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Suicide of overworked employee

Tadashi Ishii decided to resign after Matsuri Takahashi, the 24-year-old female employee of Dentsu, committed suicide. The company was caught exceeding its own 70-hour monthly maximum overtime limit. As a consequence, two years later, Dentsu was charged with the death of Takahashi.

World's highest bridge opens to traffic in China

Duge Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge near Liupanshui in China. As of 2016, the bridge is the highest in the world with the road deck sitting over 565 meters above the Beipan River. The bridge crosses the river on the border between Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. The bridge is part of the G56 Hangzhou–Ruili Expressway between Qujing and Liupanshui.

In Pakistan a fire in a shopping mall in Lahore kills 13 people

The fire broke out at the oldest shopping center in the eastern city, which is considered Pakistan's cultural center. The fire was caused by a short circuit in one of the shops. It burned the main gate of the shopping center and there was no exit in the back part of the mall. The victims died of suffocation and burns.


England cricket captain and commentator dies from a heart attack

Tony Greig suffered from epilepsy. In 2012, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died from cardiac arrest due to a suspected heart attack at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. Greig scored more than 3,500 runs and took 141 wickets during his Test career.

Britain’s best-selling album of the last ten years

Back to Bedlam is the debut studio album by James Blunt. It is named after the famous psychiatric institution of Bethlem Royal Hospital. The album became a great international success thanks to its single You're Beautiful. As of 2017, it is ranked as the 16th best-selling album in the UK chart history.


Patriots make NFL history to finish the regular season undefeated

The Patriots finished the 2007 regular season by winning all sixteen of their games. They became only the fourth team in NFL history to finish a regular season undefeated, and first to do so since the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots were also the first team with a perfect regular season since the NFL expanded its schedule to sixteen games in 1978.

UK settles its Anglo-American loan, post-WWII loan debt

The Anglo-American loan was a post WWII loan made to the UK by the USA. The plan of the loan was negotiated by John Maynard Keynes. After the final settlement, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Ed Balls, formally thanked the US for its wartime support.

'Dead or Alive 4' is released

Dead or Alive 4 is a fighting game in the Dead or Alive series, developed by Team Ninja and published by Tecmo for the Xbox 360 as a launch title in 2005. The game's story mode introduces the player to new characters and opponents via combat which can then be played in the game's other modes.

Pre-Broadway engagement of 'Annie Get Your Gun'

Annie Get Your Gun is a musical with lyrics and music by Irving Berlin and a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. This revival starred Bernadette Peters as Annie and Tom Wopat as Frank, and Ron Holgate as Buffalo Bill, with direction by Graciela Daniele, choreography by Jeff Calhoun, and music arrangements by John McDaniel.

Bird flu

Hong Kong authorities ordered to kill entire chicken population to stop the spread of a mysterious avian flu that had already killed four people. The slaughtered population consisted of approximately 1.4 million individuals. Their carcases were sealed in plastic bags and buried at six landfill sites.

'A Moon for the Misbegotten' opens at the Morosco Theatre

A Moon for the Misbegotten is a play by Eugene O'Neill. The play is a sequel to O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, with the Jim Tyrone character as an older version of Jamie Tyrone. The play premiered on Broadway in 1957 and has had four Broadway revivals, plus a West End engagement.

English actor Jude Law was born

Jude Law is an English actor. He grew up in Blackheath, an area in the Borough of Greenwich, and was educated at John Ball Primary School in Blackheath. Law has received nominations for two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two British Academy Awards, winning one.

'Thunderball' premieres in Tokyo

Thunderball is a British spy film and the 4th in the James Bond series. The film stars Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film was directed by Terence Young, with its screenplay by Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins.

Singer of the punk rock band The Offspring is born

Dexter Holland is best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the punk rock band The Offspring. However, in 2017, he was also awarded a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology. Holland also has his own brand of hot sauce called Gringo Bandito.

Elvis Presley makes chart history on Billboard’s Top 100

Elvis Presley, who is often referred to as the King of Rock and Roll, holds the record for most songs charting on Billboard's top 100. The chart included songs such as Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Hound Dog or I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.

London blitzed by German bombers

The Germans started the air attack at the end of the Battle of Britain. The most devastating attack happened at the end of December when German aircraft bombarded London with incendiary and high explosive bombs, which caused a firestorm known as the Second Great Fire of London.

Transistor idea

William Shockley wrote in his laboratory notebook: “It has today occurred to me that an amplifier using semiconductors rather than vacuum is in principle possible.” He expanded the idea and developed transistor, the basic part of integrated circuits, microprocessors, memories and modern computers.

Grigori Rasputin is assassinated

Rasputin was murdered during the early morning in 1916, at the home of Felix Yusupov. He died of three gunshot wounds, one of which was a close-range shot to his forehead. Beyond this, little is certain about his death, and the circumstances of his death have been the subject of considerable speculation.

Treacherous physicist

German-British physicist Klaus Fuchs was born. He worked on the Manhattan project and passed information about it to Soviets. He was esponsible for many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons, and later, early models of the hydrogen bomb. In 1950, he confessed he was a spy.

Wounded Knee Massacre

The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the U.S. state of South Dakota. The U.S. Cavalry troops went into the camp to disarm the Lakota. By the time the massacre was over, more than 150-300 men, women, and children of the Lakota had been killed and 51 were wounded.

Franz Liszt's 'Die Hunnenschlacht' premieres

Hunnenschlacht is a symphonic poem by Franz Liszt, written after a painting of the same name by Wilhelm von Kaulbach. The painting depicts the battle of the Catalaunian Fields, where the Hun armies led by Attila fought a battle against a coalition led by Roman General Flavius Aëtius and the Visigothic king Theodoric.

17th President of the United States Andrew Johnson is born

Andrew Johnson was the 17th president of the United States, serving from 1865 to 1869. Johnson assumed the presidency as he was vice president of the United States at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. A Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, Johnson came to office as the Civil War concluded.

Inventor of the vulcanized rubber

American self-taught chemist Charles Goodyear was born. When searching for a more stable rubber, he invented the process of vulcanisation. His new rubber was immediately s adopted to multiple applications, for example for manufacturing tires or footwear. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is named after him.

The Murder of Thomas Becket

Henry’s knights reached Canterbury Cathedral, where they found Becket. One of the knights approached him, and struck Becket on the shoulder with the flat of his sword. It seems that the knights did not at first intend to kill Becket, but as he stood firm after the first blow, the four attacked and butchered him.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1982

Alison Brie

born 1976

Danny McBride

born 1938

Jon Voight

died 2008

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