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Cargo plane crashes into a building

A Boeing 707 operated by Saha Airlines on a cargo flight crashed at Fath Air Base, near Karaj, Alborz Province in Iran. 15 of the 16 people on board were killed. The aircraft overran the runway, crashed through a wall and came to rest after colliding with a house in the neighborhood of Farrokhabad, Fardis County, Alborz Province.

"Black Beatles" on top of US single chart

"Black Beatles" is a song by American hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd. It was released in 2016 by EarDrummers and Interscope Records as the third single from their second studio album SremmLife 2. The song features guest vocals from American rapper Gucci Mane and is produced by Mike Will Made It.

British actor Alan Rickman dies

Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director. In 2015, Rickman suffered a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He revealed the fact that he had terminal cancer to only his closest confidants. In 2016, Rickman died in London at age 69.

Conrad Bain, star of the sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, dies aged 89

Conrad Stafford Bain was a Canadian/American actor and comedian and character actor. His television credits include a leading role as Phillip Drummond in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and as Dr. Arthur Harmon on Maude. Bain died from complications following a stroke in 2013, in Livermore, California, three weeks before his 90th birthday.

Sabarimala stampede

The 2011 Sabarimala stampede was a human stampede at Sabarimala in Kerala. Pilgrims were returning from a Hindu shrine on the last day of a yearly festival which attracts millions of devotees. At least 104 Sabarimala devotees were killed and over 50 injured in a stampede when a jeep crashed into homebound pilgrims.

Tunisian Revolution ended

The Tunisian Revolution was an intensive campaign of civil resistance, including a series of street demonstrations taking place in Tunisia, and led to the ousting of longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The Revolution led to a thorough democratization of the country and free and democratic elections.

"Oliver!" opens in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

A production heavily based upon the 1994 Palladium production opened in London's West End in 2009. Produced once again by Cameron Mackintosh, this revival was directed by Shakespeare expert Rupert Goold. The new production opened to rave reviews at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, receiving positive feedback from critics throughout London.

Amy Winehouse is at #1 on the UK album chart with "Back To Black"

Back to Black debuted at number three, later falling to number ten. It topped the UK Albums Charts for the first time during its 11th week, selling over 35,500 copies. The following week, it retained its position, selling another 47 thousand copies. It returned for a third week atop the charts five weeks later.

D4L are at #1 on the US singles chart with "Laffy Taffy"

"Laffy Taffy" is a 2005 song by Atlanta-based hip hop group D4L. The song's success on the charts was largely due to its enormous online sales. The music video version of the song samples and interpolates elements of "Candy Girl" by New Edition, whereas the CD single version of the song excludes the sampling.

The Huygens probe lands on Saturn's moon Titan

The probe was a part of the Cassini–Huygens mission. It was the first spacecraft ever to land on Titan, furthest landing from Earth a spacecraft has ever made and the only landing accomplished in the outer Solar System. The probe was named after Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens who discovered the moon in 1655.

Enron finance chief pleads guilty, recieves 10-year prison

Former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from his role in the collapse of the scandal-hit firm. Enron used to be a highly respected energy trading firm until it was discovered that the company had concealed millions of dollars in debts.

SimCity 4 is released

SimCity 4 is a city-building simulation computer game developed by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts, and released in 2003. It is the fourth major installment in the SimCity series. SimCity 4 has a single expansion pack called Rush Hour which adds features to the game.

United Kingdom foot-and-mouth outbreak

In 2001, the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK caused a crisis in British agriculture and tourism. There were 2,062 cases of the disease in farms across most of the British countryside. The worst affected area of the country was Cumbria, with 893 cases.

Jennifer Lopez scores her first UK #1 single

"Love Don't Cost a Thing" is a song recorded by American singer Jennifer Lopez for her second studio album. It topped the UK Singles Chart, becoming her first number one in the UK. Lopez has performed "Love Don't Cost a Thing" live on numerous occasions.

Remains of Aristotle's lyceum are uncovered

The remains of Aristotle’s Lyceum were uncovered in 1996 when excavation began to clear space for Athens’ new Museum of Modern Art. Descriptions from the works of ancient philosophers had hinted at the location of the grounds which were thought to be just outside the eastern boundary of ancient Athens. The buildings are, without a doubt, those of the original Lyceum, as their foundations lie on the bedrock and there are no other strata further below.

David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS

Johnny Carson retired, and many fans believed that Letterman would become the host of The Tonight Show. When NBC instead gave the job to Jay Leno, Letterman departed NBC to host his own late-night show on CBS, opposite The Tonight Show at 11:30 p.m., called the Late Show with David Letterman.

Bobby Brown is at #1 on the US singles chart

"My Prerogative" is a song by American singer Bobby Brown from his second studio album Don't Be Cruel. It was released in 1988 as the second single from the album. After recording sessions for the album were completed, Brown and producer Gene Griffin traveled to New York City, since he felt something was "missing" from the record.

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is released

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is an action role-playing video game with platforming elements. The second installment in The Legend of Zelda series, it was developed and published by Nintendo for the Family Computer Disk System in 1987.

"Pipes Of Peace" is #1 on the UK singles chart

Pipes of Peace was first released on McCartney's album of the same name and later also as a single. It reached No. 1 on the UK singles chart and held the position for two weeks. He had previously had several number one singles with Beatles, but this was his first and only number one in the UK as a solo artist.

