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Soulcalibur VI is released

Soulcalibur VI is a fighting game in the Soulcalibur series developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Following the tradition of prior installments, Soulcalibur VI's gameplay involves two weapon-wielding combatants battling against one another on a 3D plane.

"Halloween" is released in the US

Halloween is a 2018 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween film series, and a direct sequel to the 1978 film of the same name, while disregarding the continuity of the previous sequels.

"Daredevil" returns for a third season

The third season of the American web television series Daredevil, which is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, follows Matt Murdock / Daredevil, a blind lawyer-by-day who fights crime at night. When Wilson Fisk is released from prison, Murdock must decide between hiding from the world or embracing his life as a hero vigilante.

Life on Earth

A group of Scientists led by Elizabeth Bell found evidence that life likely existed on Earth at least 4.1 billion years ago. That was 300 million years earlier than previous research suggested. The discovery indicates that life may have begun shortly after the planet formed 4.54 billion years ago.

Leadenhall building is officially opened

122 Leadenhall Street, also known as the Leadenhall Building is a skyscraper in London that is 225 meters tall. It was designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; it is known informally as the Cheesegrater because of its distinctive wedge shape similar to that of the kitchen utensil with the same name.

Snapchat releases its first paid advertisement

Snapchat's first ad came from Universal Pictures previewing its movie Ouija. The ad was sent to Recent Updates feed along with possibility of not displaying it. The ad played when users pressed their screens, was marked as advertisement and available to play more than once.

"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is published

The Neapolitan Novels is a 4-part series by the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein and published by Europa Editions. My Brilliant Friend is a modern masterpiece it is a rich, intense and generous-hearted story about 2 friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation.

Fallout: New Vegas is released

Fallout: New Vegas is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game. It is a spin-off of the Fallout series and was developed by Obsidian Entertainment. It is set in a world that deviated onto an alternate timeline thanks to atomic age technology, which eventually led to its devastation by a nuclear apocalypse.

Rock musical "Memphis" opens on Broadway

Directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, the Broadway production of Memphis began previews at the Shubert Theatre. The cast included many of the cast members from the pre-Broadway productions, including Chad Kimball as Huey Calhoun and Montego Glover as Felicia Farrell.

Saddam Hussein goes on trial for crimes against humanity

The Trial of Saddam Hussein was the trial of the deposed President of Iraq Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi Interim Government for crimes against humanity during his time in office. Critics viewed the trial as a sham that did not meet international standards on the right to a fair trial.

Stronghold is released

Stronghold is a historic real-time strategy game developed by Firefly Studios in 2001. The game focuses primarily on conquest and expansion through military pursuits, but also provides space for economic strategy and development. There is both an economic and a military campaign to be played and both are discussed in the game manual.

Jazz trumpeter Don Cherry dies

Donald Eugene Cherry was an American jazz trumpeter. Noted for his long association with saxophonist Ornette Coleman, which began in the late 1950s, Cherry was a pioneer in world fusion music in the 1960s. Cherry died at the age of 58 from liver cancer in Málaga, Spain. Cherry was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2011.

Fire sweeps through Oakland hills burning thousands of homes

On this day, a fire begins in the hills of Oakland, California. The winds were so intense and the area was so dry that within an hour close to 800 buildings were on fire. 25 people had lost their lives, 150 people were injured and 3,000 homes and 1,500 acres had been consumed. The total tally of damages was $1.5 billion.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%, 508 points

Stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The crash began in Hong Kong and spread west to Europe, hitting the United States after other markets had already declined by a significant margin. In Australia and New Zealand is it referred as Black Tuesday because of the time zone difference.

"Take On Me" by A-ha becomes #1 in the US

"Take On Me" is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha, first released in 1984. The self-composed original version was produced by Tony Mansfield and remixed by John Ratcliff. The song combines synthpop with a varied instrumentation that includes acoustic guitars, keyboards and drums.

Bill Gates and Paul Allen make their legendary photo

It was a year when Paul Allen and Bill Gates licensed MS-DOS to IBM in a landmark deal that saw them retain control of the software. Gates and Allen decided to take a picture in field of PCs. The picture of was Recreate in 2013 with exact hardware in Living Computer Museum in Seattle.

