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It happened on a… September 15

2018

Russian boxer Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) loses his first pro fight in record 20th title defence as well as undisputed world middleweight crown when outpointed by Mexican Canelo Álvarez (50-1-2, 34 KOs) in Las Vegas.

2004

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces lockout of the players union and cessation of operations by the NHL head office.

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2000

27th Olympic Games opens at Sydney, Australia.

1997

Google.com is registered as a domain name

1986

1st broadcast of legal drama “L.A. Law” with ensemble cast including Corbin Bersen, Jill Eikenberry and Harry Hamlin on NBC.

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1971

1st broadcast of “Columbo” starring Peter Falk on NBC.

1960

Canadiens star Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard 1921- retires from NHL hockey with a record 544 goals, plus 82 playoff tallies.

1944

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill meet in Quebec as part of the Octagon Conference to discuss strategy.

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1935

The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The act stripped all German Jews of their civil rights and the swastika was made the official symbol of Nazi Germany.

1928

Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic penicillin in the mold Penicillium notatum.

1916

First use of tanks in warfare, “Little Willies” at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme.

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It happened on a… January 28

2021

Bernie Sanders mittens worn to the inauguration raise $1.8 million for Vermont charities after images go viral.

2018

Australian Open Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Čilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win his record 20th Grand Slam title.

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1986

The U.S. space shuttle Challenger exploded just after takeoff. All seven of its crewmembers were killed.

1985

Charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars).

1980

Six Americans who had fled the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, on November 4, 1979, left Iran using false Canadian diplomatic passports. The Americans had been hidden at the Canadian embassy in Tehran.

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1958

The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.

1935

Iceland became the first country to introduce legalized abortion.

1887

Work begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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1813

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is first published in the United Kingdom.

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Stranger Things was the most watched series in 2022

Nielsen ‘s year-end rankings offer the performance of streaming series/movies each year, puts the excellent Netflix series Stranger Things. No one will be able to say that this is a surprise, since this series hit hard during the year 2022.

Stranger Things is the undisputed number 1 thanks to the release of its fourth season, which went online last summer. The series concluded its 2022 run with more than 52 billion minutes (!) in viewings, the most monstrous figure since The Office which recorded 57.1 billion minutes in 2020 (pandemic year).

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The second most watched title in 2022 NCIS compiled 38.1 billion minutes, while the excellent series Ozark which airs on Netflix, had 31.3 billion minutes.

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Note that the majority of the minutes watched by Stranger Things took place from May to September, when the series was in Nielsen’s weekly top 10.

Note that Nielsen builds its charts with TV streaming only, not minutes watched on computers, tablets or cell phones. Moreover, the audience is from America and not worldwide.

Here is Nielsen’s top 15 (overall):

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1. Stranger Things (Netflix), 52 billion minutes viewed
2. NCIS (Netflix), 38.1 billion
3. Cocomelon (Netflix), 37.8 billion
4. Ozark (Netflix), 31.3 billion
5. Encanto (Disney+), 27.4 billion
6. Grey’s Anatomy (Netflix), 26.8 billion
7. Criminal Minds (Netflix/Hulu/Paramount+), 24.9 billion
8. Bluey (Disney+), 21.1 billion
9. Gilmore Girls (Netflix), 20.8 billion
10. Seinfeld (Netflix), 19.3 billion
11. Supernatural (Netflix), 18.8 billion
12. Wednesday (Netflix), 18.6 billion
13. Heartland (Netflix), 18 billion
14. Cobra Kai (Netflix), 16.7 billion
15. The Simpsons (Disney+), 15.9 billion

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Britney Spears wants everyone to calm down

Britney Spears posted a message on Twitter in response to some of her fans sending police to her home last Monday (Jan. 23) who thought she was in danger after she suddenly disappeared from Instagram without warning them.

As her fans started wild theories online, many thought the star was in danger, prompting a few to call 911 to ask for checks to be done on her health and safety.

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Police soon realized that there was nothing wrong with the star, according to Spears, who was surprised and shocked by the events as she stated in her post. She asks that fans and media respect her privacy, in short, that everyone calm down.

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