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2015

February 8
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards took place in Lost Angeles, California. Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" won the Record of the Year.
March 20
A total solar eclipse occurred, visible to most of Europe.
March 25
After 5 years, Zayn Malik announced he is leaving the band One Direction.
May 2
The 2015 Kentucky Derby saw American Pharoah winning the top prize.
May 2
Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She is fourth in line to succeed her great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to the British throne.
July 5
In Vancouver, Canada, the U.S. team beats Japan 5-2 in the 2015 Women's World Cup Final.
July 14
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto, becoming the first spacecraft in history to visit the distant world.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-ever ruling British monarch.
October 9
The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet.
November 10
The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford acquired its twelve millionth book.
November 26
The 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
December 20
The 2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award was awarded in Belfast, North Ireland to tennis player Andy Murray.
December 23
This date commemorated the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen's "Emma."

2014

January 26
At the 56th Grammy Awards, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lorde, and Daft Punk took home awards for their contributions to the music world.
February 2
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 42-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. The event attracted over 111 million viewers.
February 6
Jay Leno ended his long run on The Tonight Show with a final episode this day.
March 7 - 23
The XXII Olympic Winter Games were held in Sochi, Russia.
April 11
Many greats, such as Hall & Oates, KISS, and Nirvana (and more!) were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
April 13
Bubba Watson won the 78th Golf Masters Championship.
May 3
California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza won the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
June 8
Rafael Nadal won the French Open, making it his ninth title from the tournament.
June 15
The 2014 NBA Finals finished with the San Antonio Spurs defeating the Miami Heat.
July 13
Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final.
Scotland decided to remain a part of the UK when it voted on the Scotland Independence Referendum.
October 10
Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
October 29
The San Francisco Giants won the 2014 World Series.
November 3
One World Trade Center officially opened, 13 years after the September 11 attacks.
November 9
The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was celebrated in Germany.
March 2
At the 86th Academy Awards, "12 Years a Slave," Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett were honored for their great work.
March 31
The final episode of hit TV series "How I Met Your Mother" aired.
May 18
Adam Scott became the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, surpassing previous No. 1 Tiger Woods.
May 31
Korean pop artist Psy's "Gangnam Style" became the first video to reach 2 billion views on YouTube.

2013

February 4
DNA evidence confirmed that a skeleton unearthed in Leicester, United Kingdom, was the English King Richard III. Richard III is famous in history for his decisive battle at the end of the War of the Roses, which concluded the Middle Ages in England.
February 24
The 85th annual Academy Awards were held in Hollywood. The most awarded files were Life of Pi, with four awards, and Argo and Les Miserables, which both won three.
March 13
The first Pope from the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, took the name Francis when elected the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
May
The cult rock band The Rolling Stones embarked on their 50th anniversary tour to celebrate half a century's passing since the creation of the massively popular group.
May 3
The film Iron Man 3 was released by Marvel Studios to great popular acclaim. It was the first Marvel movie to gross over $1 billion, and the fifth highest grossing movie of all time.
May 19
Manchester United won the 2012-13 Premier League title taking the title of the most prestigious English Professional soccer league from rival Aston Villa.
July 22
The heir to the throne of England, Prince George Alexander Louis, was born after months of worldwide anticipation. His parents, Prince William and Duchess Kate, were congratulated around the world.
September 8
Apple revealed the newest iPhone in its lineup the 5c and 5s.
October 28
Brazillian surfer Carlos Burle may have set the world record for the largest wave ever surfed after riding an estimated 100-foot wave off the coast of Portugal.
November 7
Twitter becomes a publicy traded company.
December 5
One of the greatest leaders of all time, Nelson Mandela dies at the age of 95. He was one of the world's most beloved statesmen and colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate a peacedul end to white minority rule in South Africa.

2012

January
Internet analytics and marketing data firm comScore announced the social network Pinterest attracted more than 11 million registered users. The pinboard-style, photo-sharing site was developed in 2009 and launched in 2010.
February 5
The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots (21-17) to win the Super Bowl.
February 6
The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 60th anniversary of her accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zeland.
February 14
Singer Carly Rae Jepsen released the album Curiosity, which included her single Call Me Maybe. The song's music video snagged more than 300 million views on YouTube.
March 4
The third time was the charm. Vladimir Putin won Russia's 2012 presidential elections with more than 60 percent of the vote. The win marked the start of Putin's third time in office as president.
March 7
Filmmaker James Cameron took a submersible vehicle, Deepsea Challenger, to the bottom of the New Britain Trench as part of a 5-mile-deep solo dive. He then spent three hours exploring the ocean floor of the Mariana Trench on March 26. Cameron was the first person to make the trip solo.
March 25
The Hunger Games opened in movie theaters throughout the United States. The film, based on a bestselling book by the same name, grossed more than $150 million (USD) its opening weekend.
April 12
Facebook purchased the mobile photo-sharing social network Instagram for $1 billion (USD) in cash and stock. Instagram also surpassed the 30 million user mark during the month of April.
May 2
A version of The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, sold for $120 million (USD) in a New York City auction. It set a new world record for an auctioned work of art.
May 4
Caped crusaders joined forces for the opening of The Avengers in box officers throughout the United States. The super hero flick became one of the largest money-makers of 2012, and starred Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr., and Scarlett Johansson.
May 12
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg rang the bell to the Nasdaq exchange, officially marking the company's initial public offering. The social network boasted more than 900 million users at the time of its IPO.
May 22
Tokyo Skytree, the tallest self-supporting tower in the world at 634 meters high, opened its doors to the public.
June 12
The L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup during Game 6 of its match-up against the New Jersey Devils.
June 21
The Miami Heat clinched the NBA championship by winning Game 5 of the basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
July 1
Spain defended its title against Italy with a 4-0 win in the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship.
July 7
Serena Williams won her fifth Wimbledon title at the All England Club, beating out Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska. Williams and her sister, Venus, also won in the Women's Doubles category.
July 15
The fifth and final season of the drama Breaking Bad aired on AMC. The TV series, starring Bryan Cranston, chronicles the life of a struggling high school teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and sells methamphetamine to give his family a financial future.
July 22
The Tour de France finished on the Champs-Élysées in Paris with British cyclist Bradley Wiggins finishing in first place. Cyclists pedaled more than 2,100 miles over the course of the 99th edition of the race.
July 27
Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the 2012 Summer Olympics opened in London. Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle directed the opening ceremonies, which included appearances by Daniel Craig, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Sir Paul McCartney.
July 30
The women of China's gymnastic team grabbed Olympic gold in the team all-around competition. Japan's team earned a silver medal, followed by Great Britain.
August 4
U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won an Olympic gold medal in the 4x100m relay. The win gave him his 18th gold medal. He won a total 22 medals over the course of his Olympic career.
August 5
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won a gold medal in the 100 meter-dash, blazing across the finish line with a time of 9.63 seconds. He set a new Olympic record and defended a gold medal win from the 2008 Beijing Games.
August 6
Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, successfully landed on Mars.
August 12
The 2012 London Summer Games closed with a flashback to British rock ‘n' roll with a performance by The Who.
August 15
Ek Tha Tiger opened in movie theaters in India. The Bollywood film became India's top-grossing movie of 2012, bringing in close to $55 million (USD) worldwide.
September 16
The third season of the breakout British hit Downton Abbey premiered on television across the United Kingdom. The period drama is set in a Yorkshire County estate and chronicles the lives of an aristocratic family and its servants.
October 12
Argo, the film recounting the rescue of Americans in Iran in 1979, debuted in theaters. Academy Award winner Ben Affleck directed the movie, which grossed close to $20 million (USD) its opening weekend.
October 14
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier without any machine assistance during a record space dive out of the Red Bull Stratos helium-filled balloon from 24 miles (39 kilometers) over Roswell, New Mexico in the United States.
October 26
Computer and software giant Microsoft released its first-ever tablet, Surface. The tech tool featured a touch and type cover, a USB port, and a Windows 8 operating system.
October 29
The San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers (4-0) to win the World Series.
November 6
Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States by winning 332 electoral votes, beating out Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
November 9
British-Irish pop group One Direction released its second album, titled Take Me Home. The album broke several chart records, and included the singles "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Live While We're Young".
November 16
The biographical film Lincoln premiered in movie theaters throughout the United States. The movie starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones. Steven Spielberg directed the drama, which earned seven Golden Globe nominations.
November 18
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 made its debut. The film was the final in the series, which was based on bestselling books and starred Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner.
November 26
YouTube names rapper Psy's "Gangman Style" as the most-watched video of all time.
December 5
Prince William and Princess Kate formally announced they are expecting a child. The pregnancy was the first for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
December 10
Pop singer and performer Beyonce Knowles inked a $50 million (USD) deal with soda maker Pepsi. Knowles became the company's "brand ambassador".
December 12
The Abraj Al-Bait Towers (also known as the Mecca Royal Clock Tower) were completed in Saudi Arabia. The complex spanned 1,972 feet and was one of the tallest buildings in the world, second only to Dubai's Burj Khalifa.
December 14
The Hobbit opened in movie theaters and brought in more than $84 million (USD) during its opening weekend.
December 17
Three journalists taken hostage by gunmen in Syria were freed. The unharmed NBC News crew, which included reporter Richard Engel, was captured four days earlier in Syria while covering a conflict between government soldiers and rebel fighters.
2012 Academy Awards
The Artist claimed the Oscar for "Best Picture."
2012 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep", Adele - Album of the Year: 21, Adele - Song of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep", Adele - Best New Artist: Bon Iver

