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Emmanuel Macron wins France's presidential election

A run-off was held between the top two candidates, Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front, which Macron won by a decisive margin. The presidential election was followed by legislative elections to elect members of the National Assembly.

MTV becomes the first major awards show to use gender-neutral categories

The 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, U.S. It was the 26th edition of the awards, and for the first time it presented honors for work in television as well as cinema; it was also the first time men and women competed jointly in the acting categories since 2007.

Tanker truck explosion in Mexico

A tanker truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas lost control and ran into several cars and houses before it exploded on Federal Highway 85 in San Pedro Xalostoc community in Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico. 27 people were killed and more than 30 injured as a result of the accident. The resulting fires damaged 45 homes and 16 vehicles.

'Fast & Furious 6' premieres in the UK

Fast & Furious 6 is an American action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Fast & Furious 6 was generally considered to effectively mix absurd action scenes and outrageous stunts with a predictable but enjoyable plot and character dialog.

Mayon volcano eruption

The volcano produced a surprise phreatic eruption lasting 73 seconds. Ash, steam and rock were produced during this eruption. Ash clouds reached 500 meters above the volcano's summit and drifted west southwest. The event killed five climbers, seven others were reported injured.


Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros dies

Ballesteros confirmed that he had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. In May 2011, Ballesteros' family released a statement announcing that his neurological condition had "suffered a severe deterioration". He died within hours of the announcement.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' premieres at Disneyland

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is an American fantasy swashbuckler film, the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and the sequel to At World's End. The movie broke many box office records upon release, and it stands as the 25th-highest-grossing film of all time worldwide when not adjusting for inflation

Archaeologists discover the tomb of Herod the Great

An Israeli team of archaeologists of Hebrew University, led by Netzer, announced they had discovered the tomb. The site is located atop tunnels and water pools, at a flattened desert site, halfway up the hill to Herodium, 12 kilometers south of Jerusalem. The tomb contained a broken sarcophagus but no remains of a body.


Tottenham Hotspur fail to secure a Champions League Place

On the morning of the decisive game against West Ham United, a number of Tottenham players were taken ill with suspected food poisoning. The club appealed for the Premier League to delay the kickoff game but it wasn't successful. Arsenal went on to win their fixture 4–2 from a Thierry Henry hat-trick meaning Tottenham also required a win. Tottenham lost the game 2-1 and fell to fifth place.


Arsenal play their last ever game at Highbury

Arsenal Stadium or Highbury was a stadium in North London which was the home stadium of Arsenal between 1913 and 2006. Arsenal's last game at the stadium was their FA Premier League match against Wigan Athletic, it was the last game of the season. After the closure, Arsenal held an auction to sell off many of the stadium's parts, including pieces of the pitch, the goalposts, and former manager George Graham's desk.

Gwen Stefani's 'Hollaback Girl' single goes #1 on the US charts

"Hollaback Girl" is a song recorded by American singer Gwen Stefani for her debut solo studio album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The song was released as the album's third single and was one of the year's most popular songs, peaking inside the top 10 on the majority of the charts it entered.

Islamistic terrorists kills Nick Berg

Nicholas Evan Berg was an American freelance radio-tower repairman who went to Iraq after the United States' invasion of Iraq. He was of the Jewish faith. Berg was abducted and beheaded according to a video released in 2004 by Islamist militants in response to the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse involving the U.S. Army and Iraqi prisoners.

China Northern Airlines Flight 6136 crashes

China Northern Airlines Flight 6136 was a domestic passenger flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport. The McDonnell Douglas MD-82 operating the flight crashed into the bay near Dalian shortly after the pilot reported "fire on board", killing all 103 passengers and 9 crew members.

Vladimir Putin is inaugurated as president of Russia

Vladimir Putin, former Prime Minister of Russian Federation, was inaugurated as President of Russia after winning the presidential elections on 26th March 2000. As Prime Minister, he became Acting President of Russia and decided to run for the presidency. The ceremony was held for the first time in the Grand Kremlin Palace and lasted exactly one hour.

Britney Spears is #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Oops!... I Did It Again'

"Oops!... I Did It Again" is a song by American singer Britney Spears, from her second album of the same name. It was released by Jive Records as the lead single from the album. Commercially, the track peaked at number nine on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It went to the top in at least 15 countries.

'The Mummy' is released in the United States

The Mummy is an American action fantasy film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in the titular role as the reanimated mummy. The Mummy grossed $43 million in 3,210 theaters during its opening weekend in the United States.

