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'King Charles III' opens on Broadway

King Charles III is a play that centers on the reign of King Charles III of the UK, written by Mike Bartlett. More than a year after its premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London, the play transferred to Broadway. It was a limited engagement with the original London cast. Broadway premiere took place at the Music Box Theatre.

Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe's first stars

Scientists used NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope and focused at high-energy gamma rays. They have managed to measure the light from the stars that existed when the universe was younger than 4 billion years. It was reported that this could help with the understanding of the evolution of galaxies and forming of stars.

'The Heiress' opens at the Walter Kerr Theatre

The Heiress is an adaptation of the novel Washington Square by Henry James. The play tells the story of young Catherine Sloper who took her revenge on man that left her. After its original release, it was revived 4 times on Broadway. The 4th revival ran for over 3 months at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Prince William and Kate announce their engagement

The build-up to the wedding and the occasion itself attracted much media attention, being compared in many ways with the 1981 marriage of William's parents. The occasion was a public holiday in the United Kingdom and featured many ceremonial aspects, including use of the state carriages and roles for the Foot Guards and Household Cavalry.

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi is opened

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi is located within the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. The hotel, designed by Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, principals of New York-based Asymptote Architecture, consists of two twelve-story hotel towers, one set within the race circuit and another placed in the Marina itself.

First intruduction of Bitcoin in academic paper

The word bitcoin first occurred and was defined in the white paper that was published in 2008. It's a compound of the words bit and coin. The white paper frequently uses the shorter coin. Some sources use Bitcoin, capitalized, to refer to the technology and network and bitcoin, lowercase, to refer to the unit of account.

Aqua starts a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

Barbie Girl was written by Søren Rasted, Claus Norreen, René Dif, and Lene Nystrøm, after Rasted attended an exhibition, which featured Barbie dolls. The song is included on the album Aquarium and achieved to sell more than 8 million copies worldwide.

'Titanic' has its world premiere

Titanic is an American epic romance-disaster film directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by James Cameron. The film premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival, where the reaction was described as "tepid" by The New York Times.

The new generation chip for Windows era

A 6th generation x86 microprocessor developed and manufactured by Intel introduced in 1995 launched the P6 microarchitecture and was originally intended to replace the original Pentium in a full range of applications. While the Pentium and Pentium MMX had 3.1 and 4.5 million transistors, the Pentium Pro contained 5.5 million transistors.

The Maastricht Treaty comes into effect

The Maastricht Treaty included the 3 pillars structure of the European Union and led to the creation of the single European currency, the euro. The creation of the pillar system aimed to extend the relations of the member states to the areas of foreign policy, military, criminal justice, and judicial cooperation.


Michel Platini becomes manager of France

Platini was named coach of the French national side in 1988, replacing Henri Michel, who had been forced out after France infamously drew with Cyprus in a 1990 World Cup qualifier. France's qualifying campaign was ultimately unsuccessful.

'Thriller' single is released worldwide by Michael Jackson

Thriller, composed by Rod Temperton, is the 7th and final single released from Jackson's studio album of the same name. The song includes sound effects such as a creaking door, thunder, feet walking on wooden planks, winds and howling dogs.

The first Asian car company produces cars in the US

Honda, a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation is primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment started as a first Asian manufacturer its production on the U.S. soil in Marysville, Ohio. The plans to construct a $35 million motorcycle plant were announced few years before, in 1977.


Professional ice hockey team Edmonton Oilers is founded

The Edmonton Oilers were founded by William Hunter and Dr. Chuck Allard. The team is based in Edmonton, Alberta and they are among the teams of Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. They were originally members of Western Hockey League until they were admitted to NHL, thanks to having Gretzky on their team.

'Cool Hand Luke' is released

Cool Hand Luke is an American prison drama film directed by Stuart Rosenberg. starring Paul Newman and featuring George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning performance. The film is about Luke, who is a prisoner in a Florida prison camp, where he refuses to accept the system.


Plante wears mask for first time in NHL

Following his nose injury, Jacques Plante introduced the mask as everyday equipment, and it is now mandatory equipment for goaltenders. Plante developed and designed the 1st mask by himself with some help from other experts.

The Vietnam War begins

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1955 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam.

United States tests first hydrogen bomb

The U.S. hydrogen bomb named Ivy Mike was detonated on the island of Elugelab in Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Because of its physical size, Ivy Mike was only intended as an extremely conservative proof of concept experiment to validate the concepts used for multi-megaton detonations.


Hockey Night in Canada makes its debut

Hockey Night in Canada is a presentation of the NHL by Canadian TV. It is primarily associated with Saturday night NHL broadcasts on CBC TV. The games were originally broadcasted by radio. CBC began airing the matches, but only 1 game each Saturday. That changed in the 90s when they began broadcasting more of them.

The second of two assassination attempts on Harry S. Truman

The second of two assassination attempts on U.S. President Harry S. Truman occurred in 1950. It was carried out by militant Puerto Rican pro-independence activists Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola while the President resided at Blair House during the renovation of the White House. Both men were stopped before gaining entry to the house.

T. S. Eliot's play 'Murder in the Cathedral' premieres in London

Murder in the Cathedral is a verse drama that portrays the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. In the 1st performance of the drama, Robert Speaight played the role of Becket. Later, the production moved to the Mercury Theater in London.

Airship record flight

German rigid airship Graf Zeppelin docked in Friedrichshafen, after a 9,926 km flight from Lakehurst. New Jersey. The flight took seventy one hours. It was the longest recorded airship flight for 29 years, until it was surpassed by the American airship Snowbird in 1957. Graf Zeppelin was captained by Hugo Eckener during its record flight.


Boston Bruins officially join the NHL as the first USA team

The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. The team has been in existence since 1924 and is the league's third-oldest team overall and the oldest in the United States.


Italian football club Juventus F.C. is founded

Juventus was founded by a group of Torinese students with the name of Sport-Club Juventus, originally as an athletics club. It was renamed to Foot-Ball Club Juventus 2 years later. They joined the Italian Football Championship during the following year. Juventus won their first league championship in 1905.

William Shakespeare's tragedy 'Othello' premieres

Othello is a tragedy revolving around two central characters, a Moorish general in the Venetian army Othello and his unfaithful ensign Iago. The 1st performance of Othello took place at Whitehall Palace.

Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public

The Sistine Chapel is located in the Apostolic Palace in Vatican and was opened under the patronage of Pope Julius II. The chapel is famous for its ceiling and The Last Judgment fresco by Michelangelo. Nowadays, it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected.

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