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2018

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games open at South Korea

Commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is an international multi-sport event in South Korea. These Games featured 102 events in fifteen sports disciplines. 2,952 athletes from 92 National Olympic Committees competed, including the debut of Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, and Singapore.

Broadway revival of "Sunset Boulevard" opens

Glenn Close reprised her performance as Norma Desmond in a revival on Broadway. Featuring a 40-piece onstage orchestra and a relatively minimalist set, the production began performances at the Palace Theatre before opening officially for a limited run. The cast featured Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as Betty Schaefer, and Fred Johanson as Max von Mayerling, all reprising their roles from the 2016 London ENO production.

Video game Firewatch is released

Firewatch is a first-person mystery adventure game. The story follows a Shoshone National Forest fire lookout named Henry in 1989, following the Yellowstone fires of 1988. The game received generally positive reviews, earning praise for its story, characters, dialogue, and visual style.

Shanley's "Prodigal Son" opens Off-Broadway

Shanley's play, Prodigal Son, which he is directing, is produced Off-Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club. It features Timothée Chalamet, Robert Sean Leonard, Annika Boras, Chris McGarry and David Potters. The play concerns a lonely teen from The Bronx who attends a private school in New Hampshire.

Bad Aibling rail accident

2 Meridian-branded passenger trains were involved in a head-on collision at Bad Aibling in southeastern Germany. Of approximately 150 people on board the two trains, 12 people died and 85 others were injured, including 24 seriously. Two months after the accident, investigators announced that it had been caused by the responsible Deutsche Bahn train dispatcher who gave incorrect orders.

Bob Dylan turns the tables at the Musicares charity gala honouring his career

Bob Dylan turned the tables on his critics during a 30-minute speech, at the MusiCares charity gala honoring his career. The 73-year-old, who rarely talks about his work, asked why critics complained he "can't sing" and sounds "like a frog" but do not "say that about Tom Waits?" The singer added, "Critics say my voice is shot, that I have no voice. Why don't they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment?"

Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" album reaches number one

Pink Friday is the debut studio album by American recording artist Nicki Minaj. The album was promoted with singles "Super Bass", "Your Love", "Check It Out", "Right Thru Me", "Moment 4 Life", "Did It On'em", "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" and "Fly". Pink Friday features guest vocals from Eminem, Rihanna, Drake, will.i.am, Kanye West and Natasha Bedingfield.

Video game BioShock 2 is released

BioShock 2 is a first-person shooter video game. Set in the fictional underwater dystopian city of Rapture, the game's story takes place eight years after the events of the first BioShock. Assuming control of Subject Delta, a hulking Big Daddy, players are tasked with fighting through "splicers", the psychotic human population of the city, using weapons and an array of genetic modifications.

Ringo Starr becomes is added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Starr was honored with the 2,401st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. It is located at 1750 North Vine Street, in front of the Capitol Records building, as are the stars for Lennon, McCartney and Harrison. Starr was also appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to music.

The Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision

Los Angeles-class submarine USS Greeneville collided with Japanese-fishery high-school training ship Ehime Maru near the south coast of Oahu, Hawaii, Within 10 minutes of the collision, Ehime Maru sank. Nine of the people on board were killed: four high-school students, two teachers, and three crewmembers.

Simpsons airs 167th episode and becomes the longest-running animated series

"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" is the 14th episode in the eighth season of the American animated television series The Simpsons. It originally aired on the Fox network in the US. This is the show's 167th episode, The Simpsons surpassed The Flintstones in the number of episodes produced for a prime-time animated series.

Element 112

Copernicium is a synthetic chemical element with symbol Cn and atomic number 112. It is an extremely radioactive element, and can only be created in a laboratory. The most stable known isotope, copernicium-285, has a half-life of approximately 29 seconds. Copernicium was first created in 1996 by the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research near Darmstadt, Germany. It is named after the astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

1992

Magic Johnson returns for All-Star Game

The event, which was the first one held after Johnson's appearance in the Olympics, raised over $1.3 million for UNCF. Magic Johnson joined Shaquille O'Neal and celebrity coach Spike Lee to lead the blue team to a 147–132 victory over the white team, which was coached by Arsenio Hall.

Adam Sandler joins the cast of Saturday Night Live

Sandler was discovered by comedian Dennis Miller, who caught Sandler's act in Los Angeles and recommended him to Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. Sandler was hired as a writer for SNL and became a featured player the following year. After becoming an SNL cast member, Sandler went on to star in many Hollywood feature films that combined have grossed over $2 billion at the box office.

The seventh 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 seventh, hosted by Jonathan King, was held at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The whole event was broadcasted by BBC, the channel that did it for 8 consecutive years.

Comet Halley reaches perihelion

Halley comet reached its closest approach to the sun, the perihelion. Comet Halley is the only known the short-period comet that is regularly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime. It has been observed and recorded since at least 240 BC.

