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"Nightflyers" is released on Syfy

Nightflyers is an American science fiction television series on Syfy based on the novella of the same name and the series of short stories by George R. R. Martin. The series started its production in early 2018 on location in Limerick, Ireland, and also at the Limerick-based Troy Studios, with Daniel Cerone serving as the showrunner.

Revival of the musical "Funny Girl" opens

Funny Girl is a 1963 musical with a book by Isobel Lennart, music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Bob Merrill. The semi-biographical plot is based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress and comedian Fanny Brice featuring her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Its original title was My Man.

VW borrows €20bn to help it survive

Volkswagen agreed to the terms of a bridging loan with banks to help survive the costs of its emissions scandal. The scandal occurred after VW admitted to cheating U.S. diesel emissions tests and to falsifying carbon dioxide emissions.


Canadian legend of hockey, Jean Béliveau, dies at 83

Joseph Jean Arthur Béliveau was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played NHL with Montreal Canadiens from 1950 to 1971. He is widely regarded as one of the ten greatest NHL players. He started his career in the Quebec Major Hockey League. He was the fourth player to score 500 goals and the second to score 1, 000 points.

Chinese Moon probe

China launched the Chang'e-3 probe. It was carrying the Yutu lunar rower. Chang'e is Chinese Moon goddess, Yutu is the mythological jade rabbit that lives on the Moon. Main scientific objectives of the mission were topography and geology survey and measuring lunar surface composition. The probe was supposed to test the soft-landing technology.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" premieres in Los Angeles

The premiere was held in Dolby Theatre and the afterparty venue for participants of the premier was decorated to look like an ancient city. The movie is a second installment in the three-part film series based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

"Rick and Morty" first airs on Cartoon Network

"Pilot" is the first episode of the American animated television sitcom Rick and Morty. Written by series creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, and directed by Roiland, the episode premiered on Adult Swim. The series introduces protagonists, alcoholic scientist Rick Sanchez and his innocent teenage grandson Morty Smith.

The world's tallest existing structure is completed

After almost 6 years of construction, Burj Khalifa was completed, becoming the tallest building in the world. Besides that, it also holds other records, such as the highest number of stories in the world or tallest service elevator in the world, to name the few. Its reception has been quite positive, and it has received many awards.

"I Wanna Love You" is #1 on the US singles chart

"I Wanna Love You" is a song written and recorded by Akon featuring Snoop Dogg. It was released as the second single from his second album, Konvicted. It is also featured on Snoop Dogg's eighth album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. This song was Akon's first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and was also Snoop's second #1 on the same chart.

Quake III Arena is released

Quake III Arena is a multiplayer-focused first-person shooter video game. The game was developed by id Software and featured music composed by Bill Leeb. Quake III Arena is the third game in the Quake series and differs from previous games by excluding a traditional single-player element, instead focusing on multiplayer action.

A rogue trader Nick Leeson is jailed for busting Barings Bank

Nick Leeson is a former derivatives broker whose fraudulent, unauthorized speculative trading caused the great collapse of Barings Bank. Leeson was charged with fraud for deceiving his superiors about the riskiness of his activities and the scale of his losses.

Solar energy scientist dies

Hungarian-American physical chemist Maria Telkes was developing techniques for solar energy use in water distillation and home heating. During World War 2 she invented a solar heated system to make sea water drinkable. On the end of the late 1940s, she worked on the solar heated house project at MIT.

Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men are at #1 on the US singles chart

"One Sweet Day" is a song by American singer Mariah Carey and R&B group Boyz II Men. The artists co-wrote the song with Walter Afanasieff, who co-produced it with Carey. The song speaks about the death of a loved one, how the protagonist took their presence for granted and misses them, and finally about seeing the person in heaven.

Pablo Escobar dies in a shootout

16 months after his escape from La Catedral, Pablo Escobar died in a shootout amid another of Escobar's attempts to elude the Search Bloc. A Colombian electronic surveillance team, led by Brigadier Hugo Martínez, used radio trilateration technology to track his radiotelephone transmissions and found him hiding in Los Olivos.


American NFL player Aaron Rodgers is born

Aaron Rodgers is a football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. The Packers selected him in the 1st round of the NFL Draft in 2005. In 2010, he was named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. In 2011, Associated Press chose him as the Athlete of the Year.

