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2017Jan 12
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William Peter Blatty, writer of The Exorcist, dies

William Peter Blatty was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. Blatty died of multiple myeloma in 2017, at a hospital in Bethesda, five days after his 89th birthday.

2017Jan 12
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Windstorm Egon affects Europe

The cyclone Egon was a windstorm which affected the north of France, Belgium, and Germany. The storm caused 3 deaths, power outages, and wind damage. Egon developed from the trailing cold front of the low Dieter centered over Scandinavia.

2014Jan 12
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"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" opens on Broadway

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often together with Gerry Goffin, and other contemporary songs by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil Spector and others.

2014Jan 12
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"True Detective" debuts on HBO

True Detective is an American anthology crime drama television series. The first season, starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, and Tory Kittles. The season follows a pair of Louisiana State Police homicide detectives, and their pursuit of a serial killer over a 17-year period.

2014Jan 12
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Fey and Poehler co-host Globes for the second time in a row

The 71st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and American television of 2013, was broadcast live by NBC. American Hustle, Behind the Candelabra, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Dallas Buyers Club were among the films and television shows that received multiple awards. Woody Allen awarded a lifetime achievement award.

2013Jan 12
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Beijing's level of air pollution is hazardous to human health

Pollution in China is one of the impacts of rapid industrialization and environmental oversight in China. Air pollution has become a major issue and a great threat to human health. In Beijing, the highest recorded level reached nearly 1,000 μg per cubic meter.

2012Jan 12
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"Porgy and Bess" opens on Broadway

Porgy and Bess is an English-language opera by the American composer George Gershwin, with a libretto written by author DuBose Heyward and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It was adapted from Dorothy Heyward and DuBose Heyward's play Porgy, itself an adaptation of DuBose Heyward's 1925 novel of the same name.

2010Jan 12
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Earthquake hits Haiti

The earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake with an epicenter approximately 25 kilometers west of Haiti's capital. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to about 160,000 to Haitian government figures from 220,000 to 316,000.

2008Jan 12
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Cristiano Ronaldo scores his first and only hat-trick for MU

Ronaldo scored his first and only hat-trick for Manchester United in a 6–0 win against Newcastle United, bringing United up to the top of the Premier League table. A month later, he captained United for the first time in a home win over Bolton and scored both goals of the match.

2007Jan 12
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Comet McNaught reaches perihelion

Comet McNaught, discovered on 7 August 2006 by Robert H. McNaught and also known as the Great Comet of 2007, was the brightest comet in over 40 years. On 1 January the comet reached perihelion, which is the point of the orbit where it is nearest to its orbital focus.

2006Jan 12
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Stoning of the Devil stampede

The 2006 Hajj stampede resulted in the deaths of at least 364 pilgrims during the Hajj in Mecca. The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca undertaken by able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime. It consists of a series of rites including the Stoning of the Devil, which is often regarded as the most dangerous part of the Hajj.

2005Jan 12
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Deep Impact probe is launched to Tempel 1 comet

The target of the probe was was periodic comet Tempel 1 from the Jupiter family. Deep impact released a projectile into the core of the comet. The impact energy was 19 GJ, which corresponds to 4.5 tons of TNT. The collision was visible from Earth. The probe studied the material released after the blast. Its mission was later extended. She observed several other comets.

2004Jan 12
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The world's largest ocean liner makes her maiden voyage

Built for Cunard Line, Queen Mary 2 succeeded RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 as the company’s flagship. She is capable of the maximum speed above 30 knots. She has fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the planetarium. The planetarium was the first ever built on a ship. The cost of RMS Queen Mary 2 was approximately 460 million pounds.

2003Jan 12
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The 29th People's Choice Awards are held

The 29th People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2002, were hosted by Tony Danza and broadcast on CBS. Award for the Favorite Motion Picture went to The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and Spider-Man. Faith Hill was awarded as the Favorite Female Musical Performer.

