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The Amazon Spheres opens

The Amazon Spheres are three spherical conservatories on the headquarters campus of Amazon in Seattle. The complex opened to Amazon employees and limited public access. The spheres are reserved mainly for Amazon employees but are open to the public through weekly headquarters tours and an exhibit on the ground floor.

Porn star Stormy Daniels gives an interview about her alleged affair

Jimmy Kimmel has tried to coax a confession out of Donald Trump’s alleged porn star lover using puppets as the mystery continues to surround their relationship. Stormy Daniels remained coy about whether she had a fling with the US president during an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Humanity's earliest known ancestor discovered

The species is called Saccorhytus coronaries. It is the oldest known member of the phylum Deuterostomia, to which we, humans, belong. It lived approximately 540 million years ago in the Fortunian stage of the Cambrian Period. Fossils of the species were first discovered in the Shaanxi province of China.

Dalori attack

At least 86 people were killed and at least 62 more injured in an attack by Boko Haram militants on Dalori Village 4 kilometers from Maiduguri, Nigeria. The attack was a reprisal to the Civilian Joint Task Force, and it began when militants in two cars and on motorcycles entered Dalori and began to shoot at residents and firebomb their huts. One estimate is that perhaps more than 100 militants were involved in the attack.


Angelique Kerber wins her first major title

Angelique Kerber beat seven-time champion Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title and spoil the American's dream comeback as a mum. The German 11th seed, 30, beat the 23-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-3 to add this title to her 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns.

Build Russian Bridge To Crimea

Arkady Rotenberg was awarded the multibillion-dollar contract for the construction of the bridge. The Kerch Strait Bridge is a pair of parallel bridges under construction, to span the Strait of Kerch between the Kerch Peninsula of Crimea and the Taman Peninsula of Krasnodar Krai in Russia.

Cold War drama 'The Americans' premieres

The Americans premiered in the United States on after 6 seasons. Over the course of its run, the series was considered among the best of its era by critics, winning the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama 3 times. Executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.


CAF suspend and fine Togo for withdrawing from the AFCON

The Confederation of African Football banned Togo from participating in the next 2 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and fined the team $50,000 due to "government involvement in the withdrawal from the tournament". Togo was unable to compete until the 2015 tournament, but that ban was lifted still in 2010 by a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Liam Neeson's unexpected action hit 'Taken' is released

On its opening day in North America, the movie grossed $9.4 million, scoring the best opening day ever for Super Bowl weekend. The movie was released under the title of 96 Hours in Germany, Io vi troverò (I Will Find You) in Italy and Заложница (Hostage) in Russia. Taken grossed $145 million in North America and $81.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $226.8 million, against a production budget of $25 million.

The Trump International Hotel and Tower is opened

The 339-room hotel opened for business with limited accommodations and services, then full accommodation and services later on that year. The hotel is currently among 3 in Chicago with an elite five-star Forbes Travel Guide rating. The spa is one of 6 with at least a 4 star Forbes rating in the Chicago area.

Brandy is sued for wrongful-death

Marouane Hdidou, the husband of a waitress who died in a car collision involving singer-actress Brandy, has filed a wrongful death claim against her. This is the 3rd wrongful death lawsuit filed against Brandy Morris in connection to the death of Awatef Aboudihaj, whose parents and two children have already filed their own claims.

Microsoft's Windows Vista goes on sale

The release of Windows Vista came more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor Windows XP. Windows Vista had seen initial adoption and satisfaction rates lower than Windows XP. New features of Windows Vista include an updated graphical user interface and visual style dubbed Aero.

Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashes

Kenya Airways Flight 431 was an international scheduled Abidjan–Lagos–Nairobi passenger service, operated with an Airbus A310-300, that crashed into the sea off the coast of Côte d'Ivoire, shortly after takeoff from Félix Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, Abidjan. There were 179 people on board, of whom 169 were passengers. Only 10 people survived.

Gabrielle is at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rise'

"Rise" is a single by Gabrielle. It was her second number one single on the UK Singles Chart. The song was the title track and second single from her third studio album. Written by Gabrielle, Ollie Dagois, and Ferdy Unger-Hamilton and produced by Jonny Dollar, the song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in January 2000.


Andre Agassi makes 4 consecutive Grand Slam finals

Agassi claimed his 2nd Australian Open and 6th Grand Slam title by beating defending champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. By that time has won the French, U.S. and Australian Opens and finished runner-up at Wimbledon. By reaching the final Down Under, he became the first player to reach 4 straight major finals since Rod Laver won the Grand Slam.

Britney starts a two-week run at #1 with '...Baby One More Time'

The song was officially sent to the American radio stations in October 1998. In November 1998, "...Baby One More Time" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 17 and topped the chart two and a half months later for two consecutive weeks, replacing R&B-singer Brandy's "Have You Ever?"

First approved drug for the causative treatment

The drug is called hydroxyurea, proper chemical term is hydroxycarbamide. Sickle-cell anaemia is an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin inside red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle-like shape of the cells. Hydroxyurea reactivates fetal haemoglobin production in place of the normal haemoglobin.


Super Bowl XXVIII

Super Bowl XXVIII took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game was played between the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills. These same teams also played in the previous Super Bowl XXVII in 1993 and to this day, it is the only time that the same two teams met in consecutive Super Bowls. Both games were won by the Dallas Cowboys.

