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Dhaka fire

The fire started in a road accident between a pickup van and a private car. After the collision the private car's gas cylinder exploded. The fire then spread to a group of buildings being used to store chemicals, and quickly expanded to nearby buildings in the densely packed historic district of Chowk Bazaar in Old Dhaka. The fire left at least 80 people dead and 50 others injured.

One surviving female of Galápagos tortoise species is found

Recent DNA testing shows that an intermixed, non-native population currently existing on the island of Isabela is of genetic resemblance to the species native to Floreana, suggesting that G. nigra has not gone entirely extinct. The existence of the C. phantastica species of Fernandina Island is disputed, as it was described from a single specimen that may have been an artificial introduction to the island; however, a live female was found, likely confirming the species' validity.

Kalamazoo shootings

On the night of February 20, 2016, a series of apparently random shootings took place at an apartment complex, a car dealership, and outside a restaurant in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Six people were killed and two others were injured.

Tropical Cyclone Winston hits Fiji

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston was the most intense tropical cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere on record. The cyclone reached its peak intensity with ten-minute sustained winds of 280 km/h and a pressure of 884 hPa. Winston inflicted extensive damage on many islands and killed 44 people.

Zayn is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Pillowtalk'

A former member of One Direction, Zayn Malik released his debut solo single Pillowtalk as a part of his debut solo studio album Mind of Mine. It was released as the lead single and debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. With that, Malik became the 1st British artist to ever debut at No. 1 in the US with a debut single.

'The Bridges of Madison County' opens on Broadway

The Bridges of Madison County, a musical based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 novel premiered on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in midtown Manhattan. Jason Robert Brown was responsible for music and lyrics, for which he won the 2014 Tony Awards for “Best Original Score” and “Best Orchestrations”.


The first goalkeeper to score from open play in La Liga

Dani Aranzubia, a Spanish former goalkeeper scored a “last minute goal” with his head after a 95th-minute corner kick, saving his team from a loss with UD Almeria. Aranzubia became the first goalkeeper in the history of La Liga to ever score from open play. It was also the only goal he scored throughout his professional career.

The 28th Brit Awards are held

The 28th Annual Brit Awards took place at the Earls Court in London and were hosted by Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne. Arctic Monkeys, Take That and Foo Fighters won 2 awards. Shine by Take That won the award for British Single.

Rhode Island night club fire

The Station nightclub fire occurred on Thursday, February 20, 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring 230. The fire was caused by pyrotechnics set off by the tour manager of the evening's headlining band Great White, which ignited plastic foam used as sound insulation in the walls and ceilings surrounding the stage. The blaze reached flashover within one minute, causing all combustible materials to burn. Intense black smoke engulfed the club in 5½ minutes. Video footage of the fire shows its ignition, rapid growth, the billowing smoke that quickly made escape impossible, and blocked egress that further hindered evacuation. The toxic smoke, heat, and the resulting human crush toward the main exit killed 100; 230 were injured and another 132 escaped uninjured. Many of the survivors developed posttraumatic stress disorder as a result of psychological trauma.


Tara Lipinski becomes youngest gold medalist Olympic

At the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Tara Lipinski became the youngest ladies' Olympic figure skating champion and the youngest individual gold medalist. In her short program, she skated to music from the movie Anastasia. In the long program, she performed 7 triples, and at the end, a triple toe/half loop/triple Salchow sequence.

The 33rd Grammy Awards are held

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York and were hosted by Garry Shandling. Quincy Jones won a total of six awards including Album of the Year. Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins was awarded Record of the Year.

Kylie Minogue is at #1 on the UK singles chart

The I Should Be So Lucky single by Kylie Minogue is from her debut studio album called Kylie. The song was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. It is a dance-pop song which features elements of bubblegum pop and new wave music.


Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre

Muhammad Ali won the fight against Jean-Pierre Coopman after knocking him out in the 5th round. It was Ali's 1st boxing bout after famous Thrilla in Manila. The fight took place at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, San Juan, Puerto Rico with Ismael Quinones Falu as a referee.

Southeast Asia Treaty Organization shuts down

Primarily created to block further communist gains in Southeast Asia, SEATO is generally considered a failure because internal conflict and dispute hindered general use of the SEATO military, however, SEATO-funded cultural and educational programs left long-standing effects in Southeast Asia.

American television series 'Columbo' first airs on NBC

Columbo, a TV series about the homicide detective with the LAPD first aired on the NBC as a pilot episode. Its title was „Prescription: Murder“ and it was 98 minutes long. Peter Falk made his debut in the role of detective Columbo. Next pilot episode aired 3 years later and it was followed by the first season in 6 months.

South Vietnamese coup is unsuccessful

General Khanh escaped to Dalat with the aid of Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky, who then threatened to bomb Saigon and the Tan Son Nhut Airport unless the rebel troops were withdrawn. Ky was dissuaded from this by Gen. William Westmoreland, who told Ky that more political instability might have a negative impact on continued U.S. aid.

First American manned orbital flight

Former fighter pilot John Glenn became a fifth human and third American in space. He was the first American who orbited Earth. He completed three orbits. Re-entry was dramatic because of a faulty warming from the heat shield. Eventually, everything went well and Glenn splashed down in the North Atlantic Ocean.

'African Queen' is released in the US

The African Queen is a British-American adventure film adapted from a novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film earned an estimated £256,267 at UK cinemas in 1952, making it the 11th most popular movie of the year. It earned an estimated $4 million at the US and Canadian box office.

Pilot O’Hare becomes first American WWII flying ace

Edward O'Hare was an American naval aviator of the United States Navy, who became the Navy's first flying ace when he single-handedly attacked a formation of nine heavy bombers approaching his aircraft carrier. Even though he had a limited amount of ammunition, he managed to shoot down or damage several enemy bombers.

First flying car is completed

The vehicle was built by American aviator Waldo Waterman. It flew for the first time next day. The flying car had cruising speed 164 kilometres per hour. It was unofficially called Waterman Whatsit. Five Whatsits were built, one crashed. Flying cars were often predicted by futurologists but never reached production.

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art opens

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC was founded for the purpose of opening a museum that would bring art and art education to the American people. It was originally located at 681 Fifth Avenue. The museum boasts a collection of art from classical antiquity, ancient Egypt and many more paintings and sculptures from various times.

Rossini's opera 'Barber of Seville' premieres in Rome

Gioachino Rossini created an opera buffa The Barber of Seville with libretto by Cesare Sterbin. The premiere took place at the Teatro Argentina, located in Largo di Torre square in Rome. The audience provoked by Rossini’s rivals hissed and jeered. In addition, several on-stage accidents occurred, resulting in premiere being a disaster.

George Washington establishes US post service

The Postal Service Act signed by President George Washington established the Department. Postmaster General John McLean, in office from 1823 to 1829, was the first to call it the Post Office Department rather than just the "Post Office." The organization received a boost in prestige when President Andrew Jackson invited his Postmaster General in 1829.

George Frideric Handel's opera 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto' premieres

Giulio Cesare in Egitto is a dramma per musica in three acts composed for the Royal Academy of Music by George Frideric Handel. Giulio Cesare in Egitto was first performed at the King's Theatre in the Haymarket, London. The opera was an immediate success.

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