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2018

Mexican Grand Prix takes place

The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship is an ongoing motor racing championship for Formula One cars and the 69th running of the Formula One World Championship. It is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars.

A fire destroys the historic Royal Clarence Hotel

The fire was fuelled by a ruptured gas main, and part of the frontage of the building collapsed. The interior of the grade II listed building where the fire started, 18 Cathedral Yard, was also destroyed, and the two listed buildings between were damaged, but firefighters prevented the fire spreading to other historic buildings.

American Airlines Boeing 767 catches fire

The Boeing 767-300ER was accelerating for takeoff down Chicago O'Hare's runway 28R when the aircraft's right engine suffered an uncontained failure that led to a severe fire. The crew managed to abort the takeoff and evacuate everyone on board, while responding emergency services extinguished the fire. Twenty-one people were injured.

The 150th episode of 'The Middle' airs on ABC

The Middle is an American sitcom about a lower middle class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The series features Everybody Loves Raymond actress Patricia Heaton and Scrubs actor Neil Flynn.

Antares rocket explodes

Supply mission of pilotless Cygnus CRS Orb-3 headed for International Space Station resulted in flames at Wallops Flight Facility when its rocket Antares 130 exploded. The spacecraft fell to the ground, damaging the launch pad. The cause of the accident was a failure of the turbopump supplying fuel into the engine.

Car crashes into barriers just outside the Forbidden City

A car crashed in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, in what police described as a terrorist suicide attack. Five people died in the incident; three inside the vehicle and two others nearby. Police identified the driver as Usmen Hasan and the two passengers as his wife, Gulkiz Gini, and his mother, Kuwanhan Reyim. An additional 38 people were injured.

ABC apologizes for a joke about killing Chinese people to help erase the US debt

During an episode of his show, Kimmel addressed this issue, stating that "I thought it was obvious that I didn't agree with that statement, but apparently it wasn't, so I just wanted to say, I'm sorry, I apologize." He came under fire for hosting a segment in which a young boy suggested killing all Chinese in order to erase the US debt.

'Puss in Boots' is released in the US

Puss in Boots had its world premiere aboard the Royal Caribbean International's cruise ship Allure of the Seas, docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was theatrically released in the United States later on. The film was digitally re-mastered into IMAX 3D, and was released in 268 North American IMAX theaters and at least 47 IMAX theaters outside North America.

The first New York City revival of "Angels in America" opens

As part of its 2010-11 season dedicated to the work of the playwright Tony Kushner, the Signature Theater Company mounted the 1st New York revival of his “Angels in America” since the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning work closed on Broadway in 1994.

NASA successfully launches the Ares I-X mission

Ares I-X was the first-stage prototype and design concept demonstrator in the Ares I program, a launch system for human spaceflight developed by the United States space agency, NASA. Ares I-X was successfully launched in 2009. The project cost was $445 million.

Music documentary 'Michael Jackson's This Is It' is released

Michael Jackson's This Is It is a 2009 American documentary–concert film directed by Kenny Ortega that documents Michael Jackson's rehearsals and preparation for the concert series of the same name scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but canceled due to his death eighteen days prior on June 25. It is the last film Jackson starred in.

Peshawar market bombing

The Peshawar bombing occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan, when a car bomb was detonated in a Mina Bazar of the city. The bomb killed 137 people and injured more than 200 others, making it the deadliest attack in Peshawar's history.

'Fallout 3' is released

Fallout 3 was met with critical acclaim and received a number of Game of the Year awards, praising the game's open-ended gameplay and flexible character-leveling system, and is considered one of the best video games of all time. The NPD Group estimated that Fallout 3 sold over 610,000 units during its initial month of release performing better than Bethesda's previous game, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

'Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3' is released

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 is a real-time strategy video game developed by EA Los Angeles and published by Electronic Arts. It was released in the United States for Microsoft Windows. An Xbox 360 version was released later on. EA announced Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Ultimate Edition, the PlayStation 3.

Leona Lewis goes to #1 on the British singles chart

In the UK, "Bleeding Love" debuted at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. With the single reaching number one, Lewis became the 1st contestant from The X Factor to achieve two number-one singles. It was reported to be outselling Take That's "Rule the World" by three-to-one in chain store Woolworths, and Britney Spears' "Gimme More" by ten-to-one.

Argentina has first female president in history

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is the second woman to serve as President of Argentina, the first directly elected female president, and the first woman re-elected to the office. Ideologically a Peronist, she was a member of the Justicialist Party, with her political approach being characterised as Kirchnerism.

M.Zuckerberg opens Facemash

Mark Zuckerberg wrote the Facemash software when he was in his 2nd year of college. Its idea was based on hot or not game for Harvard students, as they were able to compare 2 student pictures and decide who was hot and who not.

