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'Grease: Live' is broadcast on Fox

Grease: Live is a television special that was originally broadcast by Fox. It was a live, televised remake of the 1978 film Grease, executive produced by Marc Platt, directed by Thomas Kail, and starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit, Vanessa Hudgens and Carlos PenaVega. Critical reception was positive, with particular praise to the overall atmosphere and production style of the presentation.

Final episode of 'Galavant' airs

The musical comedy has been cancelled after two seasons. A departure for ABC, the musical period piece was critically acclaimed for the risk-taking creativity and also the impressive talent. However, the ratings were less-than-impressive — so much so that the second season was seen as a lucky surprise when that renewal was announced.


Lydia Ko becomes the youngest number one

Lydia Ko became the number one ranked woman professional golfer at only 17 years, which makes her the youngest golfer to be ranked number one in professional golf. She also became the youngest golfer to win a major championship, the youngest golfer to win a professional golf tour event and the youngest person to win an LPGA Tour event.

The most influential Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó dies

Hungarian film director Miklos Jancso, director of 5 films nominated for best director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, died of lung cancer at the age of 92. Jancso was widely credited for instilling a unique quality into Hungarian cinema, such as long, unbroken shots and the intense examination of the relationship of ordinary men and those in power.


David Beckham signs his final playing contract

Ahead of the transfer deadline, it was announced that Beckham would be undergoing a medical with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of a potential move to the Ligue 1 side. Beckham signed a 5 month deal with the club later that afternoon and confirmed that his entire salary during his time in Paris would be donated to a local children's charity.


Caleb Moore dies as a result of injuries during the X Games

Caleb Moore was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital where was diagnosed with a heart contusion. He was airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado. The fact that a brain complication had occurred was announced in the days after the accident. Caleb was pronounced dead 7 days after the accident. His brother Colten was also injured on the same day.


Football’s most costly mistakes

Liverpool and Chelsea produced an extraordinary finale to the January window when both broke the British transfer record to sign Andy Carroll and Fernando Torres respectively in a combined spending spree totaling £134.3m. Torres became the most expensive signing made by a British club when Chelsea finally met Liverpool's £50m.

Eva Longoria divorces basketball star Tony Parker

Parker filed for divorce from Longoria in Bexar County, Texas, on the grounds of "discord or conflict of personalities", thus establishing a legal battle over where the divorce case would be heard. The divorce was finalized in Texas, the same day Longoria's lawyer filed papers to dismiss her Los Angeles petition.

'Avatar' becomes the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide

James Cameron's sci-fi Avatar reached an astounding $2.039 billion global earnings 45 days after release. The film also passed Titanic's $600.8 million in domestic earnings on 2 February 2010, grossing $601.1 million, despite Titanic selling more tickets overall.

Beyoncé sets a Grammy record

Dangerously in Love, B'Day and I Am ... Sasha Fierce have all won Best Contemporary R&B Album, while Lemonade has won Best Urban Contemporary Album. Beyoncé set the record for the most Grammy awards won by a female artist in one night when she won 6 awards, breaking the tie she previously held with Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Alison Krauss, and Amy Winehouse.

'Pocketful Of Sunshine' enters the US chart

In the US, it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In Canada, it peaked at number 3 on Canadian Hot 100 and was certified platinum by Music Canada. It, however, did not replicate the success internationally as it charted moderately in several countries.

'Brokeback Mountain' leads Oscar nominations for best film with 8

Cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain led all contenders when the nominations for the 78th annual Academy Awards were announced. The epic story of two ranch hands who fall in love in the 1960s scored 8 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director - Ang Lee, Best Actor - Heath Ledger, Best Supporting Actor - Jake Gyllenhaal and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Ben Bernanke is approved as Fed chief in Senate

Ben Bernanke began a four-year term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. He sat on the Financial Stability Oversight Board that oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program. Bernanke also served as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.

Alaska Airlines flight 261 crashes into the sea

The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83, crashed en route from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to Seattle. The plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island, California, after suffering a catastrophic loss of pitch control. All 88 persons aboard were killed.

'Family Guy' first airs on Fox

The animated TV series Family Guy premiered to 22 million viewers on Fox after the Super Bowl XXXIII. The pilot episode, "Death Has a Shadow", surprised the public with its controversial adult content. The show went on to receive positive feedback and became the sixth-longest-running scripted primetime TV series in the US with 16 seasons.

Janet Jackson is at #1 on the US singles chart

Together Again was well received by music critics, who praised the song's structure and Jackson's vocals. The single was a commercial success, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, as well as reaching number one on the Dance Club Songs chart. The single was additionally certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

A suicide bombing in Sri Lanka kills 91 people

The Central Bank bombing was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks carried out by the LTTE during the Separatist civil war in Sri Lanka. A truck containing about 440 pounds of high explosives crashed through the main gate of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The blast killed at least 91 people and injured 1,400 others.

American physicist George Stibitz dies

He is recognized as one of the fathers of the modern first digital computer. Stibitz was known for his work in the 1930s and 1940s on the realization of Boolean logic digital circuits using electromechanical relays as the switching element. In Boolean logic the values of the variables are just true or false.

Barcelona opera theater "Gran Teatro del Liceo" burns down

The Gran Teatro del Liceo's building was destroyed when a spark accidentally fell on the curtain during a routine repair. At the time, Paul Hindemith's Mathis der Maler was performing at the theatre. The theatre was since rebuilt and was reopened on 7 October 1999.

