logo

Video encyclopedia

Flashback calendar

Video game Kingdom Come: Deliverance is released

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by Warhorse Studios and published by Deep Silver for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. It is set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia, an Imperial State of the Holy Roman Empire, with a focus on historically accurate and realistic content.

Harrison Ford is involved in a near miss while flying a plane

The actor Harrison Ford was told to land his single-engine plane on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, on Monday, but he mistakenly landed it on a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines jet holding nearby, NBC reported.

Steven Mnuchin is approved as Treasury secretary by Senate

Steven Terner Mnuchin is an American banker serving as the 77th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury as part of the cabinet of Donald Trump. Mnuchin was confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury by a vote of 53–47.

Justin Bieber is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Love Yourself"

Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” was first released as a promotional single and later released as the 3rd single of his 4th studio album Purpose. The song soon became No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, holding the top position for 24 non-consecutive weeks. It peaked at top of the charts in a total of 15 countries.

Empire State Building is filed for IPO

The Empire State Building went to the stock market, with the owner of the skyscraper officially filing for an initial public offering. The move was the culmination of efforts by the company’s controlling Malkin family to simplify control of its sprawling real estate holdings.

Pune bombing

The Pune bombing occurred at approximately 19:15 IST when a bomb exploded at the German Bakery in the city of Pune, Maharashtra, India. The blast killed 17 people, and injured at least 60 more, including an Italian woman, two Sudanese students, and an Iranian student. The German Bakery is located near the Jewish Chabad House and the Osho International Meditation Resort in Koregaon Park, Pune.

Earthquake hits El Salvador

El Salvador earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 6.6 at 14:22:05 UTC. The epicentre was 15 miles E of San Salvador, El Salvador. At least 315 people were killed, 3,399 were injured, and extensive damage affected the area. Another 16,752 homes were damaged and 44,759 destroyed. The most severe damage occurred in the San Juan Tepezontes-San Vicente-Cojutepeque area.

1998

Skier Hermann Maier crashes in Olympics

Maier flew off the sunlit course, landed partially on his head, tumbled head over heels several times, and crashed through two layers of B-netting. Despite the horrible look of the crash, Maier was able to walk out under his own power.

Take That announce their disbandment

Take That formally announced that they were disbanding. This was followed by the Greatest Hits compilation in 1996, which contained a new recording, a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love". The single went on to become what was to be the band's final UK number one until their 2006 comeback a decade later.

1988

The XV Olympic Winter Games open in Calgary

The Winter Games began with a $10 million opening ceremony that featured 5,500 performers, an aerial flyover by the Royal Canadian Air Force's Snowbirds, the parade of nations and the release of 1,000 homing pigeons. Governor General Jeanne Sauvé opened the Games on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II as 1.5 billion people watched the ceremony.

Konstantin Chernenko becomes the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party

Konstantin Ustinovich Chernenko was a Soviet politician and the fifth General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He led the Soviet Union from 13 February until his death thirteen months later, Chernenko was also Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet.

Musical "Merlin" opens at the Mark Hellinger Theatre

Merlin opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre and closed in August 1983 after 199 performances and 69 previews. It was directed by Ivan Reitman and choreographed by Christopher Chadman and Billy Wilson. The cast included Henning as Merlin, Chita Rivera as an evil sorceress and, in supporting roles, newcomer Nathan Lane and a young Christian Slater.

Hilton Hotel bombing

A bomb was planted in a rubbish bin and exploded when the bin was emptied into a garbage truck outside Hilton Hotel in Sydney, Australia. It killed two garbage collectors, a police officer guarding the entrance to the hotel lounge died later. At the time the hotel was the site of the first Commonwealth Heads of Government Regional Meeting.

Dire Straits begin recording their first album

Dire Straits was recorded at Basing Street Studios in London from 13 February to 5 March 1978. Knopfler used a few guitars for the recording, including a pair of red Fender Stratocasters one from 1961 and one from 1962.

Feist is born

Feist is a Canadian indie pop singer-songwriter and guitarist, performing both as a solo artist and as a member of the indie rock group Broken Social Scene. She was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her parents are both artists.

Robbie Williams is born

Robert Peter Williams is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. Williams was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. In 1990, the sixteen-year-old Williams was the youngest member to join Take That. During the heights of the band's popularity, Williams was known as the extrovert and cheeky practical joker of the band.

