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'Robin Hood' premieres

Robin Hood is a 2018 American action-adventure movie directed by Otto Bathurst, written by Ben Chandler and David James Kelly, and based on the tale of Robin Hood. In the US and Canada, Robin Hood was released alongside Creed II and Ralph Breaks the Internet, as well as the wide expansion of Green Book.

Kwekwe stadium stampede

A stampede occurred at Mbizo Stadium in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, killing 11 and injuring 40 people. Reuters reported that around 30,000 people attended a religious service officiated by Walter Magaya. After the service, the crowd left toward a single exit in a stampede, killing 4 immediately; 7 others were pronounced dead at a hospital.

Pharrell Williams releases 'Happy'

The song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams appeared on the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album and also on Williams' second studio album called Girl. The song reached number one in the USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and 19 other countries. Happy won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video.

'Rise of the Guardians' debuts worldwide

Rise of the Guardians is an American 3D computer-animated fantasy movie based on William Joyce's The Guardians of Childhood book series and The Man in the Moon short film by Joyce and Reel FX Creative Studios. Set about 300 years after the book series, the film tells a story about Guardians Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman, who enlist Jack Frost to stop the evil Pitch Black from engulfing the world in darkness in a fight of dreams.

'Life of Pi' is released in the US

Life of Pi is an American survival drama movie based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. Directed by Ang Lee, the film's adapted screenplay was written by David Magee. During its opening on the extended Thanksgiving weekend, the movie debuted in 2,902 theaters throughout the US and Canada.

Ireland applies for a massive EU-IMF loan to bail-out its banks

With yields on Irish Government debt rising rapidly, it was clear that the Government would have to seek assistance from the EU and IMF, resulting in a €67.5 billion "bailout" agreement. Together with additional €17.5 billion coming from Ireland's own reserves and pensions, the government received €85 billion.

Owl City's 'Fireflies' hits #1 on the US singles chart

Fireflies is the debut single off Owl City's album "Ocean Eyes". The American group's song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 non-consecutive weeks. Fireflies was Owl City's only top 40 hit in the United States until 3 years later when "Good Time", a duet with Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen, charted at No. 8.

The 34th American Music Awards are held

The 34th American Music Awards were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The most successful artists were The Black Eyed Peas, who won three awards, and Mary J. Blige, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Kelly Clarkson, who won two. Carrie Underwood was awarded New Artist of the Year.

Phil Spector charged with murder

Phil Spector is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. In February 2003, actress Lana Clarkson was found dead in his mansion. Spector’s limousine driver, who had been waiting in the car, reported hearing a gunshot and then seeing Spector exit the mansion via the back door. Phil Spector was quoted in affidavits as saying “I think I just shot her.” After a mistrial and subsequent second trial, he was sentenced six years later to 19 years to life in the California state prison system.

Law banning smoking on U.S. domestic flights

President Bush signed a bill that banned smoking on all domestic commercial airline flights. The only exceptions were some 6-hour flights to Hawaii and Alaska. The law was resisted by the tobacco industry, however, it was signed at the time of reports on harmful impacts of smoking on public health.

Demi Moore weds Bruce Willis in Las Vegas

Moore married her second husband, actor Bruce Willis. She and Willis have 3 daughters together: Rumer, Scout and Tallulah. They announced their separation in 1998. Moore then married Ashton Kutcher with whom she also divorced after 6 years of marriage.

Queen and David Bowie are at #1 in the UK

Under Pressure became the Queen's second number-one hit in the UK. The song only peaked at No. 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The final version of the song evolved from a jam session that David Bowie had with the band at Queen's studio in Montreux in Switzerland.

Olivia Newton-John goes to #1 on the US singles chart

Physical is a song by Olivia Newton-John for her 12th studio album Physical. It was released by MCA Records as the lead single from the project. The song was written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, who originally intended to offer it to British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. The song was an immediate success, shipping 2 million copies in the US, being certified Platinum, and spending 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

The MGM Grand fire

The MGM Grand fire occurred at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Paradise, Nevada. The fire killed 85 people, most through smoke inhalation. The tragedy remains the worst disaster in Nevada history, and the 3rd worst hotel fire in modern U.S. history, after the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire in Atlanta that killed 119 people and the San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel fire in 1986 in which 97 perished.

The Birmingham pub bombings

The Birmingham pub bombings occurred when bombs exploded in two public houses in central Birmingham, England. The explosions killed 21 people and injured 182 others. The Provisional Irish Republican Army has never officially admitted responsibility for the Birmingham pub bombings, but a former senior officer of the organization confessed to their involvement in 2014.

The human ancestor hoax

So called Piltdown man was exposed as a fraud. Presumed human fossil was discovered in 1911 by amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson near Piltdown in East Sussex. The species was officially named Eoanthropus dawsoni and considered a 500.000 years old human ancestor. But it was a piece of human skull with the jaw of an orangutan and chimpanzee tooth.

Shostakovich's '5th Symphony' premieres in Lenningrad

The Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, by Dmitri Shostakovich, is a work for orchestra composed between April and July 1937. Its first performance was in Leningrad by the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under Yevgeny Mravinsky. The premiere was a huge success and received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour.

'Anything Goes' opens at the Alvin Theatre

The musical had a tryout in Colonial Theatre, before opening on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre. It ran for 420 performances, becoming the 4th longest-running musical of the 1930s, despite the impact of the Great Depression on Broadway patrons' disposable income.


The first game ever is played in the Australian Open

The Australian Open is managed by Tennis Australia, formerly the Lawn Tennis Association of Australia, and was first played at the Warehouseman's Cricket Ground in Melbourne. This facility is now known as the Albert Reserve Tennis Centre. The tournament was first known as the Australasian Championships and then became the Australian Championships in 1927 and the Australian Open in 1969.

Edison announces sound recorder

Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical, mechanical, electronic, or digital inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. The two main classes of sound recording technology are analog recording and digital recording.


England football club Aston Villa F.C. is founded

Aston Villa Football Club is a professional football club based in Aston, Birmingham, England. The club currently competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Since its foundation, they have played at their current home ground, Villa Park. Aston Villa was one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888 and of the Premier League in 1992.

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