It is 24th November 2000. “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” by LeAnn Rimes is the UK no. 1 single. How the Grinch Stole Christmas, produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, enters its second weekend at the top of the Northern American box office. Michael Parkinson is knighted a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Sony releases the PlayStation 2 in Europe – one of its launch titles is Rage’s Wild Wild Racing; along with Midnight Club, Moto GP and Ridge Racer V, it’s one of the first racing games for the console.
the Purple Prose Mage
I'm not Batman, but I wish that I were.
It is 1st November 1999. MacMillan Bloedel Limited is acquired by Weyerhaeuser Canada. “Keep on Movin'” by 5ive is the UK no. 1 single. Infogrames publishes Pitbull Syndicate’s Demolition Racer.
I’ll pack my bags and head into hyperspace
Velocity and time-warp speed
Spend my days in ultraviolet rays
Fun, fun, fun, In the sun, sun, sun.
It is 16th April 2003. In the National Basketball Association season play-off, the Philadelphia 46ers beat the Washington Wizards 107 : 87; this is the final professional game for the Wizards’ Michael Jordan, who receives a standing ovation. Czechia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are admitted to the European Union. “Make Luv” by Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham is the UK no. 1 single. Empire Interactive publishes Eutechnxy’s Big Mutha Truckers to Microsoft Windows in Europe.
It is 25th October 1994. Susan Smith reports to police that her children have been kidnapped by an African American carjacker in order to cover up that she’d murdered them. “Baby, Come Back” by Pato Banton featuring Ali and Robin Campbell is the UK no. 1 single. SEGA opens its Sega Rally Championship arcade cabinets across Europe, using the Sega Model 2 board. It’s arguably the most significant racing game ever released.
It is 22nd May 2001. “Don’t Stop Movin'” by S Club 7 is the UK no. 1 single for its fourth non-consecutive week. Minor planet 28978 Ixion is discovered by the Deep Ecliptic Survey at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory and is named after the Greek mythological figure banished by Zeus for desiring Hera. Activision publishes Fox Interactive’s World’s Scariest Police Chases.
It is 19th September 2006. The Kingdom of Thailand’s 23rd Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, resigns following a military coup. “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin'” by Scissor Sisters is no. 1 in the UK charts for its second week. Empire Interactive publishes Razorworks’ Ford Street Racing.