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South Park: The Fractured but Whole is released

The Fractured but Whole is an RPG game set in the South Park universe, developed by Ubisoft San Francisco. Ubisoft collaborated with South Park Digital Studios on the publishment of the game. The game world is viewed from a 2.5D, 3rd person perspective. The game received favorable reviews, averaging around 8.5/10.

US Airways makes the final flight

US Airways ceased to exist when the Federal Aviation Administration granted a single operating certificate for US Airways and American Airlines. To the public, the airlines appeared to merge. Flight 1939 took off from Philadelphia International Airport as US Airways Flight 1939 but returned back as American Airlines Flight 1939.


Howard Kendall dies

Howard Kendall was a professional English footballer and manager of several football teams. He spent 18 years playing professionally, before turning to manage and spending 20 more years with that. Kendall died at the age of 69 in Southport, a large seaside town in England, while he was staying at a local hospital.

Closest exoplanet is found

Astronomers claimed to find a planet orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system. It is the closest star system to the Sun. It is composed from three stars: Alpha Centauri A, B and C. The proposed planet was to orbit Alpha Centauri B. It was named Alpha Centauri Bb. Its existence was however disproved in 2016.

"Kinky Boots" opens its world premiere

A Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein premiered in the Bank of America Theatre in Chicago. Its Broadway did not come until roughly half a year later at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The Chicago opening was described as “sentimental and modestly scaled” production by Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones.


One of the most curious goal in Premier league

Sunderland won the match against the Liverpool thanks to a curious goal, scored by Darren Bent. His shot was deflected by a beach ball is thrown onto the playing field by a fan. Jeff Winder, a main referee of the match decided the goal should stand, even though it was influenced from the outside, which is against the rules

Madonna and Guy Ritchie announce that their divorce

Madonna, commonly referred to as the Queen of Pop and her second husband, English filmmaker Guy Ritchie announced their divorce due to irreconcilable differences. The couple had been married since their wedding in 2000 at Skibo Castle in Scotland. The divorce settlement between the two granted Ritchie between £50-60 million.

Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals is released

Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals is an expansion for a video game Zoo Tycoon 2, developed by Blue Fang Games. The main focus of the expansion was mostly dinosaurs or ice age creatures. After its release, critics pointed out the outdated graphics, however, the expansion was praised for the addition of new features and playability.

Battlefield 2142 is released

Battlefield 2142 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA DICE. It is the fourth game in the Battlefield series. Battlefield 2142 is set in 2142, during a new ice age, depicting a war known as "The Cold War of the 22nd Century", in which two military superpowers, the European Union and Pan Asian Coalition, battle for the remaining unfrozen land during a new Ice Age.

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent is released

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent is an action-adventure stealth video game, developed and published by Ubisoft. The series, endorsed by American author Tom Clancy, follows the character Sam Fisher, an agent employed by a black-ops division of the National Security Agency, dubbed Third Echelon.

The Sims 2: Pets is released

The Sims 2: Pets is the fourth expansion pack in The Sims 2 series of games published by Electronic Arts. Unlike the other expansions, this game does not have a new neighborhood. Instead, new lots are available for placement in the existing neighborhoods. The Sims 2: Pets has sold over 6 million copies. Sims can own cats, dogs and gerbils.

Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs is released

Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs is the first expansion pack for the real-time strategy game Age of Empires III. The expansion pack was bundled with the full game of Age of Empires III, called Age of Empires III Gold Edition. There are no major changes to Age of Empires III - players are still expected to gather resources, build armies and send them to attack opponents. Instead, there are a number of new concepts introduced, whilst existing concepts have been expanded.

F.E.A.R. is released

F.E.A.R. is a horror first-person shooter video game developed by Monolith Productions. The game's story revolves around a supernatural phenomenon, which F.E.A.R., a fictional special forces team, is called to contain. The player assumes the role of F.E.A.R.'s Point Man, who possesses superhuman reflexes, and must uncover the secrets of a paranormal menace in the form of a little girl.


Patrick Roy becomes the winningest goaltender in NHL

Patrick Ray is a former Canadian hockey goaltender, regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. He played 11 years for Montreal Canadiens and 8 more for Colorado Avalanche. It was with Colorado when he became the goaltender with the highest number of won matches in the NHL history.

Earthquake rocks San Francisco killing 63 people

The Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California with a moment magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX. It caused 63 deaths and 3,757 injuries. Thanks to the TV coverage of the World Series, it was the 1st major earthquake in the U.S. that was broadcast live on national television.

The only group have a UK #1 single in each of the 3 decades

The release of a single “You Win Again” performed by Bee Gees marked the group’s comeback. It peaked at No. 1 in many European countries, including the UK. It was their first UK No. 1 single in over 8 years. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, with several of them reaching No. 1 in the 60s and 70s. During their career, The Bee Gees reached UK #1 five times.

