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Uber CEO is caught on camera fighting with his Uber driver

A video was released where Kalanick was shimmying between two women in an UberBLACK, before arguing with an Uber driver during a heated debate in which he berated the driver. Later, he stepped down as the CEO of Uber because of the pressure from a majority of the investors as he was seen as a liability.

"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas is published

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a young adult novel that follows a protagonist drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend. The book was published by Balzer + Bray and it opened at number 1 on The New York Times young adult best-seller list.

The 88th Academy Awards are held

The 88th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films and took place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Spotlight won two awards including Best Picture, and Mad Max: Fury Road won six awards, the most for the evening.

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson leaving after bad results

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson stepped down from the world's biggest hamburger chain as it fought to hold onto customers and transform its image. Thompson was one of a handful of black Fortune 500 CEOs and has worked at McDonald's for nearly 25 years.

Pope Benedict resigns

Benedict XVI's decision to step down as leader of the Catholic Church made him the first pope to relinquish the office since Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Celestine V. The move was unexpected, given that popes in the modern era have held the position from election until death.

Museo Soumaya is officially inaugurated

Museo Soumaya was designed by the Mexican architect Fernando Romero. There are over 66,000 works from 30 centuries of art in the museum. The museum includes sculptures from Pre-Hispanic Mesoamerica, 19th- and 20th-century Mexican art and an extensive collection of works by European old masters and masters of modern western art.


Canada is back on top of the hockey world

The tournament at the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada was won by Canada for the record 8th time, which defeated the USA in overtime in the gold medal game. The final score was a 3–2. Goal scorers for Canada were Jonathan Toews, Corey Perry, and Sidney Crosby.

Selby rail crashes

The Great Heck rail crash, widely known as the Selby rail crash, was a high-speed train accident that occurred at Great Heck near Selby, North Yorkshire, England. Ten people died, including the drivers of both trains involved, and 82 people suffered serious injuries. It remains the worst rail disaster of the 21st century in the United Kingdom.

The 38th Grammy Awards are held

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The awards recognized accomplishments by musicians from the previous year. Alanis Morissette was the main recipient, being awarded four trophies, including Album of the Year.

First NATO Military Action

The Banja Luka incident was an incident in which six Republika Srpska Air Force J-21 Jastreb single-seat light attack jets were engaged, and four of them shot down, by U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters southwest of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was the first active combat in NATO's history.

Gorbachev calls for nuclear weapons treaty

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev stated that his nation is ready to sign “without delay” a treaty designed to eliminate U.S. and Soviet medium-range nuclear missiles from Europe. Gorbachev’s offer led to a breakthrough in negotiations and, eventually, to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces.

Assassination of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme

Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden, was fatally wounded by a single gunshot while walking home from a cinema with his wife Lisbet Palme on the central Stockholm street Sveavägen. Mrs. Palme was slightly wounded by a second shot. The couple didn't have bodyguards at the time.

The 26th Grammy Awards are held

The 26th Annual Grammy Awards were held at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1983. Michael Jackson won a record eight awards during the show.

Supermodel Karolína Kurková is born

Karolína Kurková is a Czech supermodel, best known as a former Victoria's Secret Angel, and actress. Karolína Kurková was born in Děčín, Czechoslovakia, to Josef Kurka, a Czech basketball player, and a Slovak mother.

Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H" airs

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was the final episode of M*A*S*H. Special television sets were placed in PX parking lots, auditoriums, and dayrooms of the U.S. Army in Korea so that military personnel could watch that episode, in spite of 14 hours' time-zone difference with the East Coast of the U.S.


Canadian ice hockey player Eric Lindros is born

Eric Lindros was chosen in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques. In June 1992, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers and began his NHL career with them. Lindros was part of the 2nd group of players to be named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history.

The biggest UK miners' strike ends after nine weeks

The UK miners' strike was a major strike involving a dispute between the National Union of Mineworkers and the Conservative Edward Heath government over pay. The strike was called by the National Executive Committee of the NUM and ended when the miners accepted an improved pay offer in a ballot.

Frankie Lymon is found dead aged 25

Lymon was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 25 on the floor of his grandmother's bathroom. Lymon, a Baptist, was buried at Catholic Saint Raymond's Cemetery in the Throggs Neck section of The Bronx, New York City, New York.

Economist Paul Krugman is born

Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist who is currently Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a columnist for The New York Times. Krugman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to New Trade Theory and New Economic Geography.

American physicist Steven Chu is born

He is most known for his research in cooling and trapping atoms using laser light. Random thermal motion of atoms limits precise measurements their states. Chu managed to cool sodium atoms to a temperature of about 240 millionth of a degree above absolute zero. He is also advocate for research of renewable energy and nuclear power.

Ladby ship is discovered

Amateur archaeologists Poul Helweg Mikkelsen found a ship burial southwest of Kerteminde on the island of Funen. The ship is approximately thousand year old. It is the only ship burial discovered in Denmark. This style of burial was used among the Germanic peoples, particularly by Viking Age Norsemen.

American chemist Linus Pauling is born

His greatest achievement was explanation of a chemical bond with a new physical description of the world – the quantum mechanics. Pauling published more than 1,200 papers and books. After the war he opposed atmospheric nuclear testing. He is one of the four people who won two Nobel prizes (In Pauling’s case for chemistry and piece).

Carborundum is patented

Ameerican chemist Edward Goodrich Acheson patented a method for production of silicon carbide, better known as carborundum. He had discovered it accidentally while trying to make artificial diamonds. The material is used in car brakes, car clutches ceramic plates in bulletproof vests, LEDs and electronics devices that operate at high temperatures or high voltage.

The 1st public performance of a Franz Schubert's song "Schäfers Klageleid"

A small meeting of Viennese society witnessed the 1st public performance of a Schubert's song. The song was sung by Franz Jäger, an opera singer at the Theater an der Wien. It was met with great enthusiasm. Several papers praised both the song and Schubert's compositional talent.

George Frideric Handel's opera "Siroe, re di Persia" premieres in London

Siroe, re di Persia was George Frideric Handel's 12th opera for the Royal Academy of Music. It was written for the sopranos Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni. The story of the opera is a fictionalization of some events in the life of Kavadh II, King of the Sasanian Empire in 628 AD.

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