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The Address Downtown Dubai burns over midnight

During the New Year's Eve, a fire broke out on the 20th floor of the Address Downton, a hotel in Dubai. Strong winds caused a fire to spread quickly throughout the building. About 14 people were slightly injured and one was moderately injured. One person got a heart attack during the evacuation.

Kelli O'Hara makes her Metropolitan Opera debut

Kelli Christine O'Hara is an American actress and singer. She has appeared on Broadway and Off-Broadway in many musicals since making her Broadway debut as a replacement in Jekyll & Hyde in 2000. She has also acted on television, film and opera, appearing with The Metropolitan Opera.

Shanghai stampede kills 36 people

City officials said they hadn‘t yet determined what triggered the stampede about 11:35 p.m. in Chen Yi Square on the Bund in Shanghai. A lot of witnesses said that the stampede started when a large number of people trying to move up to the riverfront esplanade were blocked. 36 people were killed and 47 injured.

The John Lennon song Imagine is voted The nation’s favourite song

The Virgin Radio carried out a UK favorite song survey and listeners voted Imagine number-one. Imagine it the best-selling single of John Lennon's solo career. The single earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time

The construction of the Taipei 101 started in 1999 and finished 5 years later. The tower has served as an icon of modern Taiwan ever since its opening and was architecturally created as a symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition.

Police arrest five former Parmalat executives

Italian police arrested five top Parmalat officials, as they widen their inquiries into the multi-billion euro fraud at the dairy company. The Parmalat scandal was often compared with the collapse of U.S. energy giant, Enron.

The world gets ready for millennium bug in computer

Problems were anticipated because 20th-century software often represented the 4-digit year with only the final 2 digits, which made the year 2000 indistinguishable from 1900. However, companies worldwide checked and upgraded their computer systems to address the anticipated problems.

The U.S.A. hands control of the Panama Canal to Panama

The Panamanians were granted free control of the canal after Panama signed a treaty guaranteeing the permanent neutrality of the canal. The Panama Canal Authority assumed command of the waterway and the canal remains one of the chief revenue sources for Panama.

EU fixes currency rates and establishes the value of the euro

The conversion rates between the 11 participating national currencies and the euro were established. The rates were set by the Council of the EU, based on a recommendation from the European Commission. All conversion between the national currencies were carried out using the process of triangulation via the euro.

Video game 'Diablo' is released

Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by Blizzard North and released by Blizzard Entertainment in 1996. Set in the fictional Kingdom of Khanduras, Diablo has the player take control of a lone hero battling to rid the world of Diablo, the Lord of Terror.


Goal in all five possible game situations in the same game

Lemieux put on what most people think was the greatest individual scoring performance in NHL history. He scored five goals in a game in five different ways: an even-strength goal, a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal, a penalty shot goal and an empty-net goal. He went on to finish the 1988-89 season with 85 goals and 199 points.

Ricky Nelson is killed when his aircraft crashes in Texas

Eric Nelson was an American actor, musician, and songwriter. He was on the tour and boarded a chartered DC-3 in Alabama with his fiancee and five other people, bound for a New Year’s Eve appearance in Dallas. Shortly before reaching Dallas, the cabin of the plane filled with smoke due to a fire of undetermined origin. The plane crashed in a wooded area.

The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the U.S. Government

The AT&T Bell System was divided into independent companies by a U.S. Justice Department mandate. The Bell System’s many member-companies were variously merged into 7 Regional Bell Operating Companies or so-called Baby Bells. This division reduced the book value of AT&T by approximately 70%.

Village People are at No. 1 on the UK singles chart with 'YMCA'

"Y.M.C.A." is a song by the American disco group Village People. It was released in 1978 as the only single from their third studio album Cruisin'. "Y.M.C.A." reached Number 1 in the UK, becoming the group's biggest hit. It is one of fewer than 40 singles to have sold 10 million physical copies worldwide.

South Korean singer-songwriter Psy is born

Psy is a South Korean singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Psy is known domestically for his humorous videos and stage performances, and internationally for his hit single "Gangnam Style". He was born to an affluent family in the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea.

