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'Black Mirror' returns for a 5th season

Black Mirror examines modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. According to Bloomberg L.P., the fifth series will include an interactive episode, letting the viewer make a choice of which action the protagonist should take next, following previous Netflix interactive series.

Warren Buffett records his best year with $12bn

Warren Buffet is an American business magnate and investor. As of 2017, he was the 2nd wealthiest person in the USA and the 4th wealthiest in the world. His investment firm Berkshire Hathaway Inc. saw its airline and banking holdings soar after Trump's surprise victory in November that year.

Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 crashes

Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Just 42 minutes after the start, the Airbus dropped off radar screens in Jakarta. It crashed as a result of technical failures and the crew’s response to them. Search crews located the wreckage in January.

Arab Spring

The people of Algeria protested because of unemployment, the lack of housing, food-price inflation, corruption, restrictions on freedom of speech, and poor living conditions. In the beginning of 2011, the wave of protests spread all over the country.

GPS alternative

First experimental satellite of the European navigation system Galileo was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The purpose of the system is to provide an independent high-precision positioning system so European nations do not have to rely on the Russian GLONASS, Chinese BeiDou or US GPS systems.

Former top Enron accountant pleaded guilty

Former Enron accounting chief Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud for his role in the financial scandal that drove the energy company into bankruptcy in 2001. Causey agreed to testify against Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling in exchange for a 5 to 7-year prison term.

American writer Susan Sontag dies at 71

In 1964, Susan Sontag published her 1st major work, the essay called Notes on Camp. She was active in writing and speaking about areas of conflict, including the Vietnam War and the Siege of Sarajevo. She died from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome which had evolved into acute myelogenous leukemia.

'Gran Turismo 4' is released

Gran Turismo 4 is a 2004 racing video game, and the fourth installment in the Gran Turismo series and released for the Sony PlayStation 2. It was developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony Computer Entertainment and was released in 2004. Upon its release, GT4 was met with critical acclaim and was a commercial success.

50 Cent’s debut album "Get Rich Or Die Tryin" is named the biggest selling album in the US in 2003

Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the debut studio album by 50 Cent. The album was produced by Dr. Dre and Eminem and included singles such as In da Club, 21 Questions or P.I.M.P. It sold over 872,000 copies in its 1st week and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album.

Ted Hughes is appointed British Poet Laureate by Queen

Ted Hughes was an English poet and children's writer. Hughes was appointed Poet Laureate following Sir John Betjeman. It was later known that Hughes was the second choice for the appointment. Philip Larkin, the preferred nominee, had declined, because of ill health, dying a year later.

Senegalese singer Akon is born

In 2004, Akon rose to prominence following the release of Locked Up, which was the 1st single from his debut album Trouble. His second album, Konvicted, received 3nominations for the Grammy Awards. He has also produced songs for artists such as Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis, or Leona Lewis.

Helen Reddy is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Angie Baby'

"Angie Baby" is a popular song that was written by American Alan O'Day, and became a hit for Australian singer Helen Reddy. The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1974 and became one of Reddy's biggest-selling singles. The song also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart, Reddy's fifth #1 on this chart.

Linux inventor

Finish-American software engineer Linus Torvalds was born. He created the Linux operating system, which is now leading OS on servers and supercomputers. It evolved into Android system, which is dominant on touchscreen mobile devices. Another descendant of Linux is the ChromeOS. Torvalds also created the Git system for coordinating work on computer files among multiple people.

Neil Simon's 'Last of the Red Hot Lovers' premieres in NYC

Last of the Red Hot Lovers premiered on Broadway at the Eguene O'Neill Theatre, where it ran for 706 performances. Directed by Robert Moore, the original cast featured James Coco, Linda Lavin, Doris Roberts, and Marcia Rodd. The play, Coco, Lavin, and Moore all were nominated for Tony Awards.

Tennessee Williams' 'Night of the Iguana' premieres in NYC

The Night of the Iguana premiered on Broadway at the Royal Theatre, where it ran for 316 performances. It starred Patrick O'Neal, two-time Oscar winner Bette Davis, and Margaret Leighton. Two film adaptations have been made, including the Academy Award-winning film directed by John Huston.


The first NFL playoff game go into sudden death overtime

The game between the Baltimore Colts, who scored 23 goals, and the New York Giants, who scored 17, was played at Yankee Stadium in the New York City. The game was watched by 45 million people on television in the USA, as it was broadcast across the nation by NBC.

Eyebrow Queen is born

Anastasia Soare is an American billionaire businesswoman, and the CEO and founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, known as the "Eyebrow Queen". Soare was born in Constanţa, Romania. She is the only child of Dumitru Balamaci and Victoria Babu, who owned a tailoring shop. She studied art history and architecture in Romania.

English actress Maggie Smith is born

Maggie Smith is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film, and television spanning over sixty-five years. Smith has appeared in over 50 films and is one of Britain's most recognizable actresses.

George Kaufman & Moss Hart's 'Royal Family' premieres in NYC

The Royal Family premiered on Broadway at the Selwyn Theatre, where it ran for 345 performances. The story is a parody of the Barrymore family of actors, with particular aim taken at John Barrymore and Ethel Barrymore. It was included in Burns Mantle's The Best Plays of 1927–1928.

George Bernard Shaw's 'St Joan' premieres in NYC

Saint Joan is a play by George Bernard Shaw about 15th-century French military figure Joan of Arc premiering three years after her canonization by the Roman Catholic Church. The play premiered at Garrick Theatre in New York City.

Last great mathematician

Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, and computer scientist John von Neumann was born. He made many contributions to numerous fields: functional analysis geometry, topology, quantum mechanics, hydrodynamics, game theory, computing and statistics. He published over 150 papers in his life. During World War II he worked on the Manhattan Project.

The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience

The Lumières gave their first paid public screening at Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris. This history-making presentation featured 10 short films, including their first film, Sortie des Usines Lumière à Lyon. Each film is 17 meters long, which, when hand cranked through a projector, runs approximately 50 seconds.

Josephine Cochrane receives patent on dish-washing machine

After receiving a patent in 1886, she showed her invention at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and won the highest prize for "best mechanical construction, durability and adaptation to its line of work". The word spread, and soon Cochrane was getting orders for her dishwashing machine from restaurants and hotels in Illinois.

Chewing gum

American inventor William Finley Semple patented chewing gum. He never commercially produced it or made money from it. This was done buy by another American, Thomas Adams. It is also truth that people chewed something from the Neolithic period. Oldest predecessor of modern chewing gum was birch bark tar.

28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson is born

Woodrow Wilson was the 1st Southerner elected as President since Zachary Taylor in 1848. During the WWI, he established a foreign policy known as Wilsonianism and was a proposer of League of Nations. For his peace-making efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Iowa is admitted as the 29th U.S. state

In 1833, the 1st American settlers officially moved to Iowa. 5 years later, the U.S. Congress established the Territory of Iowa and after 8 more years, President James K. Polk signed Iowa's admission bill into law. The capital of Iowa is Des Moines.

Construction of Yonge Street, the longest street in the world

Yonge Street is a route connecting the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto to Lake Simcoe. The street is 86 km long. It was named by Ontario's first colonial administrator, John Graves Simcoe, for his friend Sir George Yonge, an expert on ancient Roman roads.

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