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Two-part finale of "Timeless" airs on NBC

Although NBC canceled the series after one season, three days later, following negotiations with Sony Pictures Television, NBC renewed the series for a ten-episode second season. In 2018 the series was canceled again by NBC. In July, NBC announced it had ordered a two-part finale to conclude the series named "The Miracle of Christmas".

"Fiddler on the Roof" opens at the Broadway Theatre

Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. The original production of the show opened on Broadway and became the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances.

Stonecutters Bridge is opened

Stonecutters Bridge is a high level cable-stayed bridge spanning the Rambler Channel in Hong Kong, connecting Nam Wan Kok, Tsing Yi to Stonecutters Island. The bridge was the second-longest cable-stayed span in the world at the time of its completion.

Sheikh Zayed Mosque is completed

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The largest mosque in the country, it is the key place of worship for daily prayers, Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid, it may be visited by more than 41,000 people. It was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the oldest ever monarch of the UK

Queen Elizabeth is Britain's oldest monarch overtook a record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, and experts of the British monarchy expect her to be on the throne for some time to come. No special events were planned to mark the occasion, the Queen was working as normal.


Forward Kylian Mbappé is born

Kylian Mbappé is a French professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the France national team. He is considered the world's most expensive player from a transfer value perspective by the CIES. Mbappé became the youngest French player to score at a World Cup, and became the second teenager, after Pelé, to score in a World Cup Final.

Popular physicist dies

American astronomer and exobiologist Carl Sagan is most known from his many appearances in popular science TV shows and his books for a general audience. He researched the climate of the planets and moons in the Solar System, speculated about nuclear winter on Earth and extra-terrestrial life and intelligence. Sagan also worked for on Mariner, Viking, and Voyager probes.

Mexico's "tequila crises" begins

The Mexican peso crisis was sparked by the Mexican government's sudden devaluation of the peso against the U.S. dollar. It was one of the 1st international financial crisis started by capital flight. Foreign investors, who anticipated further currency devaluations began rapidly withdrawing capital from Mexican investments.

Scholar of life's origins dies

Sri Lankan chemist Cyril Ponnamperuma researched the origin of life on Earth. His work was based on his predecessors Harold Urey and Stanley Miller. They demonstrated spontaneous synthesis of organic molecules in conditions similar to the young Earth. Ponnamperuma focused on producing compounds related to the nucleic acids.

American singer-songwriter JoJo is born

Joanna Noëlle Levesque is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing competitions as a child, and after competing on the television show America's Most Talented Kids in 2003, she was noticed by record producer Vincent Herbert who asked her to audition for Blackground Records.

United States invasion of Panama starts

The military incursion into Panama began in December, at 1:00 a.m. local time. The operation involved 27,684 U.S. troops and over 300 aircraft. During the invasion, de facto Panamanian leader, general, and dictator Manuel Noriega was deposed, president-elect Guillermo Endara swore into office, and the Panamanian Defense Force dissolved.

The Bangles start a four-week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Walk Like an Egyptian" is a song made famous by American band The Bangles. It was released as the third single from the album Different Light. It was a million-selling single and became Billboard's number-one song.

American actor Jonah Hill is born

Jonah Hill Feldstein is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. He was born in Los Angeles to Sharon Lyn, a costume designer and fashion stylist, and Richard Feldstein, a tour accountant for Guns N' Roses. Hill is known for his comedic roles in films such as Superbad, Knocked Up, 21 Jump Street and This Is the End.

"Dreamgirls" opens at the Imperial Theatre

Staged with a mostly African-American cast and originally starring Jennifer Holliday, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Ben Harney, Cleavant Derricks, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Obba Babatundé, the musical opened at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. The musical was then nominated for 13 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won 6.


English left-back Ashle Cole is born

Ashley Cole is an English professional footballer who plays as a left back, most recently for LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer. Cole is considered by many critics and fellow professional players as one of the best defenders of his generation, and by some, for the better part of his career, as the best left back in the world.

"The Godfather Part II" is released

The Godfather Part II is an American crime film produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a screenplay co-written with Mario Puzo, starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Initial critical reception of The Godfather Part II was divided, with some dismissing the work and others declaring it superior to the first film.

