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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" premieres in Los Angeles

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a 2017 American space opera film written and directed by Rian Johnson. It is the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth installment of the main Star Wars film franchise, following The Force Awakens. It was produced by Lucasfilm and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is released

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is an action-adventure game developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix for Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the sequel to the 2010 video game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, and the second installment in Lara Croft spin-off series of the Tomb Raider franchise.

The biggest job cut ever among Asian companies

Sony announced to cut 8,000 jobs and close several factories in an effort to save $1.1bn a year as Japan's economy was heading for its longest slump since the war. The job losses were supposed to occur in Japan's core electronics division.

One of the most memorable flops of the new century

Dance of the Vampires is a musical remake of the 1967 Roman Polanski film of the same name. Polanski also directed the original German-language production of this musical. Music was composed by Jim Steinman and orchestrated by Steve Margoshes, and original German book and lyrics were written by Michael Kunze.

"Star Trek: Nemesis" premieres

Nemesis is the tenth film in Star Trek series. The premiere, which was attended by the cast and crew, took place on Hollywood Boulevard, at Mann's Chinese Theatre. The gross income was the lowest of the franchise and it was the first film from the series that did not debut as the highest-grossing film of the week.

"Swing!" premieres on Broadway

Swing! is a musical conceived by Paul Kelly with music by various artists. It celebrates the music of the Swing era of jazz, including many well-known tunes by artists like Duke Ellington, William "Count" Basie, Benny Goodman and others. It received a nomination for the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical and other Tony awards.


American boxing champion Archie Moore dies

Archie Moore was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time. He died of heart failure in 1998, four days before his 82nd birthday. He was cremated and is interred in a niche at Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, in San Diego.

Video game Quake II is released

Quake II is a first-person shooter video game released in 1997. It was developed by id Software and published by Activision. It is not a direct sequel to Quake; id decided to revert to an existing trademark when the game's fast-paced, tactile feel felt closer to a Quake game than a new franchise.

"Tomorrow Never Dies" premieres in London

Tomorrow Never Dies premiered at The Odeon Leicester Square, London. This event was followed by an after premiere party at Bedford Square. The movie follows James Bond, a fictional MI6 agent in his attempt to stop Elliot Carver from engineering events that would initiate World War III.

Michael Jackson scores his sixth solo UK #1 single

Earth Song, is a ballad from Michael Jackson, dealing with the environment and animal welfare. After releasing in the UK, it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song remained there for the next six weeks, attaining the Christmas number-one single and beating the competition in the process.

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is released

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness is a fantasy-themed real-time strategy game published by Blizzard Entertainment and released for DOS in 1995 and for Mac OS in 1996. It was met with positive reviews and won most of the major PC gaming awards in 1996.

A formal separation of Charles and Diana

Within five years, the couple's incompatibility and near thirteen-year age difference, as well as Diana's concern about Charles's previous girlfriend, In December, the British Prime Minister, John Major, announced their formal separation in Parliament.

The 3rd Billboard Music Awards are held

The 3rd Billboard Music Awards show aired on FOX TV in 1992. It was hosted by Phil Collins at Universal Amphitheater, in LA, USA. The Top Artist, just as well as Top Billboard 200 Album was not chosen, however, Michael Jackson managed to score the biggest number of awards, winning in three categories.

The 2nd Billboard Music Awards are held

The 2nd Billboard Music Awards took place at Barker Hangar, in Santa Monica, California. Singer Garth Brooks and American band C+C Music Factory managed to get multiple awards, both winning in 5 categories. Top Billboard 200 Album award went to Mariah Carey, while Bryan Adams won Top Hot 100 Song award.

Billy Joel is at #1 on the US singles chart

"We Didn't Start the Fire" is a song by American musician Billy Joel. Its lyrics include brief, rapid-fire allusions to more than 100 headline events between 1949, the year of Joel's birth, and 1989 when the song was released on his album Storm Front. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

The First Intifada begins

The First Intifada was a Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The uprising lasted from December until the Madrid Conference in 1991, though some date its conclusion to 1993, with the signing of the Oslo Accords.

