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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win 18th grand slam

Roger Federer won his fifth Australian Open title, and 18th Major title overall, defeating Rafael Nadal in the final in five sets. With the win, Federer became the first male player to win at least five titles at three Grand Slam tournaments.

Quebec City mosque shoting

The Quebec City mosque shooting was a terrorist attack and mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighborhood of Quebec City, Canada. 6 worshippers were killed and 19 others injured when a lone gunman opened fire just before 8:00 pm, shortly after the end of evening prayers.

'Fifty Shades of Black' premieres

Fifty Shades of Black was released in North America alongside Kung Fu Panda 3, The Finest Hours, and Jane Got a Gun. The film was projected to gross $10–11 million from 2,075 theaters in its opening weekend. It grossed $275,000 from its Thursday night previews, $2.3 million on its first day, and $5.9 million in its opening weekend, finishing 10th at the box office.

Windstorm Gertrude

Storm Gertrude has caused damage and disruption in Scotland. The gusts reached more than 100mph in Shetland. Because of the storm, there were power cuts and closures or restrictions on some bridges. Gertrude was the 7th storm named by the Met Office.

Japan adopts negative interest rates

The decision to go negative came after a narrow 5-4 vote at the Bank of Japan's first meeting of the year 2016. The benchmark rate of -0.1% was designed to encourage them to use their reserves to lend to businesses in an attempt to counter Japan's economic stagnation.

Archaeologists have found the oldest Roman temple

They unearthed the altars and the sites of the temples of Roman goddesses Fortuna and Mater Matuta. Fortuna was the personification of luck in Roman religion. She might bring good or bad luck. Mater Matuta was an indigenous Latin goddess, whom the Romans eventually made equivalent to the dawn goddess Aurora, and the Greek goddess Eos.


Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid

Being a Portuguese soccer player, Cristiano Ronaldo became the 1st non-Spanish player in 60 years to captain Real Madrid in El Clásico. He joined the club in 2009, after 6 years in the Manchester United. In Spain, Ronaldo has won 13 trophies.

SCAT Airlines Flight 760 crashes

The aircraft, Bombardier CRJ-200, crashed in thick fog en route from Kokshetau to Almaty, Kazakhstan. It came down near a village about 3 miles from Almaty’s airport. The crash killed all 16 passengers and 5 crew members on board. It was the second fatal plane crash in Kazakhstan in just an over a month.


The longest grand slam singles title final in the Open Era

The Australian Open Men's Singles final was the championship tennis match of the Men's Singles tournament at the Australian Open between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. In the final, Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 5–7, 6–4, 6–2, 6–7, 7–5 to win the tournament. It was the longest Grand Slam final match in history, lasting 5 hours 53 minutes.


The first ever SuperPipe perfect score in Winter X Games history

At Winter X, White became the first person in the history of Winter X Games to score a perfect 100 in the men's Snowboard Superpipe. Although White already had the highest score of the contest and his final run was essentially a victory lap, he used the run to push his riding and land the first frontside double cork 1260, a trick he had learned earlier that week.

Britney Spears is at #1 on the US singles chart

Hold It Against Me was well received by most critics, although some criticized its lyrical content. The song debuted at number one in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, as well as on the US Billboard Hot 100, where it became her 4th chart topper. In the latter, it made Spears the second artist in Billboard's history to debut at number one more than once.


Japan win the Asian Cup with a 1-0 victory over Australia

AFC Asian Cup Final was a football match that took place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, to determine the winner of the AFC Asian Cup. The match was won by Japan, defeating Australia 1–0 after extra time through a goal scored by Tadanari Lee. Japan thus qualified for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup as the representative from AFC.

Kelly Clarkson makes the largest ever leap to #1 in US chart history

The song's chart-climbing gave Clarkson the record for a single with the furthest jump on the Billboard Hot 100 after achieving the feat with her single "A Moment Like This". The song has also peaked at number 16 on US Adult Contemporary chart. Elsewhere, "My Life Would Suck Without You" peaked at number one in Canada, Hungary, and the UK.

