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The 58th Grammy Awards are held

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year. The "pre-telecast" ceremony, officially known as the Premiere Ceremony, in which the majority of awards were presented, was held at the nearby Microsoft Theater.

Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th Anniversary

NBC aired a ​3 1⁄2-hour special on Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary. The program included a mix of clips, new performances of classic characters from previous cast members, and special guest appearances from previous hosts.


French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie sets a world record

Lavillenie claimed the men's world record with 6.16 meters. Competing in the annual Pole Vault Stars meeting in Sergey Bubka's hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine, Lavillenie entered the competition at 5.76 meters and cleared that height as well as 5.91 meters on his first attempts before needing all three tries to get over 6.01 m.

Chubby Checker launches a $500,000 lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard

Checker sued HP over a WebOS application with the same name. The application, before being pulled, was used to unscientifically estimate penis size from shoe size. The district court said that Checker's trademark claim survived Hewlett-Packard's motion to dismiss, but his other claims were dismissed per Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The Chelyabinsk meteor

Residents of the Russian city Chelyabinsk and Ural region surroundings saw bright fireball o the sky. It was caused by 12,000 ton meteorite which entered the atmosphere with a speed of 19.16 kilometres per second. The shock wave broke glass in windows within 100 kilometres. 1,491 people sought medical attention.

PS Vita is released in North America

The PlayStation Vita is a handheld game console developed and released by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to the PlayStation Portable as part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices. It was first released in Japan and later on in North America, Europe, and other worldwide regions. It primarily competes with the Nintendo 3DS as part of the 8th generation of video game consoles.

Halle train collision

The Halle train collision was a collision between two NMBS/SNCB passenger trains carrying a combined 250–300 people in Buizingen, in the municipality of Halle, Belgium. The accident occurred in snowy conditions, during rush hour, on railway line 96 about 7.5 miles from Brussels. A third train was able come to a stop just in time to avoid getting involved. The collision killed 19 and injured 171 people, making it the deadliest rail accident in Belgium in over 50 years.

The first draft of the complete Human Genome is published

The sequencing started in 1990. The project brought three key findings. Humans have 22,300 protein-coding genes, the same range as in other mammals. The human genome has significantly more nearly identical, repeated sections of DNA than had been previously suspected. Fewer than 7% of protein families seemed to be vertebrate specific.


Dale Earnhardt wins his first Daytona 500

The 40th running of the Daytona 500 was held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida as the first race of the NASCAR Winston Cup season. It was memorable in that it marked Dale Earnhardt's only Daytona 500 victory after 19 previous attempts and many heartbreaking finishes.


Mexico win their third successive CONCAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over the US

The CONCACAF Gold Cup was the fourth edition of the Gold Cup, the Association football championship of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament was once again held in the United States, in Los Angeles, Miami, and Oakland. Mexico won their third straight Gold Cup, 1–0, on a Luis Hernández goal.


A riot leads to an Ireland vs. England match being cancelled

The Lansdowne Road football riot occurred during a friendly football match between the Republic of Ireland and England in Lansdowne Road stadium in Dublin. The riot was caused by the English neo-Nazi organization Combat 18 and injured twenty people. Combat 18's plans to cause trouble during the match were known by the British National Criminal Intelligence Service, and this was communicated to the Irish police.

Cannibal killer is sentenced to life in prison

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts. Dahmer was sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment.

American physicist Richard Feynman dies

Feynman is probably best known for his pictorial representation scheme for the mathematical expressions governing the behavior of subatomic particles, known as Feynman diagrams. His main interests were particle physics, quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, and superfluidity. He wrote a very popular book series called "The Feynman Lectures on Physics".

"Red Dwarf" first airs on BBC2

"The End" is the first episode of science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf, which was first broadcast on the British television channel BBC2. The episode introduces the main characters and sets up the story backbone of the series. On the mining ship Red Dwarf, Dave Lister is placed in stasis for refusing to give up the whereabouts of his forbidden pet cat. When he emerges from stasis, three million years later, he discovers that everybody has died from a radiation leak.


Leon Spinks beats Muhammad Ali

Spinks, the 10–1 underdog, ended up winning two of the scorecards 145–140 and 144–141, while the third was 142–143 giving him a split decision win and making him the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion after only eight professional bouts, and the only man ever to take a title from Ali inside the ring.

Linda Ronstadt goes to #1 on the US singles and album charts

The album hit the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and spent 4 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart. "You're No Good," a reluctant first single release from the record company, reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.


NHL star Jaromír Jágr is born

Jaromír Jágr is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger. Jágr began skating at the age of three, and he immediately showed exceptional abilities. At the age of 15, he was playing at the highest level of competition in Czechoslovakia for HC Kladno, and when he was 17, he became the youngest member of the Czechoslovak national team.

