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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence dies aged 77

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Tommy Lawrence has died aged 77, the Merseyside club said on Wednesday. The Scot, affectionately known as "The Flying Pig" due to his ability to make spectacular saves despite his size, made 390 appearances for Liverpool between 1957 and 1971.

The sitcom 'Modern Family' celebrates its 200th episode

The series is celebrating its 200th episode and it could be one of the last comedies to ever reach that milestone. While ABC renewed the show for a 10th season, Levitan and Lloyd confirmed that, as of now, that will be its last. ABC and producers 20th Century Fox Television would have to ink the large cast to new, expensive deals should they want the show to go on to the 11th season.

North American ice storm

The North American ice storm impacted the Great Plains, Pacific Northwest, and American Midwest. Icy road conditions caused traffic incidents and fatalities. Multiple U.S. states declared states of emergency.

73rd Golden Globes

The 73rd Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2015 and was broadcast live on January 10, 2016, from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST by NBC. The ceremony was produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The nominations were announced on December 10, 2015, at the Beverly Hilton by Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid. Denzel Washington was announced as the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award honoree on November 16, 2015. Ricky Gervais hosted the show for the fourth time. Mozart in the Jungle, Mr. Robot, The Martian, The Revenant, and Steve Jobs were among the films and television shows that received multiple awards.

39th People's Choice Awards

The 39th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2012, were hosted by Kaley Cuoco, and broadcast live on CBS. Award for the Favorite Movie went to The Hunger Games, Robert Downey Jr. was awarded as the Favorite Movie Actor and Jennifer Lawrence as the Favorite Movie Actress.

The Broadway premiere of 'The Other Place'

The Other Place is a play by American playwright Sharr White. The play premiered on Broadway in a Manhattan Theatre Club production at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The cast starred Laurie Metcalf and Daniel Stern, and was directed by Joe Mantello.

Pakistan bombings

Several bombings took place in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta the capital of Balochistan Province, killing a total of 130 people and injuring at least 270. The Quetta bombings led to protests by the city's Shia Muslim Hazara community; Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf responded by dismissing the Chief Minister of Baluchistan, Aslam Raisani.

Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars' is published

The Fault in Our Stars is the 6th novel by author John Green. The title is inspired by Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings." The story is narrated by Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl with thyroid cancer that has affected her lungs.

Sir Ian McKellen announces he will return in the 'Hobbit' films

Sir Ian McKellen reprised his role as Gandalf in the two-film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. "Yes, it's true," he said, when asked if he was set to return. Obviously, it's not a part that you turn down, I loved playing Gandalf."


Marta wins her fifth consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year

8 women's footballers – three Germans, three Americans, one Brazilian, and one Japanese – have won the award that year. Marta, the youngest recipient at age 20, has won five successive awards, the most of any women player.

A stage adaptation of 'The Little Mermaid' opens

After a pre-Broadway tryout in Denver, the musical began Broadway previews at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, replacing Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The production introduced Broadway debuts by director Francesca Zambello and Sierra Boggess in the title role.

Bush sends 20,000 troops to Iraq

President Bush announced changes in the administration's political and military strategy in the Iraq: "The New Way Forward" in order to help the Iraqis carry out their campaign to put down sectarian violence and bring security to the people of Baghdad, which would require increasing American force levels.

Apple introduces minicomputer Mac mini

The Mac Mini was announced alongside the iPod shuffle at the Macworld Conference & Expo and was described by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the time as "the cheapest, most affordable Mac ever". The company aimed the Mac Mini at users switching from a traditional Windows PC, who might already own a compatible display, keyboard, and mouse.

America Online announces plans to acquire Time Warner

America Online and Time Warner announced plans to merge, forming AOL Time Warner Inc. AOL shareholders were supposed to own 55% of the combined company. Gerald Levin, who had served as CEO of Time Warner, was CEO of the new company, Steve Case served as Chairman and J. Michael Kelly was the Chief Financial Officer.

25th People's Choice Awards

The 25th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1998, were hosted by Ray Romano and broadcast on CBS. Award for the Favorite Motion Picture went to Titanic, Tom Hanks was awarded as the Favorite Motion Picture Actor and Sandra Bullock as the Favorite Motion Picture Actress.

'The Sopranos' debuts on HBO

The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around the fictional character, New Jersey-based Italian American mobster Tony Soprano. The series portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his personal and criminal life.

Fatboy Slim achieves his third UK #1 single with 'Praise You'

It was released as the third single from Fatboy’s second studio album. It scored number one on the UK Singles Chart and number six in the Republic of Ireland and became an instant bestseller. The production of a video clip cost only US$800.

Ducks are overboard

During a storm in the North Pacific Ocean close to the International Date Line, twelve 40-foot intermodal containers were washed overboard. One of these containers held 28,800 plastic bath toys. At some point, the container opened and the toys were released. The toys are used to monitor ocean currents.