Ace Of Base's 'The Sign' single goes #1 on the US charts

"The Sign" is a song by the Swedish band Ace of Base. It was an international hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and spending six non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. More prominently, it became the top song on Billboard's 1994 Year-End Chart.

'The Scream' is recovered three months after it was stolen

After the gallery refused to pay a ransom demand of US$1 million, Norwegian police set up a sting operation with assistance from the British police and the Getty Museum and the painting was recovered undamaged. Four men were convicted in connection with the theft.

Space Shuttle Endeavour flies for the first time

Brand new American orbiter from NASA's Space Shuttle program was launched for the first time. She was the fifth and final operational shuttle built. The endeavor was made as a replacement for Challenger, which exploded during launch in 1986. The primary goal Endeavor’s first mission was to retrieve a broken Intelsat VI satellite.

The first "fast-food murder" in Canada

The Sydney River McDonald's murders occurred at the McDonald's restaurant in Sydney River, Nova Scotia, Canada. They were committed by a trio of friends who only intended to rob the restaurant, but ended up murdering three people and permanently disabling a fourth. It was one of the highest-profile murder cases in Canada at the time.

France wins Eurovision for the fifth time

The 22nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest was held in London, United Kingdom. The presenter was Angela Rippon. The contest was won by Marie Myriam, representing France, with the song "L'oiseau et l'enfant". This was France's fifth victory, a record at the time.

The Eagles are #1 on the US singles chart with 'Hotel California'

"Hotel California" is the title track from the Eagles' album of the same name. The song is considered the most famous recording by the band and reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top ten of several international charts.

Honda launched Accord, one of the best-selling cars ever

The Honda Accord is a series of automobiles manufactured by Honda, best known for its four-door sedan variant, which has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States. The Accord nameplate has been applied to a variety of vehicles worldwide, including coupes, wagons, hatchbacks and a crossover.

The Mamas & The Papas are #1 on the US singles chart with 'Monday Monday'

"Monday, Monday" is a song written by John Phillips and recorded by the Mamas & the Papas using background instruments played by members of The Wrecking Crew for their album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears. It was the group's only #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.


Career of Herb Score is cut short

During the first inning of a night game against the New York Yankees at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Score threw a low fastball to Gil McDougald with Jim Hegan catching. McDougald lined the pitch to the mound and struck Score in the face, breaking Score's facial bones and injuring his eye.

Integrated circuit

British radar scientist Geoffrey Dummer presented the idea of the integrated circuit at the Symposium on Progress in Quality Electronic Components in Washington, D.C. Dummer later tried to build such a circuit himself. He was, however, not successful. The idea was first realized by Jack Kilby, a Texas Instruments employee.

Electronics pioneer Sony is founded in Tokyo

Sony Corporation is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan, Minato, Tokyo. Its diversified business includes consumer and professional electronics, gaming, entertainment and financial services. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic products for the consumer and professional markets.

Germany signs an unconditional surrender

The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives.

Germany and Italy announce an alliance known as the Rome-Berlin Axis

The Axis grew out of the diplomatic efforts of Germany, Italy, and Japan to secure their own specific expansionist interests in the mid-1930s. The first step was the treaty signed by Germany and Italy. Benito Mussolini declared that all other European countries would from then on rotate on the Rome–Berlin axis, thus creating the term Axis.

American molecular biologist Sidney Altman is born

Sidney Altman is best known as one of the two discoverers of the catalytic properties of RNA in 1982. The catalytic DNA is called the Ribozyme. Its discovery led to the RNA world hypothesis, which suggests that first living organisms used RNA instead of the more stable DNA.

First printed copies of 'Poems' by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë are received

Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell was a volume of poetry published jointly by the three Brontë sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, and their first work to ever go in print. To evade contemporary prejudice against female writers, the Brontë sisters adopted masculine first names.

Beethoven's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna

The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, was first performed in Vienna. The symphony is one of the best-known works in common practice music. It is widely viewed by critics as one of Beethoven's greatest works and one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon.

New Orleans is founded

La Nouvelle-Orléans was founded by the French Mississippi Company, under the direction of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, on land inhabited by the Chitimacha. It was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, who was Regent of the Kingdom of France at the time. His title came from the French city of Orléans.

Louis XIV of France begins construction of the Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles was the principal royal residence of France from 1682, under Louis XIV, until the start of the French Revolution in 1789, under Louis XVI. It is located in the department of Yvelines, in the region of Île-de-France, about 20 kilometres southwest of the centre of Paris.

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