Player are at #1 on the US singles chart with "Baby Come Back"

"Baby Come Back" is a song by the American rock band Player. It was released in late 1977 as the lead single from their 1977 self-titled debut album. The song was their biggest hit single, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the R&B charts in 1978.


Italian race car driver Giancarlo Fisichella is born

Giancarlo Fisichella is an Italian professional racing driver. Giancarlo began racing at the age of eleven. Ferrari retained Giancarlo for 2010 as test and reserve driver, however, the Italian made it clear that was still hoping for a race seat. However, the popular Italian did get to drive a Ferrari in the Le Mans Series.

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite

Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite is a concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley and was broadcast live via satellite. More than a billion people from more than 40 countries across Asia and Europe tuned in to watch "Aloha from Hawaii." The show was performed at the Honolulu International Center Arena.

American musician Dave Grohl is born

Dave Grohl was born in Warren, Ohio as a son of the teacher and newswriter. When he was seven, the marriage of his parents came to an end, after which he grew up with his mother. He was the longest-serving drummer for the band Nirvana and currently leads the rock band Foo Fighters which he founded.

USS Enterprise fire

The 1969 USS Enterprise fire was a major fire and series of explosions that broke out aboard USS Enterprise off the coast of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The fire broke out after a Zuni rocket detonated attached to an aircraft, and spread following further rocket and bomb explosions which blew holes in the flight deck and allowed burning jet fuel to enter the ship's interior. 28 sailors were killed, 314 were injured and 15 aircraft were destroyed.


Sir Matt Busby retires as manager of Manchester United

The biggest success of his career came in 1968 when the team won the European Cup. He retired as manager at the end of the following season, having announced his intention to do so in 1969, but remained at the club as a director, handing over managerial duties to a trainer and former player Wilf McGuinness.

David Bowie releases his first single

"Can't help thinking about me" is the A-side to the third and final single released under the newly changed name David Bowie and his band The Lower Third. The single failed to make either the UK or the US charts despite being reasonably well received by the critics at the time.

US Army promoted Elvis Presley to Sergeant

A 21-year-old Elvis Presley was drafted into the United States Army. Presley eventually served in West Germany for about a year and a half, where he met his future wife. He was promoted to sergeant. Just three weeks before he received his discharge from the Army.

Humphry Bogart dies of cancer aged only 57

A heavy smoker and drinker, Bogart developed esophageal cancer. He did not speak of his health and visited a doctor in 1956. The disease worsened throughout the year. Bogart fell into a coma and died. He had just turned 57 twenty days prior and weighed only 80 pounds.

Marilyn Monroe marries baseball legend Joe DiMaggio

The marriage ran into trouble within a few weeks as DiMaggio became upset by Monroe's personal habits, including her disdain for bathing and her tendency to relax around the house nude. Although she suffered from endometriosis, Monroe and DiMaggio each expressed to reporters their desire to start a family.

The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight

It was a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the USSR from 1952 and operated by numerous air forces in many variants. It is an advanced development of the very similar appearing MiG-15 of the Korean War. It proved to be effective against the more modern supersonic fighters of the United States in the Vietnam War.

Casablanca Conference

Casablanca was an important strategic port during WWII and hosted the Casablanca Conference in 1943, in which Churchill and Roosevelt discussed the progress of the war. Casablanca was the site of a large American air base, which was the staging area for all American aircraft for the European operations during WWII.

American astronaut and biochemist Shannon Lucid is born

She flew five times into space. Her longest mission was aboard Russian space station Mir. It was a part of the Shuttle-Mir program. Shannon Lucid stayed for 179 days and 188 days in space overall. It was a record for an American and for a woman. Prior to her astronaut job she worked as a biochemist on the University of Oklahoma.

American actress Faye Dunaway is born

Dorothy Faye Dunaway is an American actress. She has won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, an Emmy, and was the first recipient of a Leopard Club Award that honors film professionals whose work has left a mark on the collective imagination.

Welsh orthopedic surgeon Robert Jones dies

Jones is considered a father of orthopedic surgery in Britain. He was an early proponent of the use of radiography in orthopedics. He discovered so-called Jones fracture. It is a break between the base and middle part of the fifth metatarsal of the foot. It may occur when changing direction while the heel is off the ground such in dancing, tennis, or basketball.

The first endless chain assembly line is installed

The Ford Motor Company replaced rope with an endless chain. Endless chain assembly line was installed at the Highland Park Assembly Plant. Over the next four months, they raised, lowered, sped up and slowed down the assembly line.

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome

It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, at what’s now the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and in just over a year, it had played on four continents. The opera was a success at the box office, but the critics generally turned thumbs down on it, finding its sadism and scenes of attempted rape and physical and mental torture repulsive.

English mathematician and writer Lewis Carroll dies

Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson but is better known under his pen-name. Although was a mathematician, he is more famous because of his two books for children: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. As an academic, he was interested mainly in geometry, linear and matrix algebra, mathematical logic, and recreational mathematics.

Rolla N. Harger is born

In 1931, Rolla Neil Harger invented an early breathalyzer, called the Drunkometer to test for driving under the influence. In 1938, he was chosen to be on the subcommittee of the National Safety Council that drafted the model legislation that set the blood alcohol content for driving under the influence.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 2016

Alan Rickman

born 1999

Declan Rice

born 1969

Jason Bateman