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Assassin's Creed Origins is released

Assassin's Creed Origins is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the 10th major installment in the Assassin's Creed series and the successor to 2015's Assassin's Creed Syndicate. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is set in Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period and recounts the secret fictional history of real-world events.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is released

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is an action-adventure 1st person shooter video game developed by MachineGames and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The 8th main entry in the Wolfenstein series and the sequel to 2014's Wolfenstein: The New Order.

Protein folding lady

American biologist Susan Lindquist died. She is best known for her research of the protein folding. Molecules of proteins are made from sequence of small building blocks, the amino acids. Same sequence of amino acids can have different shapes. Lindquist proved, that these different shapes react differently.

Halo 5: Guardians is released

Halo 5 is the 1st main installment in the Halo franchise to receive a "Teen" rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board besides Halo Wars, rather than the "Mature" rating. Microsoft Xbox division executive Aaron Greenberg felt that the M ratings on previous installments were surprising, "given the style of the game and the lack of real graphic violence and things like that", but that the "Teen" rating would theoretically enable Halo 5 to reach a broader audience.

Opening Night of "Sylvia" on Broadway

Sylvia is a play by A. R. Gurney. The subject is "Sylvia", a dog, the couple who adopts her, and the comedy that results. The play's first Broadway production began previews at the Cort Theatre, starring Annaleigh Ashford as "Sylvia", Matthew Broderick, Julie White and Robert Sella, directed by Daniel J. Sullivan.

Broadway revival of "Betrayal" opens

Betrayal is a play written by Harold Pinter in 1978. Critically regarded as one of the English playwright's major dramatic works, it features his characteristically economical dialogue, characters' hidden emotions and veiled motivations, and their self-absorbed competitive one-upmanship, face-saving, dishonesty, and (self-)deceptions.

Singer Lou Reed dies, aged 71

Reed had suffered hepatitis and diabetes for several years. He had practiced tai chi during the last part of his life. He was treated with interferon but developed liver cancer. In May 2013, he underwent a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. Afterwards, he wrote of feeling "bigger and stronger" than ever, but later he died from liver disease at his home in East Hampton, New York, at the age of 71.

"Chinglish" opens on Broadway

Chinglish is a play by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang. It is a comedy about an American businessman desperate to launch a new enterprise in China, which opened on Broadway in 2011 with direction by Leigh Silverman. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the cast featured Gary Wilmes, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Christine Lin, and Larry Lei Zhang.

"Russian Roulette" is released by Rihanna

"Russian Roulette" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her 4th studio album, Rated R. It premiered on radio stations worldwide and was released as the album's lead single on through Def Jam Recordings. Written and produced by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony, "Russian Roulette" is a pop and R&B ballad that contains dark, morbid, and tense atmospheric elements in its composition.

League of Legends is released

League of Legends was released by Riot Games who self-publishes and operates the game and all of its customer service aspects in North America. Riot Games has signed deals regarding the distribution of League of Legends in Asia, Europe, and North America. The game has been released and was distributed in Australia, the US, Canada, Europe, Philippines, and South Korea.


Red Sox win the first championship since 1918

Red Sox defeated St. Louis Cardinals by 4 games to 0. The Red Sox became the 3rd straight wild card team to win the World Series. The game was broadcast by Fox and announced by Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. The two teams faced each other again 9 years later with the Red Sox also winning.

1st mass-produced hybrid car

The first Toyota Prius model went on sale 2 years later. The 1st Prius generation named as NHW10 was available only in Japan. However, it quickly became the world's 1st mass-produced hybrid car. The styling of NHW10 was developed by designers from California.


Bowman unveils his Russian Five lineup

The Red Army was a lineup for the Detroit Red Wings during the 1990s. The Russian Five—all hockey legends in their own right in their native Russia—emulated the style of the Soviet Red Army teams that dominated world and Olympic competition during the 1970s, '80s and early '90s with a combination of speed and puck control.

