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Starbucks closes all US stores for racial-bias training

Starbucks released an issue about plans to shut stores and corporate offices on May 29 for racial-bias education for approximately 175,000 U.S. employees

Kendrick Lamar brings his 'Championship Tour' to NY

Dubbed The Championship Tour, Top Dawg Entertainment's elite roster is slated to kick off their multi-city jaunt in Vancouver before venturing to a myriad of notable cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, and Chicago. The TDE roster will then close things out with their final show in Pittsburgh,


Tiger Woods is arrested for suspicion of drunk driving

Woods was arrested near his Jupiter, Florida home by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He was asleep in his car that was stopped in a traffic lane with its engine running. He later stated that he was taking prescription drugs and did not realize how they might interact together.

'Top Gear' returns to BBC

The twenty-third series of Top Gear was aired during 2016 on BBC Two and consisted of six episodes, beginning on 29 May and concluding on 3 July. Following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, this series featured a new hosting line-up that consisted of Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.

Eruption Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano

Kuchinoerabu-jima, is one of the Satsunan Islands, usually classed with the Ōsumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. In May, 2015 an eruption sent an ash cloud to an estimated 30,000 feet into the sky. No deaths and only 1 minor injury had been reported by Japan's government.

Nigeria bans same-sex marriage

The Federal Executive Council approved a law, Same-Sex Marriage Act 2006, prohibiting same-sex marriages and sent it to the National assembly for urgent action. According to the Minister of Justice, Chief Bayo Ojo, the law was pushed by President Olusegun Obasanjo following the international conference on HIV/AIDS (ICASA) in 2005.

Northern Italy earthquakes

2 major earthquakes struck Northern Italy, causing 27 deaths and widespread damage. In Italy, they became known as the 2012 Emilia earthquakes. The first earthquake, registering magnitude 6.1, struck in the Emilia-Romagna region. Seven people were killed. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the same area nine days later.

Merkel's Germany approves nuclear power phase-out

There were many anti-nuclear protests and in 2011, Merkel's government announced that it would close all of its nuclear power plants by the end of 2022. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany has permanently shut down eight of its 17 reactors.

Oslo hosts the 55th Eurovision Song Contest

The Eurovision Song Contest 2010 was the 55th edition and took place in Oslo, Norway. The 2010 winner was Germany with Lena singing "Satellite", written by American Julie Frost and Denmark's John Gordon. It was Germany's first win in twenty-eight years, its second since the Contest's inception, and its first win as a unified country.

Jay Leno's last 'Tonight Show'

It was announced in July, 2008 that Leno would host his final episode of The Tonight Show in May, 2009 with O'Brien and James Taylor as his guests. O'Brien took over hosting duties commencing the following Monday, on June 1, 2009.

The National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.

The World War II Memorial is a memorial of national significance dedicated to Americans who served in the armed forces and as civilians during World War II. In 2004, it was dedicated by President George W. Bush. The memorial is administered by the National Park Service under its National Mall and Memorial Parks group.

'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini is published

The Kite Runner is the first novel by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of Afghanistan's monarchy through the Soviet military intervention.


SCOTUS rules that Casey Martin can use a cart in tournaments

Casey Martin is an American professional golfer and the current men's golf head coach at the University of Oregon. Martin suffers from a birth defect in his right leg known as Klippel–Trénaunay syndrome. Martin successfully sued the PGA Tour in 2001 for the right to use a golf cart during competition under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sweden wins Eurovision for a fourth time

The Eurovision Song Contest took place in Jerusalem, Israel. It was held at the International Convention Center, the same venue that hosted it 20 years earlier. The winner of the Contest was Charlotte Nilsson, representing Sweden with "Take Me to Your Heaven", which scored 163 points. This was Sweden's 4th win in the Contest and the second in the 90s.

Space Shuttle Endeavour lands

The mission was devoted to opening the commercial space frontier. Endeavour carried commercially owned and operated SPACEHAB module, designed specifically designed to be nestled inside the cargo bay of the Space Shuttles. Endeavour also deployed the Inflatable Antenna Experiment which laid the groundwork for future technology development in inflatable space structures.

