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"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth is published

Insurgent is a science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Veronica Roth and the second book in the Divergent trilogy. As the sequel to the bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago.

Sydney Entertainment Centre is opened for public

Sydney Entertainment Centre was a multi-purpose arena located in Haymarket, Sydney, Australia. It opened in 1983, to replace Sydney Stadium, which had been demolished in 1970 to make way for the Eastern Suburbs railway line. The centre was owned by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, which administered the neighbouring Darling Harbour area.

Harper Lee author of "To Kill a Mockingbird" receives Pulitzer prize

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

Gwendolyn Brooks is first African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Poetry Prize for Annie Allen making her the first African American to receive the Pulitzer.

Empire State Building opens in New York City

The Empire State Building was opened thirteen and a half months after the first steel beam was erected. Despite the publicity surrounding the building's construction, its owners failed to make a profit until the early 1950s. It has been a popular tourist attraction since opening, with around 4 million visitors every year.

Czech composer Antonín Dvořák dies

Dvořák had an "attack of influenza" and died of an undiagnosed cause following five weeks of illness, at the age of 62, leaving many unfinished works. His funeral service was held on 5 May, and his ashes were interred in the Vyšehrad cemetery in Prague, beneath a bust by Czech sculptor Ladislav Šaloun.

The construction of the first skyscraper in the world begins

The Home Insurance Building was a skyscraper in Chicago, United States, designed by William Le Baron Jenney in 1884. Completed a year later, the build is generally noted as the first tall building to be supported, both inside and outside, by a fireproof structural steel and metal frame; including reinforced concrete

Alexandra Palace reopens after being burnt down

The new Alexandra Palace contained a concert hall, art galleries, a museum, lecture hall, library, banqueting room and a large theatre. The stage of the theatre incorporated machinery which enabled special effects for the pantomimes and melodramas then popular – artists could disappear, reappear and be propelled into the air.

Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's four-act comic opera "Marriage of Figaro" premiered at the Burgtheater in Wien. The first two performances were directed by Mozart himself. Later performances were conducted by Joseph Weigl. Despite being considered as one of the best operas today, The Viennese audience at the premiere was not thrilled.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1969

Wes Anderson

born 1946

Joanna Lumley