Britain launches decimal currency system

On Decimal Day, the United Kingdom and Ireland decimalized their currencies. The loss of value of the currency meant that the "old" penny, with the same diameter as the US half-dollar, was of relatively slight value, while the farthing, which was worth one-quarter of an old penny, was demonetized.

De Gaulle states France is willing to do all it can to end the Vietnam War

In response to a letter from Ho Chi Minh asking that French President Charles De Gaulle use his influence to “prevent perfidious new maneuvers” by the United States in Southeast Asia, De Gaulle stated that France was willing to do all that it could to end the war.

Canada adopts red maple leaf flag

The flag was inaugurated at an official ceremony held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, in the presence of Governor General Major-General Georges Vanier, the Prime Minister, other members of the Cabinet, and Canadian parliamentarians. The Red Ensign was lowered at the stroke of noon and the new maple leaf flag was raised.

Nat King Cole dies at age 65

Nat King Cole was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. Cole, who had been a heavy cigarette smoker, had lung cancer and was expected to have only months to live. He died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, early in the morning.

Ray Charles records I Can't Stop Loving You

I Can't Stop Loving You is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter, and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it for RCA Victor Records. It was released as the B-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single. At the time of Gibson's death, the song had been recorded by more than 700 artists.

Belgian jet crashes with United States figure-skating team

A Boeing 707 aircraft crashed en route from New York City to Brussels, Belgium, killing all 72 passengers on board and one person on the ground. Those killed included the entire U.S. figure skating team on its way to the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Cartoonist Matt Groening is born

Groening was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of a teacher and filmmaker. He attended The Evergreen State College, a liberal arts school which he described as a "hippie college", and served as the editor for the campus newspaper for which he also wrote articles and drew cartoons. Groening is most famous as the creator of "Life in Hell", "The Simpsons" and "Futurama".

The first computer for commercial use is tested

The LEO I was the first computer used for commercial business applications. The computer, carrying out a simple test program, was shown to HRH Princess Elizabeth. LEO series computers were still in use until 1981.

Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Cinderella is an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and originally released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film first opened in theaters in Boston, Massachusetts. It became a critical success, garnering the best reception for a Disney animated film since Dumbo.

"We Can Do It!" is produced by J. Howard Miller

We Can Do It! is an American World War II wartime poster produced by J. Howard Miller for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boost worker morale. The poster was very little seen during World War II. It was rediscovered in the early 1980s and widely reproduced in many forms, often called "We Can Do It!" but also called "Rosie the Riveter" after the iconic figure of a strong female war production worker.

Singapore falls to Japan

The Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II took place from 1942 to 1945, following the fall of the British colony. Military forces of the Empire of Japan took control of it after defeating the combined British, Indian, Australian, and Malayan garrison in the Battle of Singapore.

Duke Ellington first records "Take the 'A' Train"

"Take the 'A' Train" is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. The song was first recorded in 1941 as a standard transcription for radio broadcast. The first and most famous commercial recording was made in February.

Hellman's play "The Little Foxes" premieres in New York City

The Little Foxes is a play by Lillian Hellman, considered a classic of 20th-century drama. Its title comes from Chapter 2, Verse 15 of the Song of Solomon in the King James version of the Bible, which reads, "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Set in a small town in Alabama in 1900, it focuses on the struggle for control of a family business.

Assassination attempt on Franklin D. Roosevelt

Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt by Giuseppe Zangara, who expressed a "hate for all rulers." Attempting to shoot Roosevelt, Zangara instead mortally wounded Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who was sitting alongside Roosevelt.

Silent film "It" released in the US

"It" is a silent romantic comedy film that tells the story of a shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome, wealthy boss of the department store where she works. It is based on a novella by Elinor Glyn that was originally serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine. The picture was considered lost, but a Nitrate-copy was found in Prague in the 1960s.

Actor Cesar Romero is born

Cesar Julio Romero Jr. was an American actor, singer, dancer and vocal artist. He was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years. Cesar Julio Romero Jr. was born in New York City, the son of Cesar Julio Romero Sr. and Maria Mantilla.

Strauss' "Blue Danube" waltz premieres in Vienna

The Blue Danube is a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. Originally performed at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein - Vienna Men's Choral Association, it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was considered only a mild success.

Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei is born

Galileo Galilei was a central figure in the scientific revolution that took place during the Renaissance. He discovered the principle of relativity which is crucial to both the Newtonian and Einsteinian description of the universe. Known for his work as an astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician, some have called Galileo the "father of science".

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