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Bill Cosby is found guilty of three counts

A jury found Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand. The Montgomery County district attorney, Kevin Steele, asked at this point that Cosby's $1 million bail be revoked, suggesting that he owned a private plane and could flee.

2017

Gift Ngoepe is the first African-born player to join baseball's major league

Mpho' Gift Ngoepe is a South African professional baseball shortstop and second baseman in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He previously played in MLB for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays. In 2017, he became the first native of continental Africa to reach the Major Leagues.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is released on Hulu

Streaming service Hulu ordered „The Handmaid's Tale“ as a web TV series set in dystopian future. The story is about women called Handmaids that are forced into child-bearing servitude after the end of second American Civil War. The first 3 episodes premiered together, the remaining 7 aired on a weekly basis.

"Bandstand" opens on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Bandstand is an original musical composed by Richard Oberacker with book and lyrics by Oberacker and Robert Taylor. The musical, once again titled Bandstand, premiered on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The Broadway cast features Beth Leavel, Alex Bender, Joe Carroll, Brandon James Ellis, James Nathan Hopkins, and Geoff Packard.

France won strategic $40bn deal to supply Australia with submarines

France has beaten Japan and Germany to win a $40 billion deal to build a fleet of 12 new submarines for Australia, one of the world’s most lucrative defense contracts. The victory for state-owned naval contractor DCNS Group underscored France’s strengths in developing a compelling military-industrial bid.

"Tuck Everlasting" opens on Broadway

Tuck Everlasting is a musical based upon the American children's novel Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. The Broadway production opened at the Broadhurst Theatre with cast members Sarah Charles Lewis, Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Carolee Carmello.

Kennewick Man is examined

It is a skeleton found on a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington. According to the radiocarbon dating, it is around twelve thousand years old, which makes it one of the oldest complete skeletons ever found. It was found in 1996 but handed over to the Native Americans. Later federal judge decided that the bones can be examined by scientists.

A massive fire severely damages the National Museum

The fire, which began on the sixth floor of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry building where the museum had been housed, eventually reached the second floor and destroyed all of the museum's exhibits before fire services were able to bring the flames under control. Around 200 firefighters and 35 fire engines were called.

Ian Somerhalder marries Nikki Reed

Roughly 4 months after their engagement and 9 months after their first date, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder got married in Malibu, California. Reed wore an elegant Claire Pettibone fishtail gown with lace sleeves, next to Ian who dressed in an all-white suit. It is the first marriage for Ian and 2nd for Nikki.

"Don't Dress For Dinner" opens on Broadway

Don't Dress for Dinner is an adaptation of a two-act play titled "Pyjama Pour Six" by French playwright Marc Camoletti, who wrote Boeing-Boeing. The play opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in a limited run. This production was directed by John Tillinger, and features Ben Daniels, Patricia Kalember, Adam James, and Spencer Kayden.

The first Broadway revival of "Fences" opens

Fences is a 1985 play by American playwright August Wilson. In the play, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The first Broadway revival of the play opened at the Cort Theatre. Directed by Kenny Leon, the production starred Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

"Iron Man 2" premieres in Los Angeles

American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man. It premiered at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, but it was released internationally first before releasing in the U.S. The film received generally positive reviews and was commercially successful, grossing over $623.9 million.

"The Philanthropist" returns to Broadway

The Philanthropist is a play by Christopher Hampton, written as a response to Molière's The Misanthrope. After a tryout at the Royal Court Theatre, London, the piece premiered on Broadway under the direction of Robert Kidd. The cast featured Alec McCowen in the lead role.

Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" is published

Artemis Fowl is a young adult fantasy novel written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. It is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series, followed by Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident. Described by its author as "Die Hard with fairies", it follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, as he kidnaps a fairy for a large ransom of gold.

The 200th episode of The Simpsons airs on FOX

"Trash of the Titans" is the 22nd episode of The Simpsons' ninth season. The 200th episode of the series overall, which was written by Ian Maxtone-Graham and directed by Jim Reardon, sees Homer Simpson run for the job of Springfield's Sanitation Commissioner. Steve Martin guest stars as Ray Patterson.

China Airlines Flight 140 crashes

The Airbus A300B4-622R was completing a routine flight and approach, when, just seconds before landing at Nagoya Airport, it slammed into the ground, killing 264 of the 271 people on board. To date, the accident remains the deadliest accident in the history of China Airlines.

"Jelly's Last Jam" opens at Broadway's Virginia Theatre

Jelly's Last Jam is a musical with a book by George C. Wolfe, lyrics by Susan Birkenhead, and music by Jelly Roll Morton and Luther Henderson. The Broadway production opened at the Virginia Theatre where it ran for 569 performances. The cast included Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Ken Ard, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Ann Duquesnay, and Keith David.

1991

Diego Maradona is arrested in Buenos Aires for cocaine possession

Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs, shocking the nation which had idolised their rags-to-riches hero. Police said Maradona was being held at drug squad headquarters after his arrest with two other men at a flat in a Buenos Aires suburb.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident

The world's worst nuclear disaster occured in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine). The event occurred during a late-night safety test which simulated a station blackout power-failure and in which safety systems were deliberately turned off. This resulted in uncontrolled reaction conditions and steam explosion.

