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"Avengers: Infinity War" premieres in Los Angeles

Avengers: Infinity War held its world premiere in Los Angeles and was released in the US in IMAX and 3D. The film received praise for the performances of the cast and the emotional weight of the story, as well as the visual effects and action sequences. It was the 4th film and the first superhero film to gross over $2 billion worldwide, breaking numerous box office records and becoming the highest-grossing film of 2018.

Toronto van attack

The Toronto van attack was a vehicle-ramming attack that occurred in 2018, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in which a rented van was driven along Yonge Street through the North York City Centre business district, deliberately targeting pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 16, some critically.

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" opens on Broadway

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a stage musical based on the 1964 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, with book by David Greig, music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman. A revival opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre starring Christian Borle as Willy Wonka. and Emma Pfaeffle as Veruca Salt.

Land mine kills OSCE monitor

A member of the European monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured Sunday when their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. The monitor who was killed was an American man, according to a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Austria, which holds the rotating presidency of the 57-nation organization.

Beyoncé releases album Lemonade on Tidal after an hour movie on HBO

Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer Beyoncé. Primarily an R&B album, Lemonade encompasses a variety of genres, including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip-hop, soul, funk, Americana, country, gospel, electronic, and trap music. The album features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White.

"The Visit" opens at the Lyceum Theatre

The Visit is a 1956 tragicomic play by Swiss dramatist Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Chita Rivera and Roger Rees brought adaptation of The Visit to Broadway when it opened at the Lyceum Theatre under the Tony Award-winning direction of John Doyle, starring Chita Rivera and John McMartin.

"Casa Valentina" opens on Broadway

Casa Valentina is a play written by Harvey Fierstein which tells the story of men who spend weekends at a resort in the Catskill mountains, dressed as women. The Broadway production, directed by Joe Mantello, starred Patrick Page, Gabriel Ebert, John Cullum, Reed Birney, Tom McGowan, and Larry Pine.

Broadway revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" opens

The Trip to Bountiful is a play by American playwright Horton Foote. The 2013 production marked Cicely Tyson's first Broadway appearance since 1983. She was joined by Cuba Gooding Jr, Condola Rashād and Vanessa Williams. The African-American cast is a non-issue because the themes are blind to race.

Hawija clashes

An army raid against a protest encampment in the city of Hawija, west of Kirkuk, led to dozens of civilian deaths and the involvement of several insurgent groups in organized action against the government, leading to fears of a return to a wide-scale Sunni–Shia conflict within the country.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" premieres in Sydney

Star Trek Into Darkness is an American science fiction action film directed by J. J. Abrams and written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek film franchise and the sequel to the film Star Trek. The film features Chris Pine reprising his role as Captain James T. Kirk.

Video game Don't Starve is released

Don't Starve is an open world survival video game developed by the Canadian indie company Klei Entertainment. The game follows a scientist named Wilson who finds himself in a dark, dreary world and must survive as long as possible. The game received positive reviews from critics.

"The Lyons" opens on Broadway

The Lyons is a play by Nicky Silver. The play premiered on Broadway at the Cort Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw. The cast featured Linda Lavin, Dick Latessa, Michael Esper, and Brenda Pressley. This was the Broadway debut of a Nicky Silver play. The setting is mainly in a hospital where Ben, the husband and father, is dying from cancer.

Musical "Ghost" opens on Broadway

Ghost the Musical is a musical with book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music and lyrics by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. The musical opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. This production was directed by Matthew Warchus and the original stars Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy reprised their roles.

A series of bomb explosions in Baghdad

Over a two-hour time span, a wave of coordinated bombings hit Shia Muslims leaving Friday prayers, Shiite neighbourhoods, and a market. The attacks consisted of five car bombs, which accounted for 58 deaths, and approximately 13 bombs in total. Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials have blamed Al-Qaeda in Iraq for the bombing attacks.

"The Norman Conquests"opens at Circle in the Square

The Norman Conquests is a trilogy of plays written in 1973 by Alan Ayckbourn. Each of the plays depicts the same six characters over the same weekend in a different part of a house. The 2008 Old Vic production opened on Broadway with the London cast at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Rice price reached an all time $24.46 after bad crop and cyclones in Asia

The Global Rice Crisis occurred between January and May, with the international trading price of rice jumping dramatically, increasing more than 300% in just 4 months. By December, prices decreased significantly, marking an end to the crisis.

First President of Russia Boris Yeltsin dies

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was a Soviet and Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation. Boris Yeltsin died of congestive heart failure, aged 76. According to experts quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda, the onset of Yeltsin's condition was due to his recent visit to Jordan.

Co-founder Jawed Karim uploads the first video to YouTube.com

The video he released was named 'Me at the zoo' and as of July 2017 has reached over 40 million views. Karim also designed and developed many of the core components of PayPal. After leaving PayPal, he, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen founded the YouTube video sharing website in 2005.


Snowboarder Chloe Kim is born

Chloe Kim is an American snowboarder. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at the age of 17 years. She is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

"The Beauty Queen of Leenane" opens at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 dramatic play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. The production opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway, directed by Garry Hynes, with cast members Tom Murphy, Marie Mullen, and Anna Manahan.

"Titanic" opens on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Titanic is a musical with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone that opened on Broadway in 1997. It swept the 1997 musical Tony Awards winning all five it was nominated for including the award for Best Musical and Best Score. The production starred John Cunningham, David Garrison, Larry Keith, Alma Cuervo, and Victoria Clark.


