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Sonic Forces is released

Sonic Forces is a platform game developed by Sonic Team and published by Sega. Produced in commemoration of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise's 25th anniversary, it was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The story sees Sonic the Hedgehog joining a resistance force to stop Doctor Eggman.

Leonard Cohen dies

Cohen died at the age of 82 at his home in LA; leukemia was a contributing cause. According to his manager, Cohen's death was the result of a fall at his home and he subsequently died in his sleep. As was his wish, Cohen was laid to rest with a Jewish rite, in a simple pine casket, in a family plot.

Twitter goes public

The first day of trading on the NYSE, Twitter shares opened at $26.00 and closed at US$44.90, giving the company a valuation of around US$31 billion. The paperwork from this day shows that among the founders, Evan Williams received a sum of US$2.56 billion and Jack Dorsey received US$1.05 billion, while Dick Costolo's payment was US$345 million.

The first Broadway revival of "Godspell"

Godspell is a musical composed by Stephen Schwartz with the book by John-Michael Tebelak. The show originally opened off-Broadway in 1971 and has since been produced by multiple touring companies and in many revivals. The 2011 revival played on Broadway from 2011 until June 2012. The musical is structured as a series of parables, primarily based on the Gospel of Matthew.


Joe Frazier dies

Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer in late September 2011. Upon hearing of Frazier's death, Muhammad Ali said, "The world has lost a great champion. I will always remember Joe with respect and admiration." Frazier's private funeral took place at the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia and in addition to friends and family was attended by Muhammad Ali, Don King or Larry Holmes.


Modano becomes highest-scoring US player

Mike Modano is the all-time goal-scoring and points leader amongst American-born players in the NHL, as well as the last active player in the NHL who played for the North Stars when the team was in Minnesota. Modano was drafted first overall by the North Stars in 1988, and after the team moved to Texas he helped the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Call of Duty 3 is released

Call of Duty 3 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It is the third major installment in the Call of Duty series. It was released for PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This game was one of the best selling game of November in the United States. By the end of 2006, the game had sold approximately 1.1 million units in the US.

Sony and BMG create the world's #2 in music industry

In 2004, Sony and Bertelsmann established a 50-50 joint venture called Sony BMG Music Entertainment and transferred businesses of Sony Music Entertainment and Bertelsmann Music Group into the joint venture, although later in 2008, Sony acquired Bertelsmann's stake and the company reverted to the SME name.

"Elaine Stritch: At Liberty" debuts at the Public Theater

Elaine Stritch at Liberty is an autobiographical one-woman show written by Elaine Stritch and John Lahr, which is composed of anecdotes from Stritch's life and show tunes. Originally directed and produced by George C. Wolfe the show premiered at The Public Theater. After quickly selling out, the original engagement was extended twice: once until December and then until January 2002.

New Zealand singer Lorde is born

At the age of seventeen, Lorde released her debut studio album Pure Heroine. Her single Royals made her the youngest solo artist to achieve a US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987. She has earned two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, and ten New Zealand Music Awards.


Magic Johnson announces that he is infected with HIV

After a physical examination before the 1991–92 NBA season, Magic Johnson discovered that he had tested positive for HIV. He later admitted that he contracted the disease through having multiple sexual partners during his career. Although he had retired, he was voted by fans as a starter for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.

English rapper and producer Tinie Tempah is born

In 2010, Tinie Tempah debuted with album Disc-Overy, which charted at number one and was certified Platinum. He won two Brit Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single. In 2007, Tempah created his own record and fashion label.

Actor Steve McQueen dies of cardiac arrest

McQueen died of cardiac arrest at 3:45 a.m. at the Juárez clinic, 12 hours after surgery to remove or reduce numerous metastatic tumors in his neck and abdomen. He was 50 years old. According to the El Paso Times, McQueen died in his sleep. Leonard DeWitt of the Ventura Missionary Church presided over McQueen's memorial service.

Led Zeppelin release their third album

The 3rd album of the English rock band Led Zeppelin was composed at a cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur, putting a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. The album is generally acknowledged as representing a significant milestone in Led Zeppelin's history, and a turning point in their music.


NHL player Red Berenson tallies six goals in a game

His most notable scoring feat came in a road game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Berenson scored 6 goals, including 4 over a 9-minute span. He became the first player to score a double hat trick on a road game. The 6 goal total was one shy of the all-time NHL record and has been accomplished only once since.

French DJ David Guetta is born

Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ, record producer, and songwriter who has sold over 9 million albums and 30 million singles worldwide. In 2011, Guetta was voted as the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In 2013, Billboard crowned "When Love Takes Over" as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.


Glenn Hall sets NHL record of 503 consecutive games as goalie

Hall took the ice for the Detroit Red Wings' season-opener in 1955-56. The Wings sent him to Chicago in the summer of 1957, and he played all 70 games for the Hawks for 5 consecutive seasons, leading Chicago to a Stanley Cup in 1961. Hall's ironman streak grew to 502 games. But in Game No. 503, against Boston, he had to be lifted in the 1st period due to a back injury.

FDR wins unprecedented fourth term

Franklin D. Roosevelt won his 4th presidential election defeating Thomas E. Dewey. He totally achieved 53.4% of the popular vote and 432 out of the 531 electoral votes. In his campaign, Roosevelt supported participation in the international community and promoted strong United Nations.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses

After 4 months after its opening, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapsed as a result of windy conditions. In terms of main span length, the bridge was the 3rd-longest suspension bridge in the world back then. The only fatality of the event was a dog.

Military rocket

A rocket is a self-propelled, unguided weapon system powered by a rocket motor. Rockets are used primarily as medium and long-range artillery systems, although historically they have also seen considerable use as air-to-surface, some use as air-to-air weapons, and even a few examples of surface-to-air devices. Examples of modern surface-to-surface rocket systems include the BM-27 Uragan and M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System.

American evangelist Billy Graham is born

William Franklin Graham Jr. was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century. Graham was a spiritual adviser to U.S. presidents and provided spiritual counsel for every president from the 33rd, Harry S. Truman, to the 44th, Barack Obama.

Father of ethology is born

Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz studied the behavior of animals. He was very interested in the concept if instinct. Lorentz’s favourite study animals were geese and jackdaws. Although a biologist by training, he is often cited in psychology textbooks. He published many popular science books about living with animals.

Marxist revolutionary and Soviet politician is born

Leon Trotsky was a Russian revolutionary, Marxist theorist, and Soviet politician whose particular strain of Marxist thought is known as Trotskyism. Initially supporting the Menshevik Internationalists faction within the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, he joined the Bolsheviks just before the 1917 October Revolution, immediately becoming a leader within the Communist Party.

Nuclear fission lady is born

Austrian-Swedish physicist Lise Meitner worked on the early research of nuclear fission with Otto Hahn. They carried out the first fission reaction ever. They made possible nuclear power plants and also nuclear weapons. Chemical element 109 is called meitnerium in honor of Lise Meitner.

The first edition of London Gazette

The London Gazette claims to be the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published a newspaper in the UK, having been first published in 1665 as The Oxford Gazette. This claim is also made by the Stamford Mercury and Berrow's Worcester Journal because The Gazette is not a conventional newspaper offering general news coverage.

Closest planet is found

French astronomer Pierre Gassendi observed the transit of Mercury for the first time in history. The phenomenon was predicted by Johannes Kepler. Gassendi was surprised that Mercury looked so small. Each century there are approximately 13 transits of Mercury. In 2014 Curiosity rover observed Mercury transit from Mars.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1980

Steve McQueen

born 1990

David de Gea

born 1867

Marie Curie