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Car bombings in Surabaya

The 2018 Surabaya bombings were a series of terrorist attacks that initially occurred in three churches in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia. 28 people were killed including the suicide bombers. Around 50 others were injured; several were in critical condition.

Portugal wins Eurovision for the first time

The 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. The winner was Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luísa Sobral. This was Portugal's first win – and first top five placing – in 53 years of participation.

Jim Parsons marries Todd Spiewak

Jim Parsons is an American actor known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He is married to art director Todd Spiewak and has called their relationship "an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs out—a regular life, boring love".

Kentex slipper factory fire claims 74

A fire broke out at the Kentex Manufacturing factory in Valenzuela, Philippines. Seventy-four people were killed in the fire, making the tragdy the third worst fire incident in Philippine history after the Ozone Disco Club fire in 1996 and the Manor Hotel fire in Quezon City in 2001 killed 162 and 75 people respectively.

Karachi bus shooting

Eight gunmen attacked a bus travelling in Safoora Goth, Karachi, Sindh in Pakistan. The shooting left at least 46 people dead. All of the victims were of the Ismaili Shia Muslim minority, suggesting the attack was a targeted killing of sectarian nature. The banned militant group Jundallah claimed responsibility for the shooting.

The Soma mine disaster claims 301 lives

In May 2014, an explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Manisa, Turkey, caused an underground mine fire which burned for three days. A total of 301 people were killed in what was the worst mine disaster in Turkey's history. The fire occurred at the mine's shift change, and 787 workers were underground at the time of the explosion.

Rihanna releases 'California King Bed'

"California King Bed" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud. In the United States, it reached the top-forty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Dance Club Songs. The accompanying music video for the track was directed by Rihanna's longtime collaborator and director Anthony Mandler.

Charsadda bombing

A double bombing occurred in Shabqadar Fort in Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. 98 people were killed when two suicide bombs exploded in the Frontier Constabulary training centre. At least 140 others were injured. The explosions occurred while cadets were getting into buses for a ten-day leave after a training course.

Construction begins on the New Europe Bridge

The New Europe Bridge is a road and rail bridge between the cities of Vidin, Bulgaria and Calafat, Romania. It is the second bridge on the shared section of the Danube between the two countries. Construction officially began in Vidin in May 2007 with the bridge opening for traffic in June 2013.

Rihanna's 'SOS' single goes #1 on the US charts

"SOS" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me. "SOS" became a commercial success and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks in the United States, becoming Rihanna's first number one single on the chart.

Final episode of 'Frasier' airs

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons. Critically acclaimed, the show and cast won thirty-seven Emmy Awards, a then-record for a scripted series. Throughout the show’s run, the cast remained unchanged and by the time it ended, Grammer had portrayed the character of Frasier Crane for a total of 20 years, his nine seasons on Cheers included.

U.S. government unveils the new $20 bill

The Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing introduced the redesigned $20 bill, complete with new colors, a new number arrangement, and a new background. The design is aimed to prevent counterfeiting.


Czech Republic completes Gold Medal hat trick

The 2001 IIHF World Championship was held in Nuremberg, Cologne and Hanover, Germany. It was the 65th annual event, and was run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. The Czech Republic won the tournament with a surprise 3-2 victory against Finland.

Denmark wins Eurovision for the second time

The 45th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Favored to win this year's contest was Estonia, which was also a fan favorite and praised by the press. However, as the voting results came in, Denmark immediately took control of the scoreboard, beating Russia into second place and Latvia into third.

Dublin hosts the 40th Eurovision Song Contest

The contest was held in the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Two of Ireland's winners attended the contest; Dana and Johnny Logan. The winner was a Norwegian group called Secret Garden. The winning song, Nocturne, was mostly instrumental. Ironically the song was mostly performed by violinist Fionnuala Sherry, who is Irish.

Johnny Carson makes his last television appearance

Johnny Carson made his last TV appearance ever on The Late Show which was moderated by his friend David Letterman. Johnny retired from show business on May 22, 1992, at age 66 when he stepped down as host of The Tonight Show.

Endeavor astronauts conduct first ever triple spacewalk

Astronauts from the Space Shuttle Endeavour conducted a spacewalk to catch the Intelsat VI satellite which had failed to leave low earth orbit two years earlier. It was the first three-person extra-vehicular activity in history. The mission was also Endeavor’s first flight and the first shuttle mission to feature four spacewalks.


