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Kevin Spacey apologizes for alleged sexual assault of actor Anthony Rapp

Actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey while appearing intoxicated, made a sexual advance toward him in 1986 when Rapp was 14 and Spacey was 26. Rapp had also shared this story in a 2001 interview with The Advocate, but Spacey's name was redacted from publication to avoid legal disputes and public outing.

Broadway revival of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" opens

The production officially opened after previews on Broadway. Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star as La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont, respectively, in Christopher Hampton's play about sexual intrigue in 18th century France.

Adele goes to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hello'

3 days after its release, the Official Charts Company announced that "Hello" had accumulated 165,000 chart sales in the UK, of which 156,000 were downloads. "Hello" was the 2nd biggest selling number one of the 21st century in the UK, beaten only by Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me",

Colectiv nightclub fire

A fire started during Goodbye to Gravity's show in Bucharest's night club Colectiv. The fire claimed lives of 64 people and 146 more were injured. The cause of such high number of victims was a complete neglecting of fire safety and general safety regulations.

Revival of "The Real Thing" opens at the American Airlines Theatre

A Broadway revival opened at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre, produced by the Roundabout Theater Company and directed by Sam Gold. Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal starred as Henry and Annie, with Josh Hamilton as Max and Cynthia Nixon, who played the role of Debbie in the original Broadway production, as Charlotte. Unlike previous productions, it received mostly negative reviews.

Wichita King Air crashes

A Beechcraft King Air B200 twin turboprop crashed into a building hosting a FlightSafety International training center shortly after taking off from Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas. The pilot, the only person on board, was killed together with three people in the building; six more people in the building were injured.

George Lucas sells Lucasfilm to Walt Disney for $4.05 billion

As George Lucas was planning to retire, he sold the rights to Star Wars and Indiana Jones, including Lucasfilm's operating businesses in live-action film production, consumer products, video games, animation, visual effects, and audio post-production.

'Assassin's Creed III' is released

Assassin's Creed III is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. The plot is set in a fictional history of real-world events and follows the centuries-old struggle between the Assassins, who fight for peace with free will, and the Templars, who desire peace through control. It was a massive commercial success, selling more than 12 million copies worldwide.

'Need for Speed: Most Wanted' is released

Need for Speed: Most Wanted was well received by critics at E3 2012 and was awarded with "Best Racing Game" as well as a nomination for "Best Online Multiplayer Game" from Game Critics Awards. Previewers who had access to Need for Speed: Most Wanted called the game a spiritual successor to Criterion's Burnout Paradise, rather than the original Most Wanted from 2005.

Walt Disney buys Lucasfilm and its rights to 'Star Wars' for $4.05 billion

Disney announced a deal to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, with approximately half in cash and a half in shares of Disney stock. Lucasfilm had previously collaborated with the company's Walt Disney Imagineering division to create theme park attractions centered on Star Wars and Indiana Jones for various Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide.

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1' premieres

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 earned a franchise-best $291.0 million on its worldwide opening weekend, marking the tenth-largest worldwide opening of all time. It reached $500 million worldwide in 12 days, a record time for the franchise. It ranks as the fourth-highest-grossing film of 2011 worldwide and the second-highest-grossing film of the franchise.

2010

Del Piero becomes Juventus all-time leading goal-scorer

Alessandro recorded his 179th Serie A goal, helping his side to a 2–1 win at Milan, breaking the record of club legend Giampiero Boniperti as Juventus's top scorer in Serie A, and further cementing his status as the most prolific goalscorer in Juventus history.

Dresden Frauenkirche church is reconsecrated

The Dresden Frauenkirche church was destroyed in the bombing of Dresden during WWII and was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The church was reconsecrated with festive services taking place on Reformation Day, a Protestant religious holiday.

"Wicked" opens at the Gershwin Theatre

The original production of Wicked premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre after completing pre-Broadway tryouts at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. Its original stars included Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, and Joel Grey as the Wizard. The original Broadway production won 3 Tony Awards and 6 Drama Desk Awards.

Strategy video game 'Age of Mythology' is released

Age of Mythology is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released in North America and a week later in Europe. Age of Mythology was commercially successful, going platinum four months after its release after selling over 1 million units.

