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'Mary Poppins Returns' is released

Mary Poppins Returns is an American musical fantasy movie directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee, from a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. Based on the book series by P. L. Travers, this sequel to 1964's Mary Poppins stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character. It is scheduled for wide release in the US giving it one of the longest gaps between film sequels in history at 54 years.

Berlin Christmas market attack

A truck was driven into the Christmas market next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz, leaving 12 persons dead and 56 injured. The perpetrator of the attack was Anis Amri, a Tunisian failed asylum seeker, who was urged by the Islam State of Iraq and the Levant.

Belarus imposes 30% tax on purchases of foreign currency

Belarus has imposed a 30 percent tax on buying foreign currency and more than doubled interest rates to 50 percent as the ripples of this week’s Russian market turmoil began to be felt in other former Soviet countries. The Belarusian central bank said the move was taken “due to the increased demand for foreign currency on the domestic market”.

First female President of South Korea

Park Geun-hye is a former South Korean politician who served as the 18th President of South Korea from 2013 to 2017. Park was the 1st woman to be President of South Korea and also the 1st female president popularly elected as head of state in East Asia. She was also the 1st South Korean president to be born after the country's founding.


The Miracle at the New Meadowlands

The Miracle at the New Meadowlands was an improbable come-from-behind win by the Philadelphia Eagles over a rival team the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium. The game was a crucial one in the context of the season, played between two divisional rivals in Week 15 of the 2010 NFL season.

Riots erupt as Argentina falls in economic crises

The uprising in Argentina was mainly a middle-class protest against the government of President Fernando de la Rúa, who failed to contain the economic crisis that had already lasted for the 3rd year. De La Rúa responded by deploying the police, border and coast guards to deal with the growing violence.

10,000 Maniacs guitarist, Robert Buck, dies aged 42

While on tour in upstate New York, Rob was rushed to the hospital when it was discovered he was suffering from an acute liver disease. He was transferred to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment where his condition soon worsened despite the efforts of the leading transplant teams at the facility.

President Clinton is impeached

The impeachment process of Bill Clinton was initiated by the House of Representatives against Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. These charges stemmed from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones.

'Titanic' opens in American theaters

Upon its release on, Titanic achieved critical and commercial success. Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, it tied All About Eve for the most Oscar nominations, and won 11, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, tying Ben Hur for the most Oscars won by a single film.

Sarah Jessica Parker stars on Broadway

Once Upon a Mattress is a musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers. The play was written as an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. A Broadway revival opened at the Broadhurst Theatre and ran for 188 performances. It starred starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Winnifred. The production was nominated for the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The Pet Shop Boys have their third UK #1 single

The Pet Shop Boys performed a synthpop version of "Always on My Mind" on Love Me Tender, a television special on the ITV network in the UK. The Pet Shop Boys' performance was so well-received that the duo decided to record the song and release it as a single. This version became the UK's Christmas number one single that year.

'Platoon' premieres in the US

Platoon is a 1986 American anti-war movie written and directed by Oliver Stone, starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and Charlie Sheen. It is the 1st film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films directed by Stone, followed by Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth. Platoon was released with an above 15 rating for strong language, scenes of violence, and soft drug use.

Britain signs over Hong Kong to China

The Sino–British Joint Declaration was signed by Premier Zhao Ziyang of the PRC and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher of the UK in Beijing. In the Joint Declaration, the PRC Government stated that it had decided to resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and the UK Government declared that it would hand over Hong Kong to the PRC.

'Kramer vs Kramer' is released

Kramer vs. Kramer is an American drama film based on Avery Corman's novel and directed by Robert Benton. It tells the story of a couple's divorce and its impact on everyone involved, including the couple's young son.

Do-it-yourself computer kit

The MITS Company started to sell the pioneering Altair 8800 microcomputer. It was possible to buy it as a do-it-yourself kit for $439 or assembled for $621. The Altair 8800 appeared on the front page of the Popular Electronics magazine. It is widely believed that it ignited the microcomputer revolution.

'The Man with the Golden Gun' premieres in London

The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The Man with the Golden Gun was premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, with general release in the United Kingdom the same day.

Apollo 17 splashdown

The crew of the last manned mission to the Moon, the Apollo 17, successfully returned on Earth. The astronauts were Gene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt. The mission broke several records: the longest moon landing, longest total moonwalks, largest lunar sample, and longest time in lunar orbit.

'A Clockwork Orange' premieres in NYC

A Clockwork Orange is a dystopian crime movie adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel of the same name. It employs disturbing, violent images to comment on psychiatry, juvenile delinquency, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian near-future Britain. It held its premiere in New York.

The Supremes are at #1 with 'Come See About Me'

"Come See About Me" is a song recorded by the Supremes for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 2 separate weeks and reached the number three position on the soul chart. The Supremes, whilst being the 1st to record the song, were not the first to issue it as a single.

Adolf Hitler assumes the position of commander in chief

Hitler appointed himself Commander-in-Chief of the German Army, thus taking a direct operational posting usually held by a full German general. Overconfident in his own military expertise, he became distrustful of his Army High Command and began to interfere in the military and tactical planning with damaging consequences.


NHL opens its first season

Four teams of the National Hockey League played in the fledgling league’s first two games. At the time of its inception, the NHL was made up of five franchises: the Canadiens and the Wanderers, the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs, and the Toronto Arenas.


German football club Borussia Dortmund is founded

The club was founded by a group of young men unhappy with the Catholic church-sponsored Trinity Youth, where they played football under the stern and unsympathetic eye of the local parish priest. Father Dewald was blocked at the door when he tried to break up the organizing meeting being held in a room of the local pub, Zum Wildschütz.

'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens is published

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past, such as carols. The 1st edition was illustrated by John Leech and published in London by Chapman & Hall.

William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever British PM

William Pitt became the youngest British prime minister at the age of 24. He left office in 1801 but was Prime Minister again from 1804 until his death. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer for most of his time as Prime Minister. He is known as "the Younger" to distinguish him from his father, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, called William Pitt the Elder.

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