FIFA Ballon d’Or: Argentina and PSG forward Lionel Messi wins his record 7th award from Robert Lewandowski; FC Barcelona attacking midfielder Alexia Putellas is Women’s World Player of the Year.
British socialite and former girlfriend of Jeffery Epstein Ghislaine Maxwell found guilty of sex trafficking in a federal court in Manhattan.
Joe Biden slipped while playing with his dog, Major, and was left with hairline fractures in his foot.
A wooden relic thought to be from Jesus’s manger was returned to Bethlehem.
The fragment was taken 1,400 years before and was returned by Pope Francis.
Bombs in Hilla and Karbala, Iraq, killed 30 Shias and wounded 100 others.
British singer-songwriter Adele released her hit single “Rolling in the Deep.”
It won awards for Billboard’s Record of the Year 2011 and the Grammy’s Album and Record of the Year 2012.
Martinique earthquake shook the majority of the Eastern Caribbean.
The 7.4 magnitude quake struck at 15:00 local time and killed six people while injuring more than 400.
President Bill Clinton lifted the Alaskan oil exports ban.
The ban was put in place in 1973.
The New Orleans Saints secured their first winning season after being in the NFL for 21 years.
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii.
The shock killed two people and up to 28 injured, with significant damage to the southern part of the Big Island totaling $4 million.
Pong was released. It was the first commercially successful video game.
The table tennis arcade video game “Pong” was created by Atari Co-founder Allan Alcorn.
Enos, the chimpanzee, was launched into space on the Mercury-Atlas 5 Mission.
Enos became the first chimpanzee, and the third primate to orbit Earth, preceded only by the Russian cosmonaut’s Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov. Enos clocked more than 1,000 hours of training before the mission, including exposure to weightlessness and high g-forces. The following Mercury mission sent the first American, John Glenn, into Earth’s orbit.
FC Barcelona was founded by a group of English, German, Swiss, and Spanish soccer players.
It started when Hans Gamper, a professional soccer player from Switzerland, posted an ad in a local Barcelona newspaper declaring his interest in starting a soccer club, asking anyone interested to simply show up. A total of eleven players turned up, and so the soccer club’s history began.
Thomas Edison demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.
He demonstrated it at the USA’s Scientific American office, the first of many demonstrations of the phonograph worldwide. Edison patented the phonograph on February 19, 1878, which was the start of audio recording and was very advanced for the time.
Amateur British chemist Sir James Jay invented invisible ink.
After experimenting and narrowing down his secret ingredients to just two fluids, Jay would send letters to his brother John in the US. James Jay even sent letters to Benjamin Franklin warning him of Britain’s plans for the forced submission of colonies.