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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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

1981

Former Liverpool striker Milan Baroš is born

Milan Baroš is a Czech football striker who currently plays for Baník Ostrava in the Czech First League. In 2005, he was part of the Liverpool team which won the UEFA Champions League. He went on to win Ligue 1 with Lyon in 2007, the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008 and the Süper Lig with Galatasaray in 2012. He has also had spells with Baník Ostrava, and English club Aston Villa.

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.

Italian singer-songwriter Eros Ramazzotti is born

Eros Walter Luciano Ramazzotti is an Italian musician and singer-songwriter. He was born in Cinecittà Est, a suburb of Rome. He is the son of Rodolfo Ramazzotti, a construction worker and Raffaela Molina, a housewife. He was named after Eros, the Greek god of love. He began playing the guitar at age seven.

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.

Bill Gates is born

Besides his career in the area of personal computers, Bill Gates is known as a great philanthropist, mainly within the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together with his wife, they donate large amounts of money to charitable organizations and scientific research.

Italy invades Greece from Albania

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.

The man who stopped smoking

British physiologist Richard Doll was born. He was one of the pioneers of smoking research. He co-discovered the influence of smoking on health. With Ernst Wynder, Bradford Hill and Evarts Graham he proved that smoking causes lung cancer and increases risk of cardiovascular illnesses. Their research saved millions of lives.

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.

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