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2018

Russia to face France at IIHF World Championship opening match

Russia faces off with France in the opening match of the 2018 IIHF World Championship. The event is to take place in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark is the host country.

Rihanna's Met Gala wardrobe by Guo Pei goes viral

Guo Pei is a Chinese fashion designer. She is best known for designing dresses for Chinese celebrities, and in America for Rihanna's trailing yellow gown at the 2015 Met Ball. Guo is the second born-and-raised Asian designer to be invited to become a guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture after Lebanese designer Elie Saab.

2015

Stephen Curry is named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season

Wardell Stephen Curry is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He became the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90.

Keira Knightley marries James Righton

Keira Knightley and musician James Righton of the band, Klaxons, were married in Mazan, Vaucluse after being in a relationship together from 2011. The couple's daughter, Edie was born in 2015. Knightley advocates for an equal paternity leave and has been vocal about her dislike for the expensive childcare in England.

23 killed in second Nuevo Laredo massacre

In an apparent escalation of brutal violence involving rival drug gangs on the U.S. border, 23 bodies were discovered along with a banner stating that those killed were the perpetrators of a car bomb that exploded in the city on 24 April 2012. The mass murder attacks were carried out between the allied Sinaloa and Gulf Cartels against Los Zetas in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, across the U.S.-Mexico border from Laredo, Texas. The drug-violence in Nuevo Laredo began in 2003 when the city was controlled by the Gulf Cartel.

Madonna’s album "Hard Candy" goes straight to #1 in the UK

Hard Candy is the eleventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna. It was released by Warner Bros. Records. On release, Hard Candy debuted at number one in 37 countries worldwide, including the United States, Australia, Canada, France, and the UK.

Tornado destroys the city of Greensburg

The tornado outbreak of 2007 caused major damage and significantly affected portions of the Central United States. The most destructive tornado in the outbreak occurred in western Kansas, where about 95% of the city of Greensburg in Kiowa County was destroyed by an EF5 tornado.

A federal judge gives Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences

After his arrest, Kaczynski tried unsuccessfully to dismiss his court-appointed lawyers because they wanted him to plead insanity in order to avoid the death penalty. In 1998 a plea bargain was reached, under which he pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Alanis Morissette hits #1 on the UK album chart with "Jagged Little Pill"

Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album, and international debut, by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette. Jagged Little Pill topped the charts in ten countries; with sales of over 33 million units worldwide, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and made Morissette the first Canadian to achieve double diamond sales.

"Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" opens at the Walter Kerr NYC

"Angels in America" is a two-part play which debuted in its entirety on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre, directed by George C. Wolfe. Part one, Millennium Approaches, was first performed in May, joined in November by part two, Perestroika, in repertory. The original cast included Ron Leibman, Stephen Spinella, Kathleen Chalfant, Marcia Gay Harden and Joe Mantello.

Rome hosts the 36th Eurovision Song Contest

The 36th Eurovision Song Contest was held in Rome. Due to the Gulf War and mounting tensions in Yugoslavia, RAI decided to move the contest from Sanremo to Rome, which was perceived to be more secure. Carola was the winner of this Contest with the song "Fångad av en stormvind". This was the third victory for Sweden.

Cher scores her first solo UK #1 single with "The Shoop Shoop Song"

Cher's remake was cut for the soundtrack of her film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits. It peaked at number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one in the United Kingdom, where it remained for five weeks, selling a total of 520,000 copies. The song was Cher's first solo number one single.

The Magellan probe is launched

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center with the Magellan robotic probe on board. Two successive propulsion burns later placed the probe on its trajectory to Venus. Its mission was to map the planet’s surface using synthetic aperture radar and to measure the planetary gravitational field.

1989

Alexander Mogilny signs with NHL Buffalo Sabres

Alexander Gennadevich Mogilny is a Russian former professional ice hockey player. After the 1989 World Championships in Stockholm where the USSR placed first, he left the Soviet team and defected to North America with the help of representatives of the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL club that had drafted him a year earlier in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Mogilny chose the number 89 in recognition of both the year he defected and his place in the draft, wearing #89 for his entire playing career.

PEPCON disaster

A conflagration followed by several explosions occurred at the Pacific Engineering and Production Company of Nevada chemical plant in Henderson, Nevada. The disaster caused two fatalities, 372 injured, and an estimated $100 million USD of damage. A large portion of the Las Vegas Valley within a 10-mile radius of the plant was affected.

Sweden hosts 30th Eurovision Song Contest

The 30th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Gothenburg, Sweden. During the voting, it was not immediately evident that Norway would win the Contest. The Norwegian duo "Bobbysocks!' brought home their country's first win.

Argentines sink the first of four UK warships in Falklands War

The first of four British warships, a Type 42 destroyer called the HMS Sheffield, was lost to fire following an Exocet missile strike from the Argentine 2nd Naval Air Fighter/Attack Squadron. The vessel was struck amidships with devastating effect. The resulting death toll reached a total of 20 crew members while 24 more were severely injured. The ship was abandoned several hours later.