"Like A Virgin" starts a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart

Madonna's second studio album, Like a Virgin, received mixed reviews after its release. However, it was a commercial success, becoming her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200, month after getting into top ten. It kept its position for three consecutive weeks after that. The album sold 3.5 million copies after 14 weeks.

Chita Rivera and Liza Minnelli star in "The Rink"

Chita Rivera co-starred with Liza Minnelli in The Rink, a Kander and Ebb musical collaboration, with book by Terrence McNally, the same trio that created Kiss of the Spider Woman. Both leading ladies received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical — Rivera won the Tony Award, her first, for her role as Anna, mother to Angel.

Hungarian-British physicist Dennis Gabor dies

He is known for inventing holography. His discovery was an unexpected result of research into improving electron microscopes. The technique is still used in electron microscopy, where it is known as electron holography. Optical holography did not really advance until the development of the laser in 1960.

Earthquake hits San Fernando Valley

The San Fernando earthquake occurred in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California. The unanticipated thrust earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 on the Ms scale, and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI. The event was one in a series that affected the Los Angeles area in the late 20th century.

Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet first flight

The Boeing 747 is an American wide-body commercial jet airliner and cargo aircraft often referred to by its original nickname, "Jumbo Jet". The first flight took place on with test pilots Jack Waddell and Brien Wygle at the controls and Jess Wallick at the flight engineer's station.

Rotterdam metro is opened by Princess Beatrix

The Rotterdam Metro is a rapid transit system operated in Rotterdam, Netherlands and surrounding municipalities by RET. The first line called Noord – Zuidlijn opened and ran from Centraal Station to Zuidplein, crossing the river Nieuwe Maas in a tunnel. It was the first metro system to open in the Netherlands. At the time it was also one of the shortest metro lines in the world with a length of only 5.9 km.

1966

The NHL doubles in size

The NHL added six new teams to double its size at the NHL expansion. The league then increased to 18 teams by 1974 and 21 teams in 1979. Between 1991 and 2000, the NHL further expanded to 30 teams. It added its 31st team in 2017 and has approved the addition of the 32nd team in 2021.

The Beatles make their US TV debut

The Beatles landed at NY airport at the beginning of February. Their first performance on the US television came two days after. The band appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, which have been watched by roughly 73 million viewers, largest audience that had been recorded for an American TV program.

Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes To Hollywood is born

Johnson was born in Liverpool, the UK as a third child, nicknamed Billy. He became actively involved in punk rock/new wave scene of Everton while attending the Liverpool Collegiate there. He started playing bass guitar, gaining more and more experience and eventually became the lead vocalist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

McCarthy says communists are in State Department

McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in the United States in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He is known for alleging that numerous Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States federal government, universities, film industry, and elsewhere.

Novelist Alice Walker is born

Alice Malsenior Walker is an American novelist, short story writer, poet, and activist. She wrote the novel The Color Purple for which she won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She also wrote the novels Meridian and The Third Life of Grange Copeland, among other works.

Economist Joseph Stiglitz is born

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal. He was born in Gary, Indiana, to Charlotte, a schoolteacher, and Nathaniel David Stiglitz, an insurance salesman.

Battle of Guadalcanal ends with an American victory

The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by American forces, was a military campaign fought between on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater of World War II. It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan and it was won by Americans.

Daylight-saving "war time" goes into effect in USA

DST became a local option and was observed in some states until World War II when President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round DST, called "War Time". It lasted until the last Sunday in September. After that many states and cities east of the Mississippi River adopted summer DST.

1940

Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Joe Louis was an American professional boxer. Louis fought Chilean Arturo Godoy twice in the same year. The first was held at the Madison Square Garden, which Louis won by a split-decision and the rematch by a knockout in the eighth round.

Irish poet and playwright Brendan Behan is born

Brendan Francis Aidan Behan was an Irish Republican, poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and poets of all time. He was born in the inner city of Dublin at Holles Street Hospital in 1923 into an educated working-class family.

Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar dies at 33

Paul Laurence Dunbar was an American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began to write stories and verse when still a child. Suffering from tuberculosis, which had no cure, Dunbar died at the age of 33.

1895

Volleyball is invented by W. G. Morgan

William G. Morgan, a YMCA physical education director, created a new game called Mintonette, a name derived from the game of badminton, as a pastime to be played indoors and by any number of players. The game took some of its characteristics from other sports such as tennis and handball.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan

Falstaff is a comic opera in three acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. The work premiered in 1893 at La Scala, Milan. Verdi wrote Falstaff, which was the last of his 28 operas, as he was approaching the age of 80.

German engine designer Wilhelm Maybach is born

He invented the float-feed carburetor in which fuel was vaporized by passing it through the jet as a fine spray and mixed with air to produce a combustible mixture for the engine. He also designed the first Mercedes car for Daimler. Later he designed motors for Zeppelin airships. After the war, he started his own brand of automobiles.

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