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Four people dies on Thunder River Rapids

The Thunder River Rapids Ride was an attraction in the Dreamworld in Australia. A raft carrying 6 people collided with an unoccupied raft and 4 of the people were killed. Subsequently, the ride was closed out of respect to the victims and their relatives. It still remains fenced off and not visible to guests.

'Driving Miss Daisy' opens on Broadway

Driving Miss Daisy is a play by American playwright Alfred Uhry, about the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, from 1948 to 1973. The play was the first in Uhry's Atlanta Trilogy, which deals with white Jewish residents of that city in the early 20th century.

Mentawai earthquake and tsunami

The 2010 Mentawai earthquake occurred with a moment magnitude of 7.8 off the western coast of Sumatra. The earthquake occurred on the same fault that produced the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. It was widely felt across the provinces of Bengkulu and West Sumatra and resulted in a substantial localized tsunami that struck the Mentawai Islands.

Baghdad bombings kill 155 people

Suicide bombers and members of the Islamic State of Iraq detonated two vehicles loaded with explosives in the governing district of Baghdad. 155 people died during the attack and at least 720 were injured.

'South Park' celebrates its 150th episode

The episode revolves around Satan having a huge party on Earth, and no one will be admitted without a wristband. Satan is busy checking the R.S.V.P. list and deciding what costume to wear to the big event. Every detail must be perfect for the prince of darkness, but even Satan can't foresee everything. Meanwhile, Butters summons Biggie Smalls.

Cedar Fire

The Cedar Fire was a massive, highly-destructive wildfire, which burned 273,246 acres of land in San Diego County, California, in 2003. The fire's rapid growth was driven by the Santa Ana winds, causing the fire to spread at a rate of 3,600 acres per hour.

Microsoft releases Windows XP

Windows XP introduced a significantly redesigned graphical user interface and was the 1st version of Windows to use product activation in order to reduce its copyright infringement. During its 1st five years at least 400 million copies were sold globally.

Russian military plane crashes into mountain

A plane of the Defense Ministry was on its way from the Chkalovsky military airfield to a Russian military base near Georgia's Black Sea. The weather was harsh and the plane crashed into a mountain in western Georgia, which killed all servicemen and their families that the plane carried.


The all-time leading defenseman in total points

Bourque returned to the Avs for the 2000–01 season and was named as an alternate captain. He led all Colorado defencemen in scoring and formed a solid defensive pairing with Adam Foote and Rob Blake, the latter of whom the Avs received from the Los Angeles Kings in a trade.

Singer Cliff Richard becomes the first rock singer to be knighted

Cliff Richard is the 3rd top-selling artist in UK Singles Chart history, as he managed to sell over 21 million singles in the UK. A singer known for songs such as We Don't Talk Anymore became the 1st rock star to be honored as a Knight Bachelor.

Fatal Fox River Grove bus-train tragedy kills 7 students

The 1995 Fox River Grove bus–train collision was a grade crossing collision that killed seven students riding aboard a school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois. The school bus was stopped at a traffic light with the rearmost portion extending onto a portion of the railroad tracks when it was struck by a train en route to Chicago.

'The Jon Stewart Show' premiers on MTV

The Jon Stewart Show is a late night talk show that was hosted by comedian Jon Stewart. The program premiered on MTV in 1993 as a thirty-minute daily program. At the end of its first season, MTV's then-corporate sibling Paramount Domestic Television retooled the program, extended it to sixty minutes.

Solar ship of Khufu

In Giza, archaeologist looked at the ship buried at the base of the Great Pyramid. They pushed the camera through a hole drilled in limestone slabs covering the chamber with the ship. The hole was made with a special drill which preserved the original air. The ancient Egyptians buried several ships in the neighborhood of the great pyramid or elsewhere.


