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Video game Mortal Kombat X is released

Mortal Kombat X is a fighting video game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Running on the Unreal Engine 3, it is the tenth main installment in the Mortal Kombat video game series and a sequel to the previous game Mortal Kombat.

"Star Trek" premieres at the Sydney Opera House, Australia

First of several world premieres of the new Star Trek movie took place at Sydney Opera House. It was only the 3rd time a movie had its debut there. It was one day prior to the US opening. Director J. J. Abrams and cast were present. The movie then became a huge box office success, grossing over $385.7 million around the world.

Video game Tomb Raider: Legend is released

Tomb Raider: Legend is an action-adventure video game, the seventh entry in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of the Tomb Raider franchise. Published by Eidos Interactive, it is the first game in the series not to be developed by Core Design, but by Crystal Dynamics and first full reboot within series.

Rick James releases album "Street Songs"

Street Songs is the fifth album by American musician Rick James, released via Gordy Records. "Give It to Me Baby", the lead song and single from the album, became James' second #1 single on the R&B chart. It spent five weeks at the top spot. The fifth song on the album, "Super Freak", was also one of James' biggest hits.

Luxembourg receives second consecutive Eurovision victory

The 18th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Luxembourg. It was won by the Luxembourg entry, "Tu te reconnaîtras", this being Luxembourg's fourth win. The voting was a very close one, with Spain finishing only 4 points behind and Cliff Richard of the United Kingdom another 2 points after.

X-rated movie wins the Academy Award for Best Picture

The 42nd Academy Awards were presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. This was the first Academy Awards ceremony to be broadcast via satellite to an international audience, but only outside North America. Mexico and Brazil were the sole countries to broadcast the event live.

Ebert publishes his very first movie review in the Chicago Sun-Times

On his very first day at his new job, Ebert’s wrote his first review as critic of the French New Wave film Galia, this was published in the Chicago Sun-Times' Sunday magazine. Roger Ebert was 24. The opening paragraph is typical Roger, situating the film within the context of then-current trends in film making.

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