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Final episode of "Once Upon a Time" airs

Once Upon a Time is an American fantasy drama television series which aired on ABC. The first six seasons are largely set in the fictitious seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, while the seventh and final season takes place in a Seattle, Washington neighborhood called Hyperion Heights. The series finale is called "Leaving Storybrooke".

Electronic music festival EDC opens in Las Vegas

Electric Daisy Carnival is an annual electronic dance music festival with its flagship event held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event primarily features electronic dance producers and DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Yellow Claw, and Tiësto. The festival incorporates all kinds of electronic music.

"Deadpool 2" opens in US cinemas

Deadpool 2 is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised its humour and action sequences, with some calling it better than the first film.

Cubana de Aviación Flight 972 crashes

Flight 972 was a scheduled domestic flight from José Martí International Airport, Havana, to Frank País Airport in Holguín, Cuba. The Boeing 737-200 flying the route crashed shortly after takeoff, near Santiago de las Vegas, 19 kilometres from Havana city centre. Of those on board, 110 died and three survived with critical injuries.

Car rams pedestrians in Time Square

Richard Rojas, the driver of a maroon 2009 Honda Accord, sped into pedestrians in Times Square after having jumped the sidewalk on the west side of Seventh Avenue at 42nd Street. He continued for three blocks before crashing at the northwest corner of 45th Street and Seventh Avenue, at Broadway. One person was killed in the incident and 20 were injured, four critically.

Colombian landslide

A major landslide hit the town of Salgar, in Antioquia, Colombia. At least 78 people died in the disaster, making it the deadliest single-event disaster in Colombia since the 1999 Armenia, Colombia earthquake. An addition 37 people were injured and an unknown number of people were still unaccounted for.


Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world

Scott is the 17th golfer to be ranked number one since official rankings began. He is also the second Australian. A week after becoming world #1, Scott strengthened his ranking with a win at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, becoming the first person to win all four Texas-based PGA Tour events.

AT&T buys DirecTV, the largest satellite TV provider in the U.S.

AT&T announced it planned to purchase DirecTV. According to the deal approved by the boards of both companies, DirecTV stockholders would receive $95 a share in cash and stock, valuing the deal at $48.5 billion. Including assumed debt, the total purchase price was about $67.1 billion.

Malmö hosts the 58th Eurovision Song Contest

The 58th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Malmö, Sweden.The winner was Denmark with the song "Only Teardrops" sung by Emmelie de Forest, which scored 281 points, beating Azerbaijan with a margin of 47 points. This makes it the second time that Denmark won on Swedish soil.

Video game Red Dead Redemption is released

Red Dead Redemption is a Western-themed action-adventure video game published by Rockstar Games. Upon its release, Red Dead Redemption was acclaimed by many reviewers, with praise directed at the game's visuals, dynamically-generated music, voice acting, gameplay, and story. The game has shipped over 15 million copies and won year-end accolades.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is released by Ubisoft

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a multi-platform video game produced by Ubisoft, and the title of four separate games with different storylines. The games mark a return to the storyline started by Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Sri Lanka's 25-year war ends after army kills leader of Tamil Tiger

The Sri Lankan armed forces claimed that the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was killed in the morning while trying to flee the conflict zone in an ambulance. The head of the Sri Lankan army, General Sarath Fonseka, said the military had defeated the rebels and "liberated the entire country."

"Les Miserables," closes after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances

Les Misérables is a sung-through musical based on the five-part novel Les Misérables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. It is the fifth-longest running show on Broadway after Cats (7 485 performances), The lion king (8 238), Chicago (8 635) and The Phantom of the Opera (12 310).


Figure skater Alina Zagitova is born

Alina Ilnazovna Zagitova is a Russian figure skater who competes in the ladies' singles discipline. Early in her career, she won gold at the 2017 World Junior Championships and at the 2016–17 Junior Grand Prix Final, where she became the first junior lady to achieve a total score above the 200 mark.

"Shrek" premieres in the United States

Shrek is a 2001 American computer animated adventure fantasy comedy film loosely based on William Steig's 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same name. It opened on around 6,000 screens across 3,587 theaters. The film earned $11.6 million on its first day and $42.3 million on its opening weekend, topping the box office for the weekend. Shrek went on to win the first ever Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Michael Jordan is named the 1998 NBA MVP

Michael Jeffrey Jordan is an American former professional basketball player, businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations and many other prizes.

Oslo hosts the 41st Eurovision Song Contest

The 41st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest took place in Oslo, Norway. Twenty-three countries participated in the contest, with Eimear Quinn of Ireland crowned the winner after the final voting, with the song, "The Voice". The song was written by Brendan Graham who also composed the 1994 winner "Rock 'n' Roll Kids".