2011

March 11
Apple began selling the iPad 2, the second generation of its widely-popular computer tablet. Stores within many major cities sold out of the device within hours of its availability.
April 29
An estimated two billion people watched the royal wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, at Westminster Abbey in London.
May 25
The final (4,561st) episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired on television. The syndicated talk show aired on televisions in the United States for 25 years, making its debut in 1986.
July 15
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made its debut in movie theaters. The film was the final installment in the popular film franchise, which was based on a series of novels by writer J.K. Rowling.
July 21
Space Shuttle Atlantis landed successfully at Kennedy Space Center in the United States, concluding NASA's space shuttle program.
August 11
U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House of Representatives to vote on debt ceiling legislation. Her appearance was a surprise for fellow lawmakers, who had wished her a speedy recovery seven months earlier, after she was shot in the head during a public appearance in her home state of Arizona.
October 5
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away. Jobs was responsible for the iPod, iPad, iPhones, iTunes, Pixar Animation Studios and several other successful ventures. Jobs was 56.
December 15
The United States formally declared an end to the Iraq War.
2011 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum - Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire - Song of the Year: Need You Now, Lady Antebellum - Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

2010

January 4
The tallest man-made structure to date, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, officially opened.
February 12-28
The 2010 Winter Olympics were held in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada.
June 11
South Africa welcomed soccer fans around the world as the World Cup opened for the first time on African soil. Spain defeated the Netherlands in the World Cup Final 1-0.
June 20
Graeme McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.
June 24
American John Isner defeated France's Nicholas Mahut 70-68 in an eleven-hour, and five minute tennis match, which spanned three days. The Wimbledon match was the longest in history.
July 3
Tennis phenomenon Serena Williams won her 13th Grand Slam title with a Wimbledon victory.
July 11
Spain beat the Netherlands in the World Cup. The victory followed four weeks and 64 games of competition between 32 countries.
July 21
Facebook hit the 500-million member mark, the equivalent of connecting with eight percent of the world. The milestone came only five months after Facebook signed its 400 millionth member. In January 2009, Facebook only had 150 million users.
July 25
Alberto Contador won the Tour de France, his third title in the world's most prestigious cycling race.
February 7
The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts during the Super Bowl. Quarterback Drew Brees was named the game MVP.
May 1
Super Saver wins the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
June 9
Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. The Blackhawks beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3 in overtime for the first time in 49 years.
August 5
The United States Senate confirmed U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.
October 13
Rescue teams reached 33 miners who had been trapped below the earth in a Chilean mine for nearly 70 days. All were found to be in good condition.
November 1
The San Francisco Giants beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 to win the World Series.
November 16
Prince William and longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton announced their engagement.
2010 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Use Somebody, Kings of Leon - Album of the Year: Fearless, Taylor Swift - Song of the Year: Single Ladies, Beyoncé Knowles - Best New Artist: Zac Brown Band

2009

January 15
U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger safely landed his damaged plane in the Hudson River. Sullenberger was forced to land when his jetliner hit geese shortly after leaving La Guardia Airport in New York.
January 20
Barack Obama was sworn into office, becoming the United States' first African-American president. He is also the 44th U.S. president.
February 27
"The Simpsons" surpassed "Gunsmoke" to become the longest American prime time entertainment series in U.S. history.
May 30
Susan Boyle, the woman who became an overnight sensation on the reality show "Britain's Got Talent" performed during the show's season finale. Boyle failed to win the TV talent competition, but went on to record her own album and became an international star on YouTube.
August 7
Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
September 24
RV 44, the AIDS vaccine, protected 16,000 volunteers against infection during a six-year clinical trial in Thailand.
October 2
The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro.
October 9
Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."
October 23
Burger King teamed up with Microsoft to launch the "Windows 7 Whopper" in Japan. The colossal burger included seven meat patties, was more than five inches tall and contained over 2,500 calories. Microsoft partnered with Burger King to create the Whopper as it released its new operating system.
November 20
Legendary TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey announced the end of her show during a live broadcast in Chicago. "The Oprah Winfrey Show" ended its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Hurt Locker, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty.
2009 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Please Read the Letter, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant - Album of the Year: Raising Sand, Alison Krauss & Robert Plant - Song of the Year: Viva La Vida, Coldplay - Best New Artist: Adele

2008

February 20
A total lunar eclipse for North and South America, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia.
April 22
Surgeons at London's Moorefield's Eye Hospital performed the first operations using bionic eyes, implanting them into two blind patients. (Bionic eyes are prosthetic pieces that restore functional vision.)
June 27
After three decades as the Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates stepped down from daily duties to concentrate on philanthropy.
September 10
The proton beam was circulated for the first time in the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, located at CERN, near Geneva, under the Franco-Swiss border.
October 29
Delta Air Lines merged with Northwest Airlines, forming the world's largest commercial air carrier.
November 4
United States presidential election: Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. Joe Biden was elected the 47th Vice President. Barack Obama was the first African-American to be elected to the office.
Academy Award for Best Picture:
Slumdog Millionaire.
2008 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Rehab, Amy Winehouse - Album of the Year: River: The Joni Letters, Herbie Hancock - Song of the Year: Rehab, Amy Winehouse - Best New Artist: Amy Winehouse

