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South Korea's once-mighty Hanjin Shipping declares bankrupcy

Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd. was a South Korean integrated logistics and container transport company. Prior to its financial demise, Hanjin Shipping was South Korea's largest container line. On this day, Hanjin Shipping was declared bankrupt by South Korean courts. The financial struggles and insolvency of Hanjin Shipping were attributable to an ongoing downturn in the container shipping industry.

Eighth continent is discovered

Zealandia, a mass of continental crust submerged in Pacific Ocean is declared a continent by Geologists. It fulfils all the necessary requirements to be considered a continent from the geological point of view. Its total area is approximately 4,920,000 square kilometres, more than half the size of the Australia.

Oldest human-Neanderthal sex is revealed

The scientific journal Nature published evidence of interbreeding of modern humans and Neanderthals in human genome. It occurred about one hundred thousand years ago. The corresponding authors of the study were Adam Siepel and Sergi Castellano. Neanderthals were human subspecies, they extinct between 41,000 and 39,000 years ago.

Car bomb attack on military convoy in Ankara, Turkey

In Ankara, the capital of Turkey, at least 30 people died and 60 were injured in a bombing. The initial dead included the perpetrator, 12 soldiers, 12 civilian employees of the military and a journalist. The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks took responsibility for the attack and said they targeted security forces.


Nike ends a deal with Manny Pacquiao after scandal

Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino professional boxer, made a comment on the issue of same-sex marriage. He described people in same-sex civil marriages as behaving worse than animals. As a result, Nike ended their longtime partnership with him.

Video game Rocket League is released for Xbox One

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. The game was first released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation, with ports for Xbox One, OS X, Linux, and Nintendo Switch later being released. Rocket League is a sequel to Psyonix's Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars.

Haiti Carnival stampede

During the traditional Mardi Gras Parade on Champ de Mars in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, a singer atop a Carnival float touched the power line and was shocked by high-voltage. The crowd panicked, which led into a stampede that claimed the lives of 18 people and left dozens more injured. The singer survived the shock.

Video game The Sims 4 is released for Mac

The Sims 4 is the fourth major title in life simulation video game series The Sims, developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The Sims 4 was originally announced in May. Since its launch, it became the best selling PC game of 2014 and 2015. Versions of the game for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were released in 2017.

"Hamilton" opens Off-Broadway at the Public Theater

Hamilton is a sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. It was inspired by the biography of Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. Its Off-Broadway debut came at The Public Theater in NYC where it was sold out. 6 months later, after its success, the show transferred to Broadway.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, on NBC. The show is produced by Broadway Video and Universal Television. It is the seventh incarnation of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise, with Fallon serving as the sixth host.

Barack Obama signes a $787bn economic stimulus package

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was a stimulus package. Developed in response to the Great Recession, the ARRA's primary objective was to save existing jobs and create new ones as soon as possible. Other objectives were to provide temporary relief programs for those most affected by the recession and invest in infrastructure, education, health, and renewable energy.

GM says it would phase out Saturn brand

GM chairman and former CEO Rick Wagoner announced that Saturn would remain in operation through the end of the planned life cycle for all Saturn products. Saturn marketed itself as a "different kind of car company" and operated somewhat independently from its parent company.

Duffy starts a five week run at #1 in UK with "Mercy"

Mercy was released as the 2nd single from her debut studio album called Rockferry. The song was co-written by Duffy and Steve Booker. It was nominated for several awards, including the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and it was the 3rd best selling single of 2008 in the UK.

A massive mudslide in Southern Leyte, Philippines

Philippine province of Southern Leyte suffered from a massive rock slide-debris avalanche. The disaster followed a 10-day period of heavy rains and a minor earthquake. The landslide buried Guinsaugon village in the township of Saint Bernard, causing widespread damage and claiming the lives of 1,126 people staying in the area.


Argentina and Juventus legend Omar Sívori dies aged 69

Omar Sívori was a professional Italian Argentine football player, known for his successful club time with Juventus during late 50s and early 60s. He was a member of Argentine national team and later the Italian as well. Sívori died at the age of 69 and is mourned and remembered both in Argentina and Italy - countries where he played.

Alicia Keys releases "If I Ain't Got You"

"If I Ain't Got You" is a song by American singer Alicia Keys from her second studio album The Diary of Alicia Keys. Inspired by the death of Aaliyah, the terrorist September 11 attacks, and other different events in the world and in Keys' life at that time, it is about "how material things don't feed the soul."

Westlife go to #1 on the UK singles chart

"World of Our Own" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife and it was released as the second single from their third studio album of the same name. The song peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their 10th number one single - making them a part of a small group of artists in British chart history to achieve this feat.

Des'ree releases album "Mind Adventures"

The British soul singer and songwriter Des’ree had her album Mind Adventures released on the Sony Soho Square record label. It became her 1st top 40 album when it peaked at number 26 on the UK Albums Chart. “Feel So High”, “Mind Adventures” and “Why Should I Love You” were also released as a singles from the said album.

