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'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.

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.

Chris Rock returns as the host of the 88th Academy Awards after 11 years

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.

Picoult's 'Lone Wolf' is published

Atria Books released Jodi Picoult’s hardcover novel, Lone Wolf. The story of the novel revolves around a man returning to his childhood home after a terrible accident. The book was received fairly well, with reviews being generally positive. New York Times added the novel into their 2012 Best Seller list.

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.


Delia Smith walks onto the pitch at halftime to scold her team's fans

In a bizarre moment, Premier League side Norwich City shareholder and British TV chef Delia Smith walks onto the pitch at halftime to scold her team's fans for failing to cheer on the team loud enough; Norwich had just squandered a two-goal lead to Manchester city, but would go on to lose 3-2 despite Smith's rallying cry.

Naroda Patiya massacre

After the Godhra train burning incident false rumors about the kidnapping of Hindu girls by Muslims were spread by Vishva Hindu Parishad group. This led to retaliatory attacks against Muslims. A mob of approximately 5,000 people attacked the Muslim community of Naroda Patiya. The attack claimed the lives of 97 people.

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.

Ellen DeGeneres hosts the 38th Grammy Awards

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.

'Les Misérables' begins previews at the Broadway

Les Misérables is a sung-through musical based on the novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. After its French stage and London production, the musical appeared on Broadway. The previews then began at The Broadway Theatre. The production closed after 6,680 performances in 16 years.

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.

Newry mortar attack

The Provisional Irish Republican Army sought to end British rule in Northern Ireland. They repeatedly attacked the British Army and the police force - Royal Ulster Constabulary. The Newry mortar attack killed 9 RUC officers and injured 37 others. Given the number of victims, British press dubbed the day “Bloody Thursday”.

Michael Jackson dominates the 26th Grammy Awards

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 first public performance of Schubert's song 'Schäfers Klageleid'

A small meeting of Viennese society witnessed the first 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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