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American musician Fats Domino dies

Fats Domino, the genial, good-natured symbol of the dawn of rock and roll and the voice and piano behind enduring hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame,” died at the age of 89. Mark Bone, a chief investigator with the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office in Louisiana, confirmed his death to the Associated Press.

American singer Bobby Vee dies

Vee announced publicly that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and consequently would withdraw from the music business. He had been in memory care for 13 months in a long-term care facility in Rogers, Minnesota, just outside of Minneapolis, and eventually received hospice care in the weeks prior to his death. Vee died from complications of the disease at the age of 73.

Civilization: Beyond Earth is released

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is a turn-based strategy, 4X video game in the Civilization series developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games and released for Microsoft Windows. A spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, Beyond Earth shares much of that game's development team, as well as some concepts which were introduced in the 1999 title.

Highest and longest free fall jump

On this day, Alan Eustace set the current world record highest and longest free-fall jump when he jumped from 135,908 feet (41.425 km) and remained in free fall for 123,334 feet (37.592 km). He broke Felix Baumgartner record when he jumped from over 128,000 feet.

"The Snow Geese" opens on Broadway

White's play The Snow Geese premiered on Broadway in a joint Manhattan Theatre Club MCC Theatre production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play starred Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, and Victoria Clark, and was directed by Daniel J. Sullivan. The play takes place during WWI.

Gopro released HD HERO2

GoPro makes action cameras and develops its own mobile apps and video-editing software. The HERO2 has an 11 MP image sensor, improved low-light capability and records at up to 120 fps. It was sold with three different accessory packages as the Outdoor, Motorsports, and Surf Editions.

GTA: Liberty City Stories is released

GTA: Liberty City Stories is an action-adventure video game set in an open world environment and played from a third-person perspective. The game is published by Rockstar Games. it is the ninth game in the Grand Theft Auto series and was preceded by Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and succeeded by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. It was also released for iOS, Android and Fire OS devices.

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is released

Battlefield 2: Modern Combat is a first-person shooter video game in the Battlefield series, developed by Digital Illusions CE. Modern Combat is the first Battlefield game for video game consoles and also was a standalone side-story/expansion for Battlefield 2 which was released exclusively on PC that same year.

The Walt Disney Concert Hall opens

The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles, California, is the 4th hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Concorde makes its last commercial flight

Concorde is a British-French turbojet-powered supersonic passenger jet airliner. It's last commercial flight was accompanied by a great fanfare and headed from London to New York and back with the captain Mike Bannister.


Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series as the first Canadian team

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated Atlanta Braves four games to two, making them the 1st team outside the U.S. to win the World Series. The Series was announced by Sean McDonough and Tim McCarver and broadcast on CBS and CTV.

"Dancing at Lughnasa" opens at the Plymouth Theatre

The play was originally presented at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. It transferred to London's National Theatre in 1991, winning the Olivier Award for Best Play, and subsequently to Broadway's Plymouth Theatre where it won the Tony Award for Best Play as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play.

Sting goes to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Nothing Like The Sun'

In the UK, the album debuted and peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. In the 2nd week, the album dropped to number 3. It spent a total of 42 weeks on the chart. The album was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 300,000 copies in the UK. To date, the album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide.

Canadian rapper Drake is born

Aubrey Drake Graham is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Drake first gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 and released his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement.


English professional footballer Wayne Rooney is born

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club D.C. United in the US. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been used in various midfield roles. He is the record goalscorer for the England national team and for Manchester United. At club level, he has won every honor available in English, European and Continental football.

Whoopi Goldberg opens her self-titled one woman show

Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway. The show was retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation and ran for a total of 156 performances; the play was taped during this run and broadcast by HBO as Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway in 1985.

Don McLean releases an album "American Pie"

American Pie is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Don McLean, released by United Artists Records. The folk/rock album reached number 1 on the Billboard 200, containing the chart-topping singles "American Pie" and "Vincent." The LP is dedicated to Buddy Holly, and was reissued in 1980 minus the track "Sister Fatima".

