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Attacks against Dogon villagers

The Dogon village of Sobane-Kou in Mali was attacked. Moulaye Guindo, mayor of neighboring Bankass, blamed a Fulani militia group. The attack killed 35 people, revised from an earlier claim of 95 killed, with 19 missing. A survivor said the attackers numbered about 50, driving motorbikes and pickup trucks.

Helicopter crashes on top of NY building

An Agusta A109E Power crashed onto the AXA Equitable Center on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, New York City, which sparked a fire on the top of the building. Tim McCormack, the pilot, died in the crash. The aircraft was privately owned at the time of the crash.

Kratovo shooting

Kratovo is an urban locality in Ramensky District of Moscow Oblast, Russia, located 40 kilometers southeast of Moscow. In 2017, a 50-year-old man opened fire on passers-by in the settlement, killing four people.

Christina Grimmie is killed

Grimmie was shot by Kevin James Loibl while signed autographs following her performance with Before You Exit in Orlando. She was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition with three gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m. local time.

Rod Stewart is knighted

Rod Stewart was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 New Year Honours for services to music. Collecting it in July 2007 at Buckingham Palace. He was also knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for "services to music and charity".


NHL right wing Gordie Howe dies

Due to dementia, Howe spent most of his time after his wife's death residing with all 4 of his children on a rotating basis. While staying at his daughter's home in Texas, he had a major stroke in October 2014. He died in June 2016, at his son Murray's house in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, at the age of 88. No cause was given.

'F1 2015' is released

The release date is the earliest in the history of the franchise. F1 2015 is a racing game based on the 2015 Formula One season. It also features all the drivers, cars and circuits from the 2014 season. Gamers could picked any driver from the current field and compete with them.

Raven Symone takes over ABC’s The View

Symone joined the ABC panel show The View, after three months of guest-hosting and replaced Rosie O'Donnell. She received two nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host as a part of the panel. She departed the show in October 2016 in order to focus on Raven's Home, a spin-off of That's So Raven,

Gabaldon's 'Written in My Own Heart's Blood' is published

Written in My Own Heart's Blood is the 8th book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Published in June 2014, the book continues the love story of Claire and Jamie as well as the story arcs of multiple characters from the previous novel, An Echo in the Bone.

'Brave' premieres at SIFF

Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman and co-directed by Steve Purcell. The story is by Chapman, with the screenplay by Andrews, Purcell, Chapman and Irene Mecchi.

2Cellos release their debut eponymous album

2Cellos is the self-titled debut studio album by Croatian cello duo, 2Cellos. It was released in 2011, worldwide, through Sony Masterworks. The album peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Top Classical Albums chart.

Chastity Bono is set to undergoing a sex change

In mid-2008, Bono began undergoing a physical and social transition from female to male. This was confirmed in June 2009 by his publicist. Bono made Becoming Chaz, a documentary film about his transition that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The Oprah Winfrey Network acquired the rights to the documentary and debuted it in May 2011.

The final episode of 'The Sopranos' airs on HBO

Almost 12 million people melody in for the series finale of HBO’s critically respected, multi-award-winning drama The Sopranos on this day. The story revolves around the fictitious character. The mastermind behind The Sopranos was David Chase, a longtime writer and producer.

Rihanna is #1 on the UK album chart with 'Good Girl Gone Bad'

Good Girl Gone Bad is the 3rd studio album by Barbadian singer Rihanna. The album reached number one in Canada, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. As of 2017, the album had sold over 9 million copies worldwide.

'Wicked' opens on Broadway

Wicked is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, an alternative telling of the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The Spirit rover is launched

Spirit, also known as MER-A or MER-2, is a robotic rover on Mars, active from 2004 to 2010. It was one of two rovers of NASA's ongoing Mars Exploration Rover Mission. The rover completed its planned 90-sol mission.


New Jersey wins their second Stanley Cup

The 2000 Stanley Cup Finals was contested by the Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference champion Dallas Stars. The Devils won the Cup in game six on a one-timer goal by Jason Arnott in double overtime. It was their second Stanley Cup overall and first since 1995.

Millennium Bridge in London is opened and closed again

New steel suspension pedestrian bridge for over the Thames river in London, England, behaved unexpectedly. As the first few thousand people crossed it, it developed an unexpected and potentially dangerous lateral wobble. The design did not consider the forces associated with human walking. The bridge had to be closed and modified.

Syrian President Hafez Assad dies after 29-year rule

President Hafez Assad of Syria died in June 2000 in Damascus. He was 69 and had for some time suffered from heart problems and diabetes. In breaking the news to the Syrian public, state-run television announced: "Death has taken away from Syria a leader." The announcer's voice choked as he began to cry.

