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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.

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 After its release, critics pointed out the outdated graphics, however, the expansion was praised for the addition of new features and playability.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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

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.

'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.

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.

'Jailhouse Rock', starring rock’n’roll sensation Elvis Presley, premieres

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Lewis Capaldi

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