Canadian ice hockey player P. K. Subban is born

Pernell-Karl Sylvester "P. K." Subban is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman for the NHL's Nashville Predators. Subban was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2nd round, 43rd overall. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, and tied with Kris Letang as the leading scorer among defencemen.

Chinese students begin a hunger strike on Tiananmen Square

The students said that they were willing to risk their lives to gain the government's attention. Although the students gained a dialogue session with the government, no rewards materialized. The Chinese Communist Party did not heed the students' demands and moved the welcome ceremony to the airport.


Dutch footballer Johan Cruyffs plays his last competitive match

Hendrik Johannes "Johan" Cruijff was a Dutch professional football player and coach. He ended his Eredivisie playing career with a goal against PEC Zwolle. Cruyff played his last game in Saudi Arabia against Al-Ahli, bringing Feyenoord back into the game with a goal and an assist.

Pope John Paul II is shot in St. Peter's Square

Pope John Paul II was shot and wounded by Mehmet Ali Ağca while entering St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Ağca was apprehended immediately and later sentenced to life in prison by an Italian court. The Pope later forgave Ağca for the assassination attempt. Ağca was deported to Turkey in June 2000.

'Cyrano' opens at Palace Theater NYC

Cyrano is a musical with a book and lyrics by Anthony Burgess and music by Michael J. Lewis. Based on Edmond Rostand's classic play of the same name, it focuses on a love triangle involving the large-nosed poetic Cyrano de Bergerac, his beautiful cousin Roxana, and his classically handsome but inarticulate friend Christian de Neuvillette.

Beatles movie 'Let it Be' premieres

Let It Be is a British documentary film starring the Beatles and directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The film includes an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last public performance. Released just after the album, Let It Be is the final original Beatles release.

Paris student riots peak, backed with one-day general strike

The events were broadcast on radio as they occurred and the aftermath was shown on television the following day. Allegations were made that the police had participated in the riots through agents provocateurs who burned cars and threw Molotov cocktails.


NBA star Dennis Rodman is born

Dennis Keith Rodman is an American retired professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. He was nicknamed “The Worm” famous for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities.

Churchill gives famous "nothing but blood, tears and sweat" speech

The phrase "blood, toil, tears and sweat" became famous in a speech given by Winston Churchill to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This was Churchill's first speech to the House of Commons after having been offered to become Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the first year of World War II.

The first commercial FM radio station in the U.S. goes on the air

WDRC-FM is a radio station with a classic rock format licensed to Hartford, Connecticut. The station was the first commercial FM station in the Hartford radio market. Currently owned by Connoisseur Media with studios located at 869 Blue Hills Avenue in Bloomfield, Connecticut and transmitter site in Meriden, Connecticut.

Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen dies

Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He won international fame after reaching a record northern latitude of 86°14′ during his North Pole expedition, and his techniques of polar travel and innovations in equipment and clothing influenced a generation of subsequent Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. He died of a heart attack at home in May 1930.


American boxer Joe Louis is born

Joseph Louis Barrow was an American professional boxer. Louis' championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 26 championship fights. The 27th fight, against Ezzard Charles, was a challenge for Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign.

Danish seismologist Inge Lehmann is born

Lehmann discovered that the Earth has a solid inner core inside a molten outer core. Before that, seismologists believed Earth's core to be a single sphere. They were, however, unable to explain measurements of seismic waves from earthquakes, which were inconsistent with this idea. Lehmann’s theory solved the problem.

Cytologist and pathologist George N. Papanicolaou is born

Georgios Nikolaou Papanikolaou was a Greek pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection, and inventor of the "Pap smear". In 1928, he first reported that uterine cancer could be diagnosed by means of a vaginal smear, but the importance of his work was not recognized until the publication.

Mozart's opera 'Apollo et Hyacinthus' premieres in Salzburg

Apollo et Hyacinthus is an opera written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the age of 11. The opera is based on Greek mythology as told by the Roman poet Ovid in his masterwork, Metamorphoses. The opera was premiered at Benedictine University, Salzburg.

Empress Maria Theresa is born

Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina was the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions and the last of the House of Habsburg. She started her 40-year reign when her father, Emperor Charles VI, died. Charles VI paved the way for her accession with the Pragmatic Sanction and spent his entire reign securing it.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Romelu Lukaku

born 1931

Jim Jones