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Perry's 'The Essex Serpent' is published

The Essex Serpent is a novel by British author Sarah Perry. The novel begins with a description of the death of a New Year's Eve reveller, later attributed to a mythological creature that was described in a 1669 pamphlet Strange News out of Essex. This is followed by a description of the recent death of Cora Seaborne's abusive husband.

Herat bombing

A bomb hidden in a rickshaw detonated near the Jama Masjid, a 12th-century mosque, killing seven people and injuring at least fifteen more. People were gathering at the mosque for Ramadan prayers. The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack in a statement to Al-Jazeera.

Notre Dame attack

French police shot a man who attacked a police officer with a hammer outside Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral on the Île de la Cité, located in the centre of Paris. The man injured the officer with the hammer, and was found to be in possession of kitchen knives. French police opened a terrorism investigation.

'An Act of God' opens at the Booth Theatre

An Act of God is a play by David Javerbaum. The stage play is adapted from Javerbaum's The Last Testament: A Memoir By God. The show returned to Broadway at the Booth Theatre for a limited engagement starring Sean Hayes in 2016.


Barcelona beats Juventus to win the Champions League

Barcelona scored the only goal of the first half after four minutes, through Ivan Rakitić. Ten minutes after the interval, Juventus equalised with a goal by Álvaro Morata. In the 68th minute, Luis Suárez put Barcelona back in the lead, and the final score of 3–1 was confirmed when Neymar scored with the last kick of the game.

Melanie Griffith files for divorce from Antonio Banderas

In 2014, Griffith and Banderas released a statement announcing their intention to divorce "in a loving and friendly manner." According to the petition filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, the couple had "irreconcilable differences" that led to the divorce. In 2015, their divorce was finalized.

Vladimir Putin announces a divorce with his wife Lyudmila

In 1983, Putin married Lyudmila Shkrebneva, and they lived together in East Germany from 1985 to 1990. They have two daughters, Mariya Putina and Yekaterina Putina. In 2013, Putin announced that their marriage was over, and in 2014, the Kremlin confirmed that the divorce had been finalized.

Solar Impulse completes first intercontinental flight

The aircraft was a single-seated monoplane powered by photovoltaic cells. During its first transcontinental flight Solar Impulse was piloted by Bertrand Piccard, a 54-year-old Swiss psychiatrist, and balloonist. The flight took 19 hours. The pilot was exhausted but happy. In 2016, Solar Impulse 2, equipped with more powerful engines circumnavigated the Earth.

Anthony Weiner confesses to "inappropriate" tweets

Anthony David Weiner is an American former Democratic congressman who represented New York's 9th congressional district from 1999 until 2011. Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after an incident in which a lewd photo that was sent to a woman via Twitter became public.

Palm Pre smartphone is released

The Palm Pre is a multitask smartphone that was designed and marketed by Palm with a multi-touch screen and a sliding keyboard. The smartphone was the first to use Palm's Linux based mobile operating system, webOS. The Pre was launched in the US in June 2009 with Sprint, and later in Canada with Bell Mobility.


Wimbledon's Men's singles final

The 2008 Wimbledon Men's Singles final was the championship tennis match of the Men's Singles tournament at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships. A part of the storied Federer–Nadal rivalry, it pitted then-top ranked Roger Federer against then second ranked Rafael Nadal. After 4 hours and 48 minutes, Nadal defeated Federer.


Anaheim Ducks win their first NHL championship

The 2007 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the NHL 2006–07 season and the culmination of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested between Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. Anaheim defeated Ottawa in 5 games and was awarded their 1st Stanley Cup becoming the 1st Stanley Cup champions from California.

Steve Jobs announces that the Mac will get the Intel Inside

At WWDC 2005, Steve Jobs announced this transition, revealing that Mac OS X was always developed to run on both the Intel and PowerPC architectures. This was done in order to modernize the company's computers, keeping pace with Intel's low power Pentium M chips, especially for heat-sensitive laptops.

'The Bourne Identity' premieres in Los Angeles

The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action thriller film based on Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. It stars Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss and attempting to discover his true identity amidst a clandestine conspiracy within the Central Intelligence Agency.

'Sex and the City' premieres on HBO

Sex and the City is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. The show received contributions from various producers, writers, and directors, perhaps most significantly from Michael Patrick King.

