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'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.

'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.

'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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

Oscar winning musical 'West Side Story' is released

West Side Story is a musical with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was inspired by William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The story is set in the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City in the mid 1950s, an ethnic, blue-collar neighborhood.

'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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1987

Zac Efron

died 1931

Thomas Edison

born 1978