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'Narcos: Mexico' is released on Netflix

Narcos: Mexico is an American crime drama web television series created and produced by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro. Originally intended to be the fourth season of the Netflix original series Narcos, it was ultimately developed as a companion series focusing on the illegal drug trade in Mexico, whereas the parent series centered on the illegal drug trade in Colombia. The series is set to be released.

'RollerCoaster Tycoon World' is released

RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a theme park construction and management simulation video game developed by Nvizzio Creations and published by Atari for Microsoft Windows. It is the fourth major installment in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. After the release, the game was available for both standard and deluxe editions.

Marriott Intl. buys Starwood H&R for $12.2B

Marriott announced the acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. The merger created the world's largest hotel company with over 5700 properties, 1.1 million rooms, and a new portfolio of 30 brands. The acquisition was the largest of its sort since 2007 when Blackstone acquired Hilton for $26 billion.

Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway in 'The River'

Hugh Jackman made a stunning return to Broadway with a mesmerizing performance in award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth’s new drama ‘The River’. The New York Times lauded the actor for conveying an impression of self-contained silence and said he “ascends with assurance to a new level as a stage actor.”

'Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood' is released

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the third major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, a direct sequel to 2009's Assassin's Creed II, and the second chapter in the 'Ezio trilogy'. The game was first released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

'Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit' is released

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a 2010 racing video game developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii, iOS, Android, webOS and Windows Phone. The Wii version was developed by Exient Entertainment.

'Mary Poppins' opens on Broadway

Following the success of the West End production, a Broadway production debuted at the New Amsterdam Theatre after previews. Ashley Brown played the title role, and Gavin Lee, who had originated the role of Bert in the West End production, reprised his role on Broadway. Daniel H. Jenkins played George Banks, Rebecca Luker was Winifred, and Matthew Gumley and Henry Hodges played Michael.

'House' first airs on Fox

"Pilot", also known as "Everybody Lies", is the first episode of the U.S. television series House. It introduces the character of Dr. Gregory House, played by Hugh Laurie, a maverick antisocial doctor, and his team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

'Half-Life 2' is released

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to 1998's Half-Life and was released following a five-year $40 million development. During development, a substantial part of the project was leaked and distributed on the Internet. The game was developed alongside Valve's Steam software and the Source engine.


Lionel Messi makes his official debut for FC Barcelona

Lionel Messi, aged 16 years, four months, and 23 days old, made debut in a friendly match against Jose Mourinho's Porto and he was already turning out for the Barcelona 'B' team in no time. A single training session with the first-team squad let the great Ronaldinho to believe that Messi would surpass him. On 16 October 2004, Messi made his first-team bow. In an away derby against Catalan rivals Espanyol.

States reach a $206 billion settlement

The settlement occurred between the 4 largest U.S. tobacco companies and the attorneys general of 46 states. The companies agreed to reduce some tobacco marketing practices and to pay diverse annual payments to the states to compensate them for some of the costs of caring for persons with smoking-related illnesses.

Broadway revival of 'Gypsy' opens

The second revival had pre-Broadway engagements starting at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, Miami Beach, Florida. The production opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre and then moved to the Marquis Theatre. The musical closed after 476 performances and 23 previews.

Benazir Bhutto is elected as PM of Pakistan

Benazir Bhutto was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and became the first woman to lead a democratic government in a nation with a Muslim majority. With her liberal and secular ideology, she chaired and co-chaired the Pakistan People Party from the early 1980s until her death in 2007.


The first unanimous MVP since Reggie Jackson

José Canseco was awarded the American League's Most Valuable Player title with a .307 batting average, 120 runs scored, 124 RBIs, 42 home runs, and 40 stolen bases. That year he also became the 1st player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season.

Starship are at #1 on the US singles chart

"We Built This City" was released as Starship's debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. The single received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1986. It has appeared on several "worst song" lists, Rolling Stone poll and Gentlemen's Quarterly magazine.

'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' is released

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an American science fiction movie written and directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object. Made on a production budget of $20 million, Close Encounters was released in a limited number of cities before expanding into wide release the following month.

The longest American spaceflight

NASA mission Skylab 3 took off. The crew of three astronauts remained on the orbital station for 84 days. It was the longest American space flight, except the later stays of American astronauts on the Russian space station Mir. The crew conducted many experiments, including spacewalks, one on Christmas day.


Notre Dame ends Oklahoma 47-game winning streak

Notre Dame defeated Oklahoma 7-0 and ended its 47-game and 1,512-day college football winning streak. It was also the first time in more than 120 games that Oklahoma didn't score a single point. The fans of Oklahoma got very sad, some even cried.

LSD is first synthesized

LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland as part of a large research program searching for medically useful ergot alkaloid derivatives. LSD's psychedelic properties were discovered 5 years later.

David Livingstone becomes the first European to see the Victoria Falls

David Livingstone became the first European to see the Mosi-o-Tunya waterfall, which he named Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria. Eventually he successfully reached Quelimane on the Indian Ocean, having mapped most of the course of the Zambezi river.

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