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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.

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.

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.

Leonard Nimoy dies at 83

Leonard Simon Nimoy was an American actor, film director, photographer, author, singer and songwriter. Nimoy fell into a coma and died of complications from COPD at the age of 83, in his Bel Air home. Adam Nimoy said that as his father came closer to death, "he mellowed out. He made his family a priority and his career became secondary."

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.

Chile 8,8 magnitudo 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.

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 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 No. 1 on the UK singles chart with "... Baby One More Time"

"...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

At the age of 16, James was convicted of robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center in Toccoa. Upon his release, he joined a gospel group and had several jobs, working for the Lawson Motor Company and as a janitor at a local school. Brown and Bobby Byrd reportedly met and became friends following Brown's release from prison.

George Michael scores his sixth US No. 1 single with "Father Figure"

"Father Figure" is a song by English singer 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.

Kate Mara is born

Kate Rooney Mara is an American actress. She is best known for appearing in the Netflix political drama House of Cards as Zoe Barnes. Kate Rooney Mara was born and raised in Bedford, New York.

Josh Groban is born

Joshua Winslow Groban is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Groban was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lindy, a school teacher, and Jack Groban, a businessman. Groban originally studied acting but moved to singing as his voice developed.

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 No. 1 on the US album chart with "Pearl"

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.

Pink Floyd record their first single "Arnold Layne"

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.

American actor Adam Baldwin is born

Baldwin was born in Winnetka, Illinois, US. He was discovered while attending high school, he made his debut in 1980, starring in the movie My Bodyguard. Since then, he played in numerous movies and TV series, notably Full Metal Jacket or Firefly. He also voiced several characters in games and animated episodes.


NBA star James Worthy is born

James Worthy was a 7-time NBA All-Star, 3-time NBA champion, and the 1988 NBA Finals MVP with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. He was also named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history. Currently, he is a commentator, television host, and analyst.


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.

American cosmologist Alan Guth is born

He is known for developing now widely accepted idea of the cosmic inflation. His theory states that when the universe was very young, it expanded exponentially for a brief time. The expansion means that the scale of space itself changes. It did not expand into anything and does not require space to exist outside. The universe is still expanding now, but not as fast as in the inflation period.

Elizabeth Taylor is born

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born at Heathwood, her family's home on 8 Wildwood Road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London. She received dual British-American citizenship at birth.

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."

American aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson is born

He was the first leader of the famous Advanced Development Projects department in Lockheed, usually called just Skunk Works. He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft. Most famous of them are the P-38 lighting, F-104 Starfighter, F-117 Nighthawk, C-130 Hercules, U-2, or SR-71 Blackbird.

Author John Steinbeck is born

John Steinbeck wrote 27 books, including 16 novels, 6 non-fiction books, and 2 collections of short stories. He is well known for his novels such as Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony or The Grapes of Wrath, which is part of the American literary canon. He was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize in Literature.

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.

Singer Marian Anderson is born

Marian Anderson was a famous contralto. Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital and with famous orchestras throughout the USA and Europe between 1925 and 1965. For several years, she worked as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

Fashion designer Louis Vuitton dies at 70

Louis Vuitton was a French fashion designer and businessman. He had been appointed as trunk-maker to Empress Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III. He was the founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH. After his death, his son Georges took over control of the company.

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.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1976

Tony Gonzalez

born 1983

Kate Mara

born 1977

James Wan