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Colorado reaches $1 billion mark in sales of marihuana

It only took Colorado 10 months to pass $1bn in legal sales of medical and recreational marijuana. The previous year, the revenues were just $996 million. In 2012, Colorado voted to legalize the drug becoming the first state in the USA to do so.

2016

Cristiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the 4th time

Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or for the fourth time and the inaugural Best FIFA Men's Player, a revival of the former FIFA World Player of the Year, largely owing to his success with Portugal in winning Euro 2016.

The world premiere of "American Psycho"

The musical received its world premiere at London's Almeida Theatre in 2013, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Doctor Who actor Matt Smith. A Broadway production began preview performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, directed by Goold and starring Benjamin Walker as Patrick Bateman.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" premieres in London

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 psychological crime thriller movie based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. This film adaptation was directed by David Fincher and written by Steven Zaillian. The worldwide premiere was at the Odeon Leicester Square in London followed by the American opening at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

EU summit approves €200bn against financial crises

The European Economic Recovery Plan was proposed by the European Commission to deal with the effects of the global financial crisis. Its objective was to limit the economic slowdown of the economies through national economic policies, with measures extended over a period of two years.

Yangtze freshwater dolphin is declared extinct

The zoological expedition found no sign of the baiji, Chinese freshwater dolphin. The scientist traveled on two research ships almost 3,500-km from Yichang near the Three Gorges Dam to Shanghai into the Yangtze Delta and back. They declared the dolphin extinct. There were reports of spotting the animal in 2016, however unconfirmed.

Whitney Houston starts a 20-week run at #1 on the US chart

The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album is the soundtrack from the film of the same name by Arista Records. The album's first side features songs by Whitney Houston, while side 2 features the work of numerous other artists. The album was co-executive produced by Whitney Houston and Clive Davis and has become the 5th best-selling album of all time.

"Rain Man" premieres in NYC

Rain Man is a 1988 American comedy-drama road movie directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive selfish young wheeler-dealer, Charlie Babbitt. When Rain Man debuted it was the second highest-grossing film at the weekend box office with $7 million.

George Michael is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Faith"

"Faith" is a song written and performed by George Michael, from his debut solo album of the same name. It held the number 1 position on Billboard Hot 100 chart for 4 weeks and, according to Billboard magazine, it was the number 1 single of the year in the US. The song also reached number 1 in Australia and Canada and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashes

Shortly after takeoff from Gander en route to Fort Campbell, the aircraft stalled, crashed, and burned about half a mile from the runway, killing all 248 passengers and 8 crew members on board. As of 2017, it has the highest death toll of any aviation accident on Canadian soil.

The Human League is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Don't You Want Me" is a single by British synthpop group The Human League released as the 4th single from their 3rd studio album Dare. It is the band's best known and most commercially successful recording and was the Christmas number one in the UK, where it has since sold over 1,560,000 copies, making it the 23rd most successful single in UK Singles Chart history.

"Saturday Night Fever" premieres in NYC

Saturday Night Fever is an American musical drama movie directed by John Badham. The story is based upon a 1976 New York magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night"; in the mid-1990s, Cohn acknowledged that he fabricated the article.

1968

Arthur Ashe is the first black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He was ranked World No. 1 by Harry Hopman in 1968 and by Lance Tingay of The Daily Telegraph and World Tennis Magazine. In the ATP computer rankings, he peaked at No. 2.

"A Man for All Seasons" premieres

A Man for All Seasons is a 1966 British biographical drama film in Technicolor based on Robert Bolt's play of the same name and adapted for the big screen by Bolt himself. It was directed by Fred Zinnemann. The film was a box office success, making $28,350,000 in the US alone, making it the 5th highest-grossing film of 1966.

1965

Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game

The rookie running back Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears scores six touchdowns during a single game against the San Francisco 49ers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, tying the National Football League record for most touchdowns in a single game.

Jerry Lee Lewis secretly marries his 13-year-old second cousin

The marriage of Jerry Lee to his third cousin, a 13-year old Myra Gale Brown caused a scandal. The press soon discovered the truth about her age and the date of their wedding, which led to calls for boycotting his concerts. After the cancellation of several tour dates, Jerry and his new bride left the country.

Record supersonic flight

The best pilot of all times, Chuck Yeager, reached the speed of Mach 2.5. He flew the Bell X-1A, a modified version of the machine, in which Yeager earlier overcame the speed of sound. Shortly after achieving the speed of Mach 2.5, the airplane spun out of control. Yeager broke the canopy with his helmet but survived.

The mind scientist is born

Michael Gazzaniga was an American psychologist. In the sixties, he worked with Roger Sperry on the research of the split-brain, the brain in which right and left hemisphere are isolated from each other. Later Gazzaniga co-founded the field of cognitive neuroscience. It is the research of biological processes behind cognition.

Lebensborn Project is founded by Heinrich Himmler

Lebensborn was an SS-initiated, state-supported, registered association in Nazi Germany with the goal of raising the birth rate of "Aryan" children of persons classified as "racially pure and healthy" based on Nazi racial hygiene and health ideology.

1933

Eddie Shore ends Ace Bailey's career

Bailey's career came to an abrupt end when he was hit from behind by Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins, apparently in retaliation for having been tripped by King Clancy moments earlier, and hit his head on the ice, fracturing his skull. It was feared that Bailey would not survive after severely injuring his head. Bailey did recover but never played hockey again.

1932

American NBA star Bob Pettit is born

Robert Lee Pettit Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the 1st recipient of the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award. He also won the NBA All-Star Game MVP award 4 times, a feat matched only by Kobe Bryant. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1970.

The first motel opens in California

The creation of the motel was inspired by a need for automobile travelers, who only needed an overnight stay to continue their trips. The motel's architect picked a midpoint location between Los Angeles and San Francisco, which took two days of driving on the roads at the time.

A woman who measured the universe dies

American astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt discovered the relationship between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. It allowed astronomers to measure the distance between the Solar system and faraway galaxies. Edwin Hubble later used it to prove that the universe is expanding.

Frank Sinatra is born

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants, Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey. Sinatra found success as a solo artist after he signed with Columbia Records, becoming the idol of the "bobby soxers". He released his debut album, The Voice of Frank Sinatra, in 1946.

Robert Browning dies at 77

Robert Browning was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of the dramatic monologue made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. Browning died at his son's home Ca' Rezzonico in Venice. He was buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey; his grave now lies immediately adjacent to that of Alfred Tennyson.

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is born

Edvard Munch was a Norwegian painter and printmaker whose intensely evocative treatment of psychological themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-century Symbolism and greatly influenced German Expressionism. He was born in a farmhouse in the village of Ådalsbruk in Løten, United Kingdoms of Sweden and Norway.

Washington D.C. becomes capital of the US

The city of Washington was created to replace Philadelphia as the nation’s capital because of its geographical position in the center of the existing new republic. The states of Maryland and Virginia ceded land around the Potomac River to form the District of Columbia.

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