A revival of "True West" opens at the Cherry Lane Theatre

True West, written by Sam Shepard is a play that tells the story of two estranged brothers who have reconnected and the rivalry between them. The play opened Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre, where it ran for nearly 2 years and had 762 performances. In the next year, True west became a finalist for the Pulitzer Drama Prize.


Finnish race car driver Kimi Räikkönen is born

Kimi Räikkönen is currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One. In 2007, he won the F1 championship, when he beat Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso by one point. In 2008, Forbes listed him as the 26th highest-paid celebrity and the 5th highest-paid sportsman.

OPEC states declare oil embargo

The members of the OPEC announced an oil embargo on nations that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur War. The price of oil rose from US$3 per barrel to nearly $12. The embargo was followed by an oil crisis with many effects on global politics and economy.

Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean is born

Wyclef Jean was born in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. His family emigrated to the US when he was 9. After some time spent in NY, they moved to New Jersey where he began making music. Jean became famous as a member of the New Jersey hip-hop group the Fugees. He has won 3 Grammy Awards for his musical work.

American rapper Eminem is born

Marshall Bruce Mathers III is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the US. He was born in 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the only child of Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr. and Deborah Rae Nelson. Debbie was 14 when she met 18-year-old Bruce. At age 17, she nearly died during her 73-hour labor.

"I'll Be There" starts a five-week rutn at #1

The soul song “I’ll Be There” was recorded by The Jackson 5 and subsequently released by Motown Records as the first single from their Third Album. During the course of several weeks, it climbed up on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 1. The song showed audiences that the group had potential beyond bubblegum pop.

Musician Ziggy Marley is born

David Nesta Marley, mostly known under the name Ziggy Marley is a musician born in Kingston, Jamaica. He is the son of famous Bob Marley. In his earliest musical records, he performed as a member of the group The Seven Do Bees. Later, he grouped up with his siblings and formed Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.


Tommie Smith and John Carlos are stripped of their medals

The Olympics Black Power salute was a political demonstration conducted by African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised a black-gloved fist, during their medal ceremony Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Smith said that the gesture was not a Black Power salute, but human rights salute.

Manfred Mann go to #1 on the US singles chart

“Do Wah Diddy Diddy” was originally recorded by the American vocal group The Exciters. Soon after its release, it was covered by British band Manfred Mann. Their version peaked at No. 1 in the UK singles chart for 2 weeks. It also climbed to the top of the US Billboard Hot 100, staying at No. 1 for 2 weeks as well.

Paris police massacre more than 200 Algerians

The Paris massacre occurred during the Algerian War. Demonstration of 30,000 Algerian supporters of National Liberation Front, that fought against pro-France Algerians and the rival Algerian nationalist organization, was attacked by the French National Police.

Country singer Alan Jackson is born

Alan Jackson was born in Newnan, in Coweta County of Georgia, US. He was not a music fan until he was introduced to the music of Gene Watson, Hank Williams Jr. and John Anderson. At the age of 27, he and his wife moved to Nashville, where he planned to pursue a music career. Jackson became an accomplished country singer and songwriter.

"Jailhouse Rock" is released

Jailhouse Rock is an American musical drama film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Elvis Presley. Distributed by MGM and dramatized by Guy Trosper from a story written by Nedrick Young, the film is about a young man sentenced to prison for manslaughter who is mentored in music by his prison cellmate who realizes his musical abilities.

First African-American woman astronaut is born

Mae Jemison spent 190 hours, 30 minutes and 23 seconds in space. It was aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992. Prior to her work for NASA she served in the Peace Corps. Jemison holds degrees in chemical engineering and medicine. She also founded a modern dance studio and she acted in one episode of Star Trek.

Father of neuroscience dies

Santiago Ramón y Cajal was Spanish pathologist specializing in neuroanatomy. His studies of the brain and a nervous system made him the founder of the modern neuroscience. He proved that the nervous system is made up of discrete individual cells. His drawings of the structure of the nervous system are still in use.

Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison

He was the boss of the Chicago Outfit gang, yet he was arrested and sentenced to a year in prison on a weapons charge. After the massacre on Saint Valentine, the government called for action. Short after Capone was release he was indicted for tax evasion and sent to Atlanta which at the time hosted America’s most notorious prisoners.

Chekhov's "The Seagull" opens at St. Petersburg

Anton Chekhov, a Russian dramatist considered to be among the best writers of short fiction wrote a play “The Seagull”. It is considered to be the 1st of his major plays. The story dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between 4 main characters. It premiered in Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The US takes possession of Alaska

The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million. The Russians decided to sell their Alaskan territory, where their main activities included fur trade and missionary work, as they were afraid it might be captured if they got into a war with the United Kingdom.

Kepler's Nova

SN 1604, also known as Kepler's Supernova, Kepler's Nova or Kepler's Star, was a supernova of Type Ia that occurred in the Milky Way, in the constellation Ophiuchus. Appearing in 1604, it is the most recent supernova in our own galaxy to have been unquestionably observed by the naked eye, occurring no farther than 6 kiloparsecs or about 20,000 light-years from Earth.

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