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Colombia police stations attack

The 2018 Colombia police stations attacks occurred when two hand grenades were thrown at police stations in Barranquilla and Soledad. Six officers died and 48 people were wounded, the latter of which included some civilians. The next day, two policemen died after an attack on a police station in Santa Rosa del Sur, bringing the death toll to seven.

Kabul ambulance bombing

An ambulance was used as an improvised explosive device near the Sidarat Square in Kabul, Afghanistan. At least 103 people were killed and 235 others wounded in the attack. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The Afghan government described it as a crime against humanity, and accused Pakistan for providing support to the attackers.

Camila Cabello and Young Thug are at #1 on the US chart

"Havana" reached number-one on the Hot 100 for one week after spending 7 non-consecutive weeks occupying the number two spot behind both Post Malone and 21 Savage's "Rockstar" for 5 weeks and Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé's "Perfect" for an additional two weeks, becoming both Cabello and Young Thug’s first song to top the chart.

Facebook profit tops $1 Billion

Fourth-quarter revenue grew 52%, to $5.84 billion, up from $3.85 billion as the social network drummed up more interest from advertisers. In same quarter Facebook reported net income of $1.56 billion. About 1.59 billion people accessed Facebook at least once a month in the fourth quarter.

American inventor Charles H. Townes dies

He is known as the inventor of the maser and laser. Townes was an advisor to the United States Government. As a professor of the University of California at Berkeley he began an astrophysical program that produced several important discoveries, like the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way Galaxy.

The 200th episode of How I Met Your Mother airs on CBS

"How Your Mother Met Me" is the 16th episode of the ninth season of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and the 200th episode overall. This is the only episode of the series in which the episode title was used instead of the usual opening that featured the cast and series's title. The plot is mainly focused on Cristin Milioti's role as The Mother, and how some of her life events coincide with those of Ted's and the rest of the gang.

Earthquake in Kefalonia

The popular tourist island of Kefalonia in Greece was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8. It caused damage to buildings and infrastructure and injured at least 7 people. In 1953, the region was hit by a major quake, which left the economy in tatters and forced a large number of residents to emigrate.


Novak Djokovic wins Open era record 4th Australian crown

Novak Djokovic was the two-time defending champion, and successfully defended his title by defeating Andy Murray in the final 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–3), 6–3, 6–2. In winning the 2013 title, Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win the Australian Open three consecutive times, and the third man to win the title four times overall.

Nightclub fire kills 242 people

The Kiss nightclub fire started between 2:00 - 2:30 and claimed 242 victims and injured at least 630 others. This fire is considered to be the second most devastating fire disaster in Brazil history. The cause of the fire was the ignition of acoustic foam by illegal use of pyrotechnics.


Cristiano Ronaldo reaches 300 goals for Real Madrid

Ronaldo had scored his 300th club goal as part of a perfect hat-trick against Getafe. Following hat-tricks against Celta Vigo and Sevilla, he scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid in a 6–2 win against Málaga, reaching the landmark in 197 games.

Yemeni Revolution started

The Yemeni Revolution followed the initial stages of the Tunisian Revolution and occurred simultaneously with the Egyptian Revolution of 2011and other Arab Spring protests in the Middle East and North Africa. On 27 January 2011, a major demonstration of over 16000 protesters took place in Yemen`s capital Sansa.

Steve Jobs unveils the iPad

The first-generation iPad features an Apple A4 processor, a 9.7" touchscreen display, and the capability of accessing cellular networks. Reviewers praised the device for its wide range of capabilities and labeled it as a competitor to laptops and netbooks. During the first 80 days, three million iPads were sold.

Return of the King receives eleven Oscar nominations

The 76th Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2003 and took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all eleven awards it was nominated for, tying the Academy Awards record for most awards won, including Best Director for Peter Jackson and Best Picture.

Babylon Zoo start a five-week run at #1 on the UK chart

"Spaceman" is a song by the English rock band Babylon Zoo, released in January 1996 as the lead single from their debut album, The Boy with the X-Ray Eyes. Featuring heavily distorted guitars and metallic, robotic sounding vocals, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number one in January 1996.


