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Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira rides the largest-ever wave

Maya Reis Gabeira is a Brazilian big wave surfer. Gabeira surfed a 20m wave in Nazare, PT, recorded in the Guiness Book of Records as the biggest wave surfed by a female surfer. Gabeira took on the record-breaking wave just five years after nearly being killed during a bad wipe out in the same beach in 2013.

Colima volcanic eruption

Colima volcano, one of the most active volcanos in Mexico and in North America, experienced another strong explosion. The eruption spewed volcanic ash up to 13 123 feet above the crater. Since 1576, the volcano has erupted more than 40 times.

Rigopiano avalanche

A major avalanche occurred on Gran Sasso d'Italia massif struck luxury resort Hotel Rigopiano in Pescara, in Abruzzo. It killed twenty-nine people and injured eleven others. This avalanche is the deadliest in Italy since the White Friday avalanches in 1916.

Cyclone Kyrill

Cyclone Kyrill was a low-pressure area that evolved into an unusually violent European windstorm, forming an extratropical cyclone with hurricane-strength winds. It formed over Newfoundland and moved across the Atlantic Ocean reaching Ireland and Great Britain. The storm then crossed the North Sea making landfall on the German and Dutch coasts.


Kristine Lilly becomes the first female player to reach 300 caps

Lilly made her 300th international appearance in a game against Norway. In the same match, she equaled Michelle Akers for second place on the team's all-time goal scoring list with 105. Lilly was named as a finalist for the 2006 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year. She finished 2nd in the voting to Brazil's Marta.

The Airbus A380 is unveiled in Toulouse, France

This plane is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by European manufacturer Airbus. It is the largest passanger airliner so far. It is equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines It first flew on 27 April 2005. It's cruise speed is Mach 0.85 (903 km/h).

'Urinetown' closes after 965 performances

Urinetown debuted at the New York International Fringe Festival and then was produced Off-Broadway at the American Theatre for Actors. The musical then opened on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre, totaling 25 previews and 965 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three.

American physician Belding Hibbard Scribner dies

He was a pioneer in kidney dialysis. With Wayne Quinton, and David Dillard, Scribner invented a breakthrough device, the Scribner shunt. It was an early dialysis machine, which saved many lives. The first patient treated was Clyde Shields; due to treatment with the new shunt technique, he survived his chronic renal failure for more than eleven years.

'Ragtime' opens at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. The musical had its world premiere in Toronto, where it opened at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts produced by Canadian impresario Garth Drabinsky and his Livent Inc., the Toronto-production company he headed.

The 55th Golden Globes are held

The most memorable moments were when Christine Lahti was announced as the winner of Best Actress in a Television Drama, she was in the restroom and came out a few minutes later to accept. After winning Best Actor, Ving Rhames brought fellow nominee Jack Lemmon on stage to give his award to the elder actor.

Cameron’s hit 'Titanic' wins Golden Globe for Best Drama

James Cameron did not receive any major mainstream filmmaking awards prior to Titanic. For Titanic, he won several, including Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing. Cameron is one of the few filmmakers to win 3 Oscars in a single evening and Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director.


Interleague play

In Major League Baseball, Interleague play enables American League and National League teams to play against each other. None of the contests was counted toward official team or league records, unlike modern interleague play. However, there are certain controversies around it.

The 49th Golden Globes are held

The 49th Golden Globes awarded the best in film and television for 1991. A film Bugsy by Barry Levinson won the Best Drama. The award for the Best Actor in a drama went to Nick Nolte for his role in a film The Prince of Tides and Jodie Foster was chosen as the Best Actress for a drama The Silence of Lambs.

Washington, D.C. Mayor is arrested for drug possession

Marion Barry was and American politician who served as the second Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. In the 1960s he was involved in the Civil Rights Movement. In 1990 he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and hence was arrested by FBI.

Astronomers discover pulsar in remnants of Supernova 1987A

It was a solar explosion approximately 168 thousand light years from the solar system in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. Two years later astronomers find a residue of the explosion‒ a pulsar (rotating neutron star) ‒ in the location of the supernova. Its existence is, however, not confirmed.

Dionne & Friends are at #1 on the US singles chart

That's What Friends Are For is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. A cover version by "Dionne & Friends", was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the number-one single in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year.

Price of silver reached historical peak at $49.45 per troy ounce

The price for silver jumped from $6.08 per troy ounce to a record high of $49.45 per troy ounce, which represented an increase of 713%. Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt, who had been attempting to corner the market in silver for some time, were estimated to hold one-third of the entire world supply of silver.

Scientists identify cause of the Legionnaires' disease

Legionnaires' disease was first observed in 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among attendees of an American Legion convention held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. 182 attendees contracted the disease and 29 of them died. A year later the causative agent was identified as a previously unknown bacterium subsequently named Legionella.

Granville rail disaster

A crowded commuter train derailed, running into the supports of a road bridge that collapsed onto two of the train's passenger carriages. It is the worst rail disaster in Australian history. 84 people died, more than 210 were injured, and 1,300 were affected.

Barry Manilow is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Mandy'

Mandy is a song originally written by Scott English and Richard Kerr. Barry Manilow's cover version of Mandy reached the top of the US Hot 100 Singles Chart. Later on, it was recorded by many other artists. The song was a UK #1 hit in 2003 for Irish boyband Westlife.

Johnny Preston tops US singles chart with 'Running Bear'

"Running Bear" is a song written by Jiles Perry Richardson and sung most famously by Johnny Preston. The 1959 recording featured background vocals by Richardson and George Jones. It was No. 1 for 3 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.


Willie O'Ree is the first black player in NHL

Willie Eldon O'Ree is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player, known best for being the first black player in NHL. O'Ree played as a winger for the Boston Bruins and is referred to as the "Jackie Robinson of ice hockey" due to breaking the black color barrier in the sport.

Volcanic eruption of Mount Lamingdon

Mount Lamington is an andesitic stratovolcano in the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea, which rises to 1680 m above the coastal plain north of the Owen Stanley Range. Its eruption caused 3,000 deaths and more than 5,000 were made homeless. The area of extreme damage extended over a radius of about 12 km.

The Met hosts a jazz concert for the first time

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York is hosting a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Shostakovitch's opera 'The Nose' premieres in Leningrad

Shostakovich's first opera, a satirical work completed in 1928 based on Nikolai Gogol's story of the same name. The stage premiere, conducted by Samuil Samosud, took place at the Maly Operny Theatre. It opened to generally poor reviews and widespread incomprehension amongst musicians.

The first shipboard landing of a plane

American aviator Eugene Burton Ely landed his Curtiss Pusher airplane on a platform on the armored cruiser USS Pennsylvania anchored in San Francisco Bay. Ely told a reporter: "It was easy enough. I think the trick could be successfully turned nine times out of ten." The landing was the first ever use of a tailhook system, designed and built by circus performer and aviator Hugh Robinson.

Dutch ophthalmologist Herman Snellen dies

He Introduced the Snellen chart to study visual acuity. A person taking the test covers one eye from 6 metres and reads aloud the letters of each row, beginning at the top. The smallest row that can be read accurately indicates the visual acuity in that specific eye. The chart was later developed into similar but more practical LogMAR chart.

Captain James Cook stumbles over Hawaiian Islands

Cook discovered the islands during his third voyage. He named them the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was one of his sponsors as the First Lord of the Admiralty. The name was in use until the 1840s, when the local name "Hawaii" gradually began to take precedence.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1971

Pep Guardiola

born 1971

Junko Furuta

born 1955

Kevin Costner

born 1969

Dave Bautista