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Eruption at Sinabung volcano

Volcano at Mount Sinabung erupted and blew off at least 1.6 million cubic meters of material from the mountain’s summit. According to Indonesia’s officials, there were no fatalities or injuries. Since it was not the 1st eruption of the volcano in recent times, many old lava flows are visible on the flanks of the mountain.

'Big Little Lies' is released on HBO

Big Little Lies is an American drama television series on HBO created and written by David E. Kelley. The seven-episode first season is based on the novel by Liane Moriarty and was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The series began filming in 2016 and premiered in February.

'The Good Fight' debuts on CBS

The Good Fight is an American legal web television series produced for CBS's streaming service CBS All Access. It is CBS All Access's first original scripted series. The series—created by Robert King, Michelle King, and Phil Alden Robinson—is a spin-off and sequel to The Good Wife, which was created by the Kings.


Ole Einar Bjørndalen becomes the most medaled Olympian

Ole Einar Bjørndalen helped Norway win gold in the mixes biathlon relay, as he handed a 43-second lead to Emil Hegle Svendsen, who crossed the line 32 seconds ahead of Czech Republic, with Italy taking bronze. His 13 medals from Winter Olympics include 8 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze.

Protests against Ukraine government

The Ukrainian revolution took place in Kiev in 2014, when a series of violent events involving protesters, riot police, and unknown shooters in the Ukrainian capital culminated in the ousting of the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych. Many sources have suggested Russian government support for Yanukovych led to his ousting.

The 34th Brit Awards are held

The awards ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London and was presented by James Corden for the fourth consecutive year. Leading the nominations was Ellie Goulding with five nominations. Arctic Monkeys and One Direction both won the most awards, winning two awards each.

Video game 'Crysis 3' is released

Crysis 3 was released worldwide on this day in the US and two days later in the UK. The Wii U version was canceled after relations between Nintendo and EA became troubled. The Hunter Edition, which features exclusive in-game items, and early access to the compound bow in the multiplayer portion of the game, was released alongside the game.

The avalanche at Tunnel Creek

An avalanche was triggered at about noon in the Tunnel Creek section of Stevens Pass, located at the border of King County and Chelan County in Washington, USA. A snow storm 3 days prior dumped 32 inches there, which resulted in an unstable snow pack disrupted by skiers. There were 3 victims and one injured person.

The 500th episode of 'The Simpsons' airs on FOX

"At Long Last Leave" is the fourteenth episode of The Simpsons' twenty-third season, and the 500th episode overall of the series. In the episode, the Simpsons discover that the inhabitants of Springfield have grown tired of them and have secretly decided to throw them out of the city. After being evicted from Springfield, the family members end up in a rugged place without rules and regulations called The Outlands.

Wiz Khalifa is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Black And Yellow'

"Black and Yellow" is a song by American rapper Wiz Khalifa from his third studio album, Rolling Papers. The song was written by Khalifa, along with Stargate, who produced it. It was released as a CD single in honor of Record Store Day. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Wiz Khalifa's first number-one single in the US; he would top the chart again in 2015 with "See You Again".


Tiger Woods apologizes for his affairs

Tiger Woods gave a televised statement in which he said he had been in a 45-day therapy program since the end of December and he apologized for his previous actions including extramarital affairs. Those actions were followed by a loss of golf form, and his ranking gradually fell to a low of No. 58

Rihanna releases "Rude Boy"

"Rude Boy" is a song taken from her fourth studio album Rated R. It's an up-tempo dancehall and R&B song which incorporates elements of raggamuffin. "Rude Boy" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in its fourth week for five consecutive weeks, and was Rihanna's sixth US number one single.

Sony's Blu-Ray wins the disc format battle

Toshiba announced it would end production of HD DVD devices, allowing Blu-ray Disc to become the industry standard for high-density optical discs. Universal Studios, the sole major movie studio to back HD DVD since its inception, said shortly after Toshiba's announcement. Paramount Pictures, which started releasing movies only in HD DVD format also said it would start releasing in Blu-ray Disc. With this, all major Hollywood studios supported Blu-ray.

Enron boss Jeffrey Skilling is charged with fraud

Skilling was indicted on 35 counts of fraud, insider trading, and other crimes related to the Enron scandal. About a month after quitting Enron, he sold almost US$60 million of his stake in the company, resulting in the prosecutors' allegation that he sold those shares with inside information of Enron's impending bankruptcy.

2001 Mars Odyssey robotic spacecraft starts to work

NASA probe began to map the surface of Mars. Its primary mission was to detect evidence of past or present water and ice and study the planet's geology and radiation environment. As of December 2017, the probe is still active. It also serves as a relay for communications between the Mars rovers and Earth.

