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UNSC votes for additional sanctions on North Korea

United Nations Security Council Resolution 2397 is a resolution adopted unanimously in response to North Korea's launch of a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile on 28 November of that year. The resolution condemned the launch and further tightened sanctions on the country, restricting fuel imports and other trade, as well as the ability of North Korean citizens to work abroad.

Italy approves €20bn plan to prop up its troubled banks

Italian parliament approved the €20bn plan to help the country's weaker banks. The plan started with a bailout for the 3rd largest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which failed to raise €5bn from private investors. Founded in 1472, Monte dei Paschi is likely the oldest surviving bank in the world.

Single Spanish town wins €2bn Christmas lottery

The number 66513 appeared on 1,650 tickets in the Spanish national lottery known as El Gordo. Each ticket holder won 400,000 euros. Spain originally established its lottery as a charity in 1763, during the reign of King Carlos III.

Bruno Mars is at #1 on the US singles chart

Locked Out of Heaven is a song by American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars from his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox. It was released as the lead single from the album. The single charted inside the top ten in over 20 countries, including the US, where it became Mars' 4th number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the spot for 6 consecutive weeks.

Repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell policy" is signed into law

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates released a statement following the vote indicating that the planning for implementation of a policy repeal would begin right away, led by Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford L. Stanley, and would continue until Gates certified that conditions were met for orderly repeal of the policy. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law in December.


Bendtner scores fastest goal by a substitute in English football

Nicklas Bendtner is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Eliteserien club Rosenborg and the Denmark national team. His preferred position is center-forward, but he has also played on the right side of attack, and occasionally on the left. A large, tall, and physically strong player, he is known for his ability in the air and possesses a powerful header.

Nickelback are at #1 on the US singles chart

How You Remind Me was named the #1 most played song on US radio of the 2000s decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves. The song was named fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and 75th in the UK decade-end chart. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Madonna marries Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle, Scotland

Madonna gave birth to their son Rocco John Ritchie on August 11, 2000, in Los Angeles. Rocco and Madonna suffered complications from the birth due to her experiencing placenta praevia. He was christened at Dornoch Cathedral in Dornoch, Scotland. Madonna married Ritchie the following day at nearby Skibo Castle.

MTV drops video 'Smack My Bitch Up'

Director Jonas Åkerlund's video for "Smack My Bitch Up" depicts a night out in London, filmed from a 1st person perspective, graphically portraying drinking and driving, snorting cocaine, violence, vomiting, vandalism, nudity and sex. Despite the controversy, the video was nominated for 4 awards in the MTV Video Music Awards.

Madonna is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Like A Virgin'

Like a Virgin became Madonna's first of 12 #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, where it debuted at number 48. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remained there for 6 weeks. Like a Virgin was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping a million copies across the United States.

Rupert Holmes is at #1 on the US singles chart

Escape (The Piña Colada Song) is a song written and recorded by British-born American singer Rupert Holmes for his album Partners in Crime. As the lead single for the album, the pop song was recommended by Billboard for radio broadcasters and then added to prominent US radio playlists. Rising in popularity, the song peaked to become the last US number one song of the 1970s.

Elton John is at #1 on the UK album chart

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the seventh studio album by Elton John. The album sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is regarded as John's best. The album reached #1 spot on the UK's chart.

Little Jimmy Osmond is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Long Haired Lover from Liverpool is a pop song best known as a hit for Little Jimmy Osmond. Written by Christopher Kingsley and produced by Mike Curb and Perry Botkin Jr, "Long Haired Lover from Liverpool" was a UK number one single for Jimmy Osmond.


Lakers break pro sports winning streak record

The Los Angeles Lakers won 33 consecutive games without a loss, the longest undefeated streak in NBA history. This streak was challenged by the Miami Heat, who won 27 games in a row, before losing to the Chicago Bulls, and the Golden State Warriors with a 28-game win streak over 2 seasons before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks.

'The Graduate' is released in the US

The movie received positive reviews and grossed $104.9 million in the U.S. and Canada. With the figures adjusted for inflation, the movie's gross is $771 million, making it the 22nd highest-ever grossing movie in the U.S. and Canada. It won the Academy Award for Best Director and was nominated in 6 other categories.

'Doctor Zhivago' premieres in NYC

Doctor Zhivago is a British-Italian epic romantic drama movie directed by David Lean. It is set in Russia between the years prior to World War I and the Russian Civil War of 1917–1922, and is based on the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel of the same name. The movie premiered in New York City.

The Tornados are at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Telstar'

Telstar is an instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek for the English band the Tornados. The track reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was also a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart. It was the second instrumental single to hit number 1.

Survivor from the Cretaceous

South African Fishing trawler Nerine returned to port with a very strange fish on the board. The specimen was identified as the coelacanth. It is a clade of vertebrates closely related to tetrapods. They were considered to be extinct for around 70 million years. The fish was later named Latimeria chalumnae, or West Indian Ocean coelacanth.

Lincoln Tunnel is opened

The Lincoln Tunnel is an approximately 1.5-mile-long tunnel under the Hudson River, connecting Weehawken, New Jersey on the west bank with Midtown Manhattan in New York City on the east bank. It was designed by Ole Singstad and named after Abraham Lincoln.

'Flying Down to Rio' premieres in NYC

Flying Down to Rio was most memorable for the title number, with airplane wing-dancing/walking, skimpily-attired chorus girls atop biplane wings. The movie was also notable in that the movie's sexy star, Dolores Del Rio, was the first major star to wear a two-piece women's bathing suit ever seen onscreen. The movie premiered in New York City.

The first 'Mummy' horror movie is released

The Mummy is an American pre-Code horror movie directed by Karl Freund. The screenplay by John L. Balderston was from a story by Nina Wilcox Putnam and Richard Schayer. Released by Universal Studios, the movie stars Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Edward Van Sloan and Arthur Byron.

Debussy's 'Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune' premieres in Paris

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune is a symphonic poem for orchestra by Claude Debussy. It premiered in Paris conducted by Gustave Doret. The work later provided the basis for the ballet Afternoon of a Faun choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky and a later version by Jerome Robbins.

Pure mathematical genius is born

Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan lacked formal mathematical training. He learned most of the higher mathematics from the library book. It contained almost 5000 mathematical theorems without proofs. Ramanujan proved them himself. He solved many mathematical problems considered unsolvable. Unfortunately, he died in 32.

Christmas lights

Edward H. Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, decorated the Christmas tree with a chain of electric lights for the first time in history. The tree in question stood at his home on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It is, however, that the inventor of the light bulb, Joseph Swan, also developed a Christmas lights. He called them “fairy lights.”

Napoleon's engineer dies

Jean-Victor Poncelet was a French engineer and mathematician. His main area of interest was projective geometry, an area historically inspired by Renaissance art. He served as a military engineer in Napoleon's campaign against the Russian Empire in 1812. He was captured and held prisoner for two years.

Beethoven conducts and performs in concert in Vienna

The Beethoven concert was a benefit concert held for Ludwig van Beethoven at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna that featured the public premieres of Beethoven's Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Choral Fantasy. This concert occurred in a very cold hall and was approximately four hours in duration.

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