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American NFL defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies

Cortez Kennedy was an American football defensive tackle who played his entire eleven-season career with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He redefined and expanded the possibilities of how a large-bodied interior lineman could be used.

Actor Roger Moore dies

Sir Roger G. Moore was an English actor. His best-known role is agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985. In 1991 he was appointed as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and in 2003 he was knighted for services to charity. In 2007, the actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television and film.

Marawi clash begins

The Battle of Marawi was a 5-month-long armed conflict in Marawi, Lanao del Sur, between Philippine government security forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups. The battle also became the longest urban battle in the modern history of the Philippines.

Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp

Heard filed for divorce and five days later filed for and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, stating in her court declaration that "during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me".

'Hadestown' opens Off-Broadway

Hadestown: The Myth. The Musical is a 2016 stage musical adaptation of the 2010 folk opera concept album by the same name by Anaïs Mitchell. Like the original concept album, Hadestown tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice.

Vienna hosts the 60th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest is the longest-running annual international TV song competition. The 60th Eurovision happened in Vienna. In the contest participates forty countries. The winner of this year was Måns Zelmerlöw's song "Heroes" and it was the sixth time when Sweden won the contest.

An Indian heat wave claims over 200 lives

In 2015, India was struck by a severe heat wave. It has caused the deaths of at least 2,500 people in multiple regions. The heat wave occurred during the Indian dry season, which typically lasts from March to July with peak temperatures in April and May.

'Pauline' by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres in Vancouver

Commissioned by City Opera of Vancouver, the opera is set in Vancouver in March 1913 during the final days in the life of the Canadian writer and performer Pauline Johnson. The opera requires eight singers taking a total of 14 roles, supported by seven players in the pit.

Isla Vista killings

In 2014, in Isla Vista, California, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara, before killing himself inside his vehicle.


Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche

Roy was named head coach and vice-president of hockey operations of the Colorado Avalanche. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Roy will have the final say in all hockey matters. Then-Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman retained his post, but was considered the general manager "in name only.

Egypt holds the Arab world's first competitive presidential vote

Following the second round, with a voter turnout of 52%, Egypt's election commission announced that Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Morsi had won Egypt's presidential elections. Morsi won by a narrow margin over Ahmed Shafik, the final prime minister under deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

Jiangxi derailment

Train K859 travelling from Shanghai to Guilin derailed in a mountainous area in Dongxiang County, within Fuzhou City, Jiangxi. At least 19 people died, and 71 were injured. A total of at least 53 people were rescued and another 280 were taken from the train. Within 12 hours all survivors had been removed as the rescue effort got underway.


AC Milan gain revenge for losing the 2005 Champions League final

AC Milan took the lead when Andrea Pirlo's free-kick deflected off Filippo Inzaghi in the first half. Milan extended their lead in the second half when Inzaghi scored a second goal. Liverpool scored a late goal through Dirk Kuyt, but were unable to equalize before the end of the match. Milan won the match 2–1 to win their seventh Champions League.

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' premieres

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a British-American fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.


Golfer Sam Snead dies

Snead died in Hot Springs, Virginia, following complications from a stroke, four days before his 90th birthday. He was survived by two sons: Sam Jr. of Hot Springs, and Terry, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, and a brother, Pete, of Pittsburgh, as well as two grandchildren.


The nineth UEFA Champions League Final

The match finished in a 1–1 draw, but Bayern clinched their fourth title by winning 5–4 on penalties. Due to all the goals scored by penalties and the penalty shootout needed to decide the winner, this UEFA Champions League match became an "all-penalty" final and the only one ever to happen to this day.

Zara's parent Inditex debuts on stock market

Inditex had its initial public offering in 2001, on the Bolsa de Madrid. The IPO sold 26 percent of the company to public investors, the company was valued at US$8 billion. The same year, the company launched the lingerie and women's clothing store Oysho.

'tick...tick...BOOM!' starts previews

Tick, Tick... Boom! is a musical written by American composer Jonathan Larson, who won a Pulitzer and three Tony Awards for his musical Rent. Tick, Tick... Boom! tells the story of an aspiring composer named Jon, who lives in New York City in 1990. Jon is worried he has made the wrong career choice to be part of the performing arts.

