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"Black-ish" returns for a 5th season

"Black-ish" is an American sitcom TV series about an upper-middle-class African-American family. With the release of the second season, the show has received critical acclaim. The announced amount of episodes for the fifth season is 22, 1 episode less than in the previous one and 2 episodes less than first, second and third had.

"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.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is released

Starlink: Battle for Atlas is an action-adventure game set in the space. It is focused on exploring the Atlas star system, in order to build a helpful crew that will help the player progress through the story. It was developed by Ubisoft Toronto for Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One platforms. It offers single and multiplayer mode.


NBA season begins

The NBA is a men’s professional basketball league of North America and one of the 4 major professional sports leagues in the US and Canada. The 2018-19 NBA season is 73rd one since it began. There will be 30 teams competing for the title. The NBA 2019 All-Star game will take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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.

Machinarium is released

Amanita Design, a Czech independent video game developing company released their puzzle point-and-click adventure game Machinarium for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The game contains no dialogue, whether spoken or written. The game received positive reviews, with most of the scores being over 80% or 8/10 and up.

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.

Element 118

Oganesson is a synthetic chemical element with symbol Og and atomic number 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. 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. The name is in line with the tradition of honoring a scientist, in this case the nuclear physicist Yuri Oganessian, who has played a leading role in the discovery of the heaviest elements in the periodic table. It is one of only two elements named after a living person at the time of naming, the other being seaborgium.

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.

Jazz singer Etta Jones dies

An American jazz singer Etta Jones died in Mount Vernon, a city in Westchester County, NY, US, due to old age and cancer. She left behind her husband, John Medlock and a granddaughter. Her last 2 decades of her life were productive, thanks to her professional relationship with Person, a tenor saxophonist and her manager.

Internet pioneer dies

Instead of a single "inventor", the Internet was developed by many people over many years. The following are some Internet pioneers who contributed to its early development. These include early theoretical foundations, specifying original protocols, and expansion beyond a research tool to wide deployment.

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.


American baseball player Bryce Harper is born

Bryce Harper currently plays for the Washington Nationals, who chose him in 2010 with the first overall pick. In 2012, he was awarded as the NL Rookie of the Year. He was also named the NL Most Valuable Player for 2015 by the decision of the Baseball Writer's Association of America.

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.

Romanian singer Inna is born

Elena Alexandra Apostoleanu, known professionally as Inna, is a Romanian singer and songwriter. Born in Mangalia and raised in Neptun, she studied political science at Ovidius University before meeting Romanian trio Play & Win and pursuing a music career. In 2008 she changed her stage name from "Alessandra" to "Inna" and began releasing house music.

Swedish singer Loreen is born

Lorine Zineb Nora Talhaouiis a Moroccan-Swedish pop singer and music producer. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1983 to Moroccan Berber immigrant parents. Loreen was raised in a liberal Muslim household, but is non-practising as an adult. She grew up in Västerås and spent most of her teenage years in Gryta, a residential area in Västerås.

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.

Singer John Mayer is born

An American singer John Clayton Mayer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He grew up with his family in Fairfield, an affluent town bordering Bridgeport. Mayer became fascinated with guitars. Local guitar shop owner started teaching him and in 2 years, Mayer started playing at bars and pursuing a career in the music industry.

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.

British musician and actor Gary Kemp is born

Gary Kemp was born in Smithfield, London. He was a part of working-class family living in Islington. During his school years, he and his brother Martine were both active in the drama club. He appeared in TV and had few roles in movies, however, he eventually decided to pursue a career in music, leading to him forming his band.


Brazil and Roma midfield genius Falcao is born

A Brazilian former professional football player, Roberto Falcao was born in Abelardo Luz, in Brazil. He started his professional career with Internacional of Porto Alegre. During 8 years, they won 3 Brazilian National Championships. He was later transferred to Roma, where he became one of the foreign stars in Serie A.

"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 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.

Actress Angela Lansbury is born

An English-American-Irish actress, Angela Lansbury was born, as she herself says, in Regent’s Park, Central London. She was a part of an upper-middle class family and even though she attended school, she was largely self-educated. Angela studied at the Feagin School of Drama and Radio in NY and began acting after the graduation.

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.

Chemist Cyril Ponnamperuma is born

Sri Lankan chemist Cyril Ponnamperuma researched the origin of life on Earth. His work was based on his predecessors Harold Urey and Stanley Miller. They demonstrated spontaneous synthesis of organic molecules in conditions similar to the young Earth. Ponnamperuma focused on producing compounds related to the nucleic acids.

German songwriter and producer Bert Kaempfert is born

Bert Kaempfert was a German music producer, songwriter and orchestra leader. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, where he studied at the school of music. Because of his skill with multiple instruments, he was hired to play Hans Busch’s orchestra. Kaempfert later formed a band of his own and toured with them before he started producing.

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.

Ether is introduced

American dentist William Morton demonstrated general anaesthesia using ether. His patient`s name was Gilbert Abbott. Physicians removed small tumor from beneath his jaw in a public operation. It took place in the Boston General Hospital. Abbott inhaled the gas from a glass flask. Ether use suggested American chemist Charles Jackson.

Marie Antoinette is guillotined

As Marie Antoinette was preparing for her execution, she put on a plain white dress, because it is the color the widowed queens of France wore. Despite the insults of the crowd on her way to the place of execution, she remained still. Her body was later thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery.

Anniversaries of famous

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Oscar Wilde

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