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Net neutrality finally dies in the U.S.

In January 2018, 50 senators endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's decision to deregulate the broadband industry. The vote passed and a resolution was approved to try and remove the FCC’s new rules on net neutrality; however, officials doubt there is enough time to completely repeal the rules before the Open Internet Order officially expires in June 2018.


Pittsburgh Penguins beat Nashville Predators

The 2017 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the NHL 2016–17 season. The Eastern Conference champion and defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators, four games to two. The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in their opponent's rink, just like they did the previous four times.

Brett Dean's opera "Hamlet" premieres at Glyndebourne

The opera premiered in June 2017, directed by Neil Armfield and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. A month later, the production was live streamed on Glyndebourne's website free of charge. The production was then presented in 2018 at the Adelaide Festival with Clayton, Gilfry, and Begley from the Glyndebourne cast and Cheryl Barker as Gertrude.


FIFA World Cup opens in South Africa

The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, the world championship for men's national association football teams. The opening ceremony was held at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, two hours before the opening match of the tournament. The winner of the finals was Spain.

Fiat Takes Over Chrysler After 42-Day Bankruptcy

Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late April 2009, emerging the from bankruptcy proceedings with the United Auto Workers pension fund, Fiat, and the U.S. and Canadian governments as principal owners. Fiat Chrysler’s initial purchase was a 20% stake in the company, but by January 2012, Fiat's equity stake in Chrysler had grown to 58.5%.

Paul McCartney marries Heather Mills

After having sparked the interest of the tabloids about his appearances at events with former model, amputee, and campaigner against landmines, Heather Mills, McCartney appeared publicly beside her at a party in January 2000 to celebrate her 32nd birthday. In June 2002, McCartney married Mills in an elaborate ceremony at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Ireland.

"American Idol" debuts on Fox

The 1st season of American Idol premiered in June 2002 and continued until September. It was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman, the latter of whom left the show after the season ended. Kelly Clarkson was the season winner.

Timothy McVeigh is executed for Oklahoma City bombing

Timothy McVeigh was an American domestic terrorist who perpetrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He was executed by lethal injection in June 2001 at the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Aaliyah hits #1 on the US singles chart with "Try Again"

Try Again debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 in March 2000 at number 58 reaching, number 1 in June 2000. It also peaked at number 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, number 3 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart and number 4 on the Hot R&B Singles & Tracks chart.

"Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" is released

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 American spy action comedy film and the second installment in the Austin Powers series. The film grossed around $312 million in worldwide ticket sales, taking more money during its opening weekend than the entire box office proceeds of its predecessor. It was nominated at the 72nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Makeup.


Hulk Hogan