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2017

Romania Coach Ilie Nastase is escorted off the court

The International Tennis Federation has banned Ilie Nastase from taking any further part in the Fed Cup tie between Romania and Great Britain after he reduced Johanna Konta to tears and forced her match with Sorana Cirstea to be suspended. He also insulted Anne Keothavong and made an apparently racist comment about Serena Williams’ pregnancy.

Train crash in Congo

A freight train derailed near the Katongola Bridge in Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The train was carrying hundreds of illegal passengers at the time of the crash. As a result, 48 people were killed and over 160 injured.

Belgorod shooting

A mass shooting occurred at approximately 2:20 p.m. Moscow time on a street in Belgorod in Belgorod Oblast, western Russia. The shooter, identified as 31-year-old Sergey Pomazun, opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle on several people at a gun store and a sidewalk, killing all six people that were hit.

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn is published

Gone Girl is a thriller novel by the writer Gillian Flynn. It was published by Crown Publishing Group. The novel soon made the New York Times Best Seller list. The novel's suspense comes from the main character, Nick Dunne, and whether he is involved in the disappearance of his wife.

The first episode of "Veep" debuts

Veep is an American political satire comedy television series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, that premiered on HBO. The series was created by Scottish writer Armando Iannucci as an adaptation of his British sitcom The Thick of It. Veep has received critical acclaim and has won several major awards.

The Deepwater Horizon oil platform sink into the Gulf of Mexico

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began on April 20, 2010, in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. It is considered the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry and estimated to be 8% to 31% larger in volume than the previous largest, the Ixtoc I oil spill.

The USAF retires the last F-117 Nighthawk stealth attack aircraft

The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is an American single-seat, twin-engine stealth attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force. The U.S. Air Force retired the F-117 primarily due to the fielding of the F-22 Raptor.

2003

Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

Patrick Jacques Roy is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender and the former head coach of the Colorado Avalanche of the NHL. He is regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. He is among players to be named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

One of the worst serial killer is arrested

Garavito was arrested on separate charges of attempted rape. Garavito was questioned about the local killings and his attempted rape charges. Police speculated that Garavito had planned on killing the young boy if the bystander had not interceded. The judicial body ruled that all Garavito's sentences total 1,853 years and nine days in jail.

1995

George Foreman beats Axel Schulz

George Foreman vs. Axel Schulz, billed as "Celebration", was a professional boxing match contested in April 1995. One judge ruled the fight a draw with a score of 114–114, while the other two had the fight 115–113 in favor of Foreman, making Foreman the winner by majority decision.

Richard M. Nixon dies at age 81

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he resigned from office, the only U.S. president to do so. By late 1973, the Watergate scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support. On August 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office.

1994

Michael Moorer beats Evander Holyfield

Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer was a professional boxing match contested in April 1994. Though earning a knockdown would usually result in a round win for the fighter, judge Jerry Roth scored the round even at 10–10 instead of 10–9 which would have made the fight a majority draw in which Holyfield would have kept his titles.

Peter Townshend's musical "Tommy" officially opens on Broadway

The Who's Tommy is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and book by Townshend and Des McAnuff, based on The Who's rock opera Tommy. The Broadway theatre debut was at the St. James Theatre. The show then officially closed after 899 performances.

Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser is released

NCSA Mosaic was the 1st web browser with the ability to display text and images inline, meaning you could put pictures and text on the same page together, in the same window. At the time of its release, NCSA Mosaic was available only on Unix. Windows and Mac versions came in late 1993.

Intel Releases 486SX Chip

It was slower than original 486 chip called DX. It lacked the floating-point unit, which performed high-speed arithmetic, used for example in video games. It was, however, cheaper. Intel hoped to make the personal computer industry to migrate toward the more powerful 486. It was a first low-cost processor in history.

1988

Sundstrom makes Stanley Cup playoff history

In April 1988, Sundstrom set a Stanley Cup playoffs record, since tied by Mario Lemieux, by recording eight points in New Jersey's 10-4 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of the Patrick Division Final. This broke the previous record of seven points, recorded on three occasions by Wayne Gretzky while with the Edmonton Oilers.

Third shuttle flight

U. S. Space Shuttle Columbia took off from Kennedy Space Centre. The main purpose of the mission was still testing the shuttle itself. A variety of minor problems were experienced during the flight. The orbiter's toilet malfunctioned. Due to flooding of the Edwards Air Force Base, Columbia had to land at the White Sands Space Harbor.

The 23rd Eurovision Song Contest

The 23rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Paris. The contest was won by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta who represented Israel with the song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi". The presenters were Denise Fabre and Léon Zitrone, and this was the first time more than one presenter hosted an edition of the Contest.

Optical fiber is first used to carry live telephone traffic

Fiber-optic communication is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. General Telephone and Electronics sent the first live telephone traffic through fiber optics at a 6 Mbit/s throughput in Long Beach, California.

The first Earth Day is celebrated

Earth Day is an annual event, held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day celebrations took place in two thousand colleges and universities, roughly ten thousand primary and secondary schools, and hundreds of communities across the United States.

Concentration camp at Sachsenhausen is liberated

Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany, used primarily for political prisoners. The camp's remaining 3,000 inmates, including 1,400 women were liberated by the Red Army and the Polish Army's 2nd Infantry Division in April 1945. The campground with the remaining buildings is now open to the public as a museum.

Actor Jack Nicholson is born

John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for more than 60 years. Nicholson is known for playing a wide range of starring or supporting roles, including satirical comedy, romance and dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopathic characters.

Italian neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini is born

Levi-Montalcini discovered the nerve growth factor, which stimulates and influences both the normal and abnormal growth of nerve cells in the body. Rita found it when she was looking for a chemical exuded by tumors that produced growth of nerve fibers. It was one of the first described growth factors.

American physicist Robert Oppenheimer is born

During the World War 2, Oppenheimer served as a director of the Los Alamos Laboratory. Therefore, he is often called the father of the atomic bomb. After the first bomb test at in New Mexico Oppenheimer remarked that it brought words from the Bhagavad Gita to his mind: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

Novelist Vladimir Nabokov is born

Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov was a Russian-American novelist, translator, and entomologist. His first nine novels were in Russian, but he achieved international prominence after he began writing English prose. Nabokov was an expert lepidopterist and composer of chess problems.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky completes his ballet "Swan Lake"

Swan Lake Op. 20, is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Despite its initial failure, it is now one of the most popular of all ballets. The scenario, initially in two acts, was fashioned from Russian and/or German folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse.

Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin is born

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of Soviet Russia and of the Soviet Union. Under his administration, Russia and then the wider Soviet Union became a one-party communist state governed by the Russian Communist Party.

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