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150th Belmont Stakes

The 2018 Belmont Stakes were the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes and the 107th time the event took place at Belmont Park. The 1 1⁄2-mile race, known as the "test of the champion", is the final leg in the American Triple Crown. It is a Grade I stakes race with a purse of $1.5 million, open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds.


French Open women's singles final

Jeļena Ostapenko was the defending champion but lost in the first round to Kateryna Kozlova. The elimination on the first day of the tournament of Sara Errani, Francesca Schiavone, and Venus Williams, in addition to Ostapenko, ensured a first-time French Open finalist from the bottom half of the draw.

G7 Summit final day

The 44th G7 summit was held in 2018, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. It was the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted the meetings. In 2014, the G7 declared that a meaningful discussion was currently not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then, meetings have continued within the G7 process.


Venus Williams causes car accident

Venus Williams was driving in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida when another car collided with her SUV before she cleared the intersection, an accident that killed a 78-year-old man and injured another person in the second vehicle. After reviewing surveillance video, police determined that she had not caused it.

New specialized facility turns CO2 into stone

The project is called CarbFix. According to its creators it could lock carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in a solid form by reacting it with basaltic rocks. This method could be used to reduce CO2 concentration and slow or stop the atmospheric greenhouse effect. There are, however, still several problems preventing its general use.

The Elder Scrolls Online is released for PS4 and Xbox One

The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing video game developed by ZeniMax Online Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released for Microsoft Windows and OS X in 2014. It is a part of The Elder Scrolls series, of which it is the first multiplayer installment.

HSBC, the biggest European bank, cut 50,000 jobs

Like other global institutions, HSBC, Europe’s largest bank, has been under severe pressure since the 2008 financial crisis to cut costs, meet stringent new regulatory demands and satisfy restless shareholders. To that end, the British bank said that it would shed as many as 50,000 of its approximately 250,000 jobs.

The first transgender person appears on the cover of Time

Laverne Cox is an American actress and LGBT advocate. She rose to prominence with her role as Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, becoming the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category.

Rosie O’Donnell marries Michelle Rounds

O'Donnell began dating 40-year-old executive-search consultant Michelle Rounds in mid-2011. During a break in the taping of The Rosie Show, O'Donnell announced to her studio audience she and Rounds were engaged. The two married in a private ceremony in New York in 2012. In 2013, the couple announced they had adopted a baby girl named Dakota.

Matthew McConaughey marries Camilla Alves

McConaughey met Camila Alves in 2006. The couple became engaged in 2011 and were married in a private Catholic ceremony in 2012, in Austin, Texas, where they reside. Together, they have three children: sons Levi Alves McConaughey and Livingston Alves McConaughey, and daughter Vida Alves McConaughey.


Maria Sharapova beat Sara Errani in the French Open final

Sharapova beat surprise finalist Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to win her first French Open title and become the 10th woman with a career Grand Slam after Errani's final backhand fell into the net. She rejoiced her achievement at being placed alongside other Grand Slam winners.


Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup victory in 49 years

The Blackhawks became the fourth major Chicago sports team to win a championship since 1986, joining the 1985 Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls dynasty of the 1990s, and the 2005 Chicago White Sox. The 2016 Chicago Cubs would complete the cycle of all Chicago sports teams winning at least one championship in 30 years.

Pearl Continental hotel bombing

The Pearl Continental hotel bombing occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan, in which 17 people were killed and at least 46 people injured. The blast occurred at the five-star Pearl Continental hotel in the city. The force of the explosion caused the hotel to partially collapse. The gunman also attacked the hotel, firing several shots at survivors.

The first music artist performs at the new Wembley Stadium

25 Live was a concert tour by English singer/songwriter George Michael. The tour was the most commercially successful tour of 2006–2007 in Europe, grossing over $200 million, with positive reviews from music critics. The 106 tour shows were performed in 41 countries and seen by 1.3 million fans across the globe.

Adele makes first TV debut

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE is an English singer and songwriter. In 2007, Adele made her television debut, performing "Daydreamer" on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland. Adele's breakthrough song, "Hometown Glory", was released a few months later of the same year.


The World Cup kicks off in Germany

The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament. Italy won the tournament, claiming their fourth World Cup title. They defeated France 5–3 in a penalty shoot-out in the final after extra time had finished in a 1–1 draw.

The motion picture Jurassic Park premieres

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. The first installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp.

M.C. Hammer's album starts a record breaking 21 week as #1

The album Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em ranked number one for 21 weeks on the Billboard 200, due primarily to the success of the single "U Can't Touch This". The song has been and continues to be used in many movies and television shows to date, and appears on soundtrack/compilation albums as well.

Supercomputer Center Supports Precursor to Internet

The Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center was opened with the aim to support the forerunner of the modern internet, the network of the National Science Foundation, NSFNET. The center connected 5 other supercomputer centers: Princeton University, Pittsburgh, the University of California in San Diego, University of Illinois, and Cornell University.

