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Green's 'Turtles All the Way Down' is published

American author, John Green, winner of Printz Award had his novel “Turtles All the Way Down” published by Dutton Books. The story is centered on Aza, a 16-year-old teen struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The book received fairly positive reviews, with reviewers noting Green’s talent for keen observation.

'Thor: Ragnarok' premieres in Los Angeles

Thor: Ragnarok is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, and the seventeenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Taika Waititi.


George Weah rises from footballer to President

Weah alleged that the election had been rigged through voter intimidation and ballot tampering, and many of his supporters protested the results in the streets of Monrovia. After assurances that the vote was fair, several prominent African leaders called on Weah's supporters to accept the result with grace and dignity, and Sirleaf became President.

'Oh, Hello' opens on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre

The Oh, Hello Show is a comedy act created by Americans Nick Kroll and John Mulaney that was popularized on Comedy Central's Kroll Show. The show centers on Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, elderly men from the Upper West Side of Manhattan who are known for their turtlenecks, misinformed beliefs, and tendency to say "Oh, hello" in unison.

Two bombs in Ankara kill more than 100 people

In 2015 in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, two bombs were detonated outside Ankara Central railway station. With a death toll of 109 civilians, the attack surpassed the 2013 Reyhanlı bombings as the deadliest terror attack in modern Turkish history. Another 500 people were injured.

Taylor Swift is named Billboard's Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts, managing to chart 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 in the period between her debut in 2006 and 2014. Swift became an artist who has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success and innovation, for which she deserved to be honored.

El Hierro eruption

The 2011-2012 El Hierro eruption occurred just off the island of El Hierro, the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. The island is also the youngest in the volcanic chain.

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately dies suddenly at the age of 33

Lead singer of the Irish group Boyzone, Stephen Gately died at his home in Port d’Andratx, Majorca. His body was found on the sofa before noon. The doctors determined the reason behind his death was undiagnosed heart condition that resulted in pulmonary edema. His funeral took place at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole in Dublin.

Radiohead let fans choose price of new album 'In Rainbows'

The 7th studio album by English rock band Radiohead was released for download with pay-what-you-want pricing strategy. People could pre-order an MP3 version of In Rainbows for any amount, with no minimum, therefore it was available to get for free. It was meant to be a way to avoid the regulated playlists of radios and TVs.

US President George W. Bush presents the list of 22 most wanted terrorists

The FBI Most Wanted Terrorists was a list created and first released with the authority of United States President Bush, following the September 11 attacks on the United States. The list contained 22 of the top terrorist, where one of them was Osama bin Laden.

'Genie In A Bottle' goes to #1 on the UK singles

Genie in a Bottle was released on Christina’s Aguilera self-titled debut album. The song used sexual references to talk about the theme of self-respect. It received favorable reviews from music critics and peaked atop the charts of 21 countries, including the No.1 on UK Singles during the course of following months.

R.E.M. score their second UK #1 album

The eighth studio album by an American alternative rock band R.E.M. yielded 6 singles. It became their second album reach No. 1 in the UK, topping the UK Albums Chart 4 on 4 separate occasions. The album was a commercial success and has sold roughly 18 million copies worldwide in addition to being received well by critics.

Greyhound Bus recovers from bankruptcy

Greyhound is an intercity bus carrier serving over 3,800 destinations across North America. After drivers' strike, Greyhound experienced bankruptcy, when the company had to address claims for 142 million USD to its striking drivers and for 384 million USD of pre-bankruptcy debts owed.


Doug Jarvis sets an NHL record

A former Canadian hockey player, Douglas Jarvis spent 23 years playing on a professional level. During his career, he played for Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers in the NHL. Jarvis never missed a regular season game, resulting in him setting a new record for most consecutive games played in the NHL by playing 964th game in a row.

Earth's second moon is discovered

Scottish astronomer Duncan Waldron discovered strange asteroid which he named Cruithne (from old Irish). It orbits the Sun, but so close to Earth, that it is sometimes called second Moon. Relative to Earth Cruithne's orbit looks like a horseshoe. Astronomers later found more similar objects near Earth.

San Salvador earthquake

A devastating earthquake with a moment magnitude of 5.7 struck San Salvador, the capital of Salvador. From 1000 to 1500 died, 10,000 to 20,000 people got injured. The damages were recorded even in neighboring Guatemala and Honduras.

