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Chimamanda Ngozi is asked "are there any bookshops in Nigeria?"

The interview - part of the Night Of Ideas event, a French government-backed initiative - was broadcast on Twitter and Facebook by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has been viewed nearly 38,000 times. Journalist Caroline Broue asked Adichie if people read her books in Nigeria. Chimamanda replied, "They do, shockingly."

Comedian Mary Tyler Moore dies aged 80

Moore died at the age of 80 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia after having been placed on a respirator the previous week. She was interred in Oak Lawn Cemetery, in Fairfield, Connecticut, during a private ceremony.

Dow Jones stock index closed above 20,000 first time ever

The Dow Jones stock market index rallied significantly after Donald Trump was elected President. It hit a record 20,000 points, an increase of 4,667 points since Trump's election in November 2016.

2015

60th NHL All-Star Game

The 60th National Hockey League All-Star Game was an exhibition ice hockey game played in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time, at Nationwide Arena, home of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Team Toews won the game 17–12, as the teams and players broke a variety of All-Star Game scoring records.

Mamasapano clash

The Mamasapano clash was an incident that occurred during a police operation, codenamed Oplan Exodus, which took place at Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao, by Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police against the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The operation was intended to capture or kill wanted Malaysian terrorist and bomb-maker Zulkifli Abdhir.

2014

The first ever Stadium Series game takes place outside

The first game of the series at Dodger Stadium featured performances by Kiss and Five for Fighting before the game and between the periods, and the opening ceremonies included Vin Scully and Wayne Gretzky. The Anaheim Ducks shut out the Los Angeles Kings in the inaugural Stadium Series game by a score of 3-0, with Jonas Hiller making 36 saves.

"Black Sails" first airs on the Starz

Black Sails is an American historical adventure television series set on New Providence Island and a prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Treasure Island. The series was created by Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine for Starz. Black Sails is set roughly two decades before the events of Treasure Island and during the Golden Age of Piracy.

Egyptian revolution starts across all of Egypt

The Egyptian revolution of 2011 or locally known as the January 25 Revolution, commenced on 25 January and terminated on 11 February 2011. Millions of protesters from a range of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The protests took place in Cairo, Alexandria and all major cities across the nation.

Dead Space 2 is released

Dead Space 2 is a survival horror video game in third-person view, developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, released in North America. Set 3 years after the events of the first Dead Space, the game follows protagonist Isaac Clarke's fight against a new Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl, a space station surrounding a shard of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes

The aircraft crashed en route from Beirut to Addis Ababa shortly after takeoff from Rafic Hariri International Airport. All 90 people on board died in the accident. The final report concluded that the flight crew mismanaged the aircraft’s speed, altitude, and heading.

"Hedda Gabler" gets a fresh approach on Broadway

The classic tale of an unhappily married woman in 1880s Norway gets a fresh approach on Broadway with Christopher Shinn's new adaptation — starring Mary-Louise Parker. Tony Award winner Parker is the title character of the 1890 drama. Shinn is the acclaimed playwright of Dying City, Four, On the Mountain, Other People, The Coming World, What Didn't Happen, Where Do We Live and The Sleepers.

"Rambo" premieres in Las Vegas

Rambo is an action film directed, co-written and starring Sylvester Stallone. It is the 4th and final installment in the Rambo franchise. The story is about John Rambo, who is hired by a church pastor to help rescue a group of Christian missionaries, who were kidnapped by men from a brutal Burmese military regime.

The Worlds Smallest Fish is described in magazine PNAS

It is called Paedocypris progenetica and belongs to the Cyprinidae family. It is endemic to the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Bintan where it is found in peat swamps and blackwater streams. Females reach maximum of 10.3 mm, males 9.8 mm. It held the record for the smallest known vertebrate until the frog Paedophryne amauensis was described.

Angels in America wins five Golden Globes

Angels in America was the most-watched made-for-cable film of that year, garnering much critical acclaim and multiple Golden Globe and Emmy awards, among other numerous accolades. In 2006, The Seattle Times listed the series among "Best of the filmed AIDS portrayals" on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of AIDS.

