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MSC Opera collides with a riverboat

In 2019, due engine technical difficulties under tow, a collision with the quay and with a moored river cruise ship in Venice brought on her bow superficial scratches, while the smaller river ship had proportionally more damage. Four people were slightly injured.

Lava from Kīlauea boils Hawaii's Green Lake

Lava from a new northeastern flow overran Hawaii Route 132, cutting the access between Kapoho and Pāhoa. The massive lava flow reached the Pacific Ocean at Kapoho Bay. Lava entered the Kapoho Crater and evaporated Green Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Hawai'i.

Drake is at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Nice For What'

Nice for What" is a song recorded by Canadian rapper Drake from his fifth studio album Scorpion. It was released as the second single from the album in 2018, along with its music video. The song was produced by Murda Beatz with co-production handled by Blaqnmild, and features additional vocals by Big Freedia and 5th Ward Weebie.

Resorts World Manila attack

Dozens of people at the Resorts World Manila entertainment complex in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines were killed or injured when a gunman caused a stampede and set fire to casino tables and slot machine chairs around midnight. The gunman moved to a storage area to steal casino chips from the venue, but later committed suicide.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces his resignation

In June 2015, FIFA abruptly called a press conference at their Zürich headquarters, where Blatter announced that he would resign from the post of FIFA president amid the ongoing corruption scandal. Subsequently, in June Blatter prompted speculation that he might be preparing to renege on this resignation.

'Far From Heaven' opens Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons

Far From Heaven is a musical with a book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel, and lyrics by Michael Korie. The musical is adapted from Todd Haynes's 2002 film of the same name. The musical tells the story of Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife, living in wealthy suburban Connecticut as she sees her seemingly perfect life begin to fall apart.

Radio DJ David Mueller is accused of sexual harassment

Swift sued and prevailed in a civil trial against David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver's KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had informed Mueller's bosses that he had sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for making him lose his job.

The 1st openly gay artist debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts

Trespassing is the second studio album by American singer Adam Lambert, released by RCA Records. Lambert is the executive producer on Trespassing, as well as a principal writer. Trespassing debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 77,000 copies in its first week.

Drew Barrymore marries Will Kopelman

Drew Blythe Barrymore is an American actress, author, director, model, and producer. In early 2011, Barrymore began dating art consultant Will Kopelman, the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman. The couple married in Montecito, California. Four days later, the couple's wedding image appeared on the cover of People magazine.

The European Space Agency launches its 1st voyage to Mars

Mars Express is a space exploration mission being conducted by the European Space Agency. The Mars Express mission is exploring the planet Mars and is the first planetary mission attempted by the agency. "Express" originally referred to the speed and efficiency with which the spacecraft was designed and built.

Painting of Minogue causes tempers to fray among drivers

Artist Simon Etheridge, 30, put up the almost-lifesize picture of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants in his own Art Asylum gallery, in Kemp Town, for the Brighton Festival in May. Since then, he said, motorists have caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stop to take a second look.

Crime show 'The Wire' debuts on HBO

The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the cable network HBO in the US. The Wire premiered in June 2002, and ended in March 2008, comprising 60 episodes over 5 seasons.

Mugabe expels white farmers from Zimbabwe

The predominantly white farm owners were forced off their lands along with their workers, who were typical of regional descent. This was often done violently and without compensation. In this first wave of farm invasions, a total of 110,000 square kilometers of land had been seized.

Backstreet Boys smashes Garth Brooks' first-week sales record

The Backstreet Boys got an early start on New Year's celebrations as their album Millennium sold 1.13 million copies in its initial week, breaking the record set by Garth Brooks last fall. The pop band have been promoting Millennium with a vast TV advertising campaign.

CIH computer virus is discovered in Indonesia

The virus was highly destructive. It was written by Tatung University student Chen Ing-hau. He wrote CIH to challenge against bold claims of antiviral efficiency by antivirus software developers. When the virus started to spread across the university, he apologized and made an antivirus program available for public download.

Ohio Valley tornado outbreak

The Lower Ohio Valley tornado outbreak spawned 66 tornadoes, including seven of F4 intensity, in southern Illinois, central and southern Indiana, southwestern Ohio, and northern Kentucky in 1990. In Indiana, 37 tornadoes formed, breaking the single-day record of 21 set during the Super Outbreak of 1974.

'Dead Poets Society' premieres

Dead Poets Society is a 1989 American drama film directed by Peter Weir, written by Tom Schulman, and starring Robin Williams. The film received critical acclaim and was a box office success. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Film, and César Award and David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Film.


Footballer Sergio Agüero is born

Sergio Leonel "Kun" Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Argentine national team. Agüero began his career at Independiente. In 2003, he became the youngest player to debut in the Argentine Primera División at 15 years and 35 days.

