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Drake is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Nice For What'

"Nice for What" is a song recorded by Canadian rapper Drake from his fifth studio album Scorpion. The song was produced by Murda Beatz with co-production handled by Blaqnmild. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, replacing Drake's own "God's Plan" and becoming his fifth US number one.

'Shuffle Along ...' opens

Shuffle Along, or, the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed is a musical with a score by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, based on the original book of the 1921 musical revue Shuffle Along. The musical played on Broadway in 2016 and starred Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon and Billy Porter.

Two trains crash in Johannesburg

The Denver train crash occurred in 2015 when a passenger train ran into the rear of another at Denver station, Johannesburg, South Africa. One person was killed and about 240 were injured. Damages were R 17.5 million.

Ferry Sorrento catches fire

The ship was 15 nautical miles off Mallorca when a fire was discovered on one of the car decks. An emergency was declared and a number of vessels went to the assistance of Sorrento, including the ferries Publia and Visemar One. Publia rescued most of the 156 passengers and crew, who had left the ship by lifeboat. Four crew were injured.

The 150th episode of 'American Dad!' airs on Fox

"Lost in Space" was incorrectly promoted as episode 150 by Fox and numerous mainstream media reports; it is actually episode 151, while the episode "The Full Cognitive Redaction of Avery Bullock by the Coward Stan Smith" is episode 150. The actual 15th episode was directed by Shawn Murray with script written by Eric Durbin.

'Bridesmaids' premieres in Los Angeles

The premiere of the Bridesmaids took place in Westwood part of LA, California, several days before its release in the US. The movie received mostly positive reviews and Rotten Tomatoes reported an average score of 7.6/10. It was commercially successful, grossing $288.4 million compared to $32.5 million budget.

Marrakesh bombing

The 2011 Marrakesh bombing killed 17 people in the city of Marrakesh, Morocco. The blast, from a bomb left in a bag, destroyed the Argana cafe in Jemaa el-Fnaa square, a popular tourist spot. At least 20 people were injured. Most of the dead were tourists, including one group of French students.

'The People in the Picture' opens on Broadway at Studio 54

The People in the Picture is a musical with book and lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart and music by Mike Stoller and Artie Butler. The musical is about a grandmother recalling her life in the Yiddish theater and the Holocaust. The People in the Picture premiered on Broadway at Studio 54 in a Roundabout Theatre Company production.

Broadway debut of 'Collected Stories'

Collected Stories is a play by Donald Margulies. The play premiered on Broadway in a limited engagement production by the Manhattan Theatre Club. This production starred Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson, with direction by Lynn Meadow, scenic design by Santo Loquasto, costume design by Jane Greenwood, and lighting design by Natasha Katz.

The 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony is broadcast by ABC

The 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards were held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award went to Caroll Spinney, a television entertainer for over four decades, who has portrayed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street since 1969, appearing in over 4,000 episodes.


San Marino record their first victory

San Marino gained their first, and as of 2016 only, win in their 65th attempt, a 1–0 victory over Liechtenstein in a friendly match in 2004 with courtesy of a fifth-minute goal by Andy Selva. The match was Martin Andermatt's debut as Liechtenstein manager.

Apple Computer Inc. launches the iTunes store

Software-based online digital media store opened and has been the largest music vendor in the United States since April 2008, and the largest music vendor in the world since February 2010. In response to major natural disasters, Apple provides the facility for donations to be made through iTunes Store.


Andre Agassi returns back to no. 1

Agassi become the oldest top-ranked male player since the ATP rankings began at 33 years and 13 days. He had held the world no. 1 ranking for two weeks, when Lleyton Hewitt took it back on May 12, 2003. Agassi then recaptured the world no. 1 ranking once again on June 16, 2003.

The first tourist flies to space

Dennis Anthony Tito is the first space tourist to fund his own trip into space. In mid-2001, he spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station. This mission was launched by the spacecraft Soyuz TM-32, and was landed by Soyuz TM-31.

'Jekyll & Hyde' opens on Broadway

Jekyll & Hyde is a musical horror-drama loosely based on the novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. The musical premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre. Directed by Robin Phillips, the original cast featured Robert Cuccioli as Jekyll and Hyde, Linda Eder as Lucy Harris and Christiane Noll as Emma Carew.

Port Arthur Massacre

The Port Arthur massacre was a mass shooting in which 35 people were killed and 23 wounded. It occurred mainly at the historic Port Arthur former prison colony, a popular tourist site in south-eastern Tasmania, Australia. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Australian history and amongst the most notable in history.

The 100th episode of 'The Simpsons' airs on FOX

Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song is the 19th episode of The Simpsons' fifth season. The 100th episode of the series overall, it originally aired on the Fox network in the United States. In the episode, Superintendent Chalmers fires Principal Seymour Skinner after a disaster at the school. Bart Simpson, feeling partially responsible for Skinner's firing, tries to help his old principal get his job back.

Aldrich Ames is plead guilty to spying

Aldrich Hazen Ames is a former Central Intelligence Agency officer turned KGB mole, who was convicted of espionage. He pleaded guilty and received a sentence of life imprisonment. His wife received a five-year prison sentence for tax evasion and conspiracy to commit espionage as part of a plea bargain by Ames.


