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"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.

Writer Umberto Eco dies at 84

Umberto Eco was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. Eco was born in the city of Alessandria, in Piedmont in northern Italy, and here he attended high school. Eco received a Salesian education and made references to the order and its founder in his works and interviews.

Novelist Harper Lee dies at 89

Nelle Harper Lee was an American novelist widely known for To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee died in her sleep, aged 89. Prior to her death, she lived in Monroeville, Alabama. Her funeral was held at First United Methodist Church in Monroeville.

2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

2010

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

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.

1996

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.

1986

Soccer player Marta is born

Marta is a Brazilian footballer playing for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward. With 15 goals, she holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA Women's World Cup tournaments. She was one of the 8 to carry the Olympic Flag in the Olympic Games in Rio.

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.

Seal is born

Seal is a British singer and songwriter. He is famously known for his single Kiss from a Rose, which was featured on the soundtrack to the Batman Forever film. In 2012, 2013 and 2017, he was a coach on The Voice Australia. During his career, he won 3 Brit Awards and 4 Grammy Awards.

"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."

1962

Tennis player Hana Mandlíkova is born

Hana Mandlíková is a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia who later obtained Australian citizenship. During her career, Mandlíková won 4 Grand Slam singles titles: the 1980 Australian Open, 1981 French Open, 1985 US Open, and the 1987 Australian Open. She also won one Grand Slam women's doubles title with Martina Navratilova.

Falco is born

Falco was an Austrian singer and songwriter. He is known for his singles such as Rock Me Amadeus, Jeanny or Vienna Calling. He has sold 20 million albums and 40 million singles, which makes him the best-selling Austrian singer of all time. He died 13 days before his 41st birthday when his car collided with a bus.

American actor, musician and playwright Jeff Daniels is born

Jeff Daniels was born in Clarke County, Georgia, however, he spent his childhood in Chelsea, Michigan. He took a part in the theater program at the university and kept on performing from there on. Eventually, he made his way to Broadway and soon made his screen debut. He has been active since.

1954

Soccer player Sócrates is born

Sócrates was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Thanks to his degree in medicine he earned the nickname Doctor Socrates. For 7 years he played for the national team of Brazil, scoring 22 goals. During his senior career in the domestic league, he scored 292 goals.

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.

American film and television actor Lee Marvin is born

Lee Marvin was born in NYC, the US as a son of fashion writer and advertiser. He attended several schools, only to leave at the age of 18 to enlist in the army. After the war, he started his acting career by replacing an actor who had fallen ill. His career progressed further and he made his way to Hollywood.

1910

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.

Swedish physicist and chemist Svante Arrhenius is born

He is most famous for applying the greenhouse effect on climate of the Earth. When he was trying to explain ice ages, he predicted that increase of atmospheric CO2 will cause global warming. He also researched dissociation (splitting of molecules in smaller particles), invented a definition of an acid and promoted eugenics.

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.

Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus is born

He formulated a cosmological model that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe. The publication of the model in his book De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), triggered the Scientific Revolution. Same model was, however, invented by Aristarchus of Samos eighteen centuries earlier.

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