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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.


FIFA's legendary boss João Havelange dies

In 2012 Havelange was hospitalized for a seriously infected right ankle in Rio de Janeiro. In 2013 he resigned from his position as FIFA's Honorary President for "health and personal reasons". Havelange was again admitted to hospital in 2014, for a lung infection, and in 2015 with respiratory problems. He died in 2016 at the age of 100.

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.


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.


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.

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.

American actress Cristin Milioti is born

Cristin Milioti is an American actress and singer. She has worked in Broadway theatre productions such as That Face, Stunning, and the Tony Award-winning musical Once. She also played the titular Mother on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother, Teresa Petrillo Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Betsy Solverson in the second season of Fargo.

"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".

Elvis Presley dies

Elvis Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll". Years of prescription drug abuse severely compromised his health, and he died suddenly in 1977 at his Graceland estate at the age of 42.

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.

American actor Steve Carell is born

Steven John Carell is an American actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. Carell is known for playing a variety of characters, including Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, on which he also worked as an occasional producer, writer, and director.

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).

American singer-songwriter Madonna is born

Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos and on stage.

Canadian director James Cameron is born

James Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. After working in special effects, he found major success after directing and writing the science fiction action film The Terminator. He then became a popular Hollywood director and was hired to write and direct Aliens; three years later he followed up with The Abyss.

Novelist Margaret Mitchell dies

Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was an American novelist and journalist under the pseudonym, Peggy Mitchell. Margaret Mitchell was struck by a speeding automobile as she crossed Peachtree Street at 13th Street in Atlanta with her husband, John Marsh. She died at age 48 at Grady Hospital five days later without fully regaining consciousness.


Baseball Hall of Famer Babe Ruth dies

George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons. In his final years, Ruth made many public appearances, especially in support of American efforts in World War II. In 1946, he became ill with esophageal cancer and died two years later as a result of the disease.

Colonel, pilot, and astronaut Stuart Roosa is born

Stuart Allen "Stu" Roosa was an American aeronautical engineer, United States Air Force pilot, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 mission. He was one of 24 people to travel to the Moon.


American football player Frank Gifford is born

Francis Newton Gifford was an American football player and television sports commentator. After a 12-year playing career as a halfback and flanker for the New York Giants of the National Football League, he was a play-by-play announcer and commentator for 27 years on ABC's Monday Night Football.

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.

Luxembourgish-American inventor Hugo Gernsback is born

He is known as one of the fathers of the science-fiction genre. He was a pioneer of television and the amateur radio. He published a magazine called Modern Electrics. In this magazine, Gernsback serialized his early SF novel Ralph 124C 41+. In 1926, Gernsback started the legendary magazine Amazing Stories. In his honour, annual Science Fiction awards are named the "Hugos".

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