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'Mary Queen of Scots' is released

Mary Queen of Scots is a 2018 historical drama film based on John Guy's biography Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart. The film is directed by Josie Rourke and adapted by Beau Willimon. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as the eponymous character and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

'Mary Poppins Returns' premieres

Mary Poppins Returns is an American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee, from a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. Based on the book series by P. L. Travers and a sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins, the film stars Emily Blunt as the title character.


Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th FIFA Ballon d’Or

In 2017, Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time, receiving the award on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. In 2018, he scored two goals in a 3–1 home win over Getafe, his first being his 300th La Liga goal in his 286th La Liga appearance, making him the fastest player to reach this landmark and only the second player to do so after Lionel Messi.


Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years in prison

Lawrence Gerard Nassar is an American convicted serial child molester who was the USA Gymnastics national team doctor and an osteopathic physician at Michigan State University. In 2017, he was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

6,500 people buy crumbling castle

The Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers is a castle at the town of Les Trois-Moutiers in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France. In 2017, 18,600 members of an online community raised €1,600,000, by paying at least €50 each, to purchase the castle with the aim of restoring it.

Kremlin announces deal of the year

The decision of Qatar and commodities trader Glencore showed that a share in one of the world's biggest oil companies outweighed the risks related to Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the conflict of Ukraine.

Earthquake hits Aceh province

The 2016 Aceh earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra with an Mw of 6.5 in Aceh province in 2016. The shock was reported to be at a depth of 13 km, categorized as a strong, shallow earthquake. The epicenter was located near the village of Reuleut in Pidie Jaya Regency, 164 km southeast of the province's capital, Banda Aceh.

Plans for London’s tallest skyscraper are unveiled

The tallest skyscraper called 1 Undershaft is planned to be a 300m tall office building with 73 floors. The construction plan has been created by Aroland Holdings and designed by Eric Parry Architects. The skyscraper should replace the St Helen's tower.

The world premiere of 'Lazarus'

Lazarus is a musical with music and lyrics composed by David Bowie, and a book was written by Enda Walsh. First performed at the end of 2015, it was one of the last works Bowie completed before his death in 2016. The musical is inspired by Walter Tevis's novel The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Beijing issues its first ever red alert for pollution

For the first time since it instituted a warning system in 2013, Beijing has issued a "red alert" over dangerous levels of air pollution. The state news agency Xinhua reported that the city's air is thick with smog and the skyline is obscured by the haze.

'The Hateful Eight' premieres at Cinerama Dome

The Hateful Eight is a 2015 American Western film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern as eight strangers who seek refuge from a blizzard in a stagecoach stopover sometime after the American Civil War.

Broadway revival of 'The Elephant Man'

The Elephant Man is a play by Bernard Pomerance. It premiered at the Hampstead Theatre in London in 1977. The production's Broadway debut in 1979 at the Booth Theatre was produced by Richmond Crinkley and Nelle Nugent and directed by Jack Hofsiss. The play closed in 1981 after eight previews and 916 regular performances.

American actor Harry Morgan dies

Harry Morgan was an American actor and director whose career spanned across six decades while appearing in more than 100 films. He died peacefully in his sleep, at around 3A, in LA at the age of 96. After that, his body was cremated and remains were given to his family. According to his son, he had been recently treated for pneumonia.

Leona Lewis is at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Run'

"Run" is a power ballad by Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol from their third studio album, Final Straw. The song was covered by multiple artists, including Tre Lux, Three Graces, Damian McGinty, and Leona Lewis, the last of whom released it as a single in 2008.

A tornado strikes North West London

The tornado struck the Kensal Green area of North-West London, sweeping through several streets over the course of under a minute, injuring 6 people, and causing moderate or severe damage to at least 100 properties. Damages from the tornado were estimated at £10 million.

The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen is found

The famous MBE medal from the Queen to John Lennon, which he sent back to her as a form of protest, was found in a royal vault, still in its original presentation case. After that, Beatles fans and historians campaigned for the medal to be put on public display, either in a museum or at Lennon’s childhood home.

'Angels in America' first airs on HBO

Angels in America is a 2003 American HBO miniseries directed by Mike Nichols and based on the Pulitzer-prize winning play by the same name by Tony Kushner. Set in 1985, the film revolves around six New Yorkers whose lives intersect. At its core, it is the fantastical story of Prior Walter, a gay man living with AIDS who is visited by an angel.

Britney Spears is at #1 on the US album chart with 'In the Zone'

In the Zone is the fourth studio album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released in 2003 through Jive Records. Its music incorporates dance, house, reggae, trip-hop, and hip-hop styles with instrumentation from guitars, drums, synthesizers, strings, and Middle Eastern musical instruments.

Toni Braxton is at #1 with 'Un-Break My Heart'

"Un-Break My Heart" is a song performed by American singer Toni Braxton, from her second studio album, Secrets. The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by David Foster. It was released as the second single from the album in 1996 through LaFace Records.

