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Fight of the Decade

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez IV was a professional boxing match. It was also billed unofficially as deciding the World Boxing Organization's "Champion of the Decade". This was the fourth and final meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Marquez defeated Pacquiao by knockout with one second remaining in the sixth round.

SpaceX successfully launches to orbit and recovers a spacecraft

SpaceX is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. The success of the mission, which lasted 3 hours and 19 minutes, allowed SpaceX to advance its vehicle testing plan.

Bombings in Baghdad kills 127 people

The bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, resulted in the deaths of at least 127 people and injuries to at least 448 more. The attacks have been condemned internationally as acts of terrorism. The Islamic State of Iraq has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The 8th Billboard Music Awards are held

The Billboard Music Awards show honors the hottest names in music industry. The 8th show, in 1997 aired on FOX TV, with LeAnn Rimes winning the top artist and Elton John winning multiple awards. It has been hosted by actor David Spade at MGM Grand Garden Arena, in LA, Nevada.

'Ragtime' has its world premiere in Toronto

Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants.

Element 111 is first synthesized

Roentgenium is a chemical element with symbol Rg and atomic number 111. It is an extremely radioactive synthetic element that can be created in a laboratory but is not found in nature. The most stable known isotope, roentgenium-282, has a half-life of 2.1 minutes, although the unconfirmed roentgenium-286 may have a longer half-life of about 10.7 minutes. Roentgenium was first created in 1994 by the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany. It is named after the physicist Wilhelm Röntgen, who discovered X-rays.

GPS becomes publicly available

The Global Positioning System (GPS), originally Navstar GPS, is a satellite-based radio navigation system owned by the US government and operated by the US Air Force. It is a global navigation satellite system that provides geolocation and time information to a GPS receiver anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. Obstacles such as mountains and buildings block the relatively weak GPS signals.

The 4th Billboard Music Awards are held

The 4th Billboard Music Awards show aired on FOX TV in 1993. It was dominated by Whitney Houston. She won 11 awards, including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album for her The Bodyguard Soundtrack and Top Hot 100 song for her I Will Always Love You. It has been hosted by Phil Collins in Universal Amphitheater, LA.

Sevie B is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Because I Love You'

"Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" is a song written by Warren Allen Brooks and performed by Stevie B. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1990 and remained there for four consecutive weeks. It also spent two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood are at #1 on the UK singles chart

Originally recorded by English band Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Power of Love was released by the group as their third single. Taken from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, it followed its two predecessors to the top of the UK single charts, scoring the band an early December number-one.

Gabriel García Márquez receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

He is considered one of the most significant author of the 20th century and the best in the Spanish language. García Márquez is best known for his novels One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Autumn of the Patriarch and Love in the Time of Cholera and for popularizing a literary style known as magic realism, which uses magical elements in realistic situations. Magic realism helped him to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

'Sophie's Choice' is released

Sophie's Choice is an American drama film which was directed by Alan J. Pakula and aired in 1982. It is an adaptation of William Styron's novel of the same name. The movie starred Meryl Streep in the main role for which she received the Academy Award for Best Actress. The film itself was nominated in 4 categories.

John Lennon is murdered

Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman in the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York City. Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono. After sustaining four major gunshot wounds, Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital.

The longest running show in Broadway history to that point

Grease is 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. Named after the 1950s United States working-class youth subculture known as greasers, the musical is set in 1959 at fictional Rydell High School and follows ten working-class teenagers as they navigate the complexities of peer pressure, politics, personal core values, and love.

'The Deer Hunter' premieres in LA

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers whose lives were changed forever after they fought in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage.

United Airlines crashes at Chicago's Midway Airport

United Airlines Flight 553 was a Boeing 737-222 that crashed during an aborted landing and go around while approaching Chicago Midway International Airport in 1972. The plane crashed into a residential neighborhood, destroying five houses; 43 of the 61 aboard the aircraft and two on the ground were killed.


Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA

Wilton Norman Chamberlain was an American basketball player who played the center position and is considered one of the most prominent and dominant players in NBA history. In 1961, in a triple overtime game versus the Los Angeles Lakers, he set a new NBA record by scoring 78 points, breaking the record of 71 previously set by Elgin Baylor.

The United States declares war on Japan, entering World War II

The United States Congress declared war on the Empire of Japan in response to that country's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor the prior day. It was formulated an hour after the Infamy Speech of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Following the U.S. declaration, Japan's allies declared war on the United States.


Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins 73-0

The 1940 National Football League Championship Game was the eighth title game of the NFL, played at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. The Bears scored eleven touchdowns and won 73–0, the most one-sided victory in NFL history. The game was broadcast on radio by Mutual Broadcasting System, the first NFL title game broadcast nationwide.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Luisa Miller' premieres in Naples

Luisa Miller is an opera in three acts based on the play Kabale und Liebe the German dramatist Friedrich von Schiller. The premiere was well received. But Verdi vowed to never produce another opera in Naples due to the city authorities after the performance and he kept his promise.

Beethoven's 7th Symphony premieres in Vienna

The Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, is a symphony in four movements composed by Ludwig van Beethoven between 1811 and 1812 while improving his health in the Bohemian spa town of Teplice. The work is dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries. At its premiere, Beethoven was noted as remarking that it was one of his best works.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1980

John Lennon

died 2019

Juice WRLD

born 1982

Nicki Minaj

born 1943

Jim Morrison