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Comcast buys DreamWorks

Comcast confirmed that its NBCUniversal division would acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion. The deal closed in August 2016. Universal Pictures will take over the distribution of DreamWorks Animation films beginning in 2019 with How to Train Your Dragon 3 when DreamWorks Animation's deal with 20th Century Fox expires.

Drake releases album 'Views'

Canadian rapper Drake released his 4th studio album Views and received moderate reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the album received an average of 69/100, based on 31 reviews. It reached rank 5 on Top 10 Albums of 2016, published by magazine People. Besides this, it also won Favorite Hip-Hop Album category of AMA.

Prague gas explosion

An explosion occurred in a building in the centre of Prague, Czech Republic. The blast could be heard across the whole city centre, as far away as Prague Castle, 1.4 km away from the incident. 43 people were injured by the blast, one seriously. No one was killed.

National Airlines Flight 102

National Airlines Flight 102 was a cargo flight operated by National Airlines between the British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan and Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai, with a refueling stop at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The Boeing 747-400 operating the flight crashed moments after taking off from Bagram, killing all seven people on board.

Prince William marries Catherine Middleton

William and Catherine were married at Westminster Abbey. About 1,900 people, attended the ceremony in the abbey, approximately 600 people were invited to the luncheon reception at Buckingham Palace, and about 300 were invited for the evening dinner. The overall price of the event was reportedly £20 million.

The first Broadway revival of 'Accent on Youth' opens

Accent on Youth is a Broadway play written by Samson Raphaelson. A Broadway revival opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, directed by Daniel Sullivan. The cast members were Lisa Banes, Rosie Benton, Curt Bouril, David Furr, and Mary Catherine Garrison.

Swiss Chemist Albert Hofmann dies

Hofmann is known as the inventor of the LSD. He synthesized it while researching lysergic acid. The main intention of the synthesis was to obtain a respiratory stimulant. LSD had no such effects, so Hofmann set it aside. Five years later he accidentally ingested a small amount of it and discovered its powerful effects.

'Rent' celebrates its 10th anniversary on Broadway

Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics, and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. Due to its overwhelming popularity, Rent moved to Broadway's previously derelict Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street. The production's cast originally included Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, and Idina Menzel.

'The Sasser worm' is released

Sasser is a computer worm that affects computers running vulnerable versions of the Microsoft operating systems Windows XP and Windows 2000. Sasser was first noticed and started spreading in April 2004. This worm was named Sasser because it spreads by exploiting a buffer overflow in the component known as LSASS.

Oldsmobile builds its final car

Oldsmobile was a brand of American automobiles produced for most of its existence by General Motors. At the time of its closure, Oldsmobile was the oldest surviving American automobile marque, and one of the oldest in the world, after Daimler, Peugeot and Tatra.

'Candide' returns to Broadway

Candide is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the 1759 novella of the same name by Voltaire. The operetta was revived on Broadway in 1997, directed again by Harold Prince. The cast included: Jason Danieley, Harolyn Blackwell, Jim Dale, Andrea Martin, and Brent Barrett.

The musical 'Rent' opens on Broadway

Rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson. Due to its overwhelming popularity and the need for a larger theater, Rent moved to Broadway's previously derelict Nederlander Theatre on 41st Street. On Broadway, the show achieved critical acclaim and word-of-mouth popularity.

Rodney King riots begin

The Los Angeles riots were a series of riots, lootings, arsons, and civil disturbances that occurred in Los Angeles County, California. The unrest began in South Central Los Angeles after a trial jury acquitted four officers of the Los Angeles Police Department for usage of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King.

Deadly tropical cyclone strikes Bangladesh

Bangladesh cyclone was among the deadliest tropical cyclones on record. At night it struck the Chittagong district with winds of around 250 km/h (155 mph). The storm forced a 6 metre (20 ft) storm surge inland over a wide area, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless.

Discovery lands

American Space Shuttle Discovery touched down at Edwards Air Base Runway 22 after five days in space. Mission’s main goal was the installation of the Hubble Space Telescope on the orbit. The whole flight was recorded on IMAX cameras and later used for documentary Destiny in Space, which shows daily life in space.


