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Science fiction novel 'Artemis' is published

Andy Weir's Artemis debuted at #6 on The New York Times Best Seller list. The story takes place in the late 2080s and is set in Artemis, the first and only city on the Moon. The film adaptation is expected to have a November 2020 release date.

'Moana' premieres at the AFI

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure movie produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 56th Disney animated feature film. Moana was released theatrically in the US to positive reviews from critics, with particular praise going towards its animation, music, and vocal performances. The movie went on to gross over $643 million worldwide.

'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812' opens

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 is a sung-through musical adaptation of a 70-page segment from Tolstoy's War and Peace. The Broadway production at the Imperial Theatre played 32 previews and 336 performances. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, the highest number of nominations in the 2016–2017 season.

'Penguins of Madagascar' is released in China

Penguins of Madagascar is an American 3D computer-animated comedy movie, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own adventure.

'You da One' is released by Rihanna

You da One is a song by Bajan recording artist Rihanna recorded for her 6th studio album, Talk That Talk. It was co-written by Rihanna with Ester Dean, Henry Walter, John Hill and Lukasz Gottwald. Production of the song was completed by Gottwald, under his production name Dr. Luke, and Cirkut. Kuk Harrell and Marcas Tovar recorded the track at the Sofital Paris Le Laubourg, Room 538, and Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles, California.

'Elf' opens on Broadway

Elf is a musical with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The musical officially opened for a limited holiday engagement at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway, for 15 preview and 57 regular performances.


Sebastian Vettel becomes F1's youngest champion

Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and took the Drivers' Championship lead for the 1st time in his career and became the youngest world champion in the sport's history. This was also only the 3rd time in F1 history when the World Champion had not been a leader at an earlier point in the season.

The first G-20 economic summit opens

The 2008 G20 Washington Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy took place in Washington, D.C., United States. It achieved general agreement amongst the G20 on how to cooperate in key areas so as to strengthen economic growth, deal with the 2008 financial crisis, and lay the foundation for reform to avoid similar crises in the future.

'Casino Royale' premieres in London

Casino Royale is the twenty-first spy film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series and is the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name. Casino Royale premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square and received a positive critical response.

Carmen Electra marries Dennis Rodman

Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman wed in 1998 at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine days later, Rodman filed for annulment, claiming he was of "unsound mind" when the pair wed. The couple reconciled and celebrated New Year's Eve together, but four months later they mutually agreed to end their marriage.

Broadway revival of 'Chicago' opens

Chicago is musical with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, set in Jazz Age Chicago. The show opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with a script adapted by David Thompson. Unlike the original production, the revival was met with praise from critics and won six Tony Awards.

Michael Jackson marries Debbie Rowe in Sydney Australia

While separated but still married to Lisa Marey Presley, Jackson impregnated Debbie Rowe, but she suffered a miscarriage and lost their baby in March 1996. Following the ordeal and the finalization of his first divorce, Jackson wed the pregnant Rowe later that year in Sydney, Australia.

The first trains for public run in English Channel Tunnel

Hundreds of passengers left Paris, London and Brussels on the inaugural public run of high-speed trains through the channel tunnel. The English Tunnel was expected to improve the heavy air traffic between Paris and London.

Michael Jackson's 'Black or White' video premieres

"Black or White" is a single by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. The song was released by Epic Records as the first single from Jackson's eighth studio album, Dangerous. The music video for "Black or White" was the first broadcast on MTV, BET, VH1, and Fox as well as the BBC's Top of the Pops in the UK.

Armero tragedy

Armero tragedy was one of the major consequences of the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz stratovolcano in Tolima, Colombia. The volcano's eruption caught nearby towns unaware, even though the government had received warnings from multiple volcanological organizations. and killed about 20,000 people.

Soccer ball molecule

Chemists Robert Curl, Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto discovered first Fullerene, the strange molecule shaped like a soccer ball. It was composed of sixty carbon atoms. The structure of the molecule reminded them of buildings by American architect Buckminster Fuller. So they decided to call it Buckminsterfullerene.

Marshall football tragedy

The aircraft crashed into a hill near the Tri-State Airport in Ceredo, West Virginia, which resulted in a death of all 75 people on board. The plane was carrying 37 members of the Marshall University football team, 9 members of the coaching staff, 25 boosters, and 4 flight crew members.

Apollo 12 lifts off

Apollo was the 6th manned flight in the U.S. Apollo program and the 2nd land on the Moon. It was launched 4 months after Apollo 11, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On a moonwalk, the crew consisting of 3 visited the Surveyor and took some parts for return to Earth.

The first battle of Vietnam begins

The Battle of Ia Drang was the first major battle between the United States Army and the People's Army of Vietnam, and was part of the Pleiku Campaign conducted early in the Vietnam War. It comprised two main engagements, centered on two previously scouted helicopter landing zones, known as LZ X-Ray and LZ Albany.

Ray Charles' 'Georgia On My Mind' reaches #1

The song was included on Ray Charles' album The Genius Hits the Road and reached number one for one week on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2003, the Ray Charles' version of Georgia on My Mind was named the 44th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

The first black student ever attends all-white public school

Ruby Nell Bridges Hall is an American civil rights activist. She was the first African-American child to desegregate the all-white William Frantz Elementary School in Louisiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960. She is the subject of a 1964 painting, The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell.

Safety razor is patented

American businessman King C Gillette patented his new type of shaving razor. In the beginning, it was not a big commercial success. After the outbreak of World War I, soldiers needed a simple and practical shaving tool. Gillette suggested his razor blade. When the men came back home, they continued to use it.

'Treasure Island' by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published

Treasure Island is an adventure novel about buccaneers and buried gold. The novel influenced popular perceptions of pirates, including elements such as treasure maps marked with an X, schooners, the Black Spot, or one-legged men bearing parrots on their shoulders.

'Moby-Dick' by Herman Melville first published in the US

Moby-Dick is a novel about the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale, narrated by sailor Ishmael. Initially, the novel was a commercial failure, however, it earned a great reputation later, during the 20th century.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1975

Travis Barker

born 1994

Adam Coon

died 1962

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