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AFL Grand Final is held

The 2018 AFL Grand Final will be an Australian rules football game contested between the West Coast Eagles and the Collingwood Football Club, held at the MCG. It will be the 122nd annual grand final of the Australian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 2018 AFL season.

"A Steady Rain" opens on Broadway

A Steady Rain is a play by Keith Huff. With a plot similar to a real-life event involving Jeffrey Dahmer, it focuses on two Chicago policemen who inadvertently return a Vietnamese boy to a cannibalistic serial killer who claims to be the child's uncle.

The biggest one-day drop on Wall Street

The S&P 500 Banking Index fell 14% with drops in the stock value of a number of US banks generally considered sound, including Bank of New York Mellon, State Street and Northern Trust; three Ohio banks, National City, Fifth Third, and KeyBank were down dramatically.

Iceland financial crisis errupts

The Icelandic financial crisis was a major economic and political event in Iceland that involved the default of all three of the country's major privately owned commercial banks in late 2008, following their difficulties in refinancing their short-term debt and a run on deposits in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

SpaceShipOne performs a successful spaceflight

SpaceShipOne is an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft with sub-orbital spaceflight capability at speeds of up to 900 m/s, using a hybrid rocket motor. SpaceShipOne completed the first manned private spaceflight in 2004. That same year, it won the US$10 million Ansari X Prize and was immediately retired from active service.

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos is released

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos is a platform video game developed by Argonaut Games and published by Fox Interactive. The game is known for being one of the earliest examples of a 3D platform game. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos follows a young crocodile named Croc, who sets out to rescue a group of furry creatures known as Gobbos from Baron Dante.

Singer Paul Jabara dies

Paul Jabara was an American actor, singer, and songwriter of Lebanese ancestry, born in Brooklyn, New York City. Jabara died from AIDS complications after a long illness, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 44. He is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.

Maria McKee is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Show Me Heaven" is a song written by Maria McKee, Eric Rackin and Jay Rifkin, and recorded by McKee and produced by Peter Asher for the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise film Days of Thunder. "Show Me Heaven" spent four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and is McKee's only UK number-one.

Washington National Cathedral is completed

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, D.C. The structure is of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century. It is the second-largest church building in the United States.


American basketball forward Kevin Durant is born

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He played one season of college basketball for the University of Texas and was selected as the second overall pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA draft.

Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

It was the first Space Shuttle flight after Challenger disaster in 1986. Apart from restarting the Shuttle program, the mission had several payloads. Most important was TDRS-3 Satelite. Astronauts conducted several experiments. Discovery suffered severe thermal protection damage during re-entry. Similar damage led to the loss of Columbia fifteen years later.

Prince starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Let's Go Crazy" is a 1984 song by Prince and The Revolution, from the album Purple Rain. It was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain. "Let's Go Crazy" was one of Prince's most popular songs, and was a staple for concert performances, often segueing into other hits.

"A Chorus Line" becomes the longest-running musical

A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until surpassed by Cats in 1997.

Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to visit Ireland

Pope John Paul II visited Ireland from the last days of September to the first day of October 1979, it was the first trip to Ireland by a pope. Over 2.5 million people attended events in Dublin, Drogheda, Clonmacnoise, Galway, Knock, Limerick, and Maynooth. It was one of John Paul's first foreign visits as Pope, who had been elected in 1978.

The Police have their first UK #1 single

"Message in a Bottle" is a song by English rock band The Police. It was released as the lead single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc. Written by the band's lead singer and bassist Sting, the song is ostensibly about a story of a castaway on an island, who sends out a message in a bottle to seek love.

Soviet space station Salyut 6 is launched

It was the first of second-generation space stations. It possessed several design advances. These included a second docking port, a new main propulsion system and the multispectral telescope. The addition of the second docking port made crew handovers and station resupply by unmanned Progress freighters.

Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing live on stage

Jackie Wilson was one of the featured acts in Dick Clark's Good Ol' Rock and Roll Revue, hosted by the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He was in the middle of singing "Lonely Teardrops" when he suffered a massive heart attack. When he collapsed on stage, audience members applauded as they initially thought it was part of the act.

The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced

The Chevrolet Camaro is an American automobile manufactured by Chevrolet, classified as a pony car and some versions also as a muscle car. It went on sale for the 1967 model year and was designed as a competing model to the Ford Mustang. The car shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967.

"My Fair Lady" closes on Broadway

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.

Julia Gillard, the Australia's first female PM, is born

Julia Eileen Gillard is an Australian former politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Australian Labor Party from 2010 to 2013. She was the first and to date the only woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and leader of a major party in Australia.

Bill Haley has five songs in the UK Top 30

When "Rock Around the Clock" appeared as the theme song of the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle, it soared to the top of the American Billboard chart for eight weeks. After the record rose to number one, Haley was quickly given the title "Father of Rock and Roll" by the media, and by teenagers who had come to embrace the new style of music.

The convention establishing CERN is signed

The convention establishing CERN was ratified in 1954 by 12 countries in Europe. The acronym CERN originally represented the French words for Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, meaning European Council for Nuclear Research, which was a provisional council for building the laboratory, established by 12 European governments in 1952.

Munich agreement is signed

The Munich Agreement was an agreement permitting Nazi Germany's annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia, along with the country's borders mainly inhabited by German speakers, for which a new territorial designation, the "Sudetenland", was coined.

Rock 'n' roll singer Jerry Lee Lewis is born

Jerry Lee Lewis is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and pianist. He has been described as "rock & roll's first great wild man." Lewis made his first recordings in 1956. "Crazy Arms" sold 300,000 copies in the South, but it was his hit "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" that shot Lewis to fame worldwide.

British mandate in Palestine comes into effect

The British Mandate for Palestine was a "Class A" League of Nations mandate for the territories of Palestine, in which the Balfour Declaration's "national home for the Jewish people" was to be established, and Transjordan, a separate Arab Emirate, both of which were conceded by the Ottoman Empire following World War I.

Washington National Cathedral construction begins

The construction started with a ceremonial address by President Theodore Roosevelt and the laying of the cornerstone. In 1912, Bethlehem Chapel opened for services in the unfinished cathedral, which have continued daily ever since. Gen. John J. Pershing led fundraising efforts for the church after World War I.

The world's first electric tramway launches

The Blackpool Tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire, England. The line dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. It is operated by Blackpool Transport and runs for 11 miles. It carried 5.2 million passengers in the 2017/18 financial year.

American architect Henry Hobson Richardson is born

Henry Hobson Richardson was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Hartford, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and other cities. The style he popularized is named for him: Richardsonian Romanesque. Richardson is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture".

The Arab conquest of Egypt

Before the Arab conquest of Egypt had begun, Byzantium had already lost the Levant and its Ghassanid allies in Arabia to the Caliphate. The loss of the prosperous province of Egypt and the defeat of the Byzantine armies severely weakened the empire, allowing for further territorial losses in the centuries to come.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1980

Zachary Levi

born 1968

Luke Goss