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Southern Thailand floods

The Southern Thailand floods occurred during the regional annual monsoon season. The floods killed 91 persons and caused damage to palm and rubber plantations. They also affected agriculture tourism and infrastructure.

Actress Cameron Diaz marries for the first time

Diaz married musician Benji Madden at her home in Beverly Hills, California. It took place after an approximately three-month engagement she stated on broadcast host Andy Cohen's Sirius radio program "Town Hall with Cameron Diaz" in 2018, having been introduced seven months earlier by her close friend and now sister-in-law, Nicole Richie.

'Downton Abbey' scores the largest viewership in PBS history

The first episode of the fourth series scores the largest viewership in PBS history, attracting 10.2 million people. In series four, covering 1922 to 1923, Cora's maid Miss O'Brien, desiring adventure and travel, leaves to serve Lady Flintshire in India. Cora hires Edna Braithwaite, who had previously been fired for her interest in Tom. Eventually, the situation blows up, and Edna is replaced by Miss Baxter.

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia erupts

The Mount Sinabung was spewing out a 13,000 ft high column of ash, which caused damage to property and crops and poisoned animals. The Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano of andesite and dacite in the Karo plateau of Karo Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia.


One of the greatest Portuguese footballer Eusébio dies

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira died at his home in 2014 of heart failure, aged 71. Many well-known people from the football world expressed their condolences and praise, including German world champion captain and coach Franz Beckenbauer, English international Gary Lineker, and Netherlands player Ruud Gullit.

Josh Groban is at #1 on the US album chart

Christmas album Noël by Josh Groban is the best selling US album of 2007 selling over 3.5 million copies in 10 weeks. The week's sales corresponded to an appearance by Groban on The Oprah Winfrey Show during the highly anticipated annual Oprah's Favorite Things feature. On October 2017, Groban announced a tenth-anniversary deluxe edition.

The largest known dwarf planet in the solar system is discovered

The most massive and second-largest dwarf planet known in the Solar System. Eris is the ninth most massive body directly orbiting the Sun, and the 16th most massive overall. It was discovered by the team led by Mike Brown and named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord.

Norman Heatley dies

Norman Heatley was a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. He developed the back extraction technique for efficiently purifying penicillin in bulk. Hatley died at his home in Oxford. He was survived by his wife, Mercy, with whom he had four children.

Sonny Bono is killed in a skiing accident

Sonny Bono came to fame in partnership with his wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. From 1988 to 1992, he was mayor of Palm Springs, California. He died of injuries sustained when he hit a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.

26th NAACP Image Awards

Members of the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People gathered on evening to celebrate some of the biggest names in music, film and television. Whitney Houston dominated the music categories. Malcolm X took home one award, but some of actors from this movie was awarded, including Denzel Washington's win for Lead Actor in a Motion Picture.


Reggie Jackson is elected to Hall of Fame

Jackson chose to wear a Yankees cap on his Hall of Fame plaque after the Oakland Athletics unceremoniously fired him from a coaching position in 1991. His uniform number 44 was retired by the Yankees that year. He was a 14-time All-Star, He finished with a total of 563 home runs, then sixth on baseball's all-time list, as well as a record 2,597 strikeouts.

The oil tanker MV Braer spilling 84,700 tons of oil

A tanker carrying 85,000 tonnes of crude oil has run aground in hurricane-force winds off the Shetland Islands. It was one of the largest oil spills in history. Many birds died. WWF Scotland said a major incident was never far away. The UK government stressed it paid to ensure tug cover.

Madonna is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Justify My Love" lead single from The Immaculate Collection. The song was written by Lenny Kravitz and Ingrid Chavez, with additional lyrics by Madonna. It became Madonna's ninth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The accompanying music video as subsequently banned from MTV and other TV networks.

'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter' goes to #1 in the UK

Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter is the 2nd single from the Iron Maiden's album No Prayer for the Dying. It was originally recorded and released by Bruce Dickinson for the soundtrack to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, however, Steve Harris liked it so Iron Maiden rerecorded it.

American physical chemist Harold Urey dies

Harold Urey was American physical chemist who earned Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of deuterium. Urey played a significant role in the development of the atom bomb and prominently contributed theories on the development of organic life from non-living matter. He won many medals and died at California.

Musical 'The Wiz' opens at the Majestic Theatre

The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical "Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is a musical with music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and book by William F. Brown. It is a retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African-American culture.

Bruce Springsteen releases his debut album

Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. is the debut studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was produced by Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos and released by Columbia Records. It includes singles such as Blinded by the Light or Spirit in the Night. It was ranked at number 379 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Space Shuttle program is launched by Richard Nixon

The Space Shuttle program was the United States government's manned launch vehicle program, administered by NASA from 1972 to 2011. The Space Shuttle carried up to eight astronauts and up to 50,000 lb of payload into low Earth orbit.


