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Emma Stone is the year's highest-paid actress

In 2015, Forbes published that Stone had become one of the highest-paid actresses with earnings of $6.5 million. The magazine would rank her as the world's highest-paid actress two years later with yearly earnings of $26 million.

The Playboy Mansion is sold

In 2016 the Playboy Mansion was bought for $100 million by Daren Metropoulos, the co-owner of Hostess Brands and head of the investment firm Metropoulos & Co. Metropoulos intends to eventually renovate and restore the mansion to its original form.

Ship St. Thomas Aquinas sinks

Philippine Ferry St. Thomas Aquinas collided with the cargo ship LP Sulpicio Express Siete sank. 108 people died, 29 were missing and 733 were saved. The ferry, named after the Catholic Saint Thomas Aquinas was a 455-foot long roll-on/roll-off ferry capable of transporting both passengers and their vehicles. It measured 11,000 tons and was commissioned in 1973.

Age of Empires Online is released

Age of Empires Online is a multiplayer online real-time strategy game developed by Robot Entertainment and Gas Powered Games. The game was free-to-play—it was free for users to play, though premium content could be earned or purchased, such as access to special items and blueprints, and more quests and features.

China eclipses Japan as the world's second biggest economy

China has leapfrogged Japan to become the world's second-largest economy, a title Japan has held for more than 40 years. While Japan grew 3.9% in 2010, its first annual growth in three years, this was not enough to hold off China's booming economy. Japan's nominal GDP was $5.4742tn in 2010, less than China's total of $5.8786tn.

Ellen DeGeneres marries Portia de Rossi

Since 2004, DeGeneres has had a relationship with Portia de Rossi. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres, and de Rossi were engaged, and married at their home in Beverly Hills, California, where they live with their four dogs and three cats.

Flight 708 kills all 160 people on board

West Caribbean Airways Flight 708 was a West Caribbean Airways charter flight which crashed in a mountainous region in northwest Venezuela in 2005. The 160-person death toll made the accident the deadliest of 2005, the deadliest aviation disaster to occur in Venezuela, and the deadliest involving a McDonnell Douglas MD-82.

2003

Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Manchester United

Ronaldo made his debut in the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers, receiving a standing ovation when he came on as a 60th-minute substitute for Nicky Butt. His performance earned praise from George Best, who hailed it as "undoubtedly the most exciting debut" he had ever seen.

Terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal is found dead in Baghdad

Iraq's chief of intelligence, Taher Jalil Habbush said Iraqi officials had arrived at Abu Nidal's home to arrest him on suspicion of conspiring with foreign governments. After saying he needed a change of clothes, he went into his bedroom and shot himself in the mouth, according to Habbush.

ABC premieres the US version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an American television game show based on the same-titled British program and developed for the United States by Michael Davies. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants attempt to win a top prize of $1,000,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty.

1997

South Africa qualifies to the world cup first time

A 1-0 win over Congo ensures South Africa will become the first team from the southern part of the continent to make it to the world cup finals. Their first appearance was in France 1998, six years after they had been readmitted to the global football family. Despite a 3–0 drubbing to France in their opening game, they went on to draw against Denmark and Saudi Arabia, the team finished third and thus exited the tournament.

Hurricane Andrew is formed

Hurricane Andrew was a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane that struck the Bahamas and Florida in mid-August 1992, the most destructive hurricane to ever hit the state until Hurricane Irma surpassed it 25 years later. It was the strongest in decades and the costliest hurricane to make landfall anywhere in the United States until it was surpassed by Katrina in 2005. Andrew caused major damage in the Bahamas and Louisiana, but the greatest impact was felt in South Florida.

Northwest Airlines Flight 255 crashes after take off, killing 157 people

Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, killing all six crew members and 148 of its 149 passengers, along with two people on the ground. The sole survivor was a 4-year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who sustained serious injuries.

Madonna starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Papa Don't Preach" is a song by American singer Madonna from her third studio album True Blue. The song was a commercial success. It became Madonna's fourth number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and performed well internationally, reaching the top position in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Madonna marries Sean Penn

Madonna started dating actor Sean Penn while filming a music video, recreating Marilyn Monroe's performance of "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" from the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. They married on her birthday in 1985.

"My Sharona" is awarded a Gold record

"My Sharona" is the debut single by the Knack. It was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, representing one million copies sold, and was Capitol Records' fastest gold status debut single since the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

The Beatles record 14 takes of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

Working at Abbey Road Studios in London on "The White Album", The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison´s song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version.

Pete Best is fired from The Beatles

The Beatles invited Best to join on the eve of the group's first Hamburg season of club dates. Ringo Starr eventually replaced Best when the group's manager, Brian Epstein, exiled Best under the direction of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, following their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Cyprus gained independence from the UK

In 1960, Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom, after the long anti-British campaign by the Greek Cypriot EOKA, a guerrilla group which desired political union with Greece, or enosis. Archbishop Makarios III, a charismatic religious and political leader, was elected the first president of independent Cyprus.

The first stratospheric space dive record

Joseph Kittinger setting a world record for the highest skydive from a height greater than 31 kilometers (19 mi). Kittinger made three jumps. The final high-altitude jump at 102,800 feet. He fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour (988 km/h).

Setting off the Klondike Gold Rush in Canada

The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899. Gold was discovered there by local miners and, when news reached Seattle and San Francisco the following year, it triggered a stampede of prospectors.

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