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Former soccer Player George Weah becomes Liberia’s president

Weah was sworn in as president, making him the 4th youngest serving president in Africa, marking Liberia's first democratic transition in 74 years. He cited fighting corruption, reforming the economy, combating illiteracy and improving life conditions as the main targets of his presidency. Two other world-class African strikers, Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o, attended the inauguration.

Papua New Guinea eartquake

The earthquake in Papua New Guinea had a moment magnitude of 7.9. Three people were killed during the quake and one was injured. It also caused damage to the Arawa area and parts of central Bougainville, while a power outage occurred in Buka.

Donetsk trolley-bus explosion

Several shells exploded in Donetsk at 42 Kuprina Street, a highly populated place during peak hours, immediately killing 7 people on a trolleybus and in a car nearby. Members of the OSCE SMM mission observed craters suggesting "a mortar or an artillery piece" being fired from a "north-western direction". By late evening, the death toll reached 15, with 20 injured.

Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres

The discovery was made using Herschel space telescope. According to astronomers Ceres contains rock in its interior with a thick mantle of ice that, if melted, would amount to more fresh water than is present on Earth. The mass of the dwarf planet is around 0.00015 Earths. It is the largest body in the asteroid belt.

Conan O'Brien's last Tonight Show episode

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien was a late night talk show. After the show has been on air for seven months, NBC announced an intention to move Jay Leno to his original time slot at 11:35 pm, with O'Brien's show starting after midnight. In response to that, O'Brien stated that he would not continue as host of the show.

British actress Jean Simmons dies aged 80

Simmons died from lung cancer at her home on 22 January 2010, nine days before her 81st birthday, surrounded by her family. She was among the finest, most beautiful British movie actresses of the postwar years. She was one of only two from that great 1940s flourishing of our native industry under J Arthur Rank to become a major star in Hollywood.

The Golden Raspberry Awards announces picks for worst films

In line with Razzies tradition, both the nominee announcements and ceremony preceded the corresponding Academy Awards functions by one day. The golden raspberry awards announce picks for worst film achievement, with both Little Man and Basic instinct 2 leading with 7 nominations.

2006

Kobe Bryant scores a career-high 81 points in against Toronto

Kobe Bryant is an American retired professional basketball player and businessman. Throughout his 20-year career, he played with the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. Bryant scored the second most points in a single game in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point game in 1962.

The Arctic Monkeys score their second UK #1 single

"When the Sun Goes Down" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. It was released in January 2006 as the second single from their debut studio album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. It followed debut single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" to number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Donald Trump weds future first lady Melania Knauss

Trump married his third wife, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida. A year later, Melania became a United States citizen and gave birth to their only son, Barron. Melania became First Lady when Trump became president in 2017.

Last successful contact with spacecraft Pioneer 10

Pioneer 10 is an American space probe, launched in 1972, that completed the first mission to the planet Jupiter. Thereafter, Pioneer 10 became the first of five artificial objects to achieve the escape velocity that will allow them to leave the Solar System. Radio communications were lost with Pioneer at a distance of 12 billion kilometres from Earth.

Lottie Williams is hit in the shoulder by space junk

Oklahoma woman, Lottie Williams, was uninjured when she was hit in the shoulder by a 10 × 13 cm piece of blackened, woven metallic material confirmed as part of the propellant tank of a Delta II rocket owned by U.S. Air Force. As of December 2017, she is the only person ever hit by a piece of space debris.

The 51st Golden Globes

The 51st Golden Globe Awards honored Schindler's List by Steven Spielberg as Best Film – Drama. Spielberg also got an award for Best Director. Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen was selected as Best Original Song. The awards for Best Actors in Drama went to Tom Hanks and Holly Hunter.

"All For Love" is at #1 on the US singles chart

All for Love is a song written for the soundtrack The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. In the US, the single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It remained atop the charts for 3 weeks. It sold 1.2 million copies domestically and earned a platinum certification from the RIAA. The Swedish band E.M.D. released a cover of the song, peaking at number one in their native country.

Kojak star Telly Savales loses his battle with cancer

Savalas died just one day after his 70th birthday, of complications of cancer of the bladder and prostate at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, California. He had lived at the Sheraton in Universal City for 20 years, becoming such a fixture at the hotel bar that it was renamed Telly's.

Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the Internet worm

His program is called the Morris worm. It was one of the first computer worms distributed via the Internet. It was the first to gain significant mainstream media attention. Morris said the worm was designed to gauge the size of the Internet. Even so, Robert Morris became the first person convicted under the then-new Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Mendiola massacre

The Mendiola massacre was an incident that took place in Mendiola Street, San Miguel, Manila, Philippines, in which state security forces violently dispersed a farmers' march to Malacañang Palace in protest of the lack of government action on land reform. According to reports, antiriot personnel guised as civilians opened fire on unarmed protesters killing at least 12 and injuring 51 protesters.

The iconic Apple 1984 ad aired in national TV

The Macintosh was Apple's first mass-market personal computer featuring an integral graphical user interface and a mouse. It was introduced in a commercial, which alluded to George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, during the third quarter of Super Bowl.

