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Twitter reports its first quarterly profit as a public company

Twitter has posted its first quarterly profit in the company’s 12-year history, although a clampdown on fake accounts meant it lost users in the US and overall user growth stalled. The San Francisco-based social network, which went public 5 years ago, made a profit of $91m in the 4th quarter of 2017, compared with a $167m loss a year earlier, after cutting costs.

Sam Smith wins four Grammy Awards

Sam Smith won 4 awards, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year for "Stay with Me" and Best Pop Vocal Album for In the Lonely Hour. Beck's album Morning Phase was named Album of the Year. This prompted Kanye West, who later said he thought Beyoncé should have won, to jokingly leap onstage to interrupt Beck in a re-enactment of his 2009 MTV VMA scandal.

Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul debuts on AMC

The first teaser trailer debuted on AMC and confirmed its premiere date. AMC announced the series would have a two-night premiere. In May that year, Gilligan confirmed that more of the prominent characters from Breaking Bad would be making guest appearances in season 2, but remained vague on which characters were likely to be seen.

Medina hotel fire

The Medina hotel fire was a hotel fire that occurred in a hotel in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The fire killed at least 15 people and another 130 were wounded. An electrical short circuit caused a fire to break out in the hotel. According to a local government statement the fire was first reported at 6:30 pm ET, and the blaze was contained by 9:00 pm ET.

Katy Perry is at #1 on the US singles chart

Dark Horse was originally released as the 1st promotional single from Perry’s 4th studio album Prism, only to be released 3 months later again as the 3rd official single. The song that combined the genres of trap an hip hop became a commercial success, peaking at No. 1 of US Billboard Hot 100, just as in several other countries.

North American blizzard

A powerful blizzard developed from the combination of two areas of low pressure, primarily affecting the Northeastern United States and parts of Canada. Hurricane-force wind gusts were recorded, reaching up to 164 km/h. The blizzard left 700,000 residents without electricity and eighteen deaths were attributed to the storm.

Salang avalanches

A storm in the Hindu Kush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, burying over two miles of road, killing at least 172 people and trapping over 2,000 travelers. Shah Wali Kot and Shorandam districts were the worst affected.

Chris Brown is questioned over a complaint of assault by LA police

Brown was arrested after turning himself to the LAPD in case of his alleged assault of Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time. A police statement about the investigation says that the couple became involved in an argument in a car which escalated after they got out. Brown had left by the time the police arrived on the scene.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards are held

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center, LA. The biggest winners were Robert Plant and Alison Kraus, both of them won five awards. Special merit award, MusiCares Person of the Year went to Neil Diamond. The event was broadcasted by CBS, attracting millions of viewers.

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards are held

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center, LA. The top winner was U2 with five different awards, including their second win of Album of the Year. Other top winners included Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West, all of them won 3 awards. Green Day won Record of the Year award.

"Taboo" closes after just 100 performances

The show premiered in London's West End at the newly opened Venue Theatre. Comedian/talk show host Rosie O'Donnell was so enamoured with it that she decided to finance a Broadway production. After 16 previews, it opened at the Plymouth Theatre where, hampered by mostly scathing reviews, it closed after 100 performances.

Salt Lake City Public Library is opened to the public

The Salt Lake City main library has an area of 240,000 square feet and is a five-story-tall, wedge-shaped building. The structure includes 44,960 cubic yards of concrete as well as 176,368 square feet of glass. One of its features is the five-story curved glass wall. A rooftop garden completes the structure.

2002

The XIX Olympic Winter Games open at Salt Lake City

Commonly known as Salt Lake 2002, was a winter multi-sport event that was celebrated from 8 to 24 February around Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Approximately 2,400 athletes from 78 nations participated in 78 events in fifteen disciplines, held throughout 165 sporting sessions. Utah became the fifth state in the United States to host the Olympic Games. The ceremony was officially opened by President George W. Bush.

Eminem makes his live UK concert debut

Eminem appeared in the Manchester arena, on a live performance with around 15-thousand fans. Besides them, there were a lot of protesters who felt that singer's lyrics were homophobic, dangerous and offensive. This, however, fell largely on deaf ears. David and Victoria Beckham were among the crowd.

