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Lebanon votes new parliament

General elections were held in Lebanon. According to the released election results, Hezbollah and its political allies won more seats than they had by before and the share of Future Movement led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri shrunk by one-third.

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting divorce

Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting finalized their divorce after 21 months of marriage. The tension between the two had started the year before. The former tennis player, 28, did not receive spousal support from Kaley, but she paid him $165,000 in two payments.

"The Sims 3" is released

"The Sims 3" is the third major title in the life simulation video game series published by Electronic Arts. It was a commercial success, selling 1.4 million copies in the first week after its release. Critics issued mostly positive reviews and the game has sold over ten million copies worldwide since 2009, making it one of the best-selling PC games of all time.

"Shrek the Third" premieres in Westwood Ca.

Shrek the Third is an American computer-animated fantasy comedy film and the third installment in the Shrek franchise, produced by DreamWorks Animation. The film grossed $799 million on a $160 million budget, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of that year.

Conservative Nicolas Sarkozy is elected president of France

Nicolas Sarkozy was elected the 6th President of France's Fifth Republic in May, 2007 winning 53.06 percent of the votes, ahead of Ségolène Royal who picked up 46.94 percent. Before his time as President, Sarkozy had served as Minister of the Interior, Minister of Finances, Budget Minister.

The series finale of "Friends" airs on NBC

The series finale of the television sitcom "Friends" was titled “The Last One” and served as the 17th and 18th episode of season ten. It was first aired on NBC in the United States attracting 65.9 million viewers and making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in six years.

Elon Musk founds Space X

SpaceX was founded in 2002 by American entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. It has developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.

"Spider-Man" makes more than $100 million in its opening weekend

Spider-Man is an American superhero movie based on the Marvel Comics character and directed by Sam Raimi. The movie was a critical and financial success and was the first film to make more than $100 million dollars in a single weekend, establishing a new opening weekend record. It also became the most successful film based on a comic book.

Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn is shot dead

Fortuyn, a conservative politician and candidate in that year's general election, was assassinated in Hilversum, North Holland, by Volkert van der Graaf. The attack took place in a parking lot outside a radio studio where Fortuyn had just given an interview.

Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope to enter a mosque

Pope Saint John Paul II was the first Catholic pope to visit and pray in an Islamic mosque. He visited the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, a former Christian church where John the Baptist is believed to be interred. There he made a speech calling for Muslims, Christians, and Jews to live together.

Vladimir Putin becomes president of Russia

Putin won the presidential election by a 53% to 30% margin, avoiding a runoff with his Communist Party of the Russian Federation opponent, Gennady Zyuganov. The inauguration ceremony was held a day later. Putin appointed the Minister of Finance, Mikhail Kasyanov, as the Prime Minister.


Liverpool’s Michael Owen scores on his debut against Wimbledon

Owen scored on his Liverpool debut against Wimbledon at Selhurst Park.Liverpool were league title challengers to Manchester United but their failure to beat Wimbledon in the penultimate game of the league season handed the championship to United.

Bank of England got independent from political control

Following the general election which brought a Labour government to power for the first time since 1979, it was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, that the Bank would be granted operational independence over monetary policy.

English Channel tunnel opens

The Channel Tunnel is a 50.45-kilometre rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. At £5.5 billion it was at the time the most expensive construction project ever proposed.


Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson for heavyweight boxing title

Lennox Lewis vs. Phil Jackson was a professional boxing match contesting the WBC Heavyweight Championship. Lewis dominated the match from the opening round and by the end of round 5, he had knocked Jackson to the canvass two times. After the second knockdown, Jackson remained on the mat until the referee got to the count of nine, only then continuing with the fight. Lewis finally ended the match 1:35 into round eight after dropping Jackson for the third time with a four-punch combination. He was named the winner by technical knockout, clenching the Heavyweight title.

Actress Marlene Dietrich dies

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German actress and singer who held both German and American citizenship. Dietrich died of renal failure at her flat in Paris at age 90. Her funeral ceremony was conducted at La Madeleine in Paris, a Roman Catholic church.

Lausanne hosts the 34th Eurovision Song Contest

The 34th annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, after Celine Dion's victory in Dublin the previous year. The program was presented by Lolita Morena and Jacques Deschenaux. Riva, representing now-defunct Yugoslavia, won with the song "Rock Me".

All passengers are killed on the board when Widerøe Flight 710 crashed

The Widerøe-operated de Havilland Canada Dash 7 crashed during approach to Brønnøysund Airport, Brønnøy. All thirty-six people on board LN-WFN were killed; the crash remains the deadliest accident of the Dash 7 and in Northern Norway. Flight 710 was the second of four Widerøe accidents between 1982 and 1993.

