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'Anastasia' opens on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre

Anastasia is a musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Terrence McNally. Based on the 1997 film of the same name, the musical adapts the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. The musical opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, featuring most of the original cast.

Psychological horror drama 'Bates Motel' ends

The series itself is described as a "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, following the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in the Hitchcock film. However, the final season of the series loosely adapts the plot of Psycho. The series takes place in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Oregon.

'Waitress' opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. For the Broadway production, elements of the book were rewritten, new choreography developed, and a new song written by Bareilles.

Simon Wood wins the 2015 series of 'MasterChef'

Simon Wood was crowned the country’s best amateur cook as MasterChef Champion 2015. The 38-year-old data manager from Oldham fought off fierce competition from fellow finalists Emma Spitzer and Tony Rodd to lift the coveted trophy on the BBC One show.

Bruce Jenner confirms speculation

In a 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner came out as a trans woman, saying that she had dealt with gender dysphoria since her youth and that, "for all intents and purposes, I'm a woman." Jenner cross-dressed for many years and took hormone replacement therapy but stopped after her romance with Kris Kardashian became more serious.

Broadway revival of 'Cabaret' opens

Cabaret is a 1966 musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Joe Masteroff, based on John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera. For the show's third Broadway revival, Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall reprised their respective roles as director and co-director/choreographer and Alan Cumming starred again as the Emcee.

Savar building collapse

The 2013 Savar building collapse or Rana Plaza collapse was a structural failure that occurred on 24 April 2013 in the Savar Upazila of Dhaka District, Bangladesh, where an eight-story commercial building named Rana Plaza collapsed. The search for the dead ended on 13 May 2013 with a death toll of 1,134. Approximately 2,500 injured people were rescued from the building alive. It is considered the deadliest structural failure accident in modern human history, and therefore also the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.

'Nice Work If You Can Get It' premieres on Broadway

Nice Work If You Can Get It is a musical featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, with a book written by Joe DiPietro, and based on material by Guy Bolton and P. G. Wodehouse. Nice Work premiered on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, with the cast members Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara.

'Born Yesterday' returns to Broadway

Born Yesterday is a play written by Garson Kanin which premiered on Broadway in 1946, starring Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn. The play was adapted into a successful 1950 film of the same name. A Broadway revival was directed by Doug Hughes and starred Jim Belushi as Harry Brock, Nina Arianda as Billie Dawn and Robert Sean Leonard as Paul Verrall.

Helix Bridge opens

The Helix Bridge, officially The Helix, and previously known as the Double Helix Bridge, is a pedestrian bridge linking Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. During its opening, only half was opened due to ongoing construction at the Marina Bay Sands. It is located beside the Benjamin Sheares Bridge and is accompanied by a vehicular bridge, known as the Bayfront Bridge.

'Cry-Baby' opens at the Marquis Theatre

Cry-Baby is a musical based on the 1990 John Waters film of the same name. The music is by David Javerbaum and Adam Schlesinger, and the book is by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan. The production opened on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre, directed by Mark Brokaw with cast members Harriet Harris and James Snyder as "Cry-Baby".

Snuppy becomes world's first cloned dog

Snuppy was an Afghan hound, credited with being the world's first cloned dog. The puppy was created using a cell from an ear from an adult Afghan hound and involved 123 surrogate mothers, of which only three produced pups. Department of theriogenology and biotechnology at Seoul National University for cloning Snuppy was led by Woo Suk Hwang.

USA lifts economic sanctions on Libya after 18 years

The Bush administration lifted most U.S. sanctions against Libya, opening the way for U.S. investments and commercial activities, however still forbidding air travel and some exports to the country. The decision came after Libya took steps to renounce terrorism and to eliminate its weapons of mass destruction.

Businesswoman Estée Lauder dies

Estée Lauder died of cardiopulmonary arrest at her home in Manhattan, aged 97. She was famous for co-founding her eponymous cosmetics company. In 1998, she was the only woman on Time magazine's list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century.

Janet Jackson releases her Album 'All for You'

All for You is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson. Released in 2001 by Virgin Records America, its development and theme was rooted in Jackson's separation from husband René Elizondo, Jr, getting to know what dating is like for the first time.


Golfer Lydia Ko is born

Lydia Ko is a Korean-born New Zealand professional golfer who became the No. 1-ranked woman professional golfer in February 2015 at 17 years, 9 months and 9 days of age, making her the youngest player of either gender to be ranked No. 1 in professional golf.


Iceland’s Arnor Gudjohnsen is replaced by his son

In 1996, 17-year-old Eiður and his 34-year-old father Arnór entered football history when playing in an international friendly for the senior Iceland team against Estonia in Tallinn. Arnór started the match, and Eiður came on in the second half as a substitute for his father.


Robinson becomes just the fourth NBA player to score 70 points in a game

David Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA for his entire career. He is also one of only six players to record 70 or more points in a single game. Robinson retired from basketball after the 2002–03 season.

