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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is released in New York

Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 9 will make its debut at a Samsung Unpacked event in New York, before it goes on sale two weeks later. The Note 9 is expected to pack a sizable 6.38in display, bigger than the Note 8's 6.32in offering. It could also be the first Samsung flagship to tout an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

Salmon becomes world’s first GM animal on sale

The decision marks the first time a genetically modified animal has been approved to enter the United States food supply. The decision came nearly twenty years after the company first submitted data to the FDA, and after they had raised ten generations of the animals.

No Man's Sky is released

No Man's Sky is an action-adventure survival game developed and published by the indie studio Hello Games. The game is built around four pillars: exploration, survival, combat, and trading. Players are free to perform within the entirety of a procedurally generated deterministic open universe, which includes over 18 quintillion planets.

Michael Brown is killed by a police officer

The shooting of Michael Brown occurred in August 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, a northern suburb of St. Louis. Brown, an 18-year-old African American, walking with a friend in the center of a two-way road and was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white police officer. Brown was hit a total of 6 times from the front.

Starz launches "Outlander"

Outlander is a television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. It tells a story of Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who finds herself transported back to the Scotland of 1743, where she encounters the Highland warrior Jamie Fraser and becomes embroiled in the Jacobite Risings.

ABC premieres "Shark Tank"

Shark Tank is an American reality television series that premiered on ABC. The show is a franchise of the international format Dragons' Den, which originated in Japan in 2001. Shark Tank shows aspiring entrepreneurs as they make business presentations to a panel of five "shark" investors, who then choose whether to invest as business partners.

Comedian Bernie Mac dies

Bernard Jeffrey McCullough was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice actor. In the final three years of his life, Mac publicly disclosed that he had suffered from sarcoidosis. Mac went into cardiac arrest and died from complications of pneumonia.

Firestone announces massive tire recall

The Firestone and Ford tire controversy was a period of unusually high failures of P235/75R15 ATX, ATX II, and Wilderness AT tires installed on the Ford Explorer and other related vehicles. The tire failures are linked to 271 fatalities and over eight hundred injuries in the United States with more injuries and fatalities occurring internationally.

Hippie icon Jerry Garcia dies

Jerome John Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his diabetes, and in 1986, he went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. He was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack at the age of 53.


American sprinter Tyson Gay is born

Tyson Gay is an American track and field sprinter who competes in the 100 and 200 meters dash. His 100 m personal best of 9.69 seconds is the American record and makes him tied for the second fastest athlete ever. His 200 m time of 19.58 makes him the sixth fastest athlete in that event. He has since received a one-year ban for doping.

ABBA score their eighth UK #1 single

"The Winner Takes It All" is a song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA. Released as the first single from the group's Super Trouper album, it is a ballad in the key of F-sharp major, reflecting the end of a romance. The song was a major success for ABBA, hitting #1 in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

AC/DC score their first UK #1 album with "Back In Black"

"Back in Black" is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album was released via Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. As their sixth international studio release, Back in Black was an unprecedented success. It has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide.

The Bee Gees start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Jive Talkin' " is a song by the Bee Gees, released as a single in May 1975 by RSO Records. This was the lead single from the album Main Course and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100; it also reached the top-five on the UK Singles Chart in the middle of 1975. It was their first US top-10 hit since "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".

Composer Dmitri Shostakovich dies

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Russian composer and pianist. He is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. Shostakovich died of lung cancer. A civic funeral was conducted; he was interred in the Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow.

Ford takes over as Nixon quits

After the Watergate scandal, Nixon, because of his involvement, resigned on his presidency, meaning that the current Vice President Gerald Ford assumed the office. He was the 1st person to serve as president without being elected. Ford granted a presidential pardon to Nixon, which resulted in a major backlash from the public.


Goal poacher Filippo Inzaghi is born

Filippo "Pippo" Inzaghi is a retired Italian professional footballer and a manager. He is currently the manager of Bologna. Inzaghi played as a striker for several Italian clubs, and spent the most notable spells of his club career with Juventus and Milan, winning two UEFA Champions League titles.

