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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.

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".

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.

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 beat his opponent at the age of 45. George Foreman retired at the age of 48 with 76 wins and 5 losses.

'The Remains of the Day' premieres

The Remains of the Day is a 1993 British-American-French-German drama film and adapted from the Booker Prize-winning 1989 novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. The film was directed by James Ivory and produced by Ismail Merchant, Mike Nichols, and John Calley.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1955

Kris Jenner

born 1988

Virat Kohli

born 1943

Sam Shepard