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"Bohemian Rhapsody" premieres at Wembley Arena

Bohemian Rhapsody is a biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercury's life and leading up to Queen's Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. The film is an American-British joint venture produced by 20th Century Fox, New Regency, GK Films, and Queen Films, with Fox serving as distributor.

Adele releases her single "Hello"

Hello by Adele is a ballad with lyrics that deal with nostalgia and regrets within a relationship. It reached number one in almost every country it charted in and won three Grammy Awards. The video clip for the song was directed by Xavier Dolan and achieved over 27.7 million views within a 24-hour span.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate is released

Assassin's Creed Syndicate is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Quebec and published by Ubisoft. It was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the 9th major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, and the successor to 2014's Assassin's Creed Unity. The plot is set in a fictional history of real-world events and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins.

"Disgraced" opens on Broadway

Disgraced is a play by novelist and screenwriter Ayad Akhtar. It premiered in Chicago and has had Off-Broadway and Off West End engagements. The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, opened on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater. Disgraced has also been recognized with a Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work – Play or Musical and an Obie Award for Playwriting.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter is released

Medal of Honor: Warfighter is a first-person shooter video game developed by Danger Close Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2010's series reboot Medal of Honor and the fourteenth installment in the Medal of Honor series. It was released in North America, Australia, Europe and in Japan on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

"Once Upon a Time" first airs on ABC

Once Upon a Time is fairy tale television series. The pilot was co-written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The episode was watched by 12.93 million viewers. Before it made its debut, viewers in the US could see the pilot on the Internet Movie Database's website.

Van earthquakes occurred in eastern Turkey

The Van earthquake had a moment magnitude of 7.1 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII. It caused a great damage in the region, such as destroying many inhabited buildings, taking lives of 604 people and injuring 4,152. Two weeks later, another earthquake within the same earthquake system occurred in the region.


Pizzaro becomes the Bundesliga’s top non-German goal-scorer

Claudio Pizarro scored his 134th goal in the Bundesliga making him the top scoring foreign-born player in the league history after being level with Giovane Élber. He finished the 2010–11 season with 14 goals in 29 appearances.

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties is released

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties for PC was released in North America. The game was generally received well by critics, mostly praising graphics, and sometimes criticizing predictable aspects of the game. It earned a 79% score on GameRankings and an 81% on Metacritic.

ECJ strikes down the decades old Volkswagen law

The European Court of Justice ruled that the VW law was illegal in EU because it was protectionist. At that time, there were speculations that Porsche had been interested in taking over VW, however, the law stood in its way. Six years later, Porsche became the controlling owner of VW.

Amy Winehouse releases "Rehab"

Amy Winehouse released the “Rehab” song as the lead single of her Back to Black album. After its release, the song peaked at No. 7 in the UK and No. 9 in the US. It became her only top 10 hit in the US. The song proceeded to win 3 Grammy Awards and an Ivor Novello Award, eventually becoming her signature song.

Walt Disney Concert Hall is opened

The Walt Disney Concert Hall was designed by Frank Gehry and is, among other things, a home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The 1st movie premiere held at the concert hall was the world premiere of The Matrix Revolutions.

Moscow theater hostage crisis

The Moscow theater hostage crisis was the seizure of a crowded Dubrovka Theater by 40 to 50 armed Chechens on 23 October 2002 that involved 850 hostages and ended with the death of at least 170 people. The attackers, led by Movsar Barayev, claimed allegiance to the Islamist separatist movement in Chechnya. They demanded the withdrawal of Russian forces from Chechnya and an end to the Second Chechen War.

The first iPod is released

The iPod is a line of portable media players and multi-purpose pocket computers designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first version was released on October 23, 2001, about ​8 1⁄2 months after the Macintosh version of iTunes was released. As of July 27, 2017, only the iPod Touch remains in production.


Touch 'Em All, Joe

Touch 'em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life!" is a quote by Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek that he used when Joe Carter secured the Blue Jays' victory of the World Series. Carter was the 2nd person to end a World Series with a home run.

Gas leak kills 23 at plastics factory

Gas leaks which originated at the Phillips 66 factory, led to a destructive series of explosions and fire that killed 23 employees and injured 314 more. The explosion was identical to an earthquake registering 3.5 on the Richter scale. In addition, the explosion caused $715.5 million damage.

