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'The Rookie' is released on ABC

The ABC TV network released a crime drama TV series "The Rookie". The series based on true events follows a 40-year-old John Nolan, the oldest rookie at the LAPD. Nolan must make tough decisions in an unpredictable world of cops, in order to make his 2nd chance in life count. Nolan is portrayed by Nathan Fillion.

Hurricane Ophelia

Hurricane Ophelia developed near the Azores and then it struck Ireland and Great Britain. Other countries could feel its effect as well. With a speed of 185 km/h, it became one of the worst storms in the west Atlantic in the last 50 years. In Ireland, it claimed lives of three people and caused damaged of approximately 88 million dollars.

A revival of 'On the Town' opens on Broadway

On the Town is a musical based on Jerome Robbins’ idea for his 1944 ballet Fancy-Free. The original Broadway production was successful and therefore enjoyed a number of major revivals. The 2014 Broadway revival was nominated several times, from which it managed to win 2 Astaire Awards and Theatre World Award.


IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon is killed in crash

During the World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dan Wheldon got in a 15-car accident on the 11th lap, where his head hit a pole lining the track. Later, IndyCar CEO confirmed Wheldon's death. At the time of his death, he was 33 years old.

Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge is opened

The US states of Arizona and Nevada were connected by an arch bridge, spanning the Colorado River. It is just in front of the Hoover Dam, located roughly 48 km southeast of Las Vegas. The bridge with the total length of 579m is 270 m above the Colorado River, making it the second highest bridge in the US after Royale Gorge Bridge.

Green's 'Paper Towns' is published

John Green’s novel Paper Towns was published by Dutton Books. It is aimed mostly towards young adults. The story follows protagonist Quentin who searches for his neighbor, childhood sweetheart and self-described paper girl Margo. The novel had a positive reception and even received a film adaptation done by Fox 2000.

Airbnb starts operation

Airbnb founders Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia put air mattress in their living room and turned it into a B&B accommodation. Original idea was to earn enough to afford the rent for their apartment. The first customer booked their service during the Industrial Design Conference due lack affortable lodging in the city.

Discovery of Element 118 announced

Oganesson is a synthetic chemical element with symbol Og and atomic number 118 also known as Element 118. It was first synthesized in 2002 at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia by a joint team of Russian and American scientists. The discovery was not announced immediately, but delayed pending confirmatory experiments. On 9 October 2006, researchers announced that they had indirectly detected a total of three (possibly four) nuclei of oganesson (one or two in 2002 and two more in 2005) and in December 2015, it was recognized as one of four new elements by the Joint Working Party of the international scientific bodies IUPAC and IUPAP. It was formally named on 28 November 2016.

CBGB is closed after a final gig by Smith

CBGB was a music club located in Manhattan’s East Village. The club ran into some rent controversy when the landlord sued them for money the club owner Hilly Kristal allegedly owed him. This eventually led to the closure of club, even though many punk rock bands played there in hopes their support could keep it from closing.


Lionel Messi makes his league debut for Barcelona

Lionel Messi was only 17 years old when he made his league debut in the FC Barcelona match against Espanyol, coming on in the 82nd minute. Subsequently, he played only 77 minutes in 9 matches as a substitute player for the first team that seasons.

'By Jeeves' begins Broadway previews

By Jeeves is a 1975 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn. The previews of the Broadway productions took place at the Helen Haves theatre and started almost 2 weeks prior to its official opening date. There have been 15 previews in total and 73 regular performances before the end of the closing date.

A stampede of soccer fans kills 84 people

84 people were killed and more than 140 injured before a World Cup qualification match between Guatemala and Costa Rica. The cause was an excessive number of fans trying to enter the stadium. The match was immediately suspended by Guatemala President, who was attending the event.

The Million Man March takes place in Washington, D.C.

The Million Man March was a large gathering of African-American men in Washington, D.C. Called by Louis Farrakhan, it was held on and around the National Mall. The march took place in the context of a larger grassroots movement that set out to win politicians' attention for urban and minority issues through widespread voter registration campaigns.

Twenty-three people are massacred at Texas restaurant

35-year-old George Hennard drove his pickup trick through the front window of the restaurant called Luby's, killed 23 people and wounded 27 more. Then he shot himself. It is the 4th deadliest massacre done by a single shooter in the U.S. history.

Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert

The celebration of Chuck Berry’s 60th birthday consisted of 2 concerts held at Fox Theatre in St Louis. Chuck himself was backed by several other artists. Parts of both shows have been released by MCA as a documentary film - Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll. It also features some scenes from the rehearsals for the shows.

