neuroscientist Robert Galambos is born

Together with fellow student Donald Griffin, Galambos demonstrated that bats use echolocation for navigation. In their experiment, a special microphone in a dark room was used to prove that bats flying in the dark could see by emitting ultrasonic vocal sounds. Their flight was severely impaired if either a bat's ears were plugged, or its mouth was held closed by a loop of thread.

Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium

Radium, in the form of radium chloride, was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. They extracted the radium compound from uraninite and published the discovery at the French Academy of Sciences five days later. Radium was isolated in its metallic state through the electrolysis of radium chloride.

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler is born

Adolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.

American clockmaker Chauncey Jerome dies

Jerome came up with the idea of a rectangular shelf clock sell-able for $1, called the OG clock. Many clockmakers saw him as a fool. But Jerome made a fortune by selling his clocks. His business grew quickly. By 1837 Jerome's company was selling more clocks than any of his competitors. However, 1856, the company went bankrupt. Jerome died in poverty.

Pasteurization

French biologist Louis Pasteur opened his experimental jars at a meeting of the French Academy of Science. They were sealed 17 days. The jars contained dogs blood and urine that had been maintained at an elevated temperature. Neither liquid showed observable decay or fermentation. This suggested the possibility of heating foods sufficiently to kill germs without significantly altering their chemical composition.

First known performance of tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre

Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book, and is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.

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