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Italian motorcycle Grand Prix takes place

The Italian motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event that is part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. From 1972 to 1993, the event rotated among several circuits and has been held at the Mugello Circuit since 1994. Its length is 5.245 km. The circuit stadium stands have a capacity of 50,000. The last winner of MotoGP is Andrea Dovizioso.

Sao Paolo hosts one of the biggest pride festivals in the world

The Sao Paulo Gay Pride is considered the biggest and best gay pride parade in the world. In fact it holds the title “largest pride” in the Guinness Book of World Records. The event is the second largest of the city, after the Grand Prix Formula One Brazil.

Three astronauts come home after nearly six months on ISS

NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Norishege Kanai are a crew of Soyuz MS-07. Soyuz spaceflight launched on 17 December 2017 touched down in Kazakhstan at 8:38 a.m. EDT. MS-07 was the 136th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft.

London bridge terrorist attack

A terrorist attack involving vehicle-ramming and stabbing took place in London, England. A van was deliberately driven into pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing on the south bank. Its 3 occupants then ran to the nearby Borough Market area and began stabbing people in and around restaurants and pubs. The attackers were Islamists inspired by the Islamic State.


Boxer Muhammad Ali dies

In 1984 Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's syndrome, which his doctors attributed to boxing-related brain injuries. As his condition worsened, Ali made limited public appearances and was cared for by his family until his death on June 3, 2016, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

France agrees to bail-out nuclear-power giant Areva

The French government is considering a rescue plan which may include some form of bailout from Électricité de France (EDF). In May, Areva announced that it expected to cut 5,000 to 6,000 jobs out of its 42,000 employees globally. In July 2015, EDF agreed to a majority stake in Areva NP.


Jose Mourinho rejoins Chelsea as manager

In June 2013, Chelsea appointed Mourinho as manager for the 2nd time, on a 4-year contract. Mourinho was officially confirmed as Chelsea manager for the second time at a press conference held at Stamford Bridge.

"X-Men: First Class" is released in the US and many other countries

X-Men: First Class is a 2011 American superhero film, based on the X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics. The premiere took place at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City in May 2011. The promotional campaign aimed for non-traditional partners, with Fox signing deals with Farmers Insurance Group, BlackBerry Playbook and the U.S. Army.

Actor David Carradine dies

David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist. He is noted for his leading role as Kwai Chang Caine, in the TV series Kung Fu. David Carradine was found dead in his room at the Swissôtel Nai Lert Park Hotel in central Bangkok, Thailand. Reported evidence suggested that his death was accidental, the result of autoerotic asphyxiation.

GM closed four plants in America due to falling sales

General Motors is closing four truck and SUV plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, affecting 10,000 workers, as surging fuel prices hasten a dramatic shift to smaller vehicles.

Obama clinches the Democratic presidential nomination

In May Obama was able to clear a victory in Oregon, which allowed him to clinch the majority of pledged delegates. Obama gave a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, the state that propelled his candidacy, in which he stated, "You have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America."

Video game Kung Fu Panda is released

Kung Fu Panda is a video game, loosely based on the movie of the same name. The game was released across various platforms in June 2008. It is about the quest of a giant panda named Po to become the Dragon Warrior.

"Stadium Arcadium" is #1 on the UK and the US album charts

Stadium Arcadium is the 9th studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Both in U.K. and U.S., Stadium Arcadium became the band's first number one selling album. The album was critically praised for integrating musical styles from several aspects of the band's career and it gained the band 7 Grammy Award nominations in 2007.


Brazil’s Rivaldo earns the scorn of the football world

Near the end of the match, with the ball out of play, Turkish defender Hakan Ünsal kicked a ball towards Rivaldo, who was waiting at the corner flag. The ball struck his thigh, but Rivaldo fell to the ground clutching his face. The referee sent the Turkish player off with a second yellow card.

The concert for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II was the international celebration held in 2002 marking the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952.

Mel Brooks' "The Producers" wins a record 12 Tony Awards

The 55th Annual Tony Awards was held at Radio City Music Hall in June 2001 and broadcast by CBS. "The First Ten" awards ceremony was telecast on PBS television. The Producers won a record breaking 12 awards. Mel Brooks's win made him the eighth person to become an EGOT.


Karl Malone wins the Maurice Podoloff trophy

After voting of the National Basketball Association's Karl Malone won the Maurice Podoloff Trophy and became the most valuable player for the second time in three years. Malone received 827 points and 44 first-place votes. He become the 9th player in league history to win the MVP award twice.

Worst high-speed-rail disaster

A high-speed train derailed and crashed into a road bridge. 101 people were killed and around 100 were injured. It remains the worst rail disaster in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany and the worst high-speed-rail disaster worldwide. The cause was a single fatigue crack in one wheel that, when it failed, caused the train to derail at a set of points.

"Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" hits #1 in the US

"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" is a song written by Bryan Adams, Michael Kamen and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, and recorded by Adams for the film Don Juan DeMarco. It was #1 for 5 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., making it the 3rd #1 song for the songwriting team, and went on to earn them their 2nd Oscar nomination.


Marty McSorley gets penalized

The Kings reached the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals against the Montreal Canadiens, but in Game 2 with the Kings up 2–1, McSorley was caught with an illegal stick, contributing to the Canadiens game-tying goal. Montreal ending up winning that game in overtime and ultimately took the series in 5 games.