Culture Club appear on 'Top of the Pops'

An English band Culture Club was formed in London in the early 80s. The first singles they released failed the chart. However, roughly 4 months after the release of their very first one, they scored big with “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”. It became an international hit and created the headlines of the tabloid Top of the Pops.

Pope John Paul II becomes the first non-Italian pontiff

Wojtyła was elected pope by the second Papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected on the third day of the conclave and adopted the name of his predecessor in tribute to him.

Creedence Clearwater Revival split up

Creedence Clearwater Revival was an American rock band that topped the charts in the late 60s. Lead guitarist John Fogerty left the band, being fed up with his younger brother. The band success started to decline and it eventually disbanded completely as the tension between band and Fogerty rose after his return.

China successfully explodes its first atomic bomb

The 1st China's nuclear weapon test was detonated at the Lop Nur test site. The bomb had a yield of 22 kilotons and was similar to the USSR's 1st nuclear and the American Fat Man dropped on Nagasaki. The test made China 5th nuclear power in the world.

Decca Records releases 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline

A ballad “Crazy”, composed by Willie Nelson and recorded by Patsy Cline was released by a British record label Decca Records. This version peaked at No. 2 on US Billboard Hot Country Singles and No. 9 on US Billboard Hot 100. It was part of Cline’s album Showcase and released separately in 7-inch single format.

'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' is published

C. S. Lewis wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first part of The Chronicles of Narnia, consisting of 7 novels in total. The book was published in the UK by Geoffrey Bless. It tells the story about 4 English children who find an entrance to a magical land filled with talking animals, mythical creatures and White Witch.

Alfred Rosenberg is hanged as a war criminal

Alfred Rosenberg was a leader of the Foreign Policy Office of the NSDAP and played a key role in the Nazi ideology, its racial theory or persecution of the Jews. After the end of WWII, he was sentenced to death at Nuremberg trial and hanged for war crimes and crimes against humanity.


Gordie Howe makes his NHL debut

Gordon Howe was a Canadian professional hockey player from Saskatchewan in Canada. Howe spent some time at the training camp of NY Rangers when he was 15, but his debut came 3 years later, after being noticed by Red Wings scout. He was given #17 which he wore for the rest of his career. He and managed to score in his 1st game.

The Warsaw Ghetto is established

The Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of all the Jewish ghettos in German-occupied Europe during World War II. It was established by the German authorities within the new General Government territory of German-occupied Poland. Over 400,000 Jews were imprisoned there.

The Long March begins

The Long March was a military retreat handled by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China to evade the pursuit of the Chinese Nationalist Party army. The Communist were commanded by Mao Zedong, who begun to gain his power in these times, and crossed over 9,000 kilometers in about 370 days.

The Walt Disney Company is founded

The Walt Disney Company was founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio and became a leader in the American animation industry. Then it diversified into live-action film production, television and theme parks. Later it spread its activities also into theater, radio, music, publishing, and online media.

The Cardiff Giant is "discovered"

The Cardiff Giant was a 10-foot-tall purported "petrified man" found by workers digging a well near the barn of William Newell in Cardiff. It was the creation of a New York tobacconist named George Hull who decided to create it after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about Genesis 6:4 stating that there were giants who once lived on Earth.

Famous hoax 'Cardiff Giant' is discovered

The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in American history. It was a 10-foot-tall purported "petrified man" uncovered by workers digging a well behind the barn of William C. Newell in New York. Both it and an unauthorized copy made by P.T. Barnum are still being displayed.

The novel Jane Eyre is published in London

Jane Eyre is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name "Currer Bell", in 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London. Jane Eyre follows the experiences of its eponymous heroine, including her growth to adulthood and her love for Mr. Rochester, the brooding master of Thornfield Hall.

Ether is introduced as anasthetic

American dentist William Morton was the first to demonstrate general anesthesia using ether; he did so on a patient by the name of Gilbert Abbott. In a public operation at Boston General Hospital, physicians removed a small tumor from beneath the patient’s jaw after he had inhaled the gas from a flask. Ether use was first suggested by American chemist Charles Jackson.

The Sixth Coalition attacks Napoleon in Battle of Leipzig

The coalition armies of Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sweden, led by Tsar Alexander I of Russia and Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg, decisively defeated the French army of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French. Napoleon's army also contained Polish and Italian troops, as well as Germans from the Confederation of the Rhine.

Marie Antoinette is guillotined

Marie Antoinette was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution. She was tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal and declared guilty of depletion of the national treasury, conspiracy against the internal and external security of the State, and high treason and sentenced to death. For her execution, she wore a plain white dress. Despite the insults of the crowd she remained still. After her death, her body was later thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery.

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