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Oprah Winfrey’s speech

She delivered a moving address in accepting the award for career achievement. “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!” she declared in a nearly 10-minute speech in which she threaded together themes of the historical struggle for civil and gender rights, her personal story, and a mood of optimism ahead.

The Weeknd and Daft Punk are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Starboy" is a song by The Weeknd for his third studio album, features electronic duo Daft Punk, with lyrics that contain themes of the extravagance of celebrity life. The Weeknd's third chart-topper, and Daft Punk's first chart-topper.

California floods

Many parts of the state of California were unprepared to handle the huge volume of rain and snow. On the other hand, the heavy precipitation helped to refill drought-impacted surface water supplies, including many major lakes and reservoirs.

Netflix announces a plan to go global, into 130 countries

Netflix launched its service globally, simultaneously bringing its Internet TV network to more than 130 new countries around the world. The company made the announcement during a keynote by Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Waroona Fire in Western Australia

After a lightning strike near Nanga Brook, a bushfire broke out. The fire caused extensive damage to bushland, properties and infrastructure and the collapse of the Samson Brook bridge on the South Western Highway.

41st People's Choice Awards

They were hosted by Anna Faris and Allison Janney. Movie superheroes reigned supreme at the annual telecast, which kicks off award season. Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. picked up two awards, including Favorite Movie Actor and Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor, while his Avengers co-star Chris Evans walked away with Favorite Action Movie Star.

Charlie Hebdo shooting

Two masked brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, dressed in black and armed with Kalashnikov forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They killed 12 people and injured 11 others. Terrorist group Al-Qaeda's branch in Yemen which took responsibility for the attack.

"Empire" first airs on Fox

The show focuses on Lucious Lyon, the head of a record label, who is diagnosed with ALS and given 3 years to live. The pilot episode was directed by Lee Daniels and written by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The 1st episode featured over 12 original songs produced by Timbaland.


The fourth consecutive win by Lionel Messi

A shortlist of 23 male players was compiled by members of FIFA's Football Committee. There were three voters per FIFA member federation, one journalist and the coaches and captain of the national men's team. Expected Lionel Messi won the award. Messi has won all three FIFA Ballon d'Or' since its inception in 2010.

LMFAO are at #1 on the US singles chart with "Sexy And I Know It"

"Sexy and I Know It" is a song their second studio album, Sorry for Party Rocking. It became their second number one hit, after on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, making them the first duo to have two successive number-one singles since Outkast.

"The King's Speech" is released in United Kingdom

British historical drama film directed by Tom Hooper. The film presents friendship between King George VI and his language therapist. Released in the United Kingdom, The King's Speech was a major box office and critical success. Censors initially gave it adult ratings due to insults, though these were later revised downward.

35th People's Choice Awards

They were hosted by Queen Latifah. The Dark Knight was definitely the choice of the people, accounting for five awards including Favorite Movie. Other winners of multiple awards included the TV show House, the movie The Secret Life of Bees, Will Smith, and Carrie Underwood.

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 %

Russian energy giant Gazprom cut gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine in retaliation for Ukraine's alleged theft of Russian gas. Around a quarter of the gas used in the EU comes from Russia, and Ukraine sits on the main transit route for gas exports, accounting for 80% of the continent's gas supply from Russia.

Pink marries Carey Hart on a beach in Costa Rica

Pink proposed to Hart in June 2005 during a Mammoth Lakes motocross race; she was "assisting" in his race and wrote "Will You Marry Me? I'm serious!" on a pit board. He initially didn't notice and continued on for another lap. When he did notice later, he veered off the track to accept right then. They have two children.

Mariah Carey with "Don't Forget About Us" is at #1

"Don't Forget About Us" became Carey's seventeenth chart-topping single on the US Billboard Hot 100, tying the record for most number-one singles by a solo artist. She explained that the true meaning of the song is to be interpreted by the listener, therefore not disclosing its entire meaning publicly.

"In Da Club" single is released by 50 Cent

In Da Club is a hip-hop song by 50 Cent from his debut studio album called Get Rich or Die Tryin'. The song was written by 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, and Mike Elizondo. It peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and became 50 Cent's first number one single on that chart.

