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Video game Angry Birds Action! is released

Action! Is a pinball video game released as the 13th in the Angry Birds series. It came out on iOS and Android platforms with a free-to-play business model with optional purchases for in-game currency. The game received a solid score of 8/10 and was considered to be an entertaining game by the Pocket Gamer.

"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.

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 recaptures the world 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.

Port Arthur Massacre

Port Arthur massacre may refer to:Port Arthur massacre (China), an 1894 event in which Japanese troops killed several thousand Chinese in the Liaodong Peninsula Port Arthur massacre (Australia), a 1996 shooting spree in Tasmania, resulting in stronger gun control

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.


Snowboarder Eva Samková is born

Eva Samková is a Czech snowboarder who is the 2014 Olympic champion in snowboard cross. Samková initially competed in freestyle snowboarding but after several injuries, she began competing in snowboard cross in the 2008/2009 season. Her trainers are Marek Jelínek and Jakub Flejšar. Her signature in competitions is a mustache drawn on her upper lip.


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.

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.

Actress Jessica Alba is born

Alba was born in Pomona, a city in LA County of California, US. Her childhood as marked by a number of physical maladies. After her graduation from Claremont High School, she attended Atlantic Theater Company. Following this, she started appearing on TV series and made her breakout on the Fox series Dark Angel.

Actress Penélope Cruz is born

Cruz was born in the town of Alcobendas, in the Community of Madrid, Spain. She studied at Spain's National Conservatory for 9 years and also attended casting calls for acting. Her debut came in the music video for the song „La Fuerza del Destino“. A couple of years later, she started successfully appearing in movies.


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.

Comedian Jay Leno is born

Leno was born in New Rochelle, in Westchester County of NY, US. After his graduation from Andover High School, he attended Emerson College where he earned a bachelor's degree in speech therapy. He proceeded to appear in minor roles in TV series and films and later became a regular substitute host on The Tonight Show.

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 took place in Independence, KS

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.

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.

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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