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William Peter Blatty, writer of 'The Exorcist', dies

William Peter Blatty was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. Blatty died of multiple myeloma in 2017, at a hospital in Bethesda, five days after his 89th birthday.

Windstorm Egon affects Europe

The cyclone Egon was a windstorm which affected the north of France, Belgium, and Germany. The storm caused 3 deaths, power outages, and wind damage. Egon developed from the trailing cold front of the low Dieter centered over Scandinavia.

'True Detective' debuts on HBO

True Detective is an American anthology crime drama television series. The first season, starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The season follows a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives, and their pursuit of a serial killer over a 17-year period.

Fey and Poehler co-host Globes for the second time in a row

The 71st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and American television of 2013, was broadcast live by NBC. American Hustle, Behind the Candelabra, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Dallas Buyers Club were among the films and television shows that received multiple awards. Woody Allen awarded a lifetime achievement award.

'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' opens on Broadway

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others.

Beijing's level of air pollution is hazardous to human health

Pollution in China is one of the impacts of rapid industrialization and environmental oversight in China. Air pollution has become a major issue and a great threat to human health. In Beijing, the highest recorded level reached nearly 1,000 μg per cubic meter.

'Porgy and Bess' opens on Broadway

Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heyward and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It was adapted from Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward's play Porgy, itself an adaptation of DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel of the same name.

Earthquake hits Haiti

The earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake with an epicenter approximately 25 kilometers west of Haiti's capital. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to about 160,000 to Haitian government figures from 220,000 to 316,000.


Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first and only hat-trick for MU

Ronaldo scored his first and only hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United, bringing United up to the top of the Premier League table. A month later, he captained United for the first time in a home win over Bolton and scored both goals of the match.

Comet McNaught reaches perihelion

Comet McNaught, discovered on 7 August 2006 by Robert H. McNaught and also known as the Great Comet of 2007, was the brightest comet in over 40 years. On 1 January the comet reached perihelion, which is the point of the orbit where it is nearest to its orbital focus.

Stoning of the Devil stampede

The 2006 Hajj stampede resulted in the deaths of at least 364 pilgrims during the Hajj in Mecca. The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca undertaken by able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. It consists of a series of rites including the Stoning of the Devil, which is often regarded as the most dangerous part of the Hajj.

Deep Impact probe is launched to Tempel 1 comet

The target of the probe was was periodic comet Tempel 1 from the Jupiter family. Deep impact released a projectile into the core of the comet. The impact energy was 19 GJ, which corresponds to 4.5 tons of TNT. The collision was visible from Earth. The probe studied the material released after the blast. Its mission was later extended. She observed several other comets.

The world's largest ocean liner makes her maiden voyage

Built for Cunard Line, Queen Mary 2 succeeded RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 as the company’s flagship. She is capable of the maximum speed above 30 knots. She has fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the planetarium. The planetarium was the first ever built on a ship. The cost of RMS Queen Mary 2 was approximately 460 million pounds.

29th People's Choice Awards

The 29th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2002, were hosted by Tony Danza and broadcast on CBS. Award for the Favorite Motion Picture went to The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and Spider-Man. Faith Hill was awarded as the Favorite Female Musical Performer.

Co-founder HP William Hewlett dies

William Redington Hewlett was an American engineer and the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company. The almost whole professional life of William Hewlett is connected with HP company. He founded HP on January 1, 1939, and worked here until 1987. Hewlett served as a Director of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1969 to 1980.

Bill Clinton sent a check for $850,000 to Paula Jones

Paula Jones is a former Arkansas state employee who sued U.S. President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. Several State Troopers claimed they had arranged sexual liaisons for Clinton. This showed up to be a conspiracy, later called Troopergate. However, Clinton paid the money to protect his reputation.

Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning

Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human it has faced to ethical problems. On January 12, 1998, the President of France Jacques Chirac called for a global prohibition of human cloning. 19 nations included Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Macedonia, and Turkey signed an agreement banning any research and work involving genetic replication of human beings.

23rd People's Choice Awards

The 23rd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1996, were hosted by Don Johnson and Roma Downey and broadcast on CBS. Award for the Favorite Motion Picture went to Independence Day, Mel Gibson was awarded as the Favorite Motion Picture Actor and Sandra Bullock as the Favorite Motion Picture Actress.