2007

January 4
California Democrat Nancy Pelosi took the gavel to become the first female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
February 11
Harvard University named Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, as the school's first female president in its 371-year history.
May 6
Conservative candidate Nicolas Sarkozy won the French presidential election. He was the first French president to be born after World War II.
July 4
The International Olympic Committee named Sochi, Russia as the host for the 2014 Winter Games. The 2014 Winter Olympics will be the first time Russia, or the former Soviet Union, has ever hosted the Winter Games.
July 21
The final book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released and sold over 11 million copies in the first 24 hours. It became the fastest-selling book in history.
October 28
Argentina elected Cristina Fernández de Kirchner as its next president. De Kirchner became the first woman to serve as president, and succeeded her husband, Néstor Kirchner.
October 12
Former vice president Al Gore and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their work educating the world about human-caused climate change."
November 14
High Speed 1 from London to the Channel Tunnel opened to passengers.
Academy Award for Best Picture
No Country for Old Men, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin.
2007 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chicks - Album of the Year: Taking the Long Way, Dixie Chicks - Song of the Year: Not Ready to Make Nice, Dixie Chicks - Best New Artist: Carrie Underwood

2006

January 31
Samuel Alito was confirmed and sworn in as the 110th justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
February 10
The Winter Olympic Games started in Turin, Italy.
March 30
Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor was freed after surviving 82 days as the captive of a rebel group in Baghdad, Iraq.
September 21
The space shuttle Atlantis landed at Cape Canaveral in Florida following a successful, 12-day mission at the International Space Station.
October 9
Google bought video-sharing website YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.
November 2
No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock became the world's most expensive painting after it was sold privately at $140 million.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Departed, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson.
2006 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Green Day - Album of the Year: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2 - Song of the Year: Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, U2 - Best New Artist: John Legend

2005

January 20
George W. Bush was inaugurated in Washington, D.C. for his second term as the 43rd U.S. president.
March 3
Millionaire Steve Fossett broke a world record by completing the first non-stop, non-refueled, solo flight around the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer.
April 19
Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succeeded Pope John Paul II, becoming the 265th pope.
July 2
Live 8, a set of ten simultaneous concerts, took place throughout the world, raising interest in the "Make Poverty History" campaign.
July 6
The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2012 Summer Olympics to London.
October 12
The second Chinese spacecraft, Shenzhou 6 launched, carrying Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng for five days in orbit.
November 13
Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year old British man, became the first person "cured" of HIV.
November 30
Surgeons in France carried out the first human face transplant.
December 31
Another second was added, 23:59:60, called a 'leap second', to end the year 2005. The last time this occurred was on June 30, 1998.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Crash, starring Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Thandie Newton.
2005 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Here We Go Again, Norah Jones & Ray Charles - Album of the Year: Genius Loves Company, Ray Charles - Song of the Year: Daughters, John Mayer - Best New Artist: Maroon 5

2004

January 8
Queen Elizabeth II christened the RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise liner, the largest passenger ship afloat. The ship set sail on its maiden voyage four days later.
February 4
Facebook was founded at Cambridge, Massachusetts by Mark Zuckerberg.
April 1
Google introduces its Gmail email product to the public.
April 29
The last Oldsmobile ever manufactured rolled off the assembly line, ending over 100 years of production.
May 6
The series finale of the sitcom Friends aired on television, ending its 10-year run on NBC.
June 23
Legendary musician Bob Dylan accepted an honorary doctorate degree in music from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland's oldest university.
August 3
The pedestal of the Statue of Liberty reopened in New York City, nearly three years after the terrorist attacks of 2001.
October 1
Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki got his 258th hit of the season, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old single-season record.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Million Dollar Baby, starring Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.
2004 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Clocks, Coldplay - Album of the Year: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, OutKast - Song of the Year: Dance with My Father, Luther Vandross - Best New Artist: Evanescence

2003

January 24
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security officially began its operations.
February 16
Michael Waltrip won the Daytona 500 after rain stopped the motor race for a second time at lap 109.
March 13
Human evolution: The journal Nature reported 350,000-year-old upright-walking human footprints had been found in Italy.
March 15
Hu Jintao became President of the People's Republic of China, replacing Jiang Zemin.
May 19
Pen Hadow became the first person to walk alone, without any outside help, from Canada to the North Pole.
May 23
Dewey, the first deer cloned by scientists at Texas A&M University, was born.
May 26
A draft of the proposed European Constitution was unveiled.
May 26
Sherpa Lapa Gelu completed a climb on Mount Everest, setting a new record of 10 hours and 56 minutes.
July 30
The last Volkswagen Type 1 rolled off its production line in Puebla, Mexico.
September 22
David Hempleman-Adams became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon.
October 15
China launched Shenzhou 5, the country's first manned space mission.
December 17
SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, made its first supersonic flight.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Ian McKellan.
2003 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones - Album of the Year: Come Away with Me, Norah Jones - Song of the Year: Don't Know Why, Norah Jones - Best New Artist: Norah Jones

2002

January 1
Euro notes and coins are issued in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Finland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria, Ireland and the Netherlands.
February 8 - 24
The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
May 12
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter arrives in Cuba for a 5-day visit with Fidel Castro, becoming the first U.S. President, in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution.
May 26
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large water ice deposits on the planet Mars.
May 31
June 30">the 2002 FIFA world cup is held in South Korea and Japan
June 8
Serena Williams defeats her sister, Venus Williams, in straight sets to win the 2002 French Open.
June 11
The American talent competition American Idol premiered on Fox.
November 25
U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Homeland Security Act into law, establishing the Department of Homeland Security, in the largest U.S. government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense in 1947.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Chicago, starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere.
2002 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Walk On, U2 - Album of the Year: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack, Alison Krauss & Union Station - Song of the Year: Fallin', Alicia Keys - Best New Artist: Alicia Keys

2001

January 15
Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, launched on the internet.
January 20
George Walker Bush succeeded William Jefferson Clinton as the 43rd President of the United States of America.
February 6
Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon won an election to become the Prime Minister of Israel.
April 28
Soyuz TM-32 lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, carrying the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito. He returned to Earth on May 6.
June 20
Pervez Musharraf became Pakistan's president after the resignation of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar.
July 2
The world's first fully self-contained artificial heart was implanted in Robert Tools, a retired librarian and school teacher.
July 13
Beijing won its bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.
July 28
Alejandro Toledo was sworn in as the new president of Peru, eight months after a vote of no-confidence in former President Alberto Fujimori.
October 23
Apple released the first generation of it's game-changing iPod.
November 10
The People's Republic of China was admitted to the World Trade Organization after 15 years of negotiations.
November 10
Australian Prime Minister John Howard was elected to a third term.
Academy Award for Best Picture
A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe.
2001 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Beautiful Day, U2 - Album of the Year: Two Against Nature, Steely Dan - Song of the Year: Beautiful Day, U2 - Best New Artist: Shelby Lynne

2000

February 13
The final original Peanuts comic strip was published.
March 4
Sony launched its PlayStation 2 in Tokyo.
March 9
Nupedia, predecessor to Wikipedia, was created.
March 26
Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia.
May 12
The Tate Modern Gallery opened in London.
June 5
405 The Movie, the first short film widely distributed on the Internet, was released.
July 2
Vicente Fox was elected President of Mexico.
September 15-October 1
The 2000 Summer Olympics were held in Sydney, Australia.
November 2
The first resident crew entered the International Space Station.
November 7
Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first "First Lady of the United States" to win public office.
November 16
Bill Clinton became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Vietnam.
November 7
Republican candidate Texas Governor George W. Bush defeated Democratic Vice President Al Gore in one of the closest U.S. presidential elections in history. But, the final outcome was unknown for more than a month because of disputed votes in Florida.
December 1
Vicente Fox took office as President of Mexico.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
2000 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Smooth, Rob Thomas & Santana - Album of the Year: Supernatural, Santana - Song of the Year: Smooth, Rob Thomas & Itaal Shur - Best New Artist: Christina Augilera

