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2017

Alex Ovechkin scores 1,000th NHL point

Playing against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Ovechkin became the 37th in NHL history to reach 1,000 points with only one team and 84th player to reach the milestone in general. It took him only 880 games to reach it.

Yahoo changes its name to Altaba

As Verizon took over the company's core internet business, the investment side of Yahoo changed its name to Altaba Inc. According to the Wall Street Journal, the name Altaba is a combination of the words alternate and Alibaba.

Volkswagen agrees to $4.3 bn diesel-gate settlement

Volkswagen agreed to plead guilty to the emissions-cheating scandal and to pay $4.3 bn in penalties. 6 Volkswagen executives were charged. In 2015, the company admitted to installing secret software in hundreds of thousands of US diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests and make them appear cleaner.

The Elbphilharmonie opens

The Elbphilharmonie is a concert hall in the HafenCity quarter of Hamburg, Germany, on the Grasbrook peninsula of the Elbe River. It is one of the largest and acoustically most advanced concert halls in the world. It is popularly nicknamed Elphi. It was officially inaugurated with concerts of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and a light show.

2016

Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes

In 2016, recording Barcelona's first goal of the new year, Messi scored two goals and assisted the other two in a 4–1 derby win over Espanyol at the Camp Nou, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the 2015–16 Copa del Rey. Five days later, Messi won the FIFA Ballon d'Or for a record fifth time in his career.

Anita Ekberg, Swedish star of 'La Dolce Vita', dies aged 83

Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was a Swedish born Italian actress in American and European films. She died in 2015, at the age of 83, at the clinic San Raffaele in Rocca di Papa in Castelli Romani, Italy from complications of enduring illnesses.

The 72nd Golden Globes are held

The 72nd Golden Globe Awards which honored the best in film and American television of 2014, was broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California by NBC. Richard Linklater's Boyhood received a prize for the best motion picture - drama and The Affair got the best tv series - drama prize.

The soap opera 'Days of Our Lives' hits 12,000 episodes

Days of Our Lives is an American daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network. It is one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday since 1965. It has since been syndicated to many countries around the world.

Bulo Marer hostage rescue attempt

The Special Forces led an assault on an Al-Shabab position in Bulo Marer, Somalia, where Denis Allex was believed to hold. 17 Al-Shabaab fighters and a French captain were killed. The French military believes that members of Al-Shabaab executed Allex during or soon after the operation. Al-Shabaab claimed that he was still alive and in its custody.

38th People's Choice Awards

The 38th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2011, were held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and were broadcast live on CBS. This year's ceremony was hosted by Kaley Cuoco. Katy Perry dominated the ceremony by winning the most awards.

January 2011 Rio de Janeiro floods and mudslides

A series of floods and mudslides took place in Rio de Janeiro. Casualties occurred in the cities of Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis, Petrópolis, Bom Jardim, Sumidouro and São José do Vale do Rio Preto. The floods caused at least 903 deaths, including 424 in Nova Friburgo and 378 in Teresópolis.

Simon Cowell leaves 'American Idol'

The longtime American Idol judge Simon Cowell left the show. Cowell said he wanted to focus on the American version of the popular U.K. talent show "The X Factor" which came to the U.S. in the fall of 2011. Cowell became both executive producer and a judge for this show.

'Slumdog Millionaire' wins four Golden Globes

The 66th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television of 2008, was broadcast from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on the NBC TV network. Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire received a prize for the best motion picture - drama and Mad Men got the best tv series - drama award.

2008

Jurgen Klinsmann returns to Bayern Munich as manager

Klinsmann took over as coach of Bundesliga club Bayern Munich in 2008 when Ottmar Hitzfeld stepped down. In 2009, he was released early, even though he had won five of the previous seven league games and was only three points behind league leader VfL Wolfsburg.

30th People's Choice Awards

The 30th People's Choice Awards which honored the best in popular culture for 2003, were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. They were hosted by Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer. Among the winners were Two and a Half Men or Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is created

The Grand Canyon-Parashan National Monument is located on the northern edge of the Grand Canyon in northwest Arizona. The monument was established by Presidential Proclamation 7265 by Bill Clinton on January 11, 2000.

24th People's Choice Awards

The 24th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1997, were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. They were hosted by Reba McEntire and Ray Romano. Whoopi Goldberg received a special award for her work in the motion picture and television industry.

Sidi-Hamed massacre

The Sidi-Hamed massacre took place in the town of Sidi-Hamed, 30 km south of Algiers. An estimated 50 gunmen poured in, attacking children and adults alike. According to official figures, 103 were killed and 70 injured, including two pro-government fighters and five of the attackers.

1995

NHL Players and team owners agree to end NHL strike

The second strike was a subject of dispute as the players sought collective bargaining and owners sought to help franchises that had a weaker market as well as make sure they could cap the rising salaries of players. The lockout caused the 1994–95 season to be shortened to 48 games instead of 84.

Soviet troops violently seize important buildings in Lithuania

After Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Lithuania was added to the Soviet Union's sphere of influence. After Lithuanian independence declaration in March 1990, Soviet army seizes important Lithuanian buildings. During that, 14 civilians were killed and 702 were injured.

1990

Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach

Robert Montgomery Knight known by some as "The General" became Big Ten's winningest basketball coach. Knight is best known as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000. He also coached at Texas Tech and at Army.

American physicist Isidor Isaac Rabi dies

Isidor Isaac Rabi was an American physicist and Nobel laureate. He received Nobel Prize in Physics in 1944 for his technique for using nuclear magnetic resonance to discern the magnetic moment and nuclear spin of atoms. He was also one of the first scientists in the US to work on the cavity magnetron.

The Gateway Bridge in Australia is officially opened

The Gateway Bridge of Brisbane in Australia cost approximately $92 million and the duplicate bridge opened in May 2010 cost $350 million. It is a part of Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges which are a side-by-side pair of road bridges on the Gateway Motorway on the eastern suburbs of Brisbane.

The Beatles' 'Abbey Road' album goes #1 in US

Abbey Road is the eleventh studio album by English rock band the Beatles, released in 1969 by Apple Records. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. A two-sided hit single from the album, "Something" backed with "Come Together", topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US.

US admit that cigarettes cause lung cancer

Smoking and Health was a landmark report published by the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Smoking and Health, chaired by Luther Terry. This work refers to the negative effects of tobacco smoking on human health. The publication had wide effects across the US and the world as well.

'Please Please Me'/ 'Ask Me Why' is released in the UK

Please Please Me was released in the UK during winter that is regarded as one of the worst in British history. Because of this, most of the population were at their homes, able to see it being performed. The performance, just as well as the unusual appearance of the band brought Beatles a lot of attention.

The first weather forecast on TV

After experimental broadcasting of weather forecasts started in 1936, including the use of weather maps, the first television weatherman George Cowling hosted first TV-broadcasted forecasts in 1954 for BBC.

Amelia Earhart flies from Honolulu to Oakland

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer who disappeared in 1937. In 1935, she became the first aviator to fly solo from Honolulu to Oakland. During her trailblazing journey, she didn't solve any mechanical breakdowns and her flight was mainly routine.

Insulin is used for the first time to treat diabetes

Insulin is a protein hormone that is used as a medication to treat high blood glucose. It was first used as a medication in Canada by Charles Best and Frederick Banting in 1922. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, the most effective and safe medicines needed in a health system.

William Herschel discoveres moons Titania & Oberon

Titania and Oberon are two of 27 already known moons of Uranus. They are also two first discovered, by British astronomer Sir Frederick William Herschel. All of the moons are named after characters in from works of William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.

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