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The 59th Grammy Awards are held

Beyoncé acquired the most nominations with nine. Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West received eight nominations each while Chance the Rapper followed with seven nominations. Adele was the biggest winner of the night with five trophies, including Album of the Year for 25, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year for 'Hello'.

Adele won all six categories she was nominated for at Grammy Awards

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Adele won all five of her nominations, bringing her to fifteen. She won awards for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for '25', and Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance for 'Hello'.


Nodar Kumaritashvili suffered a fatal crash during a training run

After 25 previous attempts, 15 of them from the men's start, Kumaritashvili was fatally injured in a crash during his final training run, after losing control in the penultimate turn of the course, being thrown off his luge and over the sidewall of the track, and striking an unprotected steel support pole at the end of the run.


The XXI Olympic Winter Games open in Vancouver

The event was officially opened by Governor General Michaëlle Jean, representative of Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. The opening ceremony was dedicated by the Vancouver Organizing Committee to Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgian luger who died earlier in the day in a training run. An audience of 61,600 were in attendance at the venue.

Nude photo of Madonna is sold at auction for $37,500

A full frontal nude photo of Madonna, before she became famous, has sold at auction for $37,500 — more than double its pre-sale estimate. The black and white photo of the pop music superstar, aged 20, was acquired by an unnamed European buyer at Christie’s in New York. The picture, taken by photographer Lee Friedlander, was shot at a time when Madonna was a dancer trying to make ends meet in New York.

Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashes

The aircraft entered an aerodynamic stall from which it did not recover and crashed into a house in Clarence Center, New York, killing all 49 passengers and crew on board, as well as one person inside the house. The accident triggered a wave of inquiries about the operations of regional airlines in the United States.

Trolley Square shooting

The Trolley Square shooting was a mass shooting that occurred at Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah. A gunman identified as Sulejman Talović killed five bystanders and wounded four others before being shot dead by several members of the Salt Lake City Police Department. Authorities were not able to determine a motive.

John Williams begins recording his score for A.I. Artificial Intelligence

A.I. Artificial Intelligence - Music from the Motion Picture is the movie score of the movie of the same name, composed and conducted by John Williams. The original score was composed by Williams and featured singers Lara Fabian on two songs and Josh Groban on one. Soprano Barbara Bonney provided the vocal solos in several tracks.

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz dies at 77

Schulz died at home in his sleep due to the colon cancer. Sickness was discovered after he suffered several small strokes. His remains were buried at Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Sebastopol, California. He was later honored by many cartoonists, who incorporated some of his iconic characters into their works.

The Senate acquits President Clinton

The impeachment process of Bill Clinton was initiated by the House of Representatives against Bill Clinton on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice. These charges stemmed from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones. Clinton was subsequently acquitted of these charges by the Senate.

Edvard Munch's iconic painting 'The Scream' is stolen

The National Gallery in Oslo has been broken into by two men who stole its version of the painting, leaving behind a note, thanks for the poor security. However, Norwegian and British police were able to recover it undamaged in 3 months. 2 years later, 4 men were convicted in connection with the theft.

Murder of James Bulger

Two-year-old James Bulger was abducted, tortured and killed by two young boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. Bulger was led away from the New Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle as his mother had taken her eyes off him momentarily. His mutilated body was found on a railway line 2.5 miles away in Walton, Liverpool, two days after his murder.


North and South Korea form a joint team for table tennis

The Unification Flag is a flag designed to represent all of Korea when North and South Korea participate as one team in sporting events. The flag was first used when the two countries competed as a single team in the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba, Japan.

Black Sea bumping incident

The Black Sea bumping incident of 12 February 1988 occurred when American cruiser USS Yorktown tried to exercise the right of innocent passage through Soviet territorial waters in the Black Sea during the Cold War. The cruiser was bumped by the Soviet frigate Bezzavetny with the intention of pushing Yorktown into international waters. This incident also involved the destroyer USS Caron, sailing in company with USS Yorktown and claiming the right of innocent passage, which was intentionally shouldered by a Soviet Mirka-class frigate SKR-6. Yorktown reported minor damage to its hull, with no holing or risk of flooding. Caron was not damaged.

Al Green goes to #1 on the US singles chart with Let's Stay Together

Let's Stay Together is a song by American singer Al Green from his album of the same name. It was produced and recorded by Willie Mitchell and mixed by Mitchell and Terry Manning. Released as a single, Let's Stay Together reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for 9 weeks.

