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Songs "Castle on the Hill" and "Shape of You" are released

The songs Castle on the Hill and Shape of You by Ed Sheeran were released as the double lead singles from his 3rd studio album. Sheeran became the first artist to debut two songs in the top 10 in the same week in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.

Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

A mass shooting occurred at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Broward County, Florida, United States, near the baggage claim in Terminal 2. Five people were killed while six others were injured in the shooting. About 36 people sustained injuries in the ensuing panic.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpasses Avatar’s record

The film is the highest-grossing film of 2015, the highest-grossing film in the franchise, surpassing The Phantom Menace, the highest-grossing film released by Walt Disney Studios, the highest-grossing film in North America, dethroning Avatar, and the third-highest-grossing film of all time.


The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout

The NHL lockout was a labor dispute between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association. The most important issue of negotiations was how the economic pie would be divided. Nearly 60 percent of the regular season was canceled. This was the third major lockout in the NHL in the past 20 years.


Thierry Henry's comeback

After training with Arsenal during the MLS off-season, Henry re-signed for the club on a two-month loan deal in 2012. This was to provide cover for Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh, who were unavailable due to their participation in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 37th People's Choice Awards are held

The 37th People’s Choice Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The goal of the awards is honoring the best in popular culture. The winners of this year include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse for the favorite movie or Glee for the favorite TV comedy.

The 36th People's Choice Awards are held

The 36th People’s Choice Awards were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The goal of the awards is honoring the best in popular culture. Not all of the awards were presented on air during the show, as many, including Favorite Movie, were left out. Johnny Depp won the Actor/Actress of the decade award.

Graniteville train crash

The Graniteville train crash was an American rail disaster that occurred in Graniteville, South Carolina. Two Norfolk Southern trains collided near the Avondale Mills plant in Graniteville. 9 people were killed and over 250 people were treated for toxic chlorine exposure. The accident was determined to be caused by a misaligned railroad switch.

Microsoft unveils Xbox game console

The Xbox was revealed by Bill Gates at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Xbox was Microsoft's first foray into the gaming console market and competed with Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube. It featured a standard PC's 733 MHz Intel Pentium III processor.

Congress certifies George W. Bush winner of 2000 elections

In his run for the presidency, George W. Bush defeated the Democratic nominee Al Gore. It was the closest presidential election in the nation's history, with only 537 votes separating the two candidates in the decisive state, Florida.

The last Pyrenean ibex is found dead

The Pyrenean Ibex was one of four subspecies of the Iberian ibex. It was the second one, with the last individual, a female called Celia, found dead in 2000. Scientist attempted to bring Ibexes back from extinction via cloning, however, the only living specimen died after few minutes.


Atlanta Hawks' Lenny Wilkens becomes NBA's winningest coach

Wilkens' formula has succeeded beyond even his dreams. In his 22nd NBA season as a head coach, Wilkens became the winningest coach in NBA history. The milestone victory came when Wilkens' Hawks defeated Washington 112-90 at the Omni in Atlanta, with Auerbach on hand. A record he held when he retired with 1,332 victories.


Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard

In 1994, Kerrigan was attacked with a police baton by an assailant hired by the ex-husband of her rival Tonya Harding. The attack injured Kerrigan and led to Harding being permanently banned from competitive figure skating. She recovered in time to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics, where she won a silver medal.

Bill Wyman officially announces he is quitting the Rolling Stones

Bill decided to quit as the Stones’ bass player. He had already written Stone Alone, which concentrated on his career with the band during the 1960s. In the years since, he has pursued an active life as an author, photographer, and archeologist, while leading his acclaimed blues band, The Rhythm Kings.

Soviet physicist Pavel Cherenkov dies

Pavel Cherenkov was a Soviet physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Cherenkov studied physics and mathematics at Voronezh State University. He became known for observing the emission of blue light. The Cherenkov Effect and the Cherenkov detector were dubbed after him.

English actor Eddie Redmayne is born

Edward John David Redmayne is an English actor. Redmayne began his professional acting career as a youth in West End theatre, before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest television appearances. His first film roles came in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd, and he went on to play supporting roles in several films.


Philadelphia Flyers set NHL record

The team of Philadelphia Flyers owns an astonishing unbeaten streak in North America sports history that has never been matched. It's 35 consecutive games without a loss. That's the longest undefeated streak in NHL history. The team played without a defeat for 3 months, with 25 wins and 10 ties.

The Village People score their only UK #1 single

Y.M.C.A. by Village People was released as the only single from their 3rd studio album called Cruisin'. It is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold 10 million physical copies worldwide. The song is often played at many sporting events in the USA and Europe.

EMI fires Sex Pistols

The music publisher EMI ended its contract with the Sex Pistols punk rock group because of their notorious behavior in public. Sex Pistols had only served 3 months of the two-year contract, worth £40,000, and released one single, which was Anarchy in the UK.