1999

January 1
The Euro was established.
February 2
Hugo Chávez became the president of Venezuela.
February 27
While trying to circumnavigate the world in a hot air balloon, Colin Prescot and Andy Elson set a new endurance record after being aloft for 233 hours and 55 minutes.
March 2
The brand new Mandalay Bay hotel and casino opens in Las Vegas.
April 8
Bill Gates' personal fortune exceeded $100 billion dollars, due to the increased value of Microsoft stock.
May 13
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi was elected president of Italy.
May 17
Ehud Barak was elected prime minister of Israel.
May 19
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in theaters. It became the highest-grossing Star Wars film.
May 26
Manchester United won the UEFA Champions League at the Nou Camp stadium, Barcelona, beating Bayern Munich.
May 28
After 22 years of restoration work, Leonardo de Vinci's The Last Supper was placed back on display in Milan, Italy.
May 29
Cathy O'Dowd, a South African mountaineer, became the first woman to summit Mount Everest from both the north and south sides.
June 1
Napster, a revolutionary music downloading service, debuted.
June 14
Thabo Mbeki was elected president of South Africa.
June 19
Turin, Italy was awarded the 2006 Winter Olympics.
July 23 - 25
The Woodstock 99 festival was held in New York.
July 25
Lance Armstrong won his first Tour de France.
July 26
The last Checker taxi cab was retired in New York City, and auctioned off for approximately $135,000.
October 12
World population reached six billion. The six billionth person (according to the United Nations) was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
November 20
The People's Republic of China launched its first Shenzhou spacecraft.
December 3
After rowing for 81 days and 2,962 nautical miles (5486 km), Tori Murden became the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by rowboat alone. She traveled from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe.
December 31
The U.S. turned over complete administration of the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government, as stipulated in the Torrijos-Carter Treaty of 1977.
Academy Award for Best Picture
American Beauty, starring Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening and Thora Birch.
1999 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion - Album of the Year: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill - Song of the Year: My Heart Will Go On, Celine Dion - Best New Artist: Lauryn Hill

1998

February 7 - 22
The 1998 Winter Olympics are held in Nagano, Japan.
February 10
The first XML specification is released.
February 15
Dale Earnhardt wins the Daytona 500 on his 20th attempt.
March 5
NASA announces the choice of United States Air Force Lt. Col. Eileen Collins as commander of a future Space Shuttle Columbia mission to launch an X-ray telescope, making Collins the first woman to command a space shuttle mission.
April 22
Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World opened to the public for the first time.
May 26
Bear Grylls, 23, becomes the youngest British climber to scale Mount Everest.
July 5
Japan launched a probe to Mars, joining the United States and Russia as an outer space-exploring nation.
July 12
France beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup final, with the first two goals scored by Zinedine Zidane.
September 4
Google, Inc. was founded in Menlo Park, California, by Stanford University Ph.D. candidates Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
October 1
Sky Digital Satellite Television launched in the UK.
November 3
Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler, was elected governor of Minnesota in the United States.
December 5
D.C. United defeated Vasco da Gama 2-1 on aggregate, and won the InterAmerican Cup.
December 6
Hugo Chávez Frías, former member of the Venezuelan military, and politician, was elected President of Venezuela.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Shakespeare in Love, starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes and Geoffrey Rush.
1998 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin - Album of the Year: Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan - Song of the Year: Sunny Came Home, Shawn Colvin & John Leventhal - Best New Artist: Paula Cole

1997

January 9
Yachtsman Tony Bullimore was found alive, five days after his boat capsized in the Southern Ocean.
January 22
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State in the United States.
March 22
Tara Lipinski, 14, became the youngest women's world figure skating champion.
March 22
The Comet Hale-Bopp made its closest approach to Earth.
May 2
Tony Blair became Prime Minster of the United Kingdom. Blair served as PM until 2007.
June 30
Bloomsbury Publishing published J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone in London. The novel was later sold in the U.S. under the title Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone.
September 5
The International Olympic Committee picked Athens, Greece to be the host city for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
September 11
Scotland voted to create its own Parliament after 290 years of union with England.
October 4
One million men gathered for the Promise Keepers' "Stand in the Gap" event in Washington, D.C.
October 16
The first color photograph appeared on the front page of the New York Times.
November 11
Mary McAleese was elected the eighth President of Ireland.
November 19
In Des Moines, Iowa, Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets in the second known case where all seven babies were born alive, and the first in which all survived infancy.
December 19
James Cameron's film Titanic became the highest-grossing film of all time.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Titanic, won a total 11 Oscars.
1997 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Change the World, Eric Clapton - Album of the Year: Falling Into You, Celine Dion - Song of the Year: Change the World, Gordon Kennedy, Tommy Sims & Wayne Kirkpatrick - Best New Artist: LeAnn Rimes

1996

January 3
Motorola introduced the Motorola StarTAC Wearable Cellular Telephone, the world's smallest and lightest mobile phone at that time.
January 14
Jorge Sampaio was elected president of Portugal.
January 20
Yasser Arafat was re-elected president of the Palestinian Authority.
February 9
The element Copernicium was discovered.
February 10
Chess computer "Deep Blue" defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov for the first time. Kasparov beat "Deep Blue" seven days later in a re-match.
March 11
John Howard was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia.
July 3
Boris Yeltsin was re-elected as President of Russia.
July 5
Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, was born at the Roslin Institute in Midlothian, Scotland.
July 8
Martina Hingis became the youngest person in history (age 15 years) to win at Wimbledon in the Ladies' Doubles event.
July 19
The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States began.
August 1
Michael Johnson won the 200 meter finals at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta with a record-setting time of 19.32 seconds.
November 5
Democratic incumbent Bill Clinton defeated Republican challenger Bob Dole to win a second, U.S. presidential term.
November 16
Mother Teresa received honorary U.S. citizenship.
November 26
The Sands Hotel in Las Vegas imploded to make way for the Venetian Hotel.
December 13
Kofi Annan was elected to become the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The English Patient, starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche and Willem Dafoe.
1996 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Kiss From a Rose, Seal - Album of the Year: Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette (*Youngest person to ever win award until 2010.) - Song of the Year: Kiss From a Rose, Seal - Best New Artist: Hootie & The Blowfish

1995

January 1
The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established to replace the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
January 1
Austria, Finland & Sweden joined the European Union.
February 21
Steve Fossett landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada, becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.
March 22
Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returned to Earth after setting a record for 438 days in outer space.
May 1
Jacques Chirac was elected president of France.
May 7
Finland won ice hockey's world championship.
June 29
Lisa Clayton completed her ten-month solo circumnavigation from the Northern Hemisphere.
September
The DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, was announced.
September 4
eBay was founded.
November 22
The first ever full-length computer animated feature film "Toy Story" was released by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures.
December 31
The final original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip was published.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Braveheart, starring Mel Gibson.
1995 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: All I Wanna Do, Sheryl Crow - Album of the Year: MTV Unplugged, Tony Bennett - Song of the Year: Streets of Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen - Best New Artist: Sheryl Crow

