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Paris fire killed 10 people

A fire occurred at a block of flats in rue Erlanger in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France. Ten people were killed and more than thirty others injured. A 40-year-old female resident of the building was arrested on suspicion of arson. It was the deadliest fire in Paris since 2005.

MV Solomon Trader fuel oil spill

The MV Solomon Trader got stuck on a reef on Rennell Island and began leaking oil. The Maritime Executive reported that salvors had removed 230 tonnes of bunkers out of an estimated 600 tonnes on board. However, the existing spill is worse than it previously estimated, according to shipowner King Trader and its insurer Korea P&I.

James' 'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' is published

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fantasy novel by writer Marlon James. It is the first book of a planned trilogy. The novel draws on African history and mythology, blended into the landscape of the North Kingdom and the South Kingdom, and the political tensions between these two warring states, as well as various city-states and tribes in the surrounding landscape. The rights to produce a film adaptation were purchased by Michael B. Jordan prior to release of the book.

Thomas' 'On the Come Up' is published

On the come up is a second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give. It is about 16-year-old Bri who wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

The Chainsmokers feat. Daya release 'Don't Let Me Down'

Don't Let Me Down is a song by American production duo The Chainsmokers. The song features the vocals of American singer Daya and was released through Disruptor Records and Columbia Records. The song was written by Andrew Taggart, Emily Warren and Scott Harris.

RadioShack declares bankruptcy

RadioShack announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Using bankruptcy to end contractual restrictions that had required it keep unprofitable stores open, the company published a list of 1784 stores which it intended to close, a process it wished to complete by the month's end to avoid an estimated $7 million in March rent.

Broadway revival of musical Falsettos

Falsettos is a musical with a book by William Finn and James Lapine, and music and lyrics by Finn. The musical consists of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, the last two installments in one trio of one-act Off-Broadway musicals. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1992 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards, of which it won two.

Bruno Mars is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Grenade'

Bruno Mars released his song “Grenade” as a part of his debut studio album, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans”. It was received well by critics, being praised for the vocals and its emotional lyrics. Besides reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100, his 3rd single to do so, it also peaked at No. 1 in 15 different countries.

Super Tuesday tornado outbreak

The 2008 Super Tuesday tornado outbreak was a deadly tornado outbreak which affected the Southern United States and the lower Ohio Valley on February 5 and 6, 2008. The event began on Super Tuesday, while 24 U.S. states were holding primary elections and caucuses to select the presidential candidates for the upcoming presidential election. Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Alabama, and Tennessee were among the affected regions in which primaries were being held. Some voting locations were forced to close early due to the approaching severe weather.

The Rolling Stones play three songs during half-time show

Rolling Stones appeared on Super Bowl XL, making a short performance during the halftime show. They performed the songs „Start Me Up“, „Rough Justice“ and „(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction“. Some lyrics, considered too sexually explicit have been censored by turning off Jagger's mic after it had been previously agreed upon.

Janet Jackson's right breast became the most searched-for image in net history

The incident made Janet Jackson the most searched term, event, and image in Internet history, as well as the most searched person. The incident also broke the record for "most searched event over one day". Jackson was later listed in the Guinness World Records as "Most Searched in Internet History" and the "Most Searched for News Item".

*NSYNC make a guest appearance on 'Sabrina The Teenage Witch'

NSYNC appeared in one episode of television show Sabrina – „Sabrina and the Pirates“. On the show, Sabrina used a fake ID to sneak on their concert, however that had some dire consequences. The appearance on the show bolstered the sales for their album, eventually getting it certified diamond.

Morgan Stanley announces $10 billion merger with Dean Witter

Morgan Stanley Group and Dean Witter Discover merged to form one of the largest global financial services firms: Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Purcell and CEO John Mack decided not to choose between the two brand names. Instead, they combined the names of the two firms and put the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter brand on almost all of its operations.

First GM food goes on sale in UK

The first genetically modified food sold was Flavr-Savr tomatoes, developed in the early 1990s by Calgene, Inc. The company was bought by Monsanto soon after the tomatoes were approved for sale. These tomatoes were engineered to suppress the polygalacturonase gene to delay how quickly they would soften after ripening.

Beckwith is convictes of killing Medgar Evers

Byron De La Beckwith, Sr. was an American white supremacist and Klansman from Greenwood, Mississippi, who assassinated civil rights leader Medgar Wiley Evers. Two trials in on this charge resulted in hung juries. Later he was tried by the state in a new trial based on new evidence; he was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Markale massacres

The Markale market shelling or Markale massacres were two separate bombardments carried out by the Army of the Republika Srpska targeting civilians during the Siege of Sarajevo in the Bosnian War. They occurred at the marketplace located in the historic core of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Joe Raposo, known for 'Sesame Street', dies aged 51

Raposo died in Bronxville, New York of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, 3 days before his 52nd birthday. He was survived by his 4 children and by his parents who were at the time living in Chatham, Massachusetts. His grave is located at Union Cemetery in Chatham. In 1998, many of his manuscripts were donated by Collins-Sarnoff to Georgetown University Library.

