Flashback archive

Land mine kills OSCE monitor

A member of the European monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured Sunday when their vehicle drove over a mine near Luhansk. The monitor who was killed was an American man, according to a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of Austria, which holds the rotating presidency of the 57-nation organization.

Beyoncé releases album Lemonade on Tidal after an hour movie on HBO

Lemonade is the sixth studio album by American singer Beyoncé. Primarily an R&B album, Lemonade encompasses a variety of genres, including pop, reggae, blues, rock, hip-hop, soul, funk, Americana, country, gospel, electronic, and trap music. The album features guest vocals from James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, and Jack White.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" premieres in Sydney

Star Trek Into Darkness is an American science fiction action film directed by J. J. Abrams and written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof. It is the twelfth installment in the Star Trek film franchise and the sequel to the film Star Trek. The film features Chris Pine reprising his role as Captain James T. Kirk.

Video game Don't Starve is released

Don't Starve is an open world survival video game developed by the Canadian indie company Klei Entertainment. The game follows a scientist named Wilson who finds himself in a dark, dreary world and must survive as long as possible. The game received positive reviews from critics.

Rice price reached an all time $24.46 after bad crop and cyclones in Asia

The Global Rice Crisis occurred between January and May, with the international trading price of rice jumping dramatically, increasing more than 300% in just 4 months. By December, prices decreased significantly, marking an end to the crisis.

First President of Russia Boris Yeltsin dies

Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was a Soviet and Russian politician and the first President of the Russian Federation. Boris Yeltsin died of congestive heart failure, aged 76. According to experts quoted by Komsomolskaya Pravda, the onset of Yeltsin's condition was due to his recent visit to Jordan.

Co-founder Jawed Karim uploads the first video to YouTube.com

The video he released was named 'Me at the zoo' and as of July 2017 has reached over 40 million views. Karim also designed and developed many of the core components of PayPal. After leaving PayPal, he, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen founded the YouTube video sharing website in 2005.


Snowboarder Chloe Kim is born

Chloe Kim is an American snowboarder. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe at the age of 17 years. She is a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.


Tampa Bay Lightning sets an NHL attendance record

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. It is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League. In 1996, they have set a new NHL record with the audience of 28,183 people in Thunderdome, now known as Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Top model Gigi Hadid is born

Jelena Noura "Gigi" Hadid was born and raised in Los Angeles, to real estate developer Mohamed Hadid and former model Yolanda Hadid. Hadid's modeling career began when she was two years old after being discovered by Paul Marciano, of Guess clothing.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays in the final game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. With 38 387 points, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored. He also holds records e.g. in games played, minutes played or blocked shots.

Human-powered aircraft record

Experimental human-powered aircraft Daedalus 88 flew from Crete to just off the beach on Santorini Island. The pilot was Kanellos Kanellopoulos. Daedalus 88 was developed at MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department by a group of graduate students. It weighed only 31 kilograms.

Coca-Cola launch "New Coke" with a revised recipe

Coca-Cola amid much publicity attempted to change the formula of the drink with "New Coke". Coca-Cola management was unprepared for the public's nostalgia for the old drink, leading to a backlash. The company gave in to protests and returned to a variation of the old formula on July 10, 1985.

HIV is discovered

AIDS was first clinically observed in the United States. The initial cases were a cluster of injecting drug users and homosexual men with no known cause of impaired immunity who showed symptoms of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, a rare opportunistic infection that was known to occur in people with a very compromised immune system.

The 28th Eurovision Song Contest

The 28th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Munich, then West Germany. The presenter was Marlene Charell. Corinne Hermes was the winner of this Eurovision with the song, "Si la vie est cadeau". This was Luxembourg's fifth victory in the contest which equaled the previous record set by France.

ZX Spectrum computer is released

British consumer electronics manufacturer Sinclair Research introduced its famous 8-bit computer ZX Spectrum. The name referred to machine’s color display, compared to previous type, the Sinclair ZX81. The Spectrum was released as eight different models. Together they sold over 5 million units worldwide, not counting clones.

Comedian John Oliver is born

John William Oliver is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor and television host. Oliver started his career as a stand-up comedian, both in the United Kingdom and the United States. He came to wider attention for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as its senior British correspondent.

Actor Kal Penn is born

Kalpen Suresh Modi is an American actor, comedian, producer, and former civil servant best known by his stage name Kal Penn. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as the character Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series.

The Rolling Stones release album "Sticky Fingers"

Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones. Sticky Fingers is widely regarded as one of the Rolling Stones' best albums. It achieved triple platinum certification in the US. Majority of songs in the album was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Britain released first decimal coins

The first decimal coins were the five pence and ten pence, and had values of one shilling and two shillings, respectively. The decimal coins are minted in copper-plated steel, previously bronze, nickel-plated steel, cupronickel and nickel-brass.

James Baldwin's play "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC

Blues for Mister Charlie is James Baldwin's second play, a social commentary drama in three acts. The play is dedicated to the memory of Medgar Evers, his widow and children, and to the memory of the dead children of Birmingham." It is loosely based on the Emmett Till murder that occurred in Mississippi before the Civil Rights Movement began.

Vespa scooter is patented

Piaggio, an Italian motor vehicle manufacturer, filed a patent for the Vespa scooter design. The patent was approved the following December. It was one of the first vehicles where the body was an integral part of the chassis. The name Vespa means wasp in Italian.

Child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple is born

Shirley Temple Black) was an American actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman, and diplomat who was Hollywood's number one box-office draw as a child actress from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, she was named United States ambassador to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia and also served as Chief of Protocol of the United States.

German physicist Max Planck is born

Planck suggested that electromagnetic radiation could be emitted only in small chunks, called energy quanta. This suggestion caused a revolution in physics and gave birth to a quantum theory which describes the world of atoms and subatomic particles. Planck also discovered the third law of thermodynamics.

French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon is born

Bertillon applied the anthropological technique of anthropometry to law enforcement creating an identification system based on physical measurements. Anthropometry was the first scientific system used by police to identify criminals. Before that time, criminals could only be identified by name or photograph.

Poet William Wordsworth dies

William Wordsworth was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads. William Wordsworth died at home at Rydal Mount from an aggravated case of pleurisy.

15th US President James Buchanan is born

James Buchanan Jr. was the 15th president of the United States, serving immediately prior to the American Civil War. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the 17th United States Secretary of State and had served in the Senate and House of Representatives before becoming president.

Poet and playwright William Shakespeare dies

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. Shakespeare died at the age of 52. He died within a month of signing his will, a document which he begins by describing himself as being in "perfect health".

Author Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra dies

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish writer who is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. Cervantes died in Madrid and was buried there the next day. The cause of his death was type-2 diabetes, a result of a cirrhosis of the liver.

William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed

The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare. The Windsor of the play's title is a reference to the town of Windsor, also the location of Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England. Though nominally set in the reign of Henry IV, the play makes no pretense to exist outside contemporary Elizabethan era English middle-class life.

The German Beer Purity Law

According to the German Beer Purity Law, the only ingredients that could be used in the production of beer were water, barley, and hops. The law also set the price of beer, limited the profits made by innkeepers, and made confiscation the penalty for making impure beer.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1564, died 1616

William Shakespeare

born 1977

John Cena

born 1995

Gigi Hadid