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Lion Air flight crashes

Lion Air Flight 610 was a scheduled domestic flight operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air from Soekarno–Hatta International Airport in Jakarta to Depati Amir Airport in Pangkal Pinang. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 operating the route crashed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff, killing all 189 passengers and crew.

'Blue Planet II' airs on BBC and attracts a record 10.3 million viewers

Blue Planet II is a 2017 British nature documentary series on marine life produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Like its predecessor, The Blue Planet, it is narrated and presented by naturalist Sir David Attenborough, while the main music score was composed by Hans Zimmer.

Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut

Keira Knightley beamed during the curtain call of Thérèse Raquin at Studio 54 after making her official Broadway debut in Manhattan Thursday. However, while the 30-year-old actress may have received a warm reception on the night, the critics have been left less than impressed.

China announces the end of One-child policy after 35 years

In 2015, the Chinese news agency Xinhua announced plans of the government to abolish the one-child policy, now allowing all families to have two children, citing from a communiqué issued by the Communist Party "to improve the balanced development of population" – an apparent reference to the country's female-to-male sex ratio.

Ferrari announces a plan to split with parent Fiat

The separation began 1 year later with a restructuring that established Ferrari N.V. as the new holding company of the Ferrari group and the following sale by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of 10 percent of the shares in an initial public offering and concurrent listing of common shares on the New York Stock Exchange.

Snapchat is released as an Android app

Snapchat is an image messaging mobile application created by former students of Stanford University Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown. Its main feature is that messages are only available for a short time and subsequently they become inaccessible.

Hurricane Sandy

The peak of Hurricane Sandy became the most devastating storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season. After its emergence in Carribean, it struck United Stated from Florida to mid-west and disappeared over eastern Canada. It resulted in deaths of 233 people and caused damage reaching to $68.7 billion.

'Finian's Rainbow' opens in a Broadway revival

A fully staged Broadway revival opened at the St. James Theatre with most of the Encores! cast and director-choreographer Carlyle returning. Notable replacements to the cast were Christopher Fitzgerald as Og the leprechaun, David Schramm as Senator Rawkins and Chuck Cooper as Rawkins transformed into a black man.

Kylie Minogue is honoured with the Music Industry Trust prize

Pop star Kylie Minogue has been honoured with a prestigious music industry award at a London ceremony. She was presented with the Music Industry Trust prize for her 20-year career and status as an icon of pop and style. Past winners of the award, which raises money for music charities, include Sir Elton John and Peter Gabriel.

Christina Aguilera's releases album 'Stripped'

Stripped is the fourth studio album by American singer Christina Aguilera. Its music incorporates pop and R&B with influences from many different genres, including soul, rock, hip hop, and Latin music. Lyrically, most of the songs from the album discuss the theme of self-respect, while a few other songs talk about sex and feminism.

Senator John Glenn returns to space

American astronaut John Glenn was launched into space aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. He was 77 at that time. In 1962 Glenn was the fifth person and first American in space (aboard Mercury-Atlas 6). The main purpose of his journey was to test influence of space flight conditions on an elderly person.


Gianluigi Buffon makes his international debut aged only 19

Buffon was called up for a record of 5 FIFA World Cup tournaments, since making his debut in 1997; he was an unused substitute in the 1998 edition. He was the starting goalkeeper of the squad that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He also represented Italy at 4 European Championships, at the 1996 Olympics, and at two FIFA Confederations Cups.

Enya starts a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

Orinoco Flow is a song by the Irish singer-songwriter and musician Enya, released on Warner Music internationally and by Geffen Records in the US. It was released as the lead single from her 2nd studio album, Watermark. It topped the UK singles chart for 3 weeks and received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Music Video and Best New Age Performance at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Margaret Thatcher opens the last stretch of the M25 motorway

The M25 is a 117-mile motorway that encircles almost all of Greater London. It is one of the busiest of the British motorway network and is known for frequent traffic jams. After the Berliner Ring, which is 122 miles long, the M25 is the 2nd longest orbital road in Europe.

'Islands In The Stream' goes to #1 hit on the US singles chart

"Islands in the Stream" is a song written by the Bee Gees and sung by American country music artists Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US, giving both Rogers and Parton their 2nd pop number-one hit. It also topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts.

Moon crash

NASA deliberately crashed its probe Lunar Orbiter 1 into the Moon surface. The probe orbited Moon for nearly seventy eight days. It took 42 high-resolution and 187 medium-resolution photos. It covered five million square kilometres (13 percent) of the Moon's surface. It also measured radiation intensity and micrometeoroid impacts.

The Who release the single 'My Generation' in the UK

My Generation is a song by the English rock band The Who, which became a hit and one of their most recognizable songs. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It is also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Carmaker Lamborghini incorporated

The company was founded by an Italian manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini who wanted to compete with already established brands such as Ferrari. During its 1st decade, Lamborghini grew rapidly, however sales decreased because of the oil crisis of the 70s.

Suez Crisis

The Suez Crisis, or the Second Arab–Israeli war, also called the Tripartite Aggression in the Arab world and Sinai War in Israel, was an invasion of Egypt in late 1956 by Israel, followed by the United Kingdom and France. The aims were to regain control of the Suez Canal for the Western powers and to remove Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, who had just nationalised the canal. After the fighting had started, political pressure from the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Nations led to a withdrawal by the three invaders. The episode humiliated the United Kingdom and France and strengthened Nasser.

The first instrumental composition ever tops Billboard Top 100

"Autumn Leaves" is a popular song. Originally it was a 1945 French song, "Les Feuilles mortes", with music by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma - derived from a ballet piece of music. It topped the Billboard 100 as the first instrumental composition ever.

Frank Sinatra divorces Nancy Barbato after twelve years of marriage

Sinatra had met Barbato in Long Branch, New Jersey in the late 1930s, where he spent most of the summer working as a lifeguard. He agreed to marry her after an incident at "The Rustic Cabin" which led to his arrest. Sinatra had numerous extramarital affairs, thus the couple divorced after twelve years.

Killer smog in Pennsylvania claims elderly victims

A smog that occurred because of hydrogen fluoride and sulfur dioxide emissions intensified by a temperature inversion resulted in many people coughing and showing signs of respiratory sickness. In the end, 20 people were killed and about 7,000 more were sickened. The event is pictured in the Donora Smog Museum.

Trial of art forger Han van Meegeren begins in Amsterdam

Han van Meegeren was an art forger who was accused of selling a real Dutch painting to Hermann Göring during the Nazi Occupation of the Netherlands, which officials did not approve. However, van Meegeren had sold only forgery, hence he was convicted just on falsification and was sentenced for one year only.

Black Tuesday

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.

Mozart's opera 'Don Giovanni' premieres in Prague

The opera was commissioned as a result of the overwhelming success of Mozart's trip to Prague in January and February 1787. The subject matter may have been chosen in consideration of the long history of Don Juan operas in Prague; the genre of 18th century Don Juan opera originated in Prague. The opera was first performed under its full title of Il dissoluto punito ossia il Don Giovanni.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Bob Ross

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Winona Ryder