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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro runs for re-election

Nicolás Maduro is the President of Venezuela running for re-election. Maduro has denied that there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and says that Venezuelans dying from poor health is "exaggerated", blaming many shortcomings on the United States. Maduro made the campaign promise of creating a "new economy" in Venezuela.


Final matches of the world's championship in ice hockey

The 2018 IIHF World Championship is an international ice hockey tournament hosted by the Denmark cities of Copenhagen and Herning. The official mascot of the tournament is a duck, inspired by the Danish writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale about The Ugly Duckling.

U.S., Saudi firms sign tens of billions of dollars of deals on Donald Trump visit

The U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud signed a series of letters of intent for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to purchase arms from the U.S. totaling US$110 billion. The intended purchases include tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, as well as radar, communications and cybersecurity technology.

Video game Wolfenstein: The New Order is released

The game was released in May 2014 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game is the 7th main entry in the Wolfenstein series. It is set in an alternate history of 1960s Europe where the Nazis won the WW II. The story follows war veteran William "B.J." Blazkowicz and his efforts to stop the Nazis from ruling over the world.

Oklahoma tornado

Numerous tornado outbreaks have occurred in Oklahoma since modern records have been kept.

Northern Italy earthquake

The 2012 Northern Italy earthquakes are two major earthquakes which occurred in Northern Italy causing 27 deaths. The first earthquake, registering magnitude 6.1. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the same area nine days later causing an additional twenty deaths and widespread damage.

Singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees dies

Robin Hugh Gibb was a singer, songwriter and record producer, who gained worldwide fame as a member of the pop group the Bee Gees and he also had his own successful solo career. With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time.

Rihanna feat. Jay-Z hit #1 on the UK singles chart with "Umbrella"

Umbrella is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. It managed to stay at number one on the UK Singles Chart for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest run at number one for any single of that decade and is also one of the few songs to top the chart for at least 10 weeks.

Athens hosts the 51st Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2006 was the 51st edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Athens, Greece. The hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens were Greek singer Sakis Rouvas, the Greek representative at Eurovision in 2004 and 2009, and the Greek American television presenter and actress, Maria Menounos.

Kylie Minogue has a cancerous lump removed

Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36, leading to the postponement of the remainder of her Showgirl – The Greatest Hits Tour and her withdrawal from the Glastonbury Festival. Minogue underwent surgery in May 2005 at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern and commenced chemotherapy treatment soon after.

"America's Next Top Model" debuts on UPN

America's Next Top Model, cycle 1 was the first cycle of America's Next Top Model. It originally aired on UPN from May to July 2003 and was hosted by Tyra Banks, who additionally served as its executive producer and presenter. The judging panel consisted of Banks, Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, and Beau Quillian.

East Timor becomes an independent nation

East Timor is a country in Southeast Asia, officially known as Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The country comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor and the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco. East Timor was internationally recognized as an independent nation after following a United Nations-administered transition period.


The sixth UEFA Champions League Final

The 1998 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match that took place at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam, in May 1998 to determine the winner of the 1997–98 UEFA Champions League. It pitted Real Madrid of Spain and Juventus of Italy. Juventus appeared in their third consecutive final, while Real Madrid were in their first of the Champions League era.

Suharto steps down as president of Indonesia

General of the Army Muhammad Suharto was an Indonesian military leader and politician who served as the second President of Indonesia, holding the office for 31 years from the ousting of Sukarno in 1967 until his resignation in 1998. The resignation followed severe economic and political crises in the previous 6 to 12 months.

"Cheers" final episode airs on NBC

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982, with a total of 275 half-hour episodes spanning over eleven seasons. The show was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles and Les Charles, and it is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meets to drink, relax and socialize.


Michael Jordan is voted NBA's MVP, one of his career five MVP awards

In the 1990–91 season, Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 ppg on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rpg, and 5.5 apg for the regular season. The Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in 16 years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season.

Description of HIV is published

Two scientific teams led by American Robert Gallo and French investigators Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier independently described a new virus that has been infecting AIDS patients. They published their findings in the same issue of the of the journal Science. Their viruses turned out to be the same.


Two world Heavyweight champions defend their titles the same night

In September, 1983, Holmes successfully defended the WBC title for the sixteenth time, knocking out Scott Frank in five rounds. Holmes then signed to fight Marvis Frazier, son of Joe Frazier, in November, 1983. The WBC refused to sanction the fight against the unranked Frazier.