John Lennon performs 'Instant Karma' on BBC

Lennon and Ono filmed an appearance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops to promote 'Instant Karma!', accompanied by White, Voormann, Evans and BP Fallon. While the other musicians mimed their contributions, Lennon sang a live vocal over a mix of the song's instrumental track, prepared by EMI engineer Geoff Emerick.

A total of 18 police officers raid on Keith Richards's cottage

Richards has been tried on drug-related charges five times. The first trial – the only one involving a prison sentence – resulted from a February police raid on Redlands, Richards' Sussex estate, where he and some friends, including Jagger, were spending the weekend.

Construction begins on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis

The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is the world's tallest arch, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and Missouri's tallest accessible building. Construction of the arch itself began in February, as the first steel triangle on the south leg was eased into place.

Shop Around becomes Motown Record's first million-selling single

Shop Around is a song originally recorded by The Miracles on Motown Records' Tamla subsidiary label. It was written by Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. It became a smash hit in 1960 when originally recorded by The Miracles, reaching number one on the Billboard R&B chart. It was The Miracles first million-selling hit record, and the first-million-selling hit for the Motown Record Corporation.

Dean Martin is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Martin's version reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top 100 chart, remaining at the top for 5 weeks while spending 6 weeks atop Billboard's chart of songs "Most Played by Jockeys", 5 weeks atop Billboard's chart of "Best Sellers in Stores", and 4 weeks atop Billboard's chart of songs "Most Played in Juke Boxes". It became a Gold record and Martin's biggest hit.

Baikonur Cosmodrome is founded

The Soviet government issued the decree for Scientific Research Test Range near Baikonur city. It was originally established as a test centre for ICBMs but soon expanded to include launch facilities for space flights. Both Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, and Vostok 1, the first human spaceflight, were launched from Baikonur.

Dior launches his first fashion collection, called 'New Look'

Dior launched his first fashion collection for Spring–Summer. Originally, the two lines were named "Corolle" and "Huit". However, the new collection went down in fashion history as the "New Look" after the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar Carmel Snow exclaimed, "It's such a New Look!"

Radar invention

Scottish physicist Robert Watson-Watt sent a secret memo to the British Air Ministry. The memo proposed system on detection and location of aircraft by radio methods. It was a description of early radar device. Further development of the concept led to the radars from WW2, which won the Battle of Britain.


Basketball player Bill Russell is born

William Felton Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. He was born to Charles Russell and Katie Russell in West Monroe, Louisiana. When Russell was eight years old, his father moved the family out of Louisiana and settled in Oakland, California.

The original 'Dracula' is released

When the film premiered at the Roxy Theatre, newspapers reported that members of the audiences fainted in shock at the horror on screen. This publicity, shrewdly orchestrated by the film studio, helped ensure people came to see the film, if for no other reason than curiosity.

Paderewski's 'Polonia' has its public premiere

Paderewski started sketching the Symphony in B minor in his home near Morges in Switzerland. The work was completed in 1908 and was given a private performance in Lausanne. Its public premiere was with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the German conductor Max Fiedler. It was soon performed in Paris under André Messager, and in London under Hans Richter.

Ballet 'Faust' premieres in Milan

Faust is a ballet in three acts and seven scenes, with choreography and libretto by Jules Perrot and music by Giacomo Panizza, Michael Andrew Costa, and Niccolò Bajetti, first presented by the Ballet of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, with Fanny Elssler, Jules Perrot, Effisio Catte and Ekaterina Costantini.

English biologist Charles Darwin is born

He is known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He came with the theory that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors. Together with Alfred Russel Wallace he came to the conclusion that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process of natural selection.

US President Abraham Lincoln is born

Abraham Lincoln was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States. Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana. Largely self-educated, he became a lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader, and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.

Maria Theresa Habsburg marries French Stefanus

Francis Stephen remained at the imperial court until 1729, when he ascended the throne of Lorraine, but was not formally promised Maria Theresa's hand until later, during the War of the Polish Succession. Louis XV of France demanded that Maria Theresa's fiancé surrender his ancestral Duchy of Lorraine to accommodate his father-in-law, Stanisław I, who had been deposed as King of Poland.

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