Donald Trump Jr. is born

Donald John Trump Jr. is an American businessman and former reality television personality. He is the eldest child of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump, and his first wife, Ivana. Trump Jr. campaigned for his father's presidential campaign.


Roberto Clemente dies in a plane crash

At age 38, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while he was on his way to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico immediately after takeoff due to engine failure.


The Tupolev Tu-144 is a retired jet airliner and commercial supersonic transport aircraft (SST). It is the first of only two SSTs to enter commercial service, the other being the Anglo-French Concorde. The design was a product of the Tupolev design bureau, headed by Alexei Tupolev, of the Soviet Union and manufactured by the Voronezh Aircraft Production Association in Voronezh, Russia. It conducted 55 passenger service flights, at an average service altitude of 16,000 metres (52,000 ft) and cruised at a speed of around 2,000 kilometres per hour (1,200 mph).


Ice bowl

The 1967 National Football League Championship Game was the 35th NFL championship, played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Dallas Cowboys, champions of the Eastern Conference, traveled north to meet the Western champion Green Bay Packers, the two-time defending league champions. The match ended with Packers' victory over Cowboys.

Scientific cooperation restored

The International Geophysical Year ended. It was multinational scientific project focused on Earth sciences. Research topics were: the aurora, airglow, cosmic rays, geomagnetism, gravity, etc. Both Soviet Union and USA launched their first artificial satellites during the year. IGY marked the restoration of science exchange between East and West.

American singer and painter Donna Summer is born

Donna Summer rose to prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. She was the 1st artist to have 3 consecutive double albums reach number-one on the US Billboard 200 chart. In 2016, she was ranked by the Billboard Magazine as the 6th most successful dance artist of all-time.

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is born

Diane von Fürstenberg is best known for her iconic wrap dress. Her luxury brand is available in over 70 countries. Since 2006, she is president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2014, she was listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.

American singer-songwriter John Denver is born

John Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed. His signature songs include hits such as Take Me Home, Country Roads, Rocky Mountain High or Thank God I'm a Country Boy. Most of his life, he lived in Aspen, Colorado.

English actor Ben Kingsley is born

Sir Ben Kingsley is an English actor with a career spanning over 50 years. He has won an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins is born

Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh film, stage, and television actor. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was then spotted by Laurence Olivier who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre.

Popular physicist

American theoretical physicist Jeremy Bernstein was born. He is known mostly as an author of popular science articles and essays. He was a staff writer for The New Yorker, contributed to other magazines like The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Review of Books, and Scientific American. He published fifteen books.

The Manhattan Bridge opens to traffic

The Manhattan Bridge designed by Leon Moisseiff is a suspension bridge, which crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Avenue Extension. Its main span is 1,470 ft long, with the suspension cables being 3,224 ft long.

Author of "Marshal plan" is born

George Catlett Marshall Jr. was an American statesman and soldier. He rose through the US Army to become Chief of Staff under presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, then served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense under Truman. Churchill lauded Marshall as the "organizer of victory" for his leadership in World War II.

French impressionist painter Henri Matisse is born

Henri Matisse was known for both his use of color and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Along with Pablo Picasso, Matisse helped to define and influence radical contemporary art in the 20th century. His famous works include Woman with a Hat, The Joy of Life or Nu bleu.

Otawa becomes the capital city of Canda

Founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855, the city has evolved into the political centre of Canada. On New Year's Eve 1857, Queen Victoria, as a symbolic and political gesture, was presented with the responsibility of selecting a location for the permanent capital of the Province of Canada.

Founder of modern human anatomy

Flemish anatomist and physician Andreas Vesalius was born. He wrote a book De humani corporis fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). It was a major advance in the field of human anatomy and influenced Vesalius’s successors. It described the complete structure of the human body. It was structured in a way similar to modern anatomy books.

Roman Emperor Commodus survives poisoning attempt

His mistress Marcia poisoned his food but he vomited up the poison, so the conspirators sent his wrestling partner Narcissus to strangle him in his bath. The Senate declared him a public enemy and restored the original name of the city of Rome and its institutions. His statues were demolished. His body was buried in the Mausoleum of Hadrian.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1981

Diego Sanchez

died 2001

Harshad Mehta

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Arlyn Phoenix