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The 239th running of the Britain's richest horse race

The Epsom Derby, officially the Investec Derby, will take place at Epsom Downs Racecourse. It is a Group 1 flat horse race in England open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. The race will be worth at least £1.5million.


London Sevens rugby tournament opens

The 2018 London Sevens will be the penultimate event of the 2017–18 World Rugby Sevens Series and the eighteenth edition of the London Sevens. The tournament will be held between 2–3 June 2018 at Twickenham Stadium, London.

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.

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.

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 Sims 3 is released

The Sims 3 is the third title in the life simulation video game. The first release was for OS X and Microsoft Windows. It was a commercial success, selling 1.4 million copies in its initial week. Players control their Sim in individual activities and from relationships in a aspect similar to real life.

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 an 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.

Donkey Kong makes its U.S. debut

Donkey Kong is an arcade game released by Nintendo. It is one of four games to be inducted into the Nintendo Hall of Fame. The original arcade version has four screen levels. The game was so popular in the U.S. and Canada that after the initial 2,000 units sold out.

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.

Actor Zachary Quinto is born

Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, and grew up in the suburb of Green Tree, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1995, where he participated in its musicals and won the Gene Kelly Award for Best Supporting Actor, and then attended Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama, from which he graduated in 1999.

"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.

"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.


In the FIFA World Cup police have to intervene multiple times

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.

Comedian Dana Carvey is born

Carvey was born in Missoula, Montana. He is an American actor and stand-up comedian, who is most widely known for his work as a cast member on SNL and for starring as Garth Algar in the Wayne's World films. He is well known for his impersonations of George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot on SNL.

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.

British astronomer Heather Couper is born

She is known as a science popularizer. Couper coauthored many popular science books about astronomy, most of them with another British astronomer, Nigel Henbest. She also did TV and radio programs. Most notable is a famous radio series A Brief History of Infinity. Heather Couper served as a president of the British Astronomical Association as well.


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.

American astronaut Pete Conrad is born

He flew to space four times: twice in the Gemini program, once in Apollo program and once in Skylab. In 1965 he set a space endurance record (together with Gordon Cooper) during Gemini 5 mission. As an Apollo 12 commander, Conrad was third man to walk on the Moon. In 1973 Conrad participated complicated repair of the damaged Skylab space station.

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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