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Hualien earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 on the moment magnitude scale hit Taiwan. The epicenter was on the coastline near Hualien, which was the most severely affected area, with a maximum felt intensity of VIII on the Mercalli intensity scale. At least 17 deaths have been reported, with 285 injured. The epicenter was located at Hualien County, Taiwan, reaching a scale of ML 5.8.

Southern Taiwan earthquake

An earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.4 struck 28 km northeast of Pingtung City in southern Taiwan, in the Meinong District of Kaohsiung. The earthquake struck at a depth of around 23 km. The earthquake had a maximum intensity of VII on the Mercalli intensity scale, causing widespread damage and 117 deaths. Almost all of the deaths were caused by a collapsed residential building, named Weiguan Jinlong in Yongkang District.

Greece rating cut to junk

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services has downgraded Greece’s credit rating to triple-C, reflecting its view that the government will likely default on its commercial debt within the next 12 months, without an agreement with its creditors. S&P has a negative outlook for the rating, which was cut one notch.

Jay Leno leaves The Tonight Show after 22 years as its host

Leno left The Tonight Show for good and was succeeded by Late Night host Jimmy Fallon, at which time the series returned to New York for the first time since 1972. The handover to Jimmy Fallon has been amicable, with Leno and Fallon giving joint interviews and the younger comic appearing on "The Tonight Show" penning mock thank-you notes to his mentor and promising to do him proud.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is named as the greatest song of all time

NME placed the song at number two on its list of the "100 Best Tracks Of The '90s" and at number one on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" in 2014. The song was also named the most iconic song of all time according to a study by Goldsmith's College, which analysed various songs featured in numerous 'all-time best' lists.

Christie's breaks world record price for female artist

Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot became the most expensive female artist at auction when Christie's in London sold her feathery portrait of a young redhead in a straw hat and purple dress for $10.9 million. The 1881 painting, "After Lunch," toppled the record set last year by a $10.7 million Louise Bourgeois sculpture.

Solomon Islands earthquake

The Solomon Islands earthquake struck northeast of Australia with a moment magnitude of 8.0 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII. Its epicenter was the Solomon Islands, at the boundaries of the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates, causing local evacuations and a tsunami of 1.5 m and killing at least nine people.

Musical drama "Smash" premieres on NBC

Smash is an American musical drama television series created by playwright Theresa Rebeck and developed by Robert Greenblatt for NBC. Steven Spielberg served as one of the executive producers. The series, especially the pilot episode, enjoyed critical success. The first season received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography among four nominations.

Netflix releases its first original series

Lilyhammer is a Norwegian-American television series starring Steven Van Zandt about a former New York-based gangster named Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano trying to start a new life in isolated Lillehammer, Norway. The first season premiered on Netflix in North America with all 8 episodes available in full for streaming on the service.

Visayas earthquake

The Visayas earthquake occurred with a body wave magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum intensity of VII. Destructive off the coast of Negros Oriental, Philippines. The epicenter of the submarine blind thrust earthquake was approximately 72 kilometres north of the provincial capital of Dumaguete City.

LA judge issues a restraining order against Spears' manager

A restraining order was issued against Sam Lutfi, the former manager of Britney Spears. He was restricted from getting closer than 250 yards or trying to communicate with her. Court papers say that he allegedly drugged the singer, yelled at her and according to her parents controlled too much of her life.

"American Dad!" first airs on Fox

American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman. The sitcom is deriving its humor mostly from the quirky characters, the relationships between family members, and the relatively relatable plots. The plots are often absurd, but they are grounded in family stories and real-world issues.


50th NHL All-Star Game

The 2000 National Hockey League All-Star Game took place on February 6, 2000, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Falco is killed in a road accident

The accident that cost Falco his life went largely unnoticed in the world, as he was not well known by his birth name, Johann Hölzel outside Austria. He died on vacation in the Dominican Republic after his rental car crashed into the bus. Apparently, he was drunk and under the influence of cocaine.

Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys dies

Carl was a heavy cigarette smoker since his younger years, which led to him being diagnosed with lung cancer. Despite undergoing chemotherapy, he still continued to perform. He succumbed to the illness and died in LA, surrounded by his family, only two months after his mother has left them.

Cartoonist Jack Kirby dies at 76

Jack Kirby was an American comic book artist, writer, and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its most prolific and influential creators. In 1940, he and writer-editor Joe Simon created the highly successful superhero character Captain America for Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics.


American tennis star Arthur Ashe dies of AIDS at 49

Arthur Robert Ashe Jr. was an American professional tennis player who won 3 Grand Slam titles. Ashe was the 1st black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He retired in 1980 and died from AIDS-related pneumonia at age 49.


Riddick Bowe TKOs Michael Dokes

Riddick Bowe vs. Michael Dokes, billed as "The Homecoming", was a professional boxing match contested in 1993 for the WBA, IBF, and Lineal heavyweight world championships. It took place at Madison Square Garden and was broadcast by HBO. Referee Joe Santarpia stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:19 of the first round, awarding Bowe a TKO victory.

Billy Idol sufferes serious injuries

Idol was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, which nearly cost him a leg. He was hit by a car when he ran a stop sign while riding home from the studio one night, requiring a steel rod to be placed in his leg. Shortly prior to this, film director Oliver Stone had chosen Idol for a role in his film The Doors.

