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Kidnapping of Jayme Closs

The kidnapping of Jayme Closs occurred in 2018, when Jake Thomas Patterson abducted thirteen-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs from her family's home in Barron, Wisconsin, after forcing his way inside and fatally shooting her father and mother. Patterson held her in captivity for 88 days until she escaped.

Choirul Huda dies after colliding with his teammate

Huda died after an incident in the match against Semen Padang at 2017 Liga 1. He collided with a teammate, Ramon Rodrigues, while trying to collect the ball from an opponent and was struck in the chest. After the incident, he was still conscious and complained of a chest pain, but his condition soon relapsed and he later died from his injuries.

Bohol earthquake

Bohol island in Philippines was struck by an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 7.2 with epicenter near the city of Sagbayan, and its depth of focus was 12 kilometres. 222 people died, 8 people remained missing and 976 people got injured. The following tremors lasted until the end of the year.

Broadway revival of "Bye Bye Birdie" opens

Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical with a book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let's Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army.

Elon Musk takes over as CEO of Tesla

Following the financial crisis, Musk assumed leadership of the company as CEO and product architect, positions he still holds today. Tesla Motors first built an electric sports car, the Tesla Roadster in 2008, with sales of about 2,500 vehicles to 31 countries. Musk was able to bring in both Mercedes and Toyota as long-term investors in Tesla.

De Young museum is opened

The de Young is a fine arts museum situated in San Francisco. The new building replaced the old, which was damaged by earthquake. The only elements that remained from the old de Young are the vases and sphinxes and also the palm trees in front of the building.

First taikonaut is sent into space

China has sent its first man, Yang Liwei, into space. The taikonaut is Chinese term for an astronaut. He flew aboard Shenzhou 5 spacecraft. Its design was similar to Russian Soyuz but larger. The mission duration was 21 hours, 22 minutes, 45 seconds. Return module landed in inner Mongolia.

U2 hit #1 on the UK singles chart

"Beautiful Day" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the first track on their tenth studio album, All That You Can't Leave Behind, and was released as the album's lead single. The song was a commercial success, helping launch the album to multi-platinum status, and is one of U2's biggest hits to date.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' debuts on HBO

Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American comedy television series produced and broadcast by HBO. The series was created by Larry David starring as a fictionalized version of himself. The series follows Larry in his life as a semi-retired television writer and producer in Los Angeles.

Video game 'Age of Empires' is released

Age of Empires is a history-based real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft, and the first game in the Age of Empires series. The game allows the user to act as the leader of an ancient civilization by advancing it through four ages, gaining access to new and improved units with each advance.

Michael Jackson plays the last date on the 'HIStory Tour'

The History World Tour was the third and final worldwide solo concert tour by American artist Michael Jackson, covering Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and North America. The tour included a total of 82 concerts spanning the globe with stops in 57 cities, 35 countries on 5 continents.

Paul and Linda McCartney are the guest voices on 'The Simpsons'

"Lisa the Vegetarian" is the fifth episode in the seventh season of the animated series The Simpsons. In the episode, Lisa decides to stop eating meat after bonding with a lamb at a petting zoo. Her schoolmates and family members ridicule her for her beliefs, but with the help of Apu and Paul and Linda McCartney, she commits to vegetarianism.

1989

Wayne Gretzky breaks the all-time NHL scoring record

Wayne Gretzky broke Gordie Howe's 1,850 points record in the final period of a game against the Edmonton Oilers. He entered the game with 1,849 points. By the time he retired at the end of the 1998-99 season, he held or shared totally 61 NHL records.

1988

Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home run

Kirk Gibson, who had injuries in both legs, was pinch hitting for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the bottom of the 9th inning and hit two-run walk-off home run, that won Game 1 for the Dodgers against the Oakland Athletics by a score of 5–4.

'Lieutenant Pigeon' are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Mouldy Old Dough" is an instrumental single, which was a hit for Lieutenant Pigeon. It was written by Nigel Fletcher and Rob Woodward and first produced by them under the name of their other band, Stavely Makepeace. The only lyrics are the growled title "Mouldy Old Dough" and "Dirty Old Man" by Fletcher.

Millions march in US Vietnam Moratorium

The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam was a demonstration against the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Millions of people participated throughout the world. Future U.S. President Bill Clinton organized the demonstration in England. A month later, it was followed by the Moratorium March on Washington.

Cornerstone of the sexual revolution

Chemists Carl Djerassi, Luis Miramontes, and George Rosenkranz from Mexican pharmaceutical company Syntex synthetized norethisterone. It was the first oral contraceptive. It had to be further developed, combined with other chemicals and tested. The practically applicable contraceptive pill was therefore available six years later, in 1957.

'I Love Lucy' airs on the CBS

The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub is the second filmed episode of I Love Lucy but the first one aired. Originally, "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her" was supposed to have been aired, but numerous production problems kept the actors and others, who had a stake in the success of the program, from airing it until the problems had been fixed.

'The Great Dictator' is released

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin. Having been the only Hollywood filmmaker to continue to make silent films well into the period of sound films, this was Chaplin's first true sound film.

Queen Marie Antoinette is tried and convicted in a swift

During the French revolution, the royal family was imprisoned and subsequently the monarchy was abolished. Marie Antoinette was found sentenced to death and guillotined because of, among other things, her intelligence activities in the interest of the enemy.

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