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Patel dam failure

The dam burst in the evening, just as many area families were beginning their evening meals. Residents reported hearing a loud bang immediately followed by the rushing of "a sea of water". 70 million litres of water were unleashed, creating a wall of water about 1.5 metres high and 500 metres wide.

Malaysia goes to the polls in unusual week-day term

The 14th Malaysian general election will elect members of the 14th Parliament of Malaysia. At stake are all 222 seats in the Dewan Rakyat and 505 seats in 12 out of 13 state legislative assemblies. The Constitution of Malaysia requires a general election to be held in the fifth calendar year unless it is dissolved earlier by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong due to a motion of no-confidence or at the request of the Prime Minister.

Donald Trump fires FBI boss James Comey

President Trump formally dismissed FBI director James Comey who was less than 4 years into his 10-year tenure at the bureau. Comey first learned of his termination from television news reports that flashed on screen while he was delivering a speech to agents at the Los Angeles Field Office.


David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor

Manchester United announced that Moyes would take over the club following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager. He signed a six-year contract with the club, and officially took up his managerial position at United in July 2013.

"Orange, Red, Yellow" sells for $86.9 million dollars

Orange, Red, Yellow is a painting by Mark Rothko. It sold for $86.882.500 at Christie's. This surpassed the 2007 record price for a Rothko work of $72.8 million set when David Rockefeller sold White Center (Yellow, Pink and Lavender on Rose).

New Russian Superjet crashes in Indonesia

In 2012, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliner on a demonstration tour in Indonesia crashed into Mount Salak, in the province of West Java. All 37 passengers and 8 crew on board were killed. The plane had taken off minutes before from Jakarta's Halim Airport on a promotional flight for the recently launched jet.

President Barack Obama declares his support for same-sex marriage

Barack Obama’s position on same-sex marriage had been evolving due to traditions and religious beliefs attached to the word marriage. But on May 9, 2012, he told an interviewer that he supported same-sex marriage, becoming the first sitting U.S. President to do so. He explained he had come to the conclusion after speaking with family, friends and neighbors stating: “...At a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”


Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly dies

Charles Jerome Daly was an American basketball head coach. Daly was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died at the age of 78. He is survived by his wife Terry, daughter Cydney, and two grandchildren, and is buried at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta, Florida.

More than forty dead in Kaspiysk bombing

The Kaspiysk bombing was an explosion which ripped through a military parade commemorating the 57th anniversary of Soviet victory in World War II. The attack occurred on Lenin Street in the city of Kaspiysk, Dagestan. Forty four people, including at least 19 soldiers and 12 children, were killed and 133 wounded in the explosion.

127 die in Africa's worst stadium disaster

The Accra Sport Stadium disaster occurred at the Ohene Djan Stadium, Accra, Ghana, during a match between the country’s two most popular football teams, the Accra Hearts of Oak and the Asante Kotokos. Kotoko fans, disappointed by the final score, threw plastic seats and bottles onto the pitch, and police responded by firing tear gas into the crowd. Panic ensued as fans stampeded for the exits, but with some gates still locked, there were not enough evacuation routes and the stadium became a death trap. After the hour-long ordeal, 117 people had died from compressive asphyxia with 10 fans killed by trauma.

The Backstreet Boys hit #1 on the UK single chart with "I Want It That Way"

"I Want It That Way" is a song by American boy band the Backstreet Boys. It was released in 1999 as the lead single from their third studio album, Millennium. In the United States, the song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for eight non-consecutive weeks, while it topped the Adult and Top 40 Mainstream charts.

Birmingham hosts the 43rd Eurovision Song Contest

The contest's 43rd year took place in Birmingham in the United Kingdom where Macedonia made their official debut. Israel took first prized with the winning song, Diva, performed by Dana International. The singer attracted much media attention since she had undergone gender reassignment.

Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC

The Golden Girls is an American sitcom created by Susan Harris that originally aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992, with a total of 180 half-hour episodes spanning seven seasons. The show stars Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, as four older women who share a home in Miami, Florida.

Malmö hosts the 37th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 1992 was the 37th Eurovision Song Contest. The presenters were Lydia Cappolicchio and Harald Treutiger. Linda Martin, representing Ireland, was the winner of this Eurovision with the song Why Me?. The song was written by Johnny Logan, who had won the 1980 contest as singer and the 1987 contest as singer/songwriter.

Brussels hosts the 32nd Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest was held in Brussels, Belgium. With 22 countries taking part, it was the biggest contest at that time. Viktor Lazlo was the presenter in the contest. Johnny Logan from Ireland was the winner with the song – Hold Me Now.

Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers

Thomas "Tom" Cruise is an American actor and producer. Cruise has been married and divorced three times and has three children, two adopted and one biological. Cruise married actress Mimi Rogers in 1987 and they divorced in 1990. She introduced Cruise to Church of Scientology.

Alexander Calder's "Big Crinkly" sells for $852,000

Developer Martin Selig spent $852,000 to buy an Alexander Calder mobile, nicknamed "Big Crinkly." Experts said the 24-foot, red-yellow-and-blue metal sculpture, which looks like a kite assembled by committee, actually was valued at $1 million.

