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George Clooney gets AFI Lifetime Achievement award

George Clooney is an American actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and businessman. He has received 3 Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting in Syriana (2006) and the other for co-producing Argo (2012). He is about to receive the 2018 AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2018.

Turkish central bank discuss falling lira

The lira has been falling for months due to high inflation and a wide current account deficit, which fuelled worries that the booming Turkish economy has expanded too fast and in an unbalanced way.

Earliest-ever evidence of an anatomically modern human

Human remains were found in a solutional cave near the city of Safi, Morocco. The cave, called Jebel Irhoud, was filled with 8 meters of deposits from the Pleistocene era. Human bones were initially interpreted as Neanderthal. Later they were reclassified as anatomically modern and dated to over 300 000 years old.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" premieres in London

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 2-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Previews of the play began at the Palace Theatre, London in June 2016 and it officially premiered in July 2016.

Actor Christopher Lee dies

Lee died at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in June 2015 after being admitted for respiratory problems and heart failure, shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday. His wife delayed the public announcement until 11 June, in order to break the news to their family.

Santa Monica shooting

On June 7, 2013, a killing spree by a lone shooter occurred in Santa Monica, California. Its catalyst was a domestic dispute and subsequent fire at a home, followed by a series of shootings near and on the Santa Monica College campus. Six people were killed, including the suspect, and four injured. The shooter -- 23-year-old John Zawahri -- was killed by police officers when he exchanged gunfire with them at the Santa Monica College library.

Medal of Honor: European Assault is released

Medal of Honor: European Assault is a first-person shooter video game, the 8th installment in the Medal of Honor series. European Assault was released for GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox in June 2005. It received "average" reviews, according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. Maxim gave the game a score of 8 out of 10.


Tampa Bay Lightning win their first and only Stanley Cup

The 2004 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the NHL 2003–04 season, and the culmination of the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Western Conference champion Calgary Flames in 7 games and was awarded the Stanley Cup. It was Tampa Bay’s first-ever appearance in the final.

A federal judge orders the breakup of Microsoft

In June 2000, the court ordered a breakup of Microsoft as its "remedy". According to that judgment, Microsoft would have to be broken into two separate units, one to produce the operating system, and one to produce other software components.


Detroit wins Stanley Cup, ends 42-year drought

The 1997 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the NHL 1996–97 season, and the culmination of the 1997 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers. Detroit won the series in four games to win the Stanley Cup for the 8th time in franchise history and the first time since 1955.

Hanson hit #1 on the UK singles chart with "MMMbop"

"MMMBop" is a song written and performed by the American pop rock band Hanson and released as the lead single from their debut full-length studio album, Middle of Nowhere, in 1997. It was voted the best single of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll.


Oscar de la Hoya defeats Julio César Chávez

De La Hoya faced his biggest challenge to fight with Julio Cesar Chavez, an experienced and popular Mexican fighter and the reigning World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion. Hoya defeated Chavez by a fourth-round TKO. The fight was stopped due to a bad cut suffered by Chavez.

Singer George Ezra is born

George Ezra Barnett was born in June 1993 in Hertford, Hertfordshire. He moved to Bristol in 2011 to study at stage school the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. Ezra cites Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie as his main musical influences.


Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart Trophy in 10 years

Gretzky captured 9 Hart Trophies as the most valuable player, 10 Art Ross Trophies for most points in a season, 2 Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP and five Lester B. Pearson Awards for the most outstanding player as judged by his peers. He won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship and performance five times and often spoke out against fighting in hockey.

Michael Cera, star of Arrested Development, is born

Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario. He started his career as a child actor, most notably portraying a young Chuck Barris in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. He is known for his role as George Michael Bluth on the sitcom Arrested Development and for his film roles as Evan in Superbad.

David Bowie plays a concert in West Berlin nearby Berlin Wall

Bowie returned for the Concert for Berlin, a 3-day open-air show in front of the Reichstag, he chose "Heroes" for his performance. The wall couldn't keep out radio waves; the West German–operated, US-run radio station Radio in the American Sector was popular in the East and had secured rare permission from the performing acts to broadcast the show in its entirety.

Madonna hits #1 on the US singles chart with "Live To Tell"

Live to Tell was generally well received by music critics, who frequently referred to it as the best ballad of her career. It was also a commercial success, becoming Madonna's 3rd number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and her first number-one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

"Ghostbusters" premieres in Westwood, California

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis. It was released in the United States in June 1984. It received mainly positive reviews and grossed $242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide.

Priscilla Presley opens Graceland to the public

Graceland was owned by Elvis Presley. It was practically exceptional for fans to take a tour of their favorite celebrity’s home. More than 3,000 guests toured Graceland on opening day. Graceland's success led to a worldwide merchandising and licensing business that keeps Elvis legend strong.

The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the UK. A further 500 million people around the Commonwealth watched the day's events on live television.

Sex Pistols’s legendary celebration of queen Elisabeth II

For the Sex Pistols, the Queen's silver jubilee was a right royal gift. John Lydon had recognized the possibilities of exploiting the event the previous autumn when he started to write "No Future", later retitled "God Save the Queen" by manager Malcolm McLaren.

"Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys" hits #1 in the US

The album is the 9th studio album by Elton John. It was released in May 1975 by MCA in America and DJM in the UK. It debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, the first album to do so, reportedly selling 1.4 million copies in its first 4 days of release, and stayed in that position for seven weeks.

Sony releases its ultimately unsuccessful Betamax

Betamax is a consumer-level analog-recording and cassette format of magnetic tape for video. It was developed by Sony and was released in Japan in May 1975. The first Betamax device introduced in the United States was the LV-1901 console, which included a 19-inch color monitor, and appeared in stores in early November 197.


The inaugural Cricket World Cup begins in England

The inaugural Cricket World Cup the first of its kind is known as The Prudential World Cup. It opened in England. This first World Cup featured together 8 teams from six countries and two regional teams. The matches were played in traditional white uniform and with red balls.

Novelist E. M. Forster dies

During the mid-1960s, Foster suffered from strokes that weakened him greatly. May Hockey was his nursemaid at this time. His last stroke in June 1970, ended the life of this remarkable literary genius.


Brazil football legend Cafu is born

Cafu was raised in the Jardim Irene favela of São Paulo. In the early 1980s, he was rejected from the youth squads of Corinthians, Palmeiras, Santos, Atlético Mineiro and Portuguesa. It was not until 1988 that he made the youth squad of hometown club São Paulo, and subsequently won the Copa São Paulo youth tournament that year.

British supergroup Blind Faith make their live debut

News of the group's formation created a buzz of excitement among the public and press, which even heralded the band as "super Cream". The group debuted at a free concert at London's Hyde Park in June 1969. The performance was well received by fans there.

Gemini 4 lands

It was the second manned mission in the Project Gemini. The crew consisted of James McDivitt and Ed White. White conducted first American spacewalk. He floated free outside the spacecraft, tethered to it, for approximately 20 minutes. The flight also included the first attempt to make a space rendezvous with a Titan II rocket upper stage.

The Rolling Stones release their debut single "Come On"

"Come On" is a song written and first released by Chuck Berry in 1961. It has been recorded in many versions by a large number of bands since its release. "Come On" failed to chart in the US Top 100, but the B-Side, "Go Go Go", reached number 38 on UK charts.


Václav Mašek scores the second fastest goal in World Cup history

In a match against Mexico, he became famous for scoring a goal after only 16 seconds of play, the fastest goal in World Cup history until forty years later, when his record was beaten by Hakan Şükür of Turkey, by scoring after 11 seconds in the 3rd place match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Musician Prince is born

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince was known for his electric work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant fashion sense and wide vocal range. His innovative music integrated a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B and pop. He sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Mathematician Alan M. Turing dies

In June 1954, Turing's housekeeper found him dead. He had died the previous day. A post-mortem examination established that the cause of death was cyanide poisoning. When his body was discovered, an apple lay half-eaten beside his bed. It was speculated that this was the means by which a fatal dose was consumed.

Liam Neeson is born

Actor Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Neeson's interest in acting and decision to become an actor were also influenced by Ian Paisley, founder of the Democratic Unionist Party, into whose Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster Neeson would sneak.

Japan is beaten in Battle of Midway

The United States has routed the Japanese Navy in a major 3-day battle over a remote US naval and air base at Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean. The victory has dealt a severe blow to Japan's ambitions to advance right across the Pacific towards the US coast.

Singer Tom Jones is born

Singer Tom Jones was born in Glamorgan, South Wales. His performing range has included pop, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul, and gospel. Jones's bluesy singing style developed out of the sound of American soul music. His early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard and Solomon Burke.

Vatican became a sovereign state

The Italian parliament ratified them in June 1929. It recognized Vatican City as an independent state, with the Italian government, at the time led by Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, agreeing to give the Roman Catholic Church financial compensation for the loss of the Papal States.


Italian football club A.S. Roma is founded

Associazione Sportiva Roma commonly referred to as simply Roma, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. Founded by a merger in 1927, Roma has participated in the top-tier of Italian football for all of their existence except for 1951–52.

Mary Pickford makes her screen debut at the age of 16

Pickford was a Canadian-American motion picture actress and producer. Mary Pickford made her screen debut at the age of 16 in Two Memories under director D.W. Griffith. She was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood. She received Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Coquette.

American engineer Frederick Terman is born

Together with William Shockley, he is considered a father of Silicon Valley. In 1951 he suggested the creation of Stanford Research Park, whereby the University leased portions of its land to high-tech firms. The park later evolved to the Silicon Valley. Terman also invented radar countermeasures during WW II.

Artist Paul Gauguin is born

Gauguin was born in Paris in June 1848. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin's art became popular after his death, partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career.

Scottish obstetrician James Young Simpson is born

Simpson is known as a pioneer of anesthesia. In 1847, he demonstrated the effects of chloroform upon humans for the first time. In Victorian times, there was a big controversy whether women should use anesthetics in childbirth. Simpson fought with these superstitions. He also invented a new type of forceps.

King George II establishes the British Museum

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public in January 1759, in Montagu House, on the site of the current building. Its permanent collection numbers some 8 million works, and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.

Louis XIV becomes king of France for 72 years

Starting at the age of 4, his reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history. In the age of absolutism in Europe, Louis XIV's France was a leader in the growing centralization of power.

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