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Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in a Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors. The next month, he was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to an additional three counts of sexual assault.

'The X-Files' returns after 13 years

The X-Files is sci-fi drama TV series created by Chris Carter, which originally aired from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002, on Fox. After releasing 2 movies, the TV series returned after 13 years with the 10th season. Fox also officially announced that The X-Files would be returning for the 11th season of ten episodes.

American cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky dies

His main interest was research of artificial intelligence. He built the first randomly wired neural network learning machine, SNARC. It was one of the first pioneering attempts at the field. Minsky also invented the head-mounted graphical display and the confocal microscope. One of the characters in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey; Victor Kaminski, was named in his honour.

Domodedovo Airport bombing

The bombing killed 37 people and injured 173 others, including 86 who had to be hospitalised. Russia's Federal Investigative Committee later identified the suicide bomber as a 20-year-old from the North Caucasus, and said that the attack was aimed "first and foremost" at foreign citizens.

Revival of 'A View from the Bridge' opens on Broadway

A View from the Bridge is a play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was 1st staged as a one-act verse drama with A Memory of Two Mondays at the Coronet Theatre on Broadway. The play is set in 1950s America, in an Italian-American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. It employs a chorus and narrator in the character of Alfieri. Eddie, the tragic protagonist, has an improper love of, and almost obsession with, Catherine, his wife Beatrice's orphaned niece.

French bank Société Générale announces $7.14bn fraud

Société Générale lost more than $7 billion closing out positions over three days of trading. The bank states these positions were fraudulent transactions created by Jérôme Kerviel, a trader with the company. Kerviel says that the losses were caused by panic selling by the bank.


Mario Lemieux announces his retirement from the NHL

On this day a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and current owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins team, Mario Lemieux, announced his retirement from the NHL. He is the only player to score one goal in each of the five possible situations in a single NHL game, a feat he accomplished in 1988.

Disney announces plans to buy Pixar

Disney purchased Pixar at a valuation of $7.4 billion by converting each share of Pixar stock to 2.3 shares of Disney stock, a transaction that resulted in Jobs becoming Disney's largest single shareholder at the time. Pixar is best known for CGI-animated feature films created with RenderMan, Pixar's own implementation of the industry-standard RenderMan image-rendering application programming interface.

'Catwoman' receives the most Razzies nominations

Leading the pack was a tie between the late summer film Catwoman and Fahrenheit 9/11, each of which won four Razzies, even though the latter was not nominated for Worst Picture. Catwoman received the greatest number of nominations, followed by Alexander with six nominations.

The 56th Golden Globes

The 56th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and television for 1998 and took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Jim Carrey won the Best Actor – Drama award for Peter Weir's Truman Show and Steven Spielberg won the Best Director award for his movie Saving Private Ryan.

Oasis are top of the UK singles chart with 'All Around The World'

"All Around the World" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist and principal songwriter Noel Gallagher. Released in January 1998, the track peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart, and it is the longest number one single in UK history.

Voyager 2 makes 1st fly-by of Uranus

The probe came within 81 500 kilometres of the upper layer of the planet`s atmosphere. She discovered eleven moons previously unknown to science. Most of them were named after heroes of William Shakespeare's plays. The only exception was Belinda, named after the heroine of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock.

Apple Computer Inc unveils its Macintosh personal computer

The Macintosh 128K, originally released as the Apple Macintosh, is the original Apple Macintosh personal computer. Its beige case consisted of a 9 in (23 cm) CRT monitor and came with a keyboard and mouse. A handle built into the top of the case made it easier for the computer to be lifted and carried. It had an initial selling price of $2,495 (equivalent to $5,752 in 2016). The Macintosh was introduced by the now-famous $370,000 (equivalent to $852,944 in 2016) television commercial by Ridley Scott, "1984", that most notably aired on CBS during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984.[6] Sales of the Macintosh were strong from its initial release on January 24, 1984, and reached 70,000 units on May 3, 1984.[7] Upon the release of its successor, the Macintosh 512K, it was rebranded as the Macintosh 128K.

Hollywood veteran director George Cukor dies age 83

George Dewey Cukor was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. Cukor died of a heart attack and was interred in Garden of Memory, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, California. Records in probate court indicated his net worth at the time of his death was $2,377,720.