1994

February 12
The 1994 Winter Olympics begin in Lillehammer, France.
March 14
Apple Computer, Inc. released the first Macintosh computers to use the new PowerPC Microprocessors. This is considered to be a major leap for the personal computer.
May 6
The Channel Tunnel, which took 15,000 workers over seven years to complete, opened between England and France, enabling passengers to travel between the two countries in 35 minutes.
May 17
Malawi held its first multi-party elections.
June 23
The International Olympic Committee celebrated its first centennial.
July
Brazil beat Italy in the World Cup which was held in the United States.
September 22
NBC introduced the world to Rachel, Ross, Monica, Joey, Chandler and Phoebe in the American sitcom Friends.
November 5
George Foreman won the WBA and IBF World Heavyweight Championships by defeating Michael Moorer, becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in history.
November 7
WXYC, the student radio station of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provided the world's first internet radio broadcast.
November 13
The first passengers traveled through the Channel Tunnel, making the journey between England and France.
December 15
The first version of web browser Netscape Navigator was released.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks and Sally Field.
1994 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston - Album of the Year: The Bodyguard">Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston - Song of the Year: A Whole New World, Alan Menken & Tim Rice (songwriters) - Best New Artist: Toni Braxton

1993

January 1
EuroNews launched in Europe.
January 1
ITV companies GMTV, Carlton Television, Meridian Broadcasting and Westcountry Television began to broadcast, replacing TV-am, Thames Television, TVS and TSW respectively.
January 7
The Fourth Republic of Ghana was inaugurated with Jerry Rawlings as president.
January 20
Bill Clinton succeeded George H.W. Bush as the 42nd President of the United States.
January 31
Super Bowl XXVII: The Buffalo Bills became the first team to lose three consecutive Super Bowls, as the team was defeated by the Dallas Cowboys, 52-17.
March 11
Janet Reno was confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.
May 9
Juan Carlos Wasmosy became the first democratically-elected President of Paraguay in nearly 40 years.
June 24
Andrew Wiles won worldwide fame after presenting his solution for Fermat's Last Theorem, a problem that had been unsolved for more than three centuries.
June 25
Kim Campbell became the 19th and first female Canadian prime minister.
December 10
id Software released Doom, a seminal first-person shooter that used advanced 3D graphics for computer games.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Schindler's List, which won seven Oscars.
1993 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton - Album of the Year: Unplugged, Eric Clapton - Song of the Year: Tears in Heaven, Eric Clapton - Best New Artist: Arrested Development

1992

January 1
Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt replaced Javier Pérez de Cuéllar of Peru as United Nations Secretary-General.
January 11
Singer Paul Simon became the first major artist to tour South Africa after the end of the cultural boycott.
February 8
The opening ceremony for the 1992 Winter Olympics were held in Albertville, France.
April 20
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, held at Wembley Stadium, was televised live to over one billion people and raised millions of dollars for AIDS research.
June 8
The first World Ocean Day was celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
July 13
Yitzhak Rabin became prime minister of Israel.
July 25
August 9">The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Unforgiven, starring Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman.
1992 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Unforgettable, Natalie Cole - Album of the Year: Unforgettable with Love, Natalie Cole - Song of the Year: Unforgettable, Irving Gordon (songwriter) - Best New Artist: Marc Cohn

1991

February 7
Haiti's first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was sworn into office.
April 1
Comedy Central was launched in its current format.
May 16
Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to address the United States Congress.
June 12
Boris Yeltsin was elected President of Russia, the largest and most populous of the 15 Soviet republics.
August 6
Tim Berners-Lee announced the World Wide Web project and software on the alt.hypertext newsgroup.
August 23
The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or "Super Nintendo") was released in the United States.
September 2
The United States recognized the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
September 22
The Huntington Library made the Dead Sea Scrolls available to the public for the first time.
September 24
Grunge rock band Nirvana rose to international stardom with the release of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on the group's second album, Nevermind.
November 6
The KGB officially stopped operations.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Silence of the Lambs, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
1991 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Another Day in Paradise, Phil Collins - Album of the Year: Back on the Block, Quincy Jones - Song of the Year: From a Distance, Julie Gold (songwriter) - Best New Artist: Mariah Carey

1990

January 13
MC Hammer made his musical debut with his signature song, "U Can't Touch This" from his album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em.
January 31
The first McDonald's in Moscow, Russia opened.
February 11
Nelson Madela was released from a prison in Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years behind bars.
March 6
An SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft set a U.S. transcontinental speed record of one hour eight minutes seventeen seconds during its last official flight.
April 24
The Space Shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit.
May 15
Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million.
June 8
The 1990 FIFA World Cup began in Italy. West Germany emerged as the champion, beating Argentina.
July 26
U.S. President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, designed to protect disabled Americans from discrimination.
August 12
"Sue", the best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found, was discovered in South Dakota.
August 19
Leonard Bernstein conducted his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
September 18
The International Olympic Committee awarded the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta, Georgia.
September 29
Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral is completed.
October 3
West Germany and East Germany announced plans to reunite and become one nation.
December 1
Establishing the first land connection between the United Kingdom and the mainland of Europe for around 8,000 years, Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France met 40 meters beneath the English Channel seabed.
December 3
Mary Robinson began her term as Ireland's president, becoming the first female to hold office.
December 25
Tim Berners-Lee created the first webpage on the first web server.
December 26
The Cold War offically came to an end when the Supreme Soviet, a legislative body, met to dissolve the Soviet Union.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Dances with Wolves, starring Kevin Costner.
1990 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler - Album of the Year: Nick of Time, Bonnie Raitt - Song of the Year: Wind Beneath My Wings, Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar - Best New Artist: Milli Vanilli

1989

January 20
George W. Bush succeeded Ronald Reagan as the 41st President of the United States of America.
February 2
Satellite television service Sky Television launched in Europe.
February 10
Ron Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, becoming the first African American to lead a major United States political party.
February 11
Barbara Clementine Harris was consecrated as the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
April 4
In Brussels, Belgium, NATO celebrated its 40th anniversary.
May 1
Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World opened to the public for the first time.
June 3
The SkyDome (now known as Rogers Centre) opened in Toronto, Canada.
July 5
The hit TV sitcom Seinfeld premiered on NBC.
July 31
Nintendo released the Game Boy portable video game system in North America.
August 8
Space shuttle Columbia took off on a secret, five-day military mission.
August 14
The Sega Genesis was released in North America.
August 16 - 17
Woodstock '89 festival began.
November 2
North Dakota and South Dakota celebrated their 100th Birthdays.
November 9
The Berlin Wall, which once separated East and West Germany, fell. East and West Germans were then allowed visa-free travel on December 23.
November 10
Gaby Kennard became the first Australian woman to fly non-stop around the world.
November 21
North Carolina celebrated its bicentennial statehood.
December 14
Chile held its first free election in 16 years.
December 17
The first full-length episode of The Simpsons was shown on Fox.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Driving Miss Daisy, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.
1989 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin - Album of the Year: Faith, George Michael - Song of the Year: Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby MCFerrin - Best New Artist: Tracy Chapman

1988

February 12
Anthony M. Kennedy was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
February 13 - 28
The 1988 Winter Olympics were held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
September 17 - October 2
The 1988 Summer Olympics were held in Seoul, South Korea.
October 11
Women were allowed to study at Magdalene College, Cambridge, for the first time. Male students wore black armbands in protest.
October 15
Kirk Gibson hit a dramatic home run to win Game 1 of the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, over the Oakland Athletics, by a score of 5-4.
October 23
Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in Japan.
December 2
Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to head the government of an Islam-dominated state.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.
1988 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Graceland, Paul Simon - Album of the Year: The Joshua Tree, U2 - Song of the Year: Somewhere Out There, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil & James Horner (songwriters) - Best New Artist:Jody Watley

