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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is released

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo for the GameCube home video game console. The 10th installment in The Legend of Zelda series, it was released in Japan, North America and Europe.

"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.

1990

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.

American singer Taylor Swift is born

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. Her self-titled debut album in 2006 peaked at number five on the Billboard 200.

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".

1983

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.

1982

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.

American singer Amy Lee is born

Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She born in Riverside, California, to parents John Lee, a disc jockey and TV personality, and Sara Cargill.

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.

American actor Jamie Foxx is born

Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer, songwriter, record producer, film producer, and comedian. For his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biographical film Ray, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. That same year, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the crime film Collateral.

US painter Grandma Moses dies

Grandma Moses was an American folk artist. She began painting in earnest at the age of 78 and is often cited as an example of an individual who successfully began a career in the arts at an advanced age. She was born in Greenwich, New York; she was the third of ten children born to Margaret Shanahan Robertson and Russell King Robertson.

American actor Steve Buscemi is born

Steven Vincent Buscemi is an American actor, comedian, director, and former firefighter. Buscemi has starred and supported in numerous successful Hollywood and indie movies, including Parting Glances, Armageddon and The Death of Stalin. Having taken a civil service test, Buscemi became a firefighter in 1980. After 9/11, Buscemi returned to Engine 55 and for several days working 12-hour shifts alongside other firefighters to sift through the rubble of the World Trade Center.

"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.

Asymmetrical scientist is born

Philip Warren Anderson was an American physicist. His paper about the symmetry breaking led to the development of the standard model, the theory describing the world of subatomic particles. Anderson is also interested in antiferromagnetism, high-temperature superconductivity and the philosophy of science.

1913

Light-heavyweight boxing champion Archie Moore is born

Archie Moore was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time. He had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport, competing from 1935 to 1963. Moore was a highly strategical and defensive boxer, with a great chin and durability. Archie Moore ranks 4th on The Ring's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time".

American poet and novelist Kenneth Patchen is born

Kenneth Patchen was an American poet and novelist. Patchen was born in Niles, Ohio. He experimented with different forms of writing and incorporated painting, drawing, and jazz music into his works, which have been compared with those of William Blake and Walt Whitman.

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.

Florentine artist and sculptor Donatello dies

Donatello was an Italian Renaissance sculptor from Florence. He studied classical sculpture and used this to develop a complete Renaissance style in sculpture, whose periods in Rome, Padua, and Siena introduced to other parts of Italy a long and productive career. He was born in Florence, Italy.

The man who measured Earth dies

Islamic scholar Al-Biruni died, although the date of his death is also reported on 9 December. He is best known for his estimate of Earth radius (6 339.6 km, only 17.15 km less than the modern value). He contributed too many other sciences: mathematics, physics, astronomy, geography, history, and linguistics.

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