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"Kid Victory" officially opens at Off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre

Kid Victory is a musical that tells the story of 17 year old Luke, who returns to his hometown after an unplanned 1-year absence and his difficulties with reconnecting to the old life. The Off-Broadway performances took place at the Vineyard Theatre in NYC. The producers described it as “a hauntingly mesmerizing original musical”.

Ferry carrying 100 passengers capsizes

A 2-deck ferry with a maximum capacity of 100 to 120 passengers carried roughly 150-200 people from Daulatdia to Paturia in Bangladesh. It crashed into a trawler after the vessels did not leave enough space to pass between one another. This caused the ferry to capsize, trapping passengers in and leaving up to 70 of them to die.

The 87th Academy Awards are held

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2014 and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel each won four awards, with the former film earning the Best Picture honor.

Train crashes in Buenos Aires

The Buenos Aires rail disaster occurred when a train crashed at Once Station in the Balvanera neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Fifty-one people were killed and more than 700 were injured. It was the second fatal accident on the line within six months, following the Flores rail crash.

Christchurch earthquake

A Mw 6.2 earthquake occurred in Christchurch on 22 February 2011 at 12:51 p.m. local time. The earthquake struck the Canterbury Region in New Zealand's South Island and was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the port town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, at the time New Zealand's second-most populous city. The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, killing 185 people in the nation's fifth-deadliest disaster.

The 81st Academy Awards are held

The 81st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films and took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Slumdog Millionaire won eight awards, the most of the evening, including Best Picture and Best Director for Danny Boyle.

Teen drama The O.C. ends after four years

The O.C. is an American teen drama TV series that ran on the Fox network. It deals with the culture clash of idealistic Cohen family who adopted young Ryan Atwood and materialistic community in which they reside. It received mostly positive reception, however the ratings declined with time, which eventually led to its cancellation.

The series finale of "Sex and the City"

The 6th and final season of Sex and the City was nominated for many awards. All four lead actresses received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon winning Emmy awards. The season finale reached 10 million viewers in the USA and almost 5 million in the UK.

Norah Jones is at #1 on Billboard album chart

Feels Like Home is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones, released through Blue Note Records. Feels Like Home sold 1,022,000 copies in its first week of release in the U.S. It sold 395,000 copies in its second week and spent its first six weeks of release atop the Billboard 200.

"King & I" closes at Neil Simon Theater NYC

"The King and I" is a musical by composer Richard Rodgers and dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based on a novel by Margaret Landon called Anna and the King of Siam. The production at the Neil Simon Theatre was nominated for 8 Tony Awards, winning four of them.

No Doubt go to #1 on the UK singles chart with "Don’t Speak"

The song was released as the 3rd single from No Doubt's 3rd studio album called Tragic Kingdom. It was written by Gwen Stefani and Eric Stefani. Don't Speak was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

The world's first successfully cloned mammal

The existence of sheep Dolly was announced to the public roughly 8 months after she was „born“. It was cloned at the Roslin Institute in Scotland by Keith Campbell, Ian Wilmut, and their colleagues. The funding for cloning was provided by biotechnology company PPL Therapeutics and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Spice Girls go to #1 on the US singles chart with "Wannabe"

"Wannabe" is the debut single by English girl group Spice Girls. "Wannabe" topped the UK Singles Chart for seven weeks and has received a double Platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry. In January it was released in the United States, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks.

Trans-Pacific balloon flight

American adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person who completed the first hot air balloon flight over Pacific Ocean. Fossett covered the distance of 9 600 kilometers. He took off from south Seoul, South Koream, and landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was very cold during the journey, because propane heaters in his balloon's gondola failed.


Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish leaves the club

Dalglish was player-manager of Liverpool since the retirement of Joe Fagan in 1985 season. He made his final league appearance as a substitute in a match against Derby. He resigned from his position as manager just 2 days after 4-4 draw with Everton, in an FA Cup 5th round tie. The match took place at Goodison Park stadium.

Joe Dolce is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Shaddap You Face by Joe Dolce is a song about a fictitious rebellious Italian boy. The original release sold over 6 million copies and has remained the most successful Australian-produced single in Australian music history for 33 years straight. There have been over 50 different foreign language cover versions.


