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The world's biggest lottery jackpot ever

The price of the record $1.6 billion US Powerball jackpot was split between ticket holders in 3 states – Tennessee, California, and Florida. Each of the 3 winning tickets was worth $528.8 million. The winning numbers were 08 27 34 04 19 and Powerball 10. Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, DC and two US territories.

"The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins is published

The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller novel, which debuted at number-one on The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2015 list. By October 2016, the book had sold an estimated 15 million copies worldwide.

Fey and Poehler co-host Golden Globes for the first time

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosted. Les Misérables stole the night on the film side, with three awards. Django Unchained also collected two Golden Globes, for Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor and Quentin Tarantino for best screenplay. Michael Haneke's Amour took the best foreign language film award.

Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy

The Costa Concordia was one of the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise ships ever built. Thirty-two people died after the Costa Concordia ran aground with more than 4,000 passengers and crew. An investigation focused on the actions of the Italian captain, who allegedly left the ship prematurely.

The 65th Golden Globes ceremony is cancelled

The traditional awards ceremony did not take place. Instead, the winners were announced at a news conference. Atonement won the Golden Globe honor for best film drama and claimed a second award for best original score. In other film categories, Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor in a drama.


Brazil legend Ronaldo scores his final goals in European football

Manager of AC Milan Carlo Ancelotti started the three-man forward line made up of Kaká, Pato at his debut for AC Milan, and Ronaldo. It turned out, that this match was spectacular with AC Milan dominating in the second half after the score was 2-2 at the break. AC Milan side beat Napoli 5-2, Ronaldo scored two goals.


Goalkeeper David Seaman announced his retirement

Whilst out of action due to injury, Seaman announced his immediate retirement in January 2004 at the age of 40. His last act at Manchester City was to help Keegan select his successor in goal, David James — the man who had ousted him as England's first choice goalkeeper a little over a year earlier.

The 28th People's Choice Awards are held

They were hosted by Tony Danza. Tom Hanks was a double awarded, as he snagged favorite actor in both the motion picture and dramatic motion picture categories. Julia Roberts took home the favorite motion picture actress award. ER won favorite TV drama for the ninth consecutive year.

The world's longest-running musical ends

The Fantasticks is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It tells an allegorical story, loosely based on the play The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, concerning two neighboring fathers who trick their children, Luisa and Matt, into falling in love by pretending to feud.

Bill Gates steps down as Microsoft CEO

Bill Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft, however, he remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself. Since leaving day-to-day operations at Microsoft, Gates has continued his philanthropy and works on other projects.


Michael Jordan announces his second retirement

The National Basketball Association superstar Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls announces his retirement from professional basketball, for the second time. Jordan explained his decision to retire by saying he had lost the drive and desire that was necessary to continue playing at such a high level.


Figure skater Gabrielle Daleman is born

Gabrielle Daleman is a Canadian figure skater. She is a 2018 Olympic gold medalist in the team event, the 2017 World bronze medalist, 2017 Four Continents silver medalist, and two-time Canadian national champion. She represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.


Canadian ice hockey player Connor McDavid is born

Connor McDavid is a Canadian professional ice hockey center and captain for the Edmonton Oilers of the NHL. Considered the best player in the world by many colleagues and members of the news media, he was called the "most highly evolved hockey player of all-time" by The Sports Network in 2017.

The Oppenheimer Stadium Disaster

The Oppenheimer Stadium disaster, or Orkney Disaster, at the Oppenheimer Stadium in the city of Orkney in South Africa's North West province, was the second-worst sporting incident in South African history, with 42 deaths. The worst sporting incident in South Africa was the Ellis Park Stadium disaster in 2001.

The first African American governor in the U.S.

Douglas Wilder is an American politician, a Democrat, who served as the first African American to be elected as a governor. He has supported the death penalty since the 1970s. Wilder declared himself a candidate for President in 1992 but withdrew before primary season has ended.

Computers across Britain hit by Jerusalem virus

The virus infected EXE files each time they were loaded and caused them to grow in size until they were too large to load into memory. On Friday the 13th, all years but 1987, the virus deleted every program file that was executed. It also changed the well-known message “Bad command or file name” to “Bad Command or file name” which was an easy way to detect it.

BBC Radio 1 bans "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

The promotion of the song was intentionally courted with a scandal about its ad campaign. Ads featured images that were inappropriate at the time, accompanied by phrases of the same type. Later, disc jockey Mike Read announced his refusal to play it, which was soon followed by BBC Radio banning it from its shows.

English actor and producer Orlando Bloom is born

Orlando Bloom is best known for playing the elf warrior Legolas Greenleaf in the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings and role in Pirates of the Caribbean films. He became one of the hottest young properties in Hollywood, making Entertainment Weekly's "It list" in 2003.

