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2018

FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship ends

The 2018 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship is the 19th staging of the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship. The final tournament is held in Italy and Bulgaria, for the first time is jointly-hosted by more than one country.

"The Simpsons" returns to 30th season

Bart's Not Dead is an episode of the animated television series The Simpsons. This is the first episode of the thirtieth season and the 640th episode of the series. During the panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, new guest stars for the season were announced, including Emily Deschanel, Dave Attell, Guillermo del Toro, Patti Lupone, and Ted Sarandos. Gal Gadot had previously been announced as guest starring in the season.

Chinese yuan joins IMF currency basket

The yuan is the base unit of a number of former and present-day currencies in Chinese. Today, it usually refers to the primary unit of account of the renminbi, the currency of the People's Republic of China. It is also used as a synonym of that currency, especially in international contexts – the ISO 4217 standard code for renminbi is CNY.

"The Pitmen Painters" makes its American premiere

The Pitmen Painters is a play by Lee Hall based on the Ashington Group of painters. Following a sellout run at both the Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne in 2007 and its transfer to the Royal National Theatre, it returned to the National for a limited season before heading out on a UK Tour.

Canton Tower opens

The Canton Tower is 604 meters, tall multi-purpose observation tower in the Haizhu District of the city of Guangzhou, historically known as Canton, in Guangdong, China. The tower was topped out in 2009 and it became operational in 2010 for the 2010 Asian Games.

Timberlake starts a two week run at #1 on the US album chart

FutureSex/LoveSounds is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released by Jive Records and its affiliated label of the Zomba Group of Companies. FutureSex/LoveSounds received mostly positive reviews from critics, who noted its wide range of influences and collection of eclectic sounds.

The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed

The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy began after the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 editorial cartoons in 2005, most of which depicted Muhammad, a principal figure of the religion of Islam. Muslim groups in Denmark complained, and the issue eventually led to protests around the world, including violent demonstrations.

Merck pulls Vioxx, its best-selling drug, for safety reasons

Rofecoxib is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that has now been withdrawn over safety concerns. It was marketed by Merck & Co. to treat osteoarthritis, acute pain conditions, and dysmenorrhea. Rofecoxib was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1999 and was marketed under the brand names Vioxx, Ceoxx, and Ceeoxx.

Billy Joel makes his Broadway debut

Movin' Out is a 2002 jukebox musical featuring the songs of Billy Joel. Conceived by Twyla Tharp, the musical tells the story of a generation of American youth growing up on Long Island during the 1960s and their experiences with the Vietnam War. The principal characters are drawn from those who appeared in various Joel tunes.

The Rolling Stones release Forty Licks and go on a huge tour

Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones. The album was a commercial success, as it reached No. 2 on both UK & US charts and went on to sell over 7.5 million copies worldwide. Concurrently with the album's release, the Stones embarked on the successful, year-long international Licks Tour.

Shocking images of boy shot in Gaza

The death of Muhammad al-Durrah, a Palestinian boy shot dead while sheltering behind his father in an alley in the Gaza Strip was caught on video. Initially, the boy's death and his father's wounding was attributed to Israeli soldiers. The scene assumed iconic status, as it was shown around the world and repeatedly broadcast on Arab television.

Age of Empires II is released

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. Players aim to gather resources, which they use to build towns, create armies, and defeat their enemies. There are five historically based campaigns, which constrict the player to specialized and story-backed conditions.

Grand Theft Auto 2 is released

Grand Theft Auto 2 is an action-adventure video game developed by DMA Design and published by Rockstar Games. The game is played from a top-down perspective and its world is navigated on foot or by vehicle. The open world design lets players freely roam Anywhere City, the setting of the game.

Fallout 2 is released

Fallout 2: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game is a turn-based role-playing open world video game developed by Black Isle Studios and published by Interplay Productions. While featuring a considerably larger game world and a far more extensive storyline, it largely uses similar graphics and game mechanics to those of Fallout.

Caesar III is released

Caesar III is a video game that was developed by Impressions Games and published by Sierra On-Line. Players take on the role of a Roman governor, tasked with building up a grand Roman city, in which they must ensure their citizens have their needs met, that their city is safe and profitable.

