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Super Bowl becomes the most-watched program in the USA

NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX remains, as of the present, the most-watched program in the network's history, as well as the most-watched program in American television history, surpassing the previous year's game.The game was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers.


Adam Silver becomes the 5th NBA Commissioner

Adam Silver is an American lawyer and businessman, who is currently the commissioner of the NBA. Prior to becoming commissioner, Silver served as NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for eight years. He was endorsed by David Stern to be the next NBA Commissioner when Stern announced that he would step down.

'House of Cards' is released on Netflix

The first season of the American television drama series House of Cards premiered exclusively via Netflix's web streaming service. House of Cards was created for television by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries of the same name by Andrew Davies, which was based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.

Coldplay top a list Music's top 100 tracks of the past 10 years

Clocks won the Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards. It was nominated for Best Single at the Q Awards. "Clocks" was ranked at number 68 on Pitchfork's Top 100 Singles of 2000-04. The song was also voted by listeners of BBC Radio 6 Music as the greatest song released during the 10 years the station had been broadcasting.

The tallest building in EU opens for public

The Shard is a 95-story skyscraper, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, in Southwark, London, that forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The tower's privately operated observation deck, The View from The Shard, was opened to the public in February.

Facebook is filed for IPO

Facebook is an American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California. The company held its initial public offering in February, and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of $104 billion, a new record.

Egypt Soccer Riot

A massive riot occurred at Port Said Stadium in Port Said, Egypt, following an Egyptian Premier League football match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly. 74 people were killed and more than 500 were injured after thousands of Al-Masry spectators stormed the stadium stands and the pitch, following a 3–1 victory by Al-Masry, and violently attacked Al-Ahly fans using knives, swords and clubs.

Global warming is confirmed by scientists

In February, the IPCC released a summary of the forthcoming Fourth Assessment Report. According to this summary, the Fourth Assessment Report found that human actions are "very likely" the cause of global warming, meaning a 90% or greater probability.


The first player scores a hat-trick against Manchester United since 1992

David Bentley was only just enough to see Blackburn through an epic encounter with Manchester United. Even the most committed Blackburn supporters were pinching themselves as the completion of Bentley's amazing hat-trick gave them a commanding 4-1 advantage. His first two goals were basic close-range finishes and both owed considerable debts to the contributions of others.

Timberlake tears off part of Jackson's top

During the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, Janet Jackson's breast, adorned with a nipple shield, was exposed by Justin Timberlake for about half a second. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim claims that this incident was what led to the creation of the video-sharing website.

Bush addresses the nation after Space Shuttle Columbia explodes

The Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members. President Bush said, "This day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country ... The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors". Bush added, "The cause in which they died will continue....Our journey into space will go on".


The 86th Women's Australian Open final

The 1998 Australian Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts at Melbourne Park in Melbourne in Victoria in Australia. It was the 86th edition of the Australian Open and was held from 19 January through 1 February. Lučić became the first Croatian tennis player to win the Australian Open.

Guitarist Richey Edwards is missing

Edwards disappeared on the day when he and James Dean Bradfield were due to fly to the US on a promotional tour. In the 2 weeks before his disappearance, Edwards withdrew £200 a day from his bank account, which totaled £2,800 by the day of the scheduled flight. While his family had the option of declaring him legally dead from 2002 onwards, they chose not to for many years, and his status remained open as a missing person.


Denis Potvin becomes 1st number retired by NY Islanders

Denis Charles Potvin is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman and team captain for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. He is a four-time Stanley Cup winner as a member of the early 1980s New York Islanders. He is also a three-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenseman.

'Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me' goes to #1 on the US chart

Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me was originally recorded by Elton John only. Elton John and George Michael 1st performed the song together at the Live Aid concert, with Michael singing and John playing. This version of the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Los Angeles runway disaster

Boeing 737-300, collided with SkyWest Flight 5569, a Metroliner turboprop aircraft, upon landing at Los Angeles. Though air traffic was not heavy at the Los Angeles International Airport, as Flight 1493 was on final approach the local controller was distracted by a series of abnormalities. All 12 people aboard the smaller plane were killed, as well as an eventual total of 23 out of the 89 passengers on the Boeing.

John Grisham publishes his second novel 'The Firm'

The Firm is a legal thriller by American writer John Grisham. His second book, it was Grisham's first which gained wide popularity; after selling 1.5 million copies, it was made into a film starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman. Grisham's first novel, A Time to Kill, came into prominence afterward due to this novel's success.

Britain withdrew unpopular halfpenny coin

The British decimal halfpenny coin was introduced in 1971, at the time of decimalization, and was worth one two-hundredth of a pound sterling. It was ignored in banking transactions, which were carried out in units of 1p. The coin was demonetized and withdrawn from circulation in 1984.

