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Ed Sheeran is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Perfect"

Perfect is a song by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran from his third studio album, ÷. After the album's release, it charted at number four on the UK Singles Chart. The song was serviced to pop radio as the third single from the album in the United States. The song eventually reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. "Perfect" became the UK Christmas number-one song.

World's tallest residential building is opened

432 Park Avenue in New York City is the tallest single-function residential building in the world. Built on Park Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets on the site of the former Drake Hotel, the 85-floor, 104-condo concrete building has apartments beginning at $7 million each and includes several full-floor units.

Sonic Adventure is released

Sonic Adventure was released in Japan. The Japanese version shipped with many glitches and camera problems; several members of Sonic Team flew to Sega of America to patch the game, delaying its western release for several months. The localized version was released in North America and in Europe the next year. It includes Japanese and English-language audio tracks, as well as Japanese, English, Spanish, French and German subtitles.

Gran Turismo is released

Gran Turismo is a sim racing video game designed by Kazunori Yamauchi. Gran Turismo was developed by Polys Entertainment and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation video game console. The game's development group was established as Polyphony Digital in 1998.

"As Good as It Gets" is released

As Good as It Gets was also a box office hit, opening at number three at the box office with $12.6 million, and eventually earning over $148 million domestically and $314 million worldwide. It is Jack Nicholson's second most lucrative movie, behind Batman.

Smallpox virus is saved

American CDC agency announced that the samples of the smallpox virus would not be destroyed. This reversed an earlier decision for the final destruction of the virus. There was a great debate whether to destroy samples or not after eradication of the disease in 1980. Later was, however, proved that it is easy to recreate the virus even without samples.

Non-stop flight around the world

Experimental aircraft Voyager returned to Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. It was piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager. They circumnavigated the world in 9 days, 3 minutes and 44 seconds without a stop or refueling. They established a manned flight endurance record, which still holds today.

Earthquake hits Nicaragua and kills at least 5,000 people

The Nicaragua earthquake occurred near Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. The earthquake caused widespread casualties among Managua's residents: 4,000–11,000 were killed, 20,000 were injured and over 300,000 were left homeless.


The Immaculate Reception

The Immaculate Reception is one of the most famous plays in the history of American football. It occurred in the AFC divisional playoff game of the National Football League, between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 23, 1972. With the Steelers trailing in the last 30 seconds of the game, Pittsburgh quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass attempt to John Fuqua. The ball either bounced off the helmet of Raiders safety Jack Tatum or off the hands of Fuqua and, as it fell, Steelers fullback Franco Harris scooped it up and ran for a game-winning touchdown. The play has been a source of unresolved controversy and speculation ever since, as many people have contended that the ball touched only Fuqua or the ground before Harris caught it, either of which would have resulted in an incomplete pass by the rules at the time. Kevin Cook's The Last Headbangers cites the play as the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Pittsburgh and Oakland that fueled a historically brutal Raiders team during the NFL's most controversially physical era.

The North Tower of the WTC become world's highest

The North Tower, the tallest building in the world at 1,368 feet by the time of its completion, began construction in 1966. The North Tower also featured a telecommunications antenna or mast that was added at the top of the roof in 1978 and stood 362 feet tall.

7,511th performance of Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap"

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie broke records and became the longest-running play. It is a murder mystery play known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre. The play was first performed in 1952 at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham.

The crew of USS Pueblo is released

The capture of USS Pueblo spy ship by North Korean forces was one of the main Cold War incidents. Abuse and torture of the crew increased tensions between the western democracies and the Soviet Union and China. Although the crew has been released, the ship is still held by North Korea.

Italian-French singer and model Carla Bruni is born

Carla Bruni Sarkozy is an Italian-French singer-songwriter and model. Moving to France at the age of seven, she led a modeling career from 1987 to 1997 before taking up a career in music. In 2008, she married Nicolas Sarkozy and became the spouse of the President of France.

Tokyo Tower is opened

Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Shiba-koen district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.9 meters, it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. It was opened to the public at a final cost of ¥2.8 billion. Tokyo Tower was mortgaged for ¥10 billion in 2000.

Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray is born

David Murray is an English guitarist and songwriter best known as one of the earliest members of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Growing up in various areas of London, Murray became a member of a skinhead gang before he took an interest in rock music at 15 and formed his own band, Stone Free, with childhood friend Adrian Smith.

Transistor is invented

The transistor was successfully demonstrated at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. Bell Labs is the research arm of American Telephone and Telegraph. The three individuals credited with the invention of the transistor were William Shockley, John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain.

Internet co-inventor is born

American engineer Bob Kahn is one of the two inventors of the TCP and IP protocols which made the internet possible. The other inventor is Vint Cerf. Kahn came with the idea of TCP when he was working on the satellite network project. According to the current estimate, there will be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020.

Woodrow Wilson signs creation of the Federal Reserve System

President Woodrow Wilson signed an Act, which created and established the central banking system of the U.S. and authority to issue U.S. dollars. The Act was a part of the banking and currency reform plan advocated by Wilson in 1912.

Humperdinck's opera "Hansel and Gretel" is first performed

Hansel and Gretel is an opera by nineteenth-century composer Engelbert Humperdinck, who described it as a Märchenoper. This opera was first conducted in Weimar by Richard Strauss in 1893, followed by its Hamburg premiere, conducted by Gustav Mahler.

Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear with a razor

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. He suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions. His friendship with Paul Gauguin, a French artist, ended after a confrontation with a razor when in a rage, he severed part of his own left ear.

Entrepreneur Sarah Breedlove Walker is born

Sarah Breedlove Walker was one the most successful business owners of her time. She developed a line of beauty and hair products for black women through her Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company. She was also known for her philanthropy and activism.

Austen's "Emma" is published by John Murray in London

In Emma Jane Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency England. She also depicts issues of marriage, gender, age, and social status. The novel has been adapted for several films, many television programs, and a long list of stage plays.

Founder of Egyptology is born

Jean-François Champollion was a French philologist. He deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphs using the trilingual Rosetta Stone, founded the scientific discipline of Egyptology by this. Later Champollion started to work on the grammar of Ancient Egyptian but did not finish it, because died.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1955

David Sheff

born 1971

Corey Haim

died 2013

Vito Rizzuto