Clinton plays live the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show

When Bill Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show, he was described by some religious conservatives as "the MTV president". Opponents sometimes referred to him as "Slick Willie", a nickname which was first applied to him in 1980 by Pine Bluff Commercial journalist Paul Greenberg.

American engineer Robert Noyce dies

Noyce is often called the Mayor of Silicon Valley. He co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968. Together with Jack Kirby, Noyce built the first integrated circuit, which started the microcomputer revolution in in the seventies and gave Silicon Valley its name. He held sixteen patents.

Iran's leader Ayatollah Khomeini dies

Khomeini's health declined several years prior to his death. After spending eleven days in Jamaran hospital, Ruhollah Khomeini died in June 1989 after suffering 5 heart attacks in just 10 days, at the age of 86 just before midnight. He was succeeded as Supreme Leader by Ali Khamenei.


Tennis player Rafael Nadal is born

Rafael Nadal is Spanish tennis player who is popularly known among his extensive fan following. He has 14 wins at the Grand Slam singles and an Olympic gold medal. Known for his topspin heavy shots and endurance, he won a record 10 career French Open championships.

Bob Marley & the Wailers release "Exodus"

Exodus is the 9th studio album by Jamaican reggae recording band Bob Marley and the Wailers. In 1976, an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley's life in which his chest was grazed and his arm was struck with a bullet, but he survived. Following the assassination attempt Marley left Jamaica and was exiled to London where Exodus was recorded.

"Chicago" opens at 46th St Theater NYC

Chicago is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The original Broadway production opened in 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre and ran for 936 performances until 1977. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show.

Deep Purple release album "Deep Purple In Rock"

Deep Purple in Rock, also known as In Rock, is the fourth studio album by English rock band Deep Purple, released in 1970. It was the first studio album recorded by the Mark II line-up. Rod Evans and Nick Simper had been fired in 1969 and were replaced by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover, respectively.

The final episode of Star Trek airs on NBC

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek: The Original Series to distinguish the show within the media franchise that it began.

Aretha Franklin hits #1 on the US singles chart with "Respect"

Respect is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. Franklin's rendition found greater success than the original, spending 2 weeks atop the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and 8 weeks on the Billboard Black Singles chart.

Gemini 9 is launched

Main mission goal was a space rendezvous test with an unmanned docking vehicle (called Augmented Target Docking Adaptor, ATDA). Gemini 9 successfully met the ATDA but was unable to dock because of launch preparation error. Gemini 9 also performed several orbital maneuvers. It was a training for Apollo flights.

Edward White becomes the 1st American to "walk" in space

Edward Higgins White II was an American aeronautical engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. In 1965, he became the first American to walk in space. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his flight in Gemini 4 and then awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor posthumously.

Elvis Presley graduates from J.C. Humes High School in Memphis

At L. C. Humes High School, Presley received only a C in music in 8th grade. When his music teacher told him he had no aptitude for singing, he brought in his guitar the next day and sang a recent hit, "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me". By the time he graduated from high school in June 1953, Presley had already singled out music as his future.

The first bikini bathing suit is displayed

French designers sought to deliver fashions that matched the liberated mood of the people. Fabric was still in short supply and in an endeavor to resurrect swimwear sales, 2 French designers – Jacques Heim and Louis Réard – almost simultaneously launched new 2-piece swimsuit designs in 1946.

French liner SS Normandie crosses the Atlantic in four days

She sailed from Le Havre to New York in four days, three hours and 14 minutes. She broke the record and took away the Blue Riband from the Italian liner Rex. Her average speed was 30 knots. SS Normandie also broke record on her voyage back to France. She was the most powerful steam turbo-electric-propelled passenger ship ever built.

Poet Irwin Allen Ginsberg is born

Irwin Allen Ginsberg was an American poet, philosopher, and writer. He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that soon followed. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism, and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture.

Actor Tony Curtis is born

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz in 1925 in Manhattan, New York. He attended Seward Park High School. At 16, he had his first small acting part in a school stage play.He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television appearances.

Writer Franz Kafka dies

Kafka's laryngeal tuberculosis worsened and in March 1924 he returned from Berlin to Prague, where members of his family took care of him. He went to Dr. Hoffmann's sanatorium in Kierling for treatment in April and died there in June 1924. The cause of death seemed to be starvation: the condition of Kafka's throat made eating too painful for him.


England football club Liverpool F.C. is founded

Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England. Founded in 1892, the club joined the Football League the following year and has played at Anfield since its formation. Liverpool established itself as a major force in English and European football in the 1970s and 1980s.

The transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway is completed

The Canadian Pacific Railway is a historic Canadian Class I railroad incorporated in 1881. The railroad is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited, which began operations as legal owner in a corporate restructuring in 2001.

The first long-distance transmission of electricity

Four turbine driven dynamos were built on the east end of the falls. A 14-mile long transmission line to Portland was built, becoming 1889 the United States' first long distance transmission of electrical energy.

Composer Georges Bizet dies

The suddenness of Bizet's death and awareness of his depressed mental state fuelled rumors of suicide. Although the exact cause of death was never settled with certainty, physicians discounted such theories and eventually determined the cause as "a cardiac complication of acute articular rheumatism.

Scottish geologist James Hutton is born

He discovered a fundamental principle of geology, called uniformitarianism. According to the principle, geological processes examined in the present time explain the formation of older rocks. "The present is the key to the past." Uniformitarianism made Hutton a father of modern geology. Similar attitude is used in all fields of science.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1985

Kayden Boche

died 2016

Muhammad Ali

born 1865

George V

born 1986

Rafael Nadal