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Hong Kong bus accident

At approximately 18:13 HKT, a Kowloon Motor Bus double-decker bus flipped onto its side on Tai Po Road in Tai Po, New Territories. The crash killed 19 people and injured 65. The incident was Hong Kong's second deadliest road traffic accident.

Jon Stewart announces he willing be leaving The Daily Show

Stewart announced that he would be leaving the show later in the year. Comedy Central indicated in a statement that The Daily Show would continue without Stewart, saying it would "endure for years to come". Stewart's final episode aired as an hour-long special in three segments. The first featured a reunion of a majority of the correspondents and contributors from throughout the show's history as well as a pre-recorded "anti-tribute" from various frequent guests and "friends" of the show.

The 66th British Academy Awards are held

The 66th British Academy Film Awards were held at the Royal Opera House in London, honoring the best national and foreign films of 2012. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2012.

Kumbh Mela stampede

A stampede broke out after a railing on a footbridge collapsed at the Allahabad railway station during the Hindu festival Kumbh Melan at the train station in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, killing 42 people and injuring at least 45. In an unrelated event earlier that day, two people were killed in another stampede.

The 55th Grammy Awards are held

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gotye and Kimbra won the Record of the Year for "Somebody That I Used to Know". Mumford & Sons won the Album of the Year for Babel, and Fun won the Song of the Year for "We Are Young" as well as the Best New Artist.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refuses to step down

Mubarak assumed the presidency after the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Mubarak's presidency lasted almost thirty years, making him Egypt's longest-serving ruler since Muhammad Ali Pasha, who ruled the country from 1805 to 1848, a reign of 43 years. Mubarak stepped down after 18 days of demonstrations during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011.

Video game 'F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin' is released

F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin is a first-person shooter survival horror video game, developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. It is the sequel to F.E.A.R. and is the second game in the F.E.A.R. series. It was released on this day and was made available on Steam two days later.

Amy Winehouse wins five prizes at Grammy Awards

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It honored the musical achievement of 2007 in which albums were released between October 1, 2006, through September 30, 2007. The primary ceremonies were televised in the US on CBS.


Richard Zednik suffers a serious life-threatening injury during game

Zedník suffered a severe and potentially life-threatening injury. Teammate Olli Jokinen got tangled up with Saber Clarke MacArthur and lost his balance in front of Zedník. As Jokinen fell, Zedník was skating past and his skate blade accidentally clipped Zedník's neck, slicing his common carotid artery open and causing it to spray a trail of blood onto the ice as Zedník reacted quickly and skated to the Panthers' bench.


Egypt win the African Cup of Nations with a penalty shootout victory over the Ivory Coast

The Africa Cup of Nations Final was a football match that took place at the Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, to determine the winner of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football. Egypt won the title for the 5th time by beating Ivory Coast 4–2 on penalties.


The XX Olympic Winter Games open in Turin, Italy

The ceremony was attended by 35,000 spectators with the presence of numerous international and Italian guests on the stage and heads of state and government on the stands. The event was broadcast live to an estimated two-billion audience worldwide by 32 television cameras.

Carly Fiorina is forced out as CEO of Hewlett Packard after six years

Carly Fiorina is an American businessperson and political figure, known primarily for her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard. As Chief Executive Officer of HP, Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Top-20 company as ranked by Fortune Magazine. She was forced to resign as CEO and Chair following a boardroom disagreement.

Kanye West's debut CD is released

The College Dropout is the debut studio album by American rapper Kanye West. It was released by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. It was recorded over a period of four years, beginning in 1999. Upon its release, The College Dropout debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 441,000 copies during its first week.

Deep Blue IBM computer defeats Garry Kasparov for the first time

They played a six-game match. Deep Blue won the first game, but Kasparov won three and drew two of the following five games, defeating Deep Blue by a score of 4–2. The computer was upgraded, played Kasparov again in May 1997 and won. Kasparov accused IBM of cheating and demanded a rematch but IBM refused. and retired Deep Blue.

Michael Jackson talks to Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey sat down with Michael Jackson for what would become the most-watched interview in television history. Jackson, an intensely private entertainer, had not given an interview in 14 years. The event was broadcast live from Jackson's Neverland Ranch and was watched by 90 million people worldwide.


Mike Tyson is convicted of raping Desiree Washington in Indiana

Tyson claimed that everything had taken place with Washington's full cooperation and he claimed not to have forced himself upon her. Tyson denied claims that he had misled Washington and insisted that she wanted to have sex with him. He was convicted on the rape charge after the jury deliberated for nearly 10 hours.

Paula Abdul starts a three-week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Opposites Attract" is a song recorded by Paula Abdul, featured on her debut album Forever Your Girl. "Opposites Attract" was the sixth and final single from the album, and achieved success in many countries, including the United States and Australia, where it was a number one hit.

