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14 people are killed after Mount Sinabung erupts

Residents around Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, which had been rumbling for months, had been evacuated for their safety but were told that activity was decreasing before the eruption. The 8,530ft volcano spewed lava and searing gas, sending rocks and burning ash raining down its southern slopes.

Oil prices soared to $100 a barrel for the first time

The rising price of oil was driven by a slumping dollar, geopolitical instability and worries over a winter fuel supply crunch. China and India fed by oil sent prices soaring over the past year, while tensions in oil-producing nations like Nigeria and Iran made investors nervous and invited speculators to drive prices even higher.

The biggest selling UK single of 2006

Crazy is the debut single by Gnarls Barkley from their debut album called St. Elsewhere. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance and in 2006, it was named the best song of the year by Rolling Stone. In 2011, the single reached 1 million copies.

American geneticist Maclyn McCarty dies

McCarty devoted his life as a physician-scientist to studying infectious disease organisms, was best known for his part in the monumental discovery that DNA, constituted the chemical nature of a gene. Among McCarty’s numerous honors was an Albert Lasker Award, which many consider the American equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2

NASA's Stardust spacecraft made a close flyby of comet Wild 2. It caught samples from its dusty tail in specially made slabs of "aerogel". The relative velocity between the comet and the spacecraft was such that the comet actually overtook the spacecraft from behind as they traveled around the Sun.

The 2nd worst blizzard to hit Chicago in 20th century

A strong winter snowstorm struck the Midwestern United States and portions of central and eastern Canada, hitting hardest in Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, and Quebec. 78 people perished in the storm. The financial cost of the storm was estimated between $300 and $400 million.

American scientist Dixy Lee Ray dies

Dixy Lee Ray was a highly idiosyncratic woman forced by the particular time in which she lived and held public office to break new ground. During her lifetime she had received many awards and honors, including the Clapp Award in Marine Biology. Dixy Lee Ray died at her home on Fox Island.

1990

Czech motorcycle racer Karel Abraham is born

Motorcycle racer, who races in the MotoGP World Championship for the Aspar Racing Team, was born in Brno, Czech Republic. In 2016, Abraham rode a BMW S1000RR in the Superbike World Championship for Milwaukee BMW, but then returned back to MotoGP with a Ducati and Pull&Bear Aspar Team.

"Annie" closes at Alvin Theater after over 2,300 performances

Broadway musical show, based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, closed after a total of 2,377 performances, setting a record for the longest running show at the Alvin Theatre until it was surpassed by Hairspray in 2009.

"Yorkshire Ripper" is caught

Peter William Coonan is an English serial killer who was dubbed the "Yorkshire Ripper" by the press. In 1981 Sutcliffe was convicted of murdering 13 women and attempting to murder seven others. He is serving 20 concurrent sentences of life imprisonment.

Sid Vicious goes on trial in New York accused of murdering

Sid Vicious was known as a member of the Sex Pistols. On the day Nancy Spungen's body was found, Vicious was arrested and charged with her murder. Within 3 months, he was found dead, by his mother, of a heroin overdose. After his death, the case against him was closed.

New national maximum speed limit

President Richard M. Nixon signs the Emergency Highway Energy Conservation Act, setting a new national maximum speed limit of 55 mph on all interstate roads in the US. The law was a response to the 1973 oil embargo, and its intent was to reduce fuel consumption. However, the law was opposed by motorists and most states.

Discovery of the overwintering place with Monarch butterfly

Each year, millions of monarch butterflies from eastern North America migrate to overwinter located in the Oyamel forests of central Mexico. The Bruggers found two nearly equal concentrations a few miles apart. The location hosted what seemed to be a Monarch butterfly superhighway and fir trees laden with millions of the roosting creatures.

Cigarette ads banned from TV in USA

President Nixon signed into law the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio. The Virginia Slims brand was the last commercial shown. As a consequence, most tobacco advertising was done in magazines, newspapers, and on billboards.

