Video encyclopedia

Flashback calendar


Former NFL player Joe McKnight is shot to death

Joe McKnight was shot by 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, in what was described as a road rage shooting. Four days later, Gasser was arrested for manslaughter. In 2017, he was indicted by a grand jury on the more severe charge of second-degree murder.

'A Bronx Tale' opens at the Longacre Theatre

A Bronx Tale is a musical based on the play by the same name with a book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Glenn Slater. The musical is co-directed by Robert De Niro, who directed the original film, and Jerry Zaks, who directed the one-man show on Broadway in 2007.


Jovan Belcher commits suicide

Jovan Henry Allen Belcher was an American football linebacker who played for the Kansas City Chiefs. On this day Belcher died in a murder-suicide, murdering his girlfriend, 22-years-old Kasandra Perkins, before driving to the Chiefs' training facility and shooting himself in the head with a handgun.

Rihanna is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Diamonds'

"Diamonds" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her seventh studio album, Unapologetic. It was written by Sia Furler together with its producers, Benny Blanco and StarGate. "Diamonds" topped music charts in over twenty countries.

Wham's 'Last Christmas' is the most played festive track

"Last Christmas" is a song by English pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in December 1984, on a double A-side with "Everything She Wants". It was written and produced by George Michael and has been covered by many artists since its original release. Wham! donated all of their royalties to the Ethiopian famine.

Alicia Keys is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'No One'

"No One" is a song by American singer and songwriter Alicia Keys from her third studio album, As I Am. It was written and produced by Keys, Kerry Brothers Jr., and DJ Dirty Harry. "No One" was the most listened-to song on US radio of 2008, with 3.08 billion listeners. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold 5.6 million copies.

'The Color Purple' debuts on Broadway

The Color Purple is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation, the show follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century.

'The Return of the King' premieres in Wellington

The 2003 New Zealand-American epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the third volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings was officially introduced to a close group of participants in Wellington's Embassy Theatre.

The third world's tallest hotel opened in Dubai

After opening, it became the tallest hotel at that time, while currently being the third tallest one in the world, although 39% of its height is made up of non-occupiable space. Standing on an artificial island, it soon became an icon of Dubai. The 5,000-ton heavy island was actually constructed off-site in Finland, then shipped to Dubai in eight pieces.

Exxon and Mobil merge

Two major oil companies Exxon and Mobil merged. The company is the largest descendant of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company. By revenue, it is the world's 10th largest company and the 7th largest publicly traded company by market capitalization.

Gabaldon's 'Voyager' is published

Voyager is the third book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Claire Randall, time-traveling 20th-century doctor, her daughter Brianna and Roger discovered, that her husband Jamie Fraser, 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior, survived the battle of Culloden. Discovering that Jamie survived, sends Claire back to the stone circle that twenty years earlier hurtled her through time.

Northwest Airlink Flight 5719 crashes

The Jetstream 31, operated by Express Airlines II as Northwest Airlink, collided with a group of trees in a forest during final approach to Hibbing, and crashed into two ridges just east of the airport, killing all sixteen passengers and the two pilots aboard.

Whitney Houston is at #1 on the US singles chart

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is a song recorded by American singer Whitney Houston for her third album I'm Your Baby Tonight. The song, written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, was released by Arista Records as the lead single from the album of the same name.

Breakthrough in the Channel tunnel

British and French diggers met in the middle of the English tunnel and shook hands. The tunnel was opened four years later. It is 50.45 kilometers long. At its time the tunnel was the most expensive construction project ever proposed. The suggested prize was £5.5 billion. Final prize was £9 billion. Channel tunnel links Folkestone in the United Kingdom to Coquelles in France.

'Ice Ice Baby' starts a 4-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Ice Ice Baby" is a hip hop song written by American rapper Vanilla Ice, K. Kennedy, and DJ Earthquake. It was based on the bassline of "Under Pressure" by Queen and David Bowie, who did not initially receive songwriting credit or royalties until after it had become a hit.

Muslim country has its first female PM

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan. As Prime Minister, her attempts at reform were stifled by conservative and Islamist forces, including President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and the powerful military. Her administration was accused of corruption and nepotism and dismissed by Khan in 1990.

Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller' album is released

Michael Jackson released his 6th album, Thriller. This album had become the world's best-selling album with sales over 66 million copies worldwide until today. It originates from the previous album Off the Wall and explores genres including pop, post-disco, rock, and funk.

Killing bacteria is isolated

Isolation of Legionella pneumophila bacterium was announced in the New England Journal of Medicine. The microbe caused an outbreak of the deadly Legionnaires' disease. The fatality rate is variable. It ranges from 5 to 50 percent depending on specific conditions. Symptoms include a cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.


Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 22 free throws misses

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was an American basketball player. Chamberlain's main weakness was his notoriously poor free throw shooting, where he has the third lowest career free throw percentage in NBA history with 51.1%. Chamberlain missed more than 5,800 foul shots over the course of his storied career.

'Green, Green Grass of Home' is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Impressed with the song, Jones recorded and released the song in the UK in 1966 and it reached No. 1 on 1 December, staying there for a total of seven weeks. The song has sold over 1.25 million copies in the UK. Jones' version also reached #11 pop, #12 easy listening on the Billboard US charts.

Antarctica made a military-free continent

The 12 countries signed the Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve, establishes freedom of scientific investigation and bans military activity on the continent. It was the first arms control agreement established during the Cold War.

Our Lady of the Angels School fire

The fire broke out shortly before classes were to be dismissed for the day. The elementary school was operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and had an enrollment of approximately 1600 students. A total of 92 pupils and 3 nuns ultimately died when smoke, heat, fire, and toxic gasses cut off their normal means of escape.

Sam Cooke and Buddy Holly debut on 'Ed Sullivan Show'

Buddy Holly and the Crickets performed “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue” and Sam Cooke sang “You Send Me” and “For Sentimental Reasons” on The Ed Sullivan Show in CBS Studio No. 50 in New York City.

Rosa Parks is put in prison for refusing to give up her seat

Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger. Her act of Montgomery bus boycott became the important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks is perceived as an international icon of resistance to racial segregation.

The first edition of Playboy magazine is published

First edition of an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine features nude photos of Marilyn Monroe. She was also in the cover photo. The magazine became an instant success. It was sold more than 50,000 copies after it was released.

U.K. unveils welfare overhaul

The so-called Beveridge Report influenced the founding of the welfare state in the UK. It was introduced by the economist William Beveridge, who proposed reforms address squalor, ignorance, want, idleness, and disease. The reforms led to the expansion of National Insurance and the creation of the National Health Service.

Sergey Kirov is shot by a gunman at his offices

Sergey Kirow was a leader of the Russian Revolution and important member of the Politburo. He was shot at his Leningrad office by Communist Party member Leonid Nikolayev. Apparently, Joseph Stalin instigated Nikolayev to carry that act out.

Lady Astor becomes the first female Member of Parliament

Lady Astor won her husband's former seat in Plymouth and became the 1st woman to sit as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. She served in Parliament as a member of the Conservative Party for Plymouth Sutton until 1945.


England football club Arsenal F.C. is founded

Arsenal Football Club is a professional football club based in Islington, London, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football. In 1886, Woolwich munitions workers founded the club as Dial Square. Arsenal was the first club from the South of England to join The Football League.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous