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'Solo: A Star Wars Story' goes to cinemas

Solo: A Star Wars Story, or simply Solo, is an American space Western film about Han Solo, a character from the Star Wars franchise. The film is directed by Ron Howard and produced by Lucasfilm, from a screenplay by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan. It is the second of the Star Wars anthology films, following 2016's Rogue One.


Manchester United wins Europa League final against Ajax

The final was played at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden between Dutch side Ajax and English side Manchester United. Manchester United won the match 2–0 to secure their first title in this competition. With this victory, they won all three major European trophies.

Bill Cosby is ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case

Bill Cosby, 78, is accused of drugging and molesting a former Temple University employee in his home near Philadelphia in 2004. The case was reopened last year after more than 40 women came forward with similar accusations. No trial date has been set.

Jewish Museum of Belgium shooting

A gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, killing four people. Three died at the scene, a fourth was taken to the hospital and died on 6 June. Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old French national of Algerian origin, was arrested at Marseille in connection with the shooting.


The 22nd UEFA Champions League Final

Real Madrid won the match 4–1 after extra time, with goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo following a 93rd-minute header by Sergio Ramos, which cancelled out Diego Godín's first-half goal. In doing so, Real Madrid secured a record 10th title in the competition, 12 years after their ninth victory.

Kim Kardashian marries Kanye West

Kardashian and West became engaged on Kardashian's 33rd birthday, and married at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Her wedding dress was designed by Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy with some guests' dresses designed by designer Michael Costello.

Aegean Sea earthquake

The 2014 Aegean Sea earthquake occurred in the northern Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey. It had a moment magnitude of 6.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII. Serious damage was reported on the Turkish island of Imbros and the cities of Edirne and Çanakkale, as well as on the Greek island of Lemnos.

A revival of 'My Children! My Africa!' opens Off-Broadway

Athol Fugard confronts the tragedy of apartheid in his native land in My Children! My Africa, a tale about the efforts of a humble and humane black teacher in a segregated township to persuade just one young person that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa's problems.


Paulo Maldini plays his final home game for AC Milan

Paolo Cesare Maldini is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a left-back and central defender for A.C. Milan and the Italy national team. He spent all 25 seasons of his career in the Serie A with Milan, before retiring at the age of 41. Maldini is widely regarded as one of the greatest defenders of all time.

Belgrade hosts the 53rd Eurovision Song Contest

After a total of 272 points, Dima Bilan representing Russia was declared the winner, with the song "Believe" written by American Jim Beanz and Bilan himself. So far this has been the only time Russia has won the contest. Russia came third in the semi-final, making it the winner with the worst semi-final result.

Rihanna releases 'Pon de Replay'

"Pon de Replay" is the debut single recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna, from her debut studio album Music of the Sun. Prior to signing a six album record deal with Def Jam Recordings, "Pon de Replay" was one of three songs which was recorded for her demo tape to be sent to record labels.

Riga hosts the 48th Eurovision Song Contest

The contest took place in Riga, Latvia. The winner was Turkey with the song "Everyway That I Can" sung by Sertab Erener, written by legendary Turkish rock guitarist Demir Demirkan and Erener herself. This was the first win for Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Russia and the United States sign the Moscow Treaty

The Treaty Between the United States of America and the Russian Federation on Strategic Offensive Reductions, also known as the Treaty of Moscow, was a strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia that was in force from 2003 until 2011 when it was superseded by the New START treaty.

Versailles wedding hall accident

During the wedding of Keren and Asaf Dror, a large portion of the third floor of the four-story building collapsed. As a result, 23 people fell to their deaths through two stories, including the groom's 80-year-old grandfather and his three-year-old second cousin, the youngest victim.


The eighth UEFA Champions League Final

The match saw a headed goal from Fernando Morientes and a spectacular Steve McManaman volley put Real Madrid 2–0 ahead, before Raúl sealed the win with a breakaway third goal, rounding Santiago Cañizares after Real had cleared a Valencia corner. The win was Real's eighth European Cup Championship overall and their second in three years.


Isiah Thomas is elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Isiah Thomas, one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and the leader of the Detroit Pistons' championship teams in 1989 and 1990, and Bob McAdoo, one of the greatest scoring forwards ever in the NBA, were among six individuals elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Slobodan Milosevic is indicted for war crimes in Hague

Milošević was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo, and he was standing trial, up until his death, at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He attempted to assert that the trial was illegal, having been established in contravention of the UN Charter.

Hanson's 'MMMBop' single goes to #1 on the US charts

"MMMBop" is a song written and performed by the American pop rock band Hanson and released as the lead single from their debut full length studio album, Middle of Nowhere. MMMBop was phenomenally successful, especially for a debut single, reaching number one in 27 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia.

Space Shuttle Atlantis lands

The Shuttle retuned from the Russian space station Mir. It was the sixth mission in the NASA/Mir. program. The mission objective was to conduct 35 experiments and observations in six disciplines: advanced technology, Earth observations and remote sensing, fundamental biology, human life sciences, space station risk mitigation, and microgravity sciences.

Spice Girls' 'Spice' album goes to #1 on the US charts

Spice is the debut studio album by English girl group the Spice Girls. It was released by Virgin Records. Spice was a huge worldwide commercial success. The album peaked at number one in more than 17 countries across the world and was certified Multi-Platinum in 27 countries, Platinum in 14 countries and Gold in three countries.

'Spy Hard' is released

Spy Hard is an American spy comedy film parody starring Leslie Nielsen and Nicollette Sheridan, parodying James Bond movies and other action films. The introduction to the movie is sung by comedy artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It was the first film to be written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. The film's title is a pun of Die Hard.


