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Rolling Stones launch 2018 tour in Dublin

The No Filter Tour is a European concert tour by The Rolling Stones which began in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. The tour was announced in May 2017 as a tour of thirteen shows in twelve different venues across Europe. The 2018 leg of the tour kicked off at Croke Park in Dublin.

Sri Lanka floods kill more than 200 people

The 2017 Sri Lanka floods resulted from a heavy southwest monsoon. Flooding was worsened by the arrival of the precursor system to Cyclone Mora, causing flooding and landslides throughout Sri Lanka. The floods affected 15 districts, killed at least 208 people and left a further 78 people missing.

Final episode of "Mad Men" airs

Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series premiered in July 2007 on the cable network AMC. After seven seasons and 92 episodes, Mad Men's final episode aired in May 2015. The seventh season of Mad Men received critical acclaim. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of 52 critics reviewed the season favorably.

The 22nd Billboard Music Awards are held in Las Vegas

The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard magazine, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. The 2015 ceremony was held at at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and aired live on ABC. Taylor Swift won 8 out of her 14 nominations, including Top Artist, Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album for 1989.


Arsenal defeats Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup Final

The 2014 FA Cup Final was the 133rd final of the FA Cup. Contested between Arsenal and Hull City, Arsenal prevailed. Hull scored in the opening ten minutes with two goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies, but Arsenal came back with goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny to level the match by the end of regulation time. Aaron Ramsey scored the winning point 11 minutes from the end of extra time.

Facebook sells stocks to public in IPO

Facebook held its initial public offering in 2012, and began selling stock to the public three months later, reaching an original peak market capitalization of $104 billion, a new record. Facebook makes most of its revenue from advertisements that appear onscreen.

Video game "The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings" is released

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is an action role-playing hack and slash video game developed by CD Projekt Red for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X, and Linux. It is the sequel to the video game The Witcher. Like its predecessor, the game is based on The Witcher series of fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

Minecraft video game is first released to the public

Minecraft is a sandbox video game created by Swedish game designer Markus "Notch" Persson, later fully developed and published by Mojang, a company he founded. The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build with a variety of different cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills split

In 2002, McCartney married Heather Mills, a former model, and anti-landmines campaigner. Mills gave birth to Beatrice Milly McCartney on 28 October 2003. They separated in 2006 and divorced acrimoniously in March 2008. In 2011, McCartney married Nancy Shevell.

Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriages

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S state of Massachusetts since 2004 as a result of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry.


David Wells becomes the 13th player in MLB history to throw a perfect game

David Lee Wells is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. Wells was considered to be one of the game's better left-handed pitchers, especially during his years with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays. He pitched the 15th perfect game in baseball history.


Figure skater Tessa Virtue is born

Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue is a Canadian ice dancer. With skating partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 and 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist and three-time World champion. Having skated together for over 20 years, Virtue and Moir are the longest-standing ice dance team in Canadian history.

Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love Of All" single goes #1 on the US charts

American recording artist Whitney Houston recorded the song for her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston, which was released by Arista Records. It became a major hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada and the US, while reaching the top 20 in most countries, including Italy, Sweden and the UK.


New York Islanders win the Stanley Cup four consecutive times

The Stanley Cup Finals were contested by the Edmonton Oilers in their first ever Finals appearance and the defending champion New York Islanders, in their fourth, and fourth consecutive, Finals appearance. The Islanders went on to win the best-of-seven series four games to none, clinching their fourth straight and fourth overall Stanley Cup.

"The Empire Strikes Back" premieres in Washington, D.C.

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay was written by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan while George Lucas wrote the story and served as executive producer. The second installment in the original Star Wars trilogy, it was produced by Gary Kurtz for Lucasfilm. It premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


Bayern Munich defeat Atletico Madrid for European title

The 1973-74 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won for the first time by Bayern Munich in a replayed final against Atlético Madrid. The victory launched Bayern's own hree-year period of domination, and marked the first time the cup went to Germany, and the first European Cup final to require a replay after the first match was drawn 1–1 in overtime.

Senate Watergate Hearings begin

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States during the early 1970s following a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., and the Nixon Administration's subsequent attempt to cover up its involvement. It resulted in the Senate voting to approve Resolution S.Res. 60 and establish a select committee to investigate Watergate, with Sam Ervin as the chairman. In May 1973, the Senate Watergate Committee began nationally televised hearings which became a national politico-cultural event.

The first Tim Horton's coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario

The company was founded by Canadian hockey player Tim Horton and business partner, Jim Charade, after an initial venture in hamburger restaurants. Horton partnered with investor Ron Joyce who assumed control over operations after Horton died. Joyce expanded the chain into a multimillion-dollar franchise.

Singer Enya is born

Enya is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician and producer. Born the fifth of nine children into a musical family, she was raised in the Irish speaking area of Gweedore in County Donegal, and describes her childhood as “very quiet and happy.” At the age of 17, she left school to study classical music in college, and a year later began her music career by joining her family's Celtic band, Clannad.

US Supreme Court rule against racially segregated public schools

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional. The decision effectively overturned the Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which allowed state-sponsored segregation.

RAF bombs destroy three dams in German Ruhr valley

Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, later called the Dam Busters, using a purpose-built "bouncing bomb" developed by Barnes Wallis. The Möhne and Edersee Dams were breached, causing catastrophic flooding of the Ruhr valley and of villages in the Eder valley.

U.S. Army orders ENIAC computer

ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was among the earliest electronic general-purpose computers made. The United States Army financed its development at the University of Pennsylvania. It was primarily used to calculate artillery firing tables, though it also calculated differential equations for H-bomb.

Actor Dennis Hopper is born

Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Giant and Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Antikythera mechanism is discovered

Greek archeologist Valerios Stais found an ancient analog computer in a shipwreck near the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. The machine, now called the Antikythera mechanism, was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses. It could also track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was like an Olympiad.


American baseball center fielder Cool Papa Bell is born

James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell was an American center fielder in Negro league baseball. He is considered by many baseball observers to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Stories demonstrating Bell's speed are still widely circulated.

American inventor John Deere dies

John Deere was an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Though often incorrectly credited with inventing the tractor, he revolutionized farming with the first commercially successful steel plow which was more effective in the tough prairie soil of Illinois then the cast-iron plows of his day.

American automobile pioneer Horace E. Dodge is born

Horace E. Dodge was an American automobile manufacturing pioneer, co-founder of the Dodge Brothers Company, and inventor of the first dirt-proof ball bearing. He and his elder brother, John F. Dodge, were inseparable from childhood. John was the sales oriented managerial type, Horace was a gifted mechanic. They first sold transmissions and engines to Oldsmobile and Ford before starting their own car company In 1913.

The New York Stock Exchange is established

The earliest recorded organization of securities trading in New York can be traced to 1792 when twenty-four brokers signed the Buttonwood Agreement which set a floor commission rate charged to clients and bound the signers to give preference to the other signers in securities sales.

Physician Edward Jenner is born

Edward Jenner was an English physician and scientist who pioneered the smallpox vaccine, the first serum of its kind. Jenner is often called "the father of immunology", and his work is said to have "saved more lives than the work of any other human". He was appointed physician extraordinary to King George IV.

The city of Montreal is established

Montreal is the second-most populous municipality in Canada. It was established on the island of Montreal in 1642 when a mission called Ville Marie was built as part of a project to create a French colonial empire. Ville Marie was founded on the southern shore of Montreal island, and the settlement included a chapel and a hospital under the command of Jeanne Mance.

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