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"Rogue One" premieres in Los Angeles

The premiere of Rogue One took place at Hollywood Boulevard, in LA. Five blocks of the boulevard were shut down for the occasion. The event boasted a tented red carpet with a life-sized X-Wing. On each side of the entrance to the carpet, there were onlookers, with Imperial and Rebel fans on opposite ones.

"The Color Purple" is back on Broadway

The Color Purple is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation, the show follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century.

2015

American basketball Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes dies

Adolph Schayes was an American professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. A top scorer and rebounder, he was a 12-time NBA All-Star and a 12-time All-NBA selection. He died of cancer in 2015, at the age of 87.

The world premiere of "An American in Paris"

An American in Paris is a musical play inspired by the 1951 Academy Award-winning film of the same name and adapted for the stage by Christopher Wheeldon. It opened at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in 2015, following an engagement at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. The musical won several Tony Awards.

"Avatar" premieres in London

Avatar, written and directed by James Cameron had its world premiere held in London's Leicester Square. Members of the cast, just as Cameron himself were present. The movie received mostly positive reviews, especially for its spectacular visual effects. It grossed over 2.7 billion dollars, making it first film to get over 2 billion.

2006

LaDainian Tomlinson breaks single-season TD record

LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson is a former professional American football player who was a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons. Tomlinson became the first running back to rush for at least 1,236 yards in his first six NFL seasons and he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month.

"Spring Awakening" opens on Broadway

Spring Awakening is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality.

"The Fellowship of the Ring" premieres in London

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first installment on The Lord of the Rings series. The world premiere in London took place at Odeon Leicester Square. Soon after, it was released in cinemas worldwide, where it grossed 47.2 million dollars during its opening weekend and around 870 million altogether.

Doom is released

Doom is a 1993 first-person shooter video game by id Software. It is considered one of the most significant and influential titles in video game history, for having helped to pioneer the now-ubiquitous first-person shooter. The original game was divided into three nine-level episodes and was distributed via shareware and mail order.

Hubble is repaired

The crew of the space shuttle Endeavour installed the COSTAR instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The instrument was designed to correct Hubble’s problem with focus. The problem was caused by the primary mirror, which had been polished to the wrong shape. The correction was successful. HST is still in operation today.

1987

Argentine footballer Gonzalo Higuaín is born

He is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Juventus and the Argentina national team. He started his career with Argentine club River Plate, before a transfer to Real Madrid. Thanks to his abilities Juventus signed him and making him the second most expensive South American footballer of all time. Higuaín represented his country at two FIFA World Cup and helped his team finished in second place.

McCartney and Jackson are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Say Say Say" is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, released in 1983. The track was produced by George Martin for McCartney's album, Pipes of Peace. The song was recorded during production of McCartney's 1982 Tug of War album, about a year before the release of "The Girl Is Mine", the pair's first duet.

"Superman: The Movie" premieres at the Uptown Theater

Superman is a superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The movie premiered at the Uptown Theater in DC, with director Richard Donner and several members of the cast in attendance. It grossed around 134 million dollars in America, with a total of 300 million worldwide.

Meg White from The White Stripes is born

Megan White, an American drummer was born in Grosse Pointe Farms, in Michigan. She decided not to go to college and instead started working at a restaurant, aspiring to become a chef. There, she met musician Jack Gillis, who she later married and together they formed rock band The White Stripes.

1968

Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 round war

Joe Frazier closed 1968 by again beating Oscar Bonavena via a 15-round decision in a hard-fought rematch. Bonavena fought somewhat defensively, allowing himself to be often bulled to the ropes, which let Frazier build a wide points margin. Ring Magazine showed Bonavena afterward with a gruesomely bruised face. It had been a punishing match.

Singer Otis Redding dies in a plane crash

The weather was poor, with heavy rain but despite warnings, the plane took off. A few miles from their destination the plane crashed into Lake Monona. The American singer, songwriter and record producer, Otis Ray Redding Jr., died in that accident. The cause of the crash was never determined.

"Lawrence of Arabia" premieres at Odeon Leicester Square

Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 epic historical drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company Horizon Pictures, with the screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson, and starring Peter O'Toole in the title role.

American actor Michael Clarke Duncan is born

Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and various similar honors. He also appeared in motion pictures such as Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, The Scorpion King and Daredevil.

"Mighty Mouse Playhouse" premieres

Mighty Mouse Playhouse is an American television anthology series featuring animated short films starring Mighty Mouse. The series aired on CBS from 1955 to 1966. The series was credited with popularizing the Mighty Mouse character in popular culture far beyond what the original film shorts had done.

1946

Baseball Hall of Famer Walter Johnson dies

Walter Perry Johnson, nicknamed "Barney" and "The Big Train", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Washington Senators. In 1946, he died of a brain tumor in Washington, D.C., five weeks after his 59th birthday, and was interred at Rockville Union Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

Edward VIII signs Instrument of Abdication

In 1936, a constitutional crisis in the British Empire arose when King-Emperor Edward VIII proposed to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite who was divorced from her first husband and was pursuing the divorce of her second. The marriage was opposed by the governments of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth.

Rudyard Kipling receives the Nobel prize for literature

Rudyard Kipling was an English short stories writer, novelist, and propagator of short stories which he loved. He also was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and was the first English-language writer to win.

Theodore Roosevelt wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, and naturalist, who served as the 26th President of the United States. Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his successful efforts in bringing about the Treaty of Portsmouth.

Dynamite invertor dies

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. Accused of “high treason against France” for selling Ballistite to Italy, Nobel moved from Paris to Sanremo, Italy in 1891. In 1896, Alfred Nobel succumbed to a lingering heart ailment, suffered a stroke, and died.

"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is first published

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain, first published in the United Kingdom in 1884 and in the United States in 1885. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism.

American poet Emily Dickinson is born

Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. After she left the school as a teenager she was living a reclusive life on the family homestead. Her sister Lavinia found her remarkable work and published it after her death. Dickinson wrote over 1,800 poems in her life and is considered one of the most important figures in American literature.

The first programmer is born

English mathematician Ada Lovelace worked with Charles Babbage on his mechanical computer, the Analytical engine. Lovelace was first to recognize, that it can be used not only for pure calculations but for executing algorithms. She is therefore considered the first computer programmer.

Easy measurement

France officially adopted the metric system. It is based on the multiples of ten, which make it very practical and easy to use. It quickly spread through the world. Today, the metric system is a dominant system of measurement. Some less advanced countries, like the United States, however, still don’t use it.

Arabic scholar dies

Andalusian polymath Ibn Rushd, known by his Latinized name Averroes, was interested and contributed to many fields: astronomy, psychology, philosophy, mathematics, music, law, or medicine. In medieval Europe, he was nicknamed the Commentator, for his interpretations of Greek philosopher Aristotle.

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