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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.


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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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