Opportunity rover lands on surface of Mars

It landed three weeks after its twin Spirit. The landing site was in Meridiani Planum. It is a plain which hosts a crystalline hematite. On Earth, hematite is often formed in hot springs or in standing pools of water. Some people therefore believe that there was liquid water on Meridiani Planum in the past.

Broadway's "Les Misérables" celebrates the 6,137-performance

The sold-out Broadway performance of Les Misérables, the milestone date when the show surpasses the performance count of the legendary A Chorus Line, included the original Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson, appearing as part of a special post-show version of "One Day More" with a hybrid company.

1999

Eric Cantona uses his famous kung-fu kick

In an away match against Crystal Palace, Cantona was sent off by the referee for a kick on Palace defender Richard Shaw after Shaw had frustrated Cantona throughout the game by closely marking him. As he was walking towards the tunnel, Cantona launched a 'kung-fu' style kick into the crowd, directed at Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons.

The Blair Witch Project is first released

The Blair Witch Project is an American supernatural horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. It tells the fictional story of three student filmmakers who hike in the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary about a local legend known as the Blair Witch.

Earthquake in city Armenia, Colombia

The earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2. It heavily affected the city of Armenia, Colombia in the Quindío department. The quake killed 1,900 persons. It also had an impact on the economy as many coffee farms were completely or partially destroyed, and 13,000 structures of several kinds of enterprises and industries were damaged.

David Beckham gets engaged to Victoria “Posh Spice” Adams

They married at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. Beckham's teammate Gary Neville was the best man, and the couple's infant son, Brooklyn, was the ring bearer. The media were kept away from the ceremony, as the Beckhams had an exclusive deal with OK! Magazine, but newspapers were still able to obtain photographs of them sitting on golden thrones.

American author-composer Jonathan Larson dies

Larson died unexpectedly the morning of Rent's first preview performance Off Broadway. He suffered an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, in the early morning. New York State medical investigators concluded that if the aortic dissection had been properly diagnosed and treated, Larson would have lived.

Norwegian rocket incident

The Norwegian rocket incident occurred when a team of Norwegian and U.S. scientists launched a Black Brant XII four-stage sounding rocket from the Andøya Rocket Range off the northwestern coast of Norway. The rocket flew on a high northbound trajectory, which included an air corridor that stretches from Minuteman III nuclear missile silos in North Dakota all the way to the Russian capital city of Moscow.

Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court

People v. Jackson was a 2005 criminal trial held in Santa Barbara County Superior Court, in which American recording artist Michael Jackson was tried based upon accusations of Gavin Arvizo, a 13-year-old boy Jackson had befriended. The trial spanned approximately 18 months until the jury delivered a verdict of not guilty on fourteen charges.

Hollywood star Ava Gardner dies in London at 67

Ava Lavinia Gardner was an American actress and singer. After a lifetime of smoking, Gardner suffered from emphysema, as well as an unidentified auto-immune disorder. She died of pneumonia at the age of 67, at her London home, 34 Ennismore Gardens, where she had lived since 1968.

The 15th American Music Awards are held

The Annual 15th American Music Awards were hosted by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Mick Fleetwood, Robin Gibb and Whitney Houston. Paul Simon received the Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist award and Whitney Houston received the Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist award.

Alicia Keys is born

Alicia Augello Cook, more commonly known by her professional name Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and actress. Her first album "Songs in A Minor" was released in 2001, included a number-one single "Fallin" and won five Grammy Awards in 2002.

Mother Teresa is honored with India's highest civilian award

The Bharat Ratna is an Indian award conferred in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order. Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity. She was well known for her humanitarian work.

1980

Spanish footballer Xavi is born

Xavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd. Since 1988, he has played 700 matches, scored 82 goals and made more than 180 assists for over 50 players. Xavi is the first player in Barcelona's history to play 150 international matches.

"Please Mr. Postman" is at #1 on the US singles chart

"Please Mr. Postman" is a song written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland, and Robert Bateman. It is the debut single by the Marvelettes for the Tamla label, notable as the first Motown song to reach the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

The 32nd Golden Globes

The 32nd Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and television for 1974. Jack Nicholson received a Best Actor - Drama award for Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Alan Alda received the Best Actor - Musical or Comedy Series Award for starring in the famous television series M*A*S*H.

