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Business simulation game Two Point Hospital is released

Two Point Hospital is developed by Two Point Studios and published by Sega. Two Point Hospital has players design and operate a privately owned hospital with the goal of curing patients of fictitious comical ailments. The game is designed and developed by some of the original creators of Theme Hospital including Mark Webley and Gary Carr.

Alf Clausen is fired after 27 years

After 27 years of scoring for The Simpsons, it was revealed that Clausen was dismissed from the show, with suggestions that the reasons behind the decision were largely financial. However, following the news of Clausen's departure, the producers of the show stated that he would "continue to have an ongoing role in the show."


Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská dies

Czechoslovak artistic gymnast and Czech sports official Věra Čáslavská was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. Her health condition deteriorated significantly in the summer of 2016, to such an extent that she was taken to a hospital in Prague, where she died at the age of 74.

WOW: Legion is released

World of Warcraft: Legion is the sixth expansion set in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, following Warlords of Draenor. The expansion raises the existing level cap from 100 to 110, features artifact weapons for each class's specializations, and introduces the demon hunter hero class that starts at level 98.


De Bruyne joins Manchester City from Wolfsburg

Kevin De Bruyne is Belgium soccer star. He signed with Wolfsburg for £18 million in 2014, and in 2015 he was named Footballer of the Year in Germany. Later that year, he joined Manchester City for a club record £55 million. De Bruyne has been named Manchester City's Player of the Year, twice, in 2016 and 2018.

American filmmaker Wes Craven dies

Wesley Earl Craven was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor. He died of brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles, 4 weeks after his 76th birthday. Many actors paid tribute to him, including Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Angela Bassett.

David Letterman marks his 20th anniversary with CBS

Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. The 1993 premiere attracted 23 million viewers. Bill Murray was the show's first guest, and Billy Joel was the show's first musical act.


Andy Roddick announces he will retire following the U.S. Open

During the 2012 US Open and on his 30th birthday, Andy Roddick announced that he would retire after the tournament. Following a fourth-round defeat by Juan Martín del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, Roddick retired from the sport with the aim of focusing on his work at the Andy Roddick Foundation.

Björk releases album "Medúlla"

Medúlla is the fifth studio album by Icelandic musician Björk. It was released worldwide by One Little Indian Records and Elektra Records. After her electronic–influenced previous album Vespertine, Björk intended to make an album almost entirely a cappella constructed with human vocals. The title derives from the Latin word for "marrow".

American actor Charles Bronson dies

Charles Bronson was often cast in the role of a police officer, gunfighter, or vigilante in revenge-oriented plot lines. He had long-term collaborations with film directors Michael Winner and J. Lee Thompson and appeared in fifteen films alongside his second wife, Jill Ireland.

Slobodan Milosevic is charged with genocide

The war crimes trial of Slobodan Milošević, the former President of Yugoslavia, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia lasted from 2002 until 2006. Milošević faced 66 counts of crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes committed during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Late Show with David Letterman debutes on CBS

Late Show with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS, the first iteration of the Late Show franchise. Of the major U.S. late-night programs, Late Show ranked second in cumulative average viewers over time and third in a number of episodes over time.

Singer Bebe Rexha is born

Bleta "Bebe" Rexha is an American singer known for songs such as "Meant to Be", "Me, Myself & I" and "I Got You". She has also penned songs for various artists such as "The Monster" for Eminem's and Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas and many others.

The Space Shuttle Discovery takes off on its maiden voyage

STS-41-D was the 12th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the first mission of Space Shuttle Discovery. It was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Three commercial communications satellites were deployed into orbit, and a number of scientific experiments were conducted.

Space Shuttle Challenger is launched

It was the first night launch in the Space Shuttle program. Challenger also carried first African-American astronaut to orbit, Guion Bluford. The mission's primary payload was INSAT-1B, an Indian communications and weather observation satellite. It was released by the orbiter and boosted into a geostationary orbit.

American actress Cameron Diaz is born

Cameron Michelle Diaz is a retired American actress, producer, author, and fashion model. She rose to stardom with roles in The Mask, My Best Friend's Wedding, and There's Something About Mary and is also known for voicing the character of Princess Fiona in the Shrek series.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono perform at MSG

Recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Lennon performed two shows, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, a benefit concert for the Willowbrook State School for Retarded Children in New York, at friend Geraldo Rivera's request.

Zager and Evans start a three week run at #1 in the UK

"In the Year 2525" is a 1969 hit song by the American pop-rock duo of Zager and Evans. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. The song was written and composed by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label Truth Records.

Singer Dana is born

Dana is an Irish singer and former politician who served as Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. While still a schoolgirl she won the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest with "All Kinds of Everything". It became a worldwide million-seller and launched her music career.

DJ John Peel is born

John Peel was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer, and journalist. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock and progressive rock records on British radio, and he is widely acknowledged for promoting artists working in various genres.

Musician John Phillips is born

John Edmund Andrew Phillips was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, a landmark event of the counterculture era and the Summer of Love. Known as Papa John, Phillips was a member and leader of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas.

American marine biologist Sylvia Earle is born

She is known as the advocate of public education regarding the importance of the oceans. She was named the first woman to serve as chief scientist at the NOAA. Earle was one of the first underwater explorers to use SCUBA gear. She is also part of the group Ocean Elders, which is dedicated to protecting the ocean and its wildlife.

Legendary investor Warren Buffett is born

Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one of the most successful investors in the world and has a net worth of US$84 billion, making him the third wealthiest person in the world.


American baseball player Ted Williams is born

Theodore Samuel Williams was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, only interrupted by service time during World War II and the Korean War. Williams is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Vacuum cleaner is patented

The inventor was English engineer Hubert Cecil Booth. Before his invention cleaning machines blew or brushed dirt away, instead of sucking it up. Booth watched a demonstration of the device, which blew dust off the chairs, and thought that the system could be reversed and a dust retained in a receptacle.

New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford is born

He is known as the discoverer of the nucleus of the atom. Rutherford was also first who changed one element to another in the lab. He described the difference between alpha, beta and gamma radiation as well. He proved that alpha radiation particles are helium nuclei. Rutherford also discovered the proton and the concept of half-life.

Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city

In 1850, Kamehameha III proclaimed Honolulu the capital city of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. Under US control, the county of Oahu was established in 1905. Two years later, it was renamed the city and county of Honolulu. A city charter was adopted when Hawaii became a state in 1959.

The city of Houston is founded

Houston was founded by land speculators in 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou, a point now known as Allen's Landing, and incorporated as a city in 1837. The city is named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas' independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto.

The city of Melbourne is founded

Founded by free settlers from the British Crown colony of Van Diemen's Land in what was then the colony of New South Wales, it was incorporated as a Crown settlement in 1837. It was named "Melbourne" by the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Richard Bourke, in honor of the British Prime Minister of the day, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.

Jerusalem falls to Roman forces

The Siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 CE was the decisive event of the First Jewish–Roman War. The Roman army, led by the future Emperor Titus, with Tiberius Julius Alexander as his second-in-command, besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem, which had been controlled by Judean rebel factions since 66 CE.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1972

Cameron Diaz

born 1797

Mary Shelley

born 1989

Bebe Rexha