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The 14000th episode of 'General Hospital' airs

General Hospital is an American daytime TV medical drama which originally started in 1963. It holds the record in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap-opera in production and the 2nd longest-running drama in the history of American TV. The 14,000th episode aired on commercial TV network ABC.

Carlos Ghosn leaves Nissan after two decades as CEO

Ghosn announced he would step down as CEO of Nissan, while remaining chairman of the company. Hiroto Saikawa, who had been at Nissan 40 years and was co-chief executive of the company, became its CEO.

Donald Trump meets top manufacturing CEOs in a bid to get jobs home

Liveris organized a manufacturing working group to meet with Trump, which included executives from major companies to talk about job growth and economic policies. Speaking for the council on that day, Liveris said the 24 CEOs were "encouraged by pro-business policies" The CEOs present that day represented companies that employ 2 million.

'Sunday in the Park with George' opens on Broadway

Sunday in the Park with George is a musical created by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. It is centered around George, a painter working on his masterpiece, and his great-grandson. Its limited-run revival on Broadway took place at the Hudson Theatre. The play had been withdrawn from Tony Award consideration by producers.

'Beauty and the Beast' premieres at Spencer House in London

Beauty and the Beast is an American musical romantic fantasy film directed by Bill Condon from a screenplay written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos, and co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Mandeville Films. Beauty and the Beast premiered at Spencer House in London.

Brecht's 'Galileo' opens Off-Broadway

Life of Galileo or just “Galileo” is a play written by Bertolt Brecht in 1938. It opened Off-Broadway, following the previews on East 13th Street in Manhattan under the production of Classic Stage Company. The drama explores the question of a scientist’s social and ethical responsibility and Galileo’s choice between life and his work.

Danielle Steel’s novel 'Big Girl' is published

Big Girl, the 80th novel by Danielle Steel, was published by Delacorte Press. In the novel, Steel celebrates the virtues of unconventional beauty while exploring deeply resonant issues of weight, self-image, sisterhood, and family. The main character of the story is a girl named Victoria Dawson.

'The Pajama Game' opens at the American Airlines Theatre

The Pajama Game is a musical based on Richard Bissell’s novel 7½ Cents. The musical went through a number of revivals since its original cast. Its 2006 revival on Broadway included 3 added songs by Richard Adler. It ran for 129 performances and 41 previews. It won several awards, including Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

The 45th Grammy Awards are held

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Musicians accomplishments from the previous year were recognized. Norah Jones and her song "Don't Know Why" were the main recipients of the night, garnering five Grammys.


England great Sir Stanley Matthews dies aged 85

Sir Stanley Matthews is often regarded as one of the greatest British football players. At the age of 85, while on a holiday in Tenerife, Matthews had fallen ill which led to his death. The funeral service took place in Stoke. He was subsequently cremated and his ashes buried beneath the center circle of Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.

Carlos Santana dominates Grammy Awards

The 42nd Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1999. Santana was the main recipient with eight Grammys, tying Michael Jackson's record for most awards won in a single night.

Riot in Pelican Bay state prison

A brawl involving roughly 200 prisoners erupted in the exercise yard of the maximum-security prison. In order to quell the riot, guards were forced to use lethal force. The fight between black and Hispanic inmates resulted in a death of 1 prisoner who was fatally shot and left 12 others wounded.

Galtür avalanche

The Galtür avalanche occurred in the Alpine village of Galtür, Austria. It took less than 60 seconds to hit Galtür. At 50 metres high and traveling at 290 kilometres per hour, this powder avalanche hit with great force, overturning cars, ruining buildings and burying 57 people. By the time rescue crews managed to arrive, 31 people had died.

Eminem releases album 'The Slim Shady LP'

The Slim Shady LP is the second studio album and the major-label debut by American rapper Eminem. It was released under Interscope Records and Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. The album features production from Dr. Dre, the Bass Brothers, and Eminem himself.

Tornadoes in Florida kills 42 people

The Kissimmee tornado outbreak was a devastating tornado outbreak, the deadliest tornado event in Florida history. The tornadoes, among the strongest ever recorded in Florida, produced F3 damage, killed 42 people, and caused 260 injuries.