George Harrison starts a seven week run at #1 on the US chart

All Things Must Pass is a triple album by George Harrison. It was Harrison's 1st solo work since the break-up of the Beatles and his 3rd solo album overall. It includes singles such as My Sweet Lord, What Is Life or Isn't It a Pity. In 2014, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Ibrox disaster

The Ibrox disaster was a crush among the crowd at an Old Firm football game, which led to 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries. It happened in an exit stairway at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the worst British football disaster until the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield, England, in 1989.

Rupert Murdoch wins control over News of the World

Rupert Murdoch's media firm News Limited entered the British newspaper market and bought the populist News of the World newspaper from Henry Lascelles Carr. In 2011, Murdoch faced allegations that his companies, including the News of the World, had been hacking the phones of celebrities, royalty, and public citizens.

American actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is born

Cuba Michael Gooding Jr. is an American actor and comedian. He gained his breakthrough role as Tre Styles in Boyz n the Hood, he appeared in A Few Good Men, The Tuskegee Airmen, Outbreak, and Jerry Maguire, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Ronald Reagan sworn in as Governor of California

California Republicans were impressed with Reagan's political views and charisma after his speech and nominated him as the Republican party candidate. Reagan was elected, defeating two-term governor Edmund G. Brown by nearly a million votes, winning the California governorship, and was sworn in at ten minutes past midnight.

Luna 1 launches to Moon

Luna 1 was a Soviet-launched spacecraft. It was the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Earth's Moon, and the first spacecraft to be placed in heliocentric orbit. The primary objectives of the mission were to measure temperature and pressure inside the vehicle, but it wasn't a successful mission.

The first "Bob Cummings Show" premieres on NBC

The Bob Cummings Show is an American sitcom starring Robert "Bob" Cummings, which was produced from 1955 to 1959. The show is about romantic misadventures of Bob Collins, a womanizing photographer operating in Hollywood, California.

Physicist Donald B. Keck is born

Keck is an American research physicist and engineer most noted for his involvement in developing low-loss optical fiber. During his career received an honorary degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fall.

The first functional night vision device is published

AEG started developing the first devices. Night vision devices were first used in World War II and came into wide use during the Vietnam War. One of the first was called the Vampir. This portable night vision device required the soldier to carry a battery pack that energized an infrared searchlight.

Trial of Richard Hauptmann begins

Bruno Richard Hauptmann was a German-born carpenter who was convicted of the abduction and murder of the 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Hauptmann proclaimed his innocence to the end, but he was convicted of first-degree murder and executed in 1936 in the electric chair.

American writer and professor Isaac Asimov is born

Scholar Isaac Asimov was one of the 20th century's most prolific writers, writing in many genres. He was known for sci-fi works like Foundation and I, Robot. He is most famous for his Foundation series and I, Robot, as well as coining the term “robotics” and theorizing inventions.

Standard Oil is organized as a trust

Standard Oil was an American oil producing, transporting, refining, and marketing company, which was established by John D. Rockefeller. In response to state laws trying to limit the scale of companies, Rockefeller and his associates combined their companies under a single group of trustees.

Battle of Stones River ends

The Battle of Stones River, also known as the Second Battle of Murfreesboro, was a battle fought in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Of the major battles of the war, Stones River had the highest percentage of casualties on both sides.

Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" premieres, Dresden

Inspired by a stormy sea crossing made from Riga to London in July and August 1839, and taking the story from Heinrich Heine's retelling of a legend, Wagner composed music and wrote libretto to this German-language opera. Wagner conducted the premiere at the Semper Oper in Dresden.

Louis Daguerre takes the first photo of the Moon

Daguerre himself is believed to be the first person to take a photograph of the moon, using his daguerreotype process. Unfortunately, in March of that same year, his entire laboratory burnt to the ground, destroying all his written records and much of his early experimental work, and that historical image of the moon.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1975

Dax Shepard

born 1940

Jim Bakker