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Samsung starts building what it calls the world’s biggest vessel

Subsidiary of Samsung, South Korean multinational conglomerate, built the floating liquefied natural gas platform. The platform weights 600,000 tonnes and in 2017 the it has begun its journey to the North West. The facility has the capacity to process and offload about 3.6 million tonnes of LNG.

The Sims 3: Pets is released

The Sims 3: Pets is the fifth expansion pack for The Sims 3 on PC and Mac, and is the second console game in the series. Like in previous expansions for The Sims games, this expansion introduces pets such as cats and dogs and, for the first time, horses into the game.


Tom Brady breaks the NFL record

Tom Brady, an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots, set an NFL record against the Tennessee Titans for most touchdowns in a single quarter, throwing five in the second quarter. Brady finished the game with six touchdowns.

Age of Empires III is released

Age of Empires III is a real-time strategy video game, the third game of the Age of Empires series developed by Ensemble Studios. It portrays the European colonization of the Americas, between approximately 1492 and 1876 AD. There are fourteen civilizations to play within the game.

Naked John Lennon is named the top US magazine cover

The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers. The magazine was published a month after Lennon's murder in December 1980. The society picked its favorite images at its conference in Puerto Rico to mark the 40th anniversary of its awards ceremony.

Quake 4 is released

Quake 4 is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game, the fourth title in the Quake series. The game was developed by Raven Software and published by Activision. Compared to other titles in the Quake series, Quake 4 has an increased emphasis on the single-player portion of the game.


Thierry Henry becomes Arsenal’s all-time top goal-scorer

The 2005–06 season proved to be one of the remarkable personal achievements for Henry. Henry became the club's top goalscorer of all time; two goals against Sparta Prague in the Champions League meant he broke Ian Wright's record of 185 goals.

Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC is opened

The grand opening of the 100,000 square-foot performance, education and broadcast facility dedicated entirely to America's true art form - Jazz. It's located at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, in the Time Warner building on New York's Columbus Circle. Frederick P. Rose Hall consists of three main music performance venues.

"Mamma Mia!" opens on Broadway

The musical opened on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theatre after beginning previews at the beginning of the month. The director is Phyllida Lloyd with choreography by Anthony Van Laast. As of October 2017, it is the 9th longest-running Broadway show and the longest-running jukebox musical in Broadway history.

Pipeline explosions kills 700 in Nigeria

The oil pipeline explosion occurred in the community of Jesse in Nigeria. The exact cause of the explosion remains unknown. The pipeline explosion incinerated hundreds of people. Others died from burn injuries. The fire burned so hot that rescue workers could not approach the scene for six days.

Sonic & Knuckles is released

Sonic & Knuckles is a 1994 side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis. An installment in the main Sonic the Hedgehog series, It is a direct sequel to Sonic the Hedgehog 3. The story follows Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles the Echidna in their respective quests to save Angel Island.

"Once on This Island" opens on Broadway

Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. The show includes elements of the Romeo and Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Little Mermaid. The Broadway production opened in October 1990 at the Booth Theatre.

East Germany's head of state resigns

East Germany's head of state Erich Honecker refused all changes to the East German political system and was consequently forced to resign by his party as the Communist regime sought to retain its power. He was succeeded by Egon Krenz.

Actor Zac Efron is born

Zachary David Alexander Efron is an American actor and singer. Efron was born in San Luis Obispo, California, and later moved to Arroyo Grande, California. He began acting professionally in the early 2000s, and rose to prominence in the late 2000s for his leading role in the High School Musical franchise.

NES and R.O.B are launched for a limited test market in the US

Nintendo seeded these first systems to limited American test markets starting in New York City in October 1985. Nintendo released 17 launch titles: 10-Yard Fight, Baseball, Clu Clu Land, Duck Hunt, Excitebike, Golf, Gyromite, Hogan’s Alley, Ice Climber, Kung Fu, Pinball, Soccer, Stack-Up, Tennis, Wild Gunman, Wrecking Crew, and Super Mario Bros.


Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn is born

Lindsey Caroline Vonn is an American World Cup alpine ski racer on the US Ski Team. She has won 4 World Cup overall championships—one of only two female skiers to do so. Vonn is one of 6 women to have won World Cup races in all 5 disciplines of alpine skiing—downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super combined—and has won 82 World Cup races in her career.

Jazz musician Esperanza Spalding is born

Esperanza Emily Spalding is an American jazz bassist and singer. Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon, and was a musical prodigy, playing violin in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon at five years old. She was later both self-taught and -trained on a number of instruments, including guitar and bass.

American R&B singer Ne-Yo is born

Ne-Yo is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer who gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. Ne-Yo's debut studio album, In My Own Words, was critically and commercially successful, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.