McDonald's opens its first fast-food in Russia

The first Soviet McDonald's opens at Pushkin Square, Moscow. At the time it was the largest McDonald's in the world. All of the McDonald's restaurants in all of the former Soviet Union are wholly owned by McDonald's Canada.

US Operation Just Cause ends, and Operation Promote Liberty begins in Panama

The United States Invasion of Panama, code-named Operation Just Cause, was an invasion of Panama by the United States between 20 December 1989 and 31 January 1990. On 31 January 1990 also started operation Operation Promote Liberty, which was designed to stabilize the situation in Panama and support the US-installed government.

First ever all-sports daily 'National' begins publishing in the USA

The National was a sports-centered newspaper published in the United States. The newspaper was based in New York City, was printed in a tabloid format, and was published Monday through Friday. The National was an American attempt to emulate the model of several international all-sports publications.

The 44th Golden Globes are held

Paul Hogan won the Best Actor in the Musical or Comedy category for his portrayal of Mick Dundee in Crocodile Dundee. Other award-winning films include Platoon, Crimes of the Heart, Children of a Lesser God and more. The Best Original Song was won by Top Gun for the song Take My Breath Away.

Arabian oryx is reintroduced to the wild

The Arabian oryx is a medium-sized antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, long, straight horns, and a tufted tail. It was extinct in the wild as of 1972. Initial reintroduction was primarily from two herds: the Phoenix Zoo herd and herd of Saudi National Wildlife Research Center. Current populations of the species are estimated at over 1,000 individuals in the wild, and 6,000–7,000 individuals in captivity.

The 38th Golden Globes are held

The 38th Golden Globe Awards were held in the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. With eight nominations total, Robert Redford's Ordinary People received awards in five different categories. Other notable films include The Idolmaker, Raging Bull or Coal Miner's Daughter.

Blondie are top of the US singles chart with 'The Tide Is High'

"The Tide Is High" was covered by the American new wave band Blondie in 1980, in a reggae style that included horns and strings. It was released as the lead single from the band's fifth studio album, Autoamerican. It was Blondie's third number one smash on the Billboard Hot 100 and they are fifth in the UK.

The fourth American Music Awards are held

The 4th Annual American Music Awards were hosted by Glen Campbell. Names like Olivia Newton-John, Elton John and Stevie Wonder appeared among the winners, with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John & Kiki Dee winning the Favorite Pop/Rock Single category.

Abba’s 'Mamma Mia' is at the top of the UK singles chart

"Mamma Mia" is a song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA with the lead vocals shared by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It is the opening track on the group's third album, the self-titled ABBA. "Mamma Mia" reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in January 1976, the second of ABBA's 18 consecutive Top 10 singles there.

American Music Awards of 1976

The 3rd American Music Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California. The award-winners include Olivia Newton-John, John Denver, Barry White and others. Glen Campbell won the Favorite Pop/Rock Single with his 1975 single Rhinestone Cowboy.

NASA lunches Apollo 14

It was the eighth manned mission in the United States Apollo program, and the third to land on the Moon. It was the last of the "H missions," targeted landings with two-day stays on the Moon with two lunar EVAs, or moonwalks. The lunar module landed on the Fra Mauro formation - originally the target of the aborted Apollo 13.

The Jackson Five go to #1 on the US singles chart

"I Want You Back" is a 1969 song by the Jackson 5 which became a number-one hit for the band and the Motown label in early 1970. It went to number one on the Soul singles chart for four weeks and held the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending in January 1970.

First U.S. Satellite Discovers Van Allen Belt

A Van Allen radiation belt is a zone of energetic charged particles, which are captured by and held around a planet by that planet's magnetic field. Existence of such belt was suggested before the Space Age. But the proof came with American satellites Explorer 1 and Explorer 3 and the team of James Van Allen at the University of Iowa.

American electrical engineer and inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong dies

He is best known for developing FM (frequency modulation) system. FM is the encoding of information in a carrier wave by varying the instantaneous frequency of the wave. This contrasts with amplitude modulation, in which the amplitude of the carrier wave varies, while the frequency remains constant.

North Sea flood

The North Sea flood was caused by a heavy storm and affected the Netherlands, Belgium, England, and Scotland. 2,551 persons were killed. As a consequence, the Netherlands developed the Delta Works, an extensive system of dams and storm surge barriers and the UK constructed storm surge barriers on the River Thames.

German troops surrender at Stalingrad

Battle of Stalingrad, between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943, was a major battle in World War II. It was the first big defeat for Nazis and also for the first time Nazi publicly acknowledged defeat in its war effort in the broadcast on German state radio.

3M begins marketing Scotch Tape

Scotch Tape is a brand name used for pressure-sensitive tape. The precursor to the current tapes was developed in St. Paul, Minnesota by Richard Drew to seal a then-new transparent material known as cellophane. The tape consists of a pressure-sensitive adhesive coated onto a backing material such as paper, plastic film, cloth, or metal foil.

Condensed milk is invented

There were more inventors of the condensed milk. According to the writings of Marco Polo, 13th century Tatars were able to condense milk. Nicolas Appert condensed milk in France in 1820. But most often is as the inventor of the condensed milk mentioned an American Gail Borden. He was devastated by the deaths of several children during his trip to England, apparently from poor milk obtained from shipboard cows. So he decided to do something with it.

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