The Nuclear Disaster of Kosmos 954

Kosmos 954 was a Soviet reconnaissance satellite launched in 1977. When the satellite reentered the Earth's atmosphere the following year, a malfunction prevented safe separation of its onboard nuclear reactor. It scattered radioactive debris over a total area of 124,000 square kilometres in northern Canada.

The 33rd Golden Globes

The 33rd Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and television for 1975. Jack Nicholson has won the Best Actor - Drama award for Miloš Forman's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and along with him, Miloš Forman has received the Best Director award. The movie also received the Best Film - Drama award.

Diana Ross is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, and initially recorded by American singer Thelma Houston, and then most notably by Diana Ross as the theme to the 1975 Motown/Paramount film Mahogany.

Japanese soldier Shoichi Yokoi is discovered on Guam

Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second World War. He was among the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945, discovered almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944. He knew about the end of the war, but he feared coming out of hiding.

Winston Churchill dies

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician and statesman who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. As Prime Minister, Churchill led Britain to victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.


1st African American is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

In his first year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, Robinson encouraged voters to consider only his on-field qualifications, rather than his cultural impact on the game. He was elected on the first ballot, becoming the first black player inducted into the Cooperstown museum.

Elvis Presley is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Jailhouse Rock" is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller that first became a hit for Elvis Presley. The single, with its B-side "Treat Me Nice", another song from the film's soundtrack, was a US number one hit for seven weeks in the fall of 1957, and a UK number one hit for three weeks early in 1958.

Microwave oven is patented

The heating effect of a high-power microwave beam was accidentally discovered by Percy Spencer, an American self-taught engineer from Howland, Maine. Employed by Raytheon at the time, he noticed that microwaves from an active radar set he was working on started to melt a candy bar he had in his pocket. The first food deliberately cooked with Spencer's microwave was popcorn.

'The Grapes of Wrath' is released

The Grapes of Wrath is an American drama movie directed by John Ford. It was based on John Steinbeck's 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Nunnally Johnson and the executive producer was Darryl F. Zanuck.

1939 Chillán earthquake

Chillán earthquake occurred half an hour before midnight in south-central Chile and with a surface wave magnitude of 8.3 and a death toll of around 28,000, compared to the 2,231 – 6,000 of the Great Chilean earthquake of 1960, it is the single deadliest earthquake in Chile.

First canned beer goes on sale

The 1st brewery to commercially can beer was the small brewery at Felinfoel in the UK. The early cans did not have a pull tab, instead, they had a crown cork. All modern UK canned beer is descended from these early cans, which helped change the drinking and beer-buying habits of the British public.

Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director

The Pleasure Garden is a 1925 British silent film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in his directorial debut. Based on a novel of the same name by Oliver Sandys, the film is about two chorus girls at the Pleasure Garden Theatre in London and their troubled relationships.

Hawaii's monarchy ends as Queen Liliuokalani is forced to abdicate

On January 24, 1895, queen of Hawaii kingdom Liliʻuokalani was forced to sign a five-page declaration as "Liliuokalani Dominis", in which she formally abdicated the throne in return for the release of her jailed supporters. In 1993, the US Congress passed a joint Apology Resolution regarding the overthrow. It was signed by President Bill Clinton.

Mussorgsky's opera 'Boris Godunov' premieres

Modest Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" was composed between 1868 and 1873 in Saint Petersburg and was premiered in Mariinsky Theatre. It is Mussorgsky's only completed opera and is considered his masterpiece. Its subjects are the Russian ruler Boris Godunov, who reigned as Tsar during the Time of Troubles, and his nemesis, the False Dmitriy.

Bucharest is proclaimed the capital of Romania

In 1862, after Wallachia and Moldavia were united to form the Principality of Romania, Bucharest became the new nation's capital city and is now the center of Romanian media, culture, and art. In the period between the two World Wars, the city's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris".

California Gold Rush begins

The California Gold Rush began when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad. The sudden influx of gold into the money supply reinvigorated the American economy.

Bellini's opera 'I puritani' premieres at Théâtre-Italien, Paris

I puritani (The Puritans) is an opera by Vincenzo Bellini. It was originally written in two acts and later changed to three acts on the advice of Gioachino Rossini, with whom the young composer had become friends. The music was set to a libretto by Count Carlo Pepoli.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1989

Ted Bundy

born 1943

Sharon Tate

born 1949

John Belushi