2001Jan 12
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Co-founder HP William Hewlett dies

William Redington Hewlett was an American engineer and the co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company. The almost whole professional life of William Hewlett is connected with HP company. He founded HP on January 1, 1939, and worked here until 1987. Hewlett served as a Director of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1969 to 1980.

1999Jan 12
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Bill Clinton sent a check for $850,000 to Paula Jones

Paula Jones is a former Arkansas state employee who sued U.S. President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. Several State Troopers claimed they had arranged sexual liaisons for Clinton. This showed up to be a conspiracy, later called Troopergate. However, Clinton paid the money to protect his reputation.

1998Jan 12
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Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning

Human cloning is the creation of a genetically identical copy of a human it has faced to ethical problems. On January 12, 1998, the President of France Jacques Chirac called for a global prohibition of human cloning. 19 nations included Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Moldova, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Macedonia, and Turkey signed an agreement banning any research and work involving genetic replication of human beings.

1997Jan 12
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The 23rd People's Choice Awards are held

The 23rd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 1996, were hosted by Don Johnson and Roma Downey and broadcast on CBS. Award for the Favorite Motion Picture went to Independence Day, Mel Gibson was awarded as the Favorite Motion Picture Actor and Sandra Bullock as the Favorite Motion Picture Actress.

1996Jan 12
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The first joint American-Russian military operation since WW II

The Implementation Force was a NATO-led multinational peace enforcement force in Bosnia in Operation Joint Endeavour with goals: ending of hostilities, authorization of military and civilian program going into effect, and the establishment of a central Bosnian government. USA was component of IFOR.

1995Jan 12
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Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA

The O. J. Simpson murder case was a criminal trial held at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in which former National Football League player, broadcaster, and actor Orenthal James Simpson was tried on two counts of murder, deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and restaurant waiter Ron Goldman.

1991Jan 12
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Congress authorizes Bush to use military force against Iraq

After a series of failed negotiations between major world powers and Iraq, the United States-led coalition forces launched a massive military assault on Iraq and Iraqi forces stationed in Kuwait. This was one of the starting incidents for the Gulf War.

1988Jan 12
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Canadian ice hockey player Claude Giroux is born

Claude Giroux is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. The Flyers selected Giroux 22nd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He was named team captain on January 13, 2013.

1987Jan 12
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The Broadway Theatre begins to sell tickets for Les Misérables

Les Misérables is a sung-through musical based on the 1862 novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The musical premiered in Paris in 1980 and has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. During the first week on Broadway, the show sets a new record $1,721,098.

1981Jan 12
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Soap opera "Dynasty" premieres on ABC-TV

Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989. The series revolves around the Carringtons, a wealthy family residing in Denver, Colorado. Dynasty stars John Forsythe as oil magnate Blake Carrington, Linda Evans as his new wife Krystle, and later Joan Collins as his former wife Alexis.

1976Jan 12
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Agatha Christie dies

Agatha Christie is known as 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She died aged 85 from natural causes at her home Winterbrook, Cholsey, Oxfordshire.

1974Jan 12
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English singer Melanie Chisholm is born

Melanie Chisholm, an English singer, songwriter, and actress was born as the only child, in Whiston, Lancashire. She is known as one of the five members of Spice Girls, where she held a nickname Sporty Spice. Besides that, she also performed solo, releasing a number of successful albums.

1974Jan 12
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The Steve Miller Band is at #1 on the US singles chart

Song The Joker from Steve Miller band is a single from their album The Joker. It was written by Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun, and Steve Miller, with the latter being the producer as well. The song managed to get to the top of US Billboard Hot 100. After over 16 years, it also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.

1969Jan 12
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Super Bowl III

Super Bowl III was the third AFL–NFL Championship Game in professional American football, and the first to officially bear the name "Super Bowl". The game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in American sports history. The AFL champion New York Jets defeated the NFL champion Baltimore Colts by a score of 16–7.

1969Jan 12
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Debut album of Led Zeppelin released

Led Zeppelin is the eponymous debut album by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It contains a mix of original material worked out in the first rehearsals, and covers and rearrangements of contemporary blues and folk songs.

