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"On Your Feet!" opens on Broadway

The musical officially opened on Broadway by the cast of 31 performers who were led by Ana Villafañe. The production celebrated 500 performances in 2017. The production closed on Broadway in 2017 after 34 previews and 746 regular performances. The sets and props were shipped to The Netherlands and are currently used in the Dutch production.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is released

Call of Duty: Ghosts is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. It is the tenth major installment in the Call of Duty series. Ghosts received generally positive reviews from critics, with most praising its multiplayer gameplay and introduction of the Single-player campaign , but criticizing it for its new mode Extinction, rehashing of familiar concepts, general lack of innovation.

U.S. Army officer kills 13 people in Fort Hood shooting spree

A U.S. Army major and psychiatrist Nidal Hasan shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others. At the trial, Hasan said his motive was an attempt to defend the lives of the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan. For his charges, he was sentenced to death.

Android mobile operating system is unveiled by Google

The Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of technology companies including Google, device manufacturers such as HTC, Motorola and Samsung, wireless carriers such as Sprint and T-Mobile, and chipset makers such as Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, unveiled itself, with a goal to develop "the first truly open and comprehensive platform for mobile devices".

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is released

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. The game breaks away from the World War II setting of previous entries in the series and is instead set in modern times. Developed for over two years, the game uses a proprietary game engine.

Saddam Hussein is sentenced to death

For his crimes against humanity and the illegal killing of 148 Shi'as in the town of Dujail in 1982, Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging. No more appeals were not taken into account. Hussein was ordered to be executed within 30 days from that day.

Bobby Hatfield dies due to acute cocaine toxicity

Bobby Hatfield was an American singer and one half of the Righteous Brothers. He died at the Radisson Hotel in Michigan, few hours before a scheduled concert. His death was caused by a cocaine overdose that led to a heart attack.

Federal judge declares Microsoft Corp. a monopoly

Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his findings of fact in 1999, which stated that Microsoft's dominance of the x86-based personal computer operating systems market constituted a monopoly, and that Microsoft had taken actions to crush threats to that monopoly, including Apple, Java, Netscape, Lotus Software, RealNetworks, Linux, and others.


George Foreman becomes the oldest heavyweight champion

George Foreman knocked out 27-year-old Michael Moorer and won the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal titles. He remains the oldest world heavyweight champion in history and the second oldest in any weight class after Bernard Hopkins. He retired at the age of 48 with 76 wins and 5 losses.

Comet pioneer dies

Dutch astronomer Jan Oort was most known for proposing what is today known as Oort cloud. It is the theoretical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals that surround the Sun in a distance between 0.8 and 3.2 light years. Oort also postulated the existence of the dark matter, rotation of Milky Way galaxy and many other properties of the universe.

Ancient beer

Archaeologists found chemical traces of beer brewing in at Godin Tepe site in Zagros Mountains, Iran. The traces were five thousand years old. Scientists found them on the remnants of a pottery vessel, which has probably been used for beer storage or fermentation. Godin Tepe used to be a Sumerian trade center.

Australian DJ and producer Flume is born

Flume debuted with a self-titled album Flume in 2012, reaching double-platinum certification in Australia. He helped to popularize the genre known as future bass. Flume also remixed songs from other artists, including Lorde, Sam Smith, Arcade Fire or Disclosure.

"The Locomotion" makes history

This single becomes the first song to reach the US Top 5 in three different versions. The Loco-Motion is a pop song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The song appeared in the US Top 5 three times – in 1962 by Little Eva, in 1974 by Grand Funk Railroad and finally in 1988 by Kylie Minogue.

American actor Sam Rockwell is born

Sam Rockwell is an actor who became known for his leading roles in Lawn Dogs, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind or Seven Psychopaths. For his role as a troubled police deputy in the crime drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Rockwell won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as numerous other accolades, including a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Andrea McArdle is born

Andrea McArdle is an American singer and actress best known for originating the role of Annie in the Broadway musical Annie. McArdle has performed in the showrooms of many of the casino hotels in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and in cabarets such as Odette's in New Hope, Pennsylvania and the King Cole Room at the St. Regis Hotel and Freddy's Supper Club in Manhattan.

Vikings in America

Archaeologists discovered traces of Viking settlement on North American continent. Ruins of the houses of the Norsemen were found at Newfoundland. First Viking explorer, who reached America, was Leif Ericson, son of Eric the Red, around the year 1000 A. D. The Norsemen called America Vinland, the land of a vine.

British actress Tilda Swinton is born

Katherine Matilda Swinton is a British actress and performance artist. She is known for her roles in both independent arthouse films to blockbusters. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Swinton began her career in experimental films directed by Derek Jarman, starting with Caravaggio. She is also known for her performance as the White Witch in the Chronicles of Narnia series.

Bryan Adams is born

Bryan Adams is best known for his songs such as Summer of 69, Please Forgive Me or (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. He won 20 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. Adams runs his own foundation, which helps improve education for people around the world.

The first variety program is hosted by an African-American

The Nat King Cole Show was the First Black-Hosted TV Variety Show that debuted on NBC, but was unfortunately canceled a short year later due to lack of sponsorship. 1963: Cicely Tyson becomes the first African-American to star in a TV drama.

Vienna State Opera reopens

The Vienna State Opera is an Austria opera house and opera company based in Austria. The members of the Vienna Philharmonic are recruited from its orchestra. Towards the end of World War II, the opera was set alight by an American bombardment. It was not until November 5, 1955, that the Staatsoper could be reopened.


NBA star Bill Walton is born

William Theodore Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. Walton became known to play for John Wooden's powerhouse UCLA Bruins in the early 1970s, winning three successive College Player of the Year Awards, while leading the Bruins to two national titles. His professional career was significantly hampered by multiple foot injuries.

American singer Art Garfunkel is born

Ar Garfunkel is best known for his partnership with Paul Simon in the folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. In his later solo career, he earned 6 Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. Together with Simon, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

The board game "Monopoly" is first published

By 1933, a variation on The Landlord's Game called Monopoly was the basis of the board game sold by Parker Brothers beginning in 1935. The original version of the game in this format was based on the streets of Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1936, Parker Brothers began licensing the game for sale outside the United States.

Woodrow Wilson is elected to the presidency of the United States

Woodrow Wilson served as the 28th President of the U.S. He was the 1st Southerner elected to the presidency since Zachary Taylor in 1848. Wilson was nominated by the Democrats and won the election with both a plurality of the popular vote and a large majority in the electoral college.

Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegels" premieres

Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks is a tone poem written in by Richard Strauss. It chronicles the misadventures and pranks of the German peasant folk hero Till Eulenspiegel, who is represented by two themes. The work was also presented as a ballet with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky in.

Bedřich Smetana's "Má Vlast" premieres

Má vlast is a set of six symphonic poems composed between by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana. While it is often presented as a single work in six movements and is almost always recorded that way, the six pieces were conceived as individual works. The premiere of the complete set took place in Žofín Palace, Prague.

Famous Egyptologist

American archaeologist George Andrew Reisner was born. He discovered the tomb of Queen Hetepheres, mother of King Khufu (also known as Cheops), builder of the Great pyramid. Later Reisner found tomb chapel of Queen Meresankh III, Khufu’s granddaughter. Reisner was also football coach at Purdue University.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1988

Virat Kohli

born 1954

Kris Jenner

born 1968

Sam Rockwell