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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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