1987

January 3
Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
March 9
The Irish rock band U2 released its studio album The Joshua Tree.
March 24
Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, signed an agreement to construct the 4,800 acre Euro Disney Resort (now called Disneyland Paris) and to develop the Val d'Europe area of the new town Marne-la-Vallée in Paris, France.
June 30
Canada introduced its one dollar coin, nicknamed the "Loonie".
August 21
The romantic drama Dirty Dancing premiered in the United States.
October 14
Young American child Jessica McClure fell down a well in Midland, Texas, and was safely rescued two days later.
November 1
InterCity 125, a high speed train, broke the world land speed record of 238 km/h (147.88 mph).
December 29
The anti-depressant drug Prozac made its debut in the United States.
December 30
Pope John Paul II issued the encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (On Social Concern).
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Last Emperor, won nine Oscars.
1987 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Higher Love, Steve Winwood - Album of the Year: Graceland, Paul Simon - Song of the Year: That's What Friends Are For, Burt Bacharach & Carole Bayer Sager (songwriters) - Best New Artist:Bruce Hornsby and The Range

1986

February 3
Pixar Animation Studios opened.
June 23
Eric Thomas developed LISTSERV, the first email list management software.
July 5
The Statue of Liberty reopened to the public after an extensive refurbishment.
September 8
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" aired for the first time on American television.
October 16
The International Olympic Committee chose Albertville, France to be the host city of the 1992 Winter Olympics and Barcelona, Spain to be the host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics.
October 27
The New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games.
October 27
The Big Bang in the London Stock Exchange abolished fixed commission charges, paving the way for electronic trading.
November 22
Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title by defeating Trevor Berbick in Las Vegas.
December 26
After 35 years on the airwaves and holding the title of longest-running non-news program on network television, NBC aired the final episode of daytime drama Search for Tomorrow.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Platoon, starring Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe.
1986 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: We Are the World, Quincy Jones - Album of the Year: No Jacket Required, Phil Collins - Song of the Year: We Are the World, Lionel Richie & Michael Jackson (songwriters) - Best New Artist: Sade

1985

January 17
British Telecom announced plans to phase out its famous red telephone boxes.
January 28
In Hollywood, California, the charity single "We Are the World" was recorded by USA for Africa.
February 10
Nelson Mandela rejected an offer of freedom from the South African government.
February 19
William J. Schroeder became the first artificial heart patient to leave the hospital.
February 20
Minolta released the world's first autofocus single-lens reflex camera.
April 23
Coca-Cola changed its formula and released New Coke. (The response was overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula was back on the market in less than three months.)
July 3
Back to the Future opened in American theaters, and ended up becoming the highest-grossing film of 1985 in the United States.
July 13
Live Aid pop concerts in London and Philadelphia rose over $50 million for famine relief in Ethiopia.
November 20
Microsoft Corporation released the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
1985 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: What's Love Got To Do With It, Tina Turner - Album of the Year: Can't Slow Down, Lione Richie - Song of the Year: What's Love Got To Do With It, Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (songwriters) - Best New Artist: Cydni Lauper

1984

January 24
The first Apple Macintosh computer was introduced.
February 8
The 1984 Winter Olympics begain in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
May 14
The one dollar coin was first introduced in Australia.
July 28
The Summer Olympics were hled in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
August 30
Discovery, a NASA space shuttle, took off for its maiden voyage.
November 29
The British and Irish charity super group Band Aid released the single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
1984 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Beat It, Michael Jackson - Album of the Year: Thriller, Michael Jackson - Song of the Year: Every Breath You Take, Sting - Best New Artist: Culture Club

1983

January 3
The Kilauea volcano began erupting on the Big Island of Hawaii.
February 28
The final television episode of the hit series M*A*S*H aired on televisions througout the United States.
June 13
The Pioneer 10 space probe became the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
September 17
Vanessa Williams became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
September 18
The rock band KISS appeared publicly for the first time without makeup on MTV.
November 2
President Ronald Regan signed a bill that created a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor fallen Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
1983 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Rosanna, Toto - Album of the Year: Toto IV, Toto - Song of the Year: Always on My Mind, Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson - Best New Artist: Men at Work

1982

March 26
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
June 8
President Ronald Regan became the first American president to address a joint session of British Parliament.
June 21
The United Kingdom's Prince William was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.
July
Italy beat West Germany in the World Cup when the series was held in Spain.
November 30
Michael Jackson released his iconic album Thriller, the best selling album of all time.
December 2
A retired dentist becomes the first person to receive a permanent artifical heart at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah in the United States.
December 26
Time Magazine gave its first "Man of the Year" honor to a non-human, the computer.
1982 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes - Album of the Year: Double Fantasy, John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Song of the Year: Bette Davis Eyes, Donna Weiss, Jackie DeShannon - Best New Artist: Sheena Easton

1981

January 1
The European Community became the European Union.
January 19
The United States and Iran sign an agreement to relase 52 American hostages from captivity.
March 29
The first London Marathon was held with 7,500 runners.
April 12
The Space Shuttle Columbia launched. It returned to Earth on April 14 and marked the first time a manned, resuable spacecraft had returned from orbit.
August 1
MTV, known as Music Television, began broadcasting on cable television in the United States.
September 19
Musical duo Simon & Garfunkel performed "The Concert" in New York City's Central Park. The event was free to the public, and approximately half of a million people attended.
September 26
The Sydney Tower opened to the public in Australia. The tower is Syndey's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in all Australia.
1981 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Sailing, Christopher Cross - Album of the Year: Christopher Cross, Christopher Cross - Song of the Year: Sailing, Christopher Cross - Best New Artist: Christopher Cross

1980

February 22
The United States Olympic Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union in the semifinal of the Winter Olympics. The feat is commonly known as the "Miracle on Ice".
May 21
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released in theaters throughout the United States.
May 22
Pac-Man, the best selling video game of all time, was released to the market.
June 1
The Cable News Network-also known as CNN- began broadcasting on cable television.
July 25
The Australian hard rock band AC/DC released the album Back in Black.
1980 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: What a Fool Believes, The Doobie Brothers - Album of the Year: 52nd Street, Billy Joel - Song of the Year: What a Fool Believes, Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald - Best New Artist: Rickie Lee Jones

1979

March 4
NASA's Voyager space probe photos revealed Jupiter's rings.
July 1
The Sony Walkman went on sale for the first time in Japan.
August 10
Micheal Jackson released his breakthrough album Off the Wall.
September 1
NASA's Pioneer 11 space probe became the first spacecraft to visit Saturn.
September 7
The Entertainment Sports Programming Network, also known as ESPN, began broadcasting on cable television in the United States.
August 10
The world premier for Star Trek: The Motion Picture was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Kramer vs. Kramer, staring Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
1979 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel - Album of the Year: Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track, performed by the Bee Gees - Song of the Year: Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel - Best New Artist: A Taste of Honey

