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'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle' premieres

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is a fantasy adventure film directed by Andy Serkis with a screenplay by Callie Kloves, based on stories collected in All the Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. The film stars Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys, and Freida Pinto, along with voice performances from Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Serkis.

OPEC agrees to first oil cuts in 8 years

As the OPEC members grew weary of a multi-year supply contest with diminishing returns and shrinking financial reserves, the organization finally attempted its first production cut since 2008. Despite many political obstacles, a decision to trim approximately 1 million barrels per day was codified by a new quota agreement at the OPEC conference.

Taylor Swift tops Forbes' list of highest paid musicians

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. One of the leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage. In 2016, Swift topped Forbes' annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities with $170 million.

Paul Walker dies in car crash as a passenger

Walker and Roger Rodas left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, with Rodas driving his Porsche Carrera GT. In a 45 mph speed zone on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, the car crashed into a concrete lamp post and two trees and burst into flames.

Syd Barrett’s final belongings are sold by Cheffins auctioneers

Syd Barret, who was a former member of Pink Floyd, died after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Some of his possessions, including paintings, scrapbooks, and everyday items decorated by him, were sold at an auction, raising £120,000 for charity.

'Prince of Persia: Warrior Within' is released

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is an action-adventure video game and sequel to Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. It picks up where The Sands of Time left off, adding new features, specifically, options in combat. The Prince has the ability to wield two weapons at a time as well as the ability to steal his enemies' weapons and throw them.

Artificial heart recipient dies

Fifty-nine years old American Robert Tools received the first self-contained artificial heart. He lived 151 days with it. The device had no external tubes or wires leading out of a patient’s body. Tools died of organ failure and internal bleeding. The physicians claimed that death was not caused by his new heart.

"Seussical" opens on Broadway

Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. It is based on the children's stories of Dr. Seuss, with most of its plot being based on Horton Hears a Who! while incorporating many other stories. The musical's name is a portmanteau of "Seuss" and musical.

Trade summit in Seattle is disrupted by demonstrators

1999 Seattle WTO protests were a series of protests surrounding the WTO Ministerial Conference, when members of the World Trade Organization convened at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington. The Conference was to be the launch of a new millennial round of trade negotiations.

Video game 'Unreal Tournament' is released

Unreal Tournament is a first-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games and Digital Extremes. The second installment in the Unreal series, it was first published by GT Interactive in 1999 for Microsoft Windows, and later released on the PlayStation 2 and Dreamcast by Infogrames in 2000 and 2001, respectively.

'Schindler's List' premieres in Washington, D.C.

Schindler's List is an American historical drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. The film is about Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German businessman, who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust.

Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus attempts suicide

After his suicide attempt, Rob Pilatus was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for 72-hour psychological evaluation. He was also treated for a cut to his left wrist. Both a suicide note and a bottle of prescription pills were later found in Pilatus' hotel room.

1991

The first world championship of women's soccer

The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup was the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It took place in Guangdong, China. The United States beat Norway 2–1 in the final in front of a crowd of 65,000 people at Guangzhou's Tianhe Stadium.

1986

The first tennis player earns over $10 million in his lifetime

Ivan Lendl is a retired tennis player originally from Czechoslovakia. He was the world No. 1 for 270 weeks in the 1980s and finished his career with 94 singles titles. As a tennis coach, he helped Andy Murray win 3 major titles and achieve the No. 1 ranking.

Pepsi partners with Michael Jackson in a $5m deal

One year after ‘Thriller’ was released, Michael Jackson struck a $5m partnership with Pepsi to become the first pop stars to front campaigns for the brand. Jackson moonwalked and boogied in Pepsi’s ‘The New Generation’ TV spot, which featured a reworking of the track Billie Jean.

Michael Jackson's second album is released worldwide

Thriller is the 6th studio album by Michael Jackson. The album was recorded from April to November in 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles. It was produced by Quincy Jones and Jackson wrote four of its nine songs. Thriller quickly became the world's best selling album.

'Gandhi' premieres in New Delhi

Gandhi is an epic historical drama film based on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the leader of India's non-violent, non-cooperative independence movement against the UK's rule of the country during the 20th century. The film, a British-Indian co-production, was written by John Briley and produced and directed by Richard Attenborough.

Lucy is discovered

Anthropologists discovered most complete early human skeleton so far. The specimen was found near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley, Ethiopia. Its official catalog number is AL 288-1, but it is commonly known as Lucy. The bones belonged to Australopithecus afarensis female. She lived 3.2 million years ago.

BBC bans Wings' 'Hi, Hi, Hi'

"Hi, Hi, Hi" is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Wings. It was released as a double A-side single with "C Moon" in 1972. In the UK, the song was banned by the BBC for its sexually suggestive lyrical content. The BBC also assumed that the title phrase, "We're gonna get hi, hi, hi" was a drug reference.

Barbados becomes independent from the UK

Barbados became the 4th English-speaking country in the West Indies to achieve full independence from the United Kingdom after Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and British Guiana. Barbados' official head of state is the British monarch, who is represented by the Governor-General of Barbados.

Meteorite strikes Alabama woman

The Sylacauga meteorite fell at 12:46 local time in Oak Grove, Alabama, near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges. The Sylacauga meteorite is the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being.

The Soviet Union invades Finland

Three months after the beginning of WWII, the Soviets invaded Finland, as they sought to claim parts of Finnish territory. The League of Nations called the attack illegal and as a result, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League later in December that year.

1872

The first international soccer match

Scotland v England was the first ever official international association football match to be played. It was contested by the national teams of Scotland and England. The match took place at West of Scotland Cricket Club's ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Scotland. The match finished in a 0–0 draw and was watched by 4,000 spectators.

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