Super Mario Bros. 3 is released

Super Mario Bros. 3 is a platform video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System and was released in Japan. It was developed by Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development, led by Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka.

U.S. Embassy in Beirut is hit by a massive car bomb

The 1983 Beirut barracks bombing was a terrorist attack that occurred on October 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, during the Lebanese Civil War. Two truck bombs struck buildings housing Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF) peacekeepers, specifically against United States and French service members, killing 241 U.S. and 58 French peacekeepers, 6 civilians and the 2 suicide attackers. A group called Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombings and said that the attacks were to get the MNF out of Lebanon.

Nike airs its first ever TV ad nationwide

Nike aired its 1st three national TV ads, created by Wieden+Kennedy ad agency. The ads were aired during the broadcast of the New York Marathon. In 1994 and 2003, Nike was named as Advertiser of the Year by The Cannes Advertising Festival.

Canadian-American actor Ryan Reynolds is born

Ryan Rodney Reynolds is a Canadian actor. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father, James Chester "Jim" Reynolds, was a food wholesaler, and his mother, Tammy, a retail salesperson. He is of Irish ancestry and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Reynolds is most famous for portaying main character in Green Lantern or Deadpool.

Chicago start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

“If You Leave Me Now” is a ballad released by an American rock group Chicago on their 8th studio album Chicago X. After its release, the single climbed up the US charts, making its way to the top over the span of several weeks. It was the band’s biggest hit, topping the charts in a number of other countries over the globe as well.

"Pippin" opens at the Imperial Theatre

Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The show premiered at the Imperial Theater and ran for 1,944 performances before closing. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

Jimi Hendrix Experience record their hit "Hey Joe"

"Hey Joe" is an American popular song from the 1960s that has become a rock standard and has been performed in many musical styles by hundreds of different artists. "Hey Joe" tells the story of a man who is on the run and planning to head to Mexico after shooting his unfaithful wife. The song was registered for copyright in the US in 1962 by Billy Roberts.

12-year old Little Stevie Wonder records his first single

Little Stevie Wonder—as he was then known—had his first number 1 hit with a song called “Fingertips.” He was 12 years old. Not only did he top the charts, but he did so with the 1st ever live recording to hit number 1, and the 1st ever single to simultaneously top the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts at once.

Dion starts a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

The American singer Dion DiMucci recorded “Runaround Sue”, a pop song in a modified doo-wop style. The song had been released sometime after he split with the Belmonts. It reached No. 1 at US Billboard Hot 100 and was received very well in other countries, topping the charts in Canada and New Zealand as well.

The Smurfs appear for the first time

The Smurfs is a Belgian comic series, created by cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford). The titular creatures were introduced as supporting characters in an already established series, Johan and Peewit in 1958, and starred in their own series from 1959. Thirty Smurf comic albums have been created, 16 of them by Peyo.

Father of Woodcraft movement dies

American naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton wrote and illustrated books on nature, life of the Native Americans, and animal fiction stories. He founded the Woodcraft League of America, originally Woodcraft Indians. His most famous books are Two Little Savages and The Birchbark Roll of the Woodcraft Indians.


Brazilian footballer Pelé is born

Pelé is a retired Brazilian footballer who is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time. During his playing days, Pelé was for a period the best paid athlete in the world. Since retiring in 1977, Pelé has been a worldwide ambassador for football and has made many acting and commercial ventures.

American talk show host Johnny Carson is born

John William Carson was an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known as the host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carson received 6 Emmy Awards, the Television Academy's 1980 Governor's Award, and a 1985 Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987.

Mr. Tornado is born

Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita was a prominent Japanese-American severe storms researcher. His research at the University of Chicago on severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and typhoons revolutionized the knowledge of each.

"Mrs. Warren's Profession" debuts on Broadway

Mrs. Warren's Profession is a play written by George Bernard Shaw. The play is about a former prostitute, now a madam, who attempts to come to terms with her disapproving daughter. A Broadway performance in New York was interrupted by the police, who arrested the cast and crew for violating New York City's version of the Comstock laws. It was later held not to be in violation of the law and has been revived on Broadway 5 times since.

Man who weighed atoms presents his essay

English chemist John Dalton read his essay on the absorption of gases by water at a meeting of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society. On the end of the essay he gave a series of atomic weights for 21 simple and compound elements. Dalton was the main proponent of the modern atomic theory in chemistry.

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