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Hockney's 'Pool with Two Figures' smashes records

David Hockney's painting Portrait of an Artist was sold at Christie’s for $90.3 million, surpassing the previous auction record for a living artist of $58.4 million, held by Jeff Koons for one of his “Balloon Dog” sculptures. The painting was originally sold for $20,000 in 1972.

'Salvator Mundi' is sold for $450.3 million at a Christie's

Salvator Mundi is a painting of Christ as Salvator Mundi by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci, dated to c. 1500. It was sold at auction by Christie's in New York to Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Farhan on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture & Tourism for $450.3 million, setting a new record for the most expensive painting ever sold.

'Watch Dogs 2' is released

Watch Dogs 2 is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the sequel to 2014's Watch Dogs and was released worldwide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. Set within a fictionalized version of the San Francisco Bay Area, the game is played from a third-person perspective and its open world is navigated on-foot or by vehicle.

'Misery' premieres on Broadway

A play written by William Goldman and directed by Will Frears opened on Broadway for a limited engagement. The play starred Bruce Willis as writer Paul Sheldon and Laurie Metcalf as Annie Wilkes. For her performance as Annie, Metcalf was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

G-20 leaders commit to raise their collective GDP by $2 trillion

The G20 leaders also agreed to create jobs, increase trade and reduce poverty. The economic growth was agreed to be improved by increasing infrastructure investment through the creation of a 4-year infrastructure hub, linking government, the private sector, development banks, and interested international organizations.

'Need for Speed Rivals' is released

Need for Speed Rivals is a racing video game developed in a collaboration between Ghost Games and Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the 20th installment in the Need for Speed series. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Sony launches the Playstation 4

The PlayStation 4 is an 8th-generation home video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Announced as the successor to the PlayStation 3 during a press conference, it was launched in North America, Europe, South America and Australia. It competes with Nintendo's Wii U and Switch, and Microsoft's Xbox One.

'Scandalous' opens on Broadway

Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson is a musical with a book and lyrics by Kathie Lee Gifford and music by David Pomeranz and David Friedman. The musical has had productions at the White Plains, New York Performing Arts Center. The musical is based on the life of Aimee Semple McPherson.

BP agrees to pay largest penalty in US history

The catastrophic oil spill resulted in the deaths of 11 men and a leak of nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The event had a significant impact on the Gulf's economy and ecosystem. BP got the biggest criminal penalty in the U.S. legal history.

'Need for Speed: The Run' is released

Need for Speed: The Run is a racing video game, the 18th title in the long-running Need for Speed franchise, and developed by Canadian EA subsidiary EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts. The Wii and 3DS versions were developed by Firebrand Games, the team behind Undercover and Nitro. It was released in North America and Europe.

'Live Your Life' is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Live Your Life" is a song from T.I.'s sixth studio album Paper Trail and features Rihanna. The song's lyrics speak of T.I.'s rise to fame and optimism of the future, also gives dedication to the American troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cyclone Sidr hits Bangladesh

Cyclone Sidr was a tropical cyclone that resulted in one of the worst natural disasters in Bangladesh. The fourth named storm of the 2007 North Indian Ocean cyclone season, Sidr formed in the central Bay of Bengal and quickly strengthened to reach peak 1-minute sustained winds of 260 km/h, making it a Category-5 equivalent tropical cyclone on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.

Al Jazeera English launches worldwide

Al Jazeera English is an international 24-hour English-language news and current affairs TV situated in Doha, Qatar. The channel was expected to reach around 40 million households, however, it far exceeded that launch target, reaching 80 million homes.

'Need for Speed: Most Wanted' is released

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing video game developed by EA Canada and published by Electronic Arts. It is the 9th installment in the Need for Speed series. The game features street racing-oriented game play, with certain customization options from the Need for Speed: Underground series. The game is succeeded by Need for Speed: Carbon, which serves as a sequel to Most Wanted

Xbox is introduced

The Xbox is a home video game console and the 1st installment in the Xbox series of consoles manufactured by Microsoft. It was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market. It is a sixth generation console and competed with Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube. It was also the first console produced by an American company since the Atari Jaguar ceased production in 1996.

'Halo: Combat Evolved' is released

Halo: Combat Evolved is a military science fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The first game of the Halo franchise, it was released as a launch title for the Xbox gaming system. More than 5 million copies were sold worldwide in the month of the release.

Broadway revival of 'The Rocky Horror Show' opens

The Rocky Horror Show is a musical with music, lyrics and book by Richard O'Brien. A humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s through to the early 1970s, the musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist. The musical had a longer revival on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre and featured Tom Hewitt.

Buran launch

The Soviet Union launched its space shuttle. It was called Buran, which means cold wind from the north-east. Buran made just one unmanned spaceflight and landed in Baikonur Cosmodrome. The vehicle was very similar to the American space shuttle. The whole programme was canceled after the dissolution of the USSR.

Continental Airlines DC-9 crashes

Continental Airlines Flight 1713 was a commercial airline flight that crashed while taking off in a snowstorm from Stapleton International Airport in Denver, Colorado. Twenty-five passengers and three crew members died in the crash.

Intel releases the world's first commercial single-chip

The Intel 4004 was the first commercially available microprocessor by Intel. The design of the chip was led by Federico Faggin. The great integration of the monolithic CPU into one small chip was possible thanks to then-new silicon gate technology for integrated circuits.

X-15 only fatality

NASA experimental rocket aircraft X-15 broke to pieces during flight. The pilot, Michael J. Adams, died. The cause of the crash was a failure of the aircraft's electrical system. The X-15 was the fastest aircraft ever built. From 1959 to 1968 it flew 199 times. It still holds a record for manned, powered aircraft.

The Rolling Stones make their US TV debut on Hullabaloo

The Rolling Stones made their US TV debut on tv show Hullabaloo, performing ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’. Hullabaloo was an American musical variety series that ran on NBC from January 1965 through August 1966. Similar to Shindig! it ran in prime time in contrast to ABC's American Bandstand.


Johan Cruyff plays his first match for Ajax

Cruyff made his first team debut in 1964 in the Eredivisie, against GVAV, scoring the only goal for Ajax in a 3–1 defeat. That year, Ajax finished in their lowest position since the establishment of professional football, in 13th.

'Love Me Tender' premieres in NYC

Love Me Tender is an American black-and-white CinemaScope motion picture directed by Robert D. Webb and released by 20th Century Fox. The film, named after the song, stars Richard Egan, Debra Paget, and Elvis Presley in his acting debut. Love Me Tender had its premiere at the Paramount Theater in New York City.

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