2000

“Super Calley go Ballistic Celtic are Atrocious”

Inverness Caledonian Thistle defeated Glasgow's Celtic FC 3-1 in the third round of the Scottish Cup football competition. The result, one of the biggest ever upsets in Scottish football, led to the famous newspaper headline "Super Caley go ballistic, Celtic are atrocious" by The Sun. The Guardian rated it as number 5 in six of the greatest football headlines.

1998

The first women's ice hockey game in Olympic history

The XVIII Olympic Winter Games saw the introduction of women's ice hockey, curling, and snowboarding. It was greatly anticipated that the women's gold medal match would feature Canada versus the United States. The first match took place between Sweden and Finland where Finland won 6-0.

1997

The first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 regular-season games when Brendan Shanahan scores 2:01 into overtime to give the visiting Detroit Red Wings a 6-5 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The victory moves Bowman to 1,000-452-255 with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Penguins and Red Wings.

1992

The XVI Olympic Winter Games open in Albertville

The 1992 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XVI Olympic Winter Games, were a winter multi-sport event celebrated in February 1992 in Albertville, France. They were the last Winter Olympics to be held the same year as the Summer Olympics and the first where the Winter Paralympics were held at the same site.

Right Said Fred start a three-week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"I'm Too Sexy" is the debut song by British group Right Said Fred. The single peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Outside the United Kingdom, "I'm Too Sexy" topped the charts in 6 countries, including Australia, Ireland, and the United States.

1990

Pro-surfer Bethany Hamilton is born

Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off but who ultimately returned to, and was victorious, in professional surfing. She wrote about her experience in the 2004 autobiography Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.

Del Shannon dies of self-inflicted gunshot wounds

Shannon was an American rock & roll and country musician. During his life, he suffered from severe depressions. The antidepressants did not help much and he was driven to commit suicide at his home, shooting himself with a gun. After his death, he was cremated, with his ashes being scattered.

Billy Ocean starts a four week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

Aided by a video featuring Douglas and co-stars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito as lip-synching backup singers, the song became a major international hit reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for 4 weeks and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, stalling behind "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston.

1986

Spud Webb wins dunk contest

Spud Webb is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb was the shortest person to compete in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, winning the event in 1986 at Dallas' Reunion Arena. He defeated Wilkins with two perfect 50-point scores in the final round. After that, he said he never had anything prepared and didn't practice for it.

1984

The XIV Olympic Winter Games open in Sarajevo

The 1984 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIV Olympic Winter Games was a winter multi-sport event which took place in February 1984 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. Other candidate cities were Sapporo, Japan; and Gothenburg, Sweden. It was the first Winter Olympics held in a socialist state.

The third Brit Awards are held

The BRIT Awards are the annual British pop music awards, considered to be the highest profile music awards ceremony in the country. The third one, hosted by Tim Rice, took place at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. It was not broadcasted at the time, unlike the first one, which took place 6 years prior to the event.

1983

Wayne Gretzky scores 4 goals in one period of All-Star Game

Edmonton Oilers' center Wayne Gretzky set an All-Star Game record by scoring all of his four goals in the third period. Gretzky's four-goal performance was instrumental in winning his first All-Star M.V.P. honor. Mark Messier assisted on three of the four goals in the third period to set an All-Star Game record for most assists in a period.

R.E.M. make their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna

R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night', 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.' The band has now sold more than 85 million records worldwide becoming one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time.

"Taxi Driver" is released

Taxi Driver is a neo-noir psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City following the Vietnam War. Critically acclaimed upon release and nominated for four Academy Awards. Taxi Driver won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.

Bob Dylan is #1 on the Billboard chart with "Blood On The Tracks"

Blood on the Tracks, Dylan's 15th studio album, was released at the beginning of the year by Colombia Records. Reviews it received were initially mixed, however, it has been subsequently acclaimed as one of his greatest works. The album topped the Billboard 200 and reached No. 4 on the UK Albums chart.