Freighter collides with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge

While negotiating a turn in the narrow channel during a storm, the radar failed, and the freighter struck one of the piers on the southbound span of the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge. 1,400 feet of the steel cantilever highway bridge collapsed, causing a Greyhound bus, and six other vehicles, to fall into the bay. A total of 35 people died.

"Ain't Misbehavin'" opens on Broadway

Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a musical revue by Fats Waller, Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby. The music was composed by various artist and orchestrated by Luther Henderson. The Broadway production opened at the Longacre Theatre. It won 8 awards, including Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical and Tony Award for Best Musical.

The Prague metro is founded

The Prague Metro is the rapid transit network of Prague, Czech Republic. Founded in 1974, the Prague Metro now comprises three lines, serving 61 stations, and consists of a transit network 65.2 kilometres long. Prague Metro system served 589.2 million passengers in 2012, making it the fifth busiest metro system in Europe.

The Guess Who are #1 on the US singles chart with "American Woman"

"American Woman" is a song released by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who in 1969, from their sixth studio album of the same name. It was later released in 1970 as a single backed with "No Sugar Tonight", which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard magazine placed the single at #3 on the Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1970 list.

Fokker F28 Fellowship maiden flight

Iconic short-range jet airliner took of for the first time. It was built by Dutch aircraft manufacturer Fokker. It had a T-tail and engines mounted at the rear of the fuselage. Projected at first to transport 50 passengers to 1 650 km, the plane was later designed to have 60–65 seats. Two hundred and forty-one airframes were built.


Canadian NHL player Steve Yzerman is born

Stephen Gregory Yzerman is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who spent his entire NHL playing career with the Detroit Red Wings and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He is currently the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Yzerman was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

"When TV is bad, nothing is worse." JFK's TV watchdog gives famous speech

In the speech, Minow referred to American commercial television programming as a "vast wasteland" and advocated for programming in the public interest. In hindsight, the speech marked the end of a Golden Age of Television that had run through the 1950s, contrasting the highbrow programs of that decade with what had appeared on American television.

US becomes the first country to legalize the birth control pill

The combined oral contraceptive pill is a type of birth control that is designed to be taken orally by women. They were first approved for contraceptive use in the United States and are a very popular form of birth control. They are currently used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in the United States.

Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo premieres in San Francisco

Vertigo is a 1958 American film. The noir psychological thriller film was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock. James Stewart starred as former police detective John S. Ferguson. Vertigo premiered in San Francisco at the Stage Door Theater at Mason and Geary.

West Germany is accepted into Nato

The incorporation of West Germany into the organization was described as "a decisive turning point in the history of our continent" by Halvard Lange. A major reason for Germany's entry into the alliance was that without German manpower, it would have been impossible to field enough conventional forces to resist a Soviet invasion.

"Europe day": France to share coal and steel resources with Germany

The Schuman Declaration is the statement made by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman. It proposed to place French and German production of coal and steel under one common High Authority. Because of the significance, this day has been designated as Europe Day.

Pianist Billy Joel is born

William Martin Joel is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Commonly nicknamed the "Piano Man", he has written several pop songs, many of which focus on the piano as a primary instrument. Joel took part in two short-lived bands, The Hassles and Attila, before beginning a solo career in 1971 with his first solo release, Cold Spring Harbor.


Forward Jupp Heynckes is born

Josef "Jupp" Heynckes is a German retired professional footballer and the current manager of Bayern Munich. As a player, he spent the majority of his career as a striker for Borussia Mönchengladbach in its golden era of the 1960s and '70s, where he won many national championships and the DFB-Pokal, as well as the UEFA Cup.

The IAU formally adopt Annie Jump Cannon's stellar classification system

The Harvard system is a one-dimensional classification scheme by astronomer Annie Jump Cannon, who re-ordered and simplified a prior alphabetical system. Stars are grouped according to their spectral characteristics by single letters of the alphabet, optionally with numeric subdivisions.

The first steam locomotive in Europe breaks 100 mph

The GWR 3700 Class steam locomotive No. 3440 City of Truro was built in 1903 for the Great Western Railway at Swindon Works to a design by George Jackson Churchward. Despite being a point of contention, some consider the locomotive to be the first to attain a speed of 100 miles per hour during a run from Plymouth to London Paddington in 1904.

The first Australian Parliament opens

The first Australian Parliament was opened in Melbourne by Prince George, Duke of Cornwall and York, later King George V. The only building in Melbourne that was large enough to accommodate the 14,000 guests was the western annex of the Royal Exhibition Building.

British Egyptologist Howard Carter is born

He is known for the discovery of the intact tomb of King Tutankhamun. He was employed by English archaeology enthusiast Lord Carnarvon as a supervisor of his private expedition. In the time of the expedition, the Valley of Kings was considered exhausted. Carter went back to the location which was abandoned a few seasons earlier.

Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated

Remigius de Fécamp built the first Lincoln Cathedral on the present site, finishing it in 1092 and then dying two days before it was consecrated. In 1124, the timber roofing was destroyed in a fire. Alexander rebuilt and expanded the cathedral, but it was mostly destroyed by an earthquake about forty years later, in 1185.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1992

Sai Pallavi

born 1996

Noah Centineo

born 1949

Billy Joel