American DJ Jam Master Jay is shot and killed by an unknown assail

An unknown person fatally shot Mizell in a Merrick Boulevard recording studio in Jamaica, Queens. The other person in the room, 25-year-old Urieco Rincon, was shot in the ankle but survived. Following his death, several artists expressed their grief for the loss in the hip hop community and remembered him for his influence on music and the genre.

'Civilization III' is released

Sid Meier's Civilization III is the 3rd installment of the Sid Meier's Civilization turn-based strategy video game series. Unlike the original game, Civilization III was not designed by Sid Meier, but by Jeff Briggs, a game designer, and Soren Johnson, a game programmer.

All four original members of Black Sabbath reunite

In 1998, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and yes, Bill Ward, went on David Letterman show to perform “Paranoid.” The appearance was to promote their then new live release of album Reunion. The album was released by Epic Records.

'American History X' premieres in the US

American History X is an American drama film directed by Tony Kaye and written by David McKenna. It stars Edward Norton and Edward Furlong and features Fairuza Balk, Stacy Keach, Elliott Gould, and Avery Brooks. The film tells the story of two brothers from Venice, Los Angeles who become involved in a white supremacist/neo-Nazi movement.

Quebec referendum, 1995

The 1995 Quebec independence referendum was the second referendum to ask voters in the Canadian French-speaking province of Quebec whether Quebec should proclaim national sovereignty and become an independent country, with the condition precedent of offering a political and economic agreement to Canada.

The Album 'Different Class by Pulp' is released

Different Class is the 5th studio album by English Britpop band Pulp. It was released on Island Records in the UK. The album was a critical and commercial success, entering the UK Albums Chart at number 1 and winning the 1996 Mercury Music Prize. It has been certified 4 times platinum and had sold 1,300,000 copies in the UK.

The first small drill hole

A two-inch diameter pilot hole allowed the service tunnel to break through without ceremony. The Eurotunnel was officially opened four years later by Queen Elizabeth II and the French president François Mitterrand in a ceremony held in Calais. A full public service started several months later.

1974

The Rumble in the Jungle

The challenger Muhhamad Ali knocked out undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman in the boxing event called the Rumble in the Jungle, held in Zaire. Ali put Foreman down slightly before the end of the 8th round. For a well-known boxing promoter Don King, this was one of his 1st ventures.

John Lennon's album 'Imagine' goes to #1 on the UK album chart

Imagine is John Lennon's second studio album after his departure from the Beatles. The album went to number 1 worldwide and became an enduring seller, with the title track reaching number 3 in the United States. "Imagine" would not be issued as a single in Britain until 4 years later, to coincide with the release of Lennon's Shaved Fish singles collection.

Most powerful nuke ever

Soviet Union detonated the Tsar Bomba (also referred to as Kuzkina mat) at Severny Island, part of Novaya Zemlya. It was a hydrogen bomb. Its yield was 58 megatons of TNT, 3900 times bigger than Hiroshima bomb and around 10 percent of the combined yield of all nuclear tests to date. The yield could be even bigger: 100 megatons. But the Russians were afraid of such explosion.

Cliff Richard and the Shadows are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Travellin' Light" is a UK No. 1 single recorded by Cliff Richard and The Shadows. It was the follow-up single to Richard's first No. 1, "Living Doll" and remained at No. 1 for 5 weeks. "Travellin' Light" was also a Number 1 hit in Ireland and Norway, selling 1.59m copies worldwide.

Piedmont Airlines Flight 349 crashes in Virginia

Piedmont Airlines Flight 349, a Douglas DC-3, crashed on Bucks Elbow Mountain near Crozet, Virginia, killing the crew of three and all but one of its twenty-four passengers. The sole survivor, 33-year-old Ernest P. "Phil" Bradley, was seriously injured and lay on the ground near the wreckage, still strapped in his seat.

Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic in the US

"The War of the Worlds" is an episode of the American radio drama anthology series The Mercury Theatre on the Air directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles as an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds. The episode became famous for allegedly causing panic among its listening audience.

Most-used writing instrument

American inventor John J. Loud patented the ballpoint pen. The patent was not commercialised. Modern ballpoint pen was patented later, in 1938 by Hungarian journalist and inventor László Bíró. It was 22 years after Loud's death. Today, the ballpoint pen is the most used writing instrument worldwide.

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