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Walt Disney Company buys most of 21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company announced a definitive agreement to acquire 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock. Assets being assumed by the acquisition to include the 20th Century Fox film and TV studios, Fox Networks Group, stakes in National Geographic Partners, Asian satellite TV group Star, additional 30% stake in Hulu, and other key assets.

Amazon announces its first delivery by drone in the UK

Amazon Prime Air is a conceptual drone-based delivery system in development by Amazon. To qualify for 30-minute delivery, the order must be less than 5 pounds, must be small enough to fit in the cargo box that the craft will carry, and must have a delivery location within a 10-mile radius of a participating Amazon order fulfillment center.

Rex Tillerson retires as CEO in ExxonMobil

Donald Trump chose Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State. Like Trump, Tillerson had no formal foreign policy experience. However, on behalf of the ExxonMobil, he built close relationships with many world leaders by closing great deals in Eurasia and the Middle East.

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" has its world premiere

The Force Awakens received its world premiere in LA, being screened to the stars, journalists, and several fans. According to the reports, a group of fans camped outside the theatre, when they were surprised with premiere invitations. Aside from that, there were stormtroopers and robots joining the stars on the red carpet.

"Wrecking Ball" is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Wrecking Ball" is a song recorded by American singer Miley Cyrus for her fourth studio album Bangerz. It was released in 2013, by RCA Records as the album's second single. The song was written by MoZella, Stephan Moccio, Sacha Skarbek, Kiyanu Kim, Lukasz Gottwald, and Henry Russell Walter; production was helmed by the last two.

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred in 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members. Before driving to the school, he shot and killed his mother. As first responders arrived at the school, Lanza committed suicide.

"Shrek" opens at the Broadway Theatre

Shrek The Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation's film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!. After a trial run in Seattle, the original Broadway production opened in 2008 and closed after a run of over 12 months in 2010.

World's tallest bridge is inaugurated in France

The Millau Viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers and Montpellier. It was built over three years, formally inaugurated on 14 December 2004, and opened to traffic two days later. The bridge has been consistently ranked as one of the great engineering achievements of all time.

President Bush's address on arrest of Saddam

President George Bush on Sunday delivered a television address on the capture of Saddam Hussein, saying that the toppled Iraqi leader wouldn't threaten Iraqis ever again and congratulating U.S. forces. He hailed the capture as a turning point in the history of Iraq and a ''hopeful day'' for its people.

Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne go to #1 on the UK singles chart

Three decades after the original version of the song was released, Ozzy Osbourne recorded another one with his daughter, Kelly Osbourne. The lyrics of this version were revised to reflect on their life together. It managed to get to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart where it stayed for one week, before being succeeded by Mad World.


Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

Although he only once scored 50 goals in a single season, Mike Gartner became the 5th player in NHL history to reach 700 goals. During his ice hockey career, he played 19 seasons in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, Minnesota North Stars, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Phoenix Coyotes.

The Dayton Agreement is signed

Dayton Agreement, also known as Dayton Accords, Paris Protocol or Dayton–Paris Agreement, is the peace agreement reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, United States, and formally signed in Paris, France, in 1995. These accords put an end to the 3 1⁄2-year-long Bosnian War, one of the Yugoslav Wars.

"Philadelphia" premieres in Century City, California

Philadelphia is a 1993 American drama film and one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. It was written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by Jonathan Demme and stars Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.

American singer-songwriter Tori Kelly is born

Victoria Loren Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and voice actress who slowly gained recognition after starting to post videos on YouTube at the age of 14. When she was 16, Kelly auditioned for the singing competition television series American Idol. After being eliminated from the show, Kelly began to work on her own music.

Dissident physicist dies

Russian physicist Andrei Sakharov is best known for his role in nuclear disbarment movement and Soviet dissent but he also made many important contributions to physics. Together with Igor Tamm invented the Tokamak, the most promising device for achieving controlled thermonuclear fusion.

American actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens is born

Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. After making her feature film debut in Thirteen, Hudgens rose to prominence portraying Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical film series, which brought her significant mainstream success. The success of the first film led to Hudgens acquiring a recording contract with Hollywood Records.


NBA's Miami Heat wins first game ever

The Miami Heat are an American professional basketball team based in Miami. Formed in 1988 as an expansion team, the Heat have won three league championships, five conference titles, and thirteen division titles. In 2013, the Heat won twenty-seven regular season games in a row, the third-longest streak in NBA history.