The Hitler Diaries are revealed as a hoax

The Hitler Diaries were a series of sixty volumes of journals purportedly written by Adolf Hitler, but forged by Konrad Kujau between 1981 and 1983. Rigorous forensic analysis confirmed that the diaries were fakes. Kujau and Heidemann spent time in prison for their parts in the fraud, and several newspaper editors lost their jobs.

Friuli earthquake

The Friuli earthquake took place on May 6 with a moment magnitude of 6.5 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of X - Extreme. The shock occurred in the Friuli region in northeast Italy near the town of Gemona del Friuli. Up to 978 people were killed, 2,400 were injured, and 157,000 were left homeless.


NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur is born

Martin Pierre Brodeur is a Canadian American former professional ice hockey goaltender and the assistant general manager of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. He won three Stanley Cup championships and five Eastern Conference titles in 17 postseason campaigns.

Actor George Clooney is born

George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, activist, businessman and philanthropist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana and the other for co-producing Argo.

Last broadcast of "I Love Lucy" on CBS

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials.


Roger Bannister becomes the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes

Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister was a British middle-distance athlete, doctor, and academic who ran the first sub-4-minute mile. Bannister went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.


Midfielder Graeme Souness is born

Graeme James Souness is a retired Scottish professional football player and manager, who played as a midfielder. Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of the early 1980s, player/manager of Rangers in the late 1980s and captain of the Scotland national team. He also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough, and Sampdoria.

British politician Tony Blair is born

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He previously served as Leader of the Opposition before becoming Prime Minister. Blair remains the last British Labour Party leader to have won a general election.

John Steinbeck wins the Pulitzer prize

The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck. The book won the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Hindenburg disaster

Hindenburg disaster was caused by an electrostatic discharge that ignited leaking hydrogen. The origin of the spark was caused by a difference in electric potential between the airship and the surrounding air. The event brought an end to the age of the rigid airship. Miraculously 62 of the 97 passengers and crew survived.


American MLB player Willie Mays is born

Willie Howard Mays, Jr. is an American former Major League Baseball center fielder who spent almost all of his 22-season career playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants, before finishing with the New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.

American chemist Paul Lauterbur is born

Paul Lauterbur was an American chemist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with fellow researcher, Peter Mansfield, for his work in developing magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI. Lauterbur credits the idea of the MRI to a brainstorm one day at a suburban Big Boy burger joint in Pittsburgh, where he first scribbled a model of it on a table napkin while still a student and researcher at both the University of Pittsburgh and the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. The technique is widely used today, most commonly in diagnostic medicine and biomedical research.

Actor and director Orson Welles is born

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who worked in theatre, radio, and film. His first film was Citizen Kane, which he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films in his career.

Langley’s Aerodrome takes to the air

American aviation pioneer Samuel Langley launched his experimental, unmanned, steam-powered aircraft using a spring-actuated catapult mounted atop a houseboat on the Potomac River near Quantico, Virginia. It flew for about 90 seconds, travelling 0.5 a mile at 25 mph and reaching an altitude of 80 to 100 feet. Subsequent manned flights ended in failure, however, and in 1903, the Wright brothers built and flew the first heavier-than-air aircraft.

Silent film star Rudolph Valentino is born

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor in America who starred in several well-known silent films including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Sheik, Blood and Sand, The Eagle, and The Son of the Sheik. He was an early pop icon, a sex symbol of the 1920s, who was known as the "Latin lover" or simply as "Valentino".

The Eiffel Tower officially opens to the public

The Universal Exposition of 1889 was a world's fair held in Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower opened to the public nine days after the opening of the exposition because work on the structure had not been completed. The tower was an instant success with the public, and nearly 30,000 visitors made the 1,710-step climb to the top.

The founder of psychoanalysis is born

Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Freud was born to Galician Jewish parents in the Moravian town of Freiberg, in the Austrian Empire.

American polar explorer Robert Peary is born

Peary is best known for claiming to have reached the geographic North Pole in 1909. However, his primacy was called into question and widely debated in contemporary newspapers, along with a competing claim by Frederick Cook, another American explorer. According to modern research, Peary probably never reached the pole, though he may have been as close as 60 miles from it. During his lifetime he made five polar expeditions.

The first stamp, the penny black, becomes valid

Although the stamps were not officially issued for sale until 6th May, some offices such as those in Bath sold the stamps unofficially before that date. The Penny Black lasted less than a year. A red cancellation was hard to see on the black design and the red ink was easy to remove; both made it possible to re-use canceled stamps.

Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles

Over the course of four building campaigns, Louis XIV converted a hunting lodge built by Louis XIII into the spectacular Palace of Versailles. The palace achieved much of its current appearance after the third building campaign, which was followed by an official move of the royal court to Versailles in 1682.

Anniversaries of famous

died 1910

Edward VII

born 1915

Orson Welles

born 1856

Sigmund Freud