The Yardbirds arrive in New York for their first US tour

The Yardbirds are an English rock band. The band's core lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith. The band is known for starting the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck.

Helen Shapiro is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Walkin' Back to Happiness" is a 1961 single by Helen Shapiro. The song was written by John Schroeder and Mike Hawker. It was number one in the UK for three weeks but only reached #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100, Shapiro's only US chart appearance. The single sold over a million copies and earned Helen Shapiro a golden disc.


The Glasgow derby ends in a record score-line

Officially, the largest margin of victory in matches between the Glasgow clubs was achieved in the final of the Scottish League Cup, when Celtic shocked the reigning Scottish League champions and short-odds favorites by producing an irresistible display of attacking football at Hampden Park that resulted in a 7-1 win.


The first NHL player to score 500 goals

Maurice “Rocket” Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first NHL player to score 500 goals in his career when he slaps a 20-foot shot past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Glenn Hall. Richard was one of the most consistent and intimidating goal-scorers in pro hockey history.


The journeyman manager Sam Allardyce is born

Samuel Allardyce is an English football manager and former professional player. Allardyce is a keen proponent of sports science and using technology and innovative techniques in coaching his teams, such as computerized performance analysis and yoga. Martin Hardy of The Independent described him as "one of the pioneers of sports science in English football".

Country singer Jeannie C Riley is born

Jeannie C. Riley is an American country music and gospel singer. She is best known for her 1968 country and pop hit "Harper Valley PTA", which missed, by one week, becoming the Billboard Country and Pop number one hit at the same time.

Marlon Brando makes his Broadway debut

In 1944, Marlon made it to Broadway in the bittersweet drama I Remember Mama, playing the son of Mady Christians. The Lunts wanted Brando to play the role of Alfred Lunt's son in O Mistress Mine, and Lunt even coached him for his audition, but Brando's reading during the audition was so desultory that they couldn't hire him. New York Drama Critics voted him "Most Promising Young Actor".

Soul singer George McCrae is born

George Warren McCrae, Jr. is an American soul and disco singer, most famous for his 1974 hit "Rock Your Baby". Two further single releases, "I Can't Leave You Alone" and "It's Been So Long" also reached the UK Singles Chart Top 10. He recorded several further albums for TK, including George McCrae and Diamond Touch.

Musician Peter Tosh is born

Peter Tosh was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, he was one of the core members of the band the Wailers, after which he established himself as a successful solo artist and a promoter of Rastafari. He was murdered in 1987 during a home invasion.

Irish-British actor Michael Gambon is born

Sir Michael John Gambon, is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. He was born in Cabra, Dublin, during WW II. After moving to Mornington Crescent in north London, his father had him made a British citizen, a decision that would later allow Gambon to receive a substantive, rather than honorary, knighthood and CBE.

Discoverer of the atom nucleus dies

New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford discovered the nucleus of the atom and changed one element to another in the lab. He also spotted the difference between alpha, beta and gamma radiation and proved that alpha radiation is helium nuclei. Rutherford discovered the proton and the concept of half-life as well.

Star scientist is born

Indian astrophysicist Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar contributed to the various parts of physics but he is most famous for his study of the star development. The maximum mass of a stable white dwarf star is named after him – The Chandrasekhar limit. Heavier stars become black holes. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar's uncle was another famous physicist, C. V. Raman.

Scientific revolution begins

German physicist Max Planck discovered his law of blackbody radiation. A blackbody is an idealized physical body which does not reflect any radiation. It only emits its own radiation. Planck's law describes a frequency of this radiation at a given temperature. He had to assume that radiation is emitted in small chunks, called quanta. This started the quantum revolution in physics.

The 2nd President of the United States John Adams is born

John Adams was one of the Founding Fathers of the US, served as the 1st Vice President and as 2nd President of the US. He excelled as a lawyer, diplomat, and leader of American independence from Great Britain. He was a dedicated diarist and his correspondence with his wife and advisor Abigail provides important historical information on the era.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Jon Favreau

born 1995

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