"Braveheart" premieres at SIFF

Braveheart is a 1995 American epic war film directed by Mel Gibson who stars as William Wallace, a late 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. It grossed $210.4 million worldwide.


The UEFA Champions League Final held for the second time

The 1994 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match between Italian club Milan and Spanish club Barcelona, played at the Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. In the match, Milan defender Marcel Desailly beat an offside trap to make it 4–0, which ended up being the final score.


Montreal scores the fastest overtime goal in playoff history

The 1986 Stanley Cup Finals NHL championship series was contested by the Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens. It was the first time these two teams had met in the playoffs. In game two of the series, Montreal's Brian Skrudland set an NHL and Stanley Cup Finals record for the quickest overtime goal in history, scoring just nine seconds into the first overtime period.


Kevin Moran becomes the first player to be sent off in the English FA Cup final

Kevin Moran is a former Irish footballer who excelled at the top levels in both Gaelic and soccer. He is notable for receiving a red card in the 1985 FA Cup Final against Everton, the first player ever to be sent off in an FA Cup final. TV cameras revealed that he had gone for the ball, and not for Peter Reid in the offending tackle. He was later presented with the winner's medal that had at first been withheld.

Mount St. Helens erupts

Mount St. Helens is an active stratovolcano located in Skamania County, Washington, USA. It blew its top in 1980 in what is often declared as the most disastrous volcanic eruption in United States history. An eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. At the same time, snow, ice and several entire glaciers on the volcano melted, forming a series of large mudslides that reached as far as the Columbia River. Approximately 57 people died in the eruption.

Tammy Wynette hits #1 on the UK singles chart with "Stand By Your Man"

"Stand by Your Man" is a song co-written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill and originally recorded by Wynette. It was released as a single in the United States in September 1968 and proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career. It is one of the most recorded songs in the history of country music.

Actress Tina Fey is born

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in May, 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. Fey attended Cardington-Stonehurst Elementary School and Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby. By middle school, she knew she was interested in comedy. Fey attended Upper Darby High School, where she was an honors student.

Apollo 10 is launched

Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the second to orbit the Moon. It was the F mission: a "dress rehearsal" for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing.


Al Oerter becomes the first athlete in history to throw the discus 200 feet

Alfred Oerter Jr. was an American athlete and four-time Olympic Champion in the discus throw. He was a successful athlete throughout the early 1960s, setting his first world record and becoming the first person to break 200 feet in the discus throw.


Real Madrid beats Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 to win the European cup

The 1959–60 European Cup was won by Real Madrid, who beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7–3 in the final at Hampden Park, Glasgow. It remains the record score for the European Cup final. It was Real Madrid's fifth consecutive European Cup title and was also the first time that a German team, Eintracht Frankfurt, reached the finals.


Finnish NHL player Jari Kurri is born

Jari Pekka Kurri is a retired Finnish professional ice hockey right winger and a five-time Stanley Cup champion. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001. Kurri was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history. He is currently the general manager of Jokerit.

Jacqueline Cochran: the first woman goes supersonic

American aviator Jacqueline Cochran broke the sound barrier in an F-86 Sabre at Rogers Dry Lake, California. The jet was borrowed from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Cochran was 47 at the time of the flight. Her other firsts include: the first pilot to make a blind landing, the first woman to land and take off from an aircraft carrier, and many more.


MLB right fielder Reggie Jackson is born

Reginald Martinez Jackson is an American former professional baseball right fielder. Jackson was born in the Wyncote neighborhood of Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania. His father Martinez Jackson, who was half Puerto Rican, worked as a tailor and was a former second baseman with the Newark Eagles of Negro league baseball.

Abraham Lincoln is nominated for president

The Republican National Convention nominated Lincoln, a moderate former Congressman from Illinois, as its standard-bearer. The Party platform promised not to interfere with slavery in the states, but opposed the further extension of it into the territories.

Napoleon proclaimed emperor by French Senate

Napoleon dominated European and global affairs for more than a decade while leading France against a series of coalitions in the Napoleonic Wars. He won most of these wars and the vast majority of his battles, building a large empire that ruled over continental Europe before its final collapse.

Dutch navigator Willem Barentsz embarks on third northern voyage

Willem Barentsz was a Dutch navigator, cartographer, and Arctic explorer who set sail in search of a new route to China, the elusive Northeast Passage. Even his third attempt was unsuccessful and Barentsz and his crew were forced to dismantle their ship and overwinter in Novaya Zemlya. They sailed home in lifeboats the following June, their ship still lodged in ice, though Barentsz himself died during the journey.

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Chris Cornell

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Tina Fey