"By Jeeves" opens at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre

By Jeeves, originally Jeeves, is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn, based on the novels of P. G. Wodehouse. Directed by Ayckbourn, it also had a brief run on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre for 73 performances.

Afroman starts a two-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Because I Got High" is a song by American rapper Afroman from his album of the same name. The lyrics of the song describe how cannabis use is degrading the narrator's quality of life. The song, which was written in only a few minutes, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet and was featured on The Howard Stern Show.

'Monsters, Inc.' premieres at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

Monsters, Inc. is an American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. Featuring the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, and Jennifer Tilly, the film was directed by Pete Docter in his directorial debut.

1998

John Terry makes his Chelsea debut

Terry made his Chelsea debut as a late substitute in a League Cup tie with Aston Villa; his 1st start came later that season in an FA Cup third-round match, a 2–0 win over Oldham Athletic. He spent a brief period on loan with Nottingham Forest in 2000 to build up his first team experience and was the subject of interest from both Forest manager David Platt and Huddersfield Town manager Steve Bruce.

A drummer Bill Berry leaves his band R.E.M. after 17 years

Berry left the music business and became a farmer, working on his hay farm in Farmington, Georgia, near Athens. His musical activities after leaving R.E.M. have been sporadic, but did include recording for the Tourette Syndrome Charity Album Welcome Companions in 2000. He is also an avid golfer.

Janet Jackson starts a four week run at #1 on the US album chart

It is the only album in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to have 7 commercial singles peak within the top 5 positions. It is also the only album to produce number one hits on the chart in three separate calendar years. The 30-minute Rhythm Nation 1814 film, a screenplay depicting two aspiring musicians whose lives are disrupted by substance abuse.

Stevie Wonder releases his 15th studio album 'Talking Book'

Talking Book is the 15th studio album by Stevie Wonder. A signal recording of his "classic period", in this one he "hit his stride." The album's 1st track, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts, then earned Wonder his first Grammy Award, for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono record 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)'

The lyrics of a Christmas song Happy Xmas (War Is Over) are set to the traditional English ballad Skewball. It was John Lennon's 7th single released outside of his work with the Beatles. Besides being a Christmas standard, the song also attempted to be a protest song against the Vietnam War.

Diana Ross and The Supremes 'Greatest Hits' album is #1 on the US album chart

The album would rank as their 2nd #1 album holding a distinction that it would take decades for another female group to achieve. The 2-LP set topped the Billboard Album Chart for 5 consecutive weeks, spending 20 weeks in the top 5 and 24 weeks total in the top 10. It remained on the Billboard Album Chart for 89 weeks.

Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba

After a long period of negotiations, an agreement was reached between JFK and Khrushchev. Khrushchev withdrew the missiles from Cuba Cuba and returned them to the Soviet Union. The US and USSR stepped back from brink of nuclear war by ending the two-week-old Cuban Missile Crisis.

John XXIII is elected Pope

Roncalli was unexpectedly elected pope in 1958 at age 76 after 11 ballots. Pope John XXIII surprised those who expected him to be a caretaker pope by calling the historic Second Vatican Council, the first session opening in 1962.

Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccination on national TV

Singer Elvis Presley received a polio vaccination live on television in 1956, which raised vaccination rates in the United States by a startling amount. The resulting photographs were published in newspapers across the US. The publicity was part of a bid to help correct a major flaw in the nation’s polio vaccination campaign. Polio vaccines are vaccines used to prevent poliomyelitis.

Greco-Italian War

Mussolini issued an ultimatum to Greece demanding the surrender of Greek territory. Greece rejected the ultimatum, which led to Italy invading Greece the same day. The invasion was a disaster for Italy as they were pushed pushed back to Albania by mid-November.

Taung Child

Workers in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa, discovered what they considered a child skull. It turned out to be a skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, new species related to man. The species was soon described in the scientific journal Nature. It lived between 3.3 and 2.1 million years ago.

Benito Mussolini takes over the Italian government

When fascist troops entered Rome, Prime Minister Luigi Facta wished to declare a state of siege, but this was overruled by King Victor Emmanuel III. On the following day, the King appointed Mussolini as Prime Minister, thereby transferring political power to the fascists without armed conflict.

Transportation and dedication of the Statue of Liberty

On the morning of the dedication, a parade, headed by President Cleveland was held in New York City. While the parade passed the New York Stock Exchange, traders threw ticker tapes from the windows which started the future New York tradition of ticker-tape parade.

Cotton growing made profitable

American inventor Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin. It was a device for separation of cotton fibres from seeds. It helped to restart agriculture in the United States. American farmers used to grow tobacco. Bot tobacco was no longer profitable due to over-supply and soil exhaustion. The growth of cotton industry caused growth of slavery and later American civil war.

"Gulliver's Travels" is published

Gulliver's Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships is a prose satire of 1726 by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the "travellers' tales" literary subgenre.

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