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Kerri Strug vaults for gold (Kerri Strug injured her ankle on her second to last vault for Team USA. She pushed through to land her final vault on one leg to secure gold for her team in the 1996 Olympic Games)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (often abbreviated to Law & Order: SVU or just SVU) is an American crime drama television series created by Dick Wolf for NBC which premiered on September 20, 1999. The first spinoff of Law & Order, SVU is now in its 22nd season and is the longest-running primetime U.S. live-action series in the history of television. Two of the original cast is still with the show - Mariska Hargitay who plays Captain Olivia Benson and Ice-T who plays Detective Fin Tutuola. The show follows the style of the original Law & Order in that some episodes are loosely based on real crimes that have received media attention; these episodes are referred to as having been "ripped from the headlines".
McDonald's opens first restaurant in Russia (The Soviet Union formally dissolved on December 26, 1991, but it was on January 31, 1990 that the Bolshevik dream died in all practicality. On that day, a McDonald's opened in Moscow. The American fast food giant had petitioned the Communist Party to open a restaurant and finally received a “da” in 1988. The Moscow outlet was no ordinary Mickey D’s. It held 700 seats inside and another 200 outside and rang out customers on 27 cash registers, an appropriate super-sizing for a city of that magnitude and a rare ambassador of American consumerism. (It was the only fast food restaurant in Russia at the time.) On the first day, the world saw that there was a demand. More than 5000 Russians lined up in Pushkinskaya Square before it opened. 30,000 customers passed through the doors on that day, setting a record for the number of patrons served by a McDonald's in a single day. Francis X. Clines of The New York Times interviewed a pipe factory worker who said he forked over four days’ wages for a Big Mac, cheeseburger, apple pie, and two milkshakes. Customers were reportedly impressed by American customer service’s culture of politeness, a sharp contrast to Soviet stolidness. “There is a lesson to be drawn from this for the country,'' teacher Tatyana Podlesnaya told Clines in 1990. “What is killing us is that the average worker does not know how to work and so does not want to. Our enthusiasm has disappeared. But here my meal turned out to be just a supplement to the sincere smiles of the workers.” The Soviet Union may have fallen, but the Moscow McDonald's continues to be subjected to politics. In 2014, it was closed for “health and safety violations,” though many suspected retaliation over the United States’ sanctions against Russia over the Kremlin’s actions in the Ukraine. As of late 2015, McDonald's had 492 locations in Russia)
I think the guy on the right (with the glasses) in this picture is Vladimir Putin..................
Calling it a night......................................
Nelson Mandela is elected President of South Africa in 1994, becoming the first democratically elected President in South African history ending a long legacy of apartheid white-rule in the country.
The O.J. Simpson Trial
O.J. Simpson was tried for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald "Ron" Goldman, who were stabbed to death outside Brown's condominium in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles on the night of June 12, 1994. The trial spanned eleven months, from the jury's swearing-in on November 9, 1994.
Philadelphia is a 1993 American legal drama film written by Ron Nyswaner, directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. It was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia. For his role as Andrew Beckett, Hanks won the Academy Award for Best Actor at the 66th Academy Awards, while the song "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Nyswaner was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, but lost to Jane Campion for The Piano.
Comment: You can't beat a movie that has both Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington in it.
Quest for Camelot ((released in the United Kingdom as The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot) is a 1998 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Warner Bros. Feature Animation and directed by Frederik Du Chau and very loosely based on the 1976 novel The King's Damosel by Vera Chapman. It features the voices of Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Jaleel White, Jane Seymour, Pierce Brosnan, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gielgud. Andrea Corr, Bryan White and Celine Dion also do the singing voices of the main characters. Quest for Camelot was released by Wrner Bros. under their Family Entertainment label on May 15, 1998. It was an "expensive flop", grossing $38.1 million against a budget of $40 million. One of the film's songs "The Prayer" won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and was nominate for an Academy Award for Best Original Song)
An action role-playing game developed and published by Titus Interactive with assistance from Nintendo for the Game Boy Color in 1998. It is based on the animated Warner Bros. movie of the same title. The game is compatible with the Super Game Boy, Game Boy Printer and as well as play on the original Game Boy. A Nintendo 64 version of the game was planned but was scrapped due to the film's poor performance at the box office.
Ruby Ridge was the location of a violent 11-day standoff in remote Boundary County, Idaho, beginning on August 21, 1992. U.S. Marshals and federal agents faced off against Randy Weaver, his wife and five children and his friend Kevin Harris. The Ruby Ridge incident was the culmination of years of investigation into Weaver by local authorities, the FBI, the ATF and the Secret Service. It ended with the shooting deaths of a U.S. marshal, Weaver’s wife Vicki and their teenage son Samuel (Sammy).
Shoemaker-Levy (was a comet that broke apart in July 1992 and collided with Jupiter in July 1994, providing the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. This generated a large amount of coverage in the popular media, and the comet was closely observed by astronomers worldwide. The collision provided new information about Jupiter and highlighted its possible role in reducing space debris in the inner Solar System. Each fragment of the comet was given a letter, "fragment A" through to "fragment W")
Shoemaker–Levy 9, disrupted comet on a collision course
(total of 21 fragments, taken on July 1994)
Jupiter in infrared, Shoemaker–Levy 9 collision (left), Io (Jupiter's moon) (right)
Jupiter in untraviolet (about 2.5 hours after fragment R's impact). The black dot near the top is Io transiting Jupiter.
Calling it a night.............................