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Angelina Jolie undergoes a preventive double mastectomy

At age 37 Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Jolie's announcement of her mastectomy attracted widespread publicity and discussion on BRCA mutations and genetic testing.

Quetta bombing

The Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a group of Sunni supremacists and jihadists was responsible for a bombing attack at a market in Hazara Town in Quetta, Pakistan. The attack claimed the lives of at least 110 people and left 200 more injured. Most of the victims were of Shia Twelver ethnicity. The perpetrators were arrested 3 days later.

Borders bookstore Files for Bankruptcy

Borders applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and began liquidating 226 of its stores in the United States. Despite a purchase offer from the private-equity firm Najafi Companies, Borders was not able to find a buyer acceptable to its creditors before its July bidding deadline, so began liquidating its remaining 399 retail outlets, with the last remaining stores closing their doors in September.

Britney Spears shaves her head

Spears's aunt Sandra Bridges Covington, with whom she had been very close, died of ovarian cancer. In February, Spears stayed in a drug rehabilitation facility in Antigua for less than a day. The following night, she shaved her head with electric clippers at a hair salon in Tarzana, Los Angeles.


NHL season is canceled due to a labor dispute

Commissioner Gary Bettman canceled all of the remaining games in the NHL season. The NHL became the 1st major professional sports league in North America to cancel an entire season because of a labor dispute. The main issue was a salary cap with owners and players not being able to agree on a financial agreement.

The Kyoto global warming pact goes into effect

International treaty Kyoto Protocol came into effect roughly 7 years after being adopted. It implemented the objective of the UNFCCC - fighting global warming by reducing the concentration of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere to a level that would not be so dangerous for the climate system.

50 Cent is at #1 on the US album chart with 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the debut studio album by 50 Cent. The album debuted and peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling over 872,000 copies in its 1st week. It generated over 5 singles, including the #1 hits "In da Club" and "21 Questions", and the international hit "P.I.M.P."

The 19th Brit Awards are held

The 1999 Brit Awards were the 19th edition of the biggest annual pop music awards in the United Kingdom. They are run by the British Phonographic Industry and took place at the London Arena in London. The best British Single was "Angles" by Robbie Williams.

Amtrak train crashes

The Maryland train collision occurred when a MARC commuter train collided with Amtrak's Capitol Limited passenger train in Silver Spring, Maryland. The collision killed three crew and eight passengers on the MARC train; a further eleven passengers on the MARC train and fifteen passengers and crew on the Capitol Limited were injured.

'The Simpsons' are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Do the Bartman" is a song from the 1990 Simpsons album The Simpsons Sing the Blues. It was performed by The Simpsons cast member Nancy Cartwright, with backing vocals from Michael Jackson, alongside additional vocals from Dan Castellaneta. It topped the charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Graffiti artist Keith Haring dies at 31

Keith Allen Haring was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s. Haring died of AIDS-related complications and is commemorated in the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

'Born In The USA' goes to the top of the UK album chart

Born in the U.S.A. is the seventh studio album by American rock singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. It was a commercial success; in the United Kingdom the album entered at number two on June 16, and after thirty-four weeks, it reached number one and topped the chart for five non-consecutive weeks.

Ash Wednesday bushfires

Long lasting severe droughts and extreme weather resulted in a series of bushfires that caused widespread destruction across the states of Victoria and South Australia. Roughly 2,080 square km of land was burnt as a result and 75 people lost their lives. An estimated 130,000 volunteers from across Australia fought the fires.


Motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi is born

Valentino Rossi is a multiple MotoGP World Champion. He won 9 Grand Prix World Championships, seven of them in the premier class. He owns the Sky Racing Team by VR46, which campaigns in the Moto3 and Moto2 categories of Grand Prix motorcycle racing.

Bob Dylan starts a four-week run at the top of the Billboard album

Planet Waves is the fourteenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. With a successful tour and a host of publicity, Planet Waves was a hit, enjoying a brief stay at #1 on the US Billboard charts and #7 in the UK. The album was originally set to be titled Ceremonies of the Horsemen.


Wilt Chamberlain scores his 30,000th point

Wilt Chamberlain became the 1st NBA player to score 30,000 points. He played the center position and is considered one of the greatest players in the NBA history. Chamberlain is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over the entire course of his NBA career.


Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis

Joe Frazier won the fight against WBA Champion Jimmy Ellis at Madison Square Garden. Frazier won by a TKO when Ellis's trainer Angelo Dundee would not let him come out for the 5th round following two 4th round knockdowns., which were the 1st knockdowns of Ellis's career.

Elvis Presley receives gold record for 'How Great Thou Art'

How Great Thou Art is the twenty-eighth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released by RCA Victor in mono and stereo. It peaked at No. 18 on the Top Pop Albums chart. It was certified Gold, Platinum, 2x Platinum and 3x Platinum by the RIAA.

Principal filming of James Bond's 'Thunderball' begins in Paris

Filming commenced in February with principal photography of the opening scene in Paris. Filming then moved to the Château d'Anet, near Dreux, France, for the fight in the pre-credit sequence. Much of the film was shot in the Bahamas; Thunderball is widely known for its extensive underwater action scenes which are played out through much of the latter half of the film. The rest of the film was shot at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, Silverstone.


Bebeto, author of one oh the famous goal celebrations, is born

Former professional Brazilian football player Bebeto was born in Salvador, the capital of Brazilian state of Bahia. He started his career in Vitória, as a youth player. Roughly two years later, Bebeto later became a member of other Brazilian teams and eventually got into Spanish football league, where he spent roughly 5 years.


Tennis player John McEnroe is born

John McEnroe achieved the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles, finishing his career with 77 singles and 78 doubles titles. He won 7 Grand Slam singles titles, including 4 US Open titles and 3 Wimbledon titles, and also 9 men's Grand Slam doubles titles.

'Bringing Up Baby' is released

Bringing Up Baby is an American screwball comedy film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, and released by RKO Radio Pictures. The screenplay was adapted by Dudley Nichols and Hagar Wilde from a short story by Wilde.

Nylon is patented

Nylon was the first commercially successful synthetic thermoplastic (mouldable above a specific temperature) polymer. It was first used for toothbrushes. More famous use was for woman’s stockings. During World War II, almost all nylon production was diverted to the military for use in parachutes.

King Tut's final resting place

British archaeologist Howard Carter and his team opened the burial chamber of the he tomb of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings. They found the king's sarcophagus. It was constructed in granite. The sarcophagus appeared to have been constructed for another owner, but recarved for Tutankhamen.

Opera 'Werther' premieres in Vienna

Werther is an opera in four acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann. It is loosely based on the German epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Werther received its premiere at the Imperial Theatre Hofoper in Vienna.

Franz Liszt's symphony 'Orpheus' premieres

Orpheus is a symphonic poem written by Franz Liszt. He numbered it No. 4 in the cycle of 12 he wrote during his time in Weimar, Germany. When first performed, it was conducted by the composer, as an introduction to the first Weimar performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck's opera Orfeo ed Euridice.

Victorian statistician Francis Galton is born

Galton was a polymath. His most important contribution to science is the concept of statistical correlation. He contributed too many other fields, introduced the use of questionnaires for collecting data on human communities. Galton was a proponent of eugenics, coining the term itself. He also invented the phrase "nature versus nurture.”

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 2000

Alan Torres

died 2010

Franz Berding