1978

February 8
Proceedings in the United States Senate were broadcast for the first time on the radio.
May 5
Major League Baseball star Pete Rose, of the Cincinnati Reds, got his 3,000th league hit.
June 19
The comic strip Garfield made its debut in newspapers. It eventually became the world's most widely-syndicated comic strip.
June
Argentina beat the Netherlands in the World Cup when the series was held in Argentina.
November 19
The first "Take Back the Night" march against crime was held in San Francisco in the United States.
December 13
The first Susan B. Anthony dollar entered circulation in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Deer Hunter, staring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale.
1978 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Hotel California, The Eagles - Album of the Year: Rumours, Fleetwood Mac - Song of the Year: Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born), Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams - Best New Artist: Debby Boone

1977

January 23
The dramatic television mini-series Roots began its run on the ABC Network in the United States.
May 5
Fleetwood Mac's Grammery-winning album Rumours was released.
April 7
The Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners played their first-ever game of baseball.
May 25
Star Wars opened in theaters and went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time.
June 12
The Supremes performed their final concert at Dury Lane in London.
June 26
Elvis Presley performed his last live concert in Indianapolis in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Annie Hall, staring Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts.
1977 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: This Masquerade, George Bensons - Album of the Year: Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder - Song of the Year: I Write the Songs, Bruce Johnston - Best New Artist: Starland Vocal Band

1976

January 21
The first commerical flight of the Concorde jet took place.
April 1
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed Apple Computer, Inc.
April 23
The punk rock group, The Ramones, released their first self-titled album.
July 4
The United States of America celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
July 17
The 1976 Summer Olympic Games begain in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
October 4
The new Intercity 125 High Speed Train was introduced in the United Kingdom.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Rocky, staring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire and Burt Young.
1976 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain & Tennille - Album of the Year: Still Crazy After All These Years, Paul Simon - Song of the Year: Send in the Clowns, Stephen Sondheim - Best New Artist: Natalie Cole

1975

January 6
The long-running television game show Wheel of Fortune debuted on NBC in the United States.
March 10
The Rocky Horror Picture Show made its Broadway debut in New York City.
April 4
Computer giant Bill Gates founded Microsoft in New Mexico in the United States.
October 11
The NBC television network aired the first episode of its long-running sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.
Academy Award for Best Picture
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, staring Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher and Danny DeVito.
1975 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: I Honestly Love You, Olivia Newton-John - Album of the Year: Fulfillingness' First Finale, Stevie Wonder - Song of the Year: The Way We Were, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch - Best New Artist: Marvin Hamlisch

1974

February 8
After a record 84 days in orbit, the crew of Skylab 4 (a space station) returned to Earth.
March 4
The first issue of the American magazine People was released featuring Mia Farrow on the cover.
April 24
Horror fiction novelist Stephen King published Carrie, his first novel under his own name.
June 26
The first Universal Product Code - more commonly known as UPC-was scanned for the first time during the sale of a pack of Wrigley's chewing gum at a supermarket in Ohio in the United States.
July 7
West Germany beat the Netherlands in the World Cup which was held in West Germany.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Godfather Part II, staring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall.
1974 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Killing Me Softly with His Song, Roberta Flack - Album of the Year: Innervisions, Stevie Wonder - Song of the Year: Killing Me Softly with His Song, Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox - Best New Artist: Bette Midler

1973

January 4
The pilot episode of Last of the Summer Wine - one of the longest-running television comedies in the world-premiered in the United Kingdom.
March 1
The landmark rock album, The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, was released in the United States.
April 2
The LexisNexis computerized legal serch engine service began.
April 3
Former Motorola executive Marin Copper made the first handheld cellular phone call in New York City.
May 3
The Sears Tower in Chicago was finished and became one of the world's tallest buildings at 1,451 feet.
May 5
Racing thoroughbred "Secretariat" won the Kentucky Derby. The horse went on to win the Belmont Stakes on June 9 and became the first Triple Crown of Throughberd Racing since 1948
September 20
Tennis star Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in a televised match in the Astrodome in Houston, Texas in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Sting, staring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw.
1973 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack - Album of the Year: The Concert for Bangladesh, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton & Klaus Voormann - Song of the Year: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Ewan MacColl - Best New Artist: America

1972

January 4
The first scientific handheld calculator, the HP-35, hit store shelves. The calculator sold for $395.
January 5
U.S. President Richard Nixon announced the development of the space shuttle program.
February 3 - February 13
The 1972 Winter Olympics were held in Sapporo, Japan.
February 5
Bob Douglas became the first African American to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the United States.
March 2
The Pioneer 10 spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy in the United States. It was the first man-made satellite to leave the solar system.
April 17
Women are allowed to compete in the Boston Marathon for the first time in the race's history.
August 26 - September 11
The Summer Olympic Games were held in Munich, West Germany.
September 4
The first episode of the Price is Right aired on CBS television in the United States. Bob Barker was the host when the show made its debut.
November 29
Atari kicked off the first generation of video games with the release of the arcade game Pong. It became the first game to achieve commerical success.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Sting, staring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw.
1972 Grammy Awards
The Godfather, staring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and James Caan. - Record of the Year: It's Too Late, Carole King - Album of the Year: Tapestry, Carole King - Song of the Year: You've Got a Friend, Carole King - Best New Artist: Carly Simon

1971

January 12
The landmark television sitcom All in the Family, starring Caroll O'Connor as "Archie Bunker", made its debut on CBS in the United States.
February 8
A new stock market index, called the Nasdaq, debuted. The index was originally an acronym for National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations.
February 28
Daredevil Evel Knievel set a world record by jumping 19 cars in Ontario, California in the United States.
March 28
The final episode of The Ed Sullivan Show aired on American television. The entertainment show, which was broadcast on CBS, aired for 23 years.
July 5
President Nixon formally certifies the 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution. It legally changed the voting age from 21 to 18.
October 1
The Walt Disney World theme park opened in Orlando, Florida in the United States.
November 3
The UNIX Programmer's Manual was published.
November 15
Computer giant Intel released the world's first microprocessor, the Intel 4004.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The French Connection, staring Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey.
1971 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel - Album of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel - Song of the Year: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Paul Simon - Best New Artist: The Carpenters

1970

January 14
Diana Ross & The Supremes performed their farewell concert live at Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
March 25
The Concorde jet made its first supersonic flight (700 mph, 1,127 km/h).
April 1
The American Motors Corporation introduced the Gremlin.
April 6
BBC Radio 4 broadcast the first edition of the PM in Great Britain.
May 8
The Beatles released their eighth and final album, Let It Be.
June 1
Soyuz 9, a two-man spacecraft launched into orbit from the Soviet Union.
June
Brazil beat Italy when the World Cup was held in Mexico.
July 4
The longtime radio music countdown show, American Top 40, made its debut on five stations in the United States with host Casey Kasem.
August 26 - August 30
The Isle of Wight Festival took place on Easton Afton Farm off Great Britian's coast. Nearly 600,000 people attended waht was the largest rock festival of all time.
September 13
The first New York City Marathon was held in the United States.
September 21
The first broadcast of Monday Night Football debuted on ABC network in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Patton, staring George C. Scott, Karl Malden and Stephen Young.
1970 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, The 5th Dimension - Album of the Year: Blood, Sweat & Tears, Blood, Sweat & Tears - Song of the Year: Games People Play, Joe South - Best New Artist: Crosby, Stills & Nash

