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'The Hummingbird Project' premieres at the TIFF

The Hummingbird Project is a 2018 Canadian-Belgian drama thriller film about high-frequency trading and ultra-low latency direct market access, written and directed by Kim Nguyen produced by Pierre Even at Item 7. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, and Michael Mando.

Fenty Beauty is founded

Fenty Beauty is a cosmetics brand launched in September 2017 by singer Rihanna. The brand is popular for its broad inclusivity across skin tones and gender, especially its Pro Filt'R foundation. The original foundation launch included 40 shades, since expanded to 50. Fenty Beauty was named one of Time magazine's best inventions of 2017.

Album 'Hitchhiker' is finally released after 41 years

Hitchhiker is a studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young, issued on Reprise Records. It is the ninth release in Young's ongoing archival release series and the first of the Special Release series. Three songs from the session were released previously in nearly the same form as they are found on Hitchhiker.

'Spamilton' opens at Off-Broadway's Triad cabaret

Spamilton: An American Parody is a musical parody of the Broadway show Hamilton. Written by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the parody revue Forbidden Broadway, Spamilton also parodies several other musicals, including Gypsy, Chicago, The King and I, Assassins, Camelot, The Book of Mormon and Sweeney Todd.

Giraffe DNA study identifies four distinct species

Close analysis of giraffe DNA showed that giraffes could be divided into four distinct lineages. Results of the analysis were reported in the scientific journal Current Biology. Older genetic studies have suggested that there were discrete giraffe populations that rarely intermingled. The 2016 study was first to detect species-level differences.

NASA launches the OSIRIS-Rex probe

The probe’s mission was to get a small sample from an asteroid. The rock in question is called Bennu. It is one of the potentially hazardous objects that are monitored for possibility of future collision with our planet over the next hundred years. The probe is expected to return with its sample to Earth in 2023.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres on CBS

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert. Produced by Spartina Productions and CBS Television Studios, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the second iteration of CBS's Late Show franchise. Stay Human, led by bandleader Jon Batiste, serves as the program's house band.

The first use of a "vine" in TV advert

Dunkin’ Donuts ran what’s most certainly the first TV ad made entirely from a single Vine—Twitter’s popular 6-second social video format. The fast-food chain actually peeled one second off its Vine clip to fit into the network’s 5-second billboard ad unit, which appeared full-screen between segments during ESPN programs.

Fashion designer John Galliano is found guilty of anti-semitic remarks

In the video a drunk Galliano, seated at a café table, insults a group of Italian women and declares "I love Hitler... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed." This incident happened just before the Paris Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2011-12.


Juventus play the first match in their new stadium

Juventus Stadium was built on the site of the Stadio delle Alpi, 4 years after they moved out of it, due to its unpopularity. The stadium was opened at the start of the 2011-12 season. In the 1st match, Juventus played against Notts County, the oldest professional football club in world. The 1st goal was scored by Luca Toni.

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' airs first time

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an American television variety comedy talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBCUniversal. The show has received 166 Daytime Emmy Award nominations and has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2019.

'The Four Feathers' premieres at TIFF

The Four Feathers is a 2002 war drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur and starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou and Kate Hudson. Set during the British Army's Gordon Relief Expedition in Sudan, it tells the story of a young man accused of cowardice.

Oscar-winning satire 'American Beauty' premieres in Los Angeles

American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes in his directorial debut. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari.

USAir Flight 427 crashes

USAir Flight 427 was a scheduled flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport, with a final destination of West Palm Beach, Florida. The Boeing 737 flying this route crashed while approaching runway 28R of Pittsburgh International Airport. All 132 people on board the aircraft were killed.

Partnair Flight 394 crashes

Partnair Flight 394 was a chartered flight which crashed in 1989 off the coast of Denmark 18 km north of Hirtshals. All 50 passengers and 5 crew members on board the aircraft died, and it was the biggest aeroplane accident in Denmark. It was caused by use of counterfeit aircraft parts in repairs and maintenance.