Bill Gates goes online

Bill Gates announced Microsoft's commitment to supporting and enhancing the Internet to the world's media and the public. He also revealed plans for Microsoft's own Internet browser called Explorer.

Rock band The Grateful Dead break up

One of the founding members Jerry Garcia died in 1995 and the remaining band members decided to disband. Since that time, there have been a number of reunions by the surviving members involving various combinations of musicians. Additionally, the former members have also begun or continued their individual projects.

The Long Island Rail Road massacre

As a Long Island Rail Road train pulled into the Merillon Avenue station in Garden City, New York, a passenger, identified as Colin Ferguson, pulled out a 9mm pistol and started firing at other passengers. He murdered 6 people and wounded 19 others before being stopped by 3 of the passengers: Kevin Blum, Mark McEntee, and Mike O'Connor.

Michael Jackson is at #1 with 'Black Or White'

"Black or White" is a single by American singer and songwriter Michael Jackson. The song was released by Epic Records in 1991 as the first single from Jackson's eighth studio album, Dangerous. It was written, composed and produced by Michael Jackson and Bill Bottrell.


Sugar Ray Leonard beats Roberto Duran for the third and final time

Leonard defended the title against Roberto Durán, who was the reigning WBC Middleweight Champion. Durán was guaranteed $7.6 million and Leonard's arrangement guaranteed him over $13 million. For the Durán fight, Leonard cut his entourage from twenty-one to six.

At least 25,000 people dies in Armenian earthquake

The shock occurred in the northern region of Armenia which is vulnerable to large and destructive earthquakes and is part of a larger active seismic belt that stretches from the Alps to the Himalayas. Between 25,000 and 50,000 were killed and up to 130,000 were injured.

Mikhail Gorbachev meets with President Reagan in Washington

The Washington Summit of 1987 was a Cold War-era meeting between United States president Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Reagan and Gorbachev discussed regional conflicts in Afghanistan, Central America, and Southern Africa, arms control issues for weapons and human rights.

Mr. Mister are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Broken Wings" is a 1985 song recorded by American pop rock band Mr. Mister. It was released as the lead single from their second album Welcome to the Real World. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for two weeks.

The first person in the USA is executed by lethal injection

Charles Brooks Jr. was a convicted murderer who was the first person in the United States to be executed using lethal injection. He was the first prisoner executed in Texas since 1964, and the first Black to be executed anywhere in the United States of America in the post-Gregg era.

The woman who found out what are the stars made on

American astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin died. She was the first who applied the brand-new laws of atomic physics to the study of the stars. She discovered that stars are made approximately from ninety-nine percent of hydrogen and one percent of helium. Hydrogen and helium are two lightest and simplest elements.

The first movie of the 'Star Trek' series premieres

Star Trek: The Motion Picture is a 1979 American science fiction film directed by Robert Wise and based on the television series of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry, who also served as its producer. It is the first installment in the Star Trek film series and stars the cast of the original television series.

The police are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Walking on the Moon" is a song by English rock band The Police, released as the second single from their second studio album, Reggatta de Blanc. The song was written by the band's lead vocalist and bassist Sting when he was drunk. It went on to become the band's second number one hit in the UK.

'Kung Fu Fighting' starts a two-week run at #1 on the US chart

A disco song by Carl Douglas, Kung Fu Fighting was released as a single in the UK. It didn't receive any radio airplay for the first few weeks and sold rather poorly. However, the song began gaining popularity in dance clubs. Eventually, it was released in the US, where it quickly topped the singles chart.

Pearl Harbor is bombed

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 Americans were killed and 1,178 others were wounded.

The first gyrostabilized ship arrives

Italian steamer SS Conte di Savoia anchored in New York. She was the first transatlantic liner fitted with gyro-stabilizers. This device made the ship more stable in the water, so the passengers did not suffer seasickness or suffered it to the lesser degree. The cruise was, however, not as comfortable as intended.

Early plastic is patented

Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland patented one of the first plastics, the Bakelite. It was non-conductive and heat-resistant. It was used in radio and telephone casings, toys and various other products. Some designers made even jewelry from it. The Bakelite gave birth to the new plastics industry.

Martin Van Buren is elected 8th president

Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. A founder of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the ninth Governor of New York, the tenth U.S. Secretary of State, and the eighth Vice President of the United States.

The Royal Opera House opens

The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began.

Roman orator Cicero is assassinated

Cicero was caught leaving his villa in Formiae in a litter going to the seaside where he hoped to embark on a ship destined for Macedonia. When his killers arrived, Cicero's own slaves said they had not seen him, but he was given away by Philologus, a freedman of his brother Quintus Cicero.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Dan Bilzerian

born 1991

Chris Wood

born 1928

Noam Chomsky