CNN's founder Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves

In 1976, Turner bought the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks, partially to provide programming for WTCG. Using the rechristened WTBS' superstation status to beam Braves games into nearly every home in North America, Turner made the Braves a household name even before their run of success in the 1990s and early 2000s.

The gameshow "Wheel of Fortune" debuts

Wheel of Fortune is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin that debuted in 1975. The show features a competition in which contestants solve word puzzles, similar to those used in Hangman, to win cash and prizes determined by spinning a giant carnival wheel.

A crowd of Led Zeppelin breaks in Boston Garden arena

A crowd of 2,000-plus lines up outside Boston Garden to buy tickets to the rock band Led Zeppelin. Some in the crowd then broke into the near-empty arena and caused thousands of dollars in damage. The scheduled concert was canceled by the Mayor of Boston and Kevin White, after this accident.

Carly Simon’s "You're So Vain" starts a three week run at #1

You're So Vain by an American singer-songwriter Carly Simon is a single from her studio album called No Secrets. The song is ranked at number 82 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All-Time. In 2004, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

The Beatles start an eight week run at #1 on the US album chart

Magical Mystery Tour is the Beatles' 11th American cart topping LP, includes the soundtrack to the 1967 film of the same name. Despite widespread media criticism of the Magical Mystery Tour film, the soundtrack was a critical and commercial success.

Final appearance by Elvis Presley on The Ed Sullivan Show

Presley performed a medley of Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, and Heartbreak Hotel, followed by a full version of Don't Be Cruel. Elvis actually dedicated his last song Peace in the Valley to the people of Hungary. At the end of that final show, Ed Sullivan made a statement that went a long way in public support for Elvis Presley.

Comedian Rowan Atkinson is born

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson is an English comedian, actor, and screenwriter. Atkinson became widely popular for his works in sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean. He was listed in top 50 funniest actors by The Observer. Atkinson studied at the Newcastle University and The Queen’s College in Oxford.

Lufthansa is founded

Deutsche Lufthansa, commonly known as Lufthansa, is the largest German airline and, when combined with its subsidiaries, also the largest airline in Europe both in terms of fleet size and passengers carried during 2017. The name of the company is derived from the German word, Luft 'air' and Hansa, the Hanseatic League.

Round-the-world ticket

In June 1947 Pan Am started offering a round-the-world ticket and scheduled the 1st round-the-world airline flight. The DC-4 left San Francisco at 2200 Thursday, stopped at Honolulu, Midway, Wake, Guam, Manila, Bangkok and finally Calcutta on Monday 1245.


Former Barcelona and England manager Terry Venables is born

Terence Frederick Venables is an English former football player and manager. During the 1960s and 70s, he played for various clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Queens Park Rangers, and gained two caps for England. He was the national team manager of England from 1994 to 1996, and of Australia from 1997 to 1998.

The lend-lease program

President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his State of the Union address to Congress asking for support for the lend-lease program aiding Allies fighting the Axis powers. Roosevelt also defined four essential freedoms worth defending; freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

British biologist John Maynard Smith is born

John Maynard Smith published book entitled Evolution and the Theory of Games, where he presented the Hawk-Dove game model. In 1986 he was awarded the Darwin Medal. Maynard Smith died of mesothelioma on 19 April 2004.

Alfred Wegener presents his theory of continental drift

Alfred Lothar Wegener was a German polar researcher, geophysicist, and meteorologist. He is known mainly for his theory of continental drift as in 1912 he presented his hypothesis that the continents are slowly drifting around the Earth.

Czech scientist Gregor Mendel dies

Gregor Johann Mendel was a scientist, Augustinian friar and abbot of St. Thomas' Abbey in Brno. He gained posthumous recognition as the founder of the modern science of genetics. Mendel's pea plant experiments conducted between 1856 and 1863 established many of the rules of heredity.

French educator Louis Braille dies

Louis Braille was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind or visually impaired. Braille‘s system was recognized posthumously as a revolutionary invention and remains unchanged to this day. It has been adopted worldwide and is known as braille.

Léon Foucault proves rotation of the Earth

Jean Bernard Léon Foucault was a French physicist who became recognized for his demonstration of the Foucault pendulum, a device demonstrating the effect of Earth’s rotation. Additionally, he made an early measurement of the speed of light and discovered eddy currents.

The forerunner of Morse code is first demonstrated

Samuel Morse’s telegraph system was used for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown in New Jersey. Morse code is a system that uses dots and slashes which present numbers and letters.

German businessman Heinrich Schliemann is born

Heinrich Schliemann was a German businessman and an archeologist. His work was founded on the beliefs that Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid reflect real historical events. Along with Arthur Evans, he was a pioneer in the study of Aegean civilization.

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