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Arsene Wenger announces departure from Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has announced that he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending his 22-year career as the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League. Arsenal’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, paid tribute to Wenger and hailed his influence on the club, with the American billionaire admitting that he hopes to build on the Frenchman’s legacy.

Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa start a eight-week run #1 in the UK

One Kiss is a song by Scottish record producer Calvin Harris and English singer Dua Lipa. Written by Lipa, Jessie Reyez, and its producer Harris, it was released by Columbia Records and Sony Music. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart a week after debuting at number 3. The song would eventually top the charts for 8 consecutive weeks and eventually became the biggest selling song of 2018 in the UK.

Swedish DJ Avicii dies at the age of 28

Avicci died near Muscat, Oman, at the age of 28. No cause of death was immediately given. The other the Omani police stated that there was "no criminal suspicion" or evidence of foul play in Bergling's death. TMZ reported that the cause of death was a suicide due to self-inflicted injuries with a broken wine bottle, with Avicii eventually dying of blood loss.

'Hello, Dolly!' returns to Broadway

Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers. The 2017 Broadway revival opened at the Shubert Theatre. The production was directed by Jerry Zaks, with the title role portrayed by Bette Midler.

Champs-Élysées attack

Three French National Police officers were shot by Karim Cheurfi, a French national wielding an AK-47 rifle on the Champs-Élysées, a shopping boulevard in Paris, France. Karim Cheurfi was then shot dead by police. Amaq News Agency, which is linked to the ISIS, claimed the attacker was an ISIS fighter.

Netflix orders thirteen episodes of an original series 'Fuller House'

Fuller House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin that airs as a Netflix original series, and is a sequel to the 1987–1995 television series Full House. It centers around D.J. Tanner-Fuller, a veterinarian and widowed mother of three sons, whose sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy live together at the Tanners' childhood home.

'Violet' opens at the American Airlines Theatre

Violet is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and libretto by Brian Crawley based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts. Violet opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in a Roundabout Theatre Company production, with Sutton Foster starring as "Violet". The production was directed by Leigh Silverman.

Daniel Radcliffe stars in 'The Cripple of Inishmaan'

The Cripple of Inishmaan is a dark comedy by Martin McDonagh who links the story to the real life filming of the documentary Man of Aran. In spring 2014, the production transferred to Broadway at the Cort Theatre for a limited run, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Cripple Billy and with Michael Grandage directing.

Lushan earthquake

The epicenter was located in Lushan County, Ya'an, Sichuan, about 116 km from Chengdu along the Longmenshan Fault in the same province heavily impacted by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The earthquake has resulted in 196 people dead, 24 missing, at least 11,826 injured with more than 968 seriously injured.


Sergio Ramos accidently drops the Copa Del Rey trophy

Ramos started in the season's Copa del Rey final, a 1–0 win against Barcelona in Valencia. In the subsequent victory procession, while celebrating on the top of the club's bus, he accidentally lost hold of the cup, which fell under the wheels of the vehicle; the trophy was dented as a result.

'Sister Act' opens in New York at the Broadway Theatre

Sister Act is a musical based on the hit film of the same name with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner, and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. A revival of the show opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, directed by Jerry Zaks. Patina Miller made her Broadway debut as Deloris.

Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion

The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion was the April 20, 2010, explosion and subsequent fire on the Deepwater Horizon semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU), which was owned and operated by Transocean and drilling for BP in the Macondo Prospect oil field about 40 miles (60 km) southeast off the Louisiana coast. The explosion and subsequent fire resulted in the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon and the deaths of 11 workers; 17 others were injured. The same blowout that caused the explosion also caused a massive offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the world, and the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

'American Idiot' opens at the St. James Theatre

The Gin Game is a two-person, two-act play by Donald L. Coburn. The play was revived on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre for 145 performances. Charles Durning and Julie Harris co-starred, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. It received several Tony Award nominations, including for Best Revival of a Play.


Danica Patrick becomes first woman to win Indy race

The 2008 Indy Japan 300 was the third round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season. The race was historic in that Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a race in the history of top-level American open-wheel racing.

Columbine High School massacre

The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting that occurred at Columbine High School in Columbine, an unincorporated area in Colorado, United States. The perpetrators, 12th-grade students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, murdered 12 students and one teacher. Ten students were murdered in the library, where the pair subsequently died by suicide. At the time, it was the deadliest shooting at a high school in US history.

Public demonstration of the soon-to-be released Windows 98

The release of Windows 98 was preceded by a notable press demonstration at COMDEX. Microsoft's CEO Bill Gates was highlighting the system's ease of use and enhanced support for Plug and Play. Nevertheless, when presentation assistant plugged a USB scanner in, the operating system crashed, displaying a Blue Screen of Death.

