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Mountain climber Ueli Steck dies in a mountaineering accident

Steck died while acclimatizing for an attempt of the Hornbein route on the West Ridge of Everest without supplemental oxygen. This route had been climbed only a few times, the last of which was in 1991. His plan was to climb the Hornbein Couloir to the summit, then proceed with a traverse to the peak of Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain.

MESSENGER space probe impact the surface of Mercury

After four years on the orbit of the closest planet to the Sun, NASA deliberately crashed the MESSENGER spacecraft into the Mercury’s surface. The name of the probe was an acronym meaning Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging, a reference to the messenger of the same name from Roman mythology.


LA Kings come back from a three games to none deficit

In the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the Kings played their in-state rivals, the San Jose Sharks. After losing the first three games to the Sharks, the Kings became the fourth team in NHL history to win the final four games in a row after initially being down three games to none, beating the Sharks in San Jose in the deciding Game 7.

Ürümqi attack

In 2014, a knife attack and bombing occurred in the Chinese city of Ürümqi, Xinjiang. The incident, a terrorist attack, left three people dead and seventy-nine others injured. The attack coincided with the conclusion of a visit by Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China to the region.

A fire destroys the Falmouth Beach Hotel

In 2012, the hotel was devastated by a fire which broke out on the third floor at roughly 12 noon, which caused the roof to collapse and significant damage to the building. The blaze was tackled by some 100 fire fighters. Amongst the guests at the hotel at the time of the fire was Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection

Chrysler LLC and twenty-four of its affiliated subsidiaries filed a consolidated petition for bankruptcy, with the federal bankruptcy court in New York. The court filing occurred upon failure of the company to come to agreement with its creditors for an outside-of-bankruptcy restructuring plan, by the deadline mandated by the federal government.

Attack on the Dutch royal family

The attack on the Dutch royal family occurred at Apeldoorn, Netherlands when a man drove his car at high speed into a parade which included Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and other members of the royal family. The occasion of the attack was the Dutch national holiday of Koninginnedag.

A revival of 'Waiting for Godot' opens at Studio 54

Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for the arrival of someone named Godot, who never arrives. A Broadway revival of the play starred Nathan Lane, John Goodman, John Glover and Bill Irwin. This production was nominated for three Tony Awards.

Dolly Parton makes her Broadway debut in '9 to 5'

9 to 5: The Musical is a musical based on the 1980 movie of the same name, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton. The Broadway production opened at the Marquis Theatre, directed by Joe Mantello, with a cast that featured Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Marc Kudisch.

Mariah Carey marries Nick Cannon

Cannon and Carey got married at surprise wedding, on Windermere Island in The Bahamas, merely 6 weeks after they started dating. Carey donned a slip dress from Nile Cmylo who was there with them. The couple met on an island off the coast of Antiqua, while Carey shot a music video for her song „Bye Bye“.

'Thurgood' premieres on Broadway

Thurgood is a one-man play about the life of Thurgood Marshall. It was written by George Stevens, Jr. The play started on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, starring Laurence Fishburne. The Broadway production was directed by Leonard Foglia.

Colfer's 'Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception' is published

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception is a teen fantasy novel published as the fourth book in the Artemis Fowl series by the Irish author Eoin Colfer. It is centered on the brilliant pixie Opal Koboi's second try at rebellion and Artemis Fowl II and his fairy comrades' efforts to stop her. Critical reception was mixed, with some reviews praising the book but others pointing out confusion and poor writing. Artemis Fowl is not seen in the book as much as Opal Koboi.

'Into the Woods' returns to Broadway

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The 2002 Broadway revival, directed by James Lapine and choreographed by John Carrafa, opened at the Broadhurst Theatre. It starred Vanessa L. Williams as the Witch, John McMartin as the Narrator, and Stephen DeRosa as the Baker.

'Coming out' episode of the sitcom 'Ellen' airs on ABC

The series is notable for being one of the first with a main character to come out as gay, which DeGeneres' character did in "The Puppy Episode", which aired shortly after DeGeneres publicly revealed that she was gay in real life. This ignited lots of media attention and controversy.

The 39th Eurovision Song Contest

The 39th Eurovision took place in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. The event was hosted by Cynthia Ní Mhurchú and Garry Ryan. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan won the competition with song „Rock 'N' Roll Kids“. It was the 3rd win for Ireland in a row and also their 6th, making it the outright record number of victories.


Pele marries psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos

Pelé has married three times, and has had several affairs, producing several children. In 1994, Pelé married psychologist and gospel singer Assíria Lemos Seixas, who gave birth in 1996 to twins Joshua and Celeste through fertility treatments. The couple divorced in 2008.

World wide web goes public

The World Wide Web is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators, interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. The Web browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions and later to the general public on the Internet.