American physicist and electrical engineer John Bardeen dies

He is noted for invention of the transistor with William Shockley and Walter Brattain and for a fundamental theory of conventional superconductivity, known as the BCS theory, with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer. Both these achievements were rewarded by Nobel Prize in physics, making John Bardeen only one person who won it twice.

The Luxor statue cache is unearthed

It is a grouping of Ancient Egyptian statues, discovered in Luxor, beneath the solar court of the 18th dynasty Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The cache was buried during the Roman conversion of the area into a military camp. Originally, five statues were found at a three foot depth below a covering layer of small stones; eventually 26 statues were uncovered.

INXS are at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Need You Tonight'

Need You Tonight is the 4th song on INXS's 1987 album Kick as well as the first single from the album released worldwide. It is the only INXS single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also achieved their highest charting position in the United Kingdom, where the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart; however, this peak was only reached after a re-release of the single.

39th Golden Globe Awards

Steve Gordon's Arthur received the awards for Best Musical or Comedy Film, the film's theme song Best That You Can Do was honored the Best Original Song, and two of its actors, Dudley Moore and John Gielgud also received awards for their performances in the film.

American Music Awards of 1981

The awards winners consist of legendary names in the music industry, such as Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson or Kenny Rogers. Queen won the Favorite Pop/Rock Single award for their chart-topping song Another One Bites the Dust.

Rubik's Cube is patented

It was invented by Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik. Although it is widely reported that the Cube was built as a tool to students to understand 3D objects, his actual purpose was solving the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart. Hundreds of millions cubes were sold worldwide.

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday was an incident in the Bogside area of Derry, Northern Ireland, when British soldiers shot 28 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march against internment. 14 people died: 13 were killed outright, while the death of another man four months later was attributed to his injuries.

Edison Lighthouse are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" is a popular song by "one-hit wonder" Edison Lighthouse. The single hit the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart on the week ending on 31 January 1970, where it remained for a total of five weeks. It also became the first number one single of the 1970s.

The Beatles' rooftop concert

The Beatles' rooftop concert was the final public performance of the English rock band the Beatles. On 30 January 1969, the band, with keyboardist Billy Preston, surprised a central London office and fashion district with an impromptu concert from the roof of the headquarters of the band's multimedia corporation Apple Corps at 3 Savile Row. In a 42-minute set, the Beatles played nine takes of five songs before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume. Footage from the performance was used in the 1970 documentary film Let It Be.

Tet Offensive begins

The Tet Offensive was one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War by forces of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese People's Army of Vietnam against the forces of the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam, the United States Armed Forces, and their allies.

Computer program Sketchpad is written by Ivan Sutherland

It was written by American computer scientist Ivan Sutherland. It is considered to be the ancestor of modern computer-aided design (CAD) programs as well as a major breakthrough in the development of computer graphics in general. Sutherland demonstrated with Sketchpad that computer graphics could be used for both artistic and technical purposes.

The Shirelles becomes the first girl group to have a US #1

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. It was originally recorded in 1960 by the Shirelles, who took their single to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song is also notable for being the first song by a black all-girl group to reach number one in the United States.

Founder of the Porsche car company Ferdinand Porsche dies

He founded the Porsche car company. His famous designs include the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (Lohner-Porsche), the Volkswagen Beetle, the Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, several other important developments. In addition, Porsche designed the 1923 Benz Tropfenwagen, which was the first racing car with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in what is now known as Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi. Gandhi was shot by a Hindu nationalist, Nathuram Vinayak Godse. Godse and his collaborator Narayan Apte were sentenced to death on 8 November 1949. Both were executed in the Ambala jail on 15 November 1949.


The V Winter Olympic Games open in St. Moritz, Switzerland

There were 28 nations that marched in the opening ceremonies. Nearly 670 athletes competed in 22 events in four sports. The Games also featured two demonstration sports: military patrol, which later became the biathlon, and winter pentathlon, which was discontinued after these Games.

The deadliest maritime disaster in history

MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a German military transport ship which was sunk by Soviet submarine S-13 in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilians, German officials, refugees from Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia and Croatia. By estimate, 9,400 people died, which makes it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history.

Adolf Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany

Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany by President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler’s emergence as chancellor marked a crucial turning point for Germany and, ultimately, for the world. His plan, embraced by much of the German population, was to do away with politics and make Germany a powerful, unified one-party state.

'City Lights' premieres at Los Angeles Theater

City Lights was directed by Charlie Chaplin, who is also starring. It is considered the best of Chaplin's production and one of the best films ever made. In 2007, City Lights came in 11th place on the American Film Institute's list of best American films ever made.

The first Anglo-Japanese Alliance is signed

The first Anglo-Japanese Alliance was signed in London at Lansdowne House by Lord Lansdowne and Hayashi Tadasu. A diplomatic milestone that saw an end to Britain's splendid isolation, the alliance was renewed and expanded in scope twice, in 1905 and 1911, before its demise in 1921. It was officially terminated in 1923.

Andrew Jackson survived assassination attempt

Andrew Jackson was the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. On 30 January 1835, he became the first American president to experience an assassination attempt by Richard Lawrence, who shot at him in the House of the Chamber in the Capitol building.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1941

Dick Cheney

born 1974

Olivia Colman