A revival of 'The Gin Game' opens

The Gin Game is a two-person, two-act play by Donald L. Coburn. The play was revived on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre for 145 performances. Charles Durning and Julie Harris co-starred, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly. It received several Tony Award nominations, including for Best Revival of a Play.


Pittsburgh Penguins set an NHL record with their 13th-straight playoff victory

The Pittsburgh Penguins were the best team in the NHL during the 1992–93 regular season. Despite missing over a quarter of the regular season due to Hodgkin's Disease, Mario Lemieux returned later in the year to help the Penguins put together a 17-game winning streak, an NHL record still standing today.

Madonna signs $60-million deal with Time Warner

The deal was a joint venture with Time Warner and paid Madonna an advance of $60 million. It gave her 20% royalties from the music proceedings, the highest rate in the industry at the time, equaled only by Michael Jackson's royalty rate established a year earlier with Sony.


Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

In the most historic arena in the NBA, the Boston Garden, a playoff game in which the player eventually to be regarded as the greatest ever to play, Michael Jordan, scored the most points in a playoff game against one of the teams regarded by many as the best ever, the 1986 Boston Celtics, with five of their top six players Hall of Famers.

Supermodel Miranda Kerr is born

Miranda May Kerr is an Australian model. Kerr rose to prominence as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels. Kerr was the first Australian Victoria's Secret model and also represented the Australian department store chain David Jones. Kerr has launched her own brand of organic skincare products, KORA Organics, and has written a self-help book.

'Annie Hall' is released

Annie Hall is an American romantic comedy film directed by Woody Allen from a screenplay he co-wrote with Marshall Brickman. Produced by Charles H. Joffe, the film stars the director as Alvy "Max" Singer, who tries to figure out the reasons for the failure of his relationship with the film's eponymous female lead, played by Diane Keaton.

Barbra Streisand records 'We've Only Just Begun'

"We've Only Just Begun" is a hit single by Carpenters written by Roger Nichols (music) and Paul Williams (lyrics). Ranked at No. 405 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", it is frequently used as a wedding song.

The first jar of Nutella comes out from the Ferrero factory in Italy

The first jar of Nutella left the Ferrero factory in Alba, Piedmont, an area known for the production of hazelnuts, and became an immediate success. The main ingredients of Nutella are sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa solids, and milk powder.

Transcontinental videocall

The call was made between New York City and Anaheim, California using a device called Picturephone. It was made in AT&T's Bell Labs. Picturephone consisted of a telephone handset and a small watching TV. It allowed telephone users to see each other in fuzzy video images as they carried on a conversation.

Japan starts construction of its iconic high-speed Shinkansen railroads

Japanese National Railways started construction of the 1st segment of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka. The cost of constructing the Shinkansen was initially estimated at nearly 200 billion yen, however, the actual figures were nearly double at about 400 billion yen.


Ted Williams made his MLB debut with the Boston Red Sox

Theodore Samuel Williams played his entire 19-year MLB career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, excepting service time during World War II and the Korean War. Williams was nineteen-time All-Star and winner of many other awards. Moreover, he is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Billie Holiday records the first civil rights song 'Strange Fruit'

Eleanora Fagan, alias Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Strange Fruit is a song which was first sang and recorded in 1939. Written by teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem and published in 1937, it protested American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans.

American neuroscientist Robert Galambos is born

Together with fellow student Donald Griffin, Galambos demonstrated that bats use echolocation for navigation. In their experiment, a special microphone in a dark room was used to prove that bats flying in the dark could see by emitting ultrasonic vocal sounds. Their flight was severely impaired if either a bat's ears were plugged, or its mouth was held closed by a loop of thread.

Scientists Marie and Pierre Curie isolate the radioactive element radium

Radium, in the form of radium chloride, was discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie. They extracted the radium compound from uraninite and published the discovery at the French Academy of Sciences five days later. Radium was isolated in its metallic state through the electrolysis of radium chloride.

American clockmaker Chauncey Jerome dies

Jerome came up with the idea of a rectangular shelf clock sell-able for $1, called the OG clock. Many clockmakers saw him as a fool. But Jerome made a fortune by selling his clocks. His business grew quickly. By 1837 Jerome's company was selling more clocks than any of his competitors. However, 1856, the company went bankrupt. Jerome died in poverty.


French biologist Louis Pasteur opened his experimental jars at a meeting of the French Academy of Science. They were sealed 17 days. The jars contained dogs blood and urine that had been maintained at an elevated temperature. Neither liquid showed observable decay or fermentation. This suggested the possibility of heating foods sufficiently to kill germs without significantly altering their chemical composition.

First known performance of tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre

Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. It dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake. It was first published in the Folio of 1623, possibly from a prompt book, and is Shakespeare's shortest tragedy.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1992

Drew Robinson

died 2018


born 1964

Andy Serkis