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ATP Finals starts in London

The ATP Finals is a men's tennis tournament that is played at the O2 Arena in London. It is the season-ending event for the highest-ranked singles players and doubles teams on the ATP World Tour. The event takes place on indoor hard courts. It serves as the season-ending championships for players on the ATP Tour.

"The Band's Visit" opens on Ethel Barrymore Theatre

The Band’s Visit is a stage musical with music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Itamar Moses, based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name. The musical opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre after its off-Broadway premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company.

Beer giants AB InBev and SABMiller agree mega-merger

AB InBev produces brands such as Stella Artois or Corona, and SABMiller produces Peroni and Grolsch. The acquisition of SABMiller by AB InBev united the world's two biggest beer makers, which together control about half the industry's profit.

Assassin's Creed Rogue is released

Assassin's Creed Rogue is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Sofia and published by Ubisoft. It is the 7th major installment in the Assassin's Creed series and acts as a sequel to 2013's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. It is the last of the Assassin's Creed game to be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Assassin's Creed Unity is released

Assassin's Creed Unity is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It was released in November 2014 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the 8th major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, and the successor to 2013's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. It also has ties to Assassin's Creed Rogue which was released for the previous generation consoles.

"Catching Fire" premieres in London

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is an American dystopian science fiction adventure film based on Suzanne Collins' dystopian novel, Catching Fire, the second installment in The Hunger Games trilogy. The film premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square theater in London.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is released

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the 5th main installment in The Elder Scrolls series, following The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and was originally released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Al Hamra Tower is opened

The Al Hamra Tower is a skyscraper in Kuwait City, Kuwait. It is the tallest building in Kuwait. Construction of the skyscraper started in 2005. Designed by architectural firms Skidmore, Owings, Merrill and Ramshir and Callison, it is the tallest carved concrete skyscraper in the world and the 13th tallest building in the world at 414 m.

"The Pee-wee Herman Show" opens on Broadway

The Pee-wee Herman Show is a stage show developed by Paul Reubens in 1980. It marks the 1st significant appearance of his comedic fictional character. The show initially debuted as a midnight show in February 1981 at the Groundlings theater and was later moved to Los Angeles' Roxy Theatre production opened on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on November.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" is released

Filming began in 2009 and was completed in 2010. Part 1 was released in 2D cinemas and IMAX formats worldwide in November. In the film's worldwide opening weekend, Part 1 grossed $330 million, the third-highest in the series, and the highest opening of 2010, as well as the eighth-highest of all time.

Taylor Swift releases album “Fearless”

Fearless is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. The album was released by Big Machine Records. As with her first album, Taylor Swift, Swift wrote or co-wrote all thirteen tracks on Fearless. Most of the songs were written as the singer promoted her first album as the opening act for numerous country artists.

Call of Duty: World at War is released

Call of Duty: World at War is a first-person shooter video game developed by Treyarch and published by Activision. It was released for Microsoft Windows, the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii. It is the 5th mainstream game of the Call of Duty series and returns the setting to World War II. The game is also the 1st title in the Black Ops storyline.

Sony releases the PlayStation 3

The PlayStation 3 is a home video game console developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to PlayStation 2 and is part of the PlayStation brand of consoles. It was first released in Japan. The PlayStation 3 competed mainly against consoles such as Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Nintendo's Wii as part of the 7th generation of video game consoles.

The first UK Music Hall of Fame Awards are held

The UK Music Hall of Fame was an awards ceremony to honour musicians, of any nationality, for their lifetime contributions to music in the United Kingdom. The hall of fame started in 2004 with the induction of five founder members and five more members selected by a public televote, two from each of the last five decades.

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is released

Medal of Honor: Rising Sun is a first-person shooter video game, the 5th installment of the Medal of Honor series, released by EA Games. Rising Sun is set in World War II, during the Pacific War. It features single-player and multiplayer capabilities. In single-player mode, the player assumes the role of Joseph Griffin of the United States Marine Corps and it's also the first Medal of Honor game to use THX technology.

The World Trade Organization approves China's membership

The admission of China to the WTO was preceded by a long process of negotiations for changes required to the Chinese economy. China's membership in the organization meant its deeper integration into the world economy, liberalization of its service sector and allowance of foreign investment.