The third UEFA Champions League Final

After 85 minutes the deadlock was broken when Frank Rijkaard, a former Milan player, found Patrick Kluivert with just enough space in the penalty area to lose his two markers and slot the ball past Milan keeper Sebastiano Rossi.


Closest finish in the history of Indy 500 race

The race is famous for the fierce battle in the closing laps, as race winner Al Unser, Jr. held off second place Scott Goodyear for the victory by 0.043 seconds, the closest finish in Indy history. Unser, Jr. became the first second-generation driver to win the Indy 500, following in the footsteps of his father Al Unser, Sr.


Edmonton Oilers defeat the Boston Bruins in Stanley Cup final

In the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins four games to one. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, and the only one since they traded Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. This would be the last of eight consecutive Finals contested by a team from Alberta.

'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' premieres in the US

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is an American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film was released to mostly positive reviews, earning $474.2 million at the worldwide box office totals.


Power outage halts game at Boston Garden

In game four, Glenn Anderson set a new record for quickest goal from the start of a Finals game when he scored ten seconds into the contest. Fog ultimately interfered with the game, and a power failure caused its cancellation midway through the second period with the score tied 3–3. Despite the game being suspended and replayed, Anderson's record is official.

HMS Antelope sinks, had aluminium superstructures

HMS Antelope was a Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy that participated in the Falklands War and was sunk by Argentine aircraft. Her keel was laid down in 1971 by Vosper Thornycroft in Woolston, Southampton, England. Initial budget costs for this class were £3.5 million, with final costs exceeding £14 million.


The first of four consecutive Stanley Cups for the New York Islanders

The 1980 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the New York Islanders in their first-ever Finals appearance. The Islanders would win the best-of-seven series four games to two, to win their first Stanley Cup and the third for a post-1967 expansion team after Philadelphia's Cup wins in 1974 and 1975.


Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn for heavyweight boxing title

Muhammad Ali and Richard Dunn fought a boxing match in Munich. Ali won the bout by knocking out Dunn in the fifth round. The fight is remembered for being the very last time Ali would knock down every opponent in the ring in his boxing career.

Trans-Atlantic Concorde supersonic transport service opens

Air France and British Airways simultaneously began a thrice-weekly service to Dulles. Due to low demand, Air France canceled its Washington service in October 1982, while British Airways canceled it in November 1994.

Journalists leave fallen Saigon

A group of 80 reporters and cameramen - including nine Britons - had been allowed to fly out of Saigon to Vientiane in Laos. They were the first Westerners to leave the capital of South Vietnam since it fell to communist forces.

French riots force Charles de Gaulle to "Back me or sack me" ultimatum

Although reelected President in 1965, he appeared likely to lose power amid widespread protests by students and workers in May 1968, but survived the crisis and won an election with an increased majority in the National Assembly. De Gaulle resigned in 1969 after losing a referendum in which he proposed more decentralization.

Lima football disaster

All of those that died were killed in the stairwells down to the street level, most from internal hemorrhaging or asphyxia. No one who stayed inside the stadium died. In the street, the crowd caused destruction on private property around the stadium. The official number of those who died is 328, but this may be an underestimate.

Scott Carpenter becomes the second American to orbit the Earth

Malcolm Scott Carpenter was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, astronaut, and aquanaut. He spent 4 hours, 56 minutes, 5 seconds on the Low Earth Orbit. His mission was focused on science. He studied liquids in weightlessness, photographed Earth and unsuccessfully attempted to observe a flare fired from the ground.

The first Eurovision Song Contest is held

This first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest included several procedures that were not repeated in any subsequent edition: Two songs for each country, secret voting, and double voting of one country on behalf of another. The winner was Jetty Paerl from the Netherlands with the song "De vogels van Holland".


Ukrainian football club FC Shakhtar Donetsk is founded

The club draws its history from the very start of the Soviet football league competitions and is one of the oldest clubs in Ukraine. The club was a member of the Soviet Voluntary Sports Society of Shakhtyor, having connections with other Soviet teams from Karaganda, Soligorsk, among others.


The first night game in MLB history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio

The first night game in Major League Baseball history is played in Cincinnati, Ohio, with the Cincinnati Reds beating the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field. Night baseball quickly found acceptance in other Major League cities and eventually became the norm.

Jules Massenet's opera 'Cendrillon' premieres in Paris

Cendrillon is an opera—described as a "fairy tale"—in four acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Caïn. As one of the first operas to be produced at the newly-rebuilt Salle Favart, it enjoyed the modern facilities provided during the refurbishment, including special effects on stage and electricity throughout the theatre.

American cardiologist Helen B. Taussig is born

She founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Together with Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas, Taussig co-developed a procedure which extended the lives of children born with so called blue baby syndrome. She also promoted the ban of thalidomide (used against nausea and to alleviate morning sickness in pregnant women) which caused severe birth defects.

Brooklyn Bridge is opened to traffic

The Brooklyn Bridge is a hybrid cable-stayed/suspension bridge in New York City and is one of the oldest roadway bridges in the United States. Started in 1869 and completed fourteen years later, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River.

Alexandra Palace opens on Queen Victoria's 54th birthday

Alexandra Palace is a Grade II listed entertainment and sports venue in London, located between Muswell Hill and Wood Green. Intended as "The People's Palace" and referred to as "Ally Pally", its purpose was to serve as a public centre of recreation, education and entertainment; North London's counterpart to the Crystal Palace in South London.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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Harold Wilson

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Alfred Molina