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2018

LeBron James joins 30k NBA points club

James became the youngest ever to join the NBA's 30,000-point club. He was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heart and said "thank you so much."

Eminem and Ed Sheeran are at #1 on the UK singles chart with "River"

"River" is a song by American rapper Eminem featuring guest vocals by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. It is the fifth track from his ninth solo studio album Revival. The song was written by Mathers, Sheeran and Emile Haynie, and produced by Haynie. The song details the struggles of a failing relationship that culminates in an abortion.

Plasco Building collapses during a fire

A fire started on the 9th floor at around 07:50 local time. The building was occupied at the time by its residents. 10 fire brigades arrived to fight the blaze. The combined brigades had been trying to stop the fire for hours, while assuring that the building had been evacuated, when the building's north wall collapsed without warning.

Hotel Rigopiano avalanche

A major avalanche occurred on Gran Sasso d'Italia massif, one of the mountains above Rigopiano, hitting a 4-star hotel in Pescara, in Abruzzo. The avalanche struck the luxury resort Hotel Rigopiano, killing 29 people and injuring eleven others. The avalanche is the deadliest in Italy since the White Friday avalanches in 1916.

China published its slowest GDP growth in 25 years

China's economic growth slowed to a low of 6.9 percent in 2015. Full-year 2015 growth was the lowest since sanctions imposed on Beijing following its crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement.

United States blizzard is formed

The blizzard produced up to 3 ft of snow in parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. Approximately 103 million people were affected by the storm, with 33 million people under blizzard warnings. More than 13,000 flights were canceled in relation to the storm.

Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by Curiosity Rover

They are similar to those seen on Earth when water circulates in cracks and rock fractures. The main goal of the mission was to determine whether Mars could ever have supported life. Water presence is crucial for life as we know it. Curiosity rower operated on Aeolis Palus plain inside the Gale Crater, which could have been filled with water to some degree in the past.

Banking bailout

After Royal Bank of Scotland announced the biggest corporate losses in British history, the British banking shares in it fell over 67% in a single day. The shares in all other British banks also decreased substantially. The shares in Lloyds Banking Group collapsed by 33%, in Barclays by 10%, and in HSBC by 6%.

New Horizons launches to Pluto

Atlas-V rocket gave the probe a record speed of 16.26 kilometres per second. The speed was later increased by gravity assist of Jupiter. Primary mission of the probe was to perform a flyby study of the Pluto system. New Horizons is the fifth artificial object to achieve the escape velocity that will allow her to leave the Solar System.

Fantasy drama Charmed celebrates its 100th episode

Charmed is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. Centennial Charmed is the 12th episode of the fifth season and the 100th overall episode of Charmed.

The 60th Golden Globes

The 60th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 2002, awarded The Hours as Best Motion Picture – Drama and Chicago as Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The award for Best Director went to Martin Scorsese for Gangs of New York.

Usher is at #1 on the US singles chart with "U Got It Bad"

"U Got It Bad" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week before being replaced for 4 weeks by Nickelback's "How You Remind Me". "U Got It Bad" then returned to number one, going on to stay atop for 5 consecutive weeks. With the song and previous single "U Remind Me", Usher was the only solo male act of 2001 to have a number 1 hit on the Hot 100.

The 54th Golden Globes

The 54th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1996, awarded The English Patient as Best Film – Drama and Evita as Best Film – Musical or Comedy. The award for Best Director went to Miloš Forman for The People vs. Larry Flynt.

1996

NHL approves move of Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix

American businessmen Steven Gluckstern and Richard Burke originally planned to move the team to Minnesota, but eventually moved the team to Arizona and hence Winnipeg Jets became Phoenix Coyotes. The original Winnipeg Jets played their last game on April 28, 1999.

Janet Jackson is at #1 on the US singles chart

Love Will Never Do (Without You) is a song recorded by American singer Janet Jackson. It was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song was released as the 7th single from the album by A&M Records. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 1 week and the Radio & Records airplay chart for 3 weeks.

1991

Austrian ski racer dies after big crash during race

During training for the Lauberhorn race, while entering the finish S, Reinstadler lost control and crashed into safety nets at full speed, where one of his skis became trapped. Reinstadler suffered a pelvic fracture and severe internal injuries as his organs bled out onto the slope. He died later the same night at a hospital in Interlaken, even after undergoing several blood transfusions.

Western Dances with the Wolves wins three Golden Globes

Dances with Wolves is a 1990 American epic Western movie starring, directed and produced by Kevin Costner. The movie won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. The movie is credited as a leading influence for the revitalization of the Western genre of filmmaking in Hollywood.

The first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild

The first IBM PC virus in the "wild" was a boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, which is considered to be the first computer virus for MS-DOS, created in 1986 by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter unauthorized copying of the software they had written.

The youngest Oscar-winning director is born

Damien Chazelle received widespread recognition in 2016 for writing and directing the musical film La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. It emerged as one of the highest-grossing musicals of all time and received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, winning 6, including Best Director, making Chazelle the youngest winner in that category.

"Brass In Pocket" gives The Pretenders their first UK #1

Brass in Pocket was produced by Chris Thomas and released as a third single by The Pretenders. It was a big success for the band, as the song scored No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, holding its position there for two weeks. It also made the song the first new No. 1 single of the 80s.

Pink Floyd’s "The Wall" starts a 15-week run at #1 on the US chart

The Wall is the eleventh album by Pink Floyd. After release, it initially received mixed critical response, however, it was commercially successful. The Wall managed to top the US Billboard 200 chart for 15 weeks, making it one of the best selling albums of all time, and the band's second best selling one.