The 27th People's Choice Awards are held

They were hosted by Kevin James. Rick Schroeder presented the award for Favorite Female Television Performer to Jennifer Aniston, who was very happy winning her first trophy. Repeat winners include Friends as the public's Favorite TV Comedy Series, ER as the Favorite TV Drama Series, and Drew Carey as Favorite Male TV Performer.

The first presidential impeachment trial

On December 19, 1988, an impeachment process of Bill Clinton was initiated by the House of Representatives against Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States. The impeachment was started on two charges: a charge of perjury and a charge of abuse of power. These accusations stemmed from a sexual harassment lawsuit. Clinton was found not guilty of these charges by the Senate on February 12, 1999.

Youth drama "Fame" premieres on NBC

Fame is an American television series originally produced between 1982 and 1987 by Eilenna Productions in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television and sponsored by Yamaha musical instruments, which are prominently showcased in the episodes. The show is based on the 1980 motion picture of the same name.


LA Lakers sets a still standing NBA record for longest streak

By winning 33 straight games, Los Angeles set a record for a longest winning streak of any team in American professional sports. They reached a record by beating the Hawks 134-90, before finally losing to the Bucks 120-104 two nights later. The Lakers won 69 games that season, which stood as the NBA record for 24 years.

The Monkees are at #1 on the US singles chart

"I'm a Believer" is a song from the album More of the Monkees. Because of 1,051,280 advance orders, it went gold within two days of release. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 5 song for 1967. The song appeared in four consecutive episodes of The Monkees TV show in December 1966.

The United States recognizes the new Cuban government

U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially recognized the new Cuban government after six days revolutionary forces overthrew a dictatorship in Cuba that had been headed by Fulgencio Batista. The main reason was to work with a new regime. Despite the fact that existed concerns about communist leanings of Fidel Castro.

"Rock Around The Clock" enters the UK chart for the first time

Rock Around the Clock is a rock and roll song in the 12-bar blues format written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers. It was a number one single on both the U.S. and UK charts. The song is ranked No. 158 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Marian Anderson breaks barriers for black artists

Marian Anderson becomes the first black person to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Her performance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Met was the only time she sang an opera role on stage.

Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla dies

At the age of 86, Serbian-American inventor, an electrical engineer and futurist Nicola Tesla died of coronary thrombosis. Despite many success and fortune, he gained he died Penniless alone in his room 3327 in New York City. He is the father of the first alternating current motor.

Commercial transatlantic telephone service is inaugurated

One of the most important days in the history of a telephone was 7th of January 1927 when the very first transatlantic telephone service was inaugurated. AT&T begins trans-Atlantic telephone service, initially between the United States and London.

Carinthian Slovene physicist Josef Stefan dies

Josef Stefan was physicist and mathematician of the Austrian Empire. He is best known for his physical power law called Stefan's law in 1879. By using the Stefan law he determined the temperature of the Sun.

Gioacchino Rossini's cantata "Stabat Mater" premieres

A work based on the traditional structure of the Stabat Mater for chorus and soloists. Initially, Rossini used his own librettos and compositions for a portion of the work. The Stabat Mater was performed complete for the first time in Paris at the Théâtre-Italien's Salle Ventadour.

The modern Italian flag is first used

The first Italian tricolor appeared during the Napoleonic era with the Flag of the Cisalpine Republic, which supplanted Milan after Napoleon's victorious army crossed Italy. The colors were red and white, which were the colors of Milan's flag; and green, which was the color of the uniform of the Milanese civic guard.

The first US bank opens

The President, Directors, and Company, of the Bank of North America, commonly known as the Bank of North America, was a private bank first adopted by the Confederation Congress and chartered in 1781 and opened in Philadelphia in 1782. It was based upon a plan presented by US Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris.

Typewriter is patented

Henry Mill patented the first typewriter in 1714. This machine for writing in characters quickly became an indispensable tool for practically all writing. Later on, the first commercial typewriters were introduced in 1874.

Galileo discovers first three satellites of Jupiter

Galileo Galilei observed three satellites of Jupiter for the very first time with his telescope. Within a few days, he concluded that they were orbiting Jupiter and proclaimed them as satellites of Jupiter.

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