Flashback archive

"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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

"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.

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.


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.

Anniversaries of famous