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Disney refuses to cut gay moment in film "Beauty and the Beast" for Malaysian censors

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. In Malaysia, the Film Censorship Board insisted the "gay moment" scene, where LeFou briefly waltzes with Stanley, to be cut, prompting an indefinite postponement of its release by Disney.

AlphaGo artificial intelligence wins Go

AlphaGo, a computer Go program developed artificial intelligence company DeepMind, defeated Lee Sedol, 18-time world champion in Go. The match took place in Seoul, South Korea. AlphaGo won four times in five games. The match has been compared with the historic chess match between Deep Blue computer and Garry Kasparov.

Justin Timberlake releases album “The 20/20 Experience”

The 20/20 Experience is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released in March 2013, by RCA Records, as the follow-up to his second studio album FutureSex/LoveSounds. It is considered the first half of a two-piece project, later being supplemented by his fourth studio album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2.

American paediatrician Benjamin Spock dies

In 1946 he wrote “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care.” It is one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century, selling 500,000 copies in the six months after its initial publication in 1946, and 50 million by the time of Spock’s death in 1998. Spock also won an Olympic gold medal in rowing in 1924.

The Spice Girls top the UK singles chart with "Mama"

"Mama" is a song by the British girl group the Spice Girls. Released as the album's fourth single in March 1997, it became their fourth consecutive number-one single in the United Kingdom, which made the Spice Girls the first act in UK chart history to have its first four singles reach number one.

Internet's first domain is registered

The first commercial Internet domain name, in the TLD com, was registered with the name symbolics.com by Symbolics Inc., a computer systems firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the first quarter of 2015, 294 million domain names had been registered.

The 10th People's Choice Awards are held

The 10th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1983, were held in 1984. They were broadcast on CBS and hosted by Andy Williams. Michael Jackson won the Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer award and Barbara Mandrell with Barbra Streisand won the Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer award.

Shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis dies at 69

Onassis died at age 69 at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, of respiratory failure, a complication of the myasthenia gravis from which he had been suffering during the last years of his life. Onassis was buried on his island of Skorpios in Greece, alongside his son, Alexander.

Musician will.i.am is born

William James Adams Jr., known professionally as will.i.am, is an American musician and actor. He is best known as a founding member of the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas. Will.i.am has also released four solo albums. The first, Lost Change, was released in October 2001 through Atlantic Records.

Led Zeppelin top the UK chart with their double album "Physical Graffiti"

Physical Graffiti is the 6th studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released as a double album in February 1975 by their newly founded imprint label Swan Song Records. The band wrote and recorded 8 new songs for the album at Headley Grange, which stretched the total time of the record beyond the typical length of a single LP.

Actress Eva Longoria is born

Eva Jacqueline Longoria Bastón is an American actress, producer, director, activist, and businesswoman. After a series of guest roles on several television series, Longoria was first recognized for her portrayal of Isabella Braña on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, on which she starred from 2001 to 2003.

Roberta Flack is at No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart with "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The song was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman, who recorded the song in late 1971. In 1973 it became a number-one hit in the US and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart.

"The Godfather" premieres in NYC

The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel of the same name. The world premiere of The Godfather took place in New York City in March 1972, almost three months after the planned release date of Christmas Day in 1971.


Bobby Orr becomes the fourth NHL player to get 100 points in one season

Playing for the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr became the 1st defenseman in the NHL history to score 100 points in a season. He entered the game with 97 points and reached the milestone by scoring 2 goals and assisting on 2 more in a 5–5 tie with the Detroit Red Wings at Boston Garden.

Tommy Roe is at No. 1 on the US singles chart with "Dizzy"

"Dizzy" is a song originally recorded by Tommy Roe, with instrumental backing from L.A. session musicians known as the Wrecking Crew, which was an international hit single in 1969. Co-written by Roe and Freddy Weller, "Dizzy" was a major hit, reaching #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks in March 1969.

"My Fair Lady" opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 2,715 performances

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story is about Eliza Doolittle who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins. The original Broadway production starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews.

Iranian oil industry is nationalized

The nationalization of the Iran oil industry movement was a movement in the Iranian parliament to nationalize Iran's oil industry. The legislation led to the nationalization of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. The movement was led by Mohammad Mosaddegh, a member of the Majlis for the National Front and future prime minister of Iran.

Hitler occupies and annexes Czechoslovakia

The occupation of Czechoslovakia began with the German annexation of Czechoslovakia's northern and western border regions, known collectively as the Sudetenland, under terms outlined by the Munich Agreement. Adolf Hitler's pretext for this action was the alleged privations suffered by the ethnic German population living in those regions. New and extensive Czechoslovak border fortifications were also located in the same area.

American physician E. Donnall Thomas is born

He is celebrated as an inventor of the bone marrow transplantation. It was the first practical stem cell therapy. It is used for the treatment of various cancers of the blood or bone marrow, such as multiple myeloma or leukemia. The recipient's immune system is destroyed with radiation or chemotherapy before the transplantation.

UK luxury car maker Rolls-Royce is founded

Rolls-Royce Limited owned a British luxury car and aero-engine manufacturing business founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. Rolls-Royce Limited was incorporated as a vehicle for their ownership of their Rolls-Royce business.

The 7th US President Andrew Jackson is born

Andrew Jackson was an American soldier and statesman. Before being elected to the presidency, Jackson gained fame as a general in the United States Army and served in both houses of Congress. As president, Jackson sought to advance the rights of the "common man" against a "corrupt aristocracy" and to preserve the Union.

Christopher Columbus returns from his first voyage

After spending almost a week in Portugal, Columbus returned to Spain. He discovered Santo Domingo a Cuba, although he wanted to sail to India. The largest of his three ships, Santa Maria, run aground and had to be abandoned. Columbus also noticed the difference between magnetic and geodetic north, although he did not discover it first.

Julius Caesar is stabbed to death by Brutus

The assassination of Julius Caesar was the result of a conspiracy by many Roman senators. Led by Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus, and Marcus Junius Brutus, they stabbed Julius Caesar to death in a location adjacent to the Theatre of Pompey. The ramifications of the assassination led to the Liberators' civil war and, ultimately, to the Principate period of the Roman Empire.

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