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Danny Ocean's sister recruits her team in 'Ocean's 8'

Ocean's 8 is a 2018 American heist comedy film directed by Gary Ross and written by Ross and Olivia Milch. The film is a spin-off of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's trilogy. It is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States in June 2018, 11 years to the date of the release of Ocean's Thirteen.

Musician Glen Campbell dies

Glen Travis Campbell was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2017, at the age of 81. He was buried in the Campbell family cemetery in Billstown, Arkansas.

Knysna fires

High winds of 50 km/h caused by the storm fueled around 20 to 30 significant fires that swept through the town of Knysna and surrounding areas in the days after the storm. The fires killed seven people and displaced around 10,000 with around 600 structures in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay being destroyed.

Ed Sheeran is sued for $20m over 'Photograph'

In June 2016, it was revealed that Sheeran was being sued by songwriters Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard, writers of Matt Cardle's 2011 single "Amazing", for $20 million for copyright infringement for note-for-note plagiarism. The lawsuit was privately settled in April 2017, with no admission of guilt.

Tel Aviv shooting

The 2016 Tel Aviv shooting, which occurred in Tel Aviv, Israel, was a terrorist attack in which two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on patrons at the Max Brenner Cafe in the Sarona Market, killing four people and injuring seven others. The perpetrators were caught alive by the security forces and put in custody.

A road collapse at a major intersection near the Canadian Parliament

A section of Rideau Street was closed to all traffic after it collapsed in the vicinity of excavations being made for the Rideau station of the Confederation Line. Later that year, a much smaller sinkhole opened in the same area as the previous sinkhole. Rideau Street was closed to regular traffic from Sussex to Dalhousie until further notice.

'Finding Dory' premieres at the El Capitan Theatre in LA

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton with co-direction by Angus MacLane, the screenplay was written by Stanton and Victoria Strouse.

Apple unveils Apple Music

Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple Inc. Users select music to stream to their device on-demand, or they can listen to existing, curated playlists. The service was announced and launched in June in over 100 countries worldwide. New subscribers get a 3-month free trial period before the service becomes paid-only.

Tracy Morgan is seriously injured in a car crash

In June 2014, Morgan was a passenger in a Mercedes Sprinter minibus involved in a 6 vehicle crash in New Jersey. Just after 1:00 am EDT Saturday morning, the vehicle was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike near Cranbury, when it was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer operated by Walmart, causing a chain reaction crash.

Karachi Airport attack

10 militants armed with automatic weapons, a rocket launcher, suicide vests, and grenades attacked Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan. 36 people were killed, including all 10 attackers, and 18 others were wounded. The militant organisation Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan initially claimed responsibility for the attack.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden marries Christopher O'Neill

The wedding of Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, and the British-born American financier Christopher O'Neill took place in Stockholm in June 2013. The ceremony was held at the Royal Palace chapel. Lars-Göran Lönnermark, Chief Court Chaplain of the Royal Court and Bishop Emeritus of Skara, and Michael Bjerkhagen, Vicar of the Royal Court, conducted the ceremony.

'Pretty Little Liars' first airs on ABC

"Pilot" is the series premiere of the mystery drama series, Pretty Little Liars. It introduces each of the main characters, and establishes the basic premises of the series. Airing in June 2010 on ABC Family, the episode received mixed reviews and was watched by 2.47 million viewers.

Rihanna releases 'Te Amo'

Te Amo is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her 4th studio album, Rated R. The song was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, James Fauntleroy II and Rihanna, production was helmed by Eriksen and Hermansen. "Te Amo" impacted radio in Canada on June 7, 2010, and was released via digital download the following day.

Peloponnese earthquake strikes Greece

The 2008 Peloponnese earthquake killed 2 people, injured more than 220 and left at least 2,000 people homeless in north western Peloponnese, Greece. The earthquake hit the area at 1525 EET with a moment magnitude of 6.5 according to the Athens Geodynamic Institute. It was strongly felt as far away as Athens and parts of southern Italy.

