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Alice Merton goes to #1 on the US alternative singles chart

A German-Canadian-English singer alice Merton debuted with a song No Roots. After its release in the US by Mom + Pop Music, it reached at number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was positively received and the attraction to it grew over time. Roughly a year later, the song peaked at top position of the US Rock Airplay chart.

2018

The first woman wins gold in two sports at same Winter Olympics

Ester Ledecká is a Czech snowboarder and alpine skier who entered the history when she won gold both in super-G in alpine skiing and in the parallel giant slalom - snowboarding. Both at the same Winter Olympics that took place in Pyeongchang. She is the 1st woman to achieve this and the 2nd to win 2 separate disciplines.

Murakami's "Killing Commendatore" is published

Japanese writer Haruki Murakami wrote a novel about a painter whose wife left him which pushed him onto a long road trip, during which he participates in series of strange events. The novel, Killing Commendatore was classified as indecent in Hong Kong, meaning it could not be lend or sold to anyone under 18.

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.

Tara Air Flight 193 crashes

Tara Air Flight was a scheduled passenger flight from Pokhara to Jomsom in Nepal. The aircraft carrying 23 people on board went missing roughly 8 minutes after take-off. The wreckage with no survivors was found near the village of Dana in Myagdi district. Deviation from track and unfavorable weather might have caused the accident.

Comedy series Parks and Recreation ends after seven series

Park and Recreation is an American political satire sitcom that originally aired on NBC in 2009. It did not start that well and initially received mixed reviews, however, with a slight changes to its tone and format, the 2nd and 3rd seasons were widely acclaimed. In total, it had 125 episodes, with last being watched by 4.15 million viewers

Oxnard train derailment

A Metrolink passenger train in Oxnard collided with a pick-up truck and trailer on the Rice Avenue grade crossing. This caused the train to derail and 3 cars fell onto their sides, with 4th remaining upright. Out of 48 passengers and 3 crew members aboard, 30 were injured. Train engineer died from his injuries a week later.

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 world premiere of Hwang's "Kung Fu"

David Henry Hwang wrote Kung Fu, a play about the life of Hong Kong-American actor, director and martial artist Bruce Lee. The play premiered at the Signature Theatre Off-Broadway. The production was directed by Leigh Silverman and featured an actor and martial artist Cole Horibe in main role.

Seth Myers takes over as the host of the talk-show Late Night

Seth Mayer was appointed the host of the 4th incarnation of the Late Night franchise and succeeded the previous host Jimmy Fallon who moved to another show. With the new host, the show donned the new name as well, becoming Late Night with Seth Meyers. It usually airs new episodes Monday through Thursday nights.

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.

Al Hoceima earthquake

Northern coast of Morocco was hit by an earthquake measured 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale. It occurred during night, at 02:27 local time. The earthquake with Mercalli intensity of IX - Violent killed between 628 to 631 people, injured 926 more and left up to 15,000 homeless in the city of Al Hoceima and surrounding area.

The 35th Grammy Awards are held

The 35th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. British guitarist and singer Eric Clapton was the night's big winner, winning six awards out of nine nominations including Album, Song, and Record of the Year.

United Airlines Flight 811's Cargo door ripped off

United Airlines Flight 811 was a regularly scheduled flight from LA to Sydney with stops at Honolulu and Auckland. On one of the flights, cargo door malfunctioned shortly after leaving Honolulu. The explosive decompression that followed caused the deaths of 9 passengers and injured 38 more. Plane returned to Honolulu afterwards.

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.

1982

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.

Roberta Flack has her second US #1 with "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. The song was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman, who recorded the song in late 1971. It became a number-one hit in the US and Canada for Roberta Flack, also reaching number six in the UK Singles Chart.

"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.

First pulsar is announced

The scientific journal Nature published a report about a new star type – the pulsar. It is a magnetized, rotating neutron star or white dwarf, which emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation. It was discovered by Northern Irish astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell. Her pulsar was first called LGM-1 (short for Little Green Man), because its signal was so regular, that it seemed to be of an artificial origin.

The Beatles start filming Help!

Help! is a British musical comedy-adventure which starred the Beatles. The group said the movie was inspired by the classic Marx Brothers film Duck Soup. The movie focuses on Ringo and the band protecting him from an evil cult that wants to use him as a human sacrifice. It is the 2nd film starring The Beatles, after “A Hard Day’s Night”.

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.

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.

1940

Former Scotland and Manchester United great Denis Law is born

Denis Law was born in Scotland’s 3rd most populous city, Aberdeen into family with 7 children. With his father working as a fisherman, they could not afford much and Law went barefoot till he was 12. He became obsessed with football and eventually got a contract with Huddersfield Town at the age of 14 where he started his career.

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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