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Gina Haspel becomes the first woman serving as director of CIA

Gina Cheri Haspel is an American intelligence officer serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency since 2018. She is the first woman to hold the post on a permanent basis and was previously the Deputy Director under Mike Pompeo during the early presidency of Donald Trump.

Chelsea Manning is released from prison after seven years

Chelsea Manning is an American activist and whistleblower. She is a former United States Army soldier who was convicted by court-martial of violations of the Espionage Act and other offences, after disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly 750,000 classified military and diplomatic documents. She was imprisoned until 2017 when her sentence was commuted.

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.

Baghdad bombings

A series of bombings by the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant hit the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad. At least 101 people were killed and 194 injured. The attacks were preceded by a suicide bomb attack in a cooking gas plant in Taji, killing at least 14 people and another wave of attacks, that killed over a hundred people.

Taylor Swift wins 8 Billboard Music Awards

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.

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.

Waco shootout

A shootout erupted at a Twin Peaks restaurant where more than 200 people had gathered for a meeting about political rights for motorcyclists. Law enforcement had gathered to monitor the restaurant and meeting from outside, and, according to police, "returned fire after being shot at". Nine bikers were killed and 18 others wounded or injured.


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.

Two Metro-North commuter trains collide

The derailed train fouled the adjacent line and a train heading in the opposite direction then collided with it. There were at 65 injured among the approximately 250 people on board each of the two trains. Metro-North reported damages at $18.5 million.

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.

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.

Rem Koolhaas is awarded with the Pritzker Prize

Remment Lucas Koolhaas is a Dutch architect, architectural theorist, urbanist and Professor in Practice of Architecture and Urban Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He is widely regarded as one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists of his generation. In 2000, he won the Pritzker Prize.


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.

Shawn Nelson steals a tank in San Diego and proceeds to go on a rampage

Shawn Timothy Nelson was an American plumber and U.S. Army veteran who stole an M60A3 Patton tank from a U.S. National Guard armory in San Diego, California and went on a rampage. He destroyed cars, fire hydrants, and an RV before being shot and killed by a policeman.


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.

Attack against Symbionese Liberation Army

During the shootout, police continued to fire dozens of tear-gas grenades into the home, trying to flush out the SLA members. About two hours into the shootout, the house caught fire. Nancy Ling Perry and Camilla Hall were shot outside, while the rest died inside, from smoke inhalation, burns and gunshot wounds.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 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.

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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