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Actor Peter Falk dies

Falk died at his longtime home on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills at the age of 83. His death was primarily caused by pneumonia, with complications of Alzheimer's disease being a secondary and underlying cause. Falk was survived by his wife and two daughters.

Chris Brown is pleaded guilty to one count of assault on Rihanna

Brown pleaded guilty to a felony and accepted a plea deal of community labor, five years of probation, and domestic violence counseling. Several organizations against domestic violence criticized the plea deal, advocating the punishment was not severe enough for the crime; the level of Brown's influence over youth also came under scrutiny.

Anno 1404 is released

Anno 1404 is a city-building and economic simulation game with real-time strategy elements, part of the Anno series. The overall concept of the storyline is based upon real-life aspects of medieval and renaissance history such as the Crusades, advancements in gothic architecture, and construction of cathedrals.

Battlefield: Bad Company is released

Bad Company is unique in the series in that it was developed for consoles and features a full single-player campaign with characters, as opposed to previous titles which were mostly released for PC and featured warfare focused on multiplayer with large numbers of players.

Television producer Aaron Spelling dies

Spelling died at The Manor, his estate in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, from complications of a stroke he suffered five days prior. A private funeral was held several days later, and Spelling was entombed in a mausoleum in Culver City's Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Super Mario 64 is released

Super Mario 64 is a platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. It is the first Super Mario game to use three-dimensional graphics. It is the best-selling game on the Nintendo 64, with more than eleven million copies sold. In the game, Mario explores Princess Peach's castle and must rescue her from Bowser.

"Forrest Gump" premieres in Los Angeles

Forrest Gump is an American romantic drama film based on a novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks and Robin Wright. The story depicts several decades in the life of its titular character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama.

Sonic the Hedgehog is released

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game franchise created and produced by Sega. Sonic, the protagonist, is an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog with supersonic speed, capable of reaching the speed of sound. Typically, Sonic, usually along with some of his friends, must stop antagonist Doctor Eggman's plans for world domination.

Comic book adaptation "Batman" is released

Batman is an American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film stars Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker.

Singer Duffy is born

Duffy is a Welsh singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Gwynedd, Wales, she was introduced to Jeannette Lee of Rough Trade Records, which led to her signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 2007. She won three Brit Awards for British Breakthrough, Best British Female, and Best British Album.

David Letterman Show debuts on NBC

The David Letterman Show is a short-lived morning talk show on NBC, hosted by David Letterman. Familiar bits that became staples of Letterman's comedy on his later shows were originally introduced on this show. They include: "Small Town News", "Stupid Pet Tricks", and an ever-changing non-sequitur opening introduction.

"Living In The Material World" hits #1 on the US album chart

"Living in the Material World" is a song by English rock musician George Harrison. In the song's lyrics, Harrison contrasts the world of material concerns with his commitment to a spiritual path, and the conflict is further represented in the musical arrangement as the rock accompaniment alternates with sections of Indian sounds.

The Beatles have their 10th consecutive UK #1 single

"Paperback Writer" is a 1966 song recorded and released by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, the song was released as the A-side of their eleventh single. The single went to the No. 1 spot in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, West Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Norway.

British teen idol Adam Faith is born

Adam Faith was a British teen idol, singer, actor, and financial journalist. He was one of the most charted acts of the 1960s. He became the first UK artist to lodge his initial seven hits in the Top 5. He was also one of the first UK acts to record original songs regularly.

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