Tiffany is at #1 on the US chart with "Could’ve Been"

Tiffany's manager felt she wasn't mature enough to handle „Could've Been“, as it was a song with emotional depth. She convinced him she could, recorded and put it on her debut album. The song went up the charts immediately and managed to reach No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending there two weeks.

The Reagan Doctrine is announced

The Reagan Doctrine was a strategy orchestrated and implemented by the United States under the Reagan Administration to overwhelm the global influence of the Soviet Union in an attempt to end the Cold War. The doctrine was the centerpiece of United States foreign policy from the early 1980's until the end of the Cold War.

Kraftwerk are at #1 on the UK singles

The Model, originally called „Das Modell“ was released under its English translation on the B-side of the „Computer Love“ single, which reached No. 36 in the UK. However, EMI re-issued the song in the A-side, allowing it to reach No. 1 and spending a total of 21 weeks among the top 75 of the UK Singles chart.

"Fort Apache, The Bronx" is released amid protests in the US

Fort Apache, The Bronx is about a hard-drinking, lonely veteran cop, Murphy, and his young partner Corelli, who work in a crime-ridden precinct in The Bronx. It was filmed on locations in the Bronx. At the time of its release, the movie caused controversy, as Hispanic and African-Americans objected to their depiction as drug dealers and criminals.

Death by swine flu

US Army private David Lewis died because of influenza. The virus strain was H1N1. It was related to the Spanish flu, which killed around 50 to 100 million people worldwide after the Great War (3 to 5 % world's population). The outbreak led to massive immunization, which, however, caused 25 deaths and 500 cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome.


Muhammad Ali TKOs Ernie Terrell

Muhammad Ali vs. Ernie Terrell was a professional boxing match contested in 1967, for the WBA & WBC Heavyweight Championship. The fight went the full distance with Ali winning through a unanimous decision. Ali taunted Terrell during the bout and beat him savagely but refused to move in for the knockout.


Sir Stanley Matthews makes the last of his 704 appearances

His only first team appearance of the season was also the last Football League game of his career, just after his 50th birthday, and was necessitated by injuries to both Peter Dobing and Gerry Bridgwood. The opponents that day were Fulham, and Stoke won the game 3–1. Though he felt he had retired too early and could have carried on playing for another two years, this brought an end to his 35-year professional career.

The Righteous Brothers start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is a song written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil. It was first recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1964, produced by Phil Spector. Their recording is considered by some music critics to be the ultimate expression and illustration of Spector's "Wall of Sound" recording technique. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1965 and remained at No. 1 for a further week .

Jesse Belvin is killed aged 27 in a car accident

Jesse Belvin was an American singer whose promising career was ended by an early death in a car crash. Both Belvin and his wife died in a head-on collision at Hope, Arkansas. The driver lost control over his vehicle after nodding off. Shockingly, he had been recently fired from his former job for the same reason.

First Titan rocket

The United states successfully test new intercontinental ballistic missile, Titan I. The project has been accompanied by budget problems from the beginning. Cost for one missile was around three million dollars, 264 rockets were built. They were operational for only three years, but founded a famous family o Titan rockets.

Munich air disaster

The Munich air disaster occurred when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the "Busby Babes", along with supporters and journalists. Twenty of the 44 on the aircraft died at the scene.

George Harrison joins Liverpool group The Quarrymen

Harrison auditioned for the skiffle group Quarrymen as the guitarist after turning 15. Being told he was too young to join, he began socializing with the group, joining them when needed and eventually became accepted as a member. The band members later renamed themselves to the Beatles.

King George VI dies and Princess Elizabeth becomes queen

Elizabeth II has been Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand since 6 February. Additionally, she is Head of the Commonwealth and queen of 12 countries that have become independent since her accession. She was proclaimed queen throughout her realms and the royal party returned to the United Kingdom.


The IV Olympic Winter Games open at Germany

The 1936 Winter Olympics, officially known as the IV Olympic Winter Games were a winter multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1936 in the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria. Germany also hosted that year's Summer Olympics in Berlin. 1936 is the last year in which the Summer and Winter Games were both held in the same country.

"Monopoly" board game goes on sale for 1st time

Monopoly is a board game where players roll two six-sided dice to move around the game-board buying and trading properties and develop them with houses and hotels. It was first published by Parker Brothers. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly—the domination of a market by a single entity.

American physicist Gerard O'Neill is born

He invented particle storage ring, a device used in high-energy physics to store particle beam for many hours. His other invention was a magnetic catapult for non-rocket spacelaunch. He proposed a new design for space colony called now the O'Neill cylinder. O'Neill proposed colonization of space for the 21st century.

"The Kid" is released

The Kid is a 1921 silent comedy-drama film written, produced, directed, and starring Charlie Chaplin, and features Jackie Coogan as his adopted son and sidekick. This was Chaplin's first full-length film as a director. It was the second-highest-grossing film in 1921. Innovative in its combination of comedic and dramatic elements.

British paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey is born

She discovered first fossilised skull of Proconsul, an extinct human ancesor. She also discovered another skull belonging to our extinct relative Zinjanthropus. For much of her career Mary Leakey worked with her husband, Louis Leakey, at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania, eastern Africa. They found many fossils as well as the stone tools.

Robert Schumann's "Rhenisch" premieres in Düsseldorf

The Third Symphony is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in B♭, two bassoons, four French horns in E♭, two trumpets in E♭, three trombones, timpani and strings. It premiered in Düsseldorf, conducted by Schumann himself, and was received with mixed reviews, "ranging from praise without qualification to bewilderment".

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