American singer Britney Spears is born

Britney Jean Spears is an American singer, dancer, and actress who is best known for her first and second studio albums – Oops!... I Did It Again, ...Baby One More Time. Those albums became international successes and the best-selling albums by a teenage solo artist. According to the magazine Forbes, she was the 8th highest earning female musician, earning $34 million in 2017.

Canadian singer Nelly Furtado is born

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-Canadian singer with over 40 million records sold worldwide. She is considered one of the most successful Canadian artists. Her song named I'm Like a Bird helped her to win a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Fidel Castro becomes President of Cuba

After Batista's overthrow, Castro assumed military and political power as Cuba's Prime Minister. The United States came to oppose Castro's government and unsuccessfully attempted to remove him by assassination, economic blockade, and counter-revolution, including the Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961.

The United Arab Emirates forms

The United Arab Emirates is a federal absolute monarchy in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf. The country is a federation of seven emirates and was established in December 1971. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch; together, they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council.

American actress and producer Lucy Liu is born

Lucy Alexis Liu is an American actress, director, producer and singer. She is best known for her role in television series Ally McBeal where she played vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo. She was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013 and was named Harvard's 2016 Artist of the Year.

English bass guitarist Rick Savage is born

Rick Savage is a bass guitarist and one of the founding members of the English rock band, Def Leppard that was part of new wave of British heavy metal movement. Savage pursued a career as a professional football player but quickly turned to music and formed the band with his schoolmates.

Fashion designer Gianni Versace is born

Born to a dressmaker mother, Gianni Versace began his apprenticeship at a young age at her sewing business. Few years after, he founded his own fashion house, which he called after himself – Versace. He is known as one of the first designers to link fashion and music world together.

Nuclear reactor

An international team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi initiated the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The experimental apparatus was placed at the University of Chicago. Uranium in the reactor released neutrons. Their speed was reduced using graphite blocks. Slow neutrons than kicked other neutrons from more uranium nuclei.

The first Model A Ford is sold for 385$

The Ford Model A was the second huge success for the Ford Motor Company, after its predecessor, the Model T. It replaced the venerable Model T, which had been produced for 18 years. This new Model A was designated a 1928 model and was available in four standard colors.

Manhattan project veteran

American physical chemist Isabella Karle was born. She worked on the Manhattan project during World War 2. She invented a method for extracting crucial chemical, the plutonium chloride. Later she developed a new and fast way for structure determination from X-ray diffraction data on crystalline materials.


Tommy Burns becomes a Heavyweight Champion

Tommy Burns is the only Canadian-born World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. The first to travel the globe in defending his title, Tommy made 11 title defenses despite often being the underdog due to his size. Burns famously challenged all comers as Heavyweight Champion, leading to a celebrated bout with the American Jack Johnson.

Gillette Company is founded

The Gillette Company was founded by King C. Gillette. Nowadays, Gillette is a well-known brand of men's and women's safety razors and other personal care products including shaving supplies. The brand is owned by the multi-national corporation Procter & Gamble.

American composer Aaron Copland dies

Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland's health deteriorated through the 1980s, and he died of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure in North Tarrytown, New York.

Franz Joseph I becomes Emperor of Austria

Following the abdication of his uncle Ferdinand I, Franz Joseph succeeded as Emperor of Austria. He was the longest-reigning Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary, as well as the 3rd-longest-reigning monarch of any country in European history.

President James Monroe declares his "Monroe Doctrine"

The Monroe Doctrine was a United States policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas beginning in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to take control of an independent state in North or South America would be viewed as "the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States."

Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French

As Napoleon wanted to establish the legitimacy of his imperial reign, he designed a new coronation ceremonial that was unlike the ceremony used for the kings of France. Napoleon brought together many different rites and customs, incorporating aspects of Carolingian tradition, the ancien régime, and the French Revolution.

St Paul's Cathedral is consecrated

Only about 32 years after the Great Fire destroyed Old St Paul's, the new cathedral was consecrated for use by Right Reverend Henry Compton who preached the sermon. Nowadays, it is one of the most famous and recognizable sights of London, drawing in lots of tourists every year.

Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés dies

Hernán Cortés died in Castilleja de la Cuesta, Seville province, from a case of pleurisy at the age of 62. Like Columbus, he died a wealthy but embittered man. He left his many mestizo and white children well cared for in his will, along with every one of their mothers.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1993

Pablo Escobar

born 1959

Neelima Azeem