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Drake starts a nine-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

In the UK, "God's Plan" debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart for 9 weeks, after appearing to be first in the midweek singles chart. Drake had suddenly charted in what was expected to be a close race between Eminem and Ed Sheeran's "River" and Ramz's "Barking". "God's Plan" had achieved 6.5 million streams in its first week and 54,000 sales.

F-16 jet fighter crashes

An F-16 jet fighter of the Hellenic Air Force crashed into the flight line at Los Llanos Air Base in Albacete, Spain, killing 11 people: the two crew members and nine on the ground. Twenty-one others, all on the ground, were also injured. Those killed included the two Greek crew members of the F-16 and eight French personnel on the ground.

Cynthia Nixon stars in "Wit"

The Manhattan Theatre Club presented the Broadway premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in a 3-month run. The production starred Cynthia Nixon and was directed by Lynne Meadow. The set design was by Santo Loquasto, costume design was by Jennifer von Mayrhauser, lighting design was by Peter Kaczorowski.

Mass Effect 2 is released

Mass Effect 2 was initially released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360 in North America. Alongside the standard edition, a digital deluxe edition and a collector's edition were made available for purchase. The collector's edition featured a different packaging, an artbook, bonus in-game content, a behind-the-scenes DVD, and one issue from the Mass Effect: Redemption comic series.

Glendale train crash

The Glendale train crash occurred when a Metrolink commuter train collided with a sports utility vehicle that had been abandoned on the tracks in an industrial area north of downtown Los Angeles, causing the death of 11 and injuring 177. The crash is the second-deadliest incident in the history of Metrolink.

American physiologist Ancel Keys dies

He studied the influence of diet on health and formulated a hypothesis that dietary saturated fat causes cardiovascular heart disease and should be avoided. Keys was responsible for two famous diets: meals for combat soldiers in World War II, called K-rations, and the Mediterranean diet. He was also interested in starvation.

Jennifer Lopez’s divorce from Cris Judd becomes final

The marriage of Chris Judd and Jennifer Lopez married about a year after their initial meeting in 2000. However, their marriage did not take long, with the couple getting divorced only some 9 months after. However, it was not until a few months later till their divorce was official. By that time, Lopez was already in a relationship with Ben Affleck.

Gujarat Earthquake

The 2001 Gujarat earthquake, also known as the Bhuj earthquake, occurred on 26 January, India's 52nd Republic Day, at 08:46 AM IST and lasted for over 2 minutes. The epicentre was about 9 km south-southwest of the village of Chobari in Bhachau Taluka of Kutch District of Gujarat, India.

President Bill Clinton denies sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky

Lewinsky scandal was an American political sex scandal that involved 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The sexual relationship took place between 1995 and 1996 and came to light in 1998. Clinton, standing with his wife, denied affair and termed these allegations as false.

1997

The Green Bay Packers win the NFL Championship for the first time in 30 years

The 1997 Green Bay Packers season was the team's 78th season in the National Football League. The season concluded with the team winning its second consecutive NFC championship, but losing in a 31–24 upset to John Elway's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII. The team narrowly missed its opportunity to post back-to-back Super Bowl wins.

The opening of the Off-Broadway musical "Rent"

The musical was first seen in a workshop production at New York Theatre Workshop. This same Off-Broadway theatre was also the musical's initial home following its official opening. The show's creator, Jonathan Larson, died suddenly of an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by undiagnosed Marfan syndrome, the night before the Off-Broadway premiere.

Pat Welsh, known as the voice of E.T., dies age 75

Patricia Anderson Welsh was an American film actress, known as the voice of E.T. in the 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. As a chain smoker, she had a raspy voice that gave E.T. his trademark speech sound. Welsh died of pneumonia in Green Valley, Arizona.

1992

Ivory Coast beat Ghana to win the African Cup of Nations

The 1992 African Cup of Nations was the 18th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa. It was hosted by Senegal. Côte d'Ivoire won its first championship, beating Ghana on penalty kicks 11−10 after a goalless draw.

Queen achieve their second UK #1 with "Innuendo"

"Innuendo" is a 1991 single by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor but credited to Queen, it is the opening track on the album of the same name. It was released as the first single from the album. The single went straight to Number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in January 1991.

1990

Peter Sagan is born

Peter Sagan is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer for UCI WorldTeam Bora–Hansgrohe. Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior Mountain Bike World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing. Sagan is considered one of cycling's greatest talents, having earned many prestigious victories, including two World Championships.

"Phantom of the Opera" opens at Majestic Theater for 4,000+ performances

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Its central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daaé, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the subterranean labyrinth beneath the Opera Garnier.

The 14th American Music Awards are held

The 14th Annual American Music Awards were held at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles California. This year's ceremony was hosted by Diana Ross. Winners include Lionel Richie for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Whitney Houston for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Elvis Presley for Award of Merit.