House rejects Net Neutrality

The Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006 was a bill in the US House of Representatives. It was part of a major overhaul of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 being considered by the US Congress. The COPE Act was passed by the full House in June 2006, but the subsequent Markey Amendment failed leaving the final bill without meaningful network neutrality provisions.

Venus transits the Sun

A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and a superior planet, becoming visible against the solar disk. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The duration of such transits is usually several hours.

British PM Tony Blair is elected in a landslide to a second term

Tony Blair became the first Labour Prime Minister to win a full second term. His priority was to increase the pace of public sector reform. His second term was dominated by international issues and the controversial 2003 invasion of Iraq. In 2016, the Iraq Inquiry criticised his actions and described the invasion as unjustified and unnecessary.


Shaquille O'Neal ties the NBA record for most blocked shots

Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most effective players in the NBA. Los Angeles Lakers head coach, Phil Jackson, challenged Shaquille O’Neal to man up on the defensive end of the floor. O'neal was more than a force on the court beating the 24-year record for most blocked shots in a Finals game.


Ray Bourque wins Stanley Cup in his final NHL game

Bourque won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best defensemen 5 times while finishing second for that trophy a further six times. He finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he won his only Stanley Cup in his final NHL game. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

Sinéad O'Connor comes out

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor came out as a lesbian publically during a lengthy interview with Curve magazine. However, soon after in an interview in The Independent, she stated, "I believe it was overcompensating of me to declare myself a lesbian. It was not a publicity stunt. I was trying to make someone else feel better. And have subsequently caused pain for myself. I am not in a box of any description." She later stated that while most of her sexual relationships had been with men, she has had three relationships with women.

Red Hot Chili Peppers release album 'Californication'

Californication is the 7th studio album by American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Californication marked the return of John Frusciante. Californication is the Chili Peppers' most commercially successful studio release internationally, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide.

The Fugees' single 'Killing Me Softly' hits #1 in the UK

"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a song composed by Charles Fox with lyrics by Norman Gimbel. It was written in collaboration with Lori Lieberman who recorded the song in late 1971. Hip hop group the Fugees covered the song on their album The Score (1996). Their version became a hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, where it became the country's biggest-selling single of 1996.


Cameroon stuns Argentina at FIFA World Cup

Cameroon opened the tournament with a shock victory over reigning champions Argentina, before topping the group ahead of them, Romania and European Championship runners-up, the Soviet Union. Their success was fired by the goals of Roger Milla, a 38-year-old forward who came out of international retirement to join the national squad at the last moment.

U2 score their second US #1 single from their 'Joshua Tree' album

The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released in 1987. In contrast to the ambient experimentation of their 1984 release, The Unforgettable Fire, the band aimed for a harder-hitting sound within the limitation of conventional song structures on The Joshua Tree.

'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' hits #1 in the US

Everybody Wants to Rule the World is a song by English band Tears for Fears. It was their 7th UK Top 30 chart hit, peaking at number two in April 1985, and thus becoming the group's highest-charting UK single. In the US, it was the lead single from the album and gave the band their first Billboard Hot 100 number 1 hit in June 1985, remaining there for 2 weeks.

The blockbuster 'Gremlins' opens in the US

Gremlins is a 1984 American comedy horror movie directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Bros. The movie is about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. This story was continued with a sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, released in 1990.

One processor to rule them all

The 8086 is a 16-bit microprocessor chip designed by Intel between early 1976 and mid-1978, when it was released. The Intel 8088, released in 1979, is a slightly modified chip with an external 8-bit data bus and is notable as the processor used in the original IBM PC design, including the widespread version called IBM PC XT.


Naomi James breaks the solo round-the-world sailing record

Dame Naomi Christine James is the first woman to sail single-handed around the world via Cape Horn. She departed Dartmouth, Devon in September 1977 and finished her voyage around the globe in June 1978 after 272 days, improving Sir Francis Chichester's solo round-the-world sailing record by 2 days.