Miracle on Ice

Miracle on Ice refers to a medal-round game during the men's ice hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, played between the USA, and the defending gold medalists, the USSR. The victory of the USA became one of the most iconic moments of the Games and in U.S. sports.

James Blunt is born

James Blunt is an English singer, songwriter and former British Army Officer. Blunt rose to fame with his debut album called Back to Bedlam. The album includes hits such as You're Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover. He has won 2 Brit Awards and received 5 Grammy Award nominations.

The Average White Band are at #1 on the US singles chart

Pick Up the Pieces by the Average White Band is a song from their 2nd album called AWB. It was written by Roger Ball and Hamish Stuart. The song is essentially an instrumental, besides from the song's title being shouted many times in the song.


Tennis player Michael Chang is born

Michael Chang won 34 top-level professional singles titles. In 1989 when he was 17, Chang won the French Open. In 1996, he reached a career-best ranking of world No. 2. As he was shorter than his opponents, he played a defensive style using his quickness and speed.

General Suharto takes full power in Indonesia

Hajji Suharto was the second President of Indonesia, holding the office for 31 years from the ousting of Sukarno in 1967 until his resignation. Under his "New Order" administration, Suharto constructed a strong, centralized and military-dominated government.


NHL star Pat LaFontaine is born

Pat LaFontaine spent his entire career playing for the league's New York State-based teams including New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Rangers. Until 2014, LaFontaine served as the President of Hockey Operations of the Buffalo Sabres.

Elvis Presley is at #1 on the UK singles

Cant' Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley is a pop ballad, which was featured in Presley's film called Blue Hawaii. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss. The single is certified Platinum, for US sales in excess of one million copies.

Inaugural Daytona 500 car race

The Inaugural Daytona 500 was the 1st race held at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway. The officially declared winner of the race was Lee Petty. Petty was followed by Johnny Beauchamp and Charley Griffith. The race was attended by 135,521 spectators.

The 15th Golden Globes are held

The 15th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in a film for 1957 films, were held at the Cocoanut Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. The Bridge on the River Kwai won the award for the Best Picture.


NBA legend Julius Erving is born

Julius Erving won 3 championships, 4 Most Valuable Player Awards, and 3 scoring titles with the ABA's Virginia Squires and New York Nets and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. In 1993, he was inducted in 1993 into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 40 most important athletes of all time.


Formula 1 auto racer Nikki Lauda is born

Niki Lauda is an Austrian former Formula One driver and a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion. Lauda is currently the only driver to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren. Among other things, he is also an aviation entrepreneur. He has founded and run two airlines – Lauda Air and Niki.

Streptomycin is discovered

American microbiologist Selman Waksman announced the discovery of a new antibiotic – the streptomycin. It was discovered by his PhD. student Albert Schatz in a research project financed by Merck and Co. Waksman later received Nobel prize in Physiology or medicine. Some people accused Waksman him of playing down the role of Schatz.

American microbiologist J. Michael Bishop is born

He is famous for his discovery of the protein called c-Src. It is encoded by gene called SRC. It is a normal gene, but could cause cancer due to mutations or increased expression. This can be started by viruses, radiation, or exposure to some chemicals. Genes similar to SRC are now called proto-oncogenes.

"It Happened One Night" opens at NY's Radio City Music Hall

It Happened One Night is an American pre-Code romantic comedy film with elements of screwball comedy directed and co-produced by Frank Capra, in collaboration with Harry Cohn. It Happened One Night was the first film to win the "Big Five" Academy Awards.

"Lady Windermere's Fan" by Oscar Wilde premieres

Lady Windermere's Fan, A Play About a Good Woman is a four-act comedy by Oscar Wilde. The play tells a story of Lady Windermere, who suspects her husband of having an affair with another woman. The premiere was followed by a speech given by Wilde himself.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe dies at 82

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer known for his literary works including Faust, The Sorrows of Young Werther or Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. Goethe died in Weimar because of a heart failure and he is buried in the Ducal Vault at Weimar's Historical Cemetery.

Battle of Toulon

Battle of Toulon was a naval battle in which the combined forces of France and Kingdom of Spain stood against the Great Britain. The French fleet joined the fight when the greatly outnumbered Spanish fleet gained the advantage. The British were forced to withdraw after they sustained considerably more damage than they inflicted.

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