'Late Night With David Letterman' debuts on NBC

Late Night with David Letterman is an American late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman. It premiered on NBC in February. Letterman began hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in 1993. The series has since been reformatted as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

American Aviation pioneer Donald Douglas dies

He founded the Douglas Aircraft Company (later merged with McDonnell Aircraft to McDonnell Douglas) in 1921. The company produced the Douglas DC-3 airliner and its equally popular World War II military transport version, the C-47. At the start of the war, Douglas airplanes made up 80% of all commercial aircraft in service.

Ellington's 'Sophisticated Ladies' premieres in NYC

Sophisticated Ladies is a musical revue based on the music of Duke Ellington. Sophisticated Ladies opened on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and closed after 767 performances and fifteen previews. The musical was conceived by Donald McKayle and directed by Michael Smuin.

Blondie release 'Call Me'

The song is the theme to the movie American Gigolo. Released in the US in as a single, it was number one for 6 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it became the band's biggest single and second No. 1. It also hit No. 1 in the UK and Canada, where it became their fourth and second chart-topper, respectively.

Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after 15 years of exile

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 14 years in political exile. Khomeini had been a prominent opponent of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, who had fled the country during the events of the Iranian Revolution. Upon his return, he was greeted by crowds of millions, and within 10 days the revolution would be successful.

German physicist Werner Heisenberg dies

He discovered a way to formulate quantum mechanics in terms of matrices and invented the famous uncertainty principle. The principle states, that there is a fundamental limit to the precision with which certain pairs of physical properties of a particle, known as complementary variables, can be known. An example of such pair is position and momentum.

Chuck Berry has his first UK #1 single with 'My Ding-a-Ling'

My Ding-a-Ling was originally written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew. It was then covered by Chuck Berry and became his only number-one single in the USA. The song was included on Berry's album called The London Chuck Berry Sessions.

First scientific calculator

Hewlett-Packard introduces its HP-35. The 35 number in a name meant 35 keys. The machine was capable of calculating logarithmic and trigonometric functions. At the time, slide rules were the only practical portable devices for performing trigonometric and exponential functions. At the time Pocket calculators could only perform basic mathematical operations.


NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk earns his 103rd shutout

Sawchuk spent his final season with the New York Rangers, where he played sparingly, starting only six games. In only his fourth start of the season, he recorded his 103rd and final shutout of his career by blanking the Pittsburgh Penguins 6–0. This was also his last NHL goaltender win.

Jim Morrison is arrested for exposing himself in concert

The late Doors frontman Jim Morrison was charged with exposing himself before a stunned audience, though he vehemently denied the allegation. Bandmate Robby Krieger still says that no photographic evidence exists to prove it.

Nixon announces his candidacy for president

The United States presidential election of 1968 was the 46th quadrennial presidential election. The Republican nominee, Richard Nixon, won the election over the Democratic nominee, Hubert Humphrey. Nixon ran on a campaign that promised to restore law and order to the nation's cities and provide new leadership in the Vietnam War.

The Beatles start work on a new song

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a song written by Paul McCartney from the album of the same name by the Beatles. The song appears twice on the album: as the opening track, and as the penultimate track. The song has also been performed by several other artists, including Jimi Hendrix and U2.

Flooding in Netherlands kills 1,836

The North Sea flood was a major flood caused by a heavy storm. The floods struck the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland. A combination of a high spring tide and a severe European windstorm over the North Sea caused a storm tide; the combination of wind, high tide, and low pressure led to a water level of more than 5.6 meters above mean sea level in some locations.

DNA as the medium of hereditary information

American researches Oswald Avery, Colin MacLeod and Maclyn McCarty proved that that DNA is the substance carries genetic information. In their times it had been widely believed that genes ware written in proteins. Their discovery arose almost incidentally while studying pneumococcus bacterium to monitor the epidemic spread of pneumonia.

Japanese forces begin their evacuation of Guadalcanal

Operation Ke was the largely successful withdrawal of Japanese forces from Guadalcanal, concluding the Guadalcanal Campaign of World War II. The operation involved both army and navy forces under the overall direction of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters. Commanders of the operation included Isoroku Yamamoto and Hitoshi Imamura.

Puccini's opera 'La Boheme' premieres in Turin

The world premiere performance of La bohème was in Turin at the Teatro Regio, conducted by the young Arturo Toscanini; its U.S. premiere took place the following year in Los Angeles. Since then, La bohème has become part of the standard Italian opera repertory and is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide.

Puccini's opera 'Manon Lescaut' premieres in Turin

The first performance of Manon Lescaut took place in the Teatro Regio in Turin; it was Puccini's third opera and his first great success. The opera was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the presence of the composer with Lina Cavalieri in the title role, Enrico Caruso as des Grieux, Antonio Scotti as Lescaut, and Arturo Vigna conducting.

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