Neil Simons "Sunshine Boys" premieres in NYC

The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon is a play that was produced on Broadway and later adapted for film and television. As a play, it was nominated for a Best Play Tony Award. The story focuses on characters Al Lewis and Willy Clark, a one-time vaudevillian team known as Lewis and Clark.

Funky Drummer is recorded

Funky Drummer is a jam session recorded by James Brown and his band. The recording's drum break, a propulsive beat improvised by Clyde Stubblefield, is one of the most frequently sampled rhythmic breaks in hip-hop and popular music. The song was recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio, and originally released by King Records as a two-part 45 rpm single in March 1970.

Rolf Harris is at #1 with "Two Little Boys"

"Two Little Boys" is a song written by American composer Theodore F. Morse and lyricist Edward Madden. It became a surprise No. 1 top-selling single for entertainer Rolf Harris in the UK. British singer Beryl Middleton had the number one version in the U.S.

American author John Steinbeck dies at 66

John Steinbeck is widely known for his novels, such as Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in New York City, of heart disease and congestive heart failure.

Berlin Wall is first opened

West Berliners initially could not visit East Berlin or East Germany at all – all crossing points were closed to them between August to December. In 1963, negotiations between East and West resulted in a limited possibility for visits during the Christmas season that year. Similar, very limited arrangements were made in 1964, 1965 and 1966.

Cardiff is proclaimed the capital city of Wales, United Kingdom

Cardiff was made a city in 1905 and proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955. Since the 1980s, Cardiff has seen significant development. A new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay contains the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre arts complex.

Writer Peter May is born

Peter May is a Scottish television screenwriter, novelist, and crime writer. He is the recipient of writing awards in Europe and America. The Blackhouse won the U.S. Barry Award for Crime Novel of the Year and the national literary award in France, the CEZAM Prix Litteraire. The Lewis Man won the French daily newspaper Le Télégramme's 10,000-euro Grand Prix des Lecteurs.

Nuclear power plant

Research nuclear power plant called Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-I) started to operate in Arco, Idaho. The next day it generated enough electricity to support its own building. It was not connected to the public grid and did not support households. The first nuclear power plant to do so was in Obninsk, Russia.

The popular Christmas movie is first released

It's a Wonderful Life is an American Christmas fantasy comedy-drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945. It's a Wonderful Life premiered at the Globe Theatre in New York to mixed reviews.

Peter Criss, member of Kiss, is born

Peter Criss is a retired American musician and actor, best known as a co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of the hard rock band Kiss. Criss was born in Brooklyn, New York, the oldest of five children of Loretta and Joseph Criscuola.

Light Bulb

An electric light is a device that produces visible light from an electric current. It is the most common form of artificial lighting and is essential to modern society, providing interior lighting for buildings and exterior light for evening and nighttime activities. In technical usage, a replaceable component that produces light from electricity is called a lamp. Lamps are commonly called light bulbs; for example, the incandescent light bulb. Lamps usually have a base made of ceramic, metal, glass or plastic, which secures the lamp in the socket of a light fixture. The electrical connection to the socket may be made with a screw-thread base, two metal pins, two metal caps or a bayonet cap.

The foundation of oceanography

British research vessel HMS Challenger sailed from Portsmouth for her famous expedition. The former warship was equipped by laboratories instead of cannons. She traveled nearly 70,000 nautical miles. She returned four years later. The reports from the voyage were published for 18 years in 50 volumes.

South Carolina becomes the first state to attempt to secede

South Carolina became the first state to declare its secession from the Union, with the Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union and later joined with the other southern states in the Confederacy.

Franz Schubert's "Ballet-Musik aus Rosamunde" premieres

Franz Schubert composed the incidental music for the play Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus by Helmina von Chézy. It premiered in Vienna's Theater an der Wien. Schubert's incidental music is scored for orchestra, and for some of the numbers diverse combinations of singers.

"Grimm's Fairy Tales" by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm is published

Grimms' Fairy Tales is a collection of fairy tales, which includes tales such as Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella or Rapunzel. The 1st edition was criticized because the tales were not regarded as suitable for children, both for the scholarly information included and the subject matter.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1983

Jonah Hill

born 1990

JoJo (singer)