Swiss astronomer Fritz Zwicky dies

He first proposed the existence of dark matter in the universe. The dark matter does not emit radiation and therefore cannot be directly observed. Its existence can be, however, deduced from the behaviour of observable objects. According to current astronomy, the universe contains 26.8% of dark matter.

The world's first electronic stock exchange opens trading

The Nasdaq Stock Market is an American stock exchange. It is the second-largest exchange in the world by market capitalization, behind only the New York Stock Exchange located in the same city. Nasdaq was founded by the National Association of Securities Dealers, which divested itself of Nasdaq in a series of sales.

"Planet of the Apes" premieres in Capitol Theatre, NYC

Planet of the Apes is an American science fiction movie directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. It stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, and Linda Harrison. The screenplay was loosely based on the French novel La Planète des Singes by Pierre Boulle. Jerry Goldsmith composed the groundbreaking avant-garde score. It premiered in the New York City.

JFK bans travel and business with Cuba

Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy imposed travel restrictions and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations were issued, again under the Trading with the Enemy Act in response to Cubans hosting Soviet nuclear weapons. Under these restrictions, Cuban assets in the U.S. were frozen and the existing restrictions were consolidated.

1960

Bill Russell becomes the first NBA player with 50 rebounds

William Felton Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. He is equally notable for his rebounding abilities. He led the NBA in rebounds four times, had a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds, and remains second all-time in both total rebounds and rebounds per game. He is one of just two NBA players, the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain, to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a game. He set this record with Boston Celtics against Syracuse Nationals.

Construction began on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The walk of fame was designed in 1958 and construction began 2 years later, when it officially opened. The walk itself stretches 18 blocks – about 1.3 miles from east to west on Hollywood Boulevard and 0.4 miles from north to south on the cross street of Vine – which makes for a fun and easy 20-minute stroll while tourists stop to take photos with their hands touching their favorite celebrity’s star.

American actress Mary Steenburgen is born

Mary Steenburgen's big break came when she was cast as the female lead in Goin' South. Steenburgen won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing the role of Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard. She plays Gail Klosterman on The Last Man on Earth.

Cardinal Mindszenty is sentenced to life imprisonment

After World War II, Mindszenty opposed communism and the communist persecution in his country. As a result, he was tortured and given a life sentence in a 1949 show trial that generated worldwide condemnation, including a United Nations resolution.

B247, the first modern aircraft

New Boeing Model 247 took off for the first time. Its construction incorporated most of the technological advances similar to the modern aircraft. It had all-metal airframe, a fully cantilevered wing, retractable landing gear, control surface trim tabs, autopilot and de-icing boots for the wings and tailplane.

American composer John Williams is born

John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, and the first three Harry Potter films.

James Dean is born

James Dean is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant.

Petipa's revival of "Swan Lake" premieres in St Petersburg

The 1917 Petipa/Ivanov/Drigo revival of Swan Lake is a famous version of the ballet Swan Lake, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky based on an ancient German legend. Originally choreographed by Julius Reisinger to the music of Tchaikovsky, it was first presented as The Lake of the Swans by the Ballet of the Moscow Imperial Bolshoi Theatre in 1877.

Dawes Act is signed into law

The Dawes Act of 1887, adopted by Congress, authorized the President of the United States to survey American Indian tribal land and divide it into allotments for individual Indians. Those who accepted allotments and lived separately from the tribe would be granted United States citizenship.

Standard time is invented

After missing a train while traveling in Ireland in 1876 because a printed schedule listed p.m. instead of a.m. Canadian engineer Sandford Fleming proposed to establish single 24-hour clock for the entire world. Standard time zones could be used locally, but they would be subordinate to the single world time.

Swiss mathematician and physicist Daniel Bernoulli is born

He is known for the so called Bernoulli's principle. It is the law of energy conservation applied to ideal fluid. It underlies the operation of such technologies like airplane wing, sail, or carburettor. Daniel Bernoulli also created first kinetic theory of gases. He was a member of famous Bernoulli, which had mathematics as a family business.

Mary Stuart is beheaded

Mary, Queen of Scots reigned over Scotland. After 19 years of imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I. She was beheaded the following year.

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