The 1st woman to conduct at NYC Metropolitan Opera House

American opera conductor, producer, and impresario noted for her innovative productions of challenging and difficult works. Caldwell became the first female conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, conducting Verdi’s La Traviata with Beverly Sills in the title role.


The only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of an injury

Masterton suffered a severe internal brain injury during the first period of Minnesota's game against the Oakland Seals at the Met Center. He carried the puck up the ice at full speed, passing it off as two Seals defenders, Larry Cahan and Ron Harris, converged on him. Masterton was knocked backward in the resulting collision and landed on his head.

Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom State Prison

After two days of rehearsals in a Sacramento motel, Cash entered Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California. Cash held two concerts for the inmates, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Many of the songs were themed of prison, from the opening Folsom Prison Blues to the execution countdown 25 Minutes to Go.

American actor Patrick Dempsey is born

American actor Patrick Dempsey is best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Dempsey stars in Enchanted as a lawyer who falls for a princess from long ago who has been sent to modern times by an evil queen. He has earned a People's Choice Award for his work on the series.

Chubby Checker is at #1 on the US singles chart with "The Twist"

"The Twist" is an American pop song written and originally released in early 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side to "Teardrops on Your Letter". Ballard's version was a moderate 1960 hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Veep and Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is born

Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, and producer. In television comedy, she is known for her work in Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep. She is one of the most awarded actors in American television history.

The Gulag system of forced labor camps is officially abolished

Gulag was a forced-labor camp in the Soviet Union. The camps housed a wide range of convicts. The Gulag is recognized as a major instrument of political repression in the Soviet Union. The Russian penal system, despite reforms informally or formally continues many practices endemic to the Gulag system.

Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile

Henry Ford was a man obsessed with eschewing the status quo, one driven to continually improve any product or process he could. The Ford soybean car was named because its body panels were said to be constructed from a soy-based plastic. Henry hoped his new plastic material might replace the traditional metals used in cars.

The first use of aircraft ejection seat

The ejection seat vas patented in 1916 by British inventor Everard Calthrop. Later it was improved by Romanian inventor Anastase Dragomir in the 1920s. It was however not used until World War 2. The first aircraft equipped with the seat was German experimental jet Heinkel He 280. Test pilot Helmut Schenk was first who used it to save himself after his control surfaces iced up and became inoperative.

Black Friday bushfires

The Black Friday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, were among the worst wildfires in the world. Almost 20,000 km² of land was burned, 71 people died, several towns were entirely obliterated and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management. Over 1,300 homes and 69 sawmills were burned, and 3,700 buildings were destroyed. It was calculated that three-quarters of the State of Victoria was directly or indirectly affected by the disaster. The Royal Commission noted that "it appeared the whole State was alight on Friday, 13 January 1939".

South African biologist Sydney Brenner is born

In 2002, Sydney Brenner was awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He made significant contributions to work on the genetic code and other areas of molecular biology. He also founded the Molecular Sciences Institute in Berkeley, California.

One of Broadway's all-time greatest leading ladies is born

Gwyneth Evelyn "Gwen" Verdon was an American actress and dancer. She won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances and served as an uncredited choreographer's assistant and specialty dance coach for theater and film. Verdon was a critically acclaimed performer on Broadway in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

The first public radio broadcast

American inventor Lee de Forest performed the first public radio broadcast. It featured the voices of Enrico Caruso, Emmy Destinn and other Metropolitan Opera stars. The conductor was Egisto Tango. Members of the public and the press used earphones to listen to the broadcast in several locations throughout the city.


History of Turin derby begins

The Turin derby was first played in 1907. It was also the first competitive match of Torino after its founding in 1906. The rivalry stems from the fact that Torino was founded through a merger of Football Club Torinese and a group of Juventus dissidents, led by major financier Alfredo Dick.

Russian physicist Alexander Stepanovich Popov dies

Popov is considered an inventor of the radio in Russia and some eastern European countries. He actually developed a device similar to the radio. But he wanted to detect lightings. In March 1896 he used his invention to transmit a message between two buildings inside a university campus in St Petersburg. This day is celebrated as the radio day in Russia.

National Geographic Society is founded

It is a non-profit scientific and educational organization. Its main areas of interest are geography, archaeology, natural science, natural conservation, a study of world culture and history. The society publishes several magazines. The most important is called simply National Geographic. National Geographic also has a film and TV divisions.

Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"

Parsifal is an opera in three acts by German composer Richard Wagner. He wrote the text as early as 1857 and composed the music in the period 1877-1882. Completed and premiered the same year at the Bayreuth Festival, Parsifal was the culmination of a long career. It was the last opera that Wagner completed.

German physicist Wilhelm Wien is born

Wien's main areas of interest were heat and electromagnetism. He discovered the Wien's displacement law. It states that the black body radiation curve for different temperatures peaks at a wavelength inversely proportional to the temperature. It can be viewed as a less general form of the Planck's radiation law discovered several years later.

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