Nato calls off air war on Kosovo

Yugoslav and NATO generals signed an treaty to ended eleven weeks of NATO bombing of Yugoslavia and provided that the Balkan nation's armed forces begin a demonstrable withdrawal from Kosovo. NATO was celebrating the fact that in Kosovo the alliance acted resolutely.


Colorado Avalanche win their first Stanley Cup

The 1996 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the NHL 1995–96 season. It was contested by the Western Conference champion Colorado Avalanche and the Eastern Conference champion Florida Panthers, 2 teams in the Final for the first time. Colorado defeated Florida in a four-game sweep to win their 1st Stanley Cup.

Pilot is sucked out in flight

An improperly installed windscreen panel separated from its frame, causing the plane's captain to be blown partially out of the aircraft. With the captain pinned against the window frame for twenty minutes, the first officer managed to land at Southampton Airport.

'Sealed With A Kiss' is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Sealed with a Kiss is a song written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld and was most successful as a 1962 hit single for Brian Hyland. Hyland's single began its run in June 1962 and became a hit, reaching No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.

'You're The One That I Want' is #1 on the US singles chart

Upon its release in conjunction with the film, the single became a huge international hit, reaching number 1 in several countries. In the U.S. the single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in July was certified Platinum for shipments exceeding 2 million copies.

The Apple II is introduced

Wozniak was working on a design for an improved version of the Apple I. The Apple II was introduced with an advertisement illustrating a scene in a kitchen. The Apple II was the first consumer product sold by Apple Computer. It started the boom in personal computer sales

The play 'Travesties' premieres

Travesties is a play by Tom Stoppard. The play centres on the figure of Henry Carr, an elderly man who reminisces about Zürich during the First World War, and his interactions with James Joyce when he was writing Ulysses, Tristan Tzara during the rise of Dada, and Lenin leading up to the Russian Revolution, all of whom were living in Zürich at that time.

Israel ends six-day war

Israel finally observed the UN ceasefire and halted her advance into Syria. Within 6 days Israeli troops have taken territory many times larger than Israel itself and united the holy city of Jerusalem for the first time since 1948.

Classical Era superstar Spencer Tracy dies

In June 1967, 17 days after completing what was his last film role in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Tracy awakened at 3:00 am to make himself a cup of tea in his apartment in Beverly Hills, California. When Hepburn entered the room, she found Tracy lying dead from a heart attack. He was 67.

The first birth-control pill Enovid is approved in U.S.

The combined oral contraceptive pill is a type of birth control that is designed to be taken orally by women. They were first approved for contraceptive use in the US in 1960, and are a very popular form of birth control. They are currently used by more than 100 million women worldwide and by almost 12 million women in the United States.

Saab produces its first automobile

Its first production car was the Saab 92001 and Saab quickly settled a reputation for building safe and reliable cars. From the start the company concentrated on high performance, technological innovation, and a distinctive appearance. Saab imported into many countries.


Nuxhall becomes the youngest player ever in a MLB game

At the height of American involvement in World War II, MLB teams were faced with problem, they missed players. 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall becomes the youngest person ever to play Major League Baseball when he pitches in a game for the Cincinnati Reds. He was an All-Star for the National League in 1955 and 1956.

Nazis burn the Czech village Lidice

Lidice was a village that stood about 20 kilometres north-west of Prague. It was completely destroyed and eliminate from all maps by the occupying forces of Nazi Germany with killing every adult male and over 52 women. After the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague.

Mylar trademark is registered

New extra strong plastic was created by DuPont. Chemically, it is a stretched biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate and therefore it is often called BoPET. Its development was the evolution of another famous material, the Dacron. Mylar is used for manufacturing of tapes, capacitor dielectrics, food wrap, balloons and high-quality drumheads.

Italy declares war on France and Britain

Italy's dictator Benito Mussolini declared war on France and Great Britain. The Italian entry into the war opened up new fronts in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Mussolini's immediate war aim was to expand the Italian colonies in North Africa by taking land from the British and French colonies.


Italy beat Czechoslovakia to win the World Cup

The 1934 FIFA World Cup Final was the deciding match of the 1934 FIFA World Cup. It was contested by Italy and Czechoslovakia. Italy won the game 2-1 for their first World Cup title at the now-closed Stadio Nazionale PNF in Rome in temperatures approaching 40 °C.

Ships head out to begin work on operational Transatlantic cable

Morse had experimented with underwater telegraph circuits since 1842. After the 1st two cable-laying attempts failed, Field reorganized the project, removing Morse from direct involvement. Though the cable broke 3 times during the 3rd attempt, it was successfully repaired, and the 1st transatlantic telegraph messages were sent in 1858.

Rossini's 'La gaza ladra' opens in Pesaro opera theater

La gazza ladra is opera semiseria in two acts and is best known for the overture, which is musically notable for its use of snare drums. The melodies are used in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange.

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