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Forza Motorsport 6 is released

Forza Motorsport 6 is a racing video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One. It is the sixth Forza Motorsport and eighth overall installment in the Forza series and was released worldwide in 2015. In 2016, Microsoft released Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, a free-to-play version for Microsoft Windows.

Need for Speed: Shift is released

Need for Speed: Shift is the thirteenth installment and second reboot of the racing video game franchise Need for Speed, published by Electronic Arts. It was announced in 2008 as part of a three-game announcement that includes Need for Speed: Nitro and Need for Speed: World.

Pink Floyd keyboard player Richard Wright dies

Richard William Wright was an English musician, composer, singer, and songwriter. He died at home in London of cancer in 2008, aged 65. At the time of his death, he had been working on a new solo album, which was thought to comprise a series of instrumental pieces.

The Steve Miller Band have a UK #1

"The Joker" is a song by the Steve Miller Band from their 1973 album The Joker. More than 16 years later, in 1990, it reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks after being used in "Great Deal", a Hugh Johnson-directed television advertisement for Levi's, thus holding the record for the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers.

"Relax" becomes the longest running UK chart hit

"Relax" is the debut single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, released in the United Kingdom by ZTT Records in 1983. Although fairly inauspicious upon initial release, "Relax" finally reached number one on the UK singles chart in 1984, ultimately becoming one of the most controversial and most commercially successful records of the decade.

Tom Hardy is born

Edward Thomas Hardy is an English actor, producer, and former model. Hardy made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down and has since had notable roles in films such as Star Trek: Nemesis, RocknRolla, Bronson, Warrior, Locke, Legend, and The Revenant, for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Pink Floyd released their ninth studio album

Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was first released in 1975 in the UK by Harvest Records and a day later in the US by Columbia Records. Inspired by the material the group composed while performing in Europe, the album was recorded in numerous sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London.

English comedian Jimmy Carr is born

James Anthony Patrick Carr is a British stand-up comedian, presenter, writer, and actor. He is known for his deadpan delivery, dark humor, and heckler interaction. After becoming established as a stand-up comedian, Carr moved to a career in comedy in 2000. Carr began to appear in a number of Channel 4 television shows.

The Small Faces are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"All or Nothing" is a song written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane of the British rock band Small Faces and released as a single in 1966. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart two weeks after being released. The song was also a major hit in both the Netherlands, where it reached number two and Ireland, where it reached number three.

The Four Seasons earn their first #1 hit with “Sherry”

"Sherry" is a song written by Bob Gaudio and recorded by The Four Seasons. It was the band's first nationally released single and their first number one hit, reaching the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. It remained at number one for five consecutive weeks and number one on the R&B charts for one week.

Singer Jaki Graham is born

Jacqueline Maureen Graham is a British singer-songwriter. Following her hit version of "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" with David Grant in 1985, Graham scored a further five UK Top 20 hits over a two-year period. In 1994, her cover version of Chaka Khan's hit "Ain't Nobody" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Dance Chart.

Elvis Presley starts a five-week run at #1 on the US charts

"Don't Be Cruel" is a song recorded by Elvis Presley and written by Otis Blackwell in 1956. The single was released in 1956 backed with "Hound Dog". Within a few weeks "Hound Dog" had risen to #2 on the Pop charts with sales of over one million. Soon after it was overtaken by "Don't Be Cruel" which took #1 on all three main charts.

Famous Marilyn Monroe “skirt” scene is filmed

The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. It contains one of the most notable images of the 20th century – Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown upwards by a passing train.

American actor Tommy Lee Jones is born

Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1977

Tom Hardy

born 1972

Jimmy Carr