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Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. The groom, Prince Harry, is a member of the British royal family; the bride, Meghan Markle, is an American and former actress. On the morning of the wedding, Prince Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, conferred upon him the titles of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. On her marriage, Markle became Duchess of Sussex.

EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes

EgyptAir Flight 804 was a regularly scheduled international passenger flight from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Cairo International Airport, operated by EgyptAir. The Airbus A320 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 56 passengers, 3 security personnel, and 7 crew members on board.

Adele is named songwriter of the year

Adele is an English singer who started her active career at the age of 18, after graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology in Croydon. Since then, she won a number of prestigious awards. The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors awarded her with an annual Novello Award for her work.

Refugio oil spill

The Refugio oil spill deposited 142,800 U.S. gallons of crude oil onto one of the most biologically diverse coastlines of the West Coast of the United States. The corroded pipeline blamed for the spill has been closed indefinitely, resulting in financial impacts to the county estimated as high as $74 million.

Norwegian Dawn runs aground near Bermuda

In 2015, Norwegian Dawn ran aground in Bermuda shortly after leaving port. The incident was attributed to a minor malfunction in the ship's steering, sending her off course to hit a sandbar. The ship was floated off the sandbar six hours later with the high tide, and allowed to continue to Boston after underwater surveys showed no damage.


Sweden defeats Switzerland to win World Ice Hockey Championship

The 2013 IIHF World Championship was the 77th event hosted by the IIHF, held in Stockholm and Helsinki. The host team, Sweden, won its ninth title in history when it defeated Switzerland 5–1, becoming the first host team to win the tournament since the Soviet Union team won the 1986 World Championship in Moscow, Soviet Union.


Drogba scores the winning penalty in the Champions League Final

The 2012 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match which took place between Bayern Munich of Germany and Chelsea of England at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. Bayern took the lead late in the second half, but Didier Drogba evened the score for Chelsea five minutes later. The teams remained 1–1 and the match went to a penalty shoot-out which Chelsea won 4–3, clinching their first Champions League title.

Earthquake hits western Turkey

The 2011 Kütahya earthquake struck near a populous region of western Turkey with a moment magnitude of 5.8 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII. With an epicenter just to the east of Simav, it occurred at an estimated depth of 9.1 kilometers, resulting in strong shaking in much of Kütahya.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' premieres in Anaheim

The world premiere of "At World's End" was held on May 19, 2007 at Disneyland, home of the ride that inspired the movie and where the first two movies in the trilogy debuted. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End earned $309,420,425 in North America and $654,000,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $963,420,425.

Apple opens its first two retail stores

In May 2001, Jobs hosted a press event at Apple's 1st store, located at the Tysons Corner Center mall in Tysons, Virginia near Washington, D.C. The store officially opened along with another store in Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California. More than 7,700 people visited Apple’s first two stores in the opening weekend, spending a total of US $599,000.


Lazio become the last team to win the European Cup Winners Cup

The 1998–99 season of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup club tournament was the last season of the competition before it was abolished. Lazio won the final against Mallorca to earn their only title in the competition. Chelsea were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the Semi-finals by Mallorca.

'The Phantom Menace' opens in US cinemas

The Phantom Menace was released in theaters in May, 1999, almost 16 years after the premiere of the previous Star Wars film. The film's premiere was extensively covered by media. It grossed more than $924.3 million worldwide during its initial theatrical run, making it the second-highest-grossing film worldwide at the time, behind Titanic.


The World Golf Hall of Fame is established

The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Florida, in the United States and is somewhat unconventional in that honors both men and women at a single site. It is supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world.

'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' premieres in LA

The Lost World: Jurassic Park premiered at a Cineplex Odeon theater in Universal City, California. The Los Angeles Times called the premiere "low-key". The film received a wider release four days later. The television version was expanded with deleted scenes that included John Hammond's ouster by InGen executives.

Space Shuttle Endeavour takes off

STS-77 was the 77th Space Shuttle mission and the 11th mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. It was devoted to opening the commercial space frontier. Endeavour carried the commercially owned and operated SPACEHAB module, designed specifically to be nestled inside the cargo bay of Space Shuttles. Endeavour also deployed the Inflatable Antenna Experiment which laid the groundwork for future technological developments in inflatable space structures.


Tennis star Jennifer Capriati checks into a drug rehab center

Jennifer Capriati is an American former professional tennis player and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1993, at the age of 17, she was charged with shoplifting a $15 ring from a mall kiosk, though she describes the incident as accidental. She was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. She agreed to enter a drug counselling program.

Madonna's 'Vogue' single goes #1 on the US charts

"Vogue" is a song by American singer Madonna from her second soundtrack album I'm Breathless. It was released as the first single from the album in 1990, by Sire Records. Commercially, the song remains one of Madonna's biggest international hits. It became the world's best-selling single of 1990, selling over six million copies.


Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 second in an NHL playoff game

LaFontaine joined the Islanders in time for the Stanley Cup Finals after the Winter Olympics of that year. His arrival was concurrent with the beginning of the end of the Islanders' dynasty, as the team was steeped deep in aging veterans. LaFontaine had a strong performance, scoring 2 third-period goals during the Islanders' 5–2 loss.


Philadelphia Flyers become the first expansion team to win a championship

The 1974 Stanley Cup Finals were contested by the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers made their first Finals appearance and the Bruins returned to the Finals after winning in 1972. The Flyers won the best-of-seven series four games to two and became the first team from the 1967 Expansion to win the Stanley Cup.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

In 1962, Monroe was in bad health and was sometimes too ill to work. Despite her difficulties, she took a break from treatment to sing for President J.F.Kennedy's birthday. She drew attention with her costume: a beige, skintight dress covered in rhinestones, which made her appear nude.

Digital Research Inc. founder Gary Kildall is born

Gary Kildall was born and grew up in Seattle, Washington, where his family operated a seafaring school. He was an American computer scientist and microcomputer entrepreneur who created the CP/M operating system and founded Digital Research, Inc. Kildall was one of the first people to see microprocessors as fully capable computers.

British archaeologist and diplomat Thomas E. Lawrence dies

Better known as Lawrence of Arabia, he participated on the excavations of Carchemish, a Hittite city on the upper Euphrates, from 1910 to 1914. During the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks from 1916 to 1918, he worked as a liaison officer with rebel forces. He wrote a famous book about this mission entitled "Seven Pillars of Wisdom".

Founder of Tata Group dies

Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata was an Indian pioneer industrialist and founder of the Tata Group, India's biggest conglomerate company. While on a business trip to Germany in 1900, Tata became seriously ill. He died in Bad Nauheim in May 1904, and was buried in the Parsi burial ground in Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, England.

Anne Boleyn is beheaded at the Tower of London

Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 and the second wife of King Henry VIII. She was arrested and sent to the Tower of London, where she was tried before a jury of peers – which included Henry Percy, her former betrothed, and her own uncle, Thomas Howard – and found guilty. She was beheaded four days later. Modern historians view the charges against her as unconvincing.

French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail for North America

Jacques Cartier was a French explorer who claimed what is now Canada for France. He embarked on his second voyage to North America with three ships and 110 men in search of the Northwest Passage to China. Reaching the St. Lawrence River, he sailed upstream and inland for the first time, arriving in the Iroquoian capital of Stadacona, where Chief Donnacona ruled.

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