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Netflix launches "Narcos"

Narcos is an American crime drama web television series created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. Set and filmed in Colombia, seasons one and two are based on the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who became a billionaire through the production and distribution of cocaine.

"Gravity" premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Gravity is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed, co-written, co-edited, and produced by Alfonso Cuarón. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as American astronauts who are stranded in space after the mid-orbit destruction of their space shuttle. Gravity had its world premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

The 28th MTV Video Music Awards are held

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards took place on August at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring the best music videos from the previous year. Katy Perry received the most nominations this year at 10, followed by Adele, and Kanye West, who were both tied at 7. A Britney Spears tribute was held, consisting of adult and children dancers alike, they wore costumes based on the music videos of Spears.

Noel Gallagher quits Oasis

In August 2009, Gallagher quit Oasis after a fight with his brother, Liam. A little before midnight on Friday, Gallagher posted a statement on his message board called "Tales from the Middle of Nowhere" on the band's website announcing his departure.

The 20th MTV Video Music Awards are held

The 2003 MTV Video Music Awards aired live in August 2003. The show was hosted by Chris Rock at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This year's ceremony is best remembered for Madonna kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera during the show's opening performance.

Billy Joel starts a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart

River of Dreams is the twelfth studio album by American singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released in August 1993. He stopped recording new music as a performer after this album although he has subsequently released live albums and composed the music for an instrumental album performed by Hyung-ki Joo.

Culture Beat start a four-week run at #1 in the UK singles chart

"Mr. Vain" is a song by the German music group Culture Beat. The song was released in April 1993 as the lead single from their second album Serenity. "Mr. Vain" achieved huge success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Kylie Minogue sets a new UK record

"Kylie" sold 1.8 million copies in 1988, eventually sold 2,105,698 copies, and became that year's best selling album. Kylie was the first album by a female solo artist to exceed sales of two million in the UK and is the 58th best-selling album of all time and was the best selling album by a female artist of the 1980s by a female artist.

Legendary Hollywood director John Huston dies

A heavy smoker, John Huston was diagnosed with emphysema in 1978. By the last year of his life, he could not breathe for more than 20 minutes without needing oxygen. He died in August 1987, in his rented home in Middletown, Rhode Island, from pneumonia as a complication of lung disease. Huston is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood with his mother.

"Body Heat" is released

Body Heat is a 1981 American neo-noir erotic thriller film written and directed by Lawrence Kasdan. It stars William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Richard Crenna, and features Ted Danson, J. A. Preston, and Mickey Rourke. The film was inspired by Double Indemnity. The film launched Turner's career—Empire magazine cited the film in 1995 when it named her one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History".

Actor Jason Priestley is born

Jason Bradford Priestley is a Canadian-American actor and director. He is best known as the virtuous Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210 and for his role, starring as Richard "Fitz" Fitzpatrick in the show Call Me Fitz. In May 2016, Priestley began starring in the Global TV Network comedy-drama series, Private Eyes.

Tammy Wynette records "Stand By Your Man"

"Stand by Your Man" is a song co-written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and originally recorded by Wynette, released as a single in the US. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career and is one of the most recorded songs in the history of country music.

Canadian actress Amanda Tapping is born

Amanda Tapping is an English actress and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. She also starred as Helen Magnus in the science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary.

Canadian singer Shania Twain is born

Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and among the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the "Queen of Country Pop".

American actress Jennifer Coolidge is born

Jennifer Audrey Coolidge is an American actress, comedian, and activist. She is best known for playing Stifler's Mom in the American Pie films, Sophie in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Bobbie in the sitcom Joey, Paulette in Legally Blonde and its sequel and Hilary Duff's character's evil stepmother in A Cinderella Story.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1986

Armie Hammer

born 1969

Jack Black

born 1962

David Fincher

born 1965

Shania Twain