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2017

Russia is banned from the Olympics in South Korea

During the 2018 Winter Olympics, two athletes from Russian team tested positive for banned substances and were found guilty of doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Both were sanctioned by the IOC and their results were annulled as a consequence of the ruling.

'Gran Turismo 6' is released

Gran Turismo 6 is a racing video game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PS3. It is the 6th major release and 12th game overall in the Gran Turismo video game series. It was released worldwide in 2013, and was popular with critics, won awards, and topped charts in countries around the world.

'Les Misérables' premieres in London

Les Misérables is a 2012 musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper and scripted by William Nicholson, Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer, based on the 1862 French novel of the same name by Victor Hugo, which also inspired a 1980 musical by Boublil and Schönberg.

"The Bodyguard" opens at Adelphi Theatre

The Bodyguard is a 2012 stage musical written by Alexander Dinelaris, based on the 1992 film The Bodyguard, with the score featuring songs recorded by Whitney Houston including "One Moment in Time", "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and her cover version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You".

Royal family

Anthropologists identified the bones of last Russian Tsar Nicholas II. The Bolsheviks killed him with his wife Alexandra and their five children Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei on the night of 16th-17th of July 1918. In addition to the royal family, they had killed their friends and servants who wanted to go to exile with them.

2008

O. J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison

The O. J. Simpson robbery case was a criminal case prosecuted in the U.S. state of Nevada, primarily involving the retired American football player O. J. Simpson. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison with eligibility for parole in nine years. He was granted parole and was freed on October 1, 2017.

Westroads Mall massacre

The Westroads Mall shooting was a mass shooting that occurred in 2007 in a Von Maur department store at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska. The gunman, nineteen-year-old Robert A. Hawkins, killed eight people and wounded four, two of them critically, before committing suicide.

Audrey Hepburn's black dress is auctioned

In 2006, Natalie Portman appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, wearing one of the original Givenchy dresses created for Breakfast at Tiffany's. Later that year, this dress was auctioned at Christie's in London and purchased by an anonymous buyer by telephone. The final price was £467,200 ($923,187).

Gwyneth Paltrow weds Chris Martin

Paltrow met Chris Martin of the British rock band Coldplay backstage three weeks after the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow. They married in 2003, in a ceremony at a hotel in Southern California. Paltrow and Martin have two children together: daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin and son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin.

'The Two Towers' premieres in New York

The 2002 New Zealand-American epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings was officially introduced to a close group of participants in New York City. The Two Towers was another instant success.

Revival of "Man of La Mancha" opens at the Martin Beck Theatre

Man of La Mancha is a 1965 musical with a book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his 17th-century novel Don Quixote.

'Ocean's Eleven' premieres in Westwood, CA

Ocean's Eleven is a 2001 American heist film directed by Steven Soderbergh, and a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. It features an ensemble cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts. The film was a success at the box office and with critics.

Celine Dion and R. Kelly are at #1 on the US singles chart

"I'm Your Angel" is a duet by Celine Dion and R. Kelly from Dion's These Are Special Times album and Kelly's R. album. It was released in 1998. The song was written and produced by R. Kelly. The single was very successful, reaching number 1 in the United States and was certified platinum by the RIAA.

Alan Greenspan talks of "irrational exuberance"

A former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan made his famous speech, in which he asked whether the irrational exuberance of the stock market had an impact on the increase in certain asset prices.

Whitney starts a 10-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

"I Will Always Love You" was originally recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton but the most famous version is by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack to the movie The Bodyguard. It holds the record for being the best-selling single by a woman in music history. Houston's version re-entered the charts in 2012 after her death.

'Heaven Is a Place on Earth' goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is a song recorded by American singer Belinda Carlisle for her second studio album Heaven on Earth. Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the power ballad was released as the album's lead single in 1987, and it hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 later that year, becoming Carlisle's only US chart-topper.

1983

LA Dodgers Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine

Howe's career was plagued by alcohol and cocaine abuse, first checked himself into a substance abuse clinic in 1983 but a relapse resulted in him being suspended for the entire 1984 season. Over the course of his 17-year career, Howe would be suspended seven times.

Final episode of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' airs on BBC

An episode with a name Party Political Broadcast is the last piece of a British sketch comedy series known as Monthly Python Flying Circus. The final episode features the most awful families in Britain, Icelandic Honey Week, Brigadier and Bishop and many more.

ARPANET is established

Internet predecessor, the Experimental computer network ARPANET, was connected. It had four nodes: University of California, Los Angeles; Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park California; U.C. Santa Barbara; and the University of Utah. ARPANET was based on packet switching and TCP/IP protocol like the internet.

Heavy smog kills at least 4,000 people in London

The Great Smog of London, or Great Smog of 1952 sometimes called the Big Smoke, was a severe air pollution event that affected the British capital of London in December. Government medical reports in the following weeks estimated that up until 8 December, 4,000 people had died as a direct result of the smog.

Flight 19 disappears in the Bermuda Triangle

Flight 19 was the designation of a group of five Grumman TBM Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on in 1945, after losing contact during a U.S. Navy overwater navigation training flight from Naval Air Station Fort Lauderdale, Florida. All 14 airmen on the flight were lost.

Prohibition ends

Prohibition in the United States was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933. The Eighteenth Amendment was repealed in December, with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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