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Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak commits suicide

During the pronouncement of the appeal judgment, Praljak addressed the judges, saying: "Judges, Slobodan Praljak is not a war criminal. With disdain, I reject your verdict!" He then drank what he said was poison, leading presiding judge to suspend the hearings. ICTY medical staff transported Praljak to nearby HMC Hospital, where he died.

Final Fantasy XV is released

Final Fantasy XV is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix as part of the long-running Final Fantasy series. The game features an open world environment and action-based battle system, incorporating quick-switching weapons, elemental magic, and other features such as vehicle travel and camping.


Kobe Bryant announces his retirement

When announcing his retirement, Kobe Bryant published a poem titled Dear Basketball, in which he wrote about his love for basketball. He played his last game against his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points.

Taylor Swift is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Blank Space"

"Blank Space" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fifth studio album 1989. It was written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. The song was released to the radio by Republic Records as the album's second single, after "Shake It Off" and is the second track on the album.

Far Cry 3 is released

Far Cry 3 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Far Cry 3 is set on a tropical island between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. After a vacation goes awry, protagonist Jason Brody must save his friends, who have been kidnapped by pirates and escape from the island and its unhinged inhabitants.

"Dead Accounts" opens at the Music Box Theatre

Dead Accounts is a Broadway play written by Theresa Rebeck. The comedy premiered at the Music Box Theatre in November 2012. The production starred Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes and was directed by Jack O'Brien.

American Airlines files for bankruptcy

AMR Corporation, then the parent company of American Airlines, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November, and American began capacity cuts on July 1, 2012, due to the grounding of several aircraft associated with its bankruptcy and lack of pilots due to retirements. American ceased its service to Delhi, India in March 2012.

"Rolling in the Deep" single is released by Adele

Rolling in the Deep is a song featured on Adele's album called 21 and was written by Adele herself and Paul Epworth. The lyrics are about the emotions of a scorned lover. The song reached number one in 11 countries and received 3 Grammy Awards.

Susan Boyle’s album becomes the best-selling debut in UK history

The I Dreamed a Dream album sold almost 14 million copies worldwide. In the UK, sales of the album beat the record set by Spirit by Leona Lewis. Eleven out of the twelve songs that appear on the album are cover songs, with one original song called Who I Was Born to Be.

Former Beatles guitarist George Harrison dies of lung cancer

George Harrison died less than three weeks after he, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney came together for the last time. Aged 58, he died at a friend's home in Los Angeles. He was cremated at Hollywood Forever Cemetery and his funeral was held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades.

Mary J. Blige releases album "My Life"

My Life is the second studio album by American R&B recording artist Mary J. Blige, released by Uptown Records. Many of the topics on My Life deal with clinical depression, Blige's battling with both drugs and alcohol, as well as being in an abusive relationship.

American actress Anna Faris is born

Anna Faris became popular thanks to her role of Cindy Campbell in the 1st four Scary Movie films. During its last season, she became a recurring character on the TV sitcom Friends. She received two People's Choice Award nominations for her role on the CBS sitcom Mom.

The first commercially successful video game

Pong is one of the earliest arcade video games. It is a table tennis sports game featuring simple two-dimensional graphics. Allan Alcorn created Pong as a training exercise assigned to him by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell based the idea on an electronic ping-pong game included in the Magnavox Odyssey.

Trans-Canada Airlines Flight 831 crashes

The aircraft was a four-engine Douglas DC-8-54CF airliner, registered CF-TJN. About five minutes after takeoff in poor weather, the jet crashed about 20 miles north of Montreal, near Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Quebec, Canada, killing all 118 people on board: 111 passengers and 7 crew members.

Lyndon B. Johnson investigates the assassination of J.F.K.

The Warren Commission was established to report on the assassination, mandating the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence. The final report consisted of 888 pages and was presented to Johnson one year later. It confirmed that Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Beatles release "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, it was the first Beatles record to be made using four-track equipment. It was also the group's first American number 1 hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart and starting the British invasion of the American music industry.

Eisenhower goes to Korea to try to end the Korean War

As Eisenhower was critical of the Truman administration's foreign policy and inability to end the war in Korea, he himself went to Korea and made an attempt to end the conflict, after he was elected as President of the USA. When he came back, he adopted a strict policy toward the communists in Korea.

U.N. votes for partition of Palestine

The Resolution of the UN General Assembly ended the British Mandate in the area and suggested the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States and a Special International Regime for the city of Jerusalem. However, the Resolution was followed by a civil war, hence the plan was not implemented.

Genentech founder is born

American biochemist and entrepreneur Robert A. Swanson, with Herbert Boyer, founded the Genentech Inc. It was one of the first biotechnological companies. Genentech developed key techniques for transferring genes from one organism to another. They pioneered the use of restriction enzymes to cleave DNA.

"The Lost Weekend"premieres in Los Angeles

The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film was based on Charles R. Jackson's 1944 novel of the same name about an alcoholic writer. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four.

Schrödinger's cat

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his famous thought experiment. He wanted to point out a problem in the interpretation of a new physical theory, quantum mechanics. In his scenario, there is a cat placed in a box together with a radioactive material, poison, and a Geiger counter. According to quantum mechanics, the cat can be alive and dead at the same time.

Giacomo Puccini dies

Giacomo Puccini was an Italian opera composer who has been called "the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi". Puccini died in Brussels from complications after the treatment of his throat cancer; uncontrolled bleeding led to a heart attack the day after surgery.

Traffic signal

Traffic lights, also known as traffic signals, traffic lamps, traffic semaphore, signal lights, stop lights, robots, and traffic control signals, are signaling devices positioned at road intersections, pedestrian crossings, and other locations to control flows of traffic.


FC Barcelona Association football club is founded

FC Barcelona was founded by a group of Swiss, English, and Catalan soccer players. It is the second most valuable sports team and the second richest association football club in the world. The official anthem of the team is called Cant del Barça.

C. S. Lewis is born

Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University and Cambridge University. He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.

Louisa May Alcott is born

Louisa May Alcott was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women and its sequels. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she also grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day.

Famous physicist is born

Austrian physicist and mathematician Christian Doppler is most known for his discovery of what is today called the Doppler effect. It is the change of wave frequency for an observer who is moving relative to the wave source. Doppler used his effect for an explanation of color of binary stars.

City of San Jose is founded

San Jose was founded as the Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, the first city founded in the Californias. It then became a part of Mexico in 1821 after the Mexican War of Independence. Following the American Conquest of California during the Mexican–American War, the territory was ceded to the United States in 1848.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1976

Anna Faris

born 1982

Gemma Chan

born 1942

Gene Okerlund