Blue Ribbon Sports is founded

The Blue Ribbon Sports company founded by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight officially became Nike, Inc. on May 30, 1971. The company takes its name from Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. It is the world's largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment.

J. F. Kennedy conducts the first live TV conference

President John F. Kennedy was the 1st U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference. Kennedy read a prepared statement regarding the famine in the Congo, the release of two American aviators from Russian custody and impending negotiations for an atomic test ban treaty.

"101 Dalmatians" is released in the US

101 Dalmatians is a 1961 American animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. It was a box office success, pulling the studio out of the financial slump caused by Sleeping Beauty, a costlier production released two years prior.

German-American seismologist Beno Gutenberg dies

He was interested in earthquakes. He was a collaborator Charles Richter in developing the Richter magnitude scale. Gutenberg invented the relationship between seismic magnitude and energy. He also co-discovered the Gutenberg–Richter law, which provides probability distribution of earthquakes for a given energy.

Jet age started with the first Boeing 707 transcontinent flight

American Airlines opened the jet age in the US with the first scheduled transcontinental flight of a Boeing 707, commonly pronounced as seven oh seven. Even though it was not the first jetliner in service, the 707 was the first to be commercially successful.

Japanese physician and bacteriologist Kiyoshi Shiga dies

He became famous for the discovery of Shigella dysenteriae, the bacillus causing dysentery. He identified it in 1897, during a severe epidemic in which more than 90,000 cases were reported, with a mortality rate approaching 30%. The bacterium Shigella was thus named after him, as well as the Shiga toxin, which is produced by the bacterium.

The first Emmy Awards are held

The 1st Emmy Awards, retroactively known as the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards after the debut of the counterpart Daytime Emmy Awards, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. Only shows produced in Los Angeles County, California and aired in the Los Angeles media market were eligible to win.

1st US city to fluoridate its water

It was Grand Rapids in Michigan. Main purpose of controlled addition of fluoride to a public water supply is to reduce tooth decay. The efficacy in children is proved, while in adults is less clear. Water fluoridation In the United states were proposed by a group of scientist led by H. Trendley Dean. They claimed that fluoride concentration of about 1 mg/L was associated with substantially fewer tooth cavities.

1942

Portugal and Sporting Lisbon legend Eusebio is born

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches. He was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious right-footed shot, making him a prolific goalscorer.

1st nuclear fission experiment in US

The experiment took place at the Columbia University, New York. Some of the investigators were Enrico Fermi, John Dunning or Francis G. Slack. Their work later led to the construction of Chicago Pile-1, the world's first artificial nuclear reactor. In 1942 it achieved self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

1924

The first ever Winter Olympics

The 1924 Winter Olympics were a winter multi-sport event which was held in 1924 in Chamonix, France. The tradition of holding the Winter Olympics in the same year as the Summer Olympics would continue until 1992, after which the current practice of holding a Winter Olympics in the second year after each Summer Olympics began.

Belgian physical chemist Ilja Prigogine is born

He is noted for his work on dissipative structures. Dissipative structure is a thermodynamically open system which is operating out of, and often far from, thermodynamic equilibrium in an environment with which it exchanges energy and matter. The systems studied by Prigogine were somewhat similar to the living cells, although they were inanimate.

Russian-American geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky is born

He was a central figure in the field of evolutionary biology for his work in shaping the so called modern synthesis. It was the reconciling Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and Gregor Mendel's ideas on heredity in a joint mathematical framework. Dobzhansky was born in Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire, and became an immigrant to at 27.

Rossini's opera "Cinderella" premieres in Rome

La Cenerentola, ossia La bontà in trionfo, or Cinderella in English, is an operatic drama giocoso in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto was written by Jacopo Ferretti, based on the fairy tale Cendrillon by Charles Perrault. The opera was first performed in Rome's Teatro Valle.

British amateur mathematician William Shanks is born

He is famous for his calculation of π to 707 places, accomplished in 1873. His calculation was, however, only correct up to the first 527 places. The error was discovered in 1944 by D. F. Ferguson (using a mechanical desk calculator). Shanks also calculated other constants, like e, and published a table of primes up to 60 000.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1947

Al Capone

born 1981

Alicia Keys

died 1990

Ava Gardner