Javier Sotomayer of Cuba high jumps world record 2.43m

Javier Sotomayor Sanabria is a Cuban former track and field athlete, who specialized in the high jump and is the current world record holder. The 1992 Olympic champion, he was the dominant high jumper of the 1990s; his personal best of 2.45 m makes him the only person ever to have cleared eight feet.

Yellowstone National Park is closed for the first time

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 collectively formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park in the US. The fires almost destroyed two major visitor destinations and, in September 1988, the entire park closed to all non-emergency personnel for the first time in its history.

The Oprah Winfrey Show is first broadcast nationally

The Oprah Winfrey Show is an American syndicated talk show that aired nationally for 25 seasons. Produced and hosted by its namesake, Oprah Winfrey, it remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history.

Stevie Wonder has his first UK #1

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" is a ballad written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder. It remains Wonder's best-selling single to date. The song was the lead single from the 1984 soundtrack album The Woman in Red, along with two other songs by Wonder, and scored number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.

Nixon grants an unconditional pardon

Nixon was succeeded by Vice President Gerald Ford as President, who issued a full and unconditional pardon of Nixon, immunizing him from prosecution for any crimes he had "committed or may have committed or taken part in" as president.

Kennedy Center is inaugurated

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the United States National Cultural Center. The performing arts center produces a wide array of performances encompassing the genres of theater, dance, ballet, and orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music.


The first African American wins the US Open

Arthur Ashe defeated Tom Okker 14–12, 5–7, 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1968 U.S. Open. John Newcombe was the 1967 defending champion but lost in the quarterfinals to Clark Graebner.

The Beatles perform 'Hey Jude' on the UK television show

"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The final edit was a combination of several different takes and included "introductions" to the song by David Frost and Cliff Richard, for their respective, eponymous TV programmes.

Surveyor 5 launches

Surveyor 5 was the fifth lunar lander of the American uncrewed Surveyor program sent to explore the surface of the Moon. Surveyor 5 landed on Mare Tranquillitatis. A total of 19,118 images were transmitted to Earth. Surveyor 5 was launched atop of the Atlas-Centaur rocket from Cape Canaveral.

The first 'Star Trek' series premieres on NBC

The Man Trap" is the first episode of the American science fiction television series Star Trek to be broadcast. Set in the 23rd century, the series follows the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise.

The Severn Bridge is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II

The Severn Bridge sometimes also called the Severn–Wye Bridge, is a motorway suspension bridge operated by Highways England. The bridge was opened in September 1966, by Queen Elizabeth II, who hailed it as the dawn of a new economic era for South Wales. For 30 years, the bridge carried the M4 motorway.

Legendary flop musical 'Carnival in Flanders' opens

Carnival in Flanders is a musical with a book by Preston Sturges, lyrics by Johnny Burke, and music by Jimmy Van Heusen. Based on the 1934 French comedy film La Kermesse Héroïque, it is set in 1616 in the small Flemish village of Flackenburg, where a Spanish duke and his entourage descend upon the community.

Ray Charles records his first session for Atlantic

Ray Charles was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He pioneered the soul music genre during the 1950s by combining blues, rhythm and blues, and gospel styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records. He was often referred to as "The Genius".

Nazi troops begin siege of Leningrad

The Siege of Leningrad was a prolonged military blockade undertaken from the south by the Army Group North of Nazi Germany against Leningrad. It was one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, and possibly the costliest in casualties suffered.

Richard Drew creates Scotch tape

Scotch Tape is a brand name used for pressure-sensitive tapes manufactured by 3M as part of the company's Scotch brand. Their magnetic recording tape products were also sold under the Scotch brand. The brand name Scotch came about around 1925 while Richard Drew was testing his first masking tape to determine how much adhesive he needed to add.

Margaret Gorman is crowned the first Miss America

Margaret Gorman was expected to defend her positions the next year, but someone else had attained the title of "Miss Washington, D.C.," so she was instead crowned as "Miss America." She is the only Miss America to receive her crown at the end of the year.

The Northern Pacific Railway is completed

The Northern Pacific Railway was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western US, from Minnesota to the Pacific Northwest. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former President Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana in 1883.

Michelangelo's statue of David is unveiled in Florence

David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marble by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David, a favored subject in the art of Florence.

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