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"Arrow" returns for a 7th season

The seventh season of the American television series Arrow, which is based on the DC Comics character Oliver Queen / Green Arrow, debuted on The CW. The season follows Oliver, a former billionaire businessman and politician, and the aftermath of outing himself as a vigilante.

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 go to #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.

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.


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.


German professional footballer Mesut Özil is born

Mesut Özil is a German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal. He is considered to be one of the best players in the world. Özil plays mostly as an attacking midfielder, but can also be deployed as a winger. He began his senior career as a member of his hometown club Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, departing two seasons later to join Werder Bremen for €5 million.


Kirk Gibson hits the impossible 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.

Singer Shayne Ward is born

Shayne Thomas Ward is an English singer and actor He is best known for his role as Aidan Connor in Coronation street from 2015 - 2018. He rose to fame as the winner of the second series of The X Factor. His prize, as winner, was a recording contract with Simon Cowell's Syco record label, which is co-owned by Sony Music.

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.


Footballer Didier Deschamps is born

Didier Claude Deschamps is a French retired footballer who has been a manager of the France national team since 2012. He played as a defensive midfielder for several clubs, in France, Italy, England, and Spain, such as Marseille, Juventus, Chelsea, and Valencia, as well as Nantes and Bordeaux. Deschamps was an intelligent and hard-working defensive midfielder who excelled at winning back possession.

Composer Cole Porter dies

Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theatre. Porter died of kidney failure, in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 73. He is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery in his native Peru, Indiana, between his wife and father.

Alibaba's founder Jack Ma is born

Ma Yun known professionally as Jack Ma, is a Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses. He has become a global icon in business and entrepreneurship, one of the world's most influential businessmen, and a philanthropist known for expounding his philosophy of business.

"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.

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.

American record producer Richard Carpenter is born

Richard Lynn Carpenter is an American musician, best known as one half of the sibling duo The Carpenters alongside his sister Karen. He has had numerous roles including record producer, arranger, pianist, keyboardist, lyricist, and composer, as well as joining with Karen on harmony vocals.

English singer Chris Andrews is born

Christopher Frederick Andrews is an English singer-songwriter whose musical career started in the late 1950s. Andrews remains active in his career as a singer-songwriter, working primarily in continental Europe and in the United Kingdom. Because of the Brexit vote, Andrews obtained also a German citizenship in 2016.

"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.

Immunological codebreaker is born

Australian immunologist Peter Doherty together with Rolf discovered how white blood cells (particularly T lymphocytes, T cells) recognize the enemy using a structure called major histocompatibility complex (MHC). Doherty and Zinkernagel left killer T cells to attack somatic cells infected by a virus in a test tube.

American singer Barry McGuire is born

Barry McGuire is an American singer-songwriter. He is known for the hit song "Eve of Destruction", and later as a pioneering singer and songwriter of contemporary Christian music. Barry's other chart successes were "Child of Our Times" and "Cloudy Summer Afternoon (Raindrops)".

Discoverer of the Moons of Mars is born

American astronomer Asaph Hall is most famous for discovering and naming two moons of the planet Mars. They are called Phobos, which means Fear, and Deimos, which means Terror. Hall also calculated a mass of Mars and measured orbital parameters of other bodies in and outside of the Solar system.

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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