The 31st Golden Globes are held

The 31st Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1973, were held at Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Winners include Time for Beany for Best Children Show and Texaco Star Theatre for Best Kinescope Show.

1963

José Mourinho is born

José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix known as José Mourinho is a Portuguese football manager and former football player. He is the manager of Premier League club Manchester United. He is regarded by a number of players, coaches, and commentators as one of the greatest and most successful managers in the world.

NASA launches Ranger 3

It was a space probe planned to take photos of Moon surface and then impact on it and leave a seismometer. The instrument was encased in the lunar capsule along with an amplifier, a transmitter, voltage control, a turnstile antenna, and batteries. Due to a series of malfunctions, the spacecraft missed the Moon by 35,000 km and entered a heliocentric orbit.

1961

Wayne Gretzky is born

Wayne Douglas Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played twenty seasons in the National Hockey League for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed "The Great One", he has been called "the greatest hockey player ever" by many sportswriters, players, and the league itself.

Elvis Presley achieves his sixth #1 on the UK singles chart

"Are You Lonesome Tonight?" is a song which was written by Roy Turk and Lou Handman in 1926. When the song was recorded by Elvis Presley and released in November 1960, it was an immediate success in the U.S., topping Billboard's Pop Singles chart. A month after the song's release, it topped the UK Singles Chart.

Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres is born

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

"Dialogues of the Carmelites" premieres

Dialogues of the Carmelites is a French opera in three acts with music and libretto by Francis Poulenc, completed in 1956. The opera tells a fictionalized version of the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, Carmelite nuns who were guillotined in Paris during the French Revolution for refusing to renounce their vocation.

1956

The VII Winter Olympic Games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

The Cortina Games were unique in that many of the venues were within walking distance of each other. The organizing committee received financial support from the Italian government for infrastructure improvements, but the rest of the costs for the Games had to be privately financed.

Eddie Van Halen is born

Eddie Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter, and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the American hard rock band Van Halen and is considered as one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music.

Goldwyn buys the film rights to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for $40,000

Samuel Goldwyn was one of the most important figures in the Hollywood movie business during the twentieth century. He controlled the film rights to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz during the middle 1930s. In 1933 Goldwyn arranged to buy the film rights to L. Frank Baum's first and most famous Oz book from the author's eldest son Frank Joslyn Baum.

First public demonstration of television

The presentation was held by Scottish engineer John Logie Baird for members of the Royal Institution and a reporter from The Times in his laboratory at 22 Frith Street in the Soho district of London. It was the first demonstration of a television system that could broadcast live moving images with tone graduation.

Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st successful hydroplane

Glenn Curtiss flew the first hydroplane from the water in the USA. The plane was of his own manufacture. In response to the achievements of Curtiss and his fellow pilot, in May the U.S. Navy ordered two Curtiss A-1 hydroplanes. He is sometimes titled as Father of the American Naval Aviation.

German-American physicist Polykarp Kusch is born

He measured the the magnetic moment of the electron (quantity that determines the torque it will experience in an external magnetic field). The result was greater than theoretical value. It led to many innovations physical theory about interactions of matter and electromagnetic radiation, the quantum electrodynamics.

Strauss's opera "The Knight of the Rose" premieres, Dresden

The Knight of the Rose is a comic opera in three acts by R. Strauss to an original German libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. It is loosely adapted from the novel Les amours du chevalier de Faublas by Louvet de Couvrai and Molière’s comedy Monsieur de Pourceaugnac. It was first performed at the Königliches Opernhaus in Dresden under the direction of Max Reinhardt.

Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye is born

He is noted for his first demonstration of the existence of biological stress. Selye conducted experiments on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, he was aware of their role in the stress response.

World's largest diamond is found

It was found by a miner named Thomas Evan Powell, who brought it to the surface and gave it to Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, South Africa. The diamond was named after the mine's chairman, Thomas Cullinan, and presented to English King Edward VII on his 66th birthday.

The first electric dental drill

The inventor was American dentist George Green. For most of the 19th century, dentists had relied on foot pedals to drive their drills. Pedal-driven drills rotated at 15 revolutions per minute. Green created a pneumatic version of a drill run by a pedal-powered bellows. Modern electric drills rotate up to 400,000 rpm.

Donizetti's opera "Lucrezia Borgia" premieres in Milan

Lucrezia Borgia is a melodramatic opera in a prologue and two acts. The libretto was written by Felice Romani, who wrote it after the play of the same name by Victor Hugo. The opera was 1st performed at La Scala in Milan.

Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" premieres in Vienna

Cosi Fan Tutte is an Italian-language opera buffa in two acts by W. A. Mozart first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria. The libretto was written by Lorenzo Da Ponte who also wrote Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni. The title, Così fan tutte, literally means "Thus do all [women]" but is usually translated into English as "Women are like that".

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