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Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars are at #1 on the US singles

"Uptown Funk" is a song recorded by British record producer Mark Ronson featuring American singer and songwriter Bruno Mars, for Ronson's fourth studio album, Uptown Special. RCA Records released the song as the album's lead single in 2014.

2013

Lance Armstrong admits to doping

Armstrong admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career, including all 7 Tour wins. During the interview, he stated that his "mythic, perfect story" was "one big lie", and attributed his denials to being "a guy who expected to get whatever he wanted, and to control every outcome."

Jos riots

The Jos riots were clashes between Muslim and Christian ethnic groups in central Nigeria. The first spate of violence of 2010 started in Jos and spread to surrounding communities. Houses, churches, mosques, and vehicles were set ablaze, during at least four days of fighting. At least 326 people, and possibly more than a thousand, were killed.

The 67th Golden Globes

The 67th Golden Globe Awards were hosted by Ricky Gervais and for the first time broadcast live. Up in the Air led with six nominations, followed by Nine with five and Avatar and Inglourious Basterds with four each. Avatar won awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.

Lady Gaga and Colby O'Donis are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Just Dance" is the debut single by American singer Lady Gaga. She co-wrote the song with Akon and its producer RedOne. It also features vocals from Colby O'Donis and was released in 2008 as the lead single from Gaga's debut studio album, The Fame. The song was written by Gaga in 10 minutes as "a happy record".

2008

American chess player Bobby Fischer dies

Robert James Fischer was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. In 2008, Fischer died at age 64 from renal failure at the Landspítali Hospital in Reykjavík. He had been suffering from degenerative renal failure. He originally had a urinary tract blockage but refused surgery or medication.

American microbiologist Albert Schatz dies

Schatz is known for his discovery of the antibiotic streptomycin. He isolated it from Streptomyces griseus. The substance stopped the growth of tubercle bacillus and several other penicillin-resistant bacteria in a petri dish. It works by blocking the ability of 30S ribosomal subunits to make proteins which results in bacterial death.

Nyiragongo eruption

Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano with an elevation of 3,470 meters located the Virunga Mountains in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. About 147 people died in the eruption of asphyxiation by carbon dioxide. The disaster also left about 120,000 people homeless.

English computer scientist Tom Kilburn dies

With his colleague Freddie Williams, Kilburn constructed the world's first RAM, the Williams–Kilburn tube. They used it in the first stored-program computer, the Small-Scale Experimental Machine, at the University of Manchester. Kilburn was involved in the development of five computers of great historical significance overall.

California in world's worst ever energy blackout

The California electricity crisis was a situation in which the United States state of California had a shortage of electricity supply caused by market manipulations, illegal shutdowns of pipelines by the Texas energy consortium Enron, and capped retail electricity prices. Blackouts affect several hundred thousand customers.

The 27th American Music Awards are held

The 27th American Music Awards awarded Will Smith as Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Shania Twain as Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Backstreet Boys as Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group and Supernatural by Santana as Favorite Pop/Rock Album. Achievement Award went to Mariah Carey.

"You’ve Come A Long Way Baby" is #1 on the UK album chart

You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album from Fatboy Slim, released internationally by Skint Records. The album became both critical and commercial success, as it contained four top ten singles. Album itself reached No. 1 on the UK albums chart, its success earning Slim a Brit Award in the same year.

All Saints score their first UK #1 single with "Never Ever"

Never Ever was released as the second single from the All Saints' first album. It debuted on number three on the UK Singles Chart and then proceeded to rose to No. 1 for a week. Even though it lost its top position, it stayed in the top ten for fifteen weeks, during its twenty-six weeks long stay on the chart.

Savage Garden are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Truly Madly Deeply" is a song by Australian pop band Savage Garden, released as the third single from their self-titled debut album in 1997 by Columbia Records, Roadshow Music and Sony Records. It won the 1997 ARIA Music Award for Single of the Year and Highest Selling Single along it nominated for ARIA Music Award for Song of the Year.

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh dies

Tombaugh is known because of his discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto in 1930. Pluto was considered a planet for until reclassification in 2006. It was the first object from the Kuiper belt ever observed. The Kuiper belt is a disc of small objects extending from the orbit of Neptune (30 astronomical units, AU) to the distance around 50 AU.

