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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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".

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1953

Alfred Molina

born 1938

Tommy Chong