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American actress Carrie Fisher dies at 60

Carrie Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. She also wrote several semi-autobiographical novels, including Postcards from the Edge. Four days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles, she died of cardiac arrest.

Magnetar explosion

The explosion on the surface of magnetar SGR 1806-20 reached Earth. It was the brightest extrasolar event ever observed. The magnetar released more energy in one-tenth of a second Sun has released in 100 000 years. A magnetar is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field. SGR 1806-20 is also the most highly magnetized object ever observed.

'Chicago' is released

Chicago is a musical crime comedy-drama film based on the stage musical of the same name. The musical explores the themes of celebrity, scandal, and corruption in Chicago during the Jazz Age. It stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, and Richard Gere.


Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point

Playing for the Colorado Avalanche, Joe Sakic scored the 1,000th point in his ice hockey career. During his career, he twice scored 50 goals and earned at least 100 points in 6 different seasons. In 2009, he retired from the NHL and in 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

American singer Hayley Williams is born

Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Williams was born in Meridian, Mississippi and moved to Franklin, Tennessee after her parents divorced when she was 14. In 2004, she formed Paramore alongside Josh Farro, Zac Farro, and Jeremy Davis.

Spanish king ratifies Spain’s first democratic constitution

The Spanish Constitution was signed by King Juan Carlos I in a ceremony in the presence of parliamentarians. It was signed after the country's constitutional referendum, in which 91.81% of voters supported the new constitution. It marked Spain's transition to democracy after the Francoist regime.

'Led Zeppelin II' is at #1 on the US album charts

Led Zeppelin II was the 1st Led Zeppelin's album that reached number one on charts in the UK and the US. The album's cover designer David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in both the UK and the US.

Apollo 8 splashdown

Apollo 8 returned to Earth. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bil Anders went to Moon orbited it and went back. They were first people to leave Earth’s orbit, first people who directly saw far side of the Moon and Earth as a whole planet. They also witnessed Earthrise above a horizon of a foreign celestial body for the first time.

The Doors appear on the CBS TV Jonathon Winters Show

The actual performance of the Doors at The Jonathan Winters Show was taped 3 days earlier. It included songs such as Light My Fire and Moonlight Drive. After this TV appearance, the band went on to international fame. From 1967 to 1971, the Doors recorded 8 albums.

The World Bank and IMF are created

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund were created at the Bretton Woods Conference, primarily originating from the ideas of Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes. The organizations are based in Washington, D.C., and work closely with each other.

'Boat' opens at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Broadway

Show Boat is a musical in two acts, with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on Edna Ferber's best-selling novel of the same name. The premiere of Show Boat on Broadway was an important event in the history of American musical theatre.

Pioneer researcher of the human sexuality is born

American gynecologist William Masters is most known for his research of human sexuality. Masters created a famous research duo with his assistant and later wife Virginia Johnson. They published a famous book Human Sexual Response, which became a bestseller, although it was published for the medical community.

Canadian author Elizabeth Smart is born

Elizabeth Smart was a Canadian poet and novelist. She detailed her romance with the poet George Barker in her book called By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. The book soon established a cult following.

German-American actress and singer Marlene Dietrich is born

Marlene Dietrich was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. Dietrich was born on Leberstraße 65 in the neighborhood of Rote Insel in Schöneberg. Throughout her unusually long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself.

Emperor's mathematician is born

German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler is most known for his three laws of planetary motion. Isaac Newton later used them to derive his law of general gravitation from them. Kepler started his career as an assistant to the astronomer Tycho Brahe. Later he became imperial mathematician to Emperor Rudolf II.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 2016

Carrie Fisher

born 1965

Salman Khan

born 1993

Olivia Cooke