Roger Clemens sets record when he strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

William Roger Clemens, nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball for four teams. In 1986, he won the American League Cy Young Award, the AL Most Valuable Player Award, and the All-Star Game MVP Award, and he struck out an MLB-record 20 batters in a single game.

American physical chemist Harold Urey is born

Urey was American physical chemist who earned Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of deuterium. Urey played a significant role in the development of the atom bomb and prominently contributed theories on the development of organic life from non-living matter. He won many medals.

Director Alfred Hitchcock dies

English film director and producer, Alfred Hitchcock died in his Bel Air home, in a neighborhood in the Westside area of LA, California. The cause of death was kidney failure. The funeral ceremony took place at Good Shepherd Church in Beverly Hills. His body was subsequently cremated and ashes scattered over the Pacific.

Science fiction show 'Battlestar Galactica' airs for the last time

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, it ran for the 1978–79 season before being canceled. Afterward, a write-in campaign revived the show as Galactica 1980 with 10 episodes in 1980.


Borussia Monchengladbach beats Borussia Dortmund 12-0

Borussia Mönchengladbach played Borussia Dortmund with the possibility of winning the Bundesliga championship. Knowing that if 1. FC Köln won their game away to FC St. Pauli, Borussia Mönchengladbach would have to win by a margin well in excess of ten goals. The match finished 12–0, which remains the largest margin of victory.

Operation Frequent Wind begins

Operation Frequent Wind was the final phase in the evacuation of American civilians and "at-risk" Vietnamese from Saigon, South Vietnam prior to the takeover of the city by the North Vietnamese Army in the Fall of Saigon. More than 7,000 people were evacuated by helicopter from various points in Saigon.


Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers sank a 63-foot shot

Jerry Alan West is an American basketball executive and former player who played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. His nicknames included Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.

Musical 'Hair' opens at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway

The controversial musical Hair, a product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolution of the 1960s, opens at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway, with its songs becoming anthems of the anti-Vietnam War movement and running for 1,750 performances on Broadway and shortly after, 1,997 performances in London.

Aretha Franklin releases single 'Respect'

R&B singer Aretha Franklin released „Respect“ which soon became a hit and her signature song. The song was produced by Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin. Recording took place at Atlantic Records Studio in NYC. It managed to reach No. 1 on R&B Singles Chart and Billboard Hot 100 and earned two Grammy Awards.

ABC's 'Wide World of Sports' debuts

American sports anthology television program hosted by Jim McKay. Wide World of Sports was intended to be a fill-in show for a single summer season, until the start of fall sports seasons, but became unexpectedly popular. The goal of was to showcase sports from around the globe that were not widely know in U.S.

Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler marries his longtime mistress Eva Braun

After midnight, Hitler married Eva Braun in a small civil ceremony in the Führerbunker. After a wedding breakfast with his new wife, Hitler dictated his will to his secretary. Later that afternoon, he was informed of the execution of Mussolini, which presumably increased his determination to avoid capture.

The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops

U.S. troops, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Felix L. Sparks, entered the camp over a side wall. They found the camp at fire and stack of some four hundred bodies burning. Division versions of events have argued over which unit was the first to liberate Dachau.

UK passed the first wealth-redistributing budget

The People's Budget was a proposal of the Liberal government that introduced unprecedented taxes on the lands and high incomes of Britain's wealthy to fund new social welfare programmes. It passed the House of Commons but was blocked by the House of Lords for a year and became law in April 1910.

Composer Duke Ellington is born

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led in a career spanning over fifty years. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem.

Premiere of Mozart's 'Violin Sonata No. 32'

The sonata was written for a violin virtuoso Regina Strinasacchi of Mantua to be performed by them together at a concert in the Kärntnerthor Theater in Vienna. The sonata opens with an exceptionally slow introduction, in which emphasis is put on the equality of the two instruments, kept throughout the entire work.

Cook lands at Botany Bay

It was his first landing on the Australian land mass. Cook originally wanted to call the bay Stingrays Harbour, for the stingrays they caught. He changed it. "The great quantity of plants Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the name of Botany Bay, "as he wrote in his log.

Joan of Arc arrives at the siege of Orleans

The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted only nine days later. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims. This long-awaited event boosted French morale and paved the way for the final French victory.

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