UK paralyzed with "day of action", biggest strike since 1926

Public sector strike was the first of a series of strikes. They are demanding a £60 minimum wage for manual workers and a 35-hour week. This is the beginning of "the winter of discontent". The strikes continued until 14 February, when the government sealed an uneasy pact with the unions.

The court announces its decision in the case of Roe vs. Wade

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion. The Court ruled that it is a woman's decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state's interests in regulating abortions: protecting women's health and protecting the potentiality of human life.

American actor and producer Gabriel Macht is born

Gabriel Macht is an American actor known for his role as Harvey Specter on the USA Network series Suits, which he also co-produces. He is married to the Australian actress Jacinda Barret whom he has two children with. He is a vegetarian and practices green and sustainable living.

David Bowie ‘comes out’ as bisexual

Bowie declared himself gay in an interview with Michael Watts for a 1972 issue of Melody Maker, coinciding with his campaign for stardom as Ziggy Stardust. According to Buckley, "If Ziggy confused both his creator and his audience, a big part of that confusion centred on the topic of sexuality".

John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Power to the People"

Power to the People is a song written by John Lennon, credited to John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. It peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song's first appearance on an album was the 1975 compilation Shaved Fish.

The Boeing 747 enters commercial service for Pan Am Airways

The Boeing 747 is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft and it was the first wide-body produced. Before it's first flight, it was christened by the former First Lady of the United States Pat Nixon and sprayed with red, white and blue water.

"Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" opens on Off-Broadway

Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. Brel's songs were translated into English by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, who also provided the story. The original Off-Broadway production ran for 4 years and spawned international and regional productions, as well as a West End production and Off-Broadway revival, among others.

Apollo 5 launched

It was an unmanned mission. Its main purpose was to test the lunar module, in particular its descent and ascent engine systems, and its ability to separate the ascent and descent stage. The test took place on the low Earth orbit. It was successful. It was the first fire of throttleable rocket engine in space.

Simon & Garfunkel are at #1 in the US with "The Sound Of Silence"

The Sound of Silence is a song by the American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, leading the duo to reunite and hastily record their second album, which Columbia titled Sounds of Silence in an attempt to capitalize on the song's success. The song was a top 10 hit in multiple countries worldwide.

The 11th Golden Globes

The 11th Golden Globe Awards honored The Robe by Henry Koster as Best Motion Picture – Drama. Fred Zinnemann got an award for Best Director for his film From Here to Eternity. The awards for Best Actors in Drama went to Spencer Tracy and Audrey Hepburn.

Allied troops in WW2 land successfully near Anzio

Allied troops landing is known as Operation Shingle. The operation was initially commanded by Major General John P. Lucas, of the U.S. Army, commanding U.S. VI Corps with the intention being to outflank German forces at the Winter Line and enable an attack on Rome.

American physicist Alan J. Heeger is born

He co-discovered the conductive polymers, organic polymers that conduct electricity. In 1977, Alan J. Heeger, Alan MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa discovered high conductivity in oxidized iodine-doped polyacetylen. The most interesting application of the conductive polymers is the manufacture of organic light-emitting diodes.

Dmitri Shostakovitch's opera "Lady MacBeth" premieres

Lady Macbeth is an opera in four acts and nine scenes by Dmitri Shostakovich, his Opus 29. The libretto, jointly written by Alexander Preys and the composer, is based on the novel of the same name by Nikolai Leskov. It is about a lonely woman who falls in love with one of her husband's workers and is driven to murder.

Information scientist Derek J. de Solla Price is born

Although a physicist by training, he is more known as a science historian and father of scientometrics, the study of measuring and analysing science. He discovered Price’s square root law, which pertains to the relationship between the literature on a subject and the number of authors in the subject area.

1920

Sir Alf Ramsay, coach of 1966 World Cup triumph, is born

Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey was an English football player and manager who was a manager of England from 1963 to 1974 and guided England to victory in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Knighted in 1967 in recognition of England's World Cup win, Ramsey also managed England to third place in the 1968 European Championship and the quarter-finals of the 1970 World Cup and the 1972 European Championship.

Soviet physicist Lev Landau is born

He co-discovered of the density matrix method in quantum mechanics (alongside John von Neumann), the quantum mechanical theory of diamagnetism, the theory of superfluidity, the theory of second-order phase transitions, the Ginzburg–Landau theory of superconductivity, and many other phenomena and theories.

Queen Victoria of England dies

Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. Her 63 years of reign are known as the Victorian era. It was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire and industrial, cultural, political, scientific and military changes. She was the last British monarch of the House of Hanover.

English philosopher and scientist Francis Bacon is born

He was an advocate and practitioner of the scientific method, often called the father of empiricism. Bacon argued for the possibility of scientific knowledge based only upon inductive reasoning and careful observation of events in nature. He died of pneumonia while studying the effects of freezing on the preservation of meat.

Anniversaries of famous

died 2008

Heath Ledger

born 1965

Diane Lane