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The 89th Academy Awards are held

Moonlight won three awards including Best Picture and La La Land won the most awards of the ceremony with six after receiving a record-tying 14 nominations. In an event unprecedented in the history, La La Land was incorrectly announced as the Best Picture. After a few minutes, the error was corrected and Moonlight was declared the winner.


The first African American basketball player in the NBA dies at 86

Earl Lloyd was selected in the 9th-round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Washington Capitals. During his NBA career, Lloyd experienced issues with racism, he was refused service multiple times and was spit on by a fan. He died in Crossville, Tennessee.

Luxor hot air balloon crashes

Tourists in Luxor commonly use the services of hot air balloons, which provide an aerial view of the Nile River and surrounding areas. One of the balloons operated by Sky Cruise company caught aflame that resulted in an explosion. Several passengers jumped to their deaths. Out of 21 people aboard, only 2 survived the accident.

Trayvon Martin case

Trayvon Benjamin Martin was a 17-year-old African-American teenager from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman. Martin had gone with his father on a visit to his father's fiancée at her townhouse at The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Sanford. When Martin was walking back alone to the fiancée's house from a nearby convenience store. Zimmerman, a member of the community watch, saw Martin and reported him to the Sanford Police as suspicious. Moments later, there was an altercation and Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the chest.

Train derailment in Burlington, Ontario

The derailment occurred in the Aldershot neighborhood of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, resulting in deaths of the 3 engineers in the locomotive and 46 injuries. There were 75 passengers and four crew members on board at the time of the accident. The derailment occurred in an industrial area northeast of Aldershot GO Station.

Lady Gaga is at #1 on the US singles chart with "Born This Way"

Born This Way is Lady Gaga’s lead single from her the 2nd studio album of the same name. The song managed to get to No. 1 of the US Billboard Hot 100 in only 2 weeks after its release. It is inspired by the music of the 90s, which empowered women and the gay community. Gaga herself explained that it was her freedom song.

President Barrack Obama honours Stevie Wonder with the Gershwin Prize

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have honored soul legend, Stevie Wonder. The multi-Grammy winning soul star was presented with the Library of Congress's second annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a concert at the White House.


Gisele Bundchen weds Tom Brady

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen and football quarterback Tom Brady began dating in 2006. The wedding took place in Santa Monica, California. Together, they have two children: a son named Benjamin Rein and a daughter named Vivian Lake.

Video game Halo Wars is released

Halo Wars is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for the Xbox 360 video game console. The game is set in the science fiction universe of the Halo series in the year 2531, 21 years before the events of Halo: Combat Evolved.

The 21st Brit Awards are held

The 2001 Brit Awards were the 21st edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place at Earls Court in London. During the ceremony, Best British Album won Coldplay with Parachutes and Best British Single picked up Robbie Williams with "Rock DJ"

U.K. Barings Bank goes bust after £1bn fraud made by trader Nick Leeson on his secret 88888 account

Barings Bank was a British merchant bank based in London and the world's second oldest merchant bank. The bank collapsed after suffering losses of £827 million, resulting from poor speculative investments, primarily in futures contracts, conducted by an employee named Nick Leeson working at its office in Singapore.

The first WTC bombing

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, carried out on February 26, 1993, when a truck bomb detonated below the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 1,336 lb (606 kg) urea nitrate–hydrogen gas enhanced device was intended to send the North Tower crashing into the South Tower, bringing both towers down and killing tens of thousands of people. It failed to do so but killed six people and injured over a thousand.

Sinead O’Connor is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Nothing Compares 2 U" is a song written and composed by Prince for one of his side projects, The Family. This version, which O'Connor co-produced with Nellee Hooper, became a worldwide hit in 1990. Its music video received heavy rotation on MTV. Its lyrics explore feelings of longing from the point of view of an abandoned lover.


Michael Jordan scores 58 breaking a Chicago Bulls previous record

Michael Jordan scored 58 points to lead the Bulls to a 128-113 victory over the Nets. Jordan eclipsed the mark of 56 points established by Chet Walker in 1972. He also broke the team career single-game free-throw mark of 20 by hitting 26 of 27 attempts.

Nena is #1 on the UK singles chart with "99 Red Balloons"

Song “99 Luftballons” was quite successful at its release. The widespread success across Europe, led German band Nena to create an English-language version of the song as well. Upon its release, the song was titled simply “99 Red Balloons” and managed to climb to No. 1 of the UK Singles chart.


Togolese professional footballer Emmanuel Adebayor is born

Emmanuel Adebayor plays as a striker for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir. Previously he played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace, Metz, Monaco and Real Madrid. With 31 goals, he is currently Togo's all-time top goalscorer.

Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" goes to #1 on the US album chart

Thriller is the sixth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. In just over a year, Thriller became the world's best-selling album, with estimated sales of 66 million copies.

Composer Howard Hanson dies at 84

Howard Hanson was an American composer, conductor, and music theorist. For 40 years he was a director of the Eastman School of Music. In 1944, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony no. 4, subtitled Requiem. His Song of Democracy was performed at the inaugural concert for incoming U.S. President Richard Nixon.

Corinne Bailey Rae is born

Corinne Bailey Rae is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and guitarist from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Bailey Rae was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, to a Kittitian father and an English mother, as the oldest of three daughters, including her siblings, Candice Bailey and actress Rhea Bailey, who is in Coronation Street.

Peter Sarstedt starts a four-week run at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with "Where Do You Go To My Lovely?"

"Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?" is a song by the British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt. Its recording was produced by Ray Singer, engineered by John Mackswith at Lansdowne Recording Studios. It was a number-one 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks.

The 10th Golden Globes

The 10th Golden Globe Awards, honoring the best in a film for 1952 films, were held at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Winners included Gary Cooper - High Noon for Best performance by an actor in a motion picture - Drama and The Greatest Show on Earth for Best Direction - Motion Picture.

Radar is demonstrated for the first time

English physicists Robert Watson-Watt and Arnold Wilkins showed that radio waves could be bounced off aircraft up to 13km away. The airplane in question was Handley Page Heyford biplane bomber. British government subsequently went on to fund the development of a project later called RAdio Detection And Ranging – RADAR.

Radioactivity is discovered

French physicist Henri Becquerel accidentally put a wrapped photographic plate in a closed desk drawer with a piece of uranium on top. It remained there several days. When Becquerel later developed the photographic plate, he found an image of the uranium piece. He realized that uranium generates some kind of radiation.

New York opens the first pneumatic-powered subway line

The Beach Pneumatic Transit was the first attempt to build an underground public transit system in New York City. It was developed by Alfred Ely Beach as a demonstration subway line running on pneumatic power. As the subway line had one stop and a one-car shuttle going back and forth, it was merely a novelty and not a regular mode of transport.

Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 4 premieres

Symphony No. 4 by Franz Schubert was completed in 1816. Schubert himself called his manuscript Tragic, however, it is not known why. The symphony is one of only two he wrote in a minor key. There are four movements, and a performance lasts around 30 minutes.

French astronomer Camille Flammarion is born

He was one of the first popular science writers in history. He published more than fifty books. Except of popular science (not only on astronomy but also geology and other sciences) he wrote science-fiction novels. Flammarion was also interested in afterlife and supernatural. This made him a controversial person for his scientific colleagues.

American businessman Levi Strauss is born

He invented the jeans. His original intention was to design sturdy trousers worn by factory workers, farmers, and cattlemen throughout the North American West. His company, Levi Strauss & Co, still exists today. Levi's has been worn by people from all walks of life, from miners to Nobel Prize recipients.

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