Bishopsgate bombing

The Bishopsgate bombing occurred on 24 April 1993, when the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonated a powerful truck bomb on Bishopsgate, a major thoroughfare in London's financial district, the City of London. Telephoned warnings were sent about an hour beforehand, but a news photographer was killed in the blast and 44 people were injured, with fatalities minimised due to it occurring on a Saturday. The blast destroyed the nearby St Ethelburga's church and wrecked Liverpool Street station and the NatWest Tower. The financial cost was severe, estimated at the time to be over £1 billion of damage, making it the costliest terrorist attack at the time.

Hubble Space Telescope is launched

U. S. Space Shuttle Discovery took the HST on orbit. It was, and still is, one of the most important scientific instruments in history. Its most important discovery was that the metric expansion of the universe is accelerating. The cause of this acceleration remains poorly understood. The most common cause attributed is so-called dark energy.

Apple introduces the Apple IIc and discontinues the Apple III line

The Apple IIc, the fourth model in the Apple II series of personal computers, was Apple’s first endeavor to produce a portable computer. The result was a 7.5 lb notebook-sized version of the Apple II that could be transported from place to place. The c in the name stood for compact.

The 27th Eurovision Song Contest

The 27th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The presenter was Jan Leeming. The German entrant, Nicole, was a winner with the song "Ein bißchen Frieden". Germany received 1.61 times as many points as runner-up Israel, which was a record under the current scoring system.

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in a spacecraft crash

He is known as a first human who died in space flight. In 1967 during the landing of the first manned mission of the Soyuz spacecraft, the Soyuz 1, the parachutes failed. Komarov, its solo pilot, died when the capsule crashed into the ground. Prior to the Soyuz 1 test, Komarov commanded the Voskhod 1 mission. It was the first spaceflight to carry more than one crew member.


Boston Celtics win their fifth straight championship of the NBA

The best-of-seven series was played between the Western Division champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Eastern Division champion Boston Celtics. This was the Celtics' 7th straight trip to the championship series, and they won the series over the Lakers, 4–2.

The first satellite relay of TV signal

The word “M.I.T.” became the 1st television image transmitted by communication satellite. The transmission was organized by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory with sponsorship from the Air Force. The message was received at Milestone hill in Westford, Massachusetts, 2,700 miles away.

The BBC first broadcast 'The Sky at Night' is presented by Patrick Moore

The Sky at Night is a monthly documentary television programme on astronomy produced by the BBC. The show had the same permanent presenter, Patrick Moore, until his death. This made it the longest-running programme with the same presenter in television history.

Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was decorated with a wide range of awards, including the Nobel Prize in Literature. He accepted a knighthood as Garter Knight. After leaving the premiership, Churchill spent less time in parliament until he stood down at the 1964 general election.

Author Lucy Maud Montgomery dies

Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian author best known for a series of novels with Anne of Green Gables. Montgomery was found dead in her bed in her Toronto home. The primary cause of death recorded on her death certificate was coronary thrombosis. Her granddaughter revealed that Lucy suffered from depression and may have taken her own life through a drug overdose.

Hammond organ

American Laurens Hammond patented his pipeless organ. His instrument generated sound by creating an electric current from rotating a metal tonewheel near an electromagnetic pickup and then strengthening the signal with an amplifier so it can drive a speaker cabinet. The organ is commonly used with famous Leslie speaker.

Sigmund Freud outlines his theory of the id, ego, and super-ego

The Ego and the Id is a prominent paper by the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. It is an analytical study of the human psyche outlining his theories of the psychodynamics of the id, ego, and super-ego, which is of fundamental importance in the development of psychoanalysis. The study was conducted over years of meticulous research.

The first tank-to-tank combat in history

The first tank-versus-tank battles took place in April 1918. It was an unexpected engagement between three German A7Vs and three British Mk. IVs at Villers-Bretonneux. Fuller's Plan, involving massive use of tanks for an offensive, was never used because the blockade of Germany and the entry of the US brought an end to the war.

Easter Rising begins

The Easter Rising was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish the independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in the First World War.

The Armenian Genocide begins

Armenian genocide or Armenian holocaust was the Ottoman government's systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians. The majority of arrested Armenian intellectuals was eventually murdered. The beginning of the genocide is annually reminded on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

Woolworth skyscraper opened in New York

The Woolworth Building, at 233 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, designed by architect Cass Gilbert, is an early US skyscraper. More than a century after its construction, it remains, at 792 feet, one of the 100 tallest buildings in the United States as well as one of the 30 tallest buildings in New York City.


Manchester United is officially founded

Manchester United F.C. is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. The club was founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to its current stadium, Old Trafford, in 1910.

American linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf is born

Whorf is most known for his theory of linguistic relativity, called Sapir–Whorf hypothesis after him and his mentor Edward Sapir. The hypothesis states that that the structure of a language affects its speakers' worldview or cognition. He was originally trained as a chemical engineer. His first job was fire prevention.

Novelist Daniel Defoe dies

Daniel Defoe was an English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. Daniel Defoe died while in hiding from his creditors. The cause of his death was labelled as lethargy, but he probably experienced a stroke.

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