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Ed Sheeran is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Shape Of You"

The song debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 240,000 downloads and gaining 20 million streams in its debut week in the US, becoming Sheeran's first number one song in the country. Sheeran also became the first artist to debut two songs in the top 10 the same week in the history of the Hot 100, with "Castle on the Hill" also debuting at number six.

"The Humans" opens on Broadway

The Humans is a one-act play written by Stephen Karam. The Humans opened Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre, and officially on October 25 in a limited run produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, with positive reviews. Directed by Joe Mantello, the Off-Broadway cast featured Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, and Sarah Steele.

Clashes between police and demonstrators

Relatively calm anti-government demonstrations in Kiev, Ukraine abruptly turned into chaos, when protesters clashed with police during their advance on Ukraine’s parliament. This started a series of violent events which eventually culminated in the overthrow of the government. 113 people were reported dead after the conflict.

Kelly Clarkson is at #1 on the US singles chart

In the United States, "Stronger" became her third song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three non-consecutive weeks, surpassing "A Moment Like This" and "My Life Would Suck Without You" as her longest-running number one single on the chart. It also topped fifteen other Billboard charts, including Adult Pop Songs, Adult Contemporary, Hot Dance Club Songs, and Pop Songs charts, more than any other song Clarkson has ever released.

The 29th Brit Awards are held

The Brit Awards ceremony took place at Earls Court in London and was broadcast live on ITV. It was hosted by James Corden, Mathew Home, Kylie Minogue and watched by 5.49 million people. Duffy became the 1st female artist to ever win 3 awards in the same year. Kings of Leon won 2 awards.

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett receives a knighthood

Terry Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He formally received the accolade at Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, he said, "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood. You know, for two pins I'd get myself a horse and a sword."

Samjhauta Express bombings

A terrorist attack occurred on the Samjhauta Express, a twice-weekly train service that connected Delhi, India and Lahore, Pakistan. Bombs exploded in 2 carriages after the train passed Diwana. The attack claimed the lives of 68 people and left 50 with non-fatal injuries. Groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Abhinav Bharat were accused of the attack.

UK bans hunting with dogs

Using dogs for the hunting of wild mammals was banned by an Act of the Parliament of the UK. It does not affect the process of flushing out mammals to be shot, nor using the dogs to follow scent which is still allowed. It was an animal welfare law, as hunting with dogs has been considered cruel.

Daegu Subway Fire

The Daegu subway fire was a mass murder that killed 192 people and injured 151 people. An arsonist set fire to a train stopped at the Jungangno Station of the Daegu Metropolitan Subway in Daegu, South Korea. The fire then spread to a second train that had entered the station from the opposite direction a few minutes later.


Dale Earnhardt is killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt was killed in a three-car crash on the final lap of the race. He collided with Ken Schrader after making small contact with Sterling Marlin and hit the outside wall head-on. Earnhardt died immediately of blunt force trauma to his head. His public funeral service was held 4 days later at the Calvary Church in Charlotte.

"Pitch Black" is released

Pitch Black is an American science fiction action horror movie co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick is being transported to prison in a spacecraft. Pitch Black was the final movie credit of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which merged with Universal Pictures during production. It was shot on a modest budget of US$23 million.

"The Mineola Twins" opens on Off-Broadway

The Mineola Twins is a play by Paula Vogel, a satirical story that examines women’s experience and the women’s movement over decades in post-WW II America, seen through the life of identical twins, Myra and Myrna. The Off-Broadway production ran for a bit over 3 months and was directed by Joe Mantello.

Space shuttle orbiter is tested in flight for the first time

American space shuttle Enterprise was tested for two hours on the the top of a modified 747 jumbo jet. It was the first of five flights in the nine-month-long Approach and Landing Test testing program. Enterprise lacked engines and functional heat shield, and was therefore not capable of spaceflight.

Dr. Dre is born

Dr. Dre is an American rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He produced albums for many rappers, including 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game or Kendrick Lamar. He is also credited for the popularization of West Coast G-funk.


The VIII Olympic Winter Games open in Squaw Valley

The Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California attracted 665 athletes, 521 men, and 144 women, representing 30 countries, who participated in 4 sports and 27 events. Women's speed skating and biathlon made their Olympic debuts. For the 1st and only time, bobsled was not on the Winter Olympic program.

Ray Charles records "What’d I Say"

What'd I say is a rhythm and blues song written and recorded by Ray Charles. The song broke Charles into mainstream pop music and itself sparked a new sub-genre of R&B titled soul. It also earned him his 1st gold record. For the rest of his career, Charles closed every concert with the song.

John Travolta is born

John Travolta is an American actor and singer. He is famously known for starring in Saturday Night Fever, Grease or Pulp Fiction. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor twice. He won his only Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his performance in Get Shorty.

Moonlighting star Cybil Sheppard is born

Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer, and former model. Shepherd's better-known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid and Betsy in Taxi Driver. According to Shepherd's autobiography, a 1970 Glamour magazine cover caught the eye of film director Peter Bogdanovich. His then-wife, Polly Platt, claimed that when she saw the cover in a check-out line in a Ralphs grocery store in southern California, she said "That's Jacy", referring to the role Bogdanovich was casting—and ultimately given to Shepherd—in The Last Picture Show.

Irish prime minister, Eamon de Valera, resigns after 16 years

In the 1948 election, de Valera lost the outright majority he'd enjoyed. It initially looked like the National Labour Party would give Fianna Fáil enough support to stay in office as a minority government, but National Labour insisted on a formal coalition agreement—something de Valera was unwilling to concede.

Yoko Ono is born

Yoko Ono is a Japanese artist and peace activist. Ono was the 2nd wife of singer John Lennon of the Beatles. She performs in both English and Japanese. In 1969, she and Lennon used their honeymoon at the Hilton Amsterdam as a stage for public protests against the Vietnam War.

Dwarf planet Pluto is discovered

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh spotted a moving point when comparing two photographic plates taken six days apart the previous month. He realized that it is probably the Planet X that astronomers were searched for nearly 30 years. Later it was named Pluto, after an ancient god of the underworld.

Enzo Ferrari is born

Enzo Ferrari was an Italian motor racing driver and entrepreneur, the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team, and also of the Ferrari automobile marque. During WWI he served in the 3rd Mountain Artillery Regiment of the Italian Army.

Austrian physicist Ernst Mach is born

He was most interested in sound and waves. He criticised the Newtonian physics, which later led to the discovery of the theory of relativity. The ratio of one's speed to that of sound is named the Mach number in his honour. Ernst Mach greatly also influenced the philosophy of science. He was an atheist and socialist.

Michelangelo dies at 88

Michelangelo died in Rome at the age of 88, three weeks before his 89th birthday. His body was taken from Rome for interment at the Basilica of Santa Croce, fulfilling the maestro's last request to be buried in his beloved Florence.

Persian mathematician Nasir al-Din al-Tusi is born

He is known simply as Tusi. He established trigonometry as a mathematical discipline in its own right. As many Muslim scholars, Tusi was a polymath. Besides mathematics he contributed to architecture, philosophy, astronomy, medicine, biology or theology. Tusi came with his theory of evolution almost 600 years before the birth of Charles Darwin.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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John Travolta

born 1957

Vanna White

born 1965

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