Body of US heavyweight Charles 'Sonny' Liston is found

Liston was found dead by his wife, Geraldine, in their Las Vegas home in 1971. On returning home from a two-week trip, Geraldine had smelled a foul odor emanating from the main bedroom and on entering saw Sonny slumped up against the bed, a broken foot bench on the floor.

German physicist Max Born dies

Max Born was German physicist and mathematician who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics, where he focused on the statistical interpretation of the wave function, for which won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics. Born died in Göttingen and was survived by his wife Hedi and their children.

Venera 5 launches to Venus

Space probe in the Soviet space program Venera for the exploration of Venus to obtain atmospheric data. The photometer detected a light level of 250 watts per square meter and confirmed the high temperatures, pressures, and carbon dioxide composition of the atmosphere.

American singer Marilyn Manson is born

Brian Hugh Warner, known by his stage name, Marilyn Manson, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, visual artist, author, and former music journalist. He is known for his controversial stage personality and image as the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson, which he co-founded with guitarist Daisy Berkowitz.

The Prague Spring

The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization in Czechoslovakia during the era of its domination by the Soviet Union after World War II. It began on 5 January 1968, when reformist Alexander Dubček was elected First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and continued until 21 August 1968 when the Soviet Union and other members of the Warsaw Pact invaded the country to halt the reforms.

'The Chipmunk Song' is at #1 on the US singles chart

"The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" is a song written by David Seville. Bagdasarian sang and recorded the song, varying the tape speeds to produce high-pitched "chipmunk" voices. The song won three Grammy Awards in 1958, for Best Comedy Performance, Best Children's Recording, and Best Engineered Record (non-classical).


Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement

Robinson had no doubts about joining the NY Giants, the Brooklyn Dodgers' most despised rival. His retirement had nothing to do with the trade to the Giants. Robinson had already made the decision to retire and take a position as vice president of personal relations with the small but growing Chock Full O’ Nuts food.

The Daily Mail becomes the first transoceanic newspaper

The first transoceanic newspaper, with the launch of the Transatlantic Daily Mail. Each edition, a digest of one week's issues of the The Daily Mail, is set up in England and photographed on microfilm, then flown to New York, re-enlarged and printed there.

Work on Golden Gate Bridge begins

Before the bridge was built, the only practical short route between San Francisco and what is now Marin County was by boat across a section of San Francisco Bay. The project cost more than $35 million, completing ahead of schedule and under the budget. It was carried out by the McClintic-Marshall Construction Co.

Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first U.S. female governor

Nellie Tayloe Ross was the 14th Governor of Wyoming. She was the 1st woman to be sworn in as governor of a U.S. state and remains the only woman to have served as governor of Wyoming. In 1926, she lost re-election, however, remained an active member of the Democratic Party.

The German Workers' Party is founded in Munich

The German Workers' Party was the precursor of the National Socialist German Workers' Party. The party lasted only 11 months, until February 1920. The members of the party gathered regularly to discuss the themes of nationalism and antisemitism directed against the Jews.

Henry Ford introduces 8-hour workday and minimum wage

Henry Ford amazed the world by offering a $5 per day wage, which more than doubled the rate of most of his workers. This move proved very profitable as the best mechanics in Detroit started to work for him, bringing their human capital expertise, which raised productivity and lowered training costs.

'Die Presse' newspaper publicly announces discovery of X-rays

X-radiation, composed of X-rays, is a form of electromagnetic radiation. It enables to examine bone structures for medical purposes. X-ray photons carry enough energy to ionize atoms and disrupt molecular bonds, which makes them harmful to living tissue.

Alfred Dreyfus is sentenced to life imprisonment

Alfred Dreyfus was a French Jewish artillery officer whose trial and conviction in 1894 on charges of treason became one of the tensest political dramas in modern French history with a wide echo in all Europe. Known today as the Dreyfus affair, the incident eventually ended with Dreyfus's complete exoneration.

Charles Garnier's new opera opens in Paris

The Paris Opera is the most famous auditorium in the world. With 2,200 seats. It was called the Salle des Capucines, because of its location on the Boulevard des Capucines, but soon became known as the Palais Garnier, in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier.

Cavalli's opera 'Giasone' premieres in Venice

Giasone is an opera in three acts and a prologue. It was premiered at the Teatro San Cassiano, during carnival. Cavalli’s Giasone has it all – achingly beautiful music, unimaginable tragedy, and ultimate triumph and it was the most frequently performed opera of the 17th century.

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