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The Broadway premiere of 'Fool for Love'

Fool for Love is a play written by American playwright and actor Sam Shepard. The play focuses on May and Eddie, former lovers who have met again in a motel in the desert. In 2015, Arianda and Rockwell reprised their roles in the play's Broadway debut at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a Manhattan Theatre Club production directed by Aukin.

'South Park' celebrates its 250th episode

"The Cissy" is the third episode in the 18th season of the American animated television series South Park. The 250th overall episode, it was written and directed by series co-creator Trey Parker. The episode premiered on Comedy Central in the United States in 2014. The episode explores the culture of transgender individuals and gender identity.

A revival of 'Man and Boy' opens on Broadway

Man and Boy is a play by Terence Rattigan. It was poorly received, with a limited London run and only 54 performances on Broadway; but was revived by Maria Aitken to great acclaim. Maria Aitken again directed the play for Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway in the fall of 2011, starring Tony Award winner Frank Langella as Antonescu.

Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan kills 100,000

The Kashmir earthquake occurred in the Pakistani territory of Azad Kashmir. It reached a moment magnitude of 7.6 and had a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII. Countries in the surrounding region, such as Afghanistan or Tajikistan, were also affected. Over 5.4 billion USD aid arrived to the damaged areas.

Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is sent to prison

Celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart was today sentenced to 5 months in prison and 5 months of home confinement for lying about a stock sale. Just before her sentence was pronounced, Stewart asked the judge to "remember all the good I have done". She said: "Today is a shameful day. It's shameful for me, for my family and for my company."

George W. Bush creates the Office of Homeland Security

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, Pres. George W. Bush created the Office of Homeland Security, to coordinate counterterrorism efforts by federal, state, and local agencies; and the Homeland Security Council, to advise the president on homeland security matters. Both offices were superseded in January 2003 with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Linate Airport disaster

In a thick fog of Linate airport of Milan, McDonnell Douglas MD-87 of Scandinavian Airlines headed for Copenhagen collided on take-off with a private Cessna Citation CJ2. All 114 people on both aircraft were killed, as well as four people on the ground. It remains the deadliest accident in Italian aviation history.

All-male interpretation of the ballet Swan Lake is introduced

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake was first staged at Sadler's Wells theatre in London in 1995. It is the longest running ballet in London's West End and on Broadway. Much has been made of Bourne's decision to cast men as the swans. The original ballet is a standard in the European tradition of romanticized female–male love.

U.S. House of Representatives initiates Clinton impeachment

U.S. House of Representatives voted to proceed toward impeaching President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The first McDonald's on the Chinese mainland is opened

The first McDonald's opened in mainland China in 1990 in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. More prominently, the largest McDonald's in the world opened in Beijing. It had 700 seats, 29 cash registers, and served over 40,000 on its opening day. By 1996, 29 restaurants had opened in Beijing alone.

Eddie Vedder joins Pearl Jam for the first time

Pearl Jam was formed in 1990 by Ament, Gossard, and McCready, who then recruited Vedder and three different drummers in sequence. The band originally took the name Mookie Blaylock but was forced to change it when the band signed to Epic Records in 1991, instead of calling their debut album Ten, after Blaylock's jersey number.

Pink Floyd's album 'The Dark Side of the Moon' breaks record

The Dark Side of the Moon produced two singles: "Money" and "Us and Them". The album topped the Billboard chart for a week and remained on the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 and made a record. Following a change in how Billboard counts sales in 2009, it re-entered the chart and has since appeared for over 900 weeks. With estimated sales of over 45 million, it is Pink Floyd's best-selling album and one of the bestselling worldwide.

Chuck Berry is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The "King of Rock and Roll," Chuck Berry was honored with the 1,857th star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Johnny Grant, Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and Chairman of the Walk of Fame Committee, served as Master of Ceremonies with Bill Welsh, President of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce officiating.

Balloon enthusiast

American balloonist and atmospheric scientist Malcolm Ross died. He set several altitude records in balloons. In 1961 Ross with colleague Victor Prather reached the altitude 34.7 km. This altitude record has not been surpassed. Their balloon was called Strato-Lab V. The flight lasted 9 hours and 54 minutes.

'Sugar Babies' opens on Broadway

Sugar Babies is a musical revue conceived by Ralph G. Allen and Harry Rigby, with music by Jimmy McHugh, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and Al Dubin. The show is a tribute to the old burlesque era. First produced in 1979 on Broadway and running nearly three years, the revue attracted warm notices and was given subsequent touring productions.

Sex Pistols sign contract with EMI

The Sex Pistols were an English punk rock band formed in London in 1975. They initiated the punk movement in the United Kingdom and still serve as an inspiration to many musicians. After they signed a two-year contract with EMI, they released their first single called Anarchy in the UK.

'The album Led Zeppelin II' is 100th week on the UK album charts

Led Zeppelin II is the second studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in October 1969 in the US and later on in the UK by Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in both the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969.

Nobel Prize for Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He could not receive the prize personally in Stockholm at that time, since he was afraid he would not be let back into the Soviet Union. Instead, Solzhenitsyn received his prize at the 1974 ceremony after he had been expelled from the Soviet Union.

Roy Orbison is at #1 with 'Oh Pretty Woman'

"Oh, Pretty Woman" or "Pretty Woman" is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees. Within months of its release, in October 1964, the single was certified gold by the RIAA. At the year's end, Billboard ranked it the number four song of 1964.

Heart pacemaker

A pacemaker is a medical device that generates electrical impulses delivered by electrodes to contract the heart muscles and regulate the electrical conduction system of the heart.


Don Larsen's perfect game

Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw a perfect game in Game 5 against the Brooklyn Dodgers. His perfect game is the only perfect game in the history of the World Series.A perfect game refers to a game in which a pitcher pitches a victory that lasts a minimum of nine innings and in which no opposing player reaches a base.

Microwave oven patented

A microwave oven is a kitchen appliance that heats and cooks food by exposing it to electromagnetic radiation in the microwave frequency range. Percy Spencer invented the modern microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the ware. It was first sold under the name "Radarange".

Afro made possible

German hairdresser Karl Nessler demonstrates for the first time how to do Permanent wave, often called just “perm.” He had been working on the idea from the year 1896 and tried various chemicals. Finally, he was successful with a mixture of cow urine and water. His perm lasted just five hours.

Early cancer researcher

Otto Warburg was born. He studied the cell and its metabolism, particularly the cancer pathogenesis. He postulated one of the first hypotheses on the origin of cancer. Warburg noticed that cancer cells prefer anaerobic metabolism over aerobic. He considered this to be the main cause of cancer (He was wrong).

Great Chicago Fire erupts

The Great Chicago Fire broke out at around 9 PM, around a small barn belonging to the O’Leary family. Wood being predominant building material aided to spread the fire. The wind became superheated, which led to other structures catching on fire. In estimate, 300 people died and more than 100,000 were left homeless.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1970

Sadiq Khan

born 1985

Bruno Mars

born 1946

Jaak Allik

born 2000

Fares Khalil