B*Witched score their first UK No.1 single with 'C'est La Vie'

"C'est la Vie" is a song by Irish girl group B*Witched. It served as their debut single and the lead single from their self-titled debut studio album. B*Witched became the youngest girl group ever to have a UK number one. In the United States, "C'est la Vie" reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves' opens in the US

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is a 1991 American romantic action adventure film, based on the English folk tale of Robin Hood which originated in the 15th century. The film was directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film's principal cast includes Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Alan Rickman.

Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz dies

Stan Getz, born Stanley Gayetski, was an American jazz saxophonist. He died of liver cancer in 1991. His ashes were poured from his saxophone case six miles off the coast of Marina del Rey, California, by his grandson, Chris.

'I'm Not Rappaport' opens Off-Broadway at the American Place Theatre

I'm Not Rappaport is a play by Herb Gardner, which originally ran on Broadway in 1985. The play premiered on Broadway at the Booth Theatre and closed after 891 performances. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the cast starred Judd Hirsch, Cleavon Little, Jace Alexander, and Mercedes Ruehl.

UK embraces Europe in the first Brexit vote

The United Kingdom European Communities membership referendum took place in the United Kingdom to gauge support for the country's continued membership of the European Communities and the "Common Market" which it had entered in 1973 under the Conservative government of Edward Heath under the provisions of the Referendum Act 1975.

Soyuz 11 is launched

Soyuz 11 was the only manned mission to board the world's first space station, Salyut 1. The mission ended in disaster when the crew capsule depressurized during preparations for re-entry, killing the three-man crew. The three crew members of Soyuz 11 are the only humans known to have died in space.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono jam live on stage with Frank Zappa

In the last days of New York's Fillmore East, John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention onstage after the Mothers' set. The four songs performed were recorded and released on Lennon's 1972 album Some Time in New York City and later on Zappa's 1992 live LP Playground Psychotics.

Gemini 9 lands

Main mission goal was a space rendezvous test with an unmanned docking vehicle. 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.

'(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' is released in the US

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' three-note guitar riff‍—‌intended to be replaced by horns‍—‌opens and drives the song. The lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism.

The Beatles record in Abbey Road Studios for the first time

George Martin's first recording session with the Beatles took place at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. He immediately complained about Best's poor drumming and suggested they use a session drummer in his place. Already contemplating Best's dismissal, the Beatles replaced him with Ringo Starr, who left Rory Storm and the Hurricanes to join them.


NBA is created with eleven teams

The NBA is a men's professional basketball league in North America. It was founded at the Commodore Hotel in NY City as the Basketball Association of America. The league's first president was Maurice Podoloff. 11 franchises cobstituted the new professional basketball league.

D-Day invasion in Normandy

Over 156,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers landed on the French beaches, where they met with defiance of German forces across 50 miles of French coast. The Battle, called D-day or or the Invasion of Normandy, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is established

The U.S. SEC is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government. It holds primary responsibility for enforcing the federal securities laws, proposing securities rules, and regulating the securities industry, the nation's stock and options exchanges, and other activities and organizations, including the electronic securities markets in the U.S.

The first drive-in theater opens in Camden, New Jersey

The first drive-in theater was located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. It is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection box and large parking area for motorists, they could to park their automobiles on the grounds. The first film shown was the film Wife Beware.

Chrysler Corp. is founded

Walter Chrysler founded Chrysler Corporation in 1925 from the remains of the Maxwell Motor Company. He expanded the company in 1928 with the acquisition of Fargo Trucks and Dodge Brothers, and the creation of the Plymouth and DeSoto brands. Chrysler used the General Motors brand diversification and hierarchy strategy he had seen working for Buick.

Novarupta eruption

The eruption that formed Novarupta was the largest to occur during the 20th century. It culminated in a series of violent eruptions. Rated a 6 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, the 60-hour-long eruption expelled 3.1 to 3.6 cubic miles of ash, thirty times as much as the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Chicago 'L' elevated trains go for their first ride

The Chicago "L" is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs in the U.S. state of Illinois. It is the fourth-largest rapid transit system in the U.S. in terms of total route length, at 102.8 miles long, and the second-busiest rail mass transit system in the U.S., after the New York City Subway.

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