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China briefly bans the letter "N"

China has one of the most extensive censorships in the world when it comes to the internet. More than 60 internet restrictions have been created by China’s government. In order to suppress criticism after what appeared to be scrapping term limits, President Xi banned a series of phrases and briefly the letter N as well.

Vorkuta mine disaster

A series of explosions caused the deaths of 36 people, including 31 miners and five rescue workers, in a coal mine near the city of Vorkuta, Komi Republic, Russia. The explosions were believed to be caused by the ignition of leaking methane gas.

The 200th episode of 'The Big Bang Theory' airs on CBS

The Big Bang Theory is an American TV sitcom that aired on CBS in 2007. The story revolves mainly around a group of 4 geeks - Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, Howard and waitress Penny. The 200th episode was released as a part of the 9th season and guest-starred Sara Gilbert as a physicist Leslie Winkle.

Revival of 'Hughie' opens at the Booth Theatre

Hughie is a short play written by Eugene O’Neill in 1942. It is basically a monologue between its only 2 characters, hotel’s new night clerk Charlie Hughes and a small-time hustler Erie Smith. Its 4th Broadway production at Booth Theatre was directed by Michael Grandage. The production had a shortened run of 55 performances.

The 35th Brit Awards are held

This was the 35th edition of the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards. The awards ceremony was held at The O2 Arena in London, presented by Ant & Dec. This was their second time hosting and their first time since 2001. Tracey Emin became the fifth artist to style the BRITs statue.

Afghanistan avalanches

A total of 40 avalanches in course of 4 days hit Panjshir Province in Afghanistan. They were caused by heavy snowstorms in the area. It reached a point when masses of snow became too heavy to stay in place. At least 312 people were killed during the disaster. The army was deployed to assist with the rescue efforts.

Ralph Fiennes stars in Shaw's 'Man and Superman'

Man and Superman is a drama written by George Bernard Shar in 1903. It originally opened in 1905 and have gone through a number of productions in the UK. In its 2015 production, London’s National Theatre starred Ralph Fiennes in the role of Jack Tanner, the alleged descendant and the modern representation of Don Juan.

Boko Haram attack

Fifty-nine boys were killed at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi in Yobe State, Nigeria. The twenty-four buildings of the school were also burned down as a result of the attack. According to media and local officials, the Islamist militants Boko Haram are suspected to be behind the attack.

'Alice in Wonderland' premieres in London

Alice in Wonderland is an American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay written by Linda Woolverton. The film premiered in London at the Odeon Leicester Square and was released in Australia on March 4 and the following day in the United Kingdom and the United States.


Cricketer Don Bradman dies at 92

Don Bradman was an Australian cricketer, by many acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He achieved Test batting average of 99,94. Prior to his death, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and died a few months later at home. His memorial service was held at St Peter's Anglican Cathedral, Adelaide.

'Not About Nightingales' has its Broadway premiere

Not About Nightingales is a 3-act play written by Tennessee Williams in 1938. The story of the play unfolds in a prison and focuses on inmates who go on a hunger strike, in order to try to better their situation. The play was not discovered until the late 90s. Therefore, it had its world premiere 60 years after its creation, at the Alley Theatre.

'The Hothouse' opens at the Atlantic Theater Company

The Hothouse is a full-length tragicomedy by Harold Pinter, written in 1958. The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1980. Several years later, the play opened at Atlantic Theater Company, an Off-Broadway non-profit theater. The story focuses on the institution’s director Roote, who is undermined by his subordinates.

The 40th Grammy Awards are held

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall, New York City. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Rock icon Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, and R. Kelly were the main recipients with three awards each.

Jewish settler kills 30 at holy site

During the overlapping religious holidays of both Jewish Purim and Muslim Ramadan, Goldstein opened fire on a large number of Palestinian Muslims who had gathered to pray inside the Ibrahimi Mosque at the Cave of the Patriarchs compound in Hebron, West Bank. The attack left 29 people dead, several as young as twelve, and 125 wounded. Goldstein was overpowered, disarmed and then beaten to death by survivors.

Khojaly massacre

The Khojaly Massacre, also known as the Khojaly tragedy, was the killing of at least 161 ethnic Azerbaijani civilians from the town of Khojaly on 26 February 1992. According to the Azerbaijani side, as well as the Memorial Human Rights Center, Human Rights Watch and other international observers, the massacre was committed by the ethnic Armenian armed forces, reportedly with help of some military personnel of the 366th CIS regiment, apparently not acting on orders from the command. The death toll claimed by Azerbaijani authorities is 613 civilians, including 106 women and 63 children. The event became the largest massacre in the course of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

The Warsaw Pact is abolished

The Pact was declared at an end at a meeting of defense and foreign ministers from the six remaining member states in Hungary. The USSR itself was dissolved in December, although most of the former Soviet republics formed the Collective Security Treaty Organization shortly thereafter. Throughout the following 20 years, the seven Warsaw Pact countries outside the USSR each joined NATO.


Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno

The fight ended with less than 10 seconds to go in the 5th round as Mike Tyson was able to get Frank Bruno up against the ropes and hit him with two right uppercuts and a left hook. The fight between Tyson and Bruno took place at Las Vegas Hilton, Nevada with Richard Steele as a referee.

Van Halen start a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart

'Jump' is a song by American hard rock band Van Halen. It is Van Halen's most successful single to date, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song differs from earlier Van Halen songs in that it is driven by a rolling synth line, although the song does contain a guitar solo, which was spliced together from multiple takes.

Playwright Tennessee Williams dies at 71

Tennessee Williams was an American playwright. He became suddenly famous with The Glass Menagerie, a play that closely reflected his own unhappy family background. His other popular plays include A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Sweet Bird of Youth.

The 23rd Grammy Awards are held

The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and were broadcast live on American television. Album of the Year went to Michael Omartian and Christopher Cross for Christopher Cross, and Song of the Year went to Christopher Cross for "Sailing".

Mariner 6 Mars probe is launched

Mariner 6 was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It was a part of a Mariner program, which consisted of robotic probes for investigation of Mars, Venus and Mercury. Mariner 6 had an identical twin, Mariner 7. They flew over the equator and southern hemisphere of the planet Mars and took photos.

The Seekers are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"I'll Never Find Another You" is a single by The Seekers which reached No. 1 in the UK. It was The Seekers' first UK-released single and was the second-best selling single of 1965 in the UK. The song was also popular in the US, reaching peaks of No. 4 pop and No. 2 easy listening on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.


Muhammad Ali wins his first world heavyweight championship title

The fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston took place in Miami Beach. Ali won when Liston gave up at the opening of the 7th round. Muhammad Ali became at age 22 the youngest boxer to take the title from a reigning heavyweight champion.

The first Beatles single is released in the US

Please Please Me" is a song and the second single released by English rock group the Beatles in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP, which was recorded to capitalize on the success of the single. It was originally a John Lennon composition.

American anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits dies

His main area of interest was the culture of African-Americans. He advocated independence of African nations from the colonial powers. Herskovits criticized American politicians for viewing African nations as objects of Cold War strategy. With his wife Frances Herskovits he published several books and monographs.

Nikita Khrushchev harshly criticizes Josef Stalin in a speech

At the 20th Party Congress, he delivered the "Secret Speech", which denounced Stalin's purges and ushered in a less repressive era in the Soviet Union. His domestic policies, aimed at bettering the lives of ordinary citizens, were often ineffective, especially in agriculture. Hoping eventually to rely on missiles for national defense, Khrushchev ordered major cuts in conventional forces.

Communists take power in Czechoslovakia

Under pressure from the Czechoslovakian Communist Party, President Eduard Beneš allowed a communist-dominated government to be organized. Although the Soviet Union did not physically intervene until 1968, Western observers decried the virtually bloodless communist coup as an example of Soviet expansion into Eastern Europe.

George Bernard Shaw's 'The Philanderer' premieres in London

The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw is one of the 3 plays Shaw published as Plays Unpleasant in 1898, alongside Widowers' Houses and Mrs. Warren's Profession. The plays were written to raise awareness of social problems and criticize capitalist behavior.

US Steel incorporated

The United States Steel Corporation is an American integrated steel producer headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with production operations in the United States, Canada, and Central Europe. As of 2016, the company was the world's 24th largest steel producer and second largest domestic producer, trailing only Nucor Corporation.

Colt's revolver patent

American inventor Samuel Colt acquired a patent for a "revolving gun." He soon started to produce the Colt Paterson, first American commercial repeating firearm employing a revolving cylinder. “Peterson” in the name states for Paterson, New Jersey. Contrary to the common belief, Colt did not invent the revolver. His design was a more practical adaption earlier revolving flintlock.

English polymath Christopher Wren dies

He is most known as an architect. He was responsible for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666. Wren also designed famous Royal Naval College building Greenwich. His interests were, however, much wider. He contributed to anatomy, astronomy, mathematics and physics. Wren was a founder of the Royal Society.

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