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Final episode of 'The Librarians' airs

The Librarians‘ hushing by TNT comes one month after its Season 4 finale and just days after recurring player/executive producer Noah Wyle booked a lead role in a CBS pilot. The series premiered in over 100 countries on Universal Channel within 24 hours of its premiere in the United States.

Patrick Soon-Shiong buys LA Times for $500 million

Tribune Publishing, formerly Tronc Inc. agreed to sell the Los Angeles Times along with other southern California properties to billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong. This purchase by Soon-Shiong through his Nant Capital investment fund is for $500 million, as well as the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.

Uber hires 'flying car engineer' from Nasa

Uber hired longtime NASA engineer Mark Moore to work on the rideshare company's flying-car project. Moore has become director of engineering for aviation and is helping to develop the Uber Elevate initiative, which envisions using "air taxis" to ferry people between "vertiports" located within 50 miles to 100 miles of each other.


Maria Sharapova reveals she failed a drug test

Maria Sharapova revealed she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open. She had tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Subsequently, she was suspended from playing tennis for 2 years by the International Tennis Federation.


BBC presenter interviews Tommy Lawrence without knowing

Lawrence, a Scottish professional footballer, was inadvertently interviewed in the street by BBC journalist Stuart Flinders who was asking elderly people if they remembered the 1966–67 FA Cup Fifth Round game between Liverpool and Everton. Lawrence replied "I do, I played in it. I was goalkeeper for Liverpool."


The XXII Olympic Winter Games open at Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially called the XXII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Sochi 2014, were a major international multi-sport event held in February 2014 in Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. Sochi was selected as the host city in July 2007, during the 119th IOC Session held in Guatemala City.

A revival of 'Master Class' opens at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre

After wowing critics and audiences in the Broadway revival of Master Class, Tyne Daly is reprising her performance as opera diva Maria Callas at London’s Vaudeville Theatre. The revival received a 2012 Tony Award nomination, Best Revival of a Play.

AOL buys Huffington Post website

HuffPost is a liberal American news and opinion website and blog that has both localized and international editions. AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million, making Arianna Huffington editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group.

Snickers debuts "You're not you when you're hungry" TV ad

A new advertising campaign was launched, based on people turning into different people when they're hungry. Betty White and Abe Vigoda appeared in the first Snickers commercial in this campaign, playing American football. The commercial was ranked by ADBOWL as the best advertisement of the year.

Black Saturday Bushfires

As many as 400 individual fires were recorded after an exceptional heatwave across the Australian state of Victoria, reaching over 40 °C. As a result of these fires, 173 people died and 414 were injured. Over 3,500 structures were destroyed.

'Thriller' is named the Top Pop Video

Jackson's Thriller is a horror-themed music video, released from Jackson's sixth studio album. In the UK, it aired late at night, on Channel 4 and has been voted as the most influential pop music video of the time by the viewers. Later, it was listed among Guinness World Records as the most successful video.

'We Will Rock You' tops a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time

Since its release, We Will Rock You has been covered, remixed, sampled, parodied, referenced and used by multiple recording artists, TV shows, films and other media worldwide. It has also become a cliche at sports events around the world as a stadium anthem, mostly due to its simple rhythm.

Blondie go to #1 with 'Maria'

Maria, a song from American band Blondie, saw quite a success, reaching the No. 1 on the UK Singles chart and doing fairly good in some other countries as well. It was the band's sixth UK #1, just as well as the first one in 18 years. The song itself was released exactly 20 years after their first #1 – Heart of Glass.


The XVIII Olympic Winter Games open at Nagano

The 1998 Winter Olympics, officially the XVIII Olympic Winter Games, was a winter multi-sport event celebrated in February 1998 in Nagano, Japan. The Games saw the introduction of women's ice hockey, curling, and snowboarding. National Hockey League players were allowed to participate in the men's ice hockey.


Joe Mullen records his 1,000th career point

Mullen played with the US National Team on several occasions, including three Canada Cup tournaments. He was the first American player to score 500 goals and to reach 1,000 points in his career. Mullen received the Lester Patrick Trophy in recognition of his contributions to the sport in the US.