Alan Greenspan nominated as Fed chairman

Alan Greenspan KBE is an American economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He currently works as a private adviser and provides consulting for firms through his company, Greenspan Associates LLC.


UEFA bans English teams from European club competitions

English teams have participated in UEFA competitions every year save for the years between 1985–1990 when in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium disaster, all English clubs were banned from Europe by UEFA; Liverpool, who had been playing at the Heysel Stadium against Juventus, was banned for six years, until 1991.

'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' is #1 on the UK singles chart

"Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is a song by the British duo Wham!, 1st released as a single in the UK in May 1984. It became their first UK and US number one hit. It was written and produced by George Michael. The single was certified Platinum in the US, which at the time commemorated sales of over 2 million copies.

Air Canada Flight 797 crashes

The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 operating the service developed an in-flight fire behind the lavatory that spread between the outer skin and the inner decor panels. The heat of the fire and fresh oxygen from the open exit doors created flashover conditions, and the plane's interior immediately became engulfed in flames, killing 23 passengers.

Millions cheer in communist Poland as Pope comes home

In 1979, Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, where ecstatic crowds constantly surrounded him. This first papal trip to Poland uplifted the nation's spirit and sparked the formation of the Solidarity movement in 1980, which later brought freedom and human rights to his troubled homeland.

Donna Summer hits #1 on the US singles chart with 'Hot Stuff'

"Hot Stuff" is a song by American singer Donna Summer from her seventh studio album Bad Girls (1979), produced by Italian producer Giorgio Moroder, and released as the lead single from Bad Girls. It is one of her most popular songs, based on the performance on the Billboard Hot 100.

'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' is released in the US

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles. It topped the Billboard chart for 15 weeks, and won 4 Grammy Awards. The album was praised by the enormous majority of critics for its innovations in music production.

Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon

Surveyor 1 was the first lunar soft-lander in the unmanned Surveyor program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This lunar soft-lander gathered data about the lunar surface that would be needed for the manned Apollo Moon landings that began in 1969.

'Strangers In The Night' is #1 on the UK singles chart

Reaching #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart, it was the title song for Sinatra's 1966 album Strangers in the Night, which became his most commercially successful album. The song also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart.


Battle of Santiago

It's one of the most infamous games of soccer in the history of the sport. The game between Italy and Chile was going to be strained from the start. The first foul was whistled after 12 seconds from kickoff. It took 8 minutes and a unit of police removed the kicking and screaming Italian from the field.

'I Can't Stop Loving You' is #1 on the US singles chart

"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson. The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single. Charles' version reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for 5 weeks.

Airplane Takes Off and Lands Vertically

U. S. experimental aircraft Convair XFY-1 Pogo demonstrated a vertical takeoff and landing. The plane was known as a "Tail Sitter." It took off in like a helicopter and then changed to conventional horizontal flight. In landing, the procedure was reversed. Pogo was intended to be a fighter capable of operating from small warships but was too difficult to fly.

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain is crowned

Queen Elizabeth II is formally crowned monarch of the UK at a coronation ceremony full of traditions that date back a millennium. A more than 8,000 guests include dignitaries attended the coronation at London’s Westminster Abbey, and hundreds of millions listened on radio and watched the ceremony on television.


Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig dies

The great Yankees baseball player Lou Gehrig who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis referred as to Lou Gehrig's disease, died at age 38. He passed away in his sleep at his home in NY City. Before death had been too frail to even put down his name or to go out.

U.S. Congress grant citizenship to all American Indians

The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, also known as the Snyder Act, was proposed by Representative Homer P. Snyder of New York and granted full U.S. citizenship to the indigenous peoples of the United States, called "Indians" in this Act. The act was signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge in 1924.

Albert Einstein marries his cousin Elsa Lowenthal

Einstein married Elsa Löwenthal in 1919, after having a relationship with her since 1912. She was a first cousin maternally and a second cousin paternally. They emigrated to the United States in 1933, and she was diagnosed with heart and kidney problems in 1935. She died in December 1936.

Olympic gold medallist and actor Johnny Weissmuller is born

Johnny Weissmuller was American freestyle swimmer who won five Olympic gold medals and set 67 world records. Weissmuller later became a model for underwear, which led to an acting career. He became the best known of the screen Tarzans, appearing in a dozen Tarzan movies.

Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for the radio

Many people were involved in the invention of radio as we know it today. Experimental work on the connection between electricity and magnetism began around 1820 with the work of Hans Christian Ørsted and around the turn of the 20th century, Guglielmo Marconi developed the first apparatus for long distance radio communication.

Antonio Salieri's 'Armida' debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater

Salieri's opera was 1st performed at the Vienna Burgtheater in June 1771, and his composition was much influenced by the aesthetics of Christoph Willibald Gluck, who attempted to reform opera seria by tying the drama more closely to the music. Salieri's overture follows the principles set out by Gluck in the preface to Alceste.

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