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"The Walking Dead" returns for a 9th season

The 9th season of The Walking Dead, an American post-apocalyptic horror TV series on AMC is scheduled to premiere in October 2018, and will consist of 16 episodes, split into 2 parts; each consisting of 8 episodes with the latter half airing in early 2019. Developed for TV by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman.

"Doctor Who" returns for an 11th season

The series introduces Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, the most recent incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in her TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside. The series also introduces Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill as the Doctor's newest companions.

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location is released

Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location is a point-and-click survival horror video game created by Scott Cawthon. It is the fifth installment of the main series of the game franchise Five Nights at Freddy's. The game was released in October 2016.

Mafia III is released

Mafia III is an action-adventure video game developed by Hangar 13 and published by 2K Games. Set within the fictional city of New Bordeaux, based on New Orleans, the single-player story follows Lincoln Clay, a criminal who aims to build a new crime organization while seeking revenge on the Italian mob.

Streisand tops the Billboard Hot 200 for the ninth time

Love Is the Answer received critical acclaim and became Streisand's record-breaking ninth #1 album on the Billboard 200. This resulted in making Streisand the only artist to have a number one album in America in five different decades. The album was certified Gold on November 13, by the RIAA, giving Streisand her 51st Gold record in the US.

Spotify is launched

Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service which is developed by a start-up in Stockholm, Sweden. It provides digital rights management-protected content from record labels and media companies. Spotify has faced criticism from some artists, who feel that it does not fairly compensate music creators.


Gareth Bale becomes Wales youngest ever goal scorer

In October 2006, Bale became the youngest player ever to score a goal for the senior national team in the Euro 2008 qualification match against Slovakia with a free kick. Bale was eligible to play for England through his grandmother, but he stated in 2016: "I wouldn't care if I never qualified – I would never play for England."

Gray Davis is recalled in favor of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Gray Davis was recalled in the second of three such elections in the U.S. history and was succeeded in office by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won the recall replacement race. Since being recalled, Davis has worked as a lecturer at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and as an attorney at Loeb & Loeb.

U.S. led war in Afghanistan starts

The War in Afghanistan followed the 2001 United States invasion of Afghanistan. The war's public aims were to dismantle al-Qaeda and to deny it a safe base of operations in Afghanistan by removing the Taliban from power. It is the longest war in United States history.

"Charmed" first airs on The WB

Charmed is an American fantasy drama TV series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The series was originally broadcast by The WB for 8 seasons from October 1998, until May 2006.

Rupert Murdoch starts Fox News

Fox News is an American basic cable and satellite television news channel. The channel has been accused of biased reporting and promoting the Republican Party. Fox News presents various programs, with up to 15 hours of live broadcasting per day. Its slogan is "Most Watched, Most Trusted."


Tampa Bay wins first regular-season game

After the expansion of NHL, the Tampa Bay Lightning team was established. It was named the Lighting after Tampa Bay’s status as the “Lightning Capital of North America”. Their 1st game took place at the Florida State Fairgrounds, where they managed to beat the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 7-3, thanks to 4 goals by Chris Kontos.


American baseball player Mookie Betts is born

From 2014, Mookie Betts plays for Boston Red Sox. He bats and throws right handed. In MLB, Betts debuted against Yankees starter Chase Whitley in the 4th inning. In 2015, he became the Red Sox starting center fielder and then moved to right field in 2016.


Professional footballer Diego Costa is born

A professional footballer, Diego Costa was born in Lagarto, Sergipe, in Brazil. He was named after Diego Maradona by his father. As a child, Diego did not believe he would one day become a professional. However, he was sent to Europe where he signed a contract with Portugal’s Braga and started his career


American baseball player Evan Longoria is born

From 2008, Evan Longoria plays for Tambla Bay Rays. He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2009, being considered to belong among the best active third basemen in baseball. For his acrobatic defense, he was awarded with two Gold Gloves.


Walter Payton breaks Jim Brown's record

Jim McMahon, the Chicago Bears' quarterback, a pitchout for Walter Payton. He ran like countless times before but this time Payton's performance set new record. He ran for 100 yards or more for the 59th time and became the leading rusher. He and Jim Brown had shared the record at 58 until this match.

"Cats" opens at the Winter Garden Theatre

The show made its debut on Broadway in October 1982, at the Winter Garden Theater with the same production team. In June 1997, Cats became the longest-running musical in Broadway history with 6,138 performances. It closed on 10 September 2000, after a total of 7,485 performances.