Eurythmics have the UK #1 album with Touch

Touch is the 3rd studio album by the British new wave duo Eurythmics. It was released by RCA Records. Touch became the duo's first number-one album on the UK Albums Chart, and also reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200. It has since been certified Platinum in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Relax" is the debut single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, released in the United Kingdom by ZTT Records. The song was later included on the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome. The single eventually sold a reported 2 million copies in the UK alone, making it the seventh best-selling single in the UK Singles Chart's history.

Rod Stewart begins a four-week run on top of the US singles chart

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" is a song by British singer Rod Stewart from his album Blondes Have More Fun. It spent one week at the top of the British charts in December and four weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1979.

The Clash start recording their debut album

The album was recorded over three-weekend sessions at CBS Studio 3 in February. By the third of these sessions, the album was recorded and mixed to completion, with the tapes being delivered to CBS at the start of March. It cost £4000 to produce.

Elton John has his first UK #1 album

Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player is the 6th studio album by Elton John. Released by DJM Records, it was John's 6th normal studio album release, and was his second straight No. 1 album in the US, yielding his first No. 1 single in both the US and Canada: "Crocodile Rock". "Daniel" was also a major hit from the album.

The Four Tops Greatest Hits is at #1 on the UK album chart

The Four Tops Greatest Hits was originally released in August 1967. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard album chart in the United States, remaining on that chart for 73 weeks, and is the first Motown album to reach #1 in Britain. It spent one week at the top of the UK charts a year later after its release.

The Beatles record the orchestral build-up for the middle and end section of 'A Day In The Life'

The orchestral part was recorded in Studio One at EMI Studios, with Martin and McCartney conducting a 40-piece orchestra. The recording session was completed at a total cost of £367 for the players, an extravagance at the time.

'Valley of the Dolls' by Jacqueline Susann is published

Valley of the Dolls is the first novel by American writer Jacqueline Susann. Published in 1966, the book was the biggest selling novel of its year. To date, it has sold more than 31 million copies, making it one of the best-selling works in publishing history. Despite the poor reviews, the book was a commercial juggernaut.

Melbourne - Voyager Collision

The Melbourne–Voyager collision was a collision between two warships of the Royal Australian Navy; the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne and the destroyer HMAS Voyager. Of the 314 aboard Voyager, 82 were killed, most of whom died immediately or were trapped in the heavy bow section, which sank after 10 minutes. The rest of the ship sank after midnight.

Soviets exchange American for captured Russian spy

Powers was exchanged, along with American student Frederic Pryor, in a well-publicized spy swap at the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin. The exchange was for Soviet KGB Colonel Vilyam Fisher, who had been caught by the FBI and tried and jailed for espionage. When released, Powers' total time in captivity was 1 year, 9 months and 10 days.

Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' opens at Morosco Theater, NYC

Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times, winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival.

'Chattanooga Choo Choo' becomes the first recording to be awarded a Gold record

Chattanooga Choo Choo is a song written by Mack Gordon and composed by Harry Warren. It was originally recorded as a big-band/swing tune by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade. It was the first song to receive a gold record for sales of 1.2 million copies.

'In The Mood' by Glenn Miller hits #1

"In the Mood" is a popular big band-era #1 hit recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. It topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S. and one year later was featured in the movie Sun Valley Serenade. The first recording of "In the Mood" was released by Edgar Hayes and his Orchestra in 1938.

'Tom & Jerry' debuts by MGM

Tom and Jerry is an American animated series of short films created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. It centers on a rivalry between its two title characters, Tom and Jerry, and many recurring characters, based around slapstick comedy. In its original run, Hanna and Barbera produced 115 Tom and Jerry shorts for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

'Stagecoach' premieres in Miami

Stagecoach is an American Western film directed by John Ford, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. Following the film's release, Ford's faith in John Wayne was rewarded as the film met with immediate critical and trade paper success.

Howard Hanson's 'Merry Mount' premieres in NYC

Merry Mount is an opera in 3 acts by American composer Howard Hanson; its libretto, by Richard Stokes, is based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "The May-Pole of Merry Mount", taken from his Twice-Told Tales. The opera received its world premiere in concert at the fortieth annual May Festival of the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Peter Tchaikovsky's '4th Symphony in F' premieres

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, was written between 1877 and 1878. Its first performance was at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow in 1878, with Nikolai Rubinstein as a conductor. In Middle Europe, it sometimes receives the nickname "Fatum", or "Fate".

Treaty of Paris

The Treaty of Paris, also known as the Treaty of 1763 by the kingdoms of Great Britain, France and Spain, with Portugal in agreement, after Great Britain's victory over France and Spain during the Seven Years' War. The signing of the treaty formally ended the Seven Years' War, known as the French and Indian War in the North American theatre, and marked the beginning of an era of British dominance outside Europe.

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