Salvador Allende becomes president of Chile

Salvador Allende was the first Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through open elections. He became president after being confirmed by the Chilean congress.

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is born

Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich is a Russian-Israeli billionaire businessman, investor, and politician. Abramovich is the primary owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC, and is best known outside Russia as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, a Premier League football club. According to Forbes, Abramovich's net worth was US$11.5 billion in 2018 making him the richest person in Israel.

Bob Dylan records 'The Times They Are A-Changin'

"The Times They Are a-Changin'" is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads. Released as a 45-rpm it reached number 9 in the British top 10.

James Brown records legendary 'Live At The Apollo' album

Live at the Apollo is a live album by James Brown and the Famous Flames, recorded at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. In 2003, the album was ranked number 25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

Eisenhower pledges support to South Vietnam

The United States pledged its support to South Vietnam and began to replace France as the principal foreign power involved. China and the Soviet Union began to provide economic assistance to North Vietnam.

Twins Paul and Barry Ryan are born

Born in Leeds, Paul and Barry were the sons of singer Marion Ryan, and had some success as a singing duo during the 1960s, known simply as "Paul & Barry Ryan". However, the stress of public attention caused Paul to retreat into the background, while Barry went solo. Paul Ryan wrote Barry's hit "Eloise" and "Who Put the Lights Out?".

Commuter trains collide in England killing 32 people

The crash occurred south of South Croydon railway station, where 2 electric commuter trains got into a rear-end collision in fog. With 32 people killed, it was the worst accident on Britain's Southern Railway. The accident was caused by a signalman's error, as he did not have much experience.

The United Nations is formally established

The United Nations Conference on International Organization began in San Francisco where after working for two months, the fifty nations represented at the conference signed the Charter of the United Nations. The charter had to be ratified by the Governments of the Republic of China, France, the USSR, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and by a majority of the other 46 countries. After this condition was fulfilled, the United Nations was officially formed.

Nylon stockings

Stockings are close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or possibly part or all of the thigh. Stockings vary in color, design, and transparency. Today, stockings are primarily worn for fashion and aesthetics, usually in association with mid-length skirts.

Musician Bill Wyman is born

Bill Wyman is an English musician, record producer, songwriter and singer. He was the bass guitarist for the English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones from 1962 until 1993. Since 1997 he has recorded and toured with his own band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings. He has worked producing records and films, and has scored music for film in movies and TV.

Wall Street Crash

The Wall Street Crash of 1929, also known as the Stock Market Crash of 1929 or the Great Crash, is the stock market crash that occurred in late October, 1929. It started on October 24 and continued until October 29, 1929, when share prices on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.

Alarm clock

US patent office registered patent No. 183,725 for small alarm clock. The patent holder was clockmaker Seth E. Thomas based in New York City. He manufactured his clock in his The Seth Thomas Clock Company. People were trying to construct alarm clock from the times of ancient Greeks. However, Thomas's clock was very similar to its modern equivalent.


The first soccer club is founded

Sheffield Football Club is an English football club from South Yorkshire. They play in the Northern Premier League Division One East, at level 8 of the English football league system. The club is officially recognized as the oldest existing club now playing association football in the world.

Father of Microbiology

Dutch biologist and microscopist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek was born. He first discovered blood cells and blood flow in capillaries, bacteria, sperm cells and protists. He called all microorganism animalcules (“tiny animal” in latin). He described many structures in plant and animal tissues (for example muscle tissue).

Tycho Brahe dies

Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died. He studied the motions of the planets in the Solar System. Brahe was a very good observer. His observations were some five times more accurate than the best data available at the time. He published his own model of the universe, so called Tychonic system. It was a combination of the new Copernican and old Ptolemaic system.

Chartres Cathedral is consecrated

The Chartres Cathedral has been a key destination for travelers, both for Christian pilgrims and secular tourists. It is the last of at least five cathedrals that were situated in the town in the past. The Cathedral built in French Gothic style is involved among World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

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