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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.

2010

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.

1988

Chilean professional footballer Alexis Sánchez is born

Alexis Sánchez is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Manchester United and the Chile national team. Sánchez's made his debut against Deportes Temuco and scored his first professional goal in a 2–1 victory over Deportes Concepción.

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.

American actor Jake Gyllenhaal is born

Jacob Gyllenhaal is an American actor. A member of the Gyllenhaal family and the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner. In 2005, Gyllenhaal portrayed Jack Twist in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. For his performance in Brokeback Mountain, he received critical acclaim and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.

"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.

American actress Alyssa Milano is born

Alyssa Jayne Milano is an American actress, liberal activist, producer, and former singer. She appears in Who's the Boss?, Melrose Place, Charmed, My Name is Earl, Mistresses, and the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later and Insatiable.

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.

English journalist and producer Richard Hammond is born

Richard Mark Hammond is an English presenter, writer, and journalist, best known for co-hosting the BBC Two car programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015 with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. After graduation, Hammond worked for several BBC radio stations, including Radio Cleveland, Radio York, and Radio Cumbria, before auditioning for Top Gear.

American magician Criss Angel is born

Criss Angel, is an American magician, illusionist and musician. Angel began his career in New York City, before moving his base of operations to the Las Vegas Valley. He is known for starring in the television and stage show Criss Angel Mindfreak and his previous live performance illusion show Criss Angel Believe in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor casino in Las Vegas.

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.

1961

NFL player Reggie White is born

Reginald Howard White was a professional American football player who played defensive end in the National Football League for 15 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played college football for the University of Tennessee and was recognized as an All-American.

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.

1924

NHL defenceman Doug Harvey is born

Douglas Harvey was a Canadian professional hockey player who played in the National Hockey League from 1947 until 1964, and from 1966 until 1969. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest defencemen ever to play the game, winning the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's top defenceman 7 times.

1917

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.

French singer-songwriter Édith Piaf is born

Édith Piaf was a French cabaret singer, songwriter, and actress who became widely regarded as France's national chanteuse, as well as being one of France's greatest international stars. Her music was often autobiographical with her singing reflecting her life, and her specialty being chanson and torch ballads, particularly of love, loss, and sorrow.

1909

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.

Soviet politician Leonid Brezhnev is born

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was a Soviet politician, who led the Soviet Union as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His 18-year term as General Secretary was second only to that of Joseph Stalin in duration. During Brezhnev's rule, the global influence of the Soviet Union grew dramatically, in part because of the expansion of its military during this time.

Expert on Native Americans is born

American anthropologist and fiction author Oliver La Farge was interested in the Native Americans and did extensive research of their culture and lifestyle. He learned about them in archeological expeditions to Arizona and ethnological expeditions to Guatemala and Mexico. He wrote several novels. The “Laughing Boy” won Pulitzer Prize.

Light physicist is born

American physicist Albert A. Michelson is most known for his measurements of the speed of light. In his time it was supposed to travel in the aether, strange hypothetical undetectable medium. Michelson’s work showed that the aether does not exist. This opened the door for the theory of relativity.

English novelist Emily Brontë dies at 30

Emily Brontë is best known for her only novel Wuthering Heights, which is now considered a classic of English literature. She wrote it under the pen name Ellis Bell. Brontë's health was probably weakened by the unpleasant local climate and by unsanitary conditions at home.

"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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Ryan Babel

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Alyssa Milano