Bill Buckner's error

Bill Buckner is mostly known for a ground ball fielding error which happened in the 10th inning of Game 6 played between Boston Red Sox and NY Mets in the World Series. The Buckner's error led to loss of Red Sox. Subsequently, Buckner started to receive death threats from frustrated fans.

Billboard Hot 100 record

For the 1st time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the top 3 spots were held by female solo acts. Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors' held down the No. 1 position, followed by Tina Turner's 'Typical Male' at No. 2 and Janet Jackson's 'When I Think Of You' at No. 3.

1983 Invasion of Grenada

The Reagan Administration decided to launch a military intervention because the government of Grenada was in chaos, many Americans in Grenada were in danger and nearby governments requested help. Reagan was also concerned that Cuba and the Soviet Union were establishing a military foothold in Grenada. The invasion resulted in a U.S. victory within a matter of weeks.

Barbra Streisand scores her fourth US #1 album with 'Guilty'

Guilty is the 22nd studio album by American singer Barbra Streisand released by Columbia Records. It was produced by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees and his group's regular production team of Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. It became her best-selling album to date internationally, with sales of 15 million copies worldwide as well as spawning several hit singles.

Paul Simon's album 'Still Crazy After All These Years' is released

Still Crazy After All These Years is the 4th solo studio album by Paul Simon. Recorded and released in 1975, the album produced four U.S. Top 40 hits like "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and "Gone at Last". The title track has been recorded by Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Karen Carpenter and Willie Nelson.

Art Garfunkel is at #1 with 'I Only Have Eyes For You'

"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written for the film Dames where it was introduced by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler. The song is a jazz standard, and has been covered by numerous musicians. The song was a #2 hit for Ben Selvin in 1934. The orchestras of Eddie Duchin and Anson Weeks also figured in the song's 1934 popularity.

The U.N. seats the People’s Republic of China and expels Taiwan

In a historic reversal, America’s U.N. representatives voted to seat the People’s Republic of China as a permanent member. Taiwan was expelled. The reason for the change of heart was that the U.S. was in great need of China's help politically.

'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Sugar, Sugar" is a song written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim. It was originally recorded by the virtual band the Archies. This version reached number 1 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969 and remained there for 4 weeks. It was also number 1 on the UK Singles chart in that same year for 8 weeks.

Yoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby

Yoko Ono became pregnant a few weeks after John Lennon had divorced his former wife Cynthia. Unfortunately, later in November, she suffered the miscarriage of a male child. Seven years later, she gave a birth to their only son Sean.

The Rolling Stones appear on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'

The band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and because of the pandemonium surrounding the Stones, Sullivan banned them from his show. However, he booked them for an appearance the next year. Their second LP, 12 X 5, which was only available in the US, was released during the tour. During the early Stones' releases, Richards was typically credited as "Richard".


First domestic microwave oven was sold by Tappan. Microwave oven uses electromagnetic radiation with frequencies between 300 MHz and 300 GHz to heat or cook food. The radiation induces polar molecules (mainly water) to rotate. This produces the thermal energy. The discovery of microwave oven was a by-product of radar research in World War 2.

First kamikaze attack of World War II

Kamikaze were suicide attacks by Japanese aviators against Allied vessels in the closing stages of the Pacific campaign. They were used to destroy vessels more effectively than was possible with conventional attacks. Japan was losing the war but refused to surrender, which led to the use of kamikaze tactics.

Benjamin O. Davis Sr.becomes the first African American general

In 1937, Davis returned to Wilberforce University as professor of military science and tactics. He was assigned to the 369th Regiment, New York National Guard, during the summer of 1938, and took command of the regiment a short time later. Davis was promoted to brigadier general in 1940, becoming the first African-American general in the U.S. Army.

Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign a treaty of cooperation

The first step to establish the Axis powers was the treaty signed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The second step was the Anti-Comintern Pact between Germany and Japan.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1920

Frank Sheeran

born 1980

Mehcad Brooks

born 1984

Katy Perry

born 1881

Pablo Picasso