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Tesla shareholders approve a merger with SolarCity

SolarCity's business focuses on solar panels in the USA. After it merged with Tesla, it also started to offer energy storage services through Tesla. The idea behind the merger was Tesla's attempt to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy.

'The Grand Tour' launches on Amazon Video

"The Holy Trinity" is the first episode of British motoring series The Grand Tour. It was made available exclusively through the Amazon Video streaming service. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, who previously presented as a trio on BBC Two motoring programme Top Gear, present the show.

'Star Wars Battlefront' is released

Star Wars Battlefront is an action shooter video game developed by EA DICE, with additional work from Criterion Games, and published by Electronic Arts. The game, based on the Star Wars franchise, is the third major release in the Star Wars: Battlefront sub-series, and is considered a reboot to the previous games, instead of a sequel.

American actor Charlie Sheen confirms he has HIV

Sheen publicly revealed that he was HIV positive, having been diagnosed roughly four years earlier. In an interview, he referred to the phrase HIV as "three hard letters to absorb". He manages his condition with a triple cocktail of antiretroviral drugs and said that it was impossible that he could have infected any of his partners.

Revival of 'Side Show' opens on Broadway

Side Show is a musical by Bill Russell and Henry Krieger based on the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s. Robert Longbottom directed and choreographed, and the cast starred Emily Skinner as Daisy and Alice Ripley as Violet.

'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' opens on Broadway

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is a musical comedy, with the book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and the music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. It is based on the 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal by Roy Horniman. The show opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.


Sebastian Vettel wins eighth consecutive Formula One race

Sebastian Vettel driving for the Red Bull team achieved his 8th consecutive win and set a new F1 record for consecutive wins within a single season. As of 2016, this was the last race where all 3 drivers on the podium drove Renault-powered cars. He beat the previous record by Micahel Schumacher with 7 wins.

Kim Cattrall stars in 'Private Lives'

A revival at the Vaudeville Theatre in London was directed by Richard Eyre and starred Matthew Macfadyen as Elyot and Kim Cattrall as Amanda. This production then moved to North America, starring Cattrall and Paul Gross. It had tryouts in Toronto and opened on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre.

General Motors emerges from bankruptcy on Wall Street

General Motors achieved the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history, which reflected increasing confidence of investors that GM is getting over its unpopular, taxpayer-funded bankruptcy in June 2009 with significantly lower costs and higher profit potential.

'Assassin's Creed II' is released

Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the Assassin's Creed series, a sequel to 2007's Assassin's Creed, and the first chapter in the Ezio trilogy.

The vampire romance movie 'Twilight' goes to the cinema

Twilight was theatrically released and grossed over US$393 million worldwide. It was released on DVD in March 2009 and became the most purchased DVD of the year. Following the film's success, New Moon and Eclipse, the next two novels in the series, were produced as films the following year.

'The Woman in White' opens on Broadway

The Woman in White is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel with a book by Charlotte Jones, based on the novel The Woman in White written by Wilkie Collins, and elements of The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens. It ran for nineteen months in the West End and three months on Broadway, making it one of Lloyd Webber's shortest-running shows.

The youngest singer on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Spears became the best-selling teenage artist of all time and her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, six MTV Video Music Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Billboard Music Awards including the Millennium Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Christmas movie 'The Grinch' is released

The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a box office success, spending four weeks at #1 in the United States and grossing $260 million in the United States and over $345 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing holiday film of all time, with Home Alone being the first.

In Luxor, Egypt, 62 people are killed by Islamic militants

The killing was probably carried out by exiled leaders of an Egyptian Islamist organization, which attempted to undermine the nonviolence initiative, to devastate the Egyptian economy and force the government into repression, that would increase support for anti-government forces.

'Sunset Boulevard' opens on Broadway

Sunset Boulevard is a musical with book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Based on Billy Wilder's Academy Award-winning film of the same title, the plot revolves around Norma Desmond, a faded star of the silent screen era, living in the past in her decaying mansion on the fabled Los Angeles street.

The first condom commercial on U.S. television airs

The 1st condom commercial broadcast nationally was a 15-second spot for Trojan, which was the largest-selling brand of condoms back then. The spot was viewed by about 7 million households in the USA.

Wham! are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" became Wham!'s first UK and US number one hit. The single was certified Platinum in the US, which at the time commemorated sales of over two million copies. In 2015, it was voted by the British public as the nation's 13th favorite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.

John Lennon releases 'Double Fantasy' album in UK

Double Fantasy is a 1980 album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The album was initially poorly received. However, following Lennon's murder three weeks after its release, it became a worldwide commercial success and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year award at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.

Nixon insists that he is "not a crook"

Following the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon made a declaration of not being a crook, when he was asked about his involvement in the scandal, during a televised Q&A session with Associated Press editors.

X-y position indicator

American engineer Douglas Engelbart patented his device for controlling a computer using detection of two-dimensional motions on the flat surface. The device had a long, tail-like cable. So Engelbart and his colleagues called it “mouse.” The body of the first computer mouse was made of wood. It had only one button.

William Calley goes on trial for the My Lai Massacre

Twenty-six soldiers were charged with criminal offenses, but only Lieutenant William Calley Jr., a platoon leader in C Company, was convicted. Found guilty of killing 22 villagers, he was originally given a life sentence, but served only three and a half years under house arrest.

Strategic Arms Limitation Talks began

The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks between the USA and the Soviet Union took place in Helsinki. The first round so-called SALT I led to the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and an interim agreement between the two countries.

British European Airways introduces the BAC One-Eleven

The BAC-111 was a British short-range jet airliner. Over half of its sales at launch were to the largest and most lucrative market, the U.S. After the French Sud Aviation Caravelle, it was the second short-range jet airliner to enter the service.


Heidi Game

The Heidi Game was a game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. In the final minute, Oakland scored two touchdowns in and won the game 43–32. It got its name as NBC decided to break away from its coverage of the game on the east coast and broadcast the television film Heidi instead.

United States recognizes Soviet Union

President Franklin Roosevelt established diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. The Soviets promised they would not engage in spying in the USA, however, did so anyhow. William Bullitt was named as the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union.

Rival cities of Buda and Pest unite

Pest-Buda became a global city with the unification of Buda, Óbuda, and Pest, with the name "Budapest" given to the new capital. Budapest also became the co-capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I.

Shortcut to India

French Empress Eugénie opened the Suez Canal. Its construction took only ten years. The canal reduced journey from North Atlantic to the Indian Ocean by 7000 kilometers. Its original length was 164 kilometers. Suez Canal has two parts, north and south. They are divided by Great Bitter Lake. The lake is used for turning by the ships.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Oberto' premieres in Milan

Oberto was Giuseppe Verdi's 1st opera and it premiered at the Teatro alla Scala, where it received only fair success. However, the opera had revivals over the following 3 years. The opera had two acts and the libretto was written by Temistocle Solera.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1981

André Daven

born 1866

L. A. Shafer

born 1947

Aldo Nardin