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Walmart pulls hoverboards out of sale amid security reasons

A series of incidents have raised safety fears about hoverboards, which allow riders to move back and forth, or rotate by leaning. Dozens of the self-balancing scooters have been pulled from sale after several accidents involving the vehicles exploding or bursting into flames.

Scientists find oldest rock on Earth

A team of researchers led by John Valley from University of Wisconsin-Madison confirmed that zircon from Western Australia’s Jack Hills region is the oldest fragment of Earth’s crust. Using two independent dating methods they calculated the age of the mineral to be 4.4 billion years. The Earth itself is around 4.54 billion years.

The 85th Academy Awards are held

The 85th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2012 and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Life of Pi won four awards including Best Director for Ang Lee. Argo won three awards, including Best Picture.

The 80th Academy Awards are held

The 80th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2007 and took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC, and produced by Gil Cates and directed by Louis J, Horvitz.

Supreme Court defends right to satirize public figures

In an 8–0 decision, the Court ruled in favor of Hustler magazine, holding that a parody ad published in the magazine depicting televangelist and political commentator Jerry Falwell as an incestuous drunk, was protected speech since Falwell was a public figure and the parody could not have been reasonably considered believable.

The 24th Grammy Awards are held

The 24th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and were broadcast live on American television. The event recognized the accomplishments of musicians during the year 1981. Quincy Jones was the major recipient of awards with a total of five Grammys.


Wayne Gretzky scores his 77th goal breaking an NHL single season record

Wayne Gretzky playing for Edmonton Oilers scored his 77th goal of the season in a game against the Buffalo Sabres at Memorial Auditorium. He broke Phil Esposito's NHL single-season record of 76 goals, which he set 11 years earlier.


Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is born

During his career, Floyd Mayweather held multiple world titles in 5 weight classes and the lineal championship in 4 weight classes. As an amateur, Mayweather won a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the 1996 Olympics, 3 U.S. Golden Gloves championships and the U.S. national championship at featherweight.

"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" premieres in London

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is a British drama film, based on the novel of the same name by Muriel Spark. Directed by Ronald Neame, it stars Maggie Smith in the title role as an unrestrained teacher at a girls' school in 1930s Edinburgh. Upon its initial release, the film received positive feedback from critics.

Buddy Holly records a new version of "That’ll Be The Day"

"That'll Be the Day" is a song written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. It was first recorded by Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes in 1956 and was re-recorded in 1957 by Holly and his new band, the Crickets. The 1957 recording achieved widespread success.

American entrepreneur Steve Jobs is born

Although not a programmer, nor even technician, Jobs was one of the most influential people in the computer industry. In 1976 he cofounded (with Steve Wozniak a Ronald Wayne) Apple Computer company. Besides Apple, Jobs founded NExT and bought computer graphics division from LucasFilm, which he renamed to Pixar.

Juan Domingo Peron is elected president in Argentina

The Argentine general election of 1946, the last for which only men were enfranchized, was held on 24 February. Voters chose both the President and their legislators and with a turnout of 83.4%, which resulted in choosing Juan Perón as the President.

President Andrew Johnson is impeached

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson occurred, when the United States House of Representatives resolved to impeach President Andrew Johnson, adopting eleven articles of impeachment detailing his "high crimes and misdemeanors," in accordance with Article Two of the United States Constitution.

Author Wilhelm Grimm is born

Wilhelm Grimm was a German author and anthropologist, and the younger brother of Jacob Grimm, of the duo the Brothers Grimm. The brothers spent their entire lives close together. Their collection of fairy tales was 1st published in 1812, known in English as Grimms' Fairy Tales.

George Frideric Handel's opera "Partenope" premieres in London

Partenope by George Frideric Handel premiered at the King's Theatre. The work is humorous in character and light-textured in music, with a plot involving romantic complications and gender confusion. It was Handel's 1st comic opera since the much earlier Agrippina, breaking away from the more traditional opera seria works.

Handel's opera "Rinaldo" premieres at Haymarket theatre in London

Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel was the 1st Italian language opera written specifically for the London stage. The libretto was prepared by Giacomo Rossi from a scenario provided by Aaron Hill. It premiered at the Queen's Theatre in London's Haymarket.

French inventor and artist Jacques de Vaucanson is born

He was very interested in automata. He designed automatic flute and tambourine player. They were able to play twelve songs. His most famous creation is a robotic duck. It appeared to have the ability to eat kernels of grain, and to metabolize and defecate them. Jacques de Vaucanson also designed first automatic loom. But this invention was not taken up.

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