Czech footballer Petr Čech is born

Born in Plzeň, Czechoslovakia, Čech started playing football aged seven for Škoda Plzeň. In his early days, he played as a striker, although he later moved to the goalkeeper position. Čech joined Czech First League team Chmel Blšany in June 1999 and made his league debut at the age of 17 in a 3–1 loss against Sparta.

Marvin Gaye releases album "What's Going On"

What's Going On is the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. Worldwide surveys of critics, musicians, and the general public have shown, that What's Going On is regarded as one of the landmark recordings in pop music history, and one of the greatest albums of the 20th century.

The Beatles' final film Let it Be premieres in the UK

UK premieres were held at the Liverpool Gaumont Cinema and the London Pavilion. None of the Beatles attended any of the premieres. The Beatles won an Oscar for Let It Be in the category "Original Song Score", which Quincy Jones accepted on their behalf. The soundtrack also won a Grammy for "Best Original Score".


Star of Italia ’90 Roger Milla is born

Born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé, he moved constantly as a child because of his father's railroad job. He signed for his first club in Douala as a 13-year-old. At 18, he won his first league championship with Léopards Douala. In 1976, by which time he had moved to Tonnerre Yaoundé, he was named African Footballer of the Year.

Singer Cher is born

Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian in El Centro, California. Despite not being an excellent student, Cher was intelligent and creative, according to Berman. She earned high grades, excelling in French and English classes. As an adult, she discovered that she had dyslexia. Today, Cher is known for hits like "Believe" or "Heart of Stone".

The first prisoners arrive at Auschwitz

30 German criminal prisoners from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp were the first prisoners who arrived at Aschwitz camp. The first mass transport to Auschwitz concentration camp, which included Catholic prisoners, suspected members of the resistance, and 20 Jews, arrived from the prison in Tarnów, Poland, on 14 June 1940.

Regular trans-Atlantic air service begins

The Southern route to France was inaugurated for Air Mail in May, 1939 by the Yankee Clipper piloted by Arthur E. LaPorte flying via Horta, Azores and Lisbon, Portugal to Marseilles. The passenger service over the route was added a month later of that year.

Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland

After a flight lasting 14 hours, 56 minutes during which she contended with strong northerly winds, icy conditions and mechanical problems, Earhart landed in a pasture at Culmore, north of Derry, Northern Ireland. The landing was witnessed by Cecil King and T. Sawyer. When a farm hand asked, "Have you flown far?" Earhart replied, "From America".

Charles Lindbergh takes off from New York

At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He touched down at Le Bourget Field in Paris at 22:22 the next day.

Cuba gains independence from the United States

The territory that is now Cuba was inhabited by the Ciboney tribes in the 4th millennium BC and until the 15th century, it was inhabited by various Amerindian tribes. From the 15th century, it was a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, when Cuba gained nominal independence as a de facto United States protectorate in 1902.


The II Olympic games open in Paris

The 1900 Summer Olympics, today officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that took place in Paris, France, in 1900. No opening or closing ceremonies were held; competitions began in May and ended inOctober. The Games were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair.

English aeronautical engineer Reginald. J. Mitchell is born

Mitchell's most famous aircraft is the World War II plane Supermarine Spitfire. It was a derivative of his earlier S.6B seaplane racing aircraft. Mitchell worked in the Supermarine company from 1920 to 1936. He designed no less than twenty-four different aircraft. Unfortunately, he died of cancer at age of 42.

Edison demonstrates the kinetoscope

U.S. inventor Thomas Edison showed his invention at the convention of the National Federation of Women's Clubs. The kinetoscope was an early motion picture exhibition device. It was designed for films to be viewed by one individual at a time through a peephole viewer window at the top of the device.

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets

Strauss and Davis received U.S. Patent 139,121 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patented rivet was later incorporated into the company's jean design and advertisements. Contrary to an advertising campaign suggesting that Levi Strauss sold his first jeans to gold miners during the California Gold Rush.

Homestead Act is signed into law

The Homestead Act of 1862 opened up millions of acres. Any adult who had never taken up arms against the U.S. government could apply. Women and immigrants who had applied for citizenship were eligible. The 1866 Act explicitly included black Americans and encouraged them to participate, but rampant discrimination slowed black gains.

Shakespeare's Sonnets are first published

Shakespeare's sonnets is the title of a collection of 154 sonnets. The sonnets cover such themes as the passage of time, love, beauty and mortality. The first 126 are addressed to a young man; the last 28 to a woman. The Sonnets include a dedication to one "Mr. W.H." whose identity remains a mystery since the 19th century.

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born 1982

Petr Čech

born 1908

James Stewart