Arnold Schwarzenegger marries Maria Shriver

After several years long relationship, Schwarzenegger married the niece of 35th US president J.F. Kennedy – Maria Shriver. The marriage ceremony took place at St. Francis Xavier Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Subsequently, the couple started a family in 11,000 square foot home in the Brentwood area of LA.

US First Lady Melania Trump is born

Melania Trump is the current First Lady of the United States and wife of the 45th U.S. President Donald Trump. She was born in Novo Mesto, and grew up in Sevnica, in the Lower Sava Valley, SR Slovenia. Her modeling career was associated with Irene Marie Models and Trump Model Management.

"Company" opens at Broadway's Alvin Theatre

Company is a 1970 musical comedy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth. The musical opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre, where it ran for 705 performances. Directed by Hal Prince, the opening cast included Dean Jones, Donna McKechnie, Susan Browning, George Coe, Pamela Myers, Barbara Barrie, and Charles Kimbrough.

"Seven Samurai" is released

Seven Samurai is a Japanese epic samurai drama film directed by Akira Kurosawa. The story takes place in 1586 during the Sengoku Period of Japanese history. Seven Samurai has consistently ranked highly in critics' lists of the greatest films and has remained highly influential, often seen as one of the most remade films in the cinema.

1941

A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

The first ballpark organ was put to use at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The Chicago Tribune and the Sporting News reported an anonymous organist played "classic and soulful compositions" before a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. The Sporting News article also sang the organ's praises.

American physicist Arno Penzias is born

Penzias is one of the two discoverers of the cosmic background microwave radiation. The CMB is an electromagnetic remnant from an early stage of the universe. Its discovery helped to establish the Big Bang Theory. CMB fills all space and has temperature approximately 2.73 Kelvins.

Madame Tussaud's waxwork exhibition reopens in London

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London with smaller museums in a number of other major cities. It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. It used to be known as "Madame Tussaud's"; the apostrophe is no longer used. Some sculptures still exist that were done by Marie Tussaud herself.

Nutella inventor Michele Ferrero born in Italy

Michele Ferrero was an Italian entrepreneur. He owned the chocolate manufacturer Ferrero SpA, Europe's second-largest confectionery company which he developed from the small bakery and café of his father in Alba, Piedmont. His first big success was adding vegetable oil to the traditional gianduja paste to make the popular spread -Nutella.

English prince Albert Duke of York marries Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Prince Albert, Duke of York, and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon were married in Westminster Abbey. In an unexpected and unprecedented gesture, Elizabeth laid her bouquet at the Tomb of The Unknown Warrior on her way into the Abbey, in memory of her brother Fergus.

Great Debate

Astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis discoursed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History about the nature of so-called spiral nebulae. Shapley's position was that they are inside the Milky Way, which is the only galaxy in the universe. Curtis argued that the Milky Way exists as just one of many “island universes” in the cosmos. His opinion was later confirmed by Edwin Hubble.

1903

Spanish professional football club Atlético Madrid is founded

Club Atlético de Madrid, SAD, commonly known as Atlético Madrid, or simply as Atlético or Atleti, is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid, that plays in La Liga. The club plays his home games at the Wanda Metropolitano, which has a capacity of 68,000.

American seismologist Charles F. Richter is born

He invented the scale for measuring the strength of earthquakes, which he published in 1925. His scale was later overcome by the moment magnitude scale. The media, however, refer to tit as a Richter magnitude. C. F. Richter is the author of famous quote “logarithmic plots are a device of the devil.”

German Nazi official Rudolf Hess is born

Rudolf Walter Richard Hess was a prominent politician in Nazi Germany. Appointed Deputy Führer to Adolf Hitler, he served in this position until 1941, when he flew solo to Scotland in an attempt to negotiate peace with the United Kingdom during World War II. He was taken prisoner and eventually was convicted of crimes against peace.

John Wilkes Booth is surrounded and killed by federal troops

After murdering the president at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., Booth fled by a stage door to the alley, where his getaway horse was waiting. There was a pursuit that ended with Booth and his companion being tracked hiding in a tobacco barn. While the companion surrendered, Booth wanted to fight.

Frederic Chopin's "Grande Polonaise Brillante" premieres in Paris

Chopin's „Grande Polonaise Brillante“ is Opera 22 in E-flat major. The composition took roughly 4 years, with piano and opera part being written first. Chopin later added a part for piano solo and then joined them in a sequence. His work premiered in Paris where he lived and established himself among musical elite.

Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted is born

Olmsted was born in Hartford, Connecticut, US. In his early years, sumac poisoning weakening his eyes, ruining his college plans. He had a significant journalism career, followed by a more important career as a landscape architect. Thank this, he is by many considered the father of American landscape architecture.

William Shakespeare is baptised

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptised there. His actual date of birth remains unknown, but is traditionally observed on 23 April, Saint George's Day. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius is born

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor. During his reign, the Roman Empire defeated a revitalized Parthian Empire in the East: Aurelius' general Avidius Cassius sacked the capital Ctesiphon. In central Europe, Aurelius fought the Marcomanni, Quadi, and Sarmatians with success during the Marcomannic Wars.

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