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Salma Hayek accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment

Actress Salma Hayek has described Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as a rage-fuelled "monster", alleging he sexually harassed and threatened her. Writing in the New York Times, Hayek said Weinstein once told her: "I will kill you, don't think I can't." Dozens of actresses, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.

'Joy' premieres in NYC

Joy is an American biographical comedy-drama movie, written and directed by David O. Russell and starring Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, a self-made millionaire who created her own business empire. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Lawrence's performance but criticized the writing and pace of the movie.

'Kingsman: The Secret Service' premieres

Kingsman: The Secret Service premiered at the Butt-Numb-A-Thon festival and was theatrically released later on. The movie received generally positive reviews from critics who highly praised the stylized action sequences, the acting performances, villain, score, and its black humor, though some violent and sexual scenes were critiqued as over-the-top.

Beyoncé releases her fifth studio album

Throughout 2013, Beyoncé worked on the project in strict secrecy, sharing details of the album with a small circle of people and continually shifting the deadline, which was only finalized a week before its release. The album was released in the early hours of the morning without any prior announcement or promotion exclusively on the iTunes Store.

A murder–suicide in Liège kills six and wounds 125 people

The attack took place in the city of Liège in the Wallonia region of Belgium. The attacker, 33-year-old Nordine Amrani, threw grenades and fired an FN FAL rifle at civilians. The attack killed six and left 125 others injured; seven of whom suffered serious injuries. Amrani then committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver.

The first 'YouTube Rewind' is uploaded

YouTube Rewind recap of each year's viral videos, events, memes, and music. The first Rewind featured a Top 10 list of the most popular YouTube videos for that year. In 2012, Rewind videos changed to featuring several popular YouTubers and internet memes from the year. In 2013 the YouTube Rewind Button was used for the first time.

Catherine Zeta-Jones debuts on Broadway in 'A Little Night Music'

The 2008 Menier Chocolate Factory production opened on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre with the same creative team. The cast starred Angela Lansbury as Madame Armfeldt and, in her Broadway debut, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Desiree. Zeta-Jones was recognized as Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the 64th Tony Awards.

'Single Ladies' is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is a song from Beyoncé's third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce. It topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for 4 non-consecutive weeks and has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The song charted among the top 10 within the singles category in several other countries.

Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is captured

Operation Red Dawn was an American military operation conducted in the town of Ad-Dawr, Iraq, near Tikrit, that led to the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The mission was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, commanded by Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno and led by Col. James Hickey of the 4th Infantry Division.

OutKast are at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Hey Ya!'

"Hey Ya!" is a song written and produced by André 3000. Along with "The Way You Move", recorded by OutKast's other member Big Boi, it was released by LaFace Records as one of the album's two lead singles. The song topped the Hot 100 for 9 weeks. The digital sales topped the Billboard Hot Digital Tracks for 17 consecutive weeks.

EU ends entry negotiation with post-communist countries

With a funding deal finally in the bag, the 15-nation EU invited eight countries from Central and Eastern Europe, plus Cyprus and Malta, to join the organization in 2004, declaring an end to lingering Cold War divisions.

'A Beautiful Mind' premieres in Los Angeles

A Beautiful Mind is an American biographical drama movie based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. During the 5 day weekend of the limited release, A Beautiful Mind opened at the #12 spot at the box office, peaking at the #2 spot following the wide release. The movie went on to gross $170,742,341 in the US and Canada and $313,542,341 worldwide.

Gore concedes presidential race

Gore conceded the election to Bush in a nationally televised address. During the recount, controversy ensued with the discovery of various irregularities that had occurred in the voting process in several counties. Among these was the Palm Beach "butterfly ballot," which resulted in an unusually high number of votes for a Reform Party candidate.


Tennis star Alice Marble dies at 77

Alice Marble was a world No. 1 American tennis player who won 18 Grand Slam championships: 5 in singles, 6 in women's doubles, and 7 in mixed doubles. In 1964, she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She later settled in Palm Desert, California, where she taught tennis until her death.

'Driving Miss Daisy' premieres

Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 American comedy-drama film directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Alfred Uhry, based on Uhry's play of the same name. The film stars Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman, and Dan Aykroyd. Freeman reprised his role from the Original Off-Broadway production. Driving Miss Daisy was a critical and commercial success upon its release and at the 62nd Academy Awards received 9 nominations.

Bruce Hornsby and the Range are at #1 on the US singles chart

"The Way It Is" is a song by American rock group Bruce Hornsby and the Range. It was released as the second single from their debut album The Way It Is. It topped the charts in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. Tupac Shakur sampled the song in his hit "Changes".


Highest-scoring NBA game

The highest-scoring regular season game is the triple-overtime game between the Detroit Pistons and the Denver Nuggets. The two teams combined to score 370 points, with the Pistons defeating the Nuggets 186–184.


The 71st Women's Australian Open

In the Australian Open, Martina Navratilova was the defending champion, however, was defeated by Chris Evert, who won her first Australian Open title completing the career Grand Slam. The final score of Evert and Navratilova was 6–3, 2–6, 6–3.

Neil Simon's 'Gingerbread Lady' premieres in NYC

The Gingerbread Lady opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre and closed after 193 performances and 12 previews. Directed by Robert Moore the cast featured, in addition to Maureen Stapleton, Betsy von Furstenberg, Michael Lombard, and Charles Siebert. It proved to be one of Simon's least successful plays on Broadway.

Tragedy of the Commons

The tragedy of the commons is a term used in social science to describe a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users acting independently according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling that resource through their collective action. The concept and phrase originated in an essay written in 1833 by the British economist William Forster Lloyd, who used a hypothetical example of the effects of unregulated grazing on common land in the British Isles. The concept became widely known over a century later due to an article was written by the American ecologist and philosopher Garrett Hardin in 1968. In this modern economic context, commons is taken to mean any shared and unregulated resource such as atmosphere, oceans, rivers, fish stocks, or even an office refrigerator.

'Anastasia' is released in the US

Anastasia is an American historical drama movie directed by Anatole Litvak and written by Arthur Laurents. Set in interwar France, the film follows the story of a suicidal amnesiac, whose remarkable resemblance to the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia — the youngest daughter of the late Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

James Dean begins his career in a Pepsi commercial

Dean's first television appearance was in a Pepsi Cola commercial. He quit college to act full-time and was cast in his first speaking part, as John the Beloved Disciple, in Hill Number One, an Easter television special dramatizing the Resurrection of Jesus. Dean worked at the widely filmed Iverson Movie Ranch in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles during a production of the program, for which a replica of the tomb of Jesus was built on location at the ranch.

Best adventure ever

English privateer Francis Drake set sails from Plymouth for the circumnavigation of the world. His voyage was second in history. Drake was first who survived the as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation. He was the first Englishman who saw the Pacific and claimed California for the British.

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