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The Roland TR-808
is a Drum machine
introduced by the Roland Corporation
in 1980. Discontinued in 1983, it remains in use around the world. Launched at a time when Electronic music
had yet to become mainstream, the 808 was a commercial failure, but attracted a cult following
for its affordability, ease of use, and idiosyncratic sounds, particularly its deep, booming Bass drum
. It became a cornerstone of the emerging electronic,dance
, and hip hop
genres, popularized by early hits such as Marvin Gaye'
s "Sexual Healing
" (1982) and Afrika Bambaataa
and the Soulsonic Force'
s "Planet Rock
" (1982). The 808 is completely analog
, meaning its sounds are generated by hardware rather than prerecorded
. Only around 12,000 units were built, but the 808 was eventually used on more hit records than any other drum machine. Its popularity with hip hop artists in particular has made it one of the most influential inventions in popular music, comparable to the Fender Stratocaster
and its influence on rock. (Full article...)
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- 1740 – Under the terms of the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, Maria Theresa (pictured) assumed the throne of the Habsburg Monarchy in Austria.
- 1939 – Pope Pius XII published his first major encyclical, Summi Pontificatus, which was seen as setting a tone for his papacy.
- 1967 – Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin filmed an unidentified subject at Six Rivers National Forest in California who they claimed was a Bigfoot.
- 1982 – During a UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem, a large number of attendees tried to leave the Grand Sports Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium at the same time, resulting in a stampede that caused 66 deaths.
- 1991 – The Uttarkashi earthquake struck the Indian state of Uttarakhand, killing at least 768 people and destroying thousands of homes.
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Nepali actress Manisha Koirala is known for her work in Bollywood films. Koirala's acting debut was in the Nepali film Pheri Bhetaula (1989). Two years later, she made her Bollywood debut in Subhash Ghai's Saudagar, which was a commercial success. However, she followed this by appearing in a series of films which performed poorly at the box office. Koirala's career had a turnaround when she starred as the daughter of a freedom fighter in Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 1942: A Love Story (1994). The following year, Koirala received the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress, and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for playing a Muslim married to a Hindu during the 1992–1993 Bombay riots in the Mani Ratnam-directed Tamil drama Bombay (1995). For playing the daughter of a mute and deaf couple in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Khamoshi: The Musical (1996), Koirala garnered a second consecutive Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. She followed this with leading roles in Agni Sakshi (1996) and Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997), which were among the highest-grossing Indian films of their respective years.
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Curug Cipendok is a waterfall located near Purwokerto, Central Java, Indonesia. Measuring 92m in height, it is one of the area's highest waterfalls. The site, which also hosts a campsite and lake, is one of the more popular tourist destinations in the Banyumas area.
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