Non-stop flight around the world

Experimental aircraft Voyager took off from Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. It was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. They circumnavigated the world in 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds without a stop or refueling. They established a manned flight endurance record, which still holds today.

Whitney Houston scores her first UK #1 single

"Saving All My Love for You" is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album Marilyn & Billy. A cover of the song was done by American singer Whitney Houston, for her debut, self-titled album.


New York Yankees' Roger Maris dies

Roger Eugene Maris was an American professional baseball player who played four seasons in the minor leagues and twelve seasons in the major leagues. Maris was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1983. He died at age 51 in 1985 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fargo, North Dakota.

"Diamonds are Forever" premieres in West Germany

Diamonds Are Forever is a 1971 James Bond spy film and the 7th in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions. It is the 6th and final Eon film to star Sean Connery, who returned to the role as the fictional agent James Bond, for the first time since You Only Live Twice, having declined to reprise the role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

The Jackson 5 make their first network television appearance

The Jackson 5, participated in talent shows and performed in many clubs. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, led by a young Michael Jackson and performed songs „ABC“, „I Want You Back“ and „The Love You Save“. Their sounds and choreography made their appearance on the show a moment in music history.

Marvin Gaye is at #1 on the US singles chart

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is a song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for Motown Records in 1966. The first recording of the song to be released was produced by Whitfield for Gladys Knight & the Pips and released as a single in 1967; it went to number two in the Billboard chart.

American blues and jazz singer Dinah Washington dies

Early on the morning Washington's seventh husband went to sleep with Washington and awoke later to find her slumped over and not responsive. Doctor B. C. Ross came to the scene to pronounce her dead. An autopsy later showed a lethal combination of secobarbital and amobarbital, which contributed to her death at the age of 39.

Premier Winston Churchill travels to US on board HMS

HMS Duke of York was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy. Duke of York transported Prime Minister Winston Churchill to the US to meet President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Bad weather had made an Atlantic voyage unpleasant. Churchill described his crossing on Duke of York as „The longest week I have lived since the war began.“


Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Jack Dempsey won against Bill Brennan at Madison Square Garden, New York City. After 10 rounds, Brennan was ahead on points, and Dempsey's left ear was bleeding greatly. Dempsey rebounded to stop Brennan in the 12th round.

Puccini's opera "Il Trittico" premieres in NYC

Il trittico is the title of a collection of three one-act operas, Il tabarro, Suor Angelica, and Gianni Schicchi, by Giacomo Puccini. The operas premiered at the Metropolitan Opera. The critical reviews for Il trittico were mixed; most critics agreed that Gianni Schicchi was the best of the three operas.

Writer Shirley Jackson is born

Shirley Jackson was an American writer. She was popular during her life, and her work has received increased attention from literary critics in recent years. Born in San Francisco, California, Jackson and her family lived in the community of Burlingame, California, an affluent middle-class suburb that would be featured in Shirley's first novel.

South Pole

A team made up of Ronald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Helmer Hanssen, Sverre Hassel, Oscar Wisting and sixteen dogs reached the South Pole. They named their camp Polheim, meaning “Home on the Pole”. They left a tent with a letter stating their accomplishment. Thirty-three days later, the tent was discovered by the expedition of Ronald Scott.

Father of the Jet Engine

German physicist Hans von Ohain was born. He was one of the two inventors of the jet engine. The other one was British engineer Frank Whittle. Both men worked simultaneously but independently of each other. Ohain's jet engine was the first to fly a practical jet aircraft. It powered the famous Heinkel 178.

King George VI is born

Albert Frederick Arthur George was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 1936 until his death in 1952. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth. He was born in the reign of his great-grandmother Queen Victoria and was named after his great-grandfather Albert, Prince Consort.

Alabama becomes the 22nd U.S. state

Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state with Congress selecting Huntsville as the site for the first Constitutional Convention. From July to August delegates met to prepare the new state constitution. Huntsville served as temporary capital from 1819 to 1820, when the seat of government moved to Cahaba in Dallas County.

The first President of the United States George Washington dies

George Washington was an American statesman, soldier and the first President of the US. On December 12, 1799, he rode out into the freezing sleet. He returned home late and refused to change out of his wet clothes. Next day, he developed a severe respiratory infection and died the following day. His last words were "Tis well."

Mary Stuart becomes Queen Mary I of Scotland at 6 days old

Mary Stuart was the daughter of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. James was on his deathbed at Falkland Palace when his only surviving legitimate child was born. She was six days old when he died and she acceded to the throne.

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