The first overtime video review goal

Tim Cheveldae and Minnesota's Jon Casey go save-for-save until Fedorov takes a shot that beats Casey but appears to go off the crossbar. The video review shows the puck entered the net below the crossbar and hit the frame at the back of the net. It's the first overtime game-winner in Stanley Cup Playoff history to be awarded after a video review.

The musical 'A Chorus Line' closes on Broadway

The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997, and the longest-running Broadway musical originally produced in the US, until surpassed in 2011 by Chicago.

Aloha Airlines Flight 243

Aloha Airlines Flight 243 was a scheduled flight between Hilo and Honolulu in Hawaii. A Boeing 737-297 serving the flight suffered extensive damage after an explosive decompression in flight, but was able to land safely at Kahului Airport on Maui. There was one fatality, flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing, who was ejected from the airplane.

High levels of radiation resulting from the Chernobyl disaster are detected in Sweden

The radiation levels set off alarms at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, over 1,000 kilometers from the Chernobyl Plant. Workers at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plan were found to have radioactive particles on their clothes.

'The Belle of Amherst' opens at the Longacre Theatre

The Belle of Amherst is a one-woman play by William Luce. Based on the life of poet Emily Dickinson from 1830 to 1886, and set in her Amherst, Massachusetts home, the 1976 play makes use of her work, diaries, and letters to recollect her encounters with the significant people in her life – family, close friends, and acquaintances.


Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army

Professional American boxer Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into the US military. This led to his arrest and him being stripped of his titles as he was found guilty of draft evasion charges. Ali later appealed the court decision, citing he was opposed to American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Igor Stravinsky's ballet 'Orpheus' premieres in NY

The premiere took place at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, and directly resulted in City Center's chairman, Morton Baum, inviting the choreographer George Balanchine and the ballet master Lincoln Kirstein to establish a resident company. Sets and costumes were created by Isamu Noguchi.

Novelist Terry Pratchett is born

Terry Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels. Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s.

Kon-Tiki set sail

Balsa wood replica of the rafts made by Native Americans, Kon-Tiki, lifted the anchor in Callao, Peru, for 6 900 km long voyage to Raroia, French Polynesia. At the beginning of the journey, she was towed by Peruvian Navy Tug. Kon-Tiki had a six-man crew, led by Thor Heyerdahl. He wanted to prove that people from South America could have settled Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Benito Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci are executed

Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci set out for Switzerland, intending to board a plane and escape to Spain. They were stopped by communist partisans and identified. Mussolini and Petacci were both summarily shot, along with primarily ministers and officials of the Italian Social Republic.

Glenn Miller records 'Pennsylvania 6-5000'

Miller recorded his song „Pennsylvania 6-5000“ with the help of His Orchestra in New York. The original medium used was a 78 rpm phonograph record RCA Victor Bluebird. The inspiration for the name of the song came from the telephone number of the Hotel Pennsylvania, where he and other big bands played in Cafe Rouge.

President of Iraq Saddam Hussein is born

Saddam Hussein was President of Iraq. A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization the Iraqi Ba'ath Party—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and socialism—Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup that brought the party to power in Iraq.

Yellow fever vaccine

American scientists Wilbur A. Sawyer, Wray D.M. Lloyd, and Stuart F. Kitchen announced their success in developing the vaccine against yellow fever at a meeting of the American Societies for Experimental Biology at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The disease is caused by the yellow fever virus and is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.


The first night game in the history of Organized Baseball

In 1929, the president of the Des Moines, Iowa baseball club announced to the National Association convention he was going to play night baseball in 1930. However, the first official minor league night game actually took place in Independence, Kansas on this day.

American geologist Gene Shoemaker is born

Shoemaker is best known for co-discovering the Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. This comet hit Jupiter in July 1994. He is considered to be one of the founders of the field of planetary science. He studied craters on Earth and proved their extra-terrestrial origin.

Author Harper Lee is born

Harper Lee was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird. Immediately successful, it won the Pulitzer Prize and has become a classic of modern American literature. Though Lee had only published this single book, in 2007 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature.


England’s Wembley Stadium hosts its first match

The first event held at the stadium was the FA Cup Final between Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United. Such was the eagerness of fans and casual observers to attend the final at the new national stadium that vast numbers of people crammed through the 104 turnstiles into the stadium, far exceeding its official 127,000 capacity.

Industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini is born

Ferruccio Lamborghini was an Italian industrialist. Born to grape farmers in Renazzo, from the comune of Cento in the Emilia-Romagna region, his mechanical know-how led him to enter the business of tractor manufacturing when he founded Lamborghini Trattori.

Industrialist Oskar Schindler is born

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories in occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.

Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel is born

Gödel's main interests were logic and the foundations of mathematics. In 1931, he published his two incompleteness theorems that demonstrate the inherent limitations of every formal axiomatic system containing basic arithmetic. To prove them, Gödel developed a technique now known as Gödel numbering, which codes formal expressions as natural numbers.

Meyerbeer's opre 'L'Africaine' premieres at the Salle Le Peletier

The opera premiered at the Opéra at the Salle Lepeletier in Paris under the title L'Africaine in the performing edition undertaken by Fétis. The first night, attended by Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie, "provided Second Empire society with its most exalted self-presentation in terms of an opera premiere."

5th US President James Monroe is born

James Monroe was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fifth President of the United States. Monroe was the last president of the Virginia dynasty. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe was of the planter class and fought in the American Revolutionary War.

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