'The Miss Sarajevo' is held in war torn Sarajevo

The movie Miss Sarajevo is a documentary by Bill Carter about a beauty pageant held in the midst of war-torn Sarajevo, Bosnia. The winner was a 17-year-old blonde named Inela Nogić. Carter traveled to Sarajevo in the winter of 1993 to offer humanitarian aid and quickly found himself in the heart of the conflict.

Boris Yeltsin is elected president of Russia

Yeltsin was elected to the Congress of People's Deputies of Russia representing Sverdlovsk with 72% of the vote. In May 1990, he was elected chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR), in spite of the fact that Gorbachev personally pleaded with the Russian deputies not to select Yeltsin.

John Landis is found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter

Landis and four other crew members were charged with involuntary manslaughter. The prosecutors attempted to show that Landis was reckless, and had not told the parents and others of the children's proximity to explosives and helicopters and of limitations on their working hours.

The Heysel Stadium disaster

The disaster occurred when escaping fans were pressed against a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final, between Juventus of Italy and Liverpool of England. 39 people, mostly Italians and Juventus fans, were killed and 600 were injured in the confrontation.


American basketball player Carmelo Anthony is born

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA. Anthony attended Towson Catholic High School and Oak Hill Academy before playing college basketball at Syracuse. Anthony then entered the 2003 NBA draft where he was selected with the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets.

Spain joins NATO

In May 1982, NATO gained a new member when the newly democratic Spain joined the alliance; Spain's membership was confirmed by referendum in 1986. The referendum resulted in 56.9% of voters voting in favor of remaining within NATO on a turnout of 59.4%.


Mount Everest is conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer, and philanthropist. In 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers confirmed to have reached the summit of Mount Everest. They were part of the ninth British expedition to Everest, led by John Hunt.

'White Christmas' is recorded

"White Christmas" is a song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The version sung by Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies worldwide. Although Crosby dismissed his role in the song's success, he was associated with it for the rest of his career.

The first flight of Messerschmitt fighter aeroplane

V1 made its maiden flight in 1935 at the airfield located in the southernmost Augsburg neighborhood of Haunstetten, piloted by Hans-Dietrich "Bubi" Knoetzsch. After four months of flight testing, the aircraft was delivered in September to the Luftwaffe's central test centre at the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin to take part in the design competition.

The Bonus Army begins to assemble in Washington, D.C.

Bonus Army was an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers, 17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups, who gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand cash-payment redemption of their service certificates. Many of the veterans had been out of work since the Great Depression.

British physicist Peter Higgs is born

He is known for his prediction of a special field, called the Higgs field, and a particle which carries it, the Higgs boson. The question of its existence became the last unverified part of the Standard Model of particle physics. It was resolved by the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012. The presence of the field explains why some fundamental particles have mass.

Solar eclipse proves general relativity

Two separate expeditions travelled to Brazil and off the west coast of Africa to observe solar eclipse. Both made measurements of the position of stars visible close to the Sun. These observations showed that the light of stars was bent as it passed through the gravitational field of the star, just as Einstein predicted.

The 35th US President J. F. Kennedy is born

Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and much of his presidency focused on managing relations with the Soviet Union. A member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate prior to becoming president.

RMS Empress of Ireland sinks with 1 012 people on board

RMS Empress of Ireland was an ocean liner that sank near the mouth of the Saint Lawrence River following a collision in thick fog with the Norwegian collier SS Storstad. Of the 1,477 people on board, 1,012 died, making it the worst peacetime maritime disaster in Canadian history.

Igor Stravinsky's ballet 'The Rite of Spring' premieres in Paris

The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. When first performed, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a sensation and a near-riot in the audience. The music is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

Public demonstration of machine to mass-produce shoes

Jan Matzeliger gave a public demonstration in Lynn, Massachusetts, of his newly-invented machine's ability to mass-produce shoes and replace the tedious hand work previously required to attach the sole to the upper of a shoe.

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