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'A Star Is Born' premieres in american theaters

A remake of the 1937 film of the same name, it stars Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle, and Sam Elliott, and follows a hard-drinking country musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer. It marks the third remake of the original 1937 film.

'Johnny English Strikes Again' is released in the UK

Johnny English Strikes Again is an action comedy film directed by David Kerr; it is a sequel to the 2011 film Johnny English Reborn and the third installment in the Johnny English series. The film is written by William Davies and produced by Rowan Atkinson, who reprises his role as the title character.

'Venom' is released in the US

Venom is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Produced by Columbia Pictures in association with Marvel. In Venom, journalist Brock is bound to an alien symbiote that gives him superpowers. The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock / Venom.

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' opens

The Broadway production debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in October 2014 and closed on 4 September 2016. It won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

The Broadway production of 'Driving Miss Daisy' opens

Driving Miss Daisy is a play by American playwright Alfred Uhry, about the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, from 1948 to 1973. The production played at the Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End with the same cast opening in October 2011.

New Zealand's worst maritime environmental disaster

The Rena oil spill occurred off the coast of Tauranga in New Zealand. The spill was caused by the grounding of MV Rena on the Astrolabe Reef. The Rena was a container ship and cargo vessel owned by the Greek shipping company Costamare Inc., through one of its subsidiary companies, and chartered by the Mediterranean Shipping Company.

'American Horror Story' first airs on FX

American Horror Story is anthology horror television series. The episode was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The pilot was watched by 3.18 million viewers and garnered a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

'13' opens at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

13 is the only Broadway musical ever with a cast and band entirely made of teenagers. It originally began previews in September 2008 and officially opened in October 2008 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

The first Broadway revival of 'A Chorus Line' opens

The 2006 Broadway revival opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in October 2006, following a run in San Francisco. The revival closed August 17, 2008, after 759 performances and 18 previews. It cost $8 million to finance and recouped its investment in 19 weeks. The production was directed by Bob Avian.

Vampire novel 'Twilight' is first published

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer is a vampire-romance novel for young adults. It's about seventeen-year-old Bella Swan who moves to Forks in Washington, where she falls in love with a vampire Edward Cullen. The film adaptation of the book was a great commercial success, earning more than $392 million worldwide.


Ottawa Senators win first NHL shootout

Dany Heatley scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Ottawa a 6-5 victory over Toronto in October 2005, the Senators’ second shootout win over the Maple Leafs this season. Dominik Hasek stopped Kyle Wellwood, Eric Lindros and Jason Allison in the shootout and Ottawa (3-0-0) remained unbeaten.


All 30 NHL teams play on the same night for the first time

In 2005, the first post-lockout season took to the ice with all 30 teams. The NHL received record attendance in the 2005–06 season: an average of 16,955 per game. After losing a season to a labor dispute in 2005, the League's TV audience was slower to rebound because of American cable broadcaster ESPN's decision to drop the sport.


Barry Bonds hits his 71st home run

Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. In 2001 season he managed to overcome the previous record of 70 home runs by Mark McGwire.

'Mamma Mia!' begins previews at the Winter Garden Theatre

The musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre in October 2001. The director is Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. As of October 2017, it is the 9th longest-running Broadway show and the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history.

Operating system for geeks is released

Swedish programmer Linus Torvalds officially released kernel of his new operating system called Linux. Kernel version was called 0.02. Linux was long considered a minor, geeky alternative to mainstream operating systems like MS Windows and iOS. However, todays most used operating system, Android, runs on a Linux kernel.

Midge Ure is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"If I Was" is a song by Midge Ure. It was co-written by Ure and Danny Mitchell of Ultravox's tour opening band Messengers, and released as the first single from Ure's first solo album The Gift. It reached #1 on the UK singles chart for one week in September 1985.

Lech Wałęsa receives the Nobel Prize for Peace

In 1983, Wałęsa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then he has received more than 30 state decorations and more than 50 awards from 30 countries, including Order of the Bath, Order of Merit, Legion of Honour and European Human Rights Prize.

Depeche Mode release a debut album

Speak & Spell is the debut studio album by the English electronic band Depeche Mode, released by Mute Records. The album peaked at number 10 in the UK Albums Chart. This is the band's only album with Vince Clarke and as a result, was much lighter in tone than future Depeche Mode albums.

Mike Oldfield goes to #1 for the first time on the UK album chart

Tubular Bells is the debut album by English musician Mike Oldfield, released on Virgin Records. It comprises two mostly instrumental compositions of over twenty minutes each. Oldfield recorded it when he was 19 and played the majority of the instruments.

Newton-John starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"I Honestly Love You" was a worldwide pop hit single for Olivia Newton-John in 1974. The song was Newton-John's first number-one single in the United States and Canada. The song won Newton-John both the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 17th Grammy Awards.

Guildford pub bombings

A subgroup of the Provisional Irish Republican Army detonated two six-pound bombs in two restaurants of Guildford, Surrey. 5 people died among which were 4 soldiers and 65 others were heavily injured.

The Beatles' first single 'Love Me Do' is released

"Love Me Do" is the debut single by the English rock band the Beatles, backed by "P.S. I Love You". When the single was originally released in the United Kingdom in 1962, it peaked at No. 17; in 1982 it was re-promoted and reached No. 4. In the United States the single was a No. 1 hit in 1964.

'Dr. No.' is released

Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery with Ursula Andress and Joseph Wiseman, filmed in Jamaica and England. It is the first James Bond film. Based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by Richard Maibaum, Johanna Harwood, and Berkely Mather and was directed by Terence Young.


Yankees set a record that still stands

The 1953 World Series matched the 4-time defending champions New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a rematch of the 1952 Series, and the 4th such matchup between the two teams in the past seven seasons. The Yankees won in 6 games for their 5th consecutive title—a mark which has not been equalled—and their 16th overall.

The first-ever televised address from the White House

President Harry S. Truman made the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House, asking Americans to cut back on their use of grain in order to help starving Europeans, as Europe was still recovering from World War II and suffering from famine.

British blimp crashes in France

R101 was one of a pair of British rigid airships completed as part of a British government programme. It crashed in France during its maiden overseas voyage, killing 48 of the 54 people on board. Lord Thomson, the Air Minister who had initiated the programme was also on board.

Cosmic distance indicator

Edwin Hubble discovered the first Cepheid variable. It is a type of star which pulsates regularly. There is a simple relationship between the total amount of energy emitted by a Cepheid (called luminosity) and its pulsation period. Astronomers can use this relationship for calculating distances in the universe.

Enzo Ferrari takes part in his first car race

After being promoted to race car driver for C.M.N., Enzo Ferrari made his competitive debut in the Parma-Poggio di Berceto hill-climb race, where he finished fourth in the three-liter category at the wheel of a 2.3-litre 4-cylinder C.M.N. 15/20.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1975

Kate Winslet

died 1997

Brian Pillman

born 1967

Guy Pearce