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Fed Cup final starts

The 2018 Fed Cup is the 56th edition of the most important tournament between national teams in women's tennis. The 2018 Fed Cup was expected to feature some structural changes, including a 16-team World Group and the introduction of a Final Four event at a neutral, predetermined location. However, the ITF announced that they were tabling a vote on the changes for at least one year.

'Need for Speed Payback' is released

Need for Speed Payback is a racing video game set in an open world environment of Fortune Valley developed by Ghost Games and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the 23rd installment in the Need for Speed series.

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' premieres

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a 2016 fantasy film directed by David Yates. A joint British and American production, it is a spin-off and prequel to the Harry Potter film series, as well as the first installment in the Fantastic Beasts series, and it was produced and written by J. K. Rowling in her screenwriting debut, inspired by her 2001 book of the same name.

'Fallout 4' is released

Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the 5th major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is set within an open world post-apocalyptic environment that encompasses the city of Boston and the surrounding Massachusetts region known as "The Commonwealth".

'Rise of the Tomb Raider' is released

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Crystal Dynamics. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game, Tomb Raider, and the 11th entry in the Tomb Raider series. The game was released by Microsoft Studios for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Square Enix released the game for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4.

'Mockingjay – Part 1' premieres in London

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is an American dystopian science fiction adventure movie directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of 2 films based on Suzanne Collins' novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.

'Five Nights at Freddy's 2' is released

Five Nights at Freddy's 2 is an indie point-and-click survival horror video game created by Scott Cawthon. It is the 2nd installment in the Five Nights at Freddy's series and is chronologically set before the events of the first game. The game received mixed to positive reviews from critics, praising the new mechanics but criticizing its difficulty in comparison with its predecessor.

Barack Obama states his support for net neutrality

Until 2015, there were no clear legal restrictions against practices obstructing net neutrality in the USA. Barack Obama recommended that the Federal Communications Commission reclassify broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service in order to preserve net neutrality.

Shakespeare's Globe's all-male productions open on Broadway

The Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III officially opened at Broadway's Belasco Theatre, following respective preview performances. The all-male casts are headed by two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance. The productions are designed by Jenny Tiramani with music by Claire van Kampe.

'Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway' opens

Back on Broadway, which opened at the Broadhurst Theater, is Hugh Jackman's return to Broadway. In the show, which had earlier incarnations in San Francisco and Toronto, Jackman performs a personal selection of his favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career while accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra.

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' is released

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, the PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. It is the 16th installment of the Call of Duty series and the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, continuing the same storyline.


Robert Enke commits suicide following a long battle with depression

Robert Enke committed suicide when he stood in front of a regional express train at a level crossing in Eilvese, Neustadt am Rübenberge. Police confirmed a suicide note was discovered but would not publicize its details. His widow, Teresa, revealed that her husband had been suffering from depression for six years and was treated by a psychiatrist.

'The Phantom of the Opera' plays its 7,000th performance

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera has become the second longest-running musical on Broadway. Since its 1988 US opening, The Phantom of the Opera has been seen by 10 million people and won many awards. The musical is based on the book by French author Gaston Leroux, which was first published in 1911.

Bush addresses the United Nations regarding terrorism

In response to the September 11 attacks, G. W. Bush addressed the UN to ask the international community for help in fighting terrorism in the world. He expressed a hope that they will together root out terrorist cells.


Maryland's incredible comeback

The comeback of the Maryland Terrapins against the Miami Hurricanes was led by a quarterback Frank Reich. With Miami leading 34–28, Reich hit Greg Hill with a 68-yard touchdown pass. In the end, Maryland won 42–40, completing what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA history.

Bill Gates introduces Windows 1.0.

The development of Windows began after Microsoft founder Bill Gates saw a demonstration at COMDEX 1982 of VisiOn, a GUI software suite for IBM PC compatible computers. Microsoft first presented Windows to the public in 1983. Requiring two floppy disk drives and 192 KB of RAM, Microsoft described the software as a device driver for MS-DOS 2.0.

The first computer virus is created

University of Southern California student Fred Cohen created a first computer virus as an experiment in computer security. He wrote a paper about it in which he defined the virus as “a program that can 'infect' other programs by modifying them to include a version of itself.” His virus successfully infected a computer running UNIX system.

Mexico escapes bankruptcy with $3.8 billion bailout loan

In 1982, Mexico was one of the first of various Latin American countries to default on foreign debt. As a result of this, the IMF approved a $4 billion loan to the Mexican government. However, conditions applied that worked to reform the Mexican economy. The programs and conditions that applied to the Mexican debt crisis lasted for three years.

Cargo ship sinks in Lake Superior killing 29 crew members

A lake freighter named SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a storm, which resulted in the loss of the entire crew. Before this event, the ship carried taconite iron ore from mines near Duluth to iron works in Detroit, and other Great Lakes ports for 17 years.

David Bowie is at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Space Oddity'

Space Oddity was the opening track of David Bowie's second album and it was his first single to chart in the UK. It is one of four of his songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

William Faulkner wins Nobel for Literature

William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays, and screenplays. Faulkner was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature for "his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel".

The first motorcycle ride

A motorcycle often called a bike, motorbike, or cycle is a two- or three-wheeled motor vehicle. Motorcycle design varies greatly to suit a range of different purposes: long-distance travel, commuting, cruising, sport including racing, and off-road riding. Motorcycling is riding a motorcycle and related social activity such as joining a motorcycle club and attending motorcycle rallies.

Verdi's 'La forza del destino' opens in Saint Petersburg

La forza del destino is an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on a Spanish drama, Don Álvaro o la fuerza del sino, by Ángel de Saavedra, third Duke of Rivas, with a scene adapted from Friedrich Schiller's Wallensteins Lager. It was first performed in the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre of Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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