Chic are at #1 on the US singles chart with "Le Freak"

"Le Freak" is a song by American R&B band Chic. It was the band's third single and first Billboard Hot 100 and R&B number-one song. Along with the tracks "I Want Your Love" and "Chic Cheer", "Le Freak" scored number one on the disco charts for seven weeks. The single achieved sales of 7 million and also scored number seven in the UK Singles Chart.

Matryoshka probe

American robotic spacecraft Pioneer Venus 2 launched three identical small probes to the atmosphere of the second planet from the sun. They measured its composition, sunshine, distribution of cloud particles, temperature, pressure, and properties of winds. The small probes were each at targeted different parts of the planet.

The Mother of All Demos

Doug Engelbart and his team had a famous presentation at the computer conference in San Francisco. They demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: the mouse, windows, hypertext, video conferencing, word processing, dynamic file linking, revision control, and a collaborative real-time editor.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" debuts on CBS

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 1965 animated television special based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Produced by Lee Mendelson and directed by Bill Melendez, the program made its debut on CBS. A Charlie Brown Christmas received high ratings and acclaim from critics. It has since been honored with both an Emmy and Peabody Award.

John Coltrane's Quartet records their greatest work

A Love Supreme is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist John Coltrane who is also the creator of it together with his quartet. It became top-selling album for Coltrane and is also labeled as his masterpiece. The album begins with the bang of a gong and ends with Coltrane’s saxophone solo, imitating the words of the poem.

First episode of Coronation Street airs

Coronation Street is a British soap opera created by Granada Television and shown on ITV since 1960. The programme centers on Coronation Street in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on inner-city Salford. In the show's fictional history, the street was built in 1902 and named in honor of the coronation of King Edward VII.

American actor and producer John Malkovich is born

John Gavin Malkovich is an American actor, director, and producer. Malkovich was born in Christopher, Illinois. As to his paternal ancestry, Malkovich said that he is unsure whether he is Montenegrin, Croat, or Bosnian. He has appeared in more than 70 films.

Spanish civil engineer Juan de la Cierva dies

Juan de la Cierva died in a tragic plane crash that put an end to his work. He was 41 years of age when he boarded a KLM flight bound for Amsterdam. As a fatal irony, it was not in one of his own safer aircraft, but rather in a conventional airplane. The cause of the accident has never been made clear.

English actress Judi Dench is born

Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench is an English theatre and film actress. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. She attended The Mount School, a Quaker independent secondary school in York, and became a Quaker. Her brothers, one of whom was actor Jeffery Dench, were born in Tyldesley, Lancashire.

American actor Kirk Douglas is born

Kirk Douglas, father of Michael Douglas is an American actor, producer, director, and author, who appeared in more than 90 movies during his career. He was born in Amsterdam, a city in Montgomery County, in NY, the USA to a Jewish family. Douglas grew up as Izzy Demsky until he changed his name before entering the US Navy.

Naval computer scientist is born

US Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper was one of the early computer experts. She programmed famous electromechanical computer Harvard Mark I. She developed the first compiler and proposed the use of machine-independent programming languages. It led to the development of the COBOL language. The U.S. Navy has a destroyer USS Hopper named in her honor.

Strauss' opera "Salome" premieres in Dresden

Salome, Op. 54, is an opera in one act by Richard Strauss to a German libretto by the composer, based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of the French play Salomé by Oscar Wilde. Strauss dedicated the opera to his friend Sir Edgar Speyer. The opera is famous for its "Dance of the Seven Veils".

Father of chemical warfare is born

German chemist Fritz Haber discovered a method to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen and hydrogen gas. It was improved by his colleague Carl Bosch and therefore it is called the Haber–Bosch process. Haber also developed killing gases used during World War I, especially during the Second Battle of Ypres.

Tennyson's poem "Charge of the Light Brigade" is published

Lord Tennyson published his famous poem in newspapers. The poem is about a British cavalry who was led into a charge at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War in the 19th century. He was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom at the time.

Poet John Milton is born

John Milton was an English poet and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England. He is best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, written in blank verse. His second most important work, Areopagitica, is considered one of the most influential polemics about free speech and freedom of the press.

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