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Russian Aeroflot plane crashes

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft was struck by lightning. The radio and other equipment failed and the flight crew chose to make an emergency landing at Sheremetyevo. Flight 1492 bounced on landing and touched down hard, causing the undercarriage to collapse and a fire to erupt, which quickly engulfed the rear of the aircraft. 41 occupants died.

Boko Haram attacks Gamboru and Ngala

Boko Haram militants attacked the twin towns of Gamboru and Ngala in Borno State, Nigeria. Roughly 310 residents were killed in the 12-hour attack, and the town was largely destroyed. Most of the survivors fled to neighboring Cameroon. On the same night, Boko Haram again abducted eleven girls aged between 12–15 from northeast Nigeria.

Boats carrying refugees capsize in Aegean sea

A yacht and a dinghy, both overcrowded and carrying migrants destined for Greece, capsized about four nautical miles off the coast of the Greek island of Samos in the Aegean Sea. The vessels had been trying to enter Greece illegally at the time they overturned. The cause of the capsizing remains unclear.

Flash flood in Nepal

The floods are thought to have been caused by waters of the Seti building near its source, high above the snowline, during days of rain and then suddenly bursting free. The flooding was worst in the western part of the country. Two villages were especially badly hit when water surged down the Seti river because of a landslide.

Mass protests in Greece in response to debt-crisis austerity measures

Demonstrations were provoked by plans to cut public spending and raise taxes as austerity measures in exchange for a €110 billion bail-out aimed at solving the Greek government-debt crisis. Three people were killed in the protest, one of the largest in Greece since 1973.

Budweiser agrees to a record $1billion marketing deal with NFL

Budweiser is an American-style pale lager produced by Anheuser-Busch, currently part of the transnational corporation Anheuser-Busch InBev. In 2010, Bud Light paid a record-breaking $1 billion for its six-year deal for NFL rights, roughly twice the amount incumbent, MillerCoors had been paying.

American physicist Ted Maiman dies

Ted Maiman is one of two people credited with inventing the LASER (the other is Gordon Gould, also an American). Maiman’s laser first fired on May 16, 1960 using a pink ruby medium. The laser can be applied in a very wide range of uses including eye surgery, dentistry, range-finding, manufacturing, even measuring the distance between the Earth and the Moon.

Angelina Jolie marries Billy Bob Thornton

After a two-month courtship, Jolie married actor Billy Bob Thornton in Las Vegas. They had met on the set of Pushing Tin but did not pursue a relationship at the time as Thornton was engaged to actress Laura Dern, while Jolie was reportedly dating actor Timothy Hutton, her co-star in Playing God.

'Married... with Children' two part finale airs

"Married... with Children" is an American television sitcom that was created by Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt and broadcasted on Fox. The series finale aired with the episodes "The Desperate Half-Hour (Part 1)" and "How to Marry a Moron (Part 2)". A total of 259 original episodes aired during the program's run.


Andriy Shevchenko makes his professional debut

Shevchenko started out his professional career at age 16 when he came on for only 12 minutes as a substitute in a 0:2 home loss to the Odessa second team Chornomorets-2 Odessa. He was a substitute for the last six home games of the 1992–93 Ukrainian First League and did not score any goals.

The first Eurovision Song Contest held in the Balkans

The 35th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. Toto Cutugno was the winner of this contest with his composition "Insieme: 1992". This was the second victory for Italy, the first one being "Non ho l'età", performed by Gigliola Cinquetti.

Sweden wins Eurovision for the second time

The 29th Eurovision Song Contest was held in Luxembourg. Sweden's Herreys were the winners of this contest with the song, "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley". This was the Nordic country's second win, and the first song performed in Swedish. The previous Swedish winner, ABBA, ten years ago had performed their song "Waterloo" in English.

The first of The Nixon Interviews airs

After his resignation in 1974, former U.S. president Richard Nixon granted British journalist David Frost an exclusive series of interviews which took place in 1977. There were a total of four programs aired and the premiere episode drew 45 million viewers, making it the most-viewed political interview in history.

Anne Rice's debut novel 'Interview with a Vampire' is published

"Interview with a Vampire" is a gothic horror and vampire novel by American author Anne Rice. Based on a short story she had written, her debut novel centers around vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac who tells his life story to a reporter. Upon its release, "Interview with a Vampire" received mixed reviews from critics.

Norman Mailer wins the Pulitzer Prize

Norman Kingsley Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and liberal political activist. His work, "Armies of the Night", won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the National Book Award.


Borussia Dortmund wins sixth European Cup

Dortmund won the European Cup Winners' Cup 2–1 against Liverpool in extra time with goals from Sigfried Held and Reinhard Libuda. That same year, however, the team surrendered a commanding position atop the Bundesliga by losing four of their last five league games and finishing second, three points behind the champions, 1860 München.


Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings in Stanley cup finals

The 1966 Stanley Cup Finals were contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the defending champion Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens would win the best-of-seven series by four games to two to win the Stanley Cup for the seventh time in eleven years.

The Beatles go to #1 on the UK album chart

"Please Please Me" is the debut studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Parlophone rush-released the album in the United Kingdom to capitalize on the success of the band's singles "Please Please Me" and "Love Me Do". The album topped Record Retailer's LP chart for 30 weeks, an unprecedented achievement for a pop album at that time.

'West Side Story' soundtrack album goes #1

"West Side Story" is the soundtrack to the film, "West Side Story". The soundtrack spent 54 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's album charts, giving it the longest run at No. 1 of any album in history. In the United States, it was the best-selling album of the 1960s.

Alan Shepard pilots first U.S. spaceflight

The first United States human spaceflight was piloted by Alan Shepherd, Jr., America's first astronaut. The objective was to put a man in orbit around the Earth and return him safely. Shepard's mission was a 15-minute suborbital flight with the primary objective of demonstrating his ability to withstand the high g-forces of launch and atmospheric re-entry. Shepard was not the first human in space, however, as Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, had launched into orbit less than one month earlier.


Bert Trautmann completes England’s FA Cup final

With 17 minutes of the match remaining, Trautmann suffered a serious injury while diving at the feet of Birmingham City's Peter Murphy. Despite his injury, he continued to play, making crucial saves to preserve his team's 3–1 lead. His neck was noticeably crooked as he collected his winner's medal.

West Germany becomes a sovereign state

With territories and frontiers that coincided largely with the ones of old Medieval East Francia and the 19th-century Napoleonic Confederation of the Rhine, the Federal Republic of Germany, under the terms of the Bonn–Paris conventions, obtained the full authority of a sovereign state.

'Damn Yankees' opens at 46th St Theater NYC

Damn Yankees is a musical comedy written by George Abbott and base on a book by Douglass Wallop. Music and lyrics were penned by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. The show opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre, transferred to the Adelphi Theatre, and ran for a total of 1,019 performances.

Robert Penn Warren wins the Pulitzer Prize

Robert Penn Warren's novel, "All the King's Men", was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It is rated as the 36th greatest novel of the 20th century by Modern Library, and it was chosen as one of Time magazine's 100 best novels since 1923.

The Prague uprising begins

The Prague uprising took place during the Second World War. It was an attempt to free the city from the German army, which in the end left the city. The Red Army arrived in Prague in the morning four days later from the north and the city was finally liberated.

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie returns to Addis Ababa

Haile Selassie I was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and emperor from 1930 to 1974. He was exiled during World War II after leading the resistance to the Italian invasion. After returning to Addis Ababa in 1941, he sought to modernize the country over the following decades through social, economic and educational reforms.

'Woman Haters' premieres in the US

The comedian team Three Stooges, consisting of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard, released "Woman Haters", their first short-subject film. Between 1934 and 1959, the comedians later released another 189 short films for the Columbia Pictures studio.

John T. Scopes charged with teaching evolution in public school

John T. Scopes , a high school teacher in Dayton, Tennessee, was charged with teaching evolution from George William Hunter's textbook, Civic Biology: Presented in Problems. Teaching evolution was a violation of the Butler Act, a law prohibiting public school teachers from denying the Biblical account of mankind's origin. The ensuing legal fight became known as the Scopes Monkey Trial.


Construction begins on former Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium was a stadium located in the Bronx in New York City. Construction began in 1922 and lasted till the following year. The final price tag was $2.4 million. Building expenses were paid for entirely by Yankees owner, Jacob Ruppert, who was eager to have his own stadium after having shared the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants for the previous 10 years. At the time, the arena was hailed as a one-of-a-kind facility.

Chanel No. 5, the first modern perfume, is launched

Chanel No. 5 is the first perfume launched by French couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. The launch took place in her rue Cambon boutique on the fifth day of the fifth month. She infused the shop's dressing rooms with the scent, and gave bottles to a select few of her high society friends. Its success was immediate. Chanel's friend Misia Sert exclaimed: "It was like a winning lottery ticket."


The V Summer Olympic Games open in Stockholm

The 1912 Summer Olympics were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden. Twenty-eight nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 102 events in 14 sports. It was the last Olympics to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated.

Pravda begins publication in Saint Petersburg

Pravda is a Russian broadsheet newspaper, formerly the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union where it was one of the most influential papers in the country with a circulation of 11 million. It emerged as one of the USSR's leading newspapers after the October Revolution.

Carnegie Hall opens in New York

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, and one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world for both classical and popular music. Designed by architect William Burnet Tuthill and built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, it officially opened with a concert conducted by maestro Walter Damrosch and great Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

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