1980

English race car driver Jenson Button is born

Jenson Button is a British racing driver. He won the 2009 Formula One World Championship, driving for Brawn GP. From the 306 races that Button has started, he has won 15, with a total of 50 podium finishes. He is involved in charitable work through the creation of The Jenson Button Trust.

Michael Jackson is at #1 with "Rock With You"

Rock with You is a song recorded by American singer Michael Jackson. It reached number one on both the US Billboard pop and R&B charts. On the former, "Rock with You" spent 4 consecutive weeks at the number one spot. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980. It is also considered one of the last hits of the disco era.

The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant

The Volkswagen Beetle is a two-door, four-passenger, rear-engine economy car that was manufactured and marketed by German automaker Volkswagen from 1938 until 2003. The last German-made cars were assembled at Emden in 1978, after which the Puebla, Mexico plant became the principal source of Beetle production.

1977

Former Cameroon right-back Lauren is born

Lauren is a retired Cameroonian footballer of Equatoguinean origin, who formerly played as a right back for the Cameroonian national team. As an Arsenal player, he won several trophies and is known as one of the 'Invincibles'. He also won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Cameroon. He also holds Spanish citizenship due to being raised in Spain.

1969

Real Madrid and Yugoslavia striker Predrag Mijatovic is born

Predrag "Peđa" Mijatović is a retired professional footballer who played as a striker. At club level, Mijatović played for 6 different clubs: Budućnost Podgorica, Partizan, Valencia, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Levante. At international level, he played for the Yugoslavia national team at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and at UEFA Euro 2000.

Indira Gandhi is elected the first female PM of India

Indira Gandhi was the first female Prime Minister of India. She served as Prime Minister from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984. She was assassinated by Sikh nationalists in 1984. Gandhi was known for her political ruthlessness and an unprecedented centralization of power.

German mathematician and physicist Theodor Kaluza dies

He is known for the known for the Kaluza–Klein theory. It unifies gravity and electromagnetism by adding one more dimension to the beyond the usual four of space and time. Kaluza–Klein theory is considered a precursor of String theory, which was a candidate for the theory of everything that fully explains and links together all physical aspects of the universe.

Actress Katey Segal is born

Catherine Louise Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for playing Peggy Bundy on Married... with Children, Leela on Futurama, and Cate Hennesy on 8 Simple Rules. She is also widely known for her role as Gemma Teller Morrow on the FX series Sons of Anarchy, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2011.

Dolly Parton is born

Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, in a remote rural area of Sevier County, Tennessee as a fourth child at the time. Parton began started singing on local radio and TV programs when she was a child. At the age of 13, she was recording the single Puppy Love and from then on, she pursued the singing career further.

English writer Julian Barnes is born

Julian Patrick Barnes is an English writer. Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his book The Sense of an Ending, and three of his earlier books had been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He has also written crime fiction under the pseudonym Dan Kavanagh. In addition to novels, Barnes has published collections of essays and short stories.

U.S. millionaire Howard Hughes flies over America in record time

Howard Hughes, flying the H-1 Racer fitted with longer wings, set a record by flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Newark in 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 25 seconds. He beat his own previous record. Hughes' average ground speed over the flight was 322 mph.

Neon light is patented

The inventor, French engineer Georges Claude, was called "the Edison of France." Several people developed similar devices before him. Claude, however, solved two technical problems that substantially shortened the working life of neon and some other gas discharge tubes. He gave birth to a neon lighting industry.

Soviet economist Leonid Kantorovich is born

He is known for his theory and development of techniques for the optimal allocation of resources. He is regarded as the founder of linear programming. It is a method to achieve the best outcome (such as maximum profit or lowest cost) in a mathematical model whose requirements are represented by linear relationships.

James Dewar produces solid air

He successfully produced solid air at the meeting of the Royal Institution using a device which is now called the Dewar or simply vacuum flask. It was one glass vessel inside another, the double walls separated by a thin vacuum layer. This kept the liquids cold for longer periods of time. Vacuum flasks are used domestically to keep beverages hot or cold.

Jules Massenet's opera "Manon" premieres in Paris

Manon is an opéra comique in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel by Abbé Prévost. Manon is Massenet's most popular and enduring opera and, having "quickly conquered the world's stages", it has maintained an important place in the repertory since its creation.

First electric lighting system goes into service

It was built by Thomas Edison in Roselle, New Jersey, as part of an experiment to prove that an entire community could be lit by electricity from a central generating station. A steam-driven generator sent power through the wires to a store, the town's railway depot, forty houses and hundred and fifty streetlights.

Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore" premieres in Rome

Il trovatore is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto largely written by Salvadore Cammarano, based on the play El trovador by Antonio García Gutiérrez. Today, in its Italian version, Trovatore is given very frequently and is a staple of the standard operatic repertoire.

Dutch astronomer Jacobus Kapteyn is born

He is known for his observation of galactic rotation. Kapteyn was observing the motion of stars in the Milky Way on the background of background of the more distant objects. He noticed that this motion is not random and could be divided into two streams, moving in nearly opposite directions. This later led to the finding of galactic rotation by Bertil Lindblad and Jan Oort.

Poet Edgar Allan Poe is born

Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. Many of Poe’s works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” became literary classics. Some aspects of Poe’s life is shrouded in mystery.

Robert E. Lee is born

Robert E. Lee was an American general known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862 until his surrender in 1865. Lee became the great Confederate hero of the War, a postwar icon of the "Lost Cause of the Confederacy" to some.

Scottish inventor James Watt is born

He greatly improved older design of steam engine by Thomas Newcomen into new Watt steam engine. It was much more effective, powerful and cheaper than all older types. Watt later adapted the engine to produce rotary motion, greatly broadening its use. Watts’s invention was fundamental for the Industrial revolution.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1963

John Bercow

born 1992

Mac Miller

born 1946

Dolly Parton

died 2000

Hedy Lamarr