Kaprun disaster kills 155 people

A fire occurred in an ascending train in the tunnel of the Gletscherbahn Kaprun 2 funicular. Most of the victims were skiers on their way to the Kitzsteinhorn Glacier. There were only 12 people who survived the burning train.

Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000

The Codex Leicester is a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. Of Leonardo's 30 scientific journals, the Codex may be the most famous of all. The manuscript currently holds the record for the second highest sale price of any book, as it was sold to Bill Gates at Christie's auction house in New York for US$30,802,500.

Chris Rea starts at #1 on the UK album chart

The eponymous title track The Road to Hell was written about the A63, the principal roadway out of Hull, which travels west until the M62. Chris Rea originally composed a melody about the A63, called as this is the Road to Hull, which he then changed to Road to Hell, upon his entry.

A painting by Vincent Van Gogh called Irises is sold for $54m

Irises became the most expensive painting ever sold, which set a record that lasted for 2 and a half years. As of 2012, it was the 10th on the inflation-adjusted list of most expensive paintings ever sold. The work is currently located in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is born

Leonardo DiCaprio is an American actor and movie producer. DiCaprio began his career by appearing in television commercials in the late 1980s. He had recurring roles in various television series, such as the soap opera Santa Barbara and the sitcom Growing Pains. He starred in movies like Titanic, Aviator and Revenant.

Actress Demi Moore is born

Demi Moore is an American actress, former songwriter, and model. In 1990, Moore starred in Ghost, the highest-grossing movie of that year, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She continued to find box-office success in the early 1990s. Besides acting, her personal life has been the subject of significant media coverage, particularly her marriages to actors Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher.

Publication of "Two Towers" by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. The novel was originally published as three separate volumes due to post-World War II paper shortages and size and price considerations. The Two Towers covers Books III and IV.

The first direct dial long-distance telephone call in North America

The first direct-dial long-distance telephone call was placed from Mayor M. Leslie Denning of New Jersey to Mayor Frank Osborne of California via At&T's Bell System. The 10 digit call was connected within 18 seconds.

Typhoid Mary dies

Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, was an Irish-American cook. She was the first person in the United States identified as an asymptomatic carrier of the pathogen associated with typhoid fever. She was presumed to have infected 51 people, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She was twice forcibly isolated by public health authorities and died after a total of nearly three decades in isolation.

Billie Holiday's first hit, "Riffin' the Scotch", is released

Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years. At age 18, she recorded two songs: "Your Mother's Son-in-Law" and "Riffin' the Scotch", the latter being her first hit and selling 5,000 copies.

Einstein fridge

The Einstein–Szilard or Einstein refrigerator is an absorption refrigerator which has no moving parts, operates at constant pressure, and requires only a heat source to operate. It was jointly invented in 1926 by Albert Einstein and his former student Leó Szilárd, who patented it in the U.S. on November 11, 1930. This is an alternative design from the original invention of 1922 by the Swedish inventors Baltzar von Platen and Carl Munters.

Louis Armstrong records 1st of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings

The Louis Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven Sessions were recorded between 1925 and 1928 by Louis Armstrong with his Hot Five and Hot Seven groups. These recordings were added to the National Recording Registry in 2002, the first year of the institution's existence.

World War I ends

As an armistice between Germany and the Allies was signed, a ceasefire came into effect. The agreement marked a victory for the Allies and a defeat for Germany. Although it ended the actual fighting, it took 6 months of negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference to conclude the peace treaty, the Treaty of Versailles.

Founder of personality psychology is born

Gordon Allport was an American psychologist, his main area of interest was personality. He searched for a third way between two main psychological theories of his time. First was psychoanalysis which claimed that our present decisions are derived from our early childhood. The second was behaviorism, which claimed that everything is caused by present external stimuli.

Handel's opera "Tamerlano" premieres in London

Tamerlano is an opera seria in three acts written for the Royal Academy of Music theatre company, with music by George Frideric Handel to an Italian text by Nicola Francesco Haym. Tamerlano was first performed at the King's Theatre in London.

Birth of Calculus

German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz showed how to find an area under the graph of the mathematical function. This day is often commemorated as the birth of calculus. However, there is also a great controversy. English mathematician and physicist Isaac Newton invented calculus in a roughly same time. It is impossible to decide who was first.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1962

Demi Moore

born 1960

Stanley Tucci

born 1977

Scoot McNairy