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Twitter goes public

The first day of trading on the NYSE, Twitter shares opened at $26.00 and closed at US$44.90, giving the company a valuation of around US$31 billion. The paperwork from this day shows that among the founders, Evan Williams received a sum of US$2.56 billion and Jack Dorsey received US$1.05 billion, while Dick Costolo's payment was US$345 million.

The first Broadway revival of 'Godspell'

Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with the book by John-Michael Tebelak. The show originally opened off-Broadway in 1971 and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals. The 2011 revival played on Broadway from 2011 until June 2012. The musical is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew.


Modano becomes highest-scoring US player

Mike Modano is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL, as well as the last active player in the NHL who played for the North Stars when the team was in Minnesota. Modano was drafted first overall by the North Stars in 1988, and after the team moved to Texas he helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Sony and BMG create the world's #2 in music industry

In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann established a 50-50 joint venture called Sony BMG Music Entertainment and transferred businesses of Sony Music Entertainment and Bertelsmann Music Group into the joint venture, although later in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake and the company reverted to the SME name.

'Star Wars: Clone Wars' debuts on the Cartoon Network

Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated television micro-series set in the Star Wars universe and developed and drawn by Genndy Tartakovsky. Produced and released between the films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, it is amongst the first of many works to explore the conflict known as the Clone Wars.

The 200th episode of 'Friends' airs on NBC

Ross and Rachel hire a male nanny. Chandler freaks when Monica tells him that she has met somebody else who is the funniest man she has ever met. Meanwhile, Phoebe's scientist ex David resurfaces, and this time, he meets Mike. This is the longest episode of Friends, running with 31:56.

'Elaine Stritch: At Liberty' debuts at the Public Theater

Elaine Stritch at Liberty is an autobiographical one-woman show written by Elaine Stritch and John Lahr, which is composed of anecdotes from Stritch's life and show tunes. Originally directed and produced by George C. Wolfe the show premiered at The Public Theater. After quickly selling out, the original engagement was extended twice: once until December and then until January 2002.

Wamego LSD Missile Silo is discovered

The laboratory had been stored near a renovated Atlas-E missile silo near Wamego, Kansas. Gordon Todd Skinner, one of the men intimately involved in the case but not charged due to his cooperation, owned the property where the laboratory equipment was stored.


Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV

After a physical examination before the 1991–92 NBA season, Magic Johnson discovered that he had tested positive for HIV. He later admitted that he contracted the disease through having multiple sexual partners during his career. Although he had retired, he was voted by fans as a starter for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.

The first African American becomes Mayor of New York City

David Norman Dinkins is an American politician, lawyer, and author who served as the 106th Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and, to date, the only African American to hold that office.

Actor Steve McQueen dies of cardiac arrest

McQueen died of cardiac arrest at 3:45 a.m. at the Juárez clinic, 12 hours after surgery to remove or reduce numerous metastatic tumors in his neck and abdomen. He was 50 years old. According to the El Paso Times, McQueen died in his sleep. Leonard DeWitt of the Ventura Missionary Church presided over McQueen's memorial service.

Led Zeppelin release their third album

The 3rd album of the English rock band Led Zeppelin was composed at a cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur, putting a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. The album is generally acknowledged as representing a significant milestone in Led Zeppelin's history, and a turning point in their music.


NHL player Red Berenson tallies six goals in a game

His most notable scoring feat came in a road game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Berenson scored 6 goals, including 4 over a 9-minute span. He became the first player to score a double hat trick on a road game. The 6 goal total was one shy of the all-time NHL record and has been accomplished only once since.


Glenn Hall sets NHL record of 503 consecutive games as goalie

Hall took the ice for the Detroit Red Wings' season-opener in 1955-56. The Wings sent him to Chicago in the summer of 1957, and he played all 70 games for the Hawks for 5 consecutive seasons, leading Chicago to a Stanley Cup in 1961. Hall's ironman streak grew to 502 games. But in Game No. 503, against Boston, he had to be lifted in the 1st period due to a back injury.

Hollywood royalty Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra marry

Gardner's third and last marriage was to singer and actor Frank Sinatra, from 1951 to 1957. She later said in her autobiography that he was the love of her life. Sinatra left his wife, Nancy, for Gardner, and their subsequent marriage made headlines.

FDR wins unprecedented fourth term

Franklin D. Roosevelt won his 4th presidential election defeating Thomas E. Dewey. He totally achieved 53.4% of the popular vote and 432 out of the 531 electoral votes. In his campaign, Roosevelt supported participation in the international community and promoted strong United Nations.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses

After 4 months after its opening, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed as a result of windy conditions. In terms of main span length, the bridge was the 3rd-longest suspension bridge in the world back then. The only fatality of the event was a dog.

Military rocket

American physicist Robert Goddart demonstrates his rocket to the US army. The rocket was launched from a tube mounted to the music stand. It used a solid fuel. Goddard worked for the army from 1917. He constructed several rockets which could carry various payloads. These rockets developed into the bazooka used in World War II.

Vladimir Lenin launches bloodless coup d'état against government

The October Revolution, officially known in Soviet historiography as the Great October Socialist Revolution was a revolution in Russia led by the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin that was instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917–23. It took place through an armed insurrection in Petrograd in 1917.

Jeannette Rankin is the first woman elected to the United States Congress

Jeannette Pickering Rankin was an American politician and women's rights advocate, and the first woman to hold federal office in the United States. She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from Montana in 1916, and again in 1940.

The first edition of London Gazette

The London Gazette claims to be the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published a newspaper in the UK, having been first published in 1665 as The Oxford Gazette. This claim is also made by the Stamford Mercury and Berrow's Worcester Journal because The Gazette is not a conventional newspaper offering general news coverage.

Closest planet is found

French astronomer Pierre Gassendi observed the transit of Mercury for the first time in history. The phenomenon was predicted by Johannes Kepler. Gassendi was surprised that Mercury looked so small. Each century there are approximately 13 transits of Mercury. In 2014 Curiosity rover observed Mercury transit from Mars.

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