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"Robin Hood" premieres

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

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.

"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 and grossed US$30,573,101.

"Rise of the Guardians" has world premiere

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. It was the 2nd film released in the firm Barco's Auro 11.1 3D audio format, after Red Tails. The movie was also shown in Dolby Atmos, a surround sound technology introduced in 2012.

The 38th American Music Awards are held

The 38th American Music Awards were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The most successful artists were Justin Bieber, who won four awards, and Usher and Eminem, who won two. Justin Bieber was awarded both New Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year.

Owl City are at #1 on the US singles chart with "Fireflies"

Fireflies is the debut single from American electronica project Owl City's album Ocean Eyes. The 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 Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine is released

The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine is an expansion pack for the role-playing video game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The expansion was developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and published and released in North America by Bethesda Softworks; in Europe, the game was co-published with Ubisoft.

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 is charged with murdering Lana Clarkson

In February of the same year, Lana Clarkson was found dead in the mansion belonging to record producer Phil Spector. However, Spector was finally sentenced 6 years later to 19 years to life in the California state prison system.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is released

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo. In the game, the player controls the playable character Link in the land of Hyrule. In 2008 and 2010, Guinness World Records listed Ocarina of Time as the highest-rated game ever reviewed.

Donkey Kong Country is released

Donkey Kong Country is a platform game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The game centers on Donkey Kong and his nephew Diddy Kong, who are on a quest to recover their stolen banana hoard from King K. Rool and the Kremlings. Nintendo of America partnered with Kellogg's for a promotional campaign in which the packaging for Kellogg's breakfast cereals would feature Donkey Kong Country character.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is released

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is a platform game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis console, released worldwide. It is the second main entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series and introduced Sonic's sidekick, Miles "Tails" Prower, controllable by a second player. In the story, Sonic and Tails must stop series antagonist Dr. Ivo Robotnik from stealing the Chaos Emeralds.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is released

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is an action-adventure video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. Released to critical and commercial success, the game was a landmark title for Nintendo and is widely considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Over 4 million units of the game have been sold worldwide.

Video game Super Mario World is first released

Super Mario World is a 1990 side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The game was released in Japan. It was one of two launch games for the SNES in Japan, along with F-Zero. The game was released in North America on August 1991. Nintendo has sold 20.61 million copies of the game worldwide, making it the bestselling game for the SNES.

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.

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen is born

Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Jepsen's breakthrough came in 2012 when her single "Call Me Maybe" was boosted to significant mainstream popularity; the song became the best-selling single of that year, reaching number one in 18 countries worldwide. Jepsen has received multiple accolades, including three Juno Awards, a Billboard Music Award, and an Allan Slaight Award.

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.

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.

"Rocky" premieres in New York

Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama movie directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. The movie, made on a budget of just over $1 million, was a sleeper hit; it earned $225 million in global box office receipts, becoming the highest-grossing movie of 1976, and went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture.

Icelandic singer Björk is born

Björk was originally known as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes. In 1993, she started her solo career, with some of her albums reaching the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart. She is praised for her innovative vocal and compositional approaches, musical experimentation, and art direction.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1966

Troy Aikman

born 1945

Goldie Hawn

born 1956

Cherry Jones