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The Rolling Stones tour stops in London

The No Filter Tour is the Stones' European concert tour which was announced on 9 May 2017 as a tour of thirteen shows across Europe throughout September and October of that year. It was extended in February 2018, when 11 new dates were added.

The 4th Critics' Choice Television Awards are held

The Fourth Critics' Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, honored the best in primetime television programming from June 2013 to May 2014. The event was held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, California. Netflix won the Best Comedy Series with their “Orange Is the New Black” and AMC's “Breaking Bad” took the prize for Best Drama Series.

Actor James Gandolfini "Tony Soprano" dies

American actor James Gandolfini, known for his role as Tony Soprano in an American crime drama TV series The Sopranos died unexpectedly at the age of 51 in Rome. He was discovered unconscious on the bathroom floor at the Boscola Exedra Hotel. Subsequent autopsy revealed the cause of death to be a heart attack.

Civilization V: Gods & Kings is released

The first expansion pack for the turn-based strategy game Civilization V was released in North America under the name Gods & Kings. The release added religion and espionage mechanics into the game, in addition to reworking the combat and diplomacy features. It scored 80/100 on Metacritic with positive early reviews.

Katy Perry starts her chart success with Teenage Dream

Teenage Dream is the third studio album by American singer Katy Perry, whose song “California Gurls” served as the lead single for the album. Featuring the verses from Snoop Dogg, the song garnered positive reviews from critics, many labelling it a “summer anthem”. It peaked at No. 1 in several charts and won a number of prizes.

The first public beta of Counter-Strike is released

Counter Strike, an FPS game from Valve Corporation, was initially developed and released as a modification for a sci-fi FPS game called Half-Life. The website, Planet Half-Life, opened a CS section where it received thousand of hits, prompting the creation of a whole new game. The 1st public beta was released and followed by several further beta releases.

YouTuber KSI is born

British YouTuber KSI was born in London, England. He was inspired by other YouTubers such as Weepeler and Hjerpseth to start his own YT career, beginning with FIFA, GTA V and other games. He then branched out into music, focusing mainly on rap and participated in white collar amateur boxing matches against fellow YT Joe Weller.

"Batman Returns" is released

Batman Returns is the 2nd installment of the Warner Bros. Batman film series with Michael Keaton reprising the role of Batman. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and two BAFTAS, receiving mostly positive reviews, with critics praising its action sequences, performances, filmscore, effects, and villains, although its dark tone was heavily criticized. It has an approval rating of 81% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average 6.7/10.

American rapper Macklemore is born

Benjamin Hammond, known by his stage name as Macklemore, was born in the seaport city of Seattle. He came across hip hop at the age of 6 and started writing lyrics when he was 15. His aim was to reach and educate the younger generation on cultural identity through his music.

Garfield the cat makes his debut

Garfield is a fictional cat and the protagonist of the comic strip Garfield, created by Jim Davis. The comic strip centers around the orange cat, who is portrayed as lazy, fat, and cynical. He is noted for his love of lasagna, coffee and sleep, and his hatred for Mondays, Nermal - his fellow cat - raisins and exercise. According to an original biography, Garfield was born in the kitchen of Mamma Leoni’s Italian Restaurant where he developed a taste for lasagna.

"Jumpin Jack Flash" hits #1 on the UK singles charts

The Rolling Stones released “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, perceived by some to be a return to their blues roots, as a single. After its release, the song made its way to the top of the UK Singles Chart, becoming one of their most popular and recognisable of the band's hits. In addition to the song, two promotional videos were made.

Singer Paula Abdul is born

American singer Paula Abdul was born in the city of San Fernando, California to Jewish parents. An avid dancer, she joined cheerleaders during high school and became the head choreographer for the LA Lakers cheerleading squad at university. She later scored a string of pop music hits and won a number of awards.

Marilyn Monroe marries her first husband, James Dougherty

Marilyn Monroe, famous for playing comic “blonde bombshell” characters, was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 50s. When she was a young girl, her mother suffered a mental breakdown and Marilyn spent the rest of her childhood in orphanages and foster homes. She married her first husband, 21 year-old factory worker James Dougherty, at 16 in order to avoid returning to the orphanage.

Soul singer Al Wilson is born

American soul singer, Allen Wilson was born in the city of Meridian, Mississippi. In his early years he performed in school plays and sang in talent shows. His career began at the age of 12 when he lead his own quartet, performing covers of country and western hits. He continued singing in the following years and most is remembered for his #1 hit, "Show and Tell" and his Northern soul anthem, "The Snake".

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