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Video game Superhot is released for Xbox One

Superhot is an independent first-person shooter developed and published by Superhot Team. An Xbox One version was released in May 2016. The game was received positively with reviewers considering the title to be an innovative take on the first-person shooter genre.

2015

Chelsea wins the title in English football Premier League

Chelsea won the title with three games to spare after a 1–0 home win over Crystal Palace. It was their first league title since 2010, their fourth Premier League title and their fifth English league title overall. Holders Manchester City eventually finished second, after a short drop to fourth a few weeks before the final match.

British girl Madeleine McCann disappears

In 2007, three-year-old Madeleine Beth McCann disappeared from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called "the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history". Her whereabouts remain unknown.

American astronaut Wally Schirra dies

Wally Schirra was an American naval aviator and astronaut and the only man to fly Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Originally a naval pilot and later a test pilot, he was selected for the first astronaut training programme and became one of the original Mercury Seven. Schirra spent a total of 12 days 7 hours and 12 minutes in space. He retired from the navy after his Apollo 7 flight.

Video game Forza Motorsport is released

Forza Motorsport is a simulation racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft for the Xbox gaming system. The game is the first installment in the Forza series, one that has continued on Microsoft's subsequent consoles. It features over 200 cars and multiple real world and fictional race courses.

Martha Stewart is found guilty of insider trading

In 2004, Stewart was convicted of charges related to the ImClone stock trading case. There was speculation that the incident would effectively end her media empire, although Stewart began a comeback campaign in 2005 and her company returned to profitability in 2006. The company was acquired by Sequential Brands in 2015.

"Spider-Man" premieres in the United States

Spider-Man is an American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the first film in the Spider-Man trilogy. The film was a critical and financial success being the first motion picture to reach $100 million in a single weekend and it became the most successful film based on a comic book.

2000

Geocaching has its inception

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek for containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations all over the world which are marked by coordinates.

London and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges agree to merge

The merger between the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse was announced in 2000. These plans were eventually dropped, however. In 2001, Deutsche Börse tried again to merge with the London Stock Exchange, followed by a takeover bid in late 2004, but both offers were rejected by the LSE.

Oklahoma tornado outbreak

The 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak produced the highest wind speeds ever recorded on Earth, 301 ± 20 mph. It took place across much of the Central and parts of the Eastern United States. During this week-long event, 154 tornadoes touched down, including one in Canada, with more than half of them making contact on May 3 and 4 when activity reached its peak over Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and Arkansas.

Deep Blue versus Kasparov rematch

The six-game tournament between IBM supercomputer Deep Blue and Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov was played in New York City in 1997. One year earlier, Kasparov defeated Deep Blue 4–2. In the rematch he was not so lucky. He lost 3½–2½. It was the first defeat of a reigning world chess champion by a computer under tournament conditions.

The 42nd Eurovision Song Contest is held in Dublin

The 42nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Dublin, Ireland, following Eimear Quinn's win at the 1996 contest in Oslo, Norway. The United Kingdom won the competition, thanks to Katrina and the Waves led by American-born Katrina Leskanich, making it the second time that the British had won the Eurovision on Irish soil.

"Blood On The Dance Floor" hits #1 on the UK singles chart

"Blood on the Dance Floor" is a song by Michael Jackson. It was released as the first single from the remix album, Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix. The single peaked at number 42 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and reached number one in Italy, Spain, New Zealand and the UK.

1995

Jagr becomes first European scoring champ

In the 1994–95 season, Jágr won his first Art Ross Trophy as the scoring champion of the NHL. He tied Eric Lindros with 70 points but won based on his 32 goals to Lindros' 29. The next year, Jágr set a record for the most points by a European-born player, scoring 149. Both his 62 goals and 87 assists from that season still stand as career highs.

Video game Jazz Jackrabbit is released in North America

Jazz Jackrabbit is a platform game developed and published by Epic MegaGames. It was released in 1994 for PCs operating DOS, with subsequent Macintosh and Microsoft Windows releases. It was one of the first games to bring the side-scrolling platformer style - common on gaming consoles - to a PC audience.

"Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a musical based on a book by Terrence McNally with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb. Directed by Harold Prince and choreographed by Vincent Paterson and Rob Marshall, it opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre and closed after 904 performances.

1991

Cam Neely injured by Ulf Samuelsson

During Game three of the Prince of Wales Conference Finals, Cam Neely was body checked by Ulf Samuelsson and injured on the play. Then in game six he received a hit to the knee. Compounding the situation was Neely's myositis ossificans which he developed in the injured area. The injury kept Neely out of all but 22 games of the next two seasons.

Final episode of "Dallas" airs

Dallas is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on CBS. The series finale of Dallas, "Conundrum", garnered 33 million viewers and a 22 household rating from 9-11pm, becoming the country's 14th most watched television series finale.

Norway hosts the 31st Eurovision Song Contest

The 31st Eurovision Song Contest was held at the Grieghallen concert hall in Bergen, Norway. It was the first time Norway hosted the contest. Sandra Kim, who sang "J'aime la vie", was that year's winner and represented Belgium. At age 13, she was the youngest ever Eurovision winner.

GOES-G satellite launch fails

GOES-G was a weather satellite heading into geostationary orbit and intended for operation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Seventy-one seconds after launch, the first stage main engine shut down prematurely due to an electrical fault and the rocket was automatically destroyed. This had been NASA's first launch following the Challenger disaster.