Yugoslav President Josip Tito dies

Josip Broz, commonly known as Tito, was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and political leader who served in various roles throughout his life. He died after contracting gangrene at the Medical Centre of Ljubljana, just three days short of his 88th birthday.

Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the UK

Margaret Thatcher, also known as The Iron Lady, became the first woman to hold the position of UK Prime Minister. After three terms, Thatcher resigned due to power struggles in the Conservative Party in 1991.

Abba hit #1 on the UK singles chart with "Waterloo"

"Waterloo" is the first single from the Swedish pop group ABBA's second album, Waterloo, and their first under the Epic and Atlantic labels. The single became a No. 1 hit in several countries. It reached the U.S. Top 10 and went on to sell nearly six million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

American chemist Edward Calvin Kendall dies

Edward Calvin Kendall was an American chemist. In 1950, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine along with Swiss chemist Tadeus Reichstein and Mayo Clinic physician Philip S. Hench, for their work with the hormones of the adrenal gland. Yet Kendall did not focus solely on the adrenal glands, he was also responsible for isolating thyroxine, a hormone of the thyroid gland and worked with the team that crystallized glutathione and identified its chemical structure.

Kent State shootings

The Kent State shootings were the shootings of unarmed college students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Twenty-eight guardsmen fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

The first Freedom Riders begin a bus trip through the South

Freedom Riders were civil rights activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States in order to challenge the non-enforcement of two United States Supreme Court decisions which had ruled segregated public buses unconstitutional. The first Freedom Ride left Washington, D.C. in 1961 and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on May 17.

The first Annual Grammy Awards are held

The 1st Annual Grammy Awards were two separate ceremonies, with one taking place in the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills and the other in the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City. The Record of the Year award was won by Domenico Modugno for his "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)".

Artist Keith Haring is born

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's work grew to iconic popularity from his exuberant spontaneous drawings in New York City subways depicting radiant babies, flying saucers, and deified dogs.

Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize

The Old Man and the Sea, a short novel by Ernest Hemingway, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book was partly why Hemingway was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. The novel also later received three film adaptations.

Plane carrying the Torino football team crashes

The Superga air disaster occurred in 1949 when a Fiat G.212 of Avio Linee Italiane, carrying the entire Torino football team which was popularly known as the Grande Torino, crashed into a retaining wall at the back of the Basilica of Superga.Thirty-one people died; there were no survivors.

Angela Lansbury appears in her first movie

Eighteen-year-old Angela Lansbury made her debut in the Oscar nominated film Gaslight, directed by George Cukor and starring Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten. It had a larger scale and budget than earlier films and lends a different feel to the material. Gaslight was directed by George Cukor and starred Ingrid Bergman, Charles Boyer, Joseph Cotten, and 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in an Oscar-nominated screen debut as Supporting Actress. It had a larger scale and budget than the earlier film and lends a different feel to the material.

Battle of the Coral Sea begins

The Battle of the Coral Sea was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces from the United States and Australia, taking place in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The battle is historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other.

Galactic radio waves are discovered

American physicist Karl Jansky described radio waves coming from the Milky Way in a paper he read to the International Radio Union in Washington. The galactic radio waves were of very low intensity and wavelength (14.6 m, frequency about 20 MHz) and required a sensitive apparatus for their detection.

Al Capone begins his eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion

Al Capone was an American mobster, crime boss, and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. After the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, in which seven gang rivals were murdered in broad daylight, the federal authorities became intent on jailing him and prosecuted him in 1931 for tax evasion. Capone was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is founded

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was officially founded when Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, presented the idea to a group of 36 people involved in the film industry. The Academy is known for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars.

1924

The VIII Summer Olympic Games open in Paris

The 1924 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event which took place in Paris, France. The cost of the VIII Olympiad was estimated to be 10,000,000₣. With the total receipts at 5,496,610₣, the Olympics resulted in a hefty loss despite crowds that reached 60,000 people at a time.

1904

German football club FC Schalke 04 is founded

FC Schalke 04 is a professional German association-football club. It was founded in May 1904 as Westfalia Schalke by a group of high school students and first wore the colors red and yellow. The team was unable to gain admittance to the Westdeutscher Spielverband and played in one of the "wild associations" of early German football.

The United States takes over construction of Panama Canal

In 1904, The United States took over work on the Panama Canal from the French, purchasing equipment and excavations, including the Panama Railroad, for US $40 million. The United States also paid the new country of Panama $10 million and a $250,000 payment each following year.

The Haymarket affair

The Haymarket affair was the aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration at Haymarket Square in Chicago. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians.

The Battle of Tewkesbury is fought

The Battle of Tewkesbury was one of the decisive battles of the Wars of the Roses. The forces loyal to the House of Lancaster were completely defeated by those of the rival House of York under their monarch, King Edward IV. Many prominent Lancastrian nobles were killed during the battle or were executed.

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