'The Rose' premieres in Los Angeles

The Rose is an American drama that tells the story of a rock star struggling to cope with the constant pressure of her career. It is loosely based on the life of singer Janis Joplin who died of heroin overdose. The movie had won 3 Golden Globes out of 5 nominations and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.

The first US vice president resigns in disgrace

Spiro Agnew was investigated on account of charges of conspiracy, bribery, extortion and tax fraud. He was charged with having accepted bribes totaling more than $100,000 while holding office. As a result, Agnew was forced to resign in disgrace. Agnew was the second Vice President in United States history to resign, the other being John C. Calhoun, and the only one to do so because of criminal charges.

October Crisis

Members of the Front de libération du Québec kidnapped the provincial cabinet minister Pierre Laporte and the British diplomat James Cross. Pierre Laporte was assassinated by members of the group. In exchange for the release of James Cross, the abductors would get safe passage to Cuba.

Black Sabbath are at #1 on the UK chart with their second album

The second album by the rock band Black Sabbath, Paranoid, was released on LP. Until 2013, it was their only LP album to top UK Album Charts. The sales of the album were enhanced by the success of the “Paranoid” single, which reached No. 4 in the UK charts. It also included their signature songs - “Iron Man” and “War Pigs”.

King Crimson release their debut studio album

English progressive rock band King Crimson have been influential on the early 1970s progressive rock movement. Their debut came with an album “In the Court of the Crimson King”. With the release of the album, the band got rid of the blues influence and combined features of jazz, classical and symphonic music.

Simon and Garfunkel release their third album

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the third studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel produced by Bob Johnston. For their third album, the duo spent almost three months in the studio, for the first time extending a perfectionist nature both in terms of instrumentation and production.


The opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

The Olympic Flame was lit by Yoshinori Sakai, a man who was born in Hiroshima on the day the atomic bomb was dropped. The song for the opening ceremony was composed by Yūji Koseki. The broadcast of the ceremony was watched by over 70% of the viewing public.

The second James Bond film 'From Russia with Love' premieres in London

From Russia with Love is a 1963 British spy film and the second in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions, as well as Sean Connery's second role as MI6 agent James Bond. It was directed by Terence Young, and written by Richard Maibaum and Johanna Harwood, based on Ian Fleming's similarly named 1957 novel.

Pan Am begins regular flights around the world

Pan Am was the largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse in 1991. Originally, it was founded as a scheduled air mail and passenger service flying between Florida and Cuba. Pan Am is credited for the widespread of jet aircraft or jumbo jets.


The first team wins a championship after relocating

The Milwaukee Braves team won its first and only World Series championship while based in Milwaukee. The Braves won 95 games and lost 59 to win the National League pennant by eight games over the second-place St. Louis Cardinals.

'Love Me Tender' entrees the US chart for a 19-week stay

Elvis Presley recorded and published the song “Love Me Tender” from the movie of the same name. Presley performed the song shortly before its release, resulting in more than a million advance orders. The single topped 4 US Billboard charts, staying at No. 1 for several weeks. It has been featured in many other movies since then.

Truman signs Mutual Security Act

The Mutual Security Act was an American foreign aid program to help poor countries develop and to contain the spread of communism. It was signed by President Harry S. Truman with an annual budget of $7.5 billion for military, economic, and technical foreign aid.

Third most used plastic is patented

American inventor Waldo Semon developed a method of making plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC), also known as vinyl. PVC was first synthetized by German chemist Eugen Baumann. It looked like potentially useful material, but it was too rigid. Waldo Semon invented a way to make it in a rubber-like form.

The Gibson Guitar Corporation is formed

Orville Gibson patented a single-piece mandolin design and eventually started to sell his instruments. That led to the foundation of Gibson Guitar Corporation in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With the modernization of technology, the company started selling new instruments. The company has been renamed to Gibson Brands, Inc.

Captain Henry Wirz is hanged

Wirz was tried and executed for conspiracy and murder relating to his command of the camp, and was one of only two people convicted for war crimes during the American Civil War. He has become a controversial figure due to debate about his guilt and reputation, including criticism over his personal responsibility and the quality of his post-war trial.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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John Wood

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