The first joint American-Russian military operation since WW II

The Implementation Force was a NATO-led multinational peace enforcement force in Bosnia in Operation Joint Endeavour with goals: ending of hostilities, authorization of military and civilian program going into effect, and the establishment of a central Bosnian government. USA was component of IFOR.


Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA

The O. J. Simpson murder case was a criminal trial held at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in which former National Football League player, broadcaster, and actor Orenthal James Simpson was tried on two counts of murder, deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and restaurant waiter Ron Goldman.

Congress authorizes Bush to use military force against Iraq

After a series of failed negotiations between major world powers and Iraq, the United States-led coalition forces launched a massive military assault on Iraq and Iraqi forces stationed in Kuwait. This was one of the starting incidents for the Gulf War.

The Broadway Theatre begins to sell tickets for Les Misérables

Les Misérables is a sung-through musical based on the 1862 novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The musical premiered in Paris in 1980 and has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. During the first week on Broadway, the show sets a new record $1,721,098.

Soap opera 'Dynasty' premieres on ABC-TV

Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989. The series revolves around the Carringtons, a wealthy family residing in Denver, Colorado. Dynasty stars John Forsythe as oil magnate Blake Carrington, Linda Evans as his new wife Krystle, and later Joan Collins as his former wife Alexis.

Agatha Christie dies

Agatha Christie is known as 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She died aged 85 from natural causes at her home Winterbrook, Cholsey, Oxfordshire.

The Steve Miller Band is at #1 on the US singles chart

Song The Joker from Steve Miller band is a single from their album The Joker. It was written by Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun, and Steve Miller, with the latter being the producer as well. The song managed to get to the top of US Billboard Hot 100. After over 16 years, it also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.


Super Bowl III

Super Bowl III was the third AFL–NFL Championship Game in professional American football, and the first to officially bear the name "Super Bowl". The game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in American sports history. The AFL champion New York Jets defeated the NFL champion Baltimore Colts by a score of 16–7.

Debut album of Led Zeppelin released

Led Zeppelin is the eponymous debut album by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It contains a mix of original material worked out in the first rehearsals, and covers and rearrangements of contemporary blues and folk songs.

The first human is cryonically preserved

James Hiram Bedford was an American psychology professor at the University of California who wrote several books on occupational counseling. He is the first person whose body was cryopreserved after legal death, and who remains preserved at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.


Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

In the NBA, Dolph Schayes didn't miss a single game from 1952 to 1961, an NBA-record streak of 706 games. In 1960–61, he again led the league in free throws with 680. In 1961, he became the first player in NBA history to amass 30,000 career total PRA. He was the first person in the NBA to ever surpass 15,000 points.

Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Spain

The caves of Nerja are located near to the city of Nerja in Spain. It is a series of caverns and one of the major tourist attraction in Spain. The caves were discovered in 1959 by five friends who entered through one of the two natural entrances known as “La Mina”.

Motown Records founded in Detroit

Motown is an American record company founded by Berry Gordy Jr. The company played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label. For many decades, Motown was the highest-earning African American business in the USA.

Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the Senate

Caraway represented Arkansas and was the first woman to preside over the Senate to serve a full term as a United States Senator. Lacking significant political backing, she accepted the offer of help from Huey Long, whose efforts to limit incomes of the wealthy and increase aid to the poor she had supported.

Mathematican Hermann Minkowski dies

He created and developed the geometry of numbers and solved problems in number theory, mathematical physics, and the theory of relativity. He was a professor at Königsberg, Zürich and Göttingen. One of his students was Albert Einstein.

HMS Beagle reaches Sydney Australia

HMS Beagle was one of more than 100 ships of Cherokee-class of the Royal Navy. The vessel was launched on 11th May 1820 and between 1826 and 1843 HMS Beagle made three voyages. In the second one lasted from 1831 to 1836 it reached Sydney in Australia and continued to the end of a journey to Falmouth in England.

Handel's opera 'Ottone' premieres

Ottone was the first new opera written for the Royal Academy of Music's fourth season and had its first performance at the King's Theatre, Haymarket in London. Handel had assembled a cast of operatic superstars for this season and the opera became an enormous success.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1964

Jeff Bezos

born 1993

Zayn Malik

born 1987

Naya Rivera

born 1972

Toto Wolff