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'Maniac' is released on Netflix

Maniac is an American dark comedy web television miniseries, based on the Norwegian television series of the same name by Hakon Bast Mossige and Espen PA Lervaag. The series is written by Patrick Somerville, directed by Cary Fukunaga, and stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

Discovery of the first brainless animal that sleeps

Cassiopea is a genus of true jellyfish and the only members of the family Cassiopeidae. Certain species of Cassiopea have been observed to enter a sleep state, indicated by a decreased pulsation rate.

Aboriginal Australians: the world’s oldest civilization

The findings were published in a scientific journal Nature. A group of researchers collected genomic data on 83 Aboriginal Australians and 25 Highland Papuans from Papua New Guinea. The results indicated Aboriginal and Papuan ancestors had diverged from Eurasians 57 000 years ago, following a single exodus from Africa around 75 000 years ago.

Egypt migrant shipwreck

A boat capsized off the Egyptian coast with around 600 refugees on board in the Mediterranean Sea. 204 bodies were recovered, around 160 people were rescued, and hundreds of people remain missing, with approximately 300 people predicted to have been killed. Four people were arrested for trafficking and breaking capacity laws.

Gunmen attack Westgate shopping mall

Four masked gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall, an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya. There are conflicting reports about the number killed in the attack, since part of the mall collapsed due to a fire that started during the siege. The attack resulted in 71 total deaths, including 62 civilians, five Kenyan soldiers, and four attackers.


Last game played at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium was a ballpark located in New York City and the home stadium of the New York Yankees until 2008. Construction on a new facility began in 2006, bearing out speculation that the Yankees would be getting a new home and sealing the fate of the old stadium. The final baseball game was hosted in September, 2008 with the Yankees prevailing against the Baltimore Orioles 1-0. After the game, the team circled the stadium on the warning track waving to fans and wishing their old home goodbye.

'Sydney White' opens in theaters

Sydney White is a 2007 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Joe Nussbaum and written by Chad Gomez Creasey based on the story of "Snow White". In its opening weekend, the film earned $5,196,380 in the box office, ranking sixth place and third of the week's new releases.

Actor George Clooney breaks his rib in a motorcycle accident

Clooney and then-girlfriend Sarah Larson were injured in a motorcycle accident in Weehawken, New Jersey, when his motorcycle was hit by a car. The driver of the car reported that Clooney attempted to pass him on the right, while Clooney said that the driver signaled left and then decided to make an abrupt right turn and clipped his motorcycle.

Green's 'An Abundance of Katherines' hits the shelves

An Abundance of Katherines is a young adult novel by John Green. Released in 2006, it was a finalist for the Michael L. Printz Award. The novel includes an appendix by Daniel Biss, a close friend of Green's, explaining some of the more complex equations the main character, Colin, uses.

Galileo probe is deorbited

Galileo was an unmanned spacecraft, which studied Jupiter and its moons. It researched the Jovian system for fourteen years. Data from Galileo supported the theory of a liquid ocean under the icy surface of Europa. It also indicated of similar water layers under the surfaces of Ganymede and Callisto. On the end of its mission, it was deliberately crashed to Jupiter's atmosphere.

Bill Clinton's Grand Jury testimony is released

The House Judiciary Committee cleared the way to release President Bill Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony and 2,800 pages of supporting material, including sexually explicit testimony from Monica Lewinsky. Lawmakers plan to make public the material as early as 9 a.m. EDT Monday, although that timetable could slip.


USA Basketball announces 'Dream Team'

The 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the "Dream Team", was the first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association. The team has been described by American journalists as the greatest sports team ever assembled.

Status Quo put themselves in the Guinness Book Of Records

Status Quo are an English boogie rock band. To promote the release of their Rock 'Til You Drop album, Status Quo performed four arena gigs across the UK in the space of a single day, earning them a place in the Guinness Book of Records.


NFL players begin a 57-day strike

The 1982 NFL season was the 63rd regular season of the National Football League. A 57-day-long players' strike reduced the 1982 season from a 16-game schedule per team to an abbreviated nine-game schedule. Because of the shortened season, the NFL adopted a special 16-team playoff tournament; division standings were ignored.

O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice

In September O'Connor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate with a vote of 99–0; Senator Max Baucus of Montana was absent from the vote and sent O'Connor a copy of A River Runs Through It by way of apology. In her first year on the Court, she received over 60,000 letters from the public, more than any other justice in history.

Jeannie C Riley goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Harper Valley PTA" is a country song written by Tom T. Hall and was a major international hit single for country singer Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. The song was originally recorded in 1968 by Margie Singleton on Ashley Records A 5000. Riley's record sold over six million copies as a single.

A Broadway revival of 'Annie Get Your Gun' opens

Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The story is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler.

Malta becomes independent after 164 years of British rule

The British Parliament passed the Malta Independence Act in 1964, giving Malta independence from the United Kingdom as the State of Malta, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and queen. The country became a republic in 1974. It has been a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations and the United Nations since independence and joined the European Union in 2004.

'Blue Velvet' at #1 on US singles chart

"Blue Velvet" is a popular song that was written and composed in 1950 by Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris. A top 20 hit for Tony Bennett in its original 1951 version, the song has since been re-recorded many times, with Bobby Vinton's 1963 version reaching #1.

Maiden flight of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook

In September 1961, the preproduction Boeing Vertol YCH-1B made its initial hovering flight. During 1962, the HC-1B was redesignated the CH-47A under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system; it was also named "Chinook" after the Chinook people of the Pacific Northwest.

The People's Republic of China is declared

In September 1949, Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the establishment of the People's Republic of China. This was followed by a mass celebration in Tiananmen Square in October which became the new country's 1st National Day. In 1950, the People's Liberation Army succeeded in capturing Hainan from the ROC and incorporating Tibet.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress makes its maiden flight

The first prototype made its maiden flight from Boeing Field, Seattle in September 1942. The combined effects of the aircraft's highly advanced design, challenging requirements, and immense pressure for production, hurried development and caused setbacks.

'Long Island Express' strikes New England

The 1938 New England Hurricane, aka the "Long Island Express," was one of the deadliest and most destructive tropical cyclones to strike Long Island, New York, and New England. The storm formed near the coast of Africa, becoming a Category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, before making landfall on Long Island as a Category 3 hurricane.

J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' is published

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the NY Herald Tribune for best juvenile fiction. The book remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children's literature.

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