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FIFA corruption case

The investigation of FIFA corruption mostly revolved around collusion between officials of continental football bodies CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, and sports marketing executives. Among other results, 8th president of FIFA Joseph Blatter was removed from office.

'The Mousetrap' plays its 25,000th performance

The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The longest running West End show, it has by far the longest initial run of any play in history, with its 25,000th performance taking place on 18 November 2012. The play is known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.

'Happy Feet Two' is released in the US

Happy Feet Two is an Australian-American 3D computer-animated family comedy film directed, produced and co-written by George Miller. It is the sequel to the 2006 film Happy Feet and features Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugo Weaving, Magda Szubanski and Anthony LaPaglia reprising their roles from the first film.

One Direction release their debut album

Up All Night is the debut studio album by English-Irish boy band One Direction, released by Syco Records. The album received generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics, many of whom appreciated the album's combination of melodic songcraft and catchy, pop-oriented material.

The world premiere of 'A Free Man of Color'

A Free Man of Color is a play by John Guare. It is set in New Orleans in 1801 before the Louisiana Purchase, and follows the story of Jacques Cornet, "a new world Don Juan" and the wealthiest colored man in New Orleans. His world changes as racism enter the city.


Thierry Henry handball incident

After the second leg, the French captain Thierry Henry admitted to Irish defender Richard Dunne that he had illegally handled the ball in the build-up to Gallas' match-winning goal, which had been scored in extra time with 17 minutes remaining in the game.

Police raid Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch

A team of more than 70 investigators from the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office and Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant upon Jackson's Neverland Ranch. Said search has been criticized as having involved the excessively large number of law enforcement personnel.

'Star Trek Generations' is released

Star Trek Generations is an American science fiction film directed by David Carson and based on the franchise of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry. It is the seventh film in the Star Trek film series, as well as the first to star the cast of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Nirvana record their MTV unplugged special

As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, the band played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets. MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released following the death of Kurt Cobain.

'Malcolm X' is released

Malcolm X, sometimes stylized as X, is a 1992 American epic biographical drama film about the Afro-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as well as Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., and Delroy Lindo.

Mass suicide at Jonestown

A total of 918 died in Jonestown, most of them from cyanide poisoning. Nearly a third of the dead were children. The act of revolutionary suicide was instructed by a leader of a racially integrated church the Peoples Temple Jim Jones.

Vitamin C superstition

American chemist Linus Pauling declared that Vitamin C could prevent the common cold. This belief is still widespread, although it is not supported by scientific evidence and it was not supported in Pauling’s times. Pauling later released a book Vitamin C and the Common Cold and took great doses of Vitamin C to the end of his life.

Farm animals are banned to move in England and Wales

The story began with a farmer, who reported a sick sow, which was later diagnosed with the foot-and-mouth disease. The virus spread, and as a result about 442,000 animals were slaughtered and the outbreak cost about £370 million. Most of the cases occurred in North-West Midlands and North Wales.

British government devalues pound from $2.80 to $2.40

The decision came after weeks of speculation and a day in which the Bank of England spent £200 million trying to shore up the pound from its gold and dollar reserves. Prime Minister Harold Wilson said that devaluation would bust British economics.


Sandy Koufax retires after the best season of his career

Sandy Koufax ended his career prematurely at age 30. At age 36, he became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and he was selected as an All-Star for 6 consecutive seasons. Koufax is on the very short list of pitchers who retired with more career strikeouts than innings pitched.

The Beatles are first time on American television

The Beatles' first visit to the United States came at a time of great popularity in Britain. In addition to establishing the Beatles' international stature, it changed attitudes to popular music in the United States, whose own Memphis-driven musical evolution had made it a global trendsetter.

The first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon is released

Steamboat Willie is an American animated short film directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. It was produced in black-and-white by Walt Disney Studios. The cartoon is considered the debut of Mickey Mouse and his girlfriend Minnie, although both the characters appeared several months earlier in a test screening of Plane Crazy.

The Battle of the Somme ends

The Battle of the Somme was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and French Empire against the German Empire. The battle was intended to hasten a victory for the Allies and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front.

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony is arrested

Anthony was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. Although she refused to pay the fine, the authorities declined to take further action. In 1878, Anthony and Stanton arranged for Congress to be presented with an amendment giving women the right to vote.

Voltaire's 'Oedipus' premieres in Paris

Oedipus premiered at the Comédie-Française, where Quinault-Dufresne played Oedipus, and Charlotte Desmares played Jocaste. The Régent was present at the event and congratulated Voltaire for his success. It was Voltaire's first literary work for which he used the pen-name, Voltaire.

St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome. St. Peter's is famous as a place of pilgrimage and for its liturgical functions. The Pope presides at a number of liturgies throughout the year, drawing audiences of 15,000 to over 80,000 people.

Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama reached the southernmost point of Africa, Cape of Good Hope. He was not the first. He had a direct predecessor, Bartolomeu Dias. Vasco da Gama was, however, the first who reached India, which was the whole point of going around the cape. He later landed in Kozhikode (Calicut).

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1981

Nasim Pedrad

born 1968

Owen Wilson

died 1978

Jim Jones