Legendary WWE wrestler Andre the Giant dies aged 49

André the Giant was a French professional wrestler and actor. Roussimoff died in his sleep of congestive heart failure, in a Paris hotel room. He was found by his chauffeur. He spent the day before his death visiting and playing cards with some of his oldest friends in Molien.

"Assassins" opens Off-Broadway

Assassins is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman, based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr. It uses the premise of a murderous carnival game to produce a revue-style portrayal of men and women who attempted to assassinate Presidents of the United States. The musical first opened Off-Broadway and the 2004 Broadway production won five Tony Awards.

The 13th American Music Awards are held

The 13th Annual American Music Awards were held at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. This ceremony was hosted by Diana Ross. Winners include Bruce Springsteen for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and Tina Turner for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist.

The Bangles release "Manic Monday"

"Manic Monday" is a song by the American pop rock band The Bangles, and the first single released from their second studio album, Different Light. It was written by American musician Prince, using the pseudonym "Christopher". It became The Bangles' first hit, reaching number two in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Amadeus wins four Golden Globes

The movie was nominated for six Golden Globe Awards and won four, including awards to Forman, Abraham, Shaffer, and Golden Globe Award for Best Picture – Drama. Jeffrey Jones was nominated for Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Drama. Forman also received the Directors Guild of America Award for his work.


Wayne Gretzky sets record for consecutive game scoring

Wayne Douglas Gretzky is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He set NHL record for points scored in consecutive games, 29, surpassing the mark set by Guy Lafleur in 1976, as he scored a goal and four assists in the Oilers' 7-3 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

Michael Jackson is burned during filming commercial

Superstar singer Michael Jackson suffered second-degree burns on the scalp while filming a multi-million-dollar Pepsi commercial featuring fireworks, which ignited his jacket and hair.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" open

Joseph was first presented as a 15-minute "pop cantata" at Colet Court School in London and was published by Novello and recorded in an expanded form by Decca Records. The musical was mounted on Broadway. Several major revivals, national tours, and a direct-to-video film starring Donny Osmond followed.

The 36th Golden Globes

The 36th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1978, were held at Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. Winners include Jon Voight for Best Actor - Drama and Warren Beatty for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy.

English singer Mark Owen is born

Mark Anthony Patrick Owen is an English singer and songwriter. He is a member of pop-group Take That. As a solo artist, Owen had sold over 500,000 records worldwide and 45 million with Take That. Owen was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England. His father was a decorator, later getting a job at a police station. His mother was a supervisor in a bakery in Oldham.

Brisbane flood

Brisbane, Australia was overwhelmed by floods from Cyclone Wanda. Brisbane received twelve inches of rain within one twenty-four-hour period and, as a result, both the city and a large area far beyond the city limits were flooded and disconnected from the rest of the country.


Ole Einar Bjørndalen is born

Ole Einar Bjørndalen is a Norwegian professional biathlete, often referred to by the nickname The King of Biathlon. He is the most medaled Olympian in the history of the Winter Olympic Games, with 13 medals.

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War ends

On 27 January 1973, Paris Peace Accords were signed, which officially ended direct U.S. involvement in Vietnam war and the United States promised to remove all military forces from South Vietnam within 60 days. The agreement also guaranteed the territorial integrity of Vietnam.


UCLA's basketball team sets NCAA Record

UCLA Bruins broke NCAA consecutive-win record with the 61st straight victory. Their 61st consecutive win was an 82-63 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

"Superstition" gives Stevie Wonder his second #1 single

"Superstition" is a song by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder. It was released as the lead single from his fifteenth studio album, Talking Book. The song was Wonder's first number-one single since "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.

American stand-up comedian and actor Patton Oswalt is born

Patton Peter Oswalt is an American stand-up comedian, actor, voice actor and writer. He is known for roles as Spencer Olchin in the sitcom The King of Queens, voicing Remy in the Pixar film Ratatouille, and co-starring alongside Charlize Theron in Young Adult. Oswalt has appeared in six stand-up specials and won a Primetime Emmy Award.

