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Tropico 6 is released

Tropico 6 was set for release on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux later than scheduled. However, Kalypso managing director Simon Hellwig announced that the release would be delayed to March while rewarding those who pre-ordered prior the original release with the first DLC, slated for a summer release, free of charge.

Ivanka Trump assumes an unpaid position as Advisor to the President

Ivanka Trump started officially working in her father's presidential administration, as she was appointed Advisor to the President. For this job, she takes no salary. She often defends the Trump administration and Trump himself against many allegations.

UK Prime Minister Teresa May formally triggering Brexit

UK's Prime Minister, Theresa May, began the process of withdrawing the UK from the European Union, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. She triggered it 9 months after EU membership referendum, sending a letter to European Council president Donald Tusk.

Westinghouse files for bankruptcy, in a blow to nuclear industry

Westinghouse Electric Company LLC is a US-based nuclear power company formed in 1998 from the nuclear power division of the original Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In March 2017, parent company Toshiba announced that WEC would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because of US$9 billion of losses from nuclear reactor construction projects.

Dragon Bridge is officially opened

Dragon Bridge opened to traffic at cost of nearly $88 million. It spans over the length of 666m and it is 37.5m wide with 6 lanes. The bridge over the River Hàn provides the shortest link from Da Nang airport to the city. It was designed by Ammann & Whitney Consulting Engineers and built by Company No. 508.

Moscow Metro bombings

Suicide bombings occurred at 2 stations of the Moscow Metro. They were carried out by two women, killing 40 people and injuring 100. The responsibility for the attacks was claimed by the militant Islamist Caucasus Emirate group.

Rihanna releases her hit single "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z

"Umbrella" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. It features American rapper Jay-Z, who co-wrote the song with its producers Tricky Stewart and Kuk Harrell, with additional writing from The-Dream. The song was originally written with Britney Spears in mind, but her label rejected it.

Mariah Carey releases "We Belong Together"

"We Belong Together" is a song by American singer Mariah Carey from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi. The song was released through Island Records as the second single from the album. "We Belong Together" was written by Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Johntá Austin, and produced by the former three.

The 65th Academy Awards are held

The 65th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored films released in the United States. Unforgiven won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Clint Eastwood, and Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman.

Actor Paul Henreid dies at 84

Paul Henreid was an Austrian-born American actor and film director. He is best remembered for two timeless roles: Victor Laszlo in Casablanca and Jerry Durrance in Now, Voyager. Henreid died at the age of 84 of pneumonia in Santa Monica after suffering a stroke. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mercury flyby

American probe Mariner 10 approached planet Mercury for the first time in history. The distance was only 704 kilometers. The probe mapped about half of the planet's surface. The mission required more course corrections than any previous spaceflight. Mariner 10 was the first spacecraft to use the gravitational pull of one planet to help it reach another planet.

The 14th Eurovision Song Contest

Four countries won the contest, the first time ever a tie-break situation had occurred. However, there was no rule at the time to cover such an eventuality, so all four countries were declared joint winners. France's win was their fourth. France became the first country to win the contest four times.

Actress Lucy Lawless is born

Lucille Frances Lawless is a New Zealand actress and singer best known for playing the title character in the internationally-successful television series Xena: Warrior Princess. She is also widely known for her role as Number Three on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series and for the role of Lucretia in the television series Spartacus.


Muhammad Ali wins fight against George Chuvalo

Muhammad Ali won a fight against George Chuvalo through unanimous decisions on points. Ali defended his World Heavyweight Title for the 3rd time. The fight took place at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. 13,540 fans attended the fight.

After a 4½ year trial Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason in Pretoria

Six years after the Treason Trial began, the judges produced a verdict of not guilty, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to convict the accused of "high treason" since they had advocated neither communism nor violent revolution; the outcome embarrassed the government.

The fifth Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the fifth edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Interest in the contest started to grow across Europe, with the number of participating nations increasing to 13 this year. Norway made its debut with one of their leading jazz singers.

"Some Like It Hot" is released

Some Like It Hot is an American romantic comedy film, directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Some Like It Hot opened to largely positive reviews and is today considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.

Actor Brendan Gleeson is born

Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA Awards, one Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA Award and three times for a Golden Globe Award. His best-known performances include supporting roles in films such as Braveheart, Lake Placid, and Mission: Impossible 2.


Basketball player Walt Frazier is born

During his basketball career, Walt Frazier played for New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 1970 and 1973, he led the New York Knicks to their only two championships. After he retired from basketball, he worked as a broadcaster. In 1987, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

American climatologist James Hansen is born

He is known for his advocacy of action to avoid climate change. He served as a Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies for 32 years. In 1988 Hansen testified in the U. S. Senate that climate change was caused by the buildup of carbon dioxide and other artificial gases in the atmosphere.

American businessman Sam Walton is born

Samuel Moore Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam's Club. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. grew to be the world’s largest corporation by revenue as well as the biggest private employer in the world. At one point in his life, he was the richest man in America.

Painter Georges Seurat dies at 31

French post-Impressionist painter Seurat died in Paris, at home of his parents. His death was variously attributed to a form meningitis, pneumonia, angina or diphtheria. He was buried 2 days later, at Père Lachaise Cemetery, following commemorative service held in Saint Vincent de Paul church.

Coca-Cola is brewed for the first time

American pharmacist John Pemberton made the first batch of his new drink. The Coca-Cola. He was trying to invent a new beverage after when Atlanta passed prohibition legislation. Coca-Cola was a nonalcoholic version of his previous drink called the French Wine Coca. Originally, it was made from cocaine mixed with alcohol.

P. I. Tchaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin" premieres in Moscow

Tchaikovsky entrusted the production of the premiere to the students of Moscow Conservatory, believing it required maximum simplicity and sincerity. Opera was conducted by Nikolai Rubinstein and premiered at the Maly Theatre, in Moscow. It is based on Pushkin's novel in verse of the same name.

Royal Albert Hall is opened

Queen Victoria opened a concert hall on the northern edge of South Kensington, in London. Edward, Prince of Wales gave the welcoming speech at the official opening ceremony. The following concert showed the Hall's acoustic problems with the strong echo. The problem was partially solved by suspending canvas awning below the dome.


MLB pitcher Cy Young is born

During his baseball career, Cy Young pitched for 5 different teams, including Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps and Boston Rustlers. He compiled 511 wins, which is the most in MLB history. In 1937, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

American engineer Elihu Thomson is born

His discoveries in the field of alternating current phenomena led to the development of successful alternating current motors. Thomson invented electric welding and other important inventions in electric lighting and power. Among his lifetime he claimed a total of about 700 patents. Thomson was also a co-founder of the General Electric Company.

The 10th US President John Tyler is born

John Tyler was the 10th President of the USA. He also served as a Virginia state legislator, governor, U.S. representative, and U.S. senator. Tyler was a supporter of states' rights, and as president, he adopted nationalist policies only when they did not infringe on the powers of the states.

Battle of Towton

The Battle of Towton was fought during the English Wars of the Roses. More than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours. 28,000 of them died on the battlefield. As a result, Edward, Duke of York became King Edward IV, displacing the Lancastrian King Henry VI.

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