1985

Argentina midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi is born

Ezequiel Iván Lavezzi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays forward for the Chinese club, Hebei China Fortune, and the Argentina national team. He is known for his pace, hardworking style of play, technique, creativity, and dribbling ability.

Spam is sent for the first time

The first known email spam was sent in 1978 to several hundred users on ARPANET. It was an advertisement for a presentation by the Digital Equipment Corporation sent by Gary Thuerk, a marketer of theirs. The reaction to it was almost universally negative, and for a long time there were no further instances.

Upon completion, Sears Tower the becomes tallest building of its time

The Sears Tower is a 110-story skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. When completed, it surpassed the World Trade Center towers in New York to become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years. The building is considered a seminal achievement for its designer Fazlur Rahman Khan.

1964

Canadian NHL goalie Ron Hextall is born

Ronald Jeffrey Hextall is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 National Hockey League seasons for the Philadelphia Flyers, Quebec Nordiques, and New York Islanders. He served as assistant general manager for the Flyers for one season, and was then promoted to general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Mikawashima train kills 160

The Mikawashima train crash was a multiple train collision which occurred in 1962 near Mikawashima Station in Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan. It involved a freight train and two passenger trains. 160 people were left dead.

The Anne Frank House opens

The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The museum opened in Amsterdam in May 1960. It preserves the family's hiding place, offers a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, and provides space for exhibitions on all forms of persecution and discrimination.

"The Fantasticks" opens in New York City's Greenwich Village

"The Fantasticks" premiered at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, New York City. While being on a much lower budget than other shows at the time, it became a fan favorite and the world's longest-running musical. The production closed on January 13, 2002, after 17,162 performances.

1956

The first judo World championships are held in Tokyo

The 1st edition of the World Judo Championships was held at the Kuramae Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. There were no weight classes at the time and Japanese judoka Shokichi Natsui became the first world champion in history, defeating fellow countryman Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu in the final.

Supreme Court voids racially-restrictive property deals in the U.S.

Shelley v. Kraemer is a landmark United States Supreme Court case holding that the State-Action Doctrine includes the enforcement of private contracts, the Equal Protection Clause and prohibits racially restrictive housing covenants, stating that such covenants are unenforceable in court.

Japan adopts post-war constitution

The constitution provides for a parliamentary system of government and guarantees certain fundamental rights. Under its terms, the Emperor of Japan is "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people" and exercises a purely ceremonial role without the possession of sovereignty.

The Sinking of the SS Cap Arcona

The largest maritime disaster in history occurred in Lübeck Bay in the Baltic Sea when the Royal Air Force sank the prison ships SS Cap Arcona, SS Deutschland and SS Thielbek, killing about 7,000 people. The inmates were being evacuated and killed when British warplanes attacked the three large German vessels.

"Going My Way" premieres in New York

Going My Way is an American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young priest taking over a parish from an established old veteran.

1942

Czechoslovak gymnast Věra Čáslavská is born

Věra Čáslavská was a Czechoslovak artistic gymnast and Czech sports official. She won a total of 22 international titles including seven Olympic gold medals, four World titles and eleven European championships. In addition to her gymnastics success, Čáslavská was known for her outspoken support of the Czechoslovak democratization movement.

Margaret Mitchell wins the Pulitzer Prize

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the only novel published during her lifetime, "Gone with the Wind," set in Georgia during the American Civil War. The book was later adapted into an American film and is ranked as the second favorite book by American readers, just behind the Bible.

1936

Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut

DiMaggio made his major league debut in May 1936, batting ahead of Lou Gehrig. The Yankees had not been to the World Series since 1932, but they won the next four Fall Classics. Over the course of his 13-year Major League career, DiMaggio led the Yankees to 9 World Series championships.

Singer James Brown is born

James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". In a career that lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres.

American physicist Steven Weinberg is born

Steven Weinberg is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate in Physics for his contributions with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow to the unification of the weak force and electromagnetic interaction between elementary particles. He wrote the acclaimed and popular science book "The First Three Minutes" which describes the early stages of the Universe after the Big Bang and published many popular articles.

British coal miners go on strike

The 1926 general strike was called by the General Council of the Trades Union Congress in an unsuccessful attempt to force the British government to act to prevent wage reduction and worsening conditions for 1.2 million locked-out coal miners. It lasted for nine days.

1921

American boxer Sugar Ray Robinson is born

Sugar Ray Robinson was an American professional boxer. Widely considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight.

John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"

"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it after presiding over the funeral of his friend and fellow soldier, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

Actor and singer Bing Crosby is born

Bing Crosby Jr. was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him the best-selling recording artist of all time, having sold over one billion analog records and tapes, as well as digital compact discs and downloads around the world.

The 4th prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir, is born

Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman, politician and the 4th Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected to the post after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. The world's fourth and Israel's first and only woman to hold such an office, she has been described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics.

Nanaimo mine explosion kills 150 miners

The explosion in the Nanaimo mine, located in British Columbia, started deep underground in the Number One Coal Mine after explosives were laid improperly. Many miners we killed instantly, but others were trapped by the explosion. These men wrote farewell messages in the dust of their shovels. Nearly 150 children lost their fathers and 46 women became widows.

Italian politician Niccolo Machiavelli is born

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian diplomat, politician, historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer of the Renaissance period. He has often been called the father of modern political science. For many years he was a senior official in the Florentine Republic, with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs.

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