Apollo 1 fire

Apollo 1, initially designated AS-204, was the first manned mission of the United States Apollo program, the program to land the first men on the Moon. Planned as the first low Earth orbital test of the Apollo Command/Service Module with a crew, to launch on February 21, 1967, the mission never flew; a cabin fire during a launch rehearsal test at Cape Kennedy Air Force Station Launch Complex 34 on January 27 killed all three crew members—Command Pilot Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee—and destroyed the Command Module (CM). The name Apollo 1, chosen by the crew, was officially retired by NASA in commemoration of them on April 24, 1967.

Joey Dee & the Starliters are at #1 on the US singles chart

"Peppermint Twist" is a song written by Joey Dee and Henry Glover, recorded and released by Joey Dee and the Starliters. The song hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The original recording of the song was considered too long for release on a 45 rpm single, so it was split into two parts.

Elvis Presley’s "Heartbreak Hotel" is released

"Heartbreak Hotel" is a song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley. It was released as a single in January 1956, Presley's first on his new record label RCA Victor. It was written by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton. A newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window inspired the lyrics.

Oxytetracycline is patented

It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It was first found near Pfizer laboratories in a soil sample yielding the soil fungi Streptomyces rimosus. Its chemical structure was described by American chemist Robert B Woodward. Oxytetracycline derivative, doxycycline, is one of the most used antibiotics today.

The second Emmy Awards are held

The 2nd Emmy Awards, retroactively known as the 2nd Primetime Emmy Awards after the debut of the Daytime Emmy Awards, were presented at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Like the 1st Primetime Emmy Awards, Emmys were primarily given out to Los Angeles-based TV shows and stations.

First tape recorder

The Wire Recording Corporation of America introduced a new product called Wire Way. It was sold for $149.50 at the time. The use of magnetic tape for sound recording originated around 1930. In the beginning it was made of paper. The Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company (3M) company replaced paper by plastic.

The Russian Army liberated Auschwitz death camp

Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Poland. The prisoners were liberated on 27 January 1945, a day now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

American physicist Samuel Ting is born

Together with Burton Richter he discovered the J/ψ subatomic particle. Each of them thought he discovered a new particle. Both announced their discoveries on the same day, 11th November 1974. They quickly that it was the same particle. Its discovery started a period of great changes in particle physics called the November revolution.

Broadway debut of romantic comedy "Private Lives"

A Broadway production followed and the play has been revived at least a half dozen times each in the West End and on Broadway. The leading roles have attracted a wide range of actors; among those who have succeeded Coward as Elyot are Robert Stephens, Richard Burton, Alan Rickman and Matthew Macfadyen, and successors to Lawrence as Amanda have included Tallulah Bankhead, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith, Kim Cattrall, Penelope Keith and Lindsay Duncan.

The new quantum theory of physics is invented

The theory describes nature at the smallest scales of energy levels of atoms and subatomic particles. It was invented by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger and his German colleague Werner Heisenberg. The problem was that quantum theory was not relativistic. It worked for particles moving slowly, but not close to the speed of light.

Australian neurophysiologist John Eccles is born

He is most known for his research of the synapse, a structure that permits one nerve cell to pass a signal to another. Eccles first believed that synaptic transmission was electrical rather than chemical. Although he was wrong, his arguments led to experiments which proved chemical synaptic transmission.

Admiral Hyman G. Rickover is born

He is known as the Known as the "Father of the Nuclear Navy", because he directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion. Rickover also oversaw the development of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the world's first commercial pressurized water reactor used for generating electricity.

Thomas Edison patented the light bulb

Contrary to the common belief, Edison did not invent the lightbulb. He had many predecessors, for example German clockmaker Heinrich Göbel or British chemist Humphry Davy. True inventor of modern lightbulb was British physicist Joseph Swan. However, Thomas Edison improved it to a great degree. His lightbulb was first commercially successful.

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