1997

Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen is born

Max Emilian Verstappen is a Belgian-Dutch racing driver who competes under the Dutch flag in Formula One with Red Bull Racing. Aged 17 years, 166 days, he became the youngest driver to compete in Formula 1 at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Mariah starts an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Fantasy" is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey from her fifth album Daydream, released by Columbia Records as the lead single from the album. "Fantasy" became the second song in Billboard history, and the first by a female, to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is launched

The astronauts conducted various scientific experiments and observations around the clock. The shuttle carried Spaceborne Imaging Radar, used for comparison with radar data collected by teams on the ground. Endeavor also hosted experiments with protein growth and observed volcano eruptions and forest fires.

First version of Excel is released

From its first version Excel supported end-user programming of macros. In early versions of Excel, these programs were written in a macro language whose statements had formula syntax and resided in the cells of special purpose macro sheets. XML was the default macro language for Excel through Excel 4.0.

"Murder, She Wrote" first airs on CBS

Murder, She Wrote is an American crime drama television series starring Angela Lansbury as mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. The series aired for 12 seasons with 264 episodes from 1984 to 1996 on the CBS network. It was followed by four TV films. It averaged more than 30 million viewers per week in its prime.

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have UK #1

"Summer Nights" is a popular song from the musical Grease. Written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, its best-known version was recorded by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John for the big-screen adaptation of the musical and released as a single that same year.

1972

Roberto Clemente records the 3,000th and final hit of his career

Though he was frustrated and struggling with injuries, Clemente played in 102 games and hit .312 during the 1972 season. He also made the annual NL All-Star roster for the 12th time and won his 12th consecutive Gold Glove. Clemente hit a double in the 4th inning off Jon Matlack of the New York Mets at Three Rivers Stadium for his 3,000th hit.

The Boeing 747 is rolled out

The first 747 was rolled out of the Everett assembly building before the world's press and representatives of the 26 airlines that had ordered the airliner. Over the following months, preparations were made for the first flight with test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controls and Jess Wallick at the flight engineer's station.

BBC Radio 1 is launched in the UK

BBC Radio 1 is a British radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specializing in modern and current popular music and chart hits throughout the day. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations when the average age of the UK population was 27.

Donovan makes his US television debut on Shindig!

Donovan Philips Leitch is a Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music. He made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.

1962

Dutch footballer Frank Rijkaard is born

Franklin Edmundo Rijkaard is a Dutch former footballer and former manager who played as a midfielder or defender. Rijkaard has played for Ajax, Real Zaragoza and Milan and represented the Netherlands national team side 73 times, scoring 10 goals.

Film star James Dean dies in a road accident

James Dean, unable to stop in time, slammed into the driver's side of the Ford resulting in Dean's car bouncing across the pavement onto the side of the highway. Dean's passenger, Wütherich, was thrown from the Porsche, while Dean was trapped in the car and sustained numerous fatal injuries, including a broken neck.

World's first nuclear-powered submarine is commissioned

The vessel was called USS Nautilus. Nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged longer than diesel-electric submarines. USS Nautilus broke many records in her first years of operation. She traveled to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. She was decommissioned in 1980 and preserved as a museum ship.

The Berlin Airlift ends

After 15 months and more than 250,000 flights, the Berlin Airlift officially came to an end. The airlift was one of the greatest logistical feats in modern history and was one of the crucial events of the early Cold War. The Berlin Airlift provided tons of supplies to war-ravaged Berlin.

Broadway actor Len Cariou is born

Leonard Joseph "Len" Cariou is a Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of Sweeney Todd in the original cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.

1939

NBC broadcasts the first televised American football game

The 1939 Waynesburg vs. Fordham football game was a college football game between the Fordham Rams and the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets played in 1939. The game was played at Triborough Stadium on New York City's Randall's Island. Fordham won the game 34–7. Broadcast by NBC, the contest was the first American football game ever televised.

German art school Bauhaus moves to Berlin

In late 1932, Mies rented a derelict factory in Berlin to use as the new Bauhaus with his own money. The students and faculty rehabilitated the building, painting the interior white. The school operated for ten months without further interference from the Nazi Party. In 1933, the Gestapo closed down the Berlin school.

Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" premieres in Vienna

The Magic Flute is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. The work was premiered in 1791 at Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna.

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