"Time After Time" is #1 on the US singles chart

"Time After Time" is the 2nd single by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper from her debut studio album, She's So Unusual, with Rob Hyman on backing vocals. The song became Lauper's first #1 hit in the U.S. The song was written in the album's final stages, after "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", "She Bop" and "All Through the Night" had been written.

Margaret Thatcher is reelected in a landslide victory

The 1983 United Kingdom general election gave the Conservative Party under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher the most decisive election victory since that of Labour in 1945. Three future Leaders of the Labour Party were first elected as Members of Parliament at this election—two of them would later hold the office of Prime Minister.

The Rolling Stones release album Some Girls

Some Girls is the 14th British and 16th American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1978 on Rolling Stones Records. It reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and became the band's top-selling album in the United States, certified by the RIAA as having six million copies sold as of 2000.


All-time leading scorer in World Cups, Miroslav Klose, is born

Miroslav Josef Klose is a German retired professional footballer who last played as a striker for Italian club Lazio and the Germany national team. He is currently a member of the Germany national team's coaching staff. Klose is best known for his performances with the Germany national team.

Bob Dylan records Mr. Tambourine Man

"Mr. Tambourine Man" is a song written, composed, and performed by Bob Dylan, who released his original version of it on his 1965 album. The song has a bright, expansive melody and has become famous in particular for its surrealistic imagery, influenced by artists as diverse as French poet Arthur Rimbaud and Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini.

Actor Johnny Depp is born

John Christopher Depp III was born in Kentucky. American actor and musician who appeared as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Depp earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as Captain. A young actor Nicholas Cage encouraged Depp to devoted a career in acting.

Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox is born

Michael Andrew Fox OC, known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, author, producer, and activist with a film and television career spanning from the 1970s. He starred in the Back to the Future trilogy where he portrayed Marty McFly.

The USS George Washington is launched

USS George Washington, SSBN-598, was the United States's first operational ballistic missile submarine. It was the lead ship of her class of nuclear ballistic missile submarines, was the third U.S. Navy ship of the name, in honor of George Washington, first President of the U.S., and the first of that name to be purpose-built as a warship.

Queen opened revamped Gatwick airport in London

The Queen has opened London's new and extended airport at Gatwick, 25 miles south of the capital. Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived by air from London Airport at Heathrow. Gatwick was one of the world's first airports with an enclosed pier-based terminal, which allowed passengers to walk under cover to waiting areas near the aircraft.

U.S. adopts pay-as-you-go income tax

Withholding of income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes are required in the United States. The plan was developed by Beardsley Ruml, Bernard Baruch, and Milton Friedman in 1942. The government forgave taxes for the year 1941 and started withholding from paychecks. In addition, certain states impose other levies required to be withheld.

Donald Duck makes his debut in The Wise Little Hen

The Wise Little Hen is a cartoon, based on the fairy tale The Little Red Hen. This cartoon marked the debut of Donald Duck. Donald and his friend Peter Pig try to avoid work by faking stomach aches. Donald Duck was created at Walt Disney Productions as a friend for Mickey Mouse.

Guitarist Les Paul is born

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music.

English physiologist Henry Dale is born

He is known for his discovery of neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Dale also showed that acetylcholine is released after electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve. He proved that nerve stimuli are transmitted both chemically and electrically. Dale also first described what is now known as the Dale's principle in neuroscience.

Novelist Charles Dickens dies

Dickens's literary success began with the 1836 serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Cliffhanger endings in his serial publications kept readers in suspense. Dickensian characters are amongst the most memorable in English literature, especially so because of their typically whimsical names.

Congress of Vienna reshaped European after Napoleon

The Congress of Vienna was a meeting of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman Klemens von Metternich and held in Vienna from 1814 to 1815. The objective of the Congress was to provide a long-term peace plan for Europe by settling critical issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.

British engineer George Stephenson is born

He is often called the Father of Railways. Stephenson built first railway from Darlington to Stockton in 1825. His locomotive pulled 36 wagons filled with sacks of coal and flour. The journey of just under 15 kilometers took two hours. Rail transport was the key technological inventions of the 19th century, which started the Industrial Revolution.

Explorer Jacques Cartier sails into mouth of St Lawrence river

Cartier was trying to find the Northwest Passage from the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, he described and mapped the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and the Saint Lawrence River. He also invented the name Canada after Iroquois settlements he saw. In his second voyage, Cartier reached Iroquoian capital Stadacona near present Québec City.

Rome-burning emperor Nero committs suicide

Vindex, governor of the Gaulish territory Gallia Lugdunensis, rebelled. He was supported by Galba, the governor of Hispania Tarraconensis. Rome's discontented civil and military authorities chose Galba as emperor. Nero committed suicide when he learned that he had been tried in absentia and condemned to death as a public enemy.

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