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Ramses Station train collision

The Ramses Station rail disaster occurred in Ramses Station of Cairo, Egypt. 25 people were killed and 40 injured. A locomotive hit the buffers at the end of the track at platform 6 at high speed, causing an explosion that sparked a major blaze and fireball that blackened the walls of the station. The locomotive could later be seen inside, leaning to one side next to a platform.

Taplejung helicopter crash

Air Dynasty's Eurocopter AS350 B3e carrying 6 passengers and one pilot was scheduled to travel from Pathibhara Devi Temple in Taplejung to Chuhandanda in Tehrathum. A crash happened due to bad weather in Taplejung. The crash led to the death of the 7 people on board, including that of Nepalese Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Prasad Adhikari and Managing Director of Yeti and Tara Airlines Ang Tshiring Sherpa.

Johnnie Walker launches Jane Walker

Johnnie Walker said Monday that it will launch a special edition of its Black Label blend next month featuring the female logo. Johnnie Walker said it will donate $1 for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition it makes to organizations that champion women's causes, up to a limit of $250,000.

Samsung chief is charged in bribery scandal

Lee Jae-yong is a South Korean business magnate and the vice chairman of Samsung Group, serving as de facto head. Lee was accused "of bribery, embezzlement, and perjury" by the South Korean prosecutor's office. Although the arrest warrant was denied by a Seoul court in mid-January, after a month of investigation, he was arrested.

Elon Musk pledges to fly two people around Moon in 2018

It will be a private mission with two paying customers, who approached the company. The trip around the Moon would take approximately one week: it would skim the surface of the Moon, go further out into deep space, and loop back to Earth — reaching a distance of approximately 300,000 to 400,000 miles.

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov is assassinated in Moscow

The assassination of Boris Nemtsov, a Russian politician opposed to the government of Vladimir Putin, happened in central Moscow on Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in 2015. An unknown assailant fired seven or eight shots from a Makarov pistol. Four of them hit Boris Nemtsov in the head, heart, liver and stomach, killing him almost instantly.

Menznau shooting

A Kosovar Albanian Viktor Berisha opened fire at the Kronospan wood processing plant in the Swiss town of Menznau. He killed 4 people before losing his life in a struggle with a worker who defended himself. It was not determined whether he shot himself intentionally or accidentally. Besides the victims, there were 5 people injured.

Chile 8,8 magnitude earthquake

The Chile earthquake occurred off the coast of central Chile, having a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale, with intense shaking lasting for about three minutes. According to official sources, 525 people lost their lives, 25 people went missing and about 9% of the population in the affected regions lost their homes.

Opening night of 'Take Me Out' on Broadway

Take Me Out is a drama written by American playwright Richard Greenberg. It is set mostly in the locker room of a professional baseball team and explores themes of homophobia, racism, class, and masculinity in sports. Its Broadway production ran at the Walter Kerr Theatre for almost a year and managed to win a Tony Award for Best Play.

Godhra train burning

The Godhra train burning was an incident, in which 59 people died in a fire inside the Sabarmati Express train near the Godhra railway station in the Indian state of Gujarat. The victims included Hindu pilgrims who were returning from the city of Ayodhya after a religious ceremony at the disputed Babri Masjid site.

Apple discontinues development of the Newton computer

Newton was an early personal digital assistant. It was first device equipped with handwriting recognition. Although technologically innovative, it was over its times. It was expensive, the handwriting recognition was unreliable, and it was too large. The device did not fit into pocket, which was a great disadvantage.

'The Last Night of Ballyhoo' opens on Broadway

The Last Night of Ballyhoo is a comedy/drama play written by Alfred Uhry. After its original premiere in Atlanta, Georgia, the play opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 556 performances. It won 2 Drama Desk Awards, Tony Award for Best Play and was nominated for a number of other categories.

The first video game 'Pokémon' in series is released

Pokémon Red Version and Blue Version are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy. They are the first installments of the Pokémon series. They were first released in Japan as Red and Green. "Blue" was released later in the year as a special edition.