'I Will Always Love You' hits #1 on the US country chart

I Will Always Love You is a song originally written and recorded in 1973 by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart twice, first in June 1974 and then in October 1982 on the soundtrack for the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Martin Luther King assassin is captured in London

The shooting of Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most infamous murders in American history. James Earl Ray was arrested at the London Airport in England and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. who was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet.

'A Whiter Shade of Pale' hits #1 on the UK singles chart

A Whiter Shade of Pale is the debut single by the British rock band Procol Harum, released in May 1967. The single reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1967 and stayed there for 6 weeks. Without much promotion, it reached number 5 on the Bilboard pop chart in the United States.

Ronald Reagan enters politics as governor of California

The California gubernatorial election was held in November 1966. The election was a contest between incumbent Governor Pat Brown, the Democratic candidate, and actor Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate. Reagan mobilized conservative voters and defeated Brown.


NFL & AFL announce their merger

The AFL–NFL merger was the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States at the time. It paved the way for the combined league, which retained the "National Football League" name and logo, to become one of the most popular sports leagues in the United States.

"The Beatles being bigger than Jesus"

The Vatican issued a protest, and bans on Beatles' records were imposed by Spanish and Dutch stations and South Africa's national broadcasting service. Epstein accused Datebook of having taken Lennon's words out of context; at a press conference Lennon pointed out, "If I'd said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it."

The Beatles LP 'Revolver' is released in the US

Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. Released in 1966, it was the Beatles' final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group's most overt use of studio technology up to that time, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul.

The Searchers are at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sweets For My Sweet'

"Sweets for My Sweet" is a song written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, originally recorded by The Drifters. In 1963, "Sweets for My Sweet" became the debut single for Merseybeat band The Searchers, reaching number one on the UK Single Chart for two weeks that August.

The X-15 experimental aircraft flies for the first time

Built by North America, the X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered plane. It flew 199 times between 1959 and 1968 and was capable of reaching the edge of outer space. In 1967 it achieved a speed of Mach 6.72. This record remains unchallenged as of May 2018. The first X-15 flight was an unpowered drop from a modified B-52 bomber.

Segregation ends in D.C Restaurants

District of Columbia v. John R. Thompson Co. Inc. is a United States Supreme Court case over the validity of the local Washington Acts of 1872 and 1873 prohibiting segregation in public places within the District. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the segregating policies practiced by Thompson’s Cafeteria were illegal. Thus, the legal ramifications of the 1872 and 1873 Acts could once again be enforced, marking a huge victory for the national black community.

George Orwell's '1984' is published

Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel published in 1949 by English author George Orwell. The novel is set in the year 1984 when most of the world population has become victims of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation.

'Texaco Star Theater' debuts on NBC

Milton Berle was the host of the pioneering NBC variety series Texaco Star Theater, television's most popular program during its early years. Berle packed the show with everything he had developed, learned from his career in vaudeville and became television's first super star.

Discovery of element 93 is announced

The element now called neptunium was first synthesized by Edwin McMillan and Philip H. Abelson at the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory. Today, it is usually produced as a by-product in nuclear reactors. The neptunium has 20 known isotopes. All of them have half-lives that are many times shorter than the age of the Earth.

Orff's cantata 'Carmina Burana' premieres in Frankfurt

Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. The first and last movements of the piece are called Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi and start with the very well known "O Fortuna". The composition appears in numerous films and television commercials.

Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures was incorporated by German Carl Laemmle. It is the oldest surviving film studio in the U.S. Unlike other movie production studios, the Universal Pictures studio was open to the public for tourism. Its studios are located in Universal City, California.

Salieri's opera 'Tarare' premieres in Paris

Opera Tarare was intended to be the nec plus ultra of reform opera a completely new synthesis of poetry and music that was an 18th-century anticipation of the ideals of Richard Wagner. The success was such that it was soon translated into Italian at Joseph II's behest.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1977

Kanye West

died 1969

Willy Zeunert

born 2000

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