"1776" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,217 performances

1776 is a musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. The story is based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It dramatizes the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and to sign the document. It premiered on Broadway earning warm reviews, and ran for 1,217 performances. The production was nominated for 5 Tony Awards and won 3.

Black Sabbath release their debut self-titled studio album

Black Sabbath is the debut studio album by the English rock band Black Sabbath. Released in the UK, the album reached number eight on the UK Albums Charts and number 23 on the Billboard charts. Black Sabbath is widely considered the first heavy metal album. Additionally, the opening track of the album—Black Sabbath—is widely considered to be the first doom metal song.

The Beatles’ "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" are released

"Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released in February as a double A-side single with "Penny Lane". The song was written by John Lennon and credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership.

Lyndon B. Johnson approves Operation Rolling Thunder

Operation Rolling Thunder was the title of a gradual and sustained aerial bombardment campaign conducted by the U.S. 2nd Air Division, U.S. Navy, and Republic of Vietnam Air Force against the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, during the Vietnam War.

Peter Gabriel of Genesis is born

Peter Brian Gabriel is an English singer-songwriter, record producer and humanitarian who rose to fame as the original lead singer and flutist of the progressive rock band Genesis. Peter Brian Gabriel was born in Chobham, Surrey.

1948

Germany’s FC Koln is formed

1. FC Köln is a German association football club based in Cologne. It was formed as a merger of the clubs Kölner Ballspiel-Club 1901 and SpVgg Sülz 07. Köln formerly played in the Bundesliga, however, were relegated to 2. Bundesliga after the 2017–18 season.

ENIAC starts to operate

One of the first electronic computers, the ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) was first demonstrated at the University of Pennsylvania. The machine occupied an area of nearly 140 square metres. It was designed and primarily used to calculate artillery firing tables, but ti was also used for the project thermonuclear weapon.

Bombing of Dresden begins

The bombing of Dresden was a British/American aerial bombing attack on the city of Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, that took place during the Second World War in the European Theatre. In four raids, 722 heavy bombers of the RAF and 527 of the USAAF dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices.

New Delhi becomes capital of India

New Delhi is the capital of India and one of Delhi city's 11 districts. The foundation stone of the city was laid by George V, Emperor of India during the Delhi Durbar. It was designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The new capital was inaugurated by Viceroy and Governor-General of India Lord Irwin.

American aviator Chuck Yeager is born

He was the first pilot who exceeded the speed of sound. He flew the experimental aircraft Bell X-1. At that time, Yeager was already a flying ace from the WW2. He downed five enemy aircraft in a single mission. Yeager served as a military commander all around the globe. His cousin is a famous baseball catcher Steve Yeager.

The League of Nations formally recognizes Swiss neutrality

Switzerland was not invaded during either of the world wars. Swiss neutrality was seriously questioned by the Grimm–Hoffmann Affair, but it was short-lived. Switzerland joined the League of Nations, which was based in Geneva, on condition that it was exempt from any military requirements.

Mata Hari is arrested in Paris

Mata Hari was arrested in her room at the Hotel Elysée Palace on the Champs Elysées in Paris. She was put on trial and accused of spying for Germany, and consequently causing the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers. Although the French and British intelligence suspected her of spying for Germany, neither could produce definite evidence against her. Supposedly, secret ink was found in her room, which was incriminating evidence in that period.

Oil drop experiment began

American physicists Robert Millikan Harvey Fletcher began their famous experiment which led to the exact knowledge of the elementary electric charge, or the charge of an electron. They measured the motions of tiny oil drops in the electric field. The elementary charge is a one of few fundamental physical constants.

American physicist William Shockley is born

He is one of the three people who invented the transistor. The other two were John Bardeen and Walter Brattain. Shockley's attempts to commercialize a new transistor design in the 1950s and 1960s led to California's "Silicon Valley" becoming a hotbed of electronics innovation. In his later life, Shockley became a proponent of eugenics.

Composer Richard Wagner dies at 69

Wagner died due to a heart attack at Ca'Vendramin Calergi, a palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice. It is said that it was prompted by an argument over his love interest in the singer Carrie Pringle. His body was carried over the Grand Canal on a funerary gondola and then taken to Villa Wahnfried in Germany, where he is buried.

1st British East India Company voyage departs from London

The East India Company was an English and later British joint-stock company, which was formed to pursue a trade with the "East Indies". Sir James Lancaster commanded the first East India Company voyage in 1601 and returned in 1603.

Anniversaries of famous