Video encyclopedia

Flashback calendar


Ryder Cup begins

The 42nd Ryder Cup Matches will be held in France from 28–30 September 2018 on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, a suburb southwest of Paris. It will be the second Ryder Cup to be held in Continental Europe, after the 1997 contest, which was held in Spain. The United States is the defending champion.


FIFA 2019 is released

FIFA 19 is football simulation video game developed by EA Vancouver and EA Bucharest, as part of Electronic Arts' FIFA series. It will be the 26th installment in the FIFA series. The game features the UEFA club competitions for the first time, including the UEFA Champions League. Composer Hans Zimmer and rapper Vince Staples recorded a new remix of the UEFA Champions League anthem specifically for the game.

"Will & Grace" returns

The ninth season of the American comedy series Will & Grace premiered in 2017. It comprised 16 episodes and is the first of three planned reunion seasons following the series' eighth season in 2006. On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Israeli statesman Shimon Peres dies

Peres' condition was reported to be very serious, as he had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and significant bleeding. An examination found irreversible damage to his brainstem, indicating that it was not possible for him to recover, then his medical condition deteriorated significantly. He died at the age of 93.

NASA reports liquid water on Mars

The discovery was made by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe (MRO). Although the water was called liquid, it was more like mud on Earth. MRO confirmed that the mud contains hydrated salts. The phenomenon occurs during the warmest months on Mars. The mud flows visible on slopes. The probe was orbiting the red planet from 2006.

Revival of "You Can't Take It With You" opens on Broadway

You Can't Take It with You is a comedic play in three acts by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The original production of the play premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. A revival opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theater in 2014.

Serpentine Sackler Gallery is opened to the public

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery was opened to the public, giving new life to The Magazine, a Grade II* listed former gunpowder store built in 1805. Located five minutes' walk from the Serpentine Gallery across the Serpentine Bridge, it comprises 900 square meters of gallery space, restaurant, shop and social space.

Worms Ultimate Mayhem is released

Worms Ultimate Mayhem is a 3D artillery turn-based tactics video game developed by Team17. It includes the campaign from Worms 3D, adding customized looks to enemies in the said campaign. It features extra maps, new voice acting by Guy Harris and other gameplay fixes such as reworked camera controls.

SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft into orbit

The Falcon 1 was an expendable launch system privately developed and manufactured by SpaceX during 2006–2009. In 2008, Falcon 1 became the first privately-developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to go into orbit around the Earth. Falcon 1 achieved orbit on its fourth attempt, in 2008 with a mass simulator as a payload.

Denmark refuses euro in referendum

With 99% of votes counted, TV projections showed 53% against and 47% for, promising a comfortable final majority for jubilant ney-sayers. The result immediately echoed across the EU and beyond, with the euro starting to drop in late trading in New York.

Palestinian self-rule in West Bank is agreed

The Israeli prime minister and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation have signed a deal in Washington giving Palestinians control over much of the West Bank. Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat put their names to the 400-page agreement in a low-key ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

The cruise ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea

MS Estonia was a cruise ferry built in 1979 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship sank in 1994 in the Baltic Sea. It is the second-deadliest European shipwreck disaster to have occurred in peacetime and the deadliest peacetime shipwreck to have occurred in European waters.

Jazz legend Miles Davis dies

After several days on life support, his machine was turned off and he died aged 65. His death was attributed to the combined effects of a stroke, pneumonia, and respiratory failure. According to Troupe, Davis was taking azidothymidine, a type of antiretroviral drug used for the treatment of HIV and AIDS, during his treatments in the hospital.

Stevie Wonder releases his eighteenth studio album

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth album by American recording artist Stevie Wonder, released by Motown Records, through its division Tamla Records. It was the culmination of his "classic period" albums. Songs in the Key of Life became the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder's career.

Bad Company go to #1 on the US album chart

Bad Company is the debut studio album by the English hard rock supergroup Bad Company. The album reached the top of the US Billboard 200. Since then, the album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA and became the 46th best selling album of the 1970s.