1969Jan 12
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Croatia hero Robert Prosinečki is born is West Germany

Robert Prosinečki is a Croatian football manager and former football midfielder, working as a manager of Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. He is one of the few footballers to have played for both the Spanish rival clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

1968Jan 12
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Fashion designer Raf Simons is born

Raf Simons is a Belgian fashion designer, who began his career in furniture design. In 1995, he launched his own menswear label and in 2012, was announced as the creative director at Christian Dior. Simons resigned from Christian Dior 3 years later and in 2016, was announced as the new chief creative officer at Calvin Klein.

1967Jan 12
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The first human to be cryonically preserved

James Hiram Bedford was an American psychology professor at the University of California who wrote several books on occupational counseling. He is the first person whose body was cryopreserved after legal death, and who remains preserved at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

1964Jan 12
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Jeff Bezos is born

Jeffrey Preston Bezos is best known as the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, the world's largest online shopping retailer. The company began as an Internet merchant of books and expanded to a wide variety of products and services.

1960Jan 12
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Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

In the NBA, Dolph Schayes didn't miss a single game from 1952 to 1961, an NBA-record streak of 706 games. In 1960–61, he again led the league in free throws with 680. In 1961, he became the first player in NBA history to amass 30,000 career total PRA. He was the first person in the NBA to ever surpass 15,000 points.

1959Jan 12
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Rediscovery of the Caves of Nerja in Spain

The caves of Nerja are located near to the city of Nerja in Spain. It is a series of caverns and one of the major tourist attraction in Spain. The caves were discovered in 1959 by five friends who entered through one of the two natural entrances known as “La Mina”.

1959Jan 12
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Motown Records founded in Detroit

Motown is an American record company founded by Berry Gordy Jr. The company played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label. For many decades, Motown was the highest-earning African American business in the USA.

1949Jan 12
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Writer Haruki Murakami is born

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. His work has received numerous awards, including the World Fantasy Award, the Franz Kafka Prize, and the Jerusalem Prize.

1932Jan 12
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Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the Senate

Caraway represented Arkansas and was the first woman to preside over the Senate to serve a full term as a United States Senator. Lacking significant political backing, she accepted the offer of help from Huey Long, whose efforts to limit incomes of the wealthy and increase aid to the poor she had supported.

1909Jan 12
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Mathematican Hermann Minkowski dies

He created and developed the geometry of numbers and solved problems in number theory, mathematical physics, and the theory of relativity. He was a professor at Königsberg, Zürich and Göttingen. One of his students was Albert Einstein.

1907Jan 12
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Soviet rocket engineer Sergei Korolev is born

Sergei Pavlovich Korolev was born in Zhytomyr in today's Ukraine. He worked as lead Soviet rocket engineer and spacecraft designer during the space race between US and USSR in cold war and he was involved in the development of the R-7 Booster Rocket, and launching Laika and Yuri Gagarin into space.

1896Jan 12
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American psychologist David Wechsler is born

David Wechsler was a leading American psychologist. He is known for developing intelligence scales like WAIS or WISC. He was one of the most influential advocates of the role of nonintellective factors in testing. Between 1932 and 1967 he was a chief psychologist at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital.

1836Jan 12
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HMS Beagle reaches Sydney Australia

HMS Beagle was one of more than 100 ships of Cherokee-class of the Royal Navy. The vessel was launched on 11th May 1820 and between 1826 and 1843 HMS Beagle made three voyages. In the second one lasted from 1831 to 1836 it reached Sydney in Australia and continued to the end of a journey to Falmouth in England.

1736Jan 12
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American statesman John Hancock is born

John Hancock was an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

1723Jan 12
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Handel's opera "Ottone" premieres

Ottone was the first new opera written for the Royal Academy of Music's fourth season and had its first performance at the King's Theatre, Haymarket in London. Handel had assembled a cast of operatic superstars for this season and the opera became an enormous success.

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