The first prime-time wrestling match

The Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that was produced by the World Wrestling Federation. It was a spin-off of Saturday Night's Main Event and aired on NBC on Friday nights during prime time. There were five shows between 1988 and 1991. Only the first three The Main Event episodes were shown live on NBC.

Def Leppard’s album 'Pyromania' starts a 92-week run on the US charts

Pyromania was a shift from the traditional heavy metal roots of the band, towards glam metal and hard rock. IT was more radio-friendly and achieved massive mainstream success. The album charted for an extensive period of time and managed to sell over ten million copies in the US only during the time.

Blizzard forms in US North East, 100 people killed

The Northeastern US blizzard was a catastrophic, historic nor'easter that struck New England, New Jersey, and the New York metropolitan area. Snow fell mostly from Monday morning to the evening of Tuesday. Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts were hit especially hard by this storm.

Apollo 14 lands

The landing took place at Fra Mauro formation. It was originally the target of the unfortunate Apollo 13 mission. Commander Alan Shepard hit two golf balls on the lunar surface with a makeshift club he had brought with him. As of December 2017, it was the first and only game of golf ever played on a foreign celestial body.

Paul Simon releases his first new song without Art Garfunkel

Mother and Child Reunion is a song by the American singer-songwriter Paul Simon. It was the lead single from his second self-titled studio album, released on Columbia Records. It was released as a single reaching No. 1 in South Africa and No. 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was at the time one of the few songs by a non-Jamaican musician to use prominent elements of reggae.

Petula Clark becomes the first British female to have two US No.1 hits

My Love spent 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 1 o and spending two weeks at that position. This made Clark the first British female to have two US No. 1 hits. Also a No. 1 hit on Canada's "RPM Play Sheet", "My Love" returned Clark to the top ten on the UK's Record Retailer chart for the first time since "Downtown" two years previous.

Ringo Starr plays two shows with The Beatles

Ringo left Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and joined the Beatles after being asked by Lennon. He replaced the former drummer, Pete Best. He was not accepted very well at first, as many of Best fans demanded to get Pete back. However, after few performances, Starr had been accepted by the fans as a member of the group.

5,000 fans greet Bill Haley when he arrives from New York

Bill Haley arrived from New York on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton for his UK concert debut and was greeted by 5,000 fans. He was the first major American Rock artist to tour the UK. The greatest accomplishment of Bill Haley & The Comets lies in paving the way for all the others that followed.

Walt Disney's production of 'Peter Pan' premieres

Peter Pan is an American animated fantasy adventure movie produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th Disney animated feature film and was originally released by RKO Radio Pictures. The movie premiere took place in Chicago.

'Woman of the Year' premieres in New York City

Woman of the Year is an American romantic comedy-drama film starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, written by Ring Lardner, Jr., Michael Kanin, and John Lee Mahin, directed by George Stevens and produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

Glenn Miller & his Orchestra record 'Tuxedo Junction'

"Tuxedo Junction" is a popular song written by Erskine Hawkins, Bill Johnson, Julian Dash, and Buddy Feyne. The song was a No. 1 hit for Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. The song was introduced by the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, a college dance band previously known as the Bama State Collegians.

FDR proposes enlarging Supreme Court "court packing"

The Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of was a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to add more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. Roosevelt's purpose was to obtain favorable rulings regarding New Deal legislation that the court had ruled unconstitutional. The central provision of the bill would have granted the President power to appoint an additional Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, up to a maximum of six, for every member of the court over the age of 70 years and 6 months.

'Modern Times' is released

Modern Times is a silent comedy film written and directed by Charlie Chaplin in which his iconic Little Tramp character struggles to survive in the modern, industrialized world. The film is a comment on the desperate employment and financial conditions many people faced during the Great Depression.

Schoenberg's first string quartet premieres in Vienna

A large work consisting of one movement which lasts longer than 45 minutes, Schoenberg's First String Quartet was his first assured masterpiece, and it was the real beginning of his reputation as a composer. This quartet is remarkable for its density and intensity of orchestration with only four instruments.

Pi = 3.2 by law

The General assembly of the American state Indiana passed Bill No.246 which in effect gave 3.2 exactly as the value of pi. It stated, in part, "the ratio of the diameter and circumference (pi) is as five-fourths to four." That is 3.2 exactly. The bill never became law, due to the intervention a mathematician, who happened to be present.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera 'Otello' premieres at La Scala in Italy

Otello is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play Othello. It was Verdi's penultimate opera and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan. It proved to be a resounding success, and further stagings of Otello soon followed.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Bobby Brown