Arctic Monkeys are at #1 in UK with their debut album

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not is the debut studio album by English rock band Arctic Monkeys, released in 2006. It became the fastest selling debut album in British music history, shifting over 360,000 copies in its first week, and remains the fastest selling debut album by a band. It has since gone quintuple platinum in the UK.

Album 'Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence' is released

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is the sixth full-length studio album by progressive metal band Dream Theater, released as a double-disc album through Elektra Records. Excluding the A Change of Seasons EP, it is the first Dream Theater album to feature a title track. It is also their 2nd longest studio album to date, after The Astonishing.

Savage Garden are at #1 on the US singles chart

I Knew I Loved You is a song by Australian pop duo Savage Garden, released as the second single from their second studio album, Affirmation. The song went straight to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's 2nd number one in the US after "Truly Madly Deeply". It was the last song by an Australian artist to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for over 12 years.

Video game 'Worms Armageddon' is released

Originally meant to be an expansion pack to Worms 2 and initially titled Wormageddon, Worms Armageddon was released as a standalone game initially for PCs. The game was met with positive critic reviews, with gameplay receiving praise, and placed on several lists of the greatest games of all time.

'Bomberman World' is released

Bomberman World is a video game for the PlayStation. It is part of the Bomberman series. It was the first Bomberman game to be released for the PlayStation. To complete the game, you must control Bomberman and set bombs to destroy enemies and obstacles that will lead to the exit. To be able to complete each level, the player must locate and pick up all of the Crystals on the map.

The longest running Broadway show

Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. It has premiere on 11 May in 1981 in New London Theatre and it became the longest running Broadway show in history from 1997 until 2006 when it was surpassed by The Phantom of the Opera.

La Fenice, Venice's opera house, is destroyed by fire

There were three fires in the history of the theatre, this was the third, and apart from the previous two, it was result of arson. Later on, a court in Venice found two electricians guilty of setting the fire, because their company was facing heavy fines over delays in repair work in which they were engaged.

'Duke Nukem 3D' is released

The shareware version released contains the original first episode, but does not include the other two episodes, this version originally intended to be a demonstration of a game on the old shareware distribution model, so 3D Realms only officially allowed this version to be shared between multiple users.


Last day of Test cricket for David Boon

As a member of the team that famously won the Frank Worrell Trophy in the Caribbean, Boon made one half-century in six innings. In a match against Pakistan, he made 110 runs in five innings as speculation began to mount about his future in the team. In the second Test against Sri Lanka, he hit 110 and sensing that the time was right, announced his retirement from the game after the following Test at Adelaide.


The first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowl games

The 1994 San Francisco 49ers season was the team's 49th season in NFL, and was highlighted by a victory in Super Bowl XXIX. The championship made San Francisco the first team to win five Super Bowls. After losing in two previous championships, the 49ers made significant acquisitions in the 1994.


Ulrike Maier, an Olympic skier, tragically dies

World Cup alpine ski racer from Austria, a two-time World Champion in Super-G. The accident happend 2 weeks prior to the Winter Olympics. After an overnight snowfall, Maier's right ski caught an inside edge at 65 mph, causing a violent crash which broke her neck.

Lynda Carter marries Robert Altman

Carter married Washington, D.C. attorney Robert A. Altman, law partner of Clark Clifford. She left Hollywood to join her husband in Washington DC for a few years. Carter and her husband have children: James and Jessica and live in Potomac, Maryland, in a home they built shortly before the birth of their son.

The 40th Golden Globes are held

Very successful was the film Gandhi, winning the Best Actor - Drama to Ben Kingsley and Best Director to Richard Attenborough. DUstin Hoffman was awarded the Best Actor - Musical or Comedy for Tootsie and Meryl Streep the Best Actress - Drama for her role in Sophie's Choice.

Men At Work are at the top of the UK and US singles and album charts

Business as Usual was one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian new wave band Men at Work. It spent an unprecedented 15 weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 from late 1982 to early 1983, and five weeks at No. 1 in the United Kingdom Albums Chart in early 1983.

The 34th Golden Globes are held

The 34th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in film and television for 1976, were held in January 1977. The stars of the movie Network Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway received both Best Actor and Best Actress Award for drama. Among other award-winning motion pictures were A Star is Born and Rocky and Rich Man Poor Man TV series.

