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New England Patriots win their sixth Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIII was an American football game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots defeat the Rams by a score of 13–3 and won their sixth championship. It was the third Super Bowl in Atlanta. The halftime show was headlined by U.S. pop group Maroon 5, joined by rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott as guests.

John Stamos marries model Caitlin McHugh

Stamos announced his engagement to model and actress Caitlin McHugh after a year of dating. Later, the couple announced they are expecting their first child, due in the spring of 2018. Stamos and McHugh married earlier that same year.

Drake is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'God's Plan'

In the US, "God's Plan" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart becoming Drake's 4th Hot 100 number-one song. It achieved 82.4 million streams and 127,000 downloads in the country. "God's Plan" held steady at number one for its 2nd week on the chart, gaining 83.3 million streams.

Voice artist Joe Alaskey dies aged 63

Alaskey died in Green Island, New York, from cancer at age 63. He never married and had no children. His latest credits include the voice of Droopy on Tom and Jerry and Green Loontern in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. He also narrated television documentary series Murder Comes to Town, which aired on the Investigation Discovery Network.

Uber has a new logo and app icon

Uber has rolled out a new AMD. Uber’s CEO and co-founder, Travis Kalanick posted about the update on the company’s official blog. Kalanick says the design change was necessary because he felt that Uber’s look had peaked and that the company has grown a lot since they opted for the Black and Grey logo, in place of the original red magnet logo.

Johnny Depp weds model Amber Heard

They were married in a private civil ceremony at their home in Los Angeles in February. Heard filed for divorce in May and five days later filed for and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, stating in her court declaration that "during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me".

Moscow school shooting

On February 3, 2014, 15-year-old high school student Sergey Gordeyev opened fire at School No. 263 in Otradnoye District, Moscow, Russia, killing a teacher. Gordeyev then took 29 students hostage, killed one police officer, and injured another. Later on, he surrendered to the authorities. It is the first school shooting in Russia's history.

Bruce Springsteen is at #1 on the US chart

High Hopes is the 18th studio album by American recording artist Bruce Springsteen. The album was Springsteen's 11th #1 album in the US, placing him third all-time for most No. 1 albums only behind The Beatles and Jay-Z. It was his 10th No. 1 in the UK, putting him joint 5th all-time and level with The Rolling Stones and U2. Rolling Stone named it the second-best album of their year-end list.


Giants upset Patriots and win Super Bowl XLII

The Giants defeated the Patriots by the score of 17–14. The game was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It is regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of professional sports, as well as one of the finest Super Bowl games.

Adele goes to #1 on the UK album chart

4 singles were released from the album, with "Chasing Pavements" and "Make You Feel My Love" reaching the top ten on the UK Singles Chart and the former becoming Adele's first Billboard Hot 100 entry. 19 debuted at number one on the UK charts during its release and was certified eight times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry with sales of over 2.4 million copies.

Baghdad market bombing

Baghdad market bombing was the detonation of a large truck bomb in a busy market in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The suicide attack killed at least 135 people and injured 339 others. The bomb, estimated to be about one ton in weight, brought down at least 10 buildings and coffee shops and obliterated market stalls in a largely Shi‘ite enclave less than a half mile from the Tigris River.

The first Hispanic attorney general

Alberto R. Gonzales is an American lawyer who served as the 80th United States Attorney General, appointed in February by President George W. Bush, becoming the highest-ranking Hispanic American in executive government to date. He was the first Hispanic to serve as White House Counsel.

R. Kelly appears in court and enters a plea of not guilty

R. Kelly did not speak during the brief hearing. His fans voiced their support for him, proclaiming his innocence with placards and T-shirts. He was arrested in Florida after a videotape showing the singer performing sexual acts with a 14-year-old-girl was found.

The controversial documentary is shown on UK television

Living with Michael Jackson is a television documentary, in which Martin Bashir interviewed Michael Jackson over a span of 8 months. It was shown first in the UK on ITV and in the USA 3 days later on ABC. Jackson felt betrayed by Bashir and complained that the documentary gives a distorted picture of his behavior.

The 300th episode of The Simpsons airs on FOX

"The Strong Arms of the Ma" is the 9th episode of The Simpsons' 14th season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the US. It is the 300th episode to be broadcast. In the episode, Marge develops agoraphobia in response to a traumatic mugging and overcomes the fear through exercise and bodybuilding, which leads to her taking anabolic steroids and experiencing a change in personality.


New England Patriots win their first Super Bowl

The Patriots defeated the Rams 20–17. It was New England's first Super Bowl championship, and the franchise's first league championship of any kind, having suffered three previous losses. The game was played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

The biggest corporate merger ever

A historic takeover battle lasting several months ended with the acquisition of Mannesmann by the British mobile phone company Vodafone. In February Mannesmann’s supervisory board eventually agreed to a takeover price of 190 billion €, which was the largest takeover price ever paid until that date and still is the highest.

Cavalese cable car disaster

The Cavalese cable car disaster occurred near the Italian town of Cavalese. Twenty people died when a United States Marine Corps EA-6B Prowler aircraft while flying too low, against regulations, in order for the pilots to "have fun" and "take videos of the scenery" cut a cable supporting a gondola of an aerial tramway.