Rose Center for Earth and Space is opened

The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a part of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Rose Center was designed by James Polshek and Todd H. Schliemann. It also includes the new Hayden Planetarium, which is directed by Neil deGrasse Tyson.


Patrick Roy gets 300th win as NHL goalie

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy achieved his 300th win in the NHL when the Avalanche defeated the Edmonton Oilers, 7-5. In 2003, Roy retired from ice hockey with 551 career wins. In 2004, he was selected as the greatest goaltender in NHL history by a panel of 41 writers and a simultaneous fan poll.

Tommy Lee marries Baywatch Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson married Tommy Lee, drummer of Mötley Crüe, after knowing him for about 96 hours. Anderson's mother didn't know about the wedding, and she learned of it from People magazine. Together they have two sons, Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee. The couple divorced in 1998.

Mariah Carey has her first UK #1 with 'Without You'

Without You was originally written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans and recorded by a British rock band Badfinger. Mariah Carey's version was released as the 3rd single of her studio album Music Box. It remains her biggest hit across Europe.

'Crazy for You' opens at the Shubert Theatre

The romantic comedy musical Crazy for You premiered on Broadway at Shubert Theatre where it ran for 1,622 performances. The musical produced and directed by Mike Ockrent was very successful and it earned a lot of praise in The New York Times review on the next day. The production won a Tony Award for it in the same year.

Mir space station is launched

The Proton-K rocket took the first module of Soviet space station Mir to low Earth orbit (Some sources cite a different date: February 20). The station operated fifteen years. It was the first continuously inhabited long-term research station in orbit. It held the record for the longest continuous human presence until 2010.

Ozzy Osbourne is arrested in San Antonio

Wearing his future wife Sharon's dress, Ozzy Osbourne drunkenly urinated on a cenotaph erected in honor of those who died at the Alamo in Texas. Subsequently, Osbourne was arrested by a police officer and he was banned from the city of San Antonio for a decade.

Bon Scott is pronounced dead after a heavy night’s drinking

Bon Scott was a Scottish-Australian singer best known for being a member of the hard rock band AC/DC. He died after a night out in a London club called the Music Machine. The cause of his death was a pulmonary aspiration of vomit. Later, AC/DC finished the work they began with Scott and released Back in Black as a tribute to him.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band score a #1 single in the US

Blinded by the Light was originally written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen. Manfred Mann's Earth Band released their version of the song on their album called The Roaring Silence. Manfred Mann's Earth Band's recording of the song is Springsteen's only Number 1 single as a songwriter on the Hot 100.

Harry Nilsson is at #1 in the USA with 'Without You'

Without You was originally written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans and recorded by a British rock band Badfinger. Harry Nilsson covered the song for his album Nilsson Schmilsson. In 1973, Nilsson won the Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy Award for the song.

The Beatles record song 'You’re Going To Lose That Girl'

The single called You're Going to Lose That Girl by the Beatles is included on their 5th studio album Help!. It was also featured in the film of the same name. The song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and produced by George Martin.

'The Feminine Mystique' by Betty Friedan is published

The Feminine Mystique is a book written by Betty Friedan which is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States. It was published by W. W. Norton. Friedan challenged the widely shared belief in the 1950s that "fulfillment as a woman had only one definition for American women after 1949—the housewife-mother."

Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066

Executive Order 9066 was a United States presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This order authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the incarceration of Japanese, German, and Italian Americans in U.S. concentration camps.

William Faulkner completes his novel 'Light in August'

Light in August is a novel by the Southern American author William Faulkner. It belongs to the Southern gothic and modernist literary genres. When it was first published, the novel was moderately successful; 11,000 copies were initially printed, with a total of four prints by the end of the year.


Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium hosts its first match

The Old Trafford hosted its inaugural match, in which Manchester played against Liverpool. The home side failed to mark the occasion with a win, losing to Liverpool 3-4. Journalist at the game reported the stadium to be the most “handsomest”, the most spacious and the most remarkable arena he has ever seen.

Kansas becomes the first state to prohibit all alcohol

In 1880, Kansas voters approved an amendment to the Kansas Constitution prohibiting all manufacture and sale of "intoxicating liquors" throughout the state effective since 1881, making Kansas the first state in the United States to enact a statewide constitutional prohibition on alcohol, and heralding Kansas's long era of statewide prohibition.

George Frideric Handel's 'Alexander's Feast' premieres

Alexander's Feast is an ode to music by George Frideric Handel set to a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton. The work received its premiere at the Covent Garden Theatre, London. The piece was a great success and it encouraged Handel to make the transition from writing Italian operas to English choral works.

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