Grease OST starts a 13 week run at #1 on the UK chart

Grease: The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture is the original soundtrack for the 1978 film Grease. It was originally released by RSO Records and subsequently re-issued by Polydor Records in 1984 and 1991. The song "You're the One That I Want" was a US and UK No. It sold 28 million copies worldwide. Making it one of the best selling albums of all time, also ranking amongst the biggest selling soundtrack albums of all time.


Gilberto Silva is born

Gilberto Aparecido da Silva is a Brazilian former professional football player. Silva joined the youth academy at local club América Mineiro as a center-back in 1998. During his time at Atlético, Silva transitioned into a defensive midfielder under head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, and flourished in his new role, gaining a call-up to the Brazilian national team for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

John Lennon is awarded his "Green Card"

Following the impact of "Give Peace a Chance" and "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)", both of which songs were strongly associated with the anti-Vietnam War movement Lennon was ordered to leave the US in March 1973. Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, showed little interest in continuing the battle against Lennon, and the deportation order was overturned in 1975. The following year, Lennon received his "green card" certifying his permanent residency.

North Sea oil is discovered

British Petrol Company announced the discovery of Forties Oil Field east of Aberdeen. It contained about 700 million tons of oil. It was found by The Sea Quest drilling platform more than two kilometres bellow seabed in depth of 130 metres. The oil from the field is good because of its low wax and sulphur content.

Nixon announces a new peace proposal in Southeast Asia

President Richard Nixon announced a five-point proposal to end the war in Southeast Asia. He proposed potential withdrawal of U.S. forces, unconditional release of prisoners of war, and political solutions reflecting the will of the South Vietnamese people. These proposal were rejected by the Communists.

Thom Yorke, a lead singer of Radiohead, is born

Thomas Edward Yorke is an English musician and composer, and the singer and main songwriter of the alternative rock band Radiohead. A multi-instrumentalist, Yorke plays guitar and piano and works with synthesizers, sequencers and programming. He is known for his falsetto vocals; in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the 66th greatest singer of all time.

Singer Toni Braxton is born

Toni Michelle Braxton is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. She began performing with her sisters in a family group known as The Braxtons in the late 1980s, who were signed to Arista Records. Her self-titled debut studio album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the US.

The Rolling Stones record Lennon and McCartney penned song

"I Wanna Be Your Man" is a Lennon–McCartney-penned song recorded and released as a single by the Rolling Stones, and then recorded by the Beatles. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, and finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.

Far side of the Moon is photographed

Soviet probe Luna 3 photographed the far side of the Moon for the first time in history. The pictures were not good, but they caused a sensation even so. The terrain on the far side is very different from the near side. Reasons for this are not fully understood even by today’s geologists. Luna 3 also performed first gravity assist manoeuvre ever.

English businessman and producer Simon Cowell is born

Simon Cowell is mostly known as a judge of the British and American TV talent competition series, such as Pop Idol or The X Factor. As a judge he often makes controversial comments, including insults about contestants' singing abilities. Cowell also produces and promotes singles and albums for various musicians.

4th President of Russia Vladimir Putin is born

Vladimir Putin is 2nd and 4th President of Russia and one of the world's most powerful leaders. During his first presidency, the Russian economy grew for eight straight years. Under Putin's lead, Russia has scored poorly in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.

American singer John 'Cougar' Mellencamp is born

John J Mellencamp is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s while "honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style that, starting in 1982, yielded a string of Top 10 singles.

Inventor of air conditioning dies

American engineer Willis Carrier died. He constructed the first electrical air conditioning unit in 1902. It was in a printing house of the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company. Carrier later started his own company, Carrier Corporation. It specialized in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning.

German Democratic Republic begins to function as a state

The creation of the two separate states in east and west solidified the division of Germany. The Soviets turned control of East Germany over to the Socialist Unity Party.

American singer Al Martino is born

Al Martino was an American singer and actor. He had his greatest success as a singer between the early 1950s and mid-1970s, being described as "one of the great Italian American pop crooners", and also became well known as an actor, particularly for his role as singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather.

Danish physicist Niels Bohr is born

Niels Bohr invented the first usable model of atom structure. It was a combination of the discovery of the atomic nucleus by Ernest Rutherford and Max Planck’s theory that energy can exist only in small chunks. Bohr later used this model (although modified) for an explanation of the periodic table.

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