Switzerland leaves the Bretton Woods currency system

Other nations began to demand redemption of their dollars for gold. Switzerland redeemed $50 million in July. France acquired $191 million in gold. As the dollar dropped in value against European currencies, Switzerland left the Bretton Woods system.

Manson Family embarks on a California Killing spree

Four members of the Family invaded the home of a married celebrity couple, actress Sharon Tate and director Roman Polanski at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. They murdered Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant, along with three friends who were visiting at the time, and an 18-year-old visitor, who was slain as he was departing the home.

Actor Eric Bana is born

Eric Bana is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before his first movie, comedy-drama The Castle, got him noticed by global audiences. Soon after he gained critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper.

Scott McKenzie is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" is an American pop music song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. The song became one of the best-selling singles of the 1960s in the world, reaching the fourth position on the US charts and the number one spot on the UK charts.

Singapore is expelled from Malaysia

Singapur used to be one of the 14 states of Malaysia until was expelled due to distrust and ideological differences between Singapore leaders and the government of Malaysia. To avoid the bloodshed, the Parliament voted 126-0 in favor of expulsion, making Singapore a sovereign, independent nation.

Singer-songwriter and actress Whitney Houston is born

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums.

Fashion designer Michael Kors is born

Michael David Kors is an American sportswear fashion designer. He is the honorary chairman and chief creative officer for his company, Michael Kors Holdings Limited, which sells men's and women's and ready-to-wear, accessories, watches, jewelry, footwear, and fragrance.

80s star Melanie Griffith is born

Melanie Richards Griffith is an American actress. Griffith began her career as an adolescent in nonspeaking film roles before making her credited debut opposite Gene Hackman in Arthur Penn's Night Moves. She rose to prominence for her role in Brian De Palma's Body Double, which earned her a National Society of Film Critics Award.

Writer Jonathan Kellerman is born

Jonathan Kellerman is an American psychologist, and Edgar and Anthony Award-winning author of numerous bestselling suspense novels. His writings on psychology, and specifically psychopathology, include Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children.

Nagasaki nuclear bombing

US Air Force overthrew the second nuclear bomb over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. The bomb named Fat Man was made of plutonium equivalent to 21 kilotons TNT. Immediately after the attack, 35 to 40 thousand people were killed, another tens of thousands of people died later as consequence of injury and irradiation.

Shostakovitch's "Symphony No. 7" is performed in Leningrad

Initially dedicated to the life and deeds of Vladimir Lenin, Shostakovich decided instead to dedicate the symphony to the city of Leningrad on its completion. The Leningrad première of the piece occurred while the city was under siege by Nazi forces. The work remains one of Shostakovich's best-known compositions.


Owens wins fourth gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics

At the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, Owens achieved international fame by winning four gold medals: 100 meters, 200 meters, long jump, and 4 × 100 meter relay. He was the most successful athlete at the Games and, as a black man, was credited with "single-handedly crushing Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy".

American cognitive scientist Marvin Minsky is born

His main interest was research of artificial intelligence. He built the first randomly wired neural network learning machine, SNARC. It was one of the first pioneering attempts at the field. Minsky also invented the head-mounted graphical display and the confocal microscope. One of the characters in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey; Victor Kaminski, was named in his honour.

Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget is born

He is famous for his theory of cognitive development. It describes how human thinking develops from early age to adulthood. As small children, we are not capable of abstract thinking. Piaget described four distinctive stages of human cognition. His theory is still in use in education and many other areas.

Robert Fulton tests his steam-boat

It was a failure. His steam-boat, designed with help of Scottish engineer Henry Bell, sank to the bottom of the river Seine. But Fulton did not give up. Four years later he launched the first commercially successful steamboat in history. It was called The North River Steamboat but was colloquially known as the Clermont.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1970

Pat Mahomes

born 1944

Sam Elliott