Andy Kim goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Rock Me Gently" was a Billboard #1 hit song for Andy Kim in 1974. The single impressed Capitol Records executives, who signed Kim to a deal. "Rock Me Gently" debuted on the Hot 100 and took 14 weeks to reach #1. It also rose to #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #10 in Ireland.


Cold War on Ice

Game eight of the Summit Series was the climax of the greatest series ever played, Canada versus the Soviet Union. The Soviets led 5-3 at the end of the second period, but Phil Esposito and Yvan Cournoyer tied the game. Paul Henderson scored the most famous goal in hockey history, with only 34 seconds remaining, to win the series for Canada.


Finnish race car driver Mika Häkkinen is born

Mika Pauli Häkkinen is a Finnish former professional racing driver. He was the 1998 and 1999 Formula One World Champion, driving for McLaren and has been ranked among one of greatest Formula One drivers in various motorsport polls. Häkkinen currently works in driver management and is a brand ambassador for various companies.

Legendary American radio DJ Dewey Phillips dies

"Daddy-O" Dewey Phillips was one of rock 'n' roll's pioneering disc jockeys, along with the lines of Cleveland's Alan Freed, before Freed came along. A heavy drinker and longtime drug user, mainly painkillers and amphetamines, Phillips died of heart failure at age 42. He is buried in Hardin County, Tennessee, at Crump Cemetery.

The Beatles start a nine week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian, during his parents' divorce. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the British charts.

Singer Jim Diamond is born

James Aaron Diamond was a Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for his three Top 5 hits: "I Won't Let You Down", as the lead singer of Ph.D.; and his solo performances "I Should Have Known Better", a United Kingdom No. 1, and "Hi Ho Silver", the theme song from Boon, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart.

CBS makes the first color televisions available for sale

CBS had bought a television manufacturer in April, and in September 1951, production began on the only CBS-Columbia color television model, with the first color sets reaching retail stores at the end of the month. Only 200 sets had been shipped and only 100 sold when CBS discontinued its color television system in October that year.

Singer Helen Shapiro is born

Helen Kate Shapiro is an English pop singer, jazz singer and actress. Before she was sixteen years old, Shapiro had been voted Britain's "Top Female Singer". She is best known for her two 1961 UK chart-toppers, "You Don't Know" and "Walkin' Back to Happiness".

Soul singer Ben E. King is born

Ben E. King was an American soul and R&B singer and record producer. He was perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"—a US Top 10 hit, both in 1961 and later in 1986. King was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

French actress Brigitte Bardot is born

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot is a French actress, singer, dancer, and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. She was one of the best-known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s. She achieved international recognition in 1957 after starring in the controversial film And God Created Woman.

Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin

Fleming had been investigating the properties of staphylococcus bacterium. His laboratory was often untidy. One day, he returned from holiday and noticed that one staphylococcus culture was contaminated with a fungus. Bacterial colonies immediately surrounding the fungus had been destroyed. The fungus produced something which killed the bacteria.

First round-the-world flight is completed

The first aerial circumnavigation of the world was conducted in 1924 by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service, the precursor of the United States Air Force. The trip took 175 days, covering over 27,553 miles.

American Safety Razor Company is founded

American Safety Razor Company is a personal care brand founded in the early 20th century by a merging of the Gem Cutlery Company & Ever-Ready and has been a principal competitor to Gillette for a century and more. The company produces a wide range of personal care, medical, industrial blades and cutting tools.


Portuguese football club FC Porto is founded

Futebol Clube do Porto, commonly known as FC Porto, is a Portuguese sports club based in Porto. It is best known for the professional football team playing in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football. Founded in 1893, Porto is one of the "Big Three" teams in Portugal, together with Lisbon-based rivals Benfica and Sporting CP.

California is discovered

The first European to explore the California coast was Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, working for Spain. He died in southern California in 1543. Cabrillo and his men found that there was essentially nothing for the Spanish to easily exploit in California.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1968

Naomi Watts

born 1982

Ranbir Kapoor

born 1987

Hilary Duff