Tampa Bay Lightning sets an NHL attendance record

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. It is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. In 1996, they have set a new NHL record with the audience of 28,183 people in Thunderdome, now known as Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays in the final game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. With 38 387 points, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored. He also holds records e.g. in games played, minutes played or blocked shots.

Human-powered aircraft record

Experimental human-powered aircraft Daedalus 88 flew from Crete to just off the beach on Santorini Island. The pilot was Kanellos Kanellopoulos. Daedalus 88 was developed at MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department by a group of graduate students. It weighed only 31 kilograms.

Coca-Cola launch "New Coke" with a revised recipe

Coca-Cola amid much publicity attempted to change the formula of the drink with "New Coke". Coca-Cola management was unprepared for the public's nostalgia for the old drink, leading to a backlash. The company gave in to protests and returned to a variation of the old formula on July 10, 1985.

HIV is discovered

AIDS was first clinically observed in the United States. The initial cases were a cluster of injecting drug users and homosexual men with no known cause of impaired immunity who showed symptoms of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, a rare opportunistic infection that was known to occur in people with a very compromised immune system.

The 28th Eurovision Song Contest

The 28th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Munich, then West Germany. The presenter was Marlene Charell. Corinne Hermes was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "Si la vie est cadeau". This was Luxembourg's fifth victory in the contest which equaled the previous record set by France.

ZX Spectrum computer is released

British consumer electronics manufacturer Sinclair Research introduced its famous 8-bit computer ZX Spectrum. The name referred to machine’s color display, compared to previous type, the Sinclair ZX81. The Spectrum was released as eight different models. Together they sold over 5 million units worldwide, not counting clones.

Actor Kal Penn is born

Kalpen Suresh Modi is an American actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant best known by his stage name Kal Penn. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series.

Comedian John Oliver is born

John William Oliver is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. Oliver started his career as a stand-up comedian, both in the United Kingdom and the United States. He came to wider attention for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as its senior British correspondent.

The Rolling Stones release album "Sticky Fingers"

Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. Sticky Fingers is widely regarded as one of the Rolling Stones' best albums. It achieved triple platinum certification in the US. Majority of songs in the album was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Britain released first decimal coins

The first decimal coins were the five pence and ten pence, and had values of one shilling and two shillings, respectively. The decimal coins are minted in copper-plated steel, previously bronze, nickel-plated steel, cupronickel and nickel-brass.

James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

Blues for Mister Charlie is James Baldwin's second play, a social commentary drama in three acts. The play is dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evers, his widow and children, and to the memory of the dead children of Birmingham." It is loosely based on the Emmett Till murder that occurred in Mississippi before the Civil Rights Movement began.


The New York Rangers lost the series to the Red Wings in a 4:3 double-overtime

Two games were played in Toronto as the circus had taken over Madison Square Garden in New York. New York's Don Raleigh scored two overtime winners and Pete Babando scored the Cup-winning goal in double overtime of game seven, the first time ever in which the Stanley Cup was won in extra frames in game seven.

Vespa scooter is patented

Piaggio, an Italian motor vehicle manufacturer, filed a patent for the Vespa scooter design. The patent was approved the following December. It was one of the first vehicles where the body was an integral part of the chassis. The name Vespa means wasp in Italian.

Child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple is born

Shirley Temple Black) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

Janáček's "The Excursions of Mr. Brouček to the Moon" premieres

The Excursions of Mr. Brouček to the Moon and to the 15th Century is the complete title of Leoš Janáček’s 5th opera, based on two Svatopluk Čech novels. The librettists for Part 1 were František Gellner, Viktor Dyk, František Sarafínský Procházka and others, while Part 2 was written by F. S. Procházka. This two-part satirical opera was premiered at the National Theatre in Prague.

German physicist Max Planck is born

Planck suggested that electromagnetic radiation could be emitted only in small chunks, called energy quanta. This suggestion caused a revolution in physics and gave birth to a quantum theory which describes the world of atoms and subatomic particles. Planck also discovered the third law of thermodynamics.

French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon is born

Bertillon applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement creating an identification system based on physical measurements. Anthropometry was the first scientific system used by police to identify criminals. Before that time, criminals could only be identified by name or photograph.

Poet William Wordsworth dies

William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads. William Wordsworth died at home at Rydal Mount from an aggravated case of pleurisy.

15th US President James Buchanan is born

James Buchanan Jr. was the 15th president of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 17th United States Secretary of State and had served in the Senate and House of Representatives before becoming president.

Poet and playwright William Shakespeare dies

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Shakespeare died at the age of 52. He died within a month of signing his will, a document which he begins by describing himself as being in "perfect health".

Author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra dies

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. Cervantes died in Madrid and was buried there the next day. The cause of his death was type-2 diabetes, a result of a cirrhosis of the liver.

William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare. The Windsor of the play's title is a reference to the town of Windsor, also the location of Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England. Though nominally set in the reign of Henry IV, the play makes no pretense to exist outside contemporary Elizabethan era English middle-class life.

The German Beer Purity Law

According to the German Beer Purity Law, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley, and hops. The law also set the price of beer, limited the profits made by innkeepers, and made confiscation the penalty for making impure beer.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1564, died 1616

William Shakespeare

born 1977

John Cena

born 1995

Gigi Hadid