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'Widows' is released in the UK

Widows is a 2018 American heist film directed by Steve McQueen from a screenplay by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, based upon the 1983 ITV series of the same name. The storyline follows a group of women who attempt a heist after their criminal husbands are killed on a botched job.

Toyota reveals $1bn US artificial intelligence lab

Toyota announced it was investing $1 billion over the next 5 years into AI with robotics research and creating a new company, called Toyota Research Institute Inc. The point of research are fully automated cars down the line. Also, the Institute focuses on features that can help drivers avoid crashes, like automated braking.

Barack Obama is reelected President of the United States

The Democratic nominee, President Barack Obama, and his running mate, Vice President Joe Biden, were elected to a second term. They defeated the Republican ticket of businessman and former Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' is released

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a 5th film of the Harry Potter series, was directed by Mike Newell. The story follows Harry Potter's fourth year at Hogwarts as he is chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament. The film won the BAFTA Award for Best Production Design.

Ufton Nervet rail crashes

The Ufton Nervet rail crash was a collision between a train and car near Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, England. Seven people, including the drivers of the train and the car, were killed. The inquest concluded that the crash was caused by Brian Drysdale, a chef at Wokefield Park Hotel 4.8 km away, committing suicide by parking his car on the crossing.

Michael Bloomberg is elected New York City mayor

Michael Rubens "Mike" Bloomberg served as the 108th Mayor of NYC, holding office for three consecutive terms, beginning with his first election in 2001. A Democrat before seeking elective office, Bloomberg switched his party registration in 2001 to run for mayor as a Republican. He defeated opponent Mark Green in a close election.

Gabaldon's 'The Fiery Cross' is published

The book is focused on time-traveling 20th-century nurse Claire Randall and her 18th-century warrior husband Jamie Fraser. The work is the 5th book in the Outlander series and contains elements of historical fiction, romance and adventure.

Australians vote in a referendum

The Australian republic referendum was a two-question referendum, where 1 question asked whether Australia should become a republic with a President. The republic referendum was defeated because of the opposition from monarchists and division among republicans on the method proposed for selection of the president.

Oscar-winner 'The English Patient' premieres in Los Angeles

The English Patient is a 1996 American romantic war drama film directed by Anthony Minghella from his own script based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje and produced by Saul Zaentz. The film tells the story of four people who find themselves in an abandoned villa in northern Italy in the last months of World War II.


Cleveland Browns announce that they are moving to Baltimore

The announcement was made by the owner Art Modell, who has purchased the Cleveland Browns in 1961. This decision was followed by threats of legal action from the city of Cleveland and fans. Finally, Modell was allowed to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise while retaining the contracts of all Browns personnel.

Revival of 'Waiting For Godot' at Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre

The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center was the site of a 1988 revival directed by Mike Nichols, featuring Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Bill Irwin, F. Murray Abraham and Lukas Haas. With a limited run of 7 weeks and an all-star cast, it was financially successful, but the critical reception was not particularly favorable.

Soft Cell achieves the longest unbroken run on the UK charts

The song was originally recorded by Gloria Jones, however, it gained worldwide popularity after it was covered by Soft Cell. In 1981, Tainted Love was the best-selling single in the UK. As of 2017, it has sold about 1.35 million copies.

Long-time no see

The dog of Rancher Lucille Hogg from Meeteetse, Wyoming, brought a dead black-footed ferret to her door in. The species as considered extinct from 1979. The rediscovery was followed by a program of captive breeding and reintroduction into the wild. Currently, there are eighteen healthy black-footed ferret populations in the US.

Microsoft wins a landmark deal

After negotiations with Digital Research failed, IBM awarded a contract to Microsoft in November 1980 to provide a version of the CP/M OS, which was set to be used in the upcoming IBM PC.For this deal, Microsoft purchased a CP/M clone called 86-DOS from Seattle Computer Products, which it branded as MS-DOS, though IBM rebranded it to PC DOS.

Toccoa Falls Dam in Georgia gives way and 39 people die

After 5 days of rain, the dam burst and 176 million gallons of water streamed through the university campus below. Most of the college personnel, who lived at the campus, were asleep at the time, and 39 of them were swept to death. After this event, the dam was not reconstructed.

Bob Dylan records 'All Along The Watchtower'

The song originally appeared on Bob Dylan's album John Wesley Harding and also has been included on most of his greatest hits compilations. The song was covered by many other artists, including Jimi Hendrix, whose version of the song was ranked 47th in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The United Nations formally condemns Apartheid

The General Assembly of the UN passed Resolution 1761 condemning apartheid policies. The resolution described apartheid as a threat to international peace and security. Additionally, member states of the UN were asked to break off diplomatic relations with South Africa.

US's longest running TV show 'Meet the Press' debuts

Meet the Press is a weekly American TV news/interview program broadcast on NBC. It is the longest-running program in television history. Meet the Press specializes in interviews with leaders in Washington, D.C., across the country and even the world on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy, and other public affairs, along with panel discussions that provide opinions and analysis.

Plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb

The Hanford Atomic Facility produced its first plutonium. It was used in the first nuclear test ever, operation Trinity, and in the Fat Man bomb dropped on Nagasaki. (Hiroshima bomb was filled with uranium-235, not plutonium.) Plutonium production in Hanford continued during the Cold War. The factory made plutonium filling for 60.000 nuclear weapons.

The Soviet troops liberate capital of Ukraine from fascist invaders

The captain of tanks D. A. Chumachenko got to Kiev, which was back then the 3rd largest city in the USSR, on the highway Brest-Litovsk. Later, the red flag was raised in the capital. After the WWII, Kiev recovered economically and once again became one of the most important cities in the USSR.

Cilea's 'Adriana Lecouvreur' opens in Milan

Adriana Lecouvreur is an opera in 4 acts by Francesco Cilea to an Italian libretto by Arturo Colautti, based on the 1849 play Adrienne Lecouvreur by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé. It was first performed at the Teatro Lirico in Milan.

Christopher Columbus learns of maize from Indians of Cuba

Columbus embarked on the first of what would be four voyages, reaching the Bahamian Islands in 1492. He discovered a thriving indigenous people, the Taino, a tribe of the native Arawaks, who drew sustenance from colorful native crops, fish, and game. Maize, beans, squash, and seafood were central components of the native diet.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1948

Mohamed Hadid

born 1946

Sally Field

died 2020

King Von

born 1970

Ethan Hawke