Monica Seles is attacked and stabbed during match

Seles went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles before her 20th birthday and was the year-end world no. 1 in 1991 and 1992. However, in 1993, she was the victim of an on-court attack, when a man stabbed her in the back with a 9-inch long knife. Seles did not return to tennis for over two years.

Immensely popular 'The Cosby Show' ends

The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom co-created and starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC. The series finale aired during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, with Cosby quoted in media at the time pleading for peace. The show's spin off, A Different World, dealt with issues of race more often.

The 33rd Eurovision Song Contest

The 33rd Eurovision took place at RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, in Dublin, Ireland. The event was broadcasted by RTÉ and hosted by Pat Kenny and Michelle Rocca. Celine Dion performed the winning song „Ne partez pas sans moi“ and earned the victory for Switzerland, beating the UK to the title by just a single point.

Musician Muddy Waters dies

Muddy Waters, an American blues musician died at his home in Westmont, in DuPage County of Illinois, US. It was concluded that he died in his sleep from heart failure. His funeral ceremony took place at Restvale Cemetery in Alsip. A huge number of blues musicians and fans paid their tribute to him by attending the ceremony.

Paul McCartney releases 'Red Rose Speedway'

McCartney released an album Red Rose Speedway with his band Wings. It was their 2nd studio album and came out after their relatively weak performing album Wild Life. Speedway received a mixed response from critics, however, after a favorable review in Rolling Stone, the album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in the US.

Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide

When Soviet troops were within a block or two of the Reich Chancellery, Hitler shot himself and Braun bit into a cyanide capsule. Their bodies were carried outside to the bombed-out garden behind the Reich Chancellery, where they were placed in a bomb crater and doused with petrol.

NBC launched TV

RCA and Sarnoff had captured the spotlight by introducing all-electronic television to the public at the 1939–40 New York World's Fair, simultaneously initiating a regular schedule of programs on the NBC-RCA television station in New York City.

'Porky's Hare Hunt' debuts in movie theaters, introducing Happy Rabbit

Animated short movie directed by Ben "Bugs" Hardaway and an uncredited Cal Dalton, which stars Porky Pig as a hunter whose prey is an unnamed rabbit, who would eventually evolve into Bugs Bunny. The rabbit's hyperactive personality and laughing voice were provided by Mel Blanc.

Information theory pioneer Claude Shannon is born

Claude Elwood Shannon was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as "the father of information theory". Shannon is noted for having founded information theory with a landmark paper, A Mathematical Theory of Communication.

Honolulu is incorporated

Honolulu is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is an unincorporated part of and the county seat of the City and County of Honolulu on the island of O'ahu. The city is the main gateway to Hawai'i and a major portal into the United States. Honolulu is the most remote city of its size in the world.

American physicist George Stibitz is born

Stibitz is recognized as one of the fathers of the modern first digital computer. He was known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s on the realization of Boolean logic digital circuits using electromechanical relays as the switching element. In Boolean logic, the values of the variables are just true or false.

Discovery of electron is announced

British physicist J. J. Thompson announced at the Royal Institution Friday Evening Discourse discovery of a particle thousand times smaller than the atom. He called it a corpuscle, meaning "small body." The scientists present found the news hard to believe. They thought the atom was the smallest part of matter that could exist.

The Battle of Chancellorsville

The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War, and the principal engagement of the Chancellorsville Campaign. It was fought in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville. Two related battles were fought nearby in the vicinity of Fredericksburg.

Painter Edouard Manet dies

Édouard Manet was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. In April 1883, his left foot was amputated because of gangrene, and he died eleven days later in Paris. He is buried in the Passy Cemetery in the city.

Charles Dickens' 'A Tale Of Two Cities' is first published

A Tale of Two Cities is a historical novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in the Bastille in Paris and his release to life in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met.

USA purchased Louisiana from Napoleon

The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition of the Louisiana territory by the United States from France. The U.S. paid fifty million francs and a cancellation of debts worth eighteen million francs for a total of sixty-eight million francs The Louisiana territory included land from fifteen present U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.

George Washington is inaugurated as the first US President

The Electoral College unanimously elected Washington as the first president. He remains the only president to receive the totality of electoral votes. Washington was inaugurated in April 1789, taking the first presidential oath of office on the balcony of Federal Hall in New York City.

German mathematician Carl Gauss is born

Often called the greatest mathematician since antiquity, Gauss is ranked among history's most influential mathematicians. He contributed to number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, magnetic fields, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics.

Handel's opera 'Tolomeo, re di Egitto' premieres in London

George Frideric Handel's opera seria "Tolomeo" or "Ptolemy, King of Egypt" premiered at the King's Theatre in London. The work later receiver six other performances, with revisions in 1730 and 1733. Today, it receives performances at festivals and opera houses all around the world.

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