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Hennenman–Kroonstad train crashes

A passenger train operated by Shosholoza Meyl collided with a truck on a level crossing at Geneva Station between Hennenman and Kroonstad, Free State, South Africa. The train was derailed and seven of the twelve carriages caught fire. Twenty-one people were killed and 254 people were injured.

Dow Jones index hits 25,000

Throughout the course of the rest of 2017 and January 2018, the Dow skyrocketed past a few millenary milestones, including the symbolic 25,000 in 2018. However, one month later, the Dow suffered its biggest loss since Brexit in 2016.

Flood in Malaysia

Because of severe flooding in Malaysia were more than 25,000 people have evacuated in Terengganu and Kelantan states after the widespread damage was noted. The government cited combined economic losses at USD 132 million.

Subway train derails in Brooklyn

A subway train overran the bumper block, injuring 103 persons. Two carriages of the six-carriage electric multiple units involved were severely damaged when it collided with the buffer stop at a speed of 10 to 15 miles per hour.

"Galavant" first airs on ABC

Galavant is an American musical fantasy-comedy television series, created and written by Dan Fogelman, with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater. Fogelman, Menken, and Slater also serve as executive producers alongside Chris Koch, Kat Likkel and John Hoberg for ABC Studios.

2013

Lance Armstrong admits to doping

Because of doping, American former professional road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. For much of his career, Lance Armstrong faced persistent allegations of doping, but until 2006 no official investigation was undertaken.

The tallest building in the world opens

The Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in Dubai. The building was opened in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. The total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) including the antenna makes it currently the tallest structure in the world.

Spirit rover lands on Mars

Spirit rover landed successfully on Mars at 04:35 Ground UTC. Spirit is a robotic rover on Mars operated by NASA between years 2004 and 2010. It operated under the Mars Exploration Rover Mission which goal is to search for water activity on Mars.

2000

Bill Belichick quit as 'HC of the NYJ' after one day

Belichick was introduced as head coach of New York Jets. The day after his hiring was publicized he turned it into a surprise-resignation announcement. Soon after this bizarre turn, he was introduced as the Patriots' 12th full-time head coach.

First mass-produced electric vehicle

One of most important moments in the history of General Motors was the creation of General Motors EV1. It was the first mass-produced electric vehicle from a major automaker. The customer response was very positive, but production was ended by General Motors due to lack of profitability.

Gulf of Sidra incident between America and Libya

John F. Kennedy was sailing toward the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Two United States Navy F-14 Tomcats shot down two Libyan MiG-23 Floggers which the Americans believed were attempting to engage them. Libya accused the U.S. of attacking two unarmed reconnaissance planes which were on a routine mission over international waters.

1986

David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

David Robinson once blocked 14 shots in a game while playing for Navy. He is the only player with 13 or more blocks in a game to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Based on his prior service as an officer in the U. S. Navy, Robinson earned the nickname "The Admiral".

Elton John starts a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A cover version of the single by Elton John was recorded at the Caribou Ranch and it featured backing vocals and guitar by John Lennon under the pseudonym Dr. Winston O'Boogie.

Nixon says no!

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States. "One year of Watergate is enough," President Nixon declared in his State of the Union address. But the embattled president could not put the issue behind him. But after his role in the conspiracy was revealed, Nixon resigned.

Last time the Beatles record as a group

Although there were two further recording sessions for the Let It Be album involving just one member of the Beatles, this was the Beatles' last time recording as a group, although without John Lennon who was in Denmark with Yoko Ono at that time.

1967

Donald Campbell is killed in water speed record attempt

Known as the most prolific Water Speed Record breaker of all time, Donald Campbell broke eight world speed records on water and on land in the 1950s and 1960s. He died during a speed record attempt occurred at more than 300 mph and within 200 yards of the end of the measured kilometer.

American-English author T.S. Eliot is born

Thomas Stearns Eliot was an essayist, publisher, playwright, literary and social critic, and "one of the twentieth century's major poets". Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States, to a prominent Boston Brahmin family, he moved to England in 1914 at the age of 25, settling, working, and marrying there.

Erwin Schrödinger dies

Erwin R. J. A. Schrödinger is best known for his work in quantum theory. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933 for his Schrödinger equation. It is a wave-equation that serves as a mathematical model of the movement of waves. He died of tuberculosis at the aged 73 in Vienna.

Albert Camus dies in an automobile accident

Camus died at the age of 46, in a car accident near Sens, in Le Grand Fossard in the small town of Villeblevin. In his coat pocket was an unused train ticket. He had planned to travel by train with his wife and children, but at the last minute, accepted his publisher's proposal to travel with him.

Elvis Presley records his first demo

Before becoming the King of Rock and Roll, 19-year-old Elvis Presley visited Sun Studio in Memphis. The recording session launched Presley’s music career. The first four demos recorded at Presley's expense were produced by Sam Phillips and featured Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass.

Burma gains its independence from the United Kingdom

The nation became an independent republic, named the Union of Burma. Shan National Sao Shwe Taik became the new country’s first President and U Nu its first Prime Minister. Notably, it declined to the join the British Commonwealth, unlike most other former British colonies.

Billboard magazine publishes the first ever-pop music chart

Best Sellers in Stores was the first Billboard chart and big band violinist Joe Venuti is the first No.1. with "Stop! Look! Listen!". This chart ranked the biggest selling singles in retail stores, as reported by merchants surveyed throughout the country.

1935

American boxer Floyd Patterson is born

Floyd Patterson was an American professional boxer who competed from 1952 to 1972 and twice reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1956 to 1962. At the age of 21, he became the youngest boxer in history to win the title and was also the first heavyweight to regain the title after losing it.

Marie-Louise von Franz is born

She is renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts. Marie-Louise von Franz was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar who worked closely with C. G. Jung for over 30 years. After his death, she extended his work his work with her own research.

Utah becomes the 45th state admitted to the U.S.

Utah is a state in the western United States. It became the 45th state admitted to the U.S. in 1896. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. Utah has a population of more than 3 million.

Samuel Colt sells his first revolver to the U.S. Government

The Texas Rangers ordered 1,000 Samuel Colt's revolvers during the American war with Mexico. Colt's use of interchangeable parts helped him become one of the first to use the assembly line efficiently. His innovative use of art, celebrity endorsements, and corporate gifts made him a pioneer in the field of advertising.

Louis Braille is born

Louis Braille is the father of braille, a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. In early childhood, he becomes a blind result of an accident. As a student of France's Royal Institute for Blind Youth, he created his system which he was improving during his entire life.

Isaac Newton is born

Sir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist who is best known for publishing Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. It laid the foundations of classical mechanics. The publication of this book immediately raised Newton to international prominence.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1643

Isaac Newton

died 2013

Tony Lip

born 1986

James Milner