Clinton ends Vietnam trade embargo

After the Vietnam War ended, the U.S. and Vietnam maintained no economic relation in more than two decades. Washington extended President Richard Nixon’s trade embargo to all of Vietnam and all bilateral trade activities were prohibited. On February 3, President Bill Clinton ordered the lifting of the U.S. trade embargo on Vietnam.

The UK Top 3 singles feature non-British and non-American acts

For the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American acts. Ireland's Sinead O'Connor had her first and last No.1 single with Nothing Compares 2 U. Australia's Kylie Minogue was the No.2 with Tears On My Pillow, and Belgium's Technotronic entered the UK chart at No.3 with Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over).

Dire Straits are at #1 on the UK album charts

Brothers in Arms is the 5th studio album by British rock band Dire Straits released by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the US. It charted at number one worldwide, spending 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart, 9 weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the US and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart.

First human child born after embryo transfer

The transfer was reported in July 1983. The procedure was performed at the Harbor UCLA Medical Center under the direction of John Buster and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Prior to this, thousands of women who were infertile, had adoption as the only path to parenthood.

Blondie celebrate the first of six UK #1 singles

Heart of Glass by Blondie was written by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein. The single is included on the band's 3rd studio album called Parallel Lines. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 255 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Elton John starts a three-week run at the top of the Billboard

Crocodile Rock written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin was recorded at the Château d'Hérouville studio in France. The single is included on his 6th studio album called Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player. It was Elton John's 1st U.S. number one single.

The Lemon Pipers go to #1 on the US singles chart

Green Tambourine by The Lemon Pipers was written by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz. The song tells the story of a street musician pleading for someone to give him money. In exchange, he offers to play his green tambourine. The single is included on the band's album of the same name.

Producer Joe Meek shoots his landlady and then himself

Joe Meek pioneered space age and experimental pop music. As his commercial success as a producer was short-lived, Joe Meek gradually sand into debt and depression. Meek killed his landlady Violet Shenton and then himself with a single-barrelled shotgun owned by musician Heinz Burt.

First soft Moon landing

It was achieved by Soviet probe Luna 9. The spacecraft was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft bounced several times before coming to rest in Oceanus Procellarum west of Reiner and Marius craters. Luna 9 was developed under Chief Designer Sergei Korolev, who had died before the launch.

'La Dolce Vita' premieres in Italy

The film first impinged on the world at large when foreign journalists reported back to their readers, listeners and viewers on the controversial reception in Italy, where it divided audiences, critics and clerics, and led to Fellini being both spats on and cheered at the Milan premiere. A sense of immense excitement was created, and when the movie reached London via Cannes, we went to see it expecting to be shocked.

The Day the Music Died

Well-known rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson. The day later became known as The Day the Music Died. The event has since been mentioned in various songs and films.

The ground for EU

The treaty establishing the Benelux Economic Union was signed in The Hague and came into force on 1 November to promote the free movement of workers, capital, services, and goods in the region. Under the Treaty the Union implies the co-operation of economic, financial and social policies.

Tennessee Williams' 'The Rose Tattoo' premieres in NYC

The Rose Tattoo is a Tennessee Williams play. It opened on Broadway and the film adaptation was released in 1955. It tells the story of an Italian-American widow in Mississippi who has allowed herself to withdraw from the world after her husband's death and expects her daughter to do the same.

Klaus Fuchs is arrested for passing atomic bomb information

Klaus Fuchs was a German theoretical physicist and atomic spy who was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after the Second World War. He was sentenced to fourteen years' imprisonment and stripped of his British citizenship.

German aircraft designer Hugo Junkers dies

He is credited with pioneering the design of all-metal airplanes and flying wings. His multi-engined all-metal planes helped establish airlines all over the world. His name is also linked to German warplanes of the Second World War. Hugo Junkers himself had nothing to do with their development. He was a pacifist.

'Shanghai Express' premieres in Los Angeles

Shanghai Express was released during the midst of the Great Depression. The film was a huge hit with the public, grossing $3.7 million in its initial screenings in the United States alone, becoming the biggest financial success of the Dietrich-von Sternberg collaborations.

The Hawke's Bay earthquake

The Hawke's Bay earthquake, also known as the Napier earthquake, occurred in New Zealand at 10:47 am, killing 256, injuring thousands and devastating the Hawke's Bay region. It remains New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster. Centered 15 km north of Napier, it lasted for two and a half minutes and measured magnitude 7.8 Ms.


Greek giants Panathinaikos are founded

Created as "Podosfairikos Omilos Athinon" by Georgios Kalafatis, they play in the Super League Greece, is one of the most successful clubs in Greek football and one of three clubs which have never been relegated from the top division. Amongst their major titles are 20 Greek Championships, 18 Greek Cups, achieving eight times the Double, and 3 Greek Super Cups.

Gioachino Rossini's 'Semiramide' premieres in Venice

Semiramide is an opera in two acts by Gioachino Rossini. The libretto by Gaetano Rossi is based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, which in turn was based on the legend of Semiramis of Assyria. The opera was first performed at La Fenice in Venice. Semiramide was Rossini's final Italian opera.

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