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"My Brilliant Friend" is released on HBO

My Brilliant Friend is an upcoming American-Italian drama television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. An eight-episode miniseries, My Brilliant Friend is a co-production between American premium cable network HBO and Italian networks RAI and TIMvision.


ATP Finals ends in London

The 2018 ATP Finals is a men's tennis tournament that is played at the O2 Arena in London, United Kingdom, from 11 to 18 November 2018. It is the season-ending event for the highest-ranked singles players and doubles teams on the 2018 ATP World Tour.


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.


Rugby player Jonah Lomu dies

Lomu died unexpectedly in Auckland from a heart attack linked to his kidney disease. The previous night he had returned from the United Kingdom with his family after a short holiday stayed in Dubai. Lomu had been receiving dialysis treatments during his visit to the UK where he was involved in heavy promotional work during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Far Cry 4 is released

Far Cry 4 is an action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the successor to the 2012 video game Far Cry 3, and the fourth main installment in the Far Cry series. The game takes place in Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country.

Dragon Age: Inquisition is released

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game published by Electronic Arts. The story follows a player character known as the Inquisitor on a journey to settle the civil unrest in the continent of Thedas and close a mysterious tear in the sky called the "Breach", which is unleashing dangerous demons upon the world.

"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.

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.

Minecraft is released

Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game developer Markus Persson and later developed by Mojang. The game allows players to build with a variety of different blocks in a 3D procedurally generated world, requiring creativity from players. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is released

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is an action-adventure game for the Wii home console, developed and published by Nintendo. Skyward Sword is the first game in the Zelda continuity, detailing the origins of the Master Sword, a recurring weapon within the series.

"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.

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.

The Sims 3: World Adventures is released

The Sims 3: World Adventures or World Adventures is the first expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game The Sims 3. The expansion pack focuses on traveling to various areas in a manner similar to previous expansions The Sims: Vacation and The Sims 2: Bon Voyage.

Need for Speed: Undercover is released

Need for Speed: Undercover is a racing video game, part of the Need for Speed series, developed by EA Black Box and published by Electronic Arts. Undercover features a new open world map consisting of 109 miles of road and a large highway system, making it the largest Need for Speed "world" EA has created so far.

Tomb Raider: Underworld is released

Tomb Raider: Underworld is an action-adventure video game, the eighth installment of the Tomb Raider series, following character Lara Croft. The story continues from the events in Tomb Raider: Legend as a direct sequel, but also addresses unexplained plot elements by association with Tomb Raider: Anniversary.

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.

Revival of "Kiss Me, Kate" opens at the Martin Beck Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate is a musical written by Samuel and Bella Spewack with music and lyrics by Cole Porter. The story involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi.

"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.


Norwegian race car driver Petter Solberg is born

Petter Solberg debuted in the World Rally Championship in 1998 and was signed by the Ford factory team in 1999. Next year, he started his partnership with the Subaru World Rally Team. In 2003, he became the first Norwegian to win the World Rally Championship title.

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.

American actor Owen Wilson is born

Owen Cunningham Wilson is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and comedian. He has had a long association with filmmaker Wes Anderson, with whom he shared writing and acting credits for Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

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.

American fashion designer Rick Owens is born

Rick Owens began his studies at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles before dropping out to study pattern making at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He founded his own label in 1994. In 2002, Owens received the Perry Ellis Emerging Talent Award.

Margaret Atwood is born

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, Prince of Asturias Award for Literature and the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade. She has published short stories in Tamarack Review, Alphabet, Harper's, CBC Anthology or Ms., Saturday Night.

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.

Moon golfer is born

American astronaut Alan Shepard was the second man in space, after Yuri Gagarin. In 1961 he made a 15-minute suborbital jump aboard spaceship Freedom 7. After the Mercury programme, he was grounded because of an inner ear disease. But he returned to active duty and participated on Apollo programme. In 1971 Shepard landed on the Moon with Apollo 14. He tried to play golf on the lunar surface.

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.

George Gallup is born

George Horace Gallup was an American pioneer of survey sampling techniques and inventor of the Gallup poll, a successful statistical method of survey sampling for measuring public opinion. Together with Claude E. Robinson, he founded Gallup and Robinson, Inc., an advertising research company.

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.

William Schwenck Gilbert is born

William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the 14 comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Arthur Sullivan. His plays inspired other dramatists, such as Oscar Wilde or George Bernard Shaw.

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.

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

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born 1970

Megyn Kelly

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Todd Bowles

born 1968

Owen Wilson