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It happened on a… September 16

2019

Guantánamo Bay is the world’s most expensive prison at US$13 million per prisoner according to investigation by “The New York Times”

2012

NHL locks out its players after the expiry of the collective bargaining agreement.

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2002

Talk show “Dr. Phil” with Phil McGraw debuts on syndicated US TV.

1999

1st ever season of “Big Brother” reality show begins on the Veronica channel in The Netherlands.

1993

“Frasier” starring Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce premieres on NBC.

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1974

Gary Carter plays his first game as a Montreal Expo; in Jarry Park.

1963

“The Outer Limits” premieres on ABC-TV,

1959

The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.

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1957

Canada hit by epidemic of Asian flu, killed an estimated 2,000 people.

1953

1st movie in Cinemascope “The Robe”, directed by Henry Koster and starring Richard Burton (picture) and Jean Simmons premieres.

1939

The first escorted ship convoy leaves Halifax for Britain; in formation to protect against German U-Boat attacks.

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1908

General Motors was founded by William Crapo “Billy” Durant. The company was formed by merging the Buick and Olds car companies.

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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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