Rose Royce are at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Car Wash'

Car Wash is a hit song by American R&B band Rose Royce. It was the group's debut single and one of the most notable successes of the 1970s disco era. Reaching number-one in the United States on the Billboard pop and R&B charts, "Car Wash" also peaked at number 3 on the dance chart and reached number 9 in the UK Singles chart.

'The Concert For Bangladesh' is at #1 on the UK album chart

The Concert for Bangladesh is a live triple album by George Harrison and celebrity friends, released on Apple Records in December 1971 in America and January 1972 in Britain. In the UK, The Concert for Bangladesh became Harrison's second number 1 album, after All Things Must Pass in early 1971.

The "ultimate high" of the hippie era takes place in San Francisco

Counterculture music event held at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. It was organized by followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness as an opportunity to address a wider public. It featured some of the most prominent Californian rock groups of the time, such as the Grateful Dead.

Opening night of the musical 'Sweet Charity'

Sweet Charity is a musical with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It is based on the screenplay for the Italian film Nights of Cabiria. The musical premiered on Broadway, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.

First Saturn launch

Saturn I was the first of the famous Saturn rocket family. Its descendant was Saturn V, which took people to the Moon. Saturn I was first American rocket designed specifically to launch large payloads into low Earth orbit. President John Kennedy identified its launch as the one which would place US lift capability ahead of the Soviets.


The IX Olympic Winter Games open in Innsbruck, Austria

The Winter Olympics was opened by a concert performed by Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of Karl Böhm. Beethoven's 7th Symphony and Mozart's 40th Symphony were performed in the opening concert. For the first time, the Closing Ceremonies were held at a different place than the Opening Ceremonies.

German chemist Fritz Haber dies

He was one of two men, who invented a method used in industry to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen gas and hydrogen gas. The other one was Carl Bosch and the method is called Haber–Bosch process. It is the main industrial procedure for the production of ammonia today. Ammonia is used for synthesis of fertilizers and explosives.

Carl R. Taylor patents Cone-rolling machine

In his patent application the resident of Cleveland, Ohio explained that his "new and useful" invention was designed to form "thin, freshly-baked wafers while still hot into cone-shaped containers such as are commonly used in dispensing ice cream". Today, many styles of cones are made, including pretzel cones and chocolate-coated cones.

The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified

The Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution effectively established the prohibition of alcoholic beverages in the United States by declaring the production, transport, and sale of alcohol illegal. The Amendment was the first to set a time delay before it would take effect following ratification, and the first to set a time limit for its ratification by the states.

The first aerial bombings of Paris by German zeppelins take place

The best-known German strategic bombing campaign during World War I was the campaign against England, although strategic bombing raids were carried out or attempted on other fronts. Missions were flown for example against Paris. In January 1916 on 29 January, LZ 79 killed 23 and injured another 30.

Probably the first use x-rays in the treatment of cancer

French physician Victor Despeignes tried to use X-ray for treatment of a patient with stomach cancer. He published a paper with the results: a week-long treatment was followed by a diminution of pain and reduction in the size of the tumor, though the case was ultimately fatal. The results were inconclusive, because the patient was concurrently being given other treatments.

Coca-Cola is incorporated in Atlanta

The Coca-Cola Company was incorporated by Asa Griggs Candler. The company has operated a franchised distribution system since 1889, wherein The Coca-Cola Company only produces syrup concentrate. The drink's name refers to two of its original ingredients, which were kola nuts and coca leaves.

Karl Benz patents the first gasoline-driven automobile

It was called the Benz Patent-Motorwagen ("patent motorcar") and it is widely regarded as the world's first automobile. Benz's wife, Bertha, financed the development process. According to modern law, she would have therefore received the patent rights, but married women were not allowed to apply for patents at the time.

Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' is published

The Raven is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. The poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore.

Mozart's opera 'Idomeneo' premieres, Munich

The very first performance of Idomeneo was held at the Cuvilliés Theatre of the Munich Residenz under the musical direction of its 25-year-old composer. It owed much success to the set designs and it was Mozart's first mature opera, and it was performed in Munich three times.

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