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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.

Parliament Hill shootings

Canadian of minor Arabian descent and a muslim Michael Zehaf-Bibean fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was on ceremonial sentry duty at Parliament Hill, Ottawa. After that, he entered the parliament building, where he was shot during a shootout by a security guard. Three more people were injured.

'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.

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.


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.

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.

'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.

'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.

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.

'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.

The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus

Venera 9, manufacturer's designation: 4V-1 No. 660, was a Soviet unmanned space mission to Venus. It consisted of an orbiter and a lander. It was launched in 1975, and had a mass of 4,936 kilograms. The orbiter was the first spacecraft to orbit Venus, while the lander was the first to return images from the surface of another planet.

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.

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.


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.

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opens

Sometimes referred to as "the old Met", the Metropolitan Opera House opened in 1883 with a performance of Faust. It was located at 1411 Broadway, occupying the whole block between West 39th Street and West 40th Street on the west side of the street in the Garment District of Midtown Manhattan.

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.

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