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"Legends of Tomorrow" returns for a 4th season

The fourth season of the American television series Legends of Tomorrow follows a team of time travelers known as the "Legends". It is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe, and is a spin-off of Arrow and The Flash.

AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner in a $85.4 billion deal

AT&T was interested in acquiring Time Warner, because it would gain significant holdings in the media industry. AT&T's competitor Comcast had previously acquired NBCUniversal in a similar offer to increase its media holdings.

"Dames at Sea" premieres on Broadway

Dames at Sea is a musical with book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise. The show began previews on Broadway and officially opened at the Helen Hayes Theatre, with direction and choreography by Randy Skinner. The musical is popular for schools and has been produced in many countries.

Uber is exposed as "asshole culture"

Uber is a company that operates a car transportation and food delivery mobile apps. Uber drivers in New York were dissatisfied with low fares and unfair treatment by the company. Uber drivers are not employed directly by the company, however they work on a freelance basis and are called by customers as needed.

"Thor: The Dark World" premieres in London

Thor: The Dark World is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Thor, produced by Marvel Studios. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor. In this movie, Thor teams up with Loki to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves led by the vengeful Malekith, who intends to plunge the universe into darkness.

"Allegiant" by Veronica Roth is published

Allegiant is a science fiction novel for young adults, written by the American author Veronica Roth and published by HarperCollins. It completes the Divergent trilogy that Roth started with her debut novel Divergent in 2011. The book is written from the perspective of both Beatrice and Tobias.

The Sims 3: Into the Future is released

The Sims 3: Into the Future is the eleventh and final expansion pack for The Sims 3 series from Electronic Arts and was released in 2013. The expansion is futuristic themed. Upon installation, players may be visited by a time traveler in their home neighborhood, who gives their sims his time portal for use upon receiving help from the player.

Hurricane Sandy is formed

Hurricane Sandy was a destructive hurricane in the United States killing at least 233 people in eight countries. It developed from a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea and hit Cuba three days later. The hurricane caused damage about $75 billion.

The New York premiere of "Disgraced"

Disgraced began its limited run on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre in New York with preview performances. The play is centered on sociopolitical themes such as Islamophobia and the self-identity of Muslim-American citizens. It focuses on a dinner party between four people from very different backgrounds. As discussion turns to politics and religion, the mood quickly becomes heated.

2012

Lance Armstrong is stripped of all seven Tour de France wins

As a result of long-term doping, Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France wins were voided and he was banned from Olympic sports for life. Most of his career, Armstrong denied any use of performance-enhancing drugs, however in an interview in 2013, Armstrong conceded that some of the allegations were true.

"After Miss Julie" opens at the American Airlines Theatre

After Miss Julie is a play by Patrick Marber which relocates August Strindberg's naturalist tragedy, Miss Julie, to an English country house in July 1945. The Roundabout Theatre Company produced the Broadway premiere at the American Airlines Theatre to mixed reviews. It starred Sienna Miller, Jonny Lee Miller, and Marin Ireland, and was directed by Mark Brokaw.

Guns N' Roses release single "Chinese Democracy"

"Chinese Democracy" is a song by the American rock band Guns N' Roses, and the title track from their sixth studio album of the same name. The song was released in 2008 as the band's twenty-first radio single. It was primarily written by Axl Rose and Josh Freese.

The Sims 2: Castaway is released

The Sims 2: Castaway is the third console spin-off of the video game The Sims 2. It was released in the United States in 2007 for the Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. The Sims 2: Castaway is also offered on mobile platforms. A very similar game, The Sims Castaway Stories, is available for personal computers.

"Waterloo" is the best song in the history of the ESC

"Waterloo" is the first single from the Swedish pop group ABBA's second album. This was also the first single to be credited to the group performing under the name ABBA. In 1974 the song was the winning entry for Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest. The victory began ABBA's path to worldwide fame.

Grand Theft Auto III is released

Grand Theft Auto III was released to critical acclaim. Metacritic calculated an average score of 97 of out 100, based on 56 reviews. It is the sixth-highest rated game on Metacritic, tied with a number of others. Reviewers liked the game's sound, gameplay, and open world design, though some criticism was directed at the controls.

George Michael pays £1.45m for John Lennon’s piano

George Michael bought the piano on which John Lennon composed the classic hit song Imagine so it would not end up in storage and could be "seen by the people". The Wham! frontman anonymously paid £1.67m for the upright historic Steinway. He later announced he was going to hand it over to the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.

Existential psychotherapist dies

American psychologist Rollo May was one of the proponents of existential psychotherapy – psychotherapeutic school founded by Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl. May wrote fifteen books about it. Most influential was the Love and Will from 1969. He had a difficult childhood, his sister suffered of schizophrenia.

"A Groovy Kind Of Love" starts a two week run at #1

Unlike the Mindbenders' version, which was an upbeat guitar-based pop song, Collins' version was a slow ballad with a prominent keyboard and strings. This version hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and UK charts, and remains Collins' only single to top the charts in both countries; it was his last No. 1 single in the UK.

Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is born

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Mitchell Pritchett on the famous comedy series Modern Family, which earned him five consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Ferguson is openly gay and, in September 2012, he announced his engagement to lawyer Justin Mikita, his boyfriend of nearly two years. They married in Manhattan in 2013.

American singer Shelby Lynne is born

Shelby Lynne is an American singer and songwriter and the older sister of Allison Moorer. The success of her pop-rock album I Am Shelby Lynne led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, despite being her sixth studio album. She released a Dusty Springfield tribute album called Just a Little Lovin' in 2008.

Jamaican-American rapper Shaggy is born

Orville Richard Burrell, known mostly by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and DJ. Burrell was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the age of 7, he and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York. In 1987, he took singing courses and was discovered a year later, while singing in the streets with friends.

The Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations" makes its debut

"Good Vibrations" is a song composed by Brian Wilson with lyrics by Mike Love for the American rock band the Beach Boys, of which both were members. Released on October 10, 1966, the single was an immediate critical and commercial hit, topping record charts in several countries including the US and UK.

The first female group have a #1 album on the US Billboard chart

The Supremes A' Go-Go is the ninth studio album released by Motown singing group The Supremes in 1966. It was the first album by an all-female group to reach number-one on the Billboard 200 album charts in the United States. Remaining on the Billboard album chart for 60 weeks, according to Motown data, it sold worldwide 3,500,000 copies.

Sandie Shaw has her first UK #1 single

"(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" is a song written in the 1960s by songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The lyrics are from the point of view of a man who has just broken up with his lover. He would prefer to forget about her, but everywhere he goes there is always something there to remind him.

Kennedy announces blockade of Cuba

In a televised speech, Kennedy announced that the Soviet Union has placed nuclear weapons in Cuba and, in response, the United States will establish a military blockade to prevent further missiles from reaching Cuba. He demanded that the weapons already in Cuba should be dismantled and returned to the Soviet Union.

American forces suffer first casualties in Vietnam

U.S. military personnel suffer their first casualties in the Vietnam War when Americans are wounded in terrorist bombings. By the end of the Vietnam War, there were 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties.

American actor Jeff Goldblum is born

Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum is an American actor. He has starred in some of the highest-grossing films of his era, Jurassic Park and Independence Day, as well as their respective sequels, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Independence Day: Resurgence.

1949

Football manager Arsene Wenger is born

Arsène Wenger OBE is a French football manager and former player. He was the manager of Arsenal from 1996 to 2018, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in club history. Throughout his managerial career, Wenger has trusted his players to perform and learn from their own mistakes, a quality Vieira regards as his biggest strength and weakness.

The first xerographic copy

American physicist Chester Carlson and Austrian engineer Otto Kornei demonstrated xerography (the process itself was however invented by Hungarian physicist Pál Selényi). Carlson and Kornei copied the inscription 10-22-38 ASTORIA. Xerography is not only used for copying but also for printing in laser printers.

VW Type 1 prototype is taken out for its first test drive

The need for a two-door and four-passenger car was formulated by Adolf Hitler. Later, Porsche tested Type 60 prototypes designed by Erwin Komenda and Karl Rabe. A group of thirty W30 development models, produced for Porsche by Daimler-Benz, underwent 1,800,000 miles of further testing one year later.

Father of radio astronomy is born

American physicist and radio engineer Karl Jansky worked in bell laboratories, he discovered the radio waves coming from the Milky Way. Jansky originally wanted to investigate radio waves coming from the atmosphere. He made special antenna mounted on the turntable. His colleagues called it "Jansky's merry-go-round."

1899

One of the most famous football club is founded

Futbol Club Barcelona is a professional football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Founded by a group of Swiss, English and Catalan footballers led by Joan Gamper, the club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and Catalanism. Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Barcelona. It is the third most valuable sports team in the world, worth $4.07 billion.

In Paris an express train derails after overrunning the buffer stop

The train on the way from Granville to Paris overrun the buffer stop at its Gare Montparnasse terminus which led to the train entering the station too fast and failure of the air brake. One woman walking in the street below was killed. Subsequently, the engineer was fined 50 francs.

Samuel Colt obtains the first patent for his iconic gun

An American Samuel Colt followed Elisha Collier who had a revolving flintlock patented in the United Kingdom. He traveled there as well and was issued his 1st patent. Later, he was also granted a U.S. patent for a revolving gun.

The first parachute jump

French balloonist and inventor André-Jacques Garnerin tested his frameless parachute. It was tied to the balloon basket. Garnerin first climbed to the height of approximately 1000 metres using the balloon. Then he untied the balloon, which continued to climb. Garnerin safely descended in the basket using the parachute.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1974

Carmen Ejogo

born 1937

Kader Khan

born 1992

21 Savage

born 1952

Jeff Goldblum