The U.S. and Vatican establishes full diplomatic relations

The United States and the Holy See announced the establishment of diplomatic relations. On March 7, 1984, the Senate confirmed William A. Wilson as the first U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is located in Rome, in the Villa Domiziana.


The Catch

The Catch refers to the winning touchdown pass in the NFC Championship Game played between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. With 58 seconds left in the game, San Francisco wide receiver Dwight Clark made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone to complete a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Montana.

'Double Fantasy' starts run at #1 on the US album chart

Double Fantasy is studio album released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. It is the final studio album released by Lennon during his lifetime. Three weeks after its release the album became a worldwide commercial success due to Lennon’s death. The album won the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.

Pathfinder Hotel explosion

A fire broke out in the Hotel Pathfinder in Fremont, Nebraska, killing 20 people. The fire was fueled by a natural gas leak at the hotel, which caused an explosion that blew out the windows of the hotel and shattered glass as far as nine blocks away.

C.W. McCall is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Convoy'

Convoy is a novelty song performed by C. W. McCall that became a number-one song on both the country and pop charts in the US and is listed 98th among Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. Written by McCall and Chip Davis, the song spent 6 weeks at number one on the country charts and one week at number one on the pop charts.

US Surveyor 7 lands near lunar crater Tycho

Surveyor 7 was the seventh and last lunar lander of the American unmanned Surveyor program sent to explore the surface of the Moon. A total of 21,091 pictures were transmitted to Earth. Surveyor 7 was the fifth and final spacecraft of the Surveyor series to achieve a lunar soft landing.

Jerry Lee Lewis is at #1 on the UK singles chart

The song was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer. The song is best known for Jerry Lee Lewis's original recording in the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. It was ranked as the 96th greatest song ever by Rolling Stone. The song sold one million copies in its first 10 days of release in the United State, making it one of the best-selling singles in the United States.

'The Greatest Show on Earth' premieres in New York

The Greatest Show on Earth is a 1952 American drama film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, shot in Technicolor, and released by Paramount Pictures. The film stars Betty Hutton and Cornel Wilde as trapeze artists competing for the center ring, and Charlton Heston as the circus manager running the show.

The first Jewish family show 'Goldbergs' premieres on CBS

The Goldbergs is a comedy-drama broadcast from 1929 to 1946 on American radio, and from 1949 to 1956 on American television. The show almost didn't get to the small screen at all. CBS executives were uncertain that the show would work on television as well as it did on radio.

US Army establishes 1st radar contact with Moon

Project Diana was an experimental project of the US Army Signal Corps to bounce radar signals off the Moon and receive the reflected signals. This was the first experiment in radar astronomy and the first active attempt to probe another celestial body. It was the inspiration for later Earth-Moon-Earth communication techniques.

The first sci-fi film in history premiers in Berlin

Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. Written by Thea von Harbou in collaboration with Lang. After its Berlin premiere, it is arguable that no authoritative version of it has ever really been established.

The League of Nations officially came into existence

The intergovernmental organization which was the result of the Paris Peace Conference that ended the First World War. It was the first international organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. It also addressed e.g. labor conditions, human and drug trafficking, or global health in Europe.

The first electric pocket flashlight is invented

Portable hand-held electric lights offered advantages over torches, candles, and lanterns. The electric lamp was odorless, smokeless, and emitted less heat than combustion-powered lighting. It could be instantly turned on and off and avoided fire risk.

An Amendment granting women the right to vote is introduced

The Amendment that prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex was originally introduced in Congress in 1878, however, was finally adopted in 1920. The Amendment represented the culmination of the women's suffrage movement.

John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil

Standard Oil Co. Inc. was an American oil producing, transporting, refining, and marketing company. Established in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller as a corporation in Ohio, it was the largest oil refinery in the world of its time. In 1911, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil was an illegal monopoly.

American inventor Samuel Colt dies

Samuel Colt was an American inventor, industrialist, businessman, and hunter. He founded Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company and made the mass production of the revolver commercially viable. During the American Civil War, his factory supplied firearms both to the North and the South.

Swedish biologist Carl Linné dies

Carl von Linné was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who formalized the modern system of naming organisms called binomial nomenclature. He is known by the epithet "father of modern taxonomy". The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau sent him the message: "Tell him I know no greater man on earth."

Handel's opera 'Deidamia' premieres in London

Deidamia is an opera in three acts composed by George Frideric Handel to an Italian libretto by Paolo Antonio Rolli. It premiered at Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre, London. A ballad opera on the same story by John Gay had been performed in London in 1733, under the title Achilles.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1999

Mason Mount

died 2016

David Bowie

born 1993

Jacob Scipio