Eminem releases album 'The Marshall Mathers LP'

The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem, released by Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. The album was produced mostly by Dr. Dre and Eminem, along with The 45 King, the Bass Brothers, and Mel-Man. It was recorded over a two-month period in several studios in the Detroit area.

Programming language Java is released

Java is a general-purpose programming language that is class-based, object-oriented, and designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems and released in 1995 as a core component of Sun Microsystems' Java platform.

Final episode of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' airs

The Next Generation series finale, "All Good Things...", was a double-length episode that revisited the events of the pilot and provided a bookend to the series. Toronto's SkyDome played host to a massive event for the series finale. Thousands of people packed the stadium to watch the final episode on the stadium's JumboTron.

Giovanni Falcone is killed by the Corleonesi Mafia

Giovanni Falcone was born on 18 May 1939 in Palermo and died at the age of 53. He is known for the fight with Sicilian Mafia, who eventually killed him on the A29 motorway near the town of Capaci. He was integrated in Antimafia pool or Maxi Trial.


Bill Walton is named the MVP

William Theodore Walton III is an American retired basketball player and television sportscaster. He then went on to have a prominent career in the NBA where he was a league MVP and won two NBA championships. His name is part of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.

The Who release rock-opera album 'Tommy'

Tommy is the double album and the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who. The album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and his relationship with his family.

Georges Claude dies

Georges Claude died at age 90. He was a French engineer and inventor, noted for his early work on the industrial liquefaction of air, for the invention and commercialization of neon lighting, and for a large experiment on generating energy by pumping cold seawater up from the depths.

NASA contacts Explorer 1 for the last time

First U. S. satellite stopped to transmit data. It was launched after Russian satellites Sputnik 1 and 2 as a part of American participation in the International Geophysical Year. Explorer 1 was the first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt. It remained in orbit until 1970 and has been followed by other probes in Explorer series.


England suffer their biggest ever defeat

The game was played between the Hungary national football team and the England national football team, hailing from the birthplace of the game of football. England approached the game in the hope that the 6–3 result had been an aberration; instead, Hungary provided a masterclass of football and thrashed England 7–1.

The Federal Republic of Germany is established

West Germany is the common English name for the Federal Republic of Germany in the period between its creation and German reunification. During this Cold War era, NATO-aligned West Germany and Warsaw Pact-aligned East Germany were divided by the Inner German border.

Heinrich Himmler commits suicide

Himmler was taken to the headquarters of the Second British Army in Lüneburg, where a doctor conducted a medical exam on him. The doctor attempted to examine the inside of Himmler's mouth, but the prisoner was reluctant to open it and jerked his head away. Himmler then bit into a hidden potassium cyanide pill and collapsed onto the floor.

Business magnate John D. Rockefeller dies

John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American oil industry business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. He died of arteriosclerosis, less than two months shy of his 98th birthday, at "The Casements", his home in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow were American criminals who traveled the central United States with their gang during the Great Depression, robbing people and killing when cornered or confronted. The couple was eventually ambushed and killed by law officers near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Walt Disney incorporates his first film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

The studio played a role in the early years of animation: it was home to many of the pioneers of animation, brought there by Walt Disney, and is said to be the place to have provided Disney and Ub Iwerks with the inspiration to create Mickey Mouse. Laugh-O-Gram was the subject of two feature films: As Dreamers Do and Walt Before Mickey.

Benjamin Franklin invents bifocals

One of the founding fathers of the USA, Benjamin Franklin, described bifocals in a letter to his friend. For Franklin, the bifocals were a way how to avoid wearing two pairs of glasses. Franklin wrote, “I had the glasses cut and half of each kind associated in the same circle. I have only to move my eyes up and down.”

The Second Defenestration of Prague

Two Regents and their secretary were defenestrated, but they survived the 70-foot fall from the third floor. Catholics maintained the men were saved by angels or by the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who caught them; later Protestant pamphleteers asserted that they survived due to falling onto a dung heap.

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