1969

January 20
After 147 years, the last issue of The Saturday Evening Post, which featured the work of American artist Norman Rockwell, was published.
January 30
The Beatles gave their last public performance on the rooftop of Apple Records in the United Kingdom.
March 17
Golda Meir became the first female Prime Minster of Israel.
July 20
NASA's lunar module Eagle landed on the lunar surface. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watched in awe as Neil Armstrong took his historic first steps on the Moom, the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time.
August 9
The Haunted Mansion attraction opened at Disneyland in California in the United States.
September 2
The first automatic teller machine (ATM) was installed in Rockville Center, New York in the United States.
October 5
Monty Python's Flying Circus made its debut on BBC One.
November 10
Sesame Street premiered on National Education Television, or NET.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Midnight Cowboy, staring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.
1969 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Mrs. Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel - Album of the Year: By the Time I Get to Phoneix, Glen Campbell - Song of the Year: Little Green Apples, Bobby Russell - Best New Artist: Jose Feliciano

1968

January 22
Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuted on NBC in the United States.
February 6 - 18
The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in Grenoble, France.
April 11
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnsono signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
September 7
Mattel's "Hot Wheels" toy cars were introduced to the toy market in the United States.
September 24
The television magazine new series 60 Minutes premiered on CBS in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Oliver!, staring Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Shani Wallis.
1968 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Up, Up and Away, The 5th Dimension - Album of the Year: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles - Song of the Year: Up, Up and Away, Jimmy Webb - Best New Artist: Bobbie Gentry

1967

January 4
The band The Doors released their self-titled, debut album.
February 2
The American Basketball Association was formed in the United States.
February 10
The 25th Amendment to Constitution of the United States was ratified. The amendment addressed presidential succession and disability.
May 1
Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
September 24
The BBC launched its first radio station, BBC Radio Leicester.
Academy Award for Best Picture
In the Heat of the Night, staring Carroll O'Connor and Alan Autry.
1967 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Strangers in the Night, Frank Sinatra - Album of the Year: A Man and His Music, Frank Sinatra - Song of the Year: Michelle, John Lennon & Paul McCartney

1966

April 19
Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon.
August 5
The Beatles released their legendary album Revolver in the United Kingdom.
September 8
The science ficition TV series Star Trek debuted on NBC in the United States.
November 8
Actor Ronald Regan was elected as Govenor of California.
December 18
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, narrated by Boris Karloff, is shown for the first time on CBS in the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
A Man for All Seasons, staring Paul Scofield and Wendy Hiller.
1966 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: A Taste of Honey, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Album of the Year: September of My Years, Frank Sinatra - Song of the Year: Shadow of Your Smile, Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel - Best New Artist: Tom Jones

1965

August 6
U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law.
August 15
The Beatles performed the first stadium concert in the historyu of rock music, playing before a crowd of thousands at Shea Stadium in New York City.
September 25
The cartoon series Tom & Jerry premiered on CBS in the United States.
November 7
Pillsbury's world-famous mascot, the Pillsbury Doughboy, was created.
December 9
A Charlie Brown Christmas, the first Peanuts television special, aired for the first time on TVs throughout the United States.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Sound of Music, staring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.
1965 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: The Girl from Impanema, Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz - Album of the Year: Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Song of the Year: Hello Dolly!, Jerry Herman - Best New Artist: The Beatles

1964

January 29 - February 9
The 1964 Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria.
February 1
The Beatles skyrockted to #1 on the U.S. singles chart for the first time with, I Want to Hold Your Hand.
February 9
The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and had their first live performance on American television. More than 70 million viewers watched the appearance.
August 27
Walt Disney's Mary Poppins movie musical premiered in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
October 10 - October 24
1964 Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo, Japan.
October 10
Martin Luther King, Jr. is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
Academy Award for Best Picture
My Fair Lady, staring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.
1964 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Days of Wine and Roses, Henry Mancini - Album of the Year: The Barbra Streisand Album, Barbra Striesand - Song of the Year: Days of Wine and Roses, Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini - Best New Artist: The Swingle Singers

1963

April 9
Winston Churchill became an honorary citizen of the United States.
May 8
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, premiered in U.S. theaters.
July 1
ZIP codes are introduced in the United States.
August 28
Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of 250,000.
September
Marvel Comics released its first-ever comic book X-Men.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Tom Jones, staring Albert Finney and Susannah York.
1963 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Tony Bennett - Album of the Year: The First Family, Vaughn Meader - Song of the Year: What Kind of Fool Am I?, Leslie Briscusse & Anthony Newley - Best New Artist: Robert Goulet

1962

March 2
Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single NBA basketball game. The match-up was between the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks.
May 30
The 1962 FIFA World Cup began in Chile. Brazil won beating Czechoslovikia.
July 2
The first Wal-Mart store opened for business in Rogers, Arkansas.
September 30
CBS broadcasted the final episodes of Suspense, Yours Truly and Johnny Dollar marking an end of the Golden Age of Radio .
October 1
Johnny Carson took over as the host of The Tonight Show on NBC, a post he held for 30 years.
Academy Award for Best Picture
Lawrence of Arabia, staring Peter O'Toole and Alec Guinness.
1962 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Moon River, Henry Mancini - Album of the Year: Judy at Carnegie Hall, Judy Garland - Song of the Year: Moon River, Henry Mancini - Best New Artist: Peter Nero

1961

March 1
U.S. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps.
August 1
The amusement park, Six Flags Over Texas, opened to the public in Arlington, Texas in the United States.
October 1
Major League Baseball player, Roger Maris, of the New York Yankees, hit his 61st home run in the last game of the season against the Boston Red Sox, beating a 34-year old record held by Babe Ruth.
November
Marvel Universal released its first comic book in the Fantastic Four series.
November 24
The United Nations formed the World Food Program.
Academy Award for Best Picture
West Side Story, staring Natalie Wood and George Chakiris.
1961 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Theme from a Summer Place, Percy Faith - Album of the Year: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, Bob Newhart - Song of the Year: Theme from Exodus, Ernest Gold - Best New Artist: Bob Newhart

1960

February 18
The 1960 Winter Olympics began at Squaw Valley Resort in Placer County, California in the United States.
March 3
Musician and performer Elvis Presley returned to the United States, following two years of service in Germany.
July 4
Following the admission of Hawaii as the 50th state in August of 1959, a new 50-star United States of America flag was flown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
August 19
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 5, with dogs Belka and Strelka inside. The spacecraft returned to Earth the next day and both dogs-along with several other animals and plants-were recoved safely.
August 25
The 1960 Summer Olympics began in Rome, Italy.
Academy Award for Best Picture
The Apartment, starting Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.
1960 Grammy Awards
- Record of the Year: Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin - Album of the Year: Come Dance With Me!, Frank Sinatra - Song of the Year: The Battle of New Orleans, Jimmy Driftwood - Best New Artist: Bobby Darin

Imagination

There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen.
Sean O’Faolain
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Invention is the mother of necessity.
Thorstein Veblen
Life is just a blank slate. What matters most is what you write on it.
Christine Frankland

Greatness

True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.
Voltaire
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all of the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
William Rudolph

Determination

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
Tommy Lasorda
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Abraham Lincoln
If you can dream it, you can do it.
Walt Disney

Excellence

Excellence is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
John W. Gardner
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Pat Riley
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
Voltaire

Great Work

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
Thomas Jefferson
It’s easy to make a buck. It’s tough to make a difference.
Tom Brokaw

Endurance

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
Moliere

Talent

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
Rosalynn Carter
Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison

Attitude

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Winston Churchill

Appreciation

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Voltaire
Always remember, everyone is hungry for praise and starving for honest appreciation!
David Brandt Berg
Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.
William Makepeace Thackeray

Success

Success is the ability to get from one failure to another with enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
Confucius
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

Leadership

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.
Lee Iacocca
A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Knowledge

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Francis Bacon