Britney Spears is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"...Baby One More Time" is the debut single by American singer Britney Spears. It was written by Max Martin and produced by Martin and Rami, and released by Jive Records for Spears's debut album of the same name. The song reached number one in every country it charted in.


A 16-year old Tiger Woods becomes the youngest PGA golfer in 35 years

Tiger Woods was 16 years old when he made his first PGA Tour start, at the Nissan Los Angeles Open. There he missed the 36-hole cut, however, 4 years later he would become a professional golfer. Since then, Tiger has won 79 PGA Tour events.

James Brown is released from prison

Brown was arrested on September 24, 1988, following a high-speed car chase on Interstate 20 near the Georgia–South Carolina state border. He was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol and assaulting a police officer. Although he was sentenced to six years in prison, he was eventually released on parole.

George Michael scores his sixth US #1 single

"Father Figure" is a song by George Michael from his debut studio album, Faith. It was released as the album's fourth single by Columbia Records. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the UK Singles Chart.


NHL star Jacques Plante dies at 57

Jacques Plante was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He was the 1st NHL goaltender to wear a goaltender mask in regulation play on a regular basis. In 1978, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He died in Geneva because of terminal stomach cancer. He was buried in Sierre, Switzerland.


International debut of a 16-year-old Diego Maradona

Argentina beat Hungary 5-1 in a friendly match at the time when the latter was the more successful team. Hungary had won several medals, however, they were in decline. It was the debut match of Diego Maradona, after he replaced Luque on the field. Maradona eventually became their greatest player and led them to World Cup 1986.

Cher files for divorce from Sonny Bono

Sonny & Cher were an American pop music duo, actors, singers, and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple's career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce. In the decade they spent together, Sonny and Cher sold over 40 million records worldwide.

Five months after her death is Janis Joplin at #1 on the US album chart

Pearl is the second and final solo studio album by Janis Joplin, released posthumously on Columbia Records. It peaked at number one on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.

Walter Cronkite delivers his famous critique of the Vietnam war

Walter Cronkite was an American broadcast journalist and an anchorman for CBS Evening News. Cronkite journeyed to Vietnam during the war and after his return, he wrote a disappointing report of the situation. His report had a huge impact on public opinion, as he was often cited as “the most trusted man in America”.

Pink Floyd record their first single

"Arnold Layne" is the debut single released by the English rock band Pink Floyd and written by Syd Barrett. The song's title character is a transvestite whose strange hobby is stealing women's clothes and undergarments from washing lines.


U.S. Olympic hockey team beats Soviet Union

The Olympic hockey team of USSR was defeated by the USA in the semifinals. The next day, the USA beat Czechoslovakia and won its 1st Olympic gold medal in ice hockey. Jack Riley was the head coach of the U.S. team. The Winter Olympics took place in Squaw Valley, California.

Supreme Court defends women’s voting rights

In Washington, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for female suffrage, is unanimously declared constitutional by the eight members of the U.S. Supreme Court. The 19th Amendment stated that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex."

Aspirin is patented

German chemist Felix Hoffmann was issued a U.S. patent for “Acetyl Salicylic Acid.” He discovered it three years later while a researcher at the Bayer Company. The compound was marketed as Aspirin. Medicines from willow and other salicylate-rich plants were used from times of the Sumerian Empire, or longer.


FC Bayern Munich is founded

With 28 national titles and 18 national cups won, FC Bayern Munich is the most successful club in German football history. The club was originally founded by 11 players, led by Franz John. In the same year, they managed to reach the semi-finals of the 1900-01 South German championship. It was admitted into Bundesliga in 1965.

Ludwig von Beethoven's '8th Symphony in F' premieres

The Symphony No. 8 is a symphony in 4 movements by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is generally light-hearted, though not lightweight, and in many places cheerfully loud, with many accented notes. The symphony deviates from Classical tradition in making the last movement the weightiest of the four.

The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge

The Battle of Moore’s Creek Bridge occurred during the American Revolutionary War near Wilmington, in Pender County, North Carolina. The militia of North Carolina Patriots managed to get better of the Loyalists severely weakened by long march. Their decisive victory helped with the support and recruitment for the revolution.

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