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Lisbon hosts the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest took place in Portugal for the first time. The winner was Israel with the song "Toy", performed by Netta. It was Israel's fourth victory in the contest. This edition also saw Cyprus and the Czech Republic achieve the best placing in their Eurovision history, coming in second and sixth place, respectively.

Paris knife attack

A 21-year-old Chechnya-born French citizen, armed with a knife, killed one pedestrian and injured several more near the Palais Garnier, the opera house in Paris, before being fatally shot by police. The suspect, identified as Khamzat Azimov, had been on a counter-terrorism watchlist since 2016. Europol classified the attack as jihadist terrorism.

Mastung suicide bombing

A suicide bombing targeted the convoy of the Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, on the N-25 National Highway in the Mastung District, Balochistan, Pakistan. At least 28 people were killed, 40 others were injured, including the Senator. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the attack.

WannaCry ransomware attack

The WannaCry ransomware attack was a May 2017 worldwide cyberattack by the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm, which targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.

2015 Philadelphia train derailment

Due to over speeding, an Amtrak Northeast Regional train from Washington, D.C. bound for New York City derailed. Of 238 passengers and 5 crew on board, 8 were killed and over 200 injured. Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield ordered prosecutors to file involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges against engineer Brandon Bostian who was responsible for driving the train.

Nepal earthquake claims 9,000 lives

The earthquake was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since 1934. Nearly 9,000 people died and 22,000 were injured. The number of deaths was reduced due to the fact that during the ground motion many people in rural areas were working outdoors. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley were damaged or destroyed.

Afriqiyah Airways flight crashes

Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 was a scheduled international Afriqiyah Airways passenger flight that crashed at about 06:01 local time on approach to Tripoli International Airport. Of the 104 passengers and crew on board, the sole survivor was a 9-year-old Dutch boy named Ruben van Assouw.

Great Wenchuan earthquake

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake, also known as the First Great Sichuan earthquake or Wenchuan earthquake, occurred in 2008. Measuring at 8.0 Ms, the earthquake's epicenter was located 50 miles west-northwest of Chengdu, the provincial capital, with a focal depth of 12 miles. Over 69,000 people lost their lives in the quake.

Helsinki hosts the 52nd Eurovision Song Contest

The 52nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Helsinki, Finland. The winner was Serbia, appearing as an independent country for the first time. Cyprus and Latvia entered songs in languages other than their own or English.

Jimmy Carter becomes the first U.S. president to visit Cuba

Carter conducted a tour of Cuba in 2002 that included meeting with Fidel Castro and meeting political dissidents such as the AIDS sanitarium. He also visited a medical school, a biotech facility, an agricultural production cooperative, and a school for disabled children. Carter toured Cuba again for three days in 2011.

Copenhagen hosts the 46th Eurovision Song Contest

The 46th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The contest was won by Estonia, represented by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL with the song "Everybody", written by Ivar Must and Maian-Anna Karmas.

Ford quits production in UK after 70 years

Ford ended car production at its Dagenham plant in Essex after more than 70 years. The move meant a loss of around 3,000 jobs with car assembly at the plant ceasing two years later. Ford unions reacted angrily to the news. They said the real number of redundancies was closer to 5,000 because Ford's numbers did not include job losses among caterers, cleaners and suppliers.

'Pulp Fiction' premieres at Cannes Film Festival

Pulp Fiction is an American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, based on a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. Since its release, Pulp Fiction has been widely regarded as Tarantino's masterpiece, with particular praise singled out for its screenwriting.

'Carrie' opens at Virginia Theater NYC

Carrie: The Musical is a musical with a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, and music by Michael Gore. Adapted from Stephen King's novel Carrie, it focuses on an awkward teenage girl with telekinetic powers whose lonely life is dominated by an oppressive, religious fanatic mother.

Rolling Stones release album 'Exile on Main St.'

English rock band the Rolling Stones released its tenth studio album in the United Kingdom. The style draws on 1950s rock and roll, blues, 1930s-40s swing, and gospel styles. Over time the album became one of the most famous in the band's history. An expanded version of the album was released in Europe and USA on 17 May 2010.


Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

Ernest Banks was an American professional baseball player who starred in Major League Baseball as a shortstop and first baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Banks hit his 500th home run at Chicago's Wrigley Field. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

Jimi Hendrix Experience release album 'Are You Experienced'

Are You Experienced is the debut studio album by English-American rock band Jimi Hendrix Experience. Released in 1967, the LP was an immediate critical and commercial success, and it is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music.

Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the Moon

Luna 5 was an unmanned Soviet spacecraft built to land on the Moon as part of the Luna programme. It was intended to become the first spacecraft to achieve a soft landing on the Moon, however its retrorockets failed, and the spacecraft began spinning around its main axis due to a problem in a flotation gyroscope in the I-100 guidance system unit. A subsequent attempt to fire the main engine failed because of ground control error, and the engine never fired. As a result of these failures, the soft landing attempt failed, and Luna 5 impacted the Moon.

George VI is crowned

George VI was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 1936 until his death. As the second son of King George V, he was not expected to inherit the throne and spent his early life in the shadow of his elder brother, Edward who was crowned Edward VIII. However, King Edward soon abdicated the throne for reasons as much personal as political, and George ascended the throne, the third monarch of the House of Windsor.

The Dvorak Simplified Keyboard is patented

American psychologists August Dvorak and his brother-in-law, Dr. William Dealey patented a new keyboard layout. It requires less finger motion and reduces errors compared to the standard QWERTY. The layout, however, failed to replace QWERTY, although it is available in most operating systems.

Body of Charles Lindbergh's kidnapped son is found

In 1932, Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was abducted from his home in Highfields, New Jersey. Two months later, his body was discovered nearby. In 1934, Bruno Richard Hauptmann was arrested for the crime. He was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death.

Alfred Wegener’s body is discovered

The remains of famous geologist and explorer Alfred Wegener were found in Clarinetania, Greenland. Six months earlier, Wegener had left camp during his fourth and final expedition and never returned. His body was reburied on the spot where he had died. Wegener is famous for discovering continental drift.

The Norge makes first ever flight over North Pole

The Norge was a semi-rigid Italian-built airship that carried out the first verified trip of any kind to the North Pole and likely the first verified overflight. It was also the first aircraft to fly over the polar ice cap between Europe and America. The expedition was the brainchild of polar explorer and expedition leader Roald Amundsen.

Dmitri Shostakovitch's '1st Symphony' premieres in Leningrad

Symphony No. 1 in F minor by Dmitri Shostakovich was written and first performed in Leningrad by the Leningrad Philharmonic under Nikolai Malko. Shostakovich wrote the work as his graduation piece at the Petrograd Conservatory, completing it at the age of 19.

Beverly Hills Hotel opens its doors

The Beverly Hills Hotel was established before the city's existence. The original owners were Margaret J. Anderson, a wealthy widow, and her son, Stanley S. Anderson, who had been managing the Hollywood Hotel. The original hotel was designed by Pasadena architect Elmer Grey, in the Mediterranean Revival style.

Gaetano Donizetti's opera 'The Elixir of Love' premieres in Milan

L'elisir d'amore is a comic opera in two acts by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. Felice Romani wrote the Italian libretto, after Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's Le philtre. The opera premiere in May, 1832, at the Teatro della Canobbiana in Milan.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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