Shania Twain releases 'The Woman in Me'

The Woman in Me is the second studio album by Canadian country singer Shania Twain and her first with the majority of the songs co-written by her. After its release it went on to become her biggest-selling recording at the time of its release, selling 4 million copies by the end of the year, and was eventually certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA.

European Union treaty is signed

The Maastricht Treaty undertaken to integrate Europe was signed by the members of the European Community in Maastricht, Netherlands. The same city hosted the European Council which drafted the treaty. Upon its entry into force during the Delors Commission, it created the three pillars structure of the European Union.

IRA attack on Downing Street

The Downing Street mortar attack was carried out by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. The IRA launched homemade mortar shells at 10 Downing Street, London, the official residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. It was an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister John Major and his War Cabinet, who were meeting to discuss the Gulf War. One of the heavy mortar shells exploded in the back garden of number 10, only yards from the cabinet office.

Soviet Communist Party gives up monopoly on political power

The Central Committee of the Soviet Union’s Communist Party agrees to endorse President Mikhail Gorbachev’s recommendation that the party gives up its 70-year long monopoly of political power. The Committee’s decision to allow political challenges to the party’s dominance in Russia was another signal of the impending collapse of the Soviet system.

Billy Randall introduced a bill to make 'Tutti Frutti' the state's official rock song

"Tutti Frutti" is a song written by Little Richard along with Dorothy LaBostrie. With its opening and its hard-driving sound and wild lyrics, it became not only a model for many future Little Richard songs but also a model for rock and roll itself. Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richards "Tutti Frutti," the state's official rock song.


Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Michael Gerard Tyson is an American former professional boxer. His first marriage was to actress Robin Givens, from 1988 to 1989. Givens was famous for her work on the sitcom Head of the Class. Tyson's marriage to Givens was especially tumultuous, with allegations of violence, spousal abuse and mental instability on Tyson's part.

George Michael and Aretha Franklin are at #1 on the UK singles chart

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), a duet performed by Franklin and Michael reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Besides that, it also topped the Billboard Hot 100. It was Franklin's first and the only No. 1 in the UK, however as for Michael, the single has been his third No. 1 in the UK since he started performing solo.

Madonna's 'Open Your Heart' single goes #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

"Open Your Heart" is a song from studio album True Blue. Originally a rock and roll song titled "Follow Your Heart", it was written for singer Cyndi Lauper. Looking for new songs for True Blue, Madonna accepted it. She rewrote the song and, along with Patrick Leonard, changed the composition to suit the dance-pop genre.

Leading lady Shelley Long leaves the sitcom 'Cheers', with Kirsty Alley later replacing her

Amid much controversy, Long left Cheers after season five. In the Cheers biography documentary, co-star Ted Danson admitted there was tension between them but "never at a personal level and always at a work level" due to their different modes of working. He also stated that Long was much more like her character than she would like to admit, but also said that her performances often "carried the show."

Untethered space walk

US astronaut Bruce McCandless II made first untethered spacewalk using manned maneuvering unit (MMU). He ventured out 98 m from the Challenger space shuttle. The device was retired from use following its third use. It had a smaller successor, the Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER). It is for emergency use only.

John Lennon is at #1 on the UK singles chart

The single debuted at number 3 in the UK, then moving to number 2 and finally reaching number 1, where it spent 2 weeks, knocking off the top spot his own re-released "Imagine". In the US the single peaked at number 2 on Billboard Hot 100 while reaching number 1 on the Cashbox Top 100.

Bob Dylan is at #1 on the US album chart

Dylan released his 17th album, Desire, at the beginning of the year by studio Columbia Records. It soon reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, holding its position there for five consecutive weeks. Following this, Desire became one of Dylan's bestselling albums, being certified double Platinum.


Darryl Sittler sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

Darryl Glen Sittler is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League from 1970 until 1985 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Detroit Red Wings. In 1976, Sittler set an NHL record that still stands for most points scored in 1 game. He recorded 10 points against the Boston Bruins.