Buggles are at #1 on the UK singles chart

Video Killed the Radio Star is a song written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978. It was first recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club for their album English Garden, and later by British group the Buggles, consisting of Horn and Downes. The track topped sixteen international music charts.


Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in a row

In the sixth game of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson hit three home runs in successive times at bat, all on the first pitch, to drive in five runs and lead an 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Jackson’s three clouts earned him the Series MVP Award.


The first player records an official quadruple-double

Nate Thurmond was acquired by the Chicago Bulls in exchange. Against the Atlanta Hawks, in his debut as a Bull, he recorded 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots, becoming the first player in NBA history to officially record a quadruple-double.


Bob Beamon breaks the WR in long jump

American athlete Robert "Bob" Beamon propelled himself into the record books and sporting history with an incredible leap of 8.90 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics. After 23 years, his world record was finally broken by Mike Powell.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first gig

The first official appearance of "The Jimi Hendrix Experience", invited by French singer Johnny Hallyday, was at the Novelty in Évreux, France. Six days later the band played their first UK gig at a private showcase at the Scotch of St James.

Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme is born

Jean-Claude Van Damme is a belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films. Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant and florist.

Tennis for Two is released

Tennis for Two is a sports video game, which simulates a game of tennis, and was one of the first games developed. American physicist William Higinbotham designed the game in 1958 after learning that the government research institution's Donner Model 30 analog computer could simulate trajectories with wind resistance.


Czech-American tennis player Martina Navratilova is born

Martina Navratilova is considered one of the best female tennis of all time. She was World No. 1 for 332 weeks in singles and a record 237 weeks in doubles. With Serena Williams, they are the only open era players who won six major singles without the loss of a set.

Through the looking glass

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll and the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. There she finds that, just like a reflection, everything is reversed, including logic Through the Looking-Glass includes such celebrated verses as "Jabberwocky" and "The Walrus and the Carpenter", and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. The mirror which inspired Carroll remains displayed in Charlton Kings.

Transistor radio is announced

Texas Instruments Company announced its Regency TR-1. It was the first commercially available transistor radio. Its dimensions were 127 × 76 × 32 millimeters, mass around 300 grams. It was the first use of transistors for consumer electronics. It could operate between 20 and 30 hours, considerably longer than vacuum tube radios.

Singer Laura Nyro is born

Laura Nyro was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs.

Most productive inventor ever dies

American inventor Thomas Edison holds 1,093 patents in the United States and many in other countries like United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He invented the motion picture camera or phonograph. He is often attributed to the invention of the light bulb, which he has only improved. Edison was also the first patron of the famous academic journal Science.

Singer Chuck Berry is born

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven" "Rock and Roll Music" and "Johnny B. Goode", Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive.


Red Grange scored five of Illinois' six touchdowns

Harold Edward "Red" Grange, an American football halfback for the University of Illinois, became a national star when he returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against a Michigan team. He rushed for 3 more touchdowns in the first 12 minutes and another later in the game.

The British Broadcasting Company is founded

The British Broadcasting Company was originally established as a private consortium of radio manufacturers to secure the first broadcasting license in the UK. Daily broadcasting by the BBC began in Marconi’s London studio – 2LO.


The first Milan Derby takes place

The Derby della Madonnina, also known as the Derby di Milano is a derby football match between the 2 prominent Milanese clubs Internazionale and Milan. The first derby match between the two Milanese rivals was held in the final of the Chiasso Cup of 1908, a football tournament played in Canton Ticino, Switzerland on 18 October of that year; the Rossoneri won 2–1.

U.S. takes control of Puerto Rico

During the Spanish–American War, Puerto Rico was invaded and subsequently became a possession of the United States. The first years of the 20th century were marked by the struggle to obtain greater democratic rights from the United States. The political status of Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth controlled by the United States, remains an anomaly.

The first U.S. long distance telephone is opened

AT&T built an interconnected long-distance telephone network that connected New York and Chicago. The phone line could handle only one call at a time. The price was set to $9 for 5 minutes. The very first call was made by Alexander Graham Bell for opening ceremony.

Father of the computer dies

English mathematician, engineer, inventor, and philosopher Charles Babbage constructed two mechanical computers. First of them was called the Difference engine. It was capable of calculating polynomial functions. Second Babbage`s computer was called the Analytical Engine. It had most of the functions of modern computers.

U.S. takes possession of Alaska

The U.S. formally takes possession of Alaska after purchasing the territory from Russia for $7.2 million. Russia wanted to sell its Alaska territory to the U.S. rather than risk losing it in battle with a rival such as Great Britain.

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