A large avalanche buries homes and kills 20 people in Iceland

Flateyri is a village in Iceland's Westfjords, which was hit by an avalanche, that destroyed 29 homes and killed 20 people. Subsequently, a deflecting dam was built to protect the village from any further avalanches.

The First Banner Ad - AT&T "You Will" – appears on hotwired.com

A banner ad is a kind of advertisement, that intents to attract web users to a website by linking to the website of the advertiser. Hotwired coined the term and became the 1st company to provide click through rate reports to its customers.

The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets

The Big Bang was the result of an agreement by government of Margaret Thatcher and the London Stock Exchange to settle an anti-trust case that was initiated during the previous government. The Big Bang led to important changes to the structure of the financial markets in London.

Singer Kelly Osbourne is born

Kelly Osbourne is a British singer-songwriter, actress, television presenter and fashion designer. The daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, she is known for her appearances on The Osbournes with her family, for which they won a 2002 Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program, as well as on E!'s Fashion Police, where she was a presenter from 2010 to 2015.

Singaporean-English violinist Vanessa-Mae is born

Vanessa-Mae is a British violinist with album sales reaching several million, having made her the wealthiest entertainer under 30 in the United Kingdom in 2006. Vanessa-Mae was born in Singapore, to a Singaporean mother and Thai father. After adoption by a British father, she moved to London at the age of 4 where she began playing the violin.

Baccara are at #1 in the UK singles chart

"Yes Sir, I Can Boogie" is a hit single by the Spanish vocal duo Baccara. Written by Frank Dostal and Rolf Soja, and produced by Soja, this standard disco song was a major hit across Europe and became the duo's sole number one single in the UK, spending a single week at the top charts.

Sonny and Cher get married

31-year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18-year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

"Beyond the Fringe" opens at the John Golden Theatre

Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. Hugely successful, it is widely regarded as seminal to the "satire boom", the rise of satirical comedy in 1960s Britain.

Singer Simon Le Bon is born

Simon John Charles Le Bon is an English musician, singer, songwriter and lyricist, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the band Duran Duran and its offshoot, Arcadia. Le Bon has received three Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.


Construction begins on Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu

The Santiago Bernabéu Stadium is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. With a current seating capacity of 81,044, it has been the home stadium of Real Madrid since its completion in 1947. It has hosted the final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League on four occasions: in 1957, 1969, 1980 and 2010.

Painter Lee Krasner is born

Lenore "Lee" Krasner was an American abstract expressionist painter in the second half of the 20th century. She worked in painting, collage painting, charcoal drawing, and occasionally mosaics. Krasner is one of the few female artists to have had a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art.

Mail box

Mailbox may refer to:Letter box, a private receptacle for incoming mail Post box, a public receptacle for outgoing mail Pillar box, a freestanding post box in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Email box, a destination for electronic messages Mailbox (application), email management software for mobile devices Mailbox Birmingham, a retail complex in Birmingham, England The Mailbox (film), a short movie by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Message queue, a means of interprocess communication in software engineering Pigeon-hole messagebox, also known as a cubbyhole, pigeon-hole or pidge

Cheap fence

American inventor Joseph Glidden patented Barbed wire. It was not entirely his idea. Another American, Lucien B. Smith invented the wire before him. But Gildden modified it to its present form. The invention changed agriculture and also landscape. It made animal husbandry practical on a much larger scale.

President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt is born

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. served as the 26th President of the Unites States. He was a leader of the Republican Party, where he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the early 20th century. He was born with a harsh asthma, however he managed to overcame it by arduous lifestyle.

Sultan astronomer dies

Ruler of the Timurid Empire, astronomer and mathematician Ulugh Beg was born. He was a grandson of a cruel Turco-Mongol conqueror Timur and heir of his empire. But his greatest interests were mathematics and astronomy. He built a large observatory with a very accurate sextant. He used it for creation of a star catalogue and precise measurement of the length of the year.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1940

John Gotti

born 1932

Sylvia Plath

born 1939

John Cleese