George Best scores an English FA Cup record

George Best's assessment of his role came the day after one of his most memorable performances. His comeback game after a 4-week ban for kicking the ball from a referee's hands was much anticipated. Best duly put six past Northampton in Manchester United's 8-2 FA Cup 5th round tie at the old County Ground.

Led Zeppelin score their first UK #1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'

Led Zeppelin II was the second studio album released by Led Zeppelin. It was very successful, becoming their first album to reach No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, just as well as in a few other countries. Over the years, it sold more than 12 million copies, for which it was certified 12x Platinum.

Shocking Blue go to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Venus'

Venus was originally released by a Dutch rock band Shocking Blue as a single from their third album Scorpio's Dance. The song managed to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US and fared well in many other countries as well. The single sold over 7.5 million copies all around the world.

Lennon and Ono are featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine

Annie Leibovitz arrived at the New York apartment building of John Lennon and Yoko Ono to photograph the couple for a cover of Rolling Stone. She urged them both to take their clothes off, a flashback to their first Rolling Stone cover. Ono declined, but Lennon was game and stripped down before getting on the floor.

Arthur Miller's 'Price' premieres in NYC

The Price is a 1968 play by Arthur Miller. It's about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one's decisions. The play premiered on Broadway in 1968 and has been revived four times on Broadway. It was nominated for two 1968 Tony Awards.

The Bee Gees return to the UK after living in Australia for nine years

Before their departure from Australia to England, Hugh Gibb sent demos to Brian Epstein, who managed the Beatles and directed NEMS, a British music store. Epstein passed the demo tapes to Robert Stigwood, who had recently joined NEMS. After an audition with Stigwood, the Bee Gees signed a 5-year contract whereby Polydor Records and returned back to the UK.

Pan Am flight 101 is greeted by over 5,000 riotous Beatles fans

Beatles left the UK for their first trip to the US, with many of their fans waving and screaming as the plane took off from Heathrow. A huge crowd of American fans was already waiting for them at the NY airport to greet them. It was two days after that when the Beatles gave their first live performance on US TV.


Cassius Clay converts to Islam

At age 22 in 1964, Clay won the WBA, WBC, and lineal heavyweight titles from Sonny Liston in a major upset. He then converted to Islam and changed his name from Cassius Clay, which he called his "slave name", to Muhammad Ali. He set an example of racial pride for African Americans and resistance to white domination during the Civil Rights Movement.

Luisenthal mining disaster

A methane explosion occurred after the opening of a methane-containing cavern in the Alsbach field. This triggered an even bigger coal dust explosion with devastating effects. 299 workers of the 433 present were killed, making this the greatest mining catastrophe in the history of the Saarland coal mining area.

'Pinocchio' premieres

Pinocchio is based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Although it became the first animated feature to win a competitive Academy Award it was initially a box office disaster. It eventually made a profit in its 1945 reissue and is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made.

Neutron is described

English physicist James Chadwick described a new elementary particle – the neutron. Interestingly, several other physicists performed similar measurements as Chadwick before him. They, though, interpreted them as just gamma rays, already known to science. The neutron discovery was essential to the production of nuclear power.

Little Tramp debuts in 'Kid Auto Races at Venice'

Kid Auto Races at Venice is an American film starring Charles Chaplin in which his "Little Tramp" character makes his first appearance in a film exhibited before the public. The first film to be produced that featured the character was actually Mabel's Strange Predicament. It was shot a few days before Kid Auto Races but released two days after it.

HMS Orpheus sinks, killing 189

HMS Orpheus was a Jason-class Royal Navy corvette that served as the flagship of the Australian squadron. Orpheus sank off the west coast of Auckland, New Zealand, 189 crew out of the ship's complement of 259 died in the disaster, making it the worst maritime tragedy to occur in New Zealand waters.

Dickens's 'Sketches by Boz' is published

Sketches by "Boz," Illustrative of Every-day Life and Every-day People is a collection of short pieces Charles Dickens originally published in various newspapers and other periodicals. They were re-issued in book form, under their current title with illustrations by George Cruikshank.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1960

James Spader

died 1979

Josef Mengele

born 1993

Romy Gruber