1996

Steve Yzerman scores his 500th goal in NHL

Steve Yzerman is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and current general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time. Yzerman spent his entire NHL playing career with the Detroit Red Wings.

Vampire crime thriller "From Dusk Till Dawn" is released

From Dusk Till Dawn is a 1996 American crime and horror film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Tarantino, and Juliette Lewis. After enjoying modest success at the box office, it has since become a cult film.

The Czech Republic applies for membership of the EU

The Czech Republic submitted its application for membership and the accession negotiations between the Czech Republic and EU opened in March 1998. The Treaty of Accession was signed in Athens on 16 April 2003. On 1 May 2004, the Czech Republic became a full-fledged member of the EU.

Great Hanshin earthquake

The Great Hanshin earthquake occurred at 05:46:53 JST in the southern part of Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, known as Hanshin. It measured 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale. About 6,434 people were killed. This was Japan's 2nd worst earthquake in the 20th century.

Northridge earthquake

The 1994 Northridge earthquake had its epicenter in Reseda, a neighborhood in the north-central San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. It had a duration of approximately 10–20 seconds. The blind thrust earthquake had a moment magnitude of 6.7. It killed 57 persons and injured more than 8,700.

Operation Desert Storm

The Gulf War, codenamed Operation Desert Shield for operations leading to the buildup of troops and defense of Saudi Arabia and Operation Desert Storm in its combat phase, was a war waged by coalition forces from 35 nations led by the United States against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.

American actress Nikki Reed is born

Nicky Reed is an American actress, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, and model mostly known for her portrayal of vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga. She is married to actor Ian Somerhalder with whom she has a child. She is widely interested in animal rights and volunteers at animal shelters.

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris is born

Calvin Harris is a Scottish record producer, DJ, singer, and songwriter. His debut studio album I Created Disco was released in June 2007. Harris appeared on Debrett's 2017 list of the most influential people in the United Kingdom. He runs his own record label, Fly Eye Records.

The 10th American Music Awards are held

The 10th American Music Awards awarded John Cougar and Rick Springfield as Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Olivia Newton-John as Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Daryl Hall & John and Oates as Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group and Always On My Mind by Willie Nelson as Favorite Pop/Rock Album. Award of Merit went to Kenny Rogers.

Martial law is lifted by Ferdinand Marcos

Proclamation No. 1081 was the proclamation of Martial Law in the Philippines by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The proclamation cited the need "to save the Republic and reform society," from infiltration by "lawless elements" that were being propped up by a foreign power that sought to overthrow his democratically elected government.

New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is born

Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, model and singer-songwriter. She made her film debut in Mumford and next obtained a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's film Almost Famous. Deschanel is known for her deadpan comedy roles in films such as Elf, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Failure to Launch, Yes Man, and 500 Days of Summer.

Barry Manilow is at #1 on the US singles chart

"I Write the Songs" is a popular song written by Bruce Johnston in 1975 and made famous by Barry Manilow. Manilow's version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1976 after spending two weeks atop the Billboard adult contemporary chart. It won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and was nominated for Record of the Year in 1977.

1971

English race car driver Richard Burns is born

Richard Burns was a British rally driver who won the 2001 World Rally Championship. His co-driver in his whole career was Robert Reid. Burns was known for his smooth, methodical driving style, which was unusual for such a young driver of his generation. He died at the age of 34 as a result of a brain tumor.

1968

New Barcelona President coins the phrase “more than a club”

Narcis de Carreras i Guiteras was a Spanish lawyer and president of FC Barcelona. Politically close to the Catalan Regionalist League in his youth, he chaired FC Barcelona between 1968 and 1969. He coined the phrase "Barça is more than a club", which would later be adopted as the motto, "mes que un club", still used by the Catalan outfit today. He became president of La Caixa in 1972.

Palomares B-52 crashes

The Palomares B-52 crash occurred when a B-52G bomber of the United States Air Force's Strategic Air Command collided with a KC-135 tanker during mid-air refueling at 31,000 feet over the Mediterranean Sea. The KC-135 was destroyed, killing all four crew members. The B-52G broke apart, killing three of the seven crew members.

The 46th First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama is born

Michelle Obama is an Americal lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Obama became a fashion icon, a role model for women, and an advocate for poverty awareness, nutrition, physical activity, and healthy eating.