Actress Bonnie Wright is born

Bonnie Francesca Wright is a British actress, film director, and model. She was born in London, the second child of Sheila Teague and Gary Wright, owners of the jewelry company Wright & Teague. Wright attended Prior Weston Primary School and later the King Alfred School in North London for her secondary education.

Ed Sheeran is born

Edward Christopher Sheeran is an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. When he was a child, he moved with his family to Framlingham in Suffolk. He has an older brother named Matthew, who works as a composer. Sheeran's parents, John and Imogen, hail from London; his paternal grandparents are Irish.

Paris Hilton is born

Paris Whitney Hilton is an American businesswoman, socialite, television and media personality, model, actress, singer, and DJ. Born in New York City and raised there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with New York-based modeling development agency Trump Model Management.

China invades Vietnam

Chinese forces entered northern Vietnam and captured several cities near the border. China declared that the gate to Hanoi was open and that their punitive mission had been achieved, before withdrawing their troops from Vietnam. Both China and Vietnam claimed victory in the last of the Indochina Wars.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day is born

Billie Joe Armstrong is the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and guitarist of the punk rock band Green Day. He is also a guitarist and vocalist for the punk rock band Pinhead Gunpowder. He has pursued many other musical projects, including numerous collaborations with other musicians.

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record "Girl From The North Country"

The song became the opening track on Nashville Skyline, Bob Dylan's 9th studio album. Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan recorded the song at Columbia's Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee. They played also songs such as Ring of Fire or You Are My Sunshine, but Girl From the North Country was the only one released officially.

"These Boots Are Made For Walking' " is at #1 in UK

The single was written by Lee Hazlewood and was included on Nancy Sinatra's debut album called Boots. In 2006, Pitchfork Media selected the song as the 114th best song of the 1960s. Many cover versions of the song have been released, including covers by Geri Halliwell, The Residents or Megadeth.

Film director Michael Bay is born

Michael Bay was born in Los Angeles. He was raised by his adoptive parents Harriet, a bookstore owner/child psychiatrist, and Jim, a Certified Public Accountant. Bay was raised Jewish. His grandfather was from Russia. He attended the exclusive Crossroads School, in Santa Monica, California. His best films included Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and Transformers film series.


NBA star Michael Jordan is born

Michael Jordan is also a businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA. During his basketball career, he played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He also fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which still remain popular.


NFL legend Jim Brown is born

Jim Brown was a fullback for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He was recognized as the AP NFL Most Valuable Player three times, and won an NFL championship with the Browns in 1964. In 2002, he was named as the greatest professional football player ever by The Sporting News.

Newsweek magazine is first published

Newsweek was launched in 1933 by Thomas J. C. Martyn, a former foreign-news editor for Time. The group of original owners invested around $2.5 million. Journalist Samuel T. Williamson served as the first editor-in-chief of Newsweek. The first issue of the magazine included seven photographs from the week's news. Newsweek costs 10 cents at this time.

Irving Berlin's musical "Face the Music" premieres in NYC

Face the Music is a musical, the first collaboration between Moss Hart and Irving Berlin. Face the Music opened on Broadway and has had several subsequent regional and New York stagings. The popular song "Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee" was introduced in the musical.

The first Armory Show

The three-city exhibition started in New York City's 69th Regiment Armory, on Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets. The exhibition went on to show at the Art Institute of Chicago and then to The Copley Society of Art in Boston, where, due to a lack of space, all the work by American artists was removed.

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan

Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The original version of the opera had its premiere at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. It was poorly received, despite such notable singers as Rosina Storchio, Giovanni Zenatello and Giuseppe De Luca in lead roles.

British statistician Ronald Fisher is born

He is often described as a genius who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science and the single most important figure in 20th century statistics. He combined Mendelian genetics and natural selection. This started the revival of Darwinism in the early 20th century.

Mark Twain publishes the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel by Mark Twain. Commonly named among the Great American Novels, the work is among the first in major American literature to be written throughout in vernacular English, characterized by local color regionalism. The book was widely criticized upon release because of its extensive use of coarse language.

USS Housatonic sink

The Sinking of USS Housatonic during the American Civil War was an important turning point in naval warfare. The Confederate States Navy submarine, H.L. Hunley made her first and only attack on a Union Navy warship when she staged a clandestine night attack on the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor.

Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Un ballo in maschera" premieres in Rome

Un ballo in maschera is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. It was to take over two years between the time of the commission from Naples and planned for a production there and its premiere performance at the Teatro Apollo in Rome.

French physician René Laennec is born

He is known as the inventor if the stethoscope. He invented it because of social conventions. He felt that it is impropriate to touch chest of his young female patient. So he rolled a quire of paper into a cylinder and applied one end of it to the region of the heart and the other to his ear. The sound of the heart was greatly amplified.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1991

Ed Sheeran

born 1981

Paris Hilton