'Trainspotting' opens in cinemas in the UK and Ireland

Trainspotting is a British black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle. The film made £12 million in the domestic market and $72 million internationally. Trainspotting was the highest-grossing British film of 1996, and at the time it was the fourth highest grossing British film in history.

Famous supernova, the SN 1987A, is seen

The star explosion occurred in Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy, approximately 168,000 light years from Earth. From the Southern Hemisphere, it was easily visible to the naked eye. It was the first supernova observable without special equipment from 1604. First astronomers who saw SN 1987A were Ian Shelton and Oscar Duhalde, at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and Albert Jones in New Zealand.

The Smiths score their first UK #1 album with 'Meat Is Murder'

Meat Is Murder is the second studio album by English rock band the Smiths. It was released by Rough Trade Records and became the band's sole number one album in the UK charts during the band's lifetime, staying on the chart for thirteen weeks.

Spanish rebels storm Parliament

"23-F" was an attempted coup d'état in Spain that began on 23 February and ended the following day. Its most visible figure, Antonio Tejero, led the failed coup's most notable event: a group of 200 armed officers of the Guardia Civil burst into the Spanish Congress of Deputies during the vote to elect the country's new Prime Minister.

Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla are legally separated

Priscilla began taking karate lessons from Mike Stone, a karate instructor she had met in backstage at one of Elvis' concerts. She soon began an affair with him. Elvis and Priscilla separated in February and filed for legal separation on July 26.

Petula Clark has her first UK #1 single with 'Sailor'

Clark's version of "Sailor" debuted at #18 on the UK Top 50 becoming Clark's first UK chart entry since "Baby Lover", an intermittent ten UK single releases having failed to chart. A sales total of 250,000 units for Clark's "Sailor" was announced by Pye Records.

US flag raises over Iwo Jima

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal which depicts 6 US Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II. Three Marines in the photograph, Sergeant Michael Strank, Corporal Harlon Block, and Private First Class Franklin Sousley were killed in action over the next few days. The other three surviving flag-raisers in the photograph.

'Pinocchio' is released

Pinocchio is an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. The film won the Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Original Score, the first Disney film to win either.


Joe Louis knockouts Nathan Mann in the 3th round for heavyweight boxing title

The fight between Joe Louis and Nathan Mann took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Louis knocked out Mann in the 3rd round. In general, Louis is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. His championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months.

George Bernard Shaw's 'Misalliance' premieres in London

Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw was written during 1909–1910. The play takes place entirely on a single Saturday afternoon in the conservatory of a large country house in Hindhead, Surrey in Edwardian era England. It premiered in the Duke of York's Repertory Theatre.

USA takes control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million

Panama received US$10 million, much of which the United States required to be invested in that country, plus annual payments of US$250,000; with those payments made, the Canal Zone was formally turned over by Panama when American officials reopened the Panama City offices of the canal company and raised the American flag.

Diesel engine is patented

German inventor Rudolf Diesel patented his new engine. It burns fuel oil rather than gasoline, and uses high compressed of the gases in the cylinder rather than a spark to ignite the fuel. Diesel engines are more effective than gasoline engines but they produce more air pollutants. They are widely used in heavy industrial machinery.

John Quincy Adams dies at age 80 in Washington

The 78-year-old former president suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. After a few months of rest, he made a full recovery and resumed his duties in Congress. When Adams entered the House chamber, everyone "stood up and applauded." He then died with his wife at his side in the Speaker's Room inside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.; his only living child, Charles Francis, did not arrive in time to see his father alive. His last words were "This is the last of earth. I am content."

Poet John Keats dies at 25

John Keats was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. His poetry is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. His work includes the famous sonnet called On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.

Gutenberg prints his first Bible

The Gutenberg Bible was the first major book printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe. It marked the start of the "Gutenberg Revolution" and the age of the printed book in the West. Written in Latin, the Gutenberg Bible is an edition of the Vulgate, printed by Johannes Gutenberg, in Mainz.

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