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China pledged to ban ivory trade and processing

China announced to ban all domestic ivory trade and processing by the end of 2017. This measure is expected to help save Africa's remaining elephants. The global ivory trade has been banned since 1989, however, during recent years large-scale poaching has resumed.


NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

Mike Shanahan was fired after the 2008 NFL season following a collapse that caused the Denver Broncos to miss the playoffs for a 3rd consecutive year. In 2010, Shanahan was introduced as the Washington Redskins' head coach.

Execution of Saddam Hussein

The execution of Saddam Hussein took place in 2006. Saddam was sentenced to death by hanging, after being convicted of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites in the town of Dujail in 1982, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him.


Jaromír Jagr scored his 1000th NHL point

Playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Jaromir Jagr scored his 1000th point. As of 2017, he has the 2nd most points in NHL history. He is the most productive European player who has ever played in the NHL and is considered one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time.

George Harrison and his wife Olivia are attacked by an intruder

George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked at their home, Friar Park. A 36-year-old fan named Michael Abram broke in and attacked Harrison with a kitchen knife, who was then hospitalized with more than 40 stab wounds.

Mine safety

As modern technology was favored to detect harmful gases in the underground, more than 200 canaries were phased out of UK's mining pits. The removal of the canaries ended a mining tradition dating back to 1911. Miners used to whistle to the canaries as they worked and treated them as pets.


NBA star LeBron James is born

LeBron James plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has won 3 NBA championships, 4 NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards, 2 Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He has been ranked as one of America's most influential and popular athletes.


The fastest-ever NHL player to score 50 goals in a season

Scoring 5 goals for the Edmonton Oilers against the Philadelphia Flyers, Wayne Gretzky became the 1st player to score 50 goals in a single season. He scored 50 goals in only 39 games. He then finished the NHL season with a record 92 goals.

'The Professionals' premieres on ITV

The Professionals is a British crime-action television drama series produced by Avengers Mark1 Productions for London Weekend Television that aired on the ITV network from 1977 to 1983. In all, 57 episodes were produced, filmed between 1977 and 1981. It starred Martin Shaw, Lewis Collins and Gordon Jackson as agents of the fictional "CI5".

Comet observation

The crew of the Skylab 4 space station observed comet Kohoutek, which It attained perihelion (the point of its orbit nearest to the Sun) on 28 December. They took first picture of a comet from space and talked on the radio with comet discoverer, Czech astronomer Luboš Kohoutek. The comet was also observed from soviet spacecraft Soyuz 13.


World heavyweight champion, Sonny Liston, dies at 38

Sonny Liston was found dead by his wife Geraldine. The police declared his death a heroin overdose, however, there were many speculations about the real cause. In 1962, he became world heavyweight champion after knocking out Floyd Patterson in the first round, repeating the knockout the following year in defense of the title.

The Beatles are at #1 with 'Hello Goodbye'

"Hello, Goodbye" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Backed by John Lennon's "I Am the Walrus", it was issued as a non-album single in 1967, the group's first release since the death of their manager, Brian Epstein. The single was commercially successful around the world.

'Tiny Alice' premieres in NYC

Tiny Alice by Edward Albee is a three-act play, which premiered on Broadway at the Billy Rose Theatre. The play closed in 165 after 8 previews and 167 performances. It was directed by Alan Schneider and starred John Gielgud, Irene Worth, William Hutt or Eric Berry.

Lego roboticist

Australian roboticist was born. He promoted robots that are able to exhibit complex-appearing behaviours despite little internal variable state to model its immediate environment, mostly gradually correcting its actions via sensory-motor links. He often made his machines from unorthodox materials like LEGO bricks.

Musical 'House of Flowers' premieres in NYC

House of Flowers was written by Harold Arlen and Truman Capote. It was the 1st theatrical production outside of Trinidad and Tobago to feature the new Caribbean instrument, the steel pan. The musical was produced by Saint Subber.

'Of Mice and Men' is released

Of Mice and Men is a film based on the novella of the same name by John Steinbeck. The was directed by Lewis Milestone and the musical score was composed by Aaron Copland. It stars Burgess Meredith, Betty Field, and Lon Chaney Jr. and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards.


World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks is born

Gordon Banks is a former England international football goalkeeper. He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country. Regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time, the IFFHS named Banks the second-best goalkeeper of the 20th century – after Lev Yashin and ahead of Dino Zoff.

The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike

The strike against the General Motors led to a major labor union and the unionization of the domestic United States automobile industry. The autoworkers were striking to win recognition of the United Auto Workers as the only bargaining agent for GM’s workers. The strike lasted 44 days.

Climate scientist

This list of climate scientists contains famous or otherwise notable persons who have contributed to the study of climate science. The list is compiled manually so will not be complete or up to date. See also Category:Climatologists and List of authors of Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. The list includes scientists from several specialities or disciplines.

We are not alone

Edwin Hubble used Henrietta Swan Leavittt's formula to calculate how far Andromeda was. He found out that it is approximately 860,000 light years away. That's more than eight times the distance to the farthest stars in the Milky Way. This proved that the nebulae are separate star systems and that our galaxy is not the whole universe.

Fillipino nationalist José Rizal is executed

José Rizal was executed by the Spanish colonial government for the crime of rebellion after the Philippine Revolution, inspired in part by his writings, broke out. Though he was not actively involved in its planning or conduct, he ultimately approved of its goals which eventually led to Philippine independence.

General Tojo is born

Hideki Tojo was a general of the Imperial Japanese Army, the leader of the Imperial Rule Assistance Association, and the 27th Prime Minister of Japan during much of World War II. He is best known for his actions as Prime Minister during the war, such as being responsible for ordering the attack on Pearl Harbor.

English author Rudyard Kipling is born

Rudyard Kipling is best known for writing of The Jungle Book. He was one of the most popular writers in the UK, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize.

Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield

The Battle of Wakefield took place in West Yorkshire in Northern England. It was a battle of King Henry VI of the House of Lancaster and Richard, Duke of York, who was the rival claimant to the throne. In the end, the Duke of York was killed and his army was destroyed.

Roman emperor Titus is born

Titus was Roman emperor from 79 to 81. A member of the Flavian dynasty, Titus succeeded his father Vespasian upon his death, thus becoming the first Roman emperor to come to the throne after his own biological father. Prior to becoming emperor, Titus gained renown as a military commander, serving under his father during the First Jewish–Roman War.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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