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'Black Sails' first airs on the Starz

Black Sails is an American historical adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine for Starz. Black Sails is set roughly two decades before the events of Treasure Island and during the Golden Age of Piracy.

'Rambo' premieres in Las Vegas

Rambo is an action film directed, co-written and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the 4th and final installment in the Rambo franchise. The story is about John Rambo, who is hired by a church pastor to help rescue a group of Christian missionaries, who were kidnapped by men from a brutal Burmese military regime.

Angels in America wins five Golden Globes

Angels in America was the most-watched made-for-cable film of that year, garnering much critical acclaim and multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards, among other numerous accolades. In 2006, The Seattle Times listed the series among "Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.

'The Blair Witch Project' is first released

The Blair Witch Project is an American supernatural horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. It tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.

David Beckham gets engaged to Victoria 'Posh Spice' Adams

They married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. Beckham's teammate Gary Neville was the best man, and the couple's infant son, Brooklyn, was the ring bearer. The media were kept away from the ceremony, as the Beckhams had an exclusive deal with OK! Magazine, but newspapers were still able to obtain photographs of them sitting on golden thrones.

Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

People v. Jackson was a 2005 criminal trial held in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, in which American recording artist Michael Jackson was tried based upon accusations of Gavin Arvizo, a 13-year-old boy Jackson had befriended. The trial spanned approximately 18 months until the jury delivered a verdict of not guilty on fourteen charges.

Hollywood star Ava Gardner dies in London at 67

Ava Lavinia Gardner was an American actress and singer. After a lifetime of smoking, Gardner suffered from emphysema, as well as an unidentified auto-immune disorder. She died of pneumonia at the age of 67, at her London home, 34 Ennismore Gardens, where she had lived since 1968.

The 15th American Music Awards are held

The Annual 15th American Music Awards were hosted by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Mick Fleetwood, Robin Gibb and Whitney Houston. Paul Simon received the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist award and Whitney Houston received the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist award.

The 32nd Golden Globes

The 32nd Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and television for 1974. Jack Nicholson received a Best Actor - Drama award for Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Alan Alda received the Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Series Award for starring in the famous television series M*A*S*H.

'Please Mr. Postman' is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. It is the debut single by the Marvelettes for the Tamla label, notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

'101 Dalmatians' is released in the US

101 Dalmatians is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. It was a box office success, pulling the studio out of the financial slump caused by Sleeping Beauty, a costlier production released two years prior.

The first Emmy Awards are held

The 1st Emmy Awards, retroactively known as the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards after the debut of the counterpart Daytime Emmy Awards, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. Only shows produced in Los Angeles County, California and aired in the Los Angeles media market were eligible to win.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1981

Alicia Keys

died 1990

Ava Gardner

died 2017

John Hurt