USS Nautilus begins the first nuclear-powered test voyage

USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine. In 1958 she completed a submerged transit of the North Pole for the first time in history. Later she broke many other records. Her ship's patch was designed by The Walt Disney Company. The submarine has been preserved as a museum ship.

1953

Ken Rosewall wins his first Grand Slam title

Former world top-ranking amateur and professional tennis player from Australia Ken Rosewall defeated his opponent Mervyn Rose 6–0, 6–3, 6–4 in the final to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 1953 Australian Championships.

The first synchrotron is started in Berkeley

A synchrotron is a particular design of particle accelerator, a machine that uses electromagnetic fields to propel charged particles to nearly light speed and to contain them in well-defined beams. In the synchrotron, the field is synchronized to the increasing kinetic energy of the particles. Most powerful accelerators of the world are synchrotrons.

VW delivers first Beetle cars to USA

The Beetle was delivered to Ben Pon, a Dutch businessman, and the world’s first official Volkswagen importer. Later, Volkswagen shipped thousands more to the U.S. in the early 1950s, as the Beetle was perceived as America's budget car. In the 1960s, its sales grew into the hundreds of thousands.

Warsaw is liberated by Soviet Russian troops

After Stalin mobilized 180 divisions against the Germans in Poland and East Prussia, Gen. Georgi Zhukov’s troops crossed the Vistula north and south of the Polish capital, liberating the city from Germans and grabbing it for the USSR. By that time, Warsaw’s prewar population of approximately 1.3 million had been reduced to a mere 153,000.

1942

American professional boxer and activist Muhammad Ali is born

Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., was an American professional boxer, activist, and philanthropist. Nicknamed "The Greatest", he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest boxers of all time.

"Gone with the Wind" is released in the US

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film, adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name. The film was produced by David O. Selznick of Selznick International Pictures and directed by Victor Fleming.

American actor James Earl Jones is born

James Earl Jones is an American actor. His career has spanned more than 60 years, and he has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest actors in American history". Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has won many awards, including a Tony Award for his role in The Great White Hope.

Edwin Hubble discovers that the Universe is expanding

Hubble found a roughly linear relationship between the distances of the galaxies and their redshifts. The discovery later became known as Hubble's law, however, wasn't first who noticed it. The law led to the development of the Big Bang model. The expansion is an intrinsic property of the cosmos. The scale of space itself changes.

TV actress and The Golden Girls star Betty White is born

Betty Marion White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress and comedian, with the longest television career of any female entertainer. Regarded as a pioneer of television, she was one of the first women to have controlled both in front of and behind the camera and is recognized as the first woman to produce a sitcom.

Captain Robert Scott's expedition arrives at the South Pole

Scott and his companions found that that the Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen had preceded them by 34 days. Scott's entire party died on the return journey from the pole; some of their bodies, journals, and photographs were found by a search party eight months later. Their fade shaded more successful Amundsen.

English Victorian statistician Francis Galton dies

Galton was a polymath. His most important contribution to science is the concept of statistical correlation. He contributed too many other fields, introduced the use of questionnaires for collecting data on human communities. Galton was a proponent of eugenics, coining the term itself. He also invented the phrase "nature versus nurture.”

American crime boss Al Capone is born

Alphonse Gabriel Capone, sometimes known by the nickname "Scarface", was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33.

Captain James Cook becomes the first to cross Antarctic Circle

His ships, HMS Resolution, and HMS Adventure became separated in the fog. Cook on board Discovery almost encountered the mainland of Antarctica but turned to resupply. Adventure, commanded by Tobias Furneaux, sailed to New Zealand. Furneaux lost some of his men during an encounter with Māori. Then he made his way back to Britain.

Benjamin Franklin is born

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and campaigning for colonial unity. His legacy of scientific and political achievement have seen Franklin honored on coinage and the $100 bill, warships, and the names of many towns etc.

Italian opera composer Pier Francesco Cavalli dies

Francesco Cavalli was an Italian composer of the early Baroque period. Cavalli was the most influential composer in the rising genre of public opera in mid-17th-century Venice. Cavalli's operas make use of a small orchestra of strings and basso continuo to meet the limitations of public opera houses.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Lucy Boynton

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Muhammad Ali

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