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'Big Eyes' premieres in NYC

Big Eyes is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Tim Burton, written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. The film is about the life of American artist Margaret Keane—famous for drawing portraits and paintings with big eyes.

Michelle Bachelet is re-elected President of Chile

In the presidential election, former president Michelle Bachelet fell short of the absolute majority needed for an outright win. In the runoff election, she beat former senator and Minister of Labor Evelyn Matthei with over 62% of the vote, with turnout significantly lower than in the first round.


Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest

The Barry Bonds perjury case was a case of alleged perjury regarding the use of anabolic steroids by former San Francisco Giants outfielder and all-time Major League Baseball career home run leader, Barry Bonds, and the related investigations surrounding these accusations.

The first flight of new Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing conducted the 787-8 maiden flight from Paine Field in Everett, Washington, and landed 3 hours later at Seattle's Boeing Field. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the 1st airliner with an airframe constructed primarily of composite materials.

Madonna gives Guy £50m in divorce

In 2008, Madonna's spokesperson announced that Madonna had agreed to a divorce settlement with Ritchie, the terms of which granted him between £50–60 million, a figure that included the couple's London pub and residence and Wiltshire estate in England.

Joint Strike Fighter

Joint Strike Fighter is a development and acquisition program intended to replace a wide range of existing fighter, strike, and ground attack aircraft for the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and their allies. After a competition between the Boeing X-32 and the Lockheed Martin X-35, a final design was chosen based on the X-35. This is the F-35 Lightning II, which will replace various tactical aircraft, including the US F-16, A-10, F/A-18A-D, AV-8B, and British Harrier GR7, GR9s, and Tornado GR4. The projected average annual cost of this program is $12.5 billion with an estimated program life-cycle cost of $1.1 trillion.

'Million Dollar Baby' is released

Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced, and scored by Clint Eastwood. This film is about an under-appreciated boxing trainer, the mistakes that haunt him from his past, and his quest for atonement by helping an underdog amateur boxer achieve her dream of becoming a professional.

'Mary Poppins' has its world premiere

Mary Poppins is a musical with music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, with additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and a script by Julian Fellowes. The musical is based on the similarly titled Mary Poppins children's books by P. L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film.

Usher is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'U Got It Bad'

"U Got It Bad" is a song by American recording artist Usher, released through Arista as the second single from his third studio album, 8701. It was written by Usher, Jermaine Dupri, and Bryan-Michael Cox, and produced by the former and co-produced by the latter.

Shania Twain releases 'That Don't Impress Me Much'

"That Don't Impress Me Much" is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian singer Shania Twain. It was released in 1998 as the sixth country single from her third studio album, Come On Over. It became her third biggest single on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains one of Twain's biggest hits worldwide.

'Spice World' premieres in the UK

Spice World is a musical comedy about Spice Girls, a pop girl group. The movie stars members of the group playing themselves and depicts several fictional events that lead up to the major concert at Royal Albert Hall, London. Despite the bands' popularity at the time, it received primarily negative reviews.

Band Aid enter the UK singles chart at #1

"Do They Know It's Christmas" was written as a reaction to reports of the famine in Ethiopia. It was recorded by a group of biggest British and Irish stars at the time. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 1 and held its position there for five consecutive weeks. It also became the fastest selling single in UK chart history.

The iconic board game is invented

Trivial Pursuit is a board game in which winning is determined by a player's ability to answer general knowledge and popular culture questions. The game was created by Chris Haney, and Scott Abbott in Montreal, Canada. They decided to create their own game after they had found pieces of their Scrabble game missing.

United States will recognize communist China

In one of the most dramatic announcements of the Cold War, President Jimmy Carter stated that as of January 1, 1979, the United States will formally recognize the communist PCR and sever relations with Taiwan. The US reiterated the Shanghai Communiqué's acknowledgment that there is only one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.

APA votes 13–0 to remove homosexuality from the DSM

The Board of Trustees voted to remove homosexuality as a disorder category from the DSM, a decision ratified by a majority of the general American Psychiatric Association membership the following year. A category of "sexual orientation disturbance" was introduced in its place in 1974, and then replaced in the 1980 DSM-III with Ego-dystonic sexual orientation.

Orbital rendezvous

A space rendezvous is an orbital maneuver during which two spacecraft, one of which is often a space station, arrive at the same orbit and approach to a very close distance. Rendezvous requires a precise match of the orbital velocities and position vectors of the two spacecraft, allowing them to remain at a constant distance through orbital station-keeping. Rendezvous may or may not be followed by docking or berthing, procedures which bring the spacecraft into physical contact and create a link between them.

Eichmann is sentenced to death

Otto Adolf Eichmann was a German-Austrian Nazi SS-"Senior Assault Unit Leader" and one of the major organizers of the Holocaust. He was captured by the Mossad in Argentina in 1960 and subsequently found guilty of war crimes in a widely publicized trial in Jerusalem, Israel. Eichmann was executed by hanging in 1962.

Richard Pavlick is arrested for plotting to assassinate JFK

Richard Paul Pavlick was a retired postal worker from New Hampshire who stalked U.S. president-elect John F. Kennedy, with the intent of assassinating him. Four days after the attempt a Palm Beach police officer spotted Pavlick’s vehicle as he entered the city via the Royal Poinciana Bridge. Police immediately surrounded the car and arrested him.

Johnny Cash releases 'Folsom Prison Blues'

"Folsom Prison Blues" is a song written in 1953 and first recorded in 1955 by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song, and the prison song, both of which Cash continued to use for the rest of his career. It was one of Cash's signature songs.

Camus' play 'The Just Assassins' premieres in Paris

The Just Assassins by Albert Camus is a play based on the true story of a group of Russian Socialist-Revolutionaries who assassinated the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. The play explores the moral issues associated with murder and terrorism.

'Gone with the Wind' premieres in Atlanta, Georgia, US

Gone with the Wind is an American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film received positive reviews upon its release, although some reviewers found it overlong. The casting was widely praised and many reviewers found Leigh especially suited to her role as Scarlett.


The first hockey game at Madison Square Garden

The New York Rangers, owned by the Garden's owner Tex Rickard, got their name from a play on words involving his name: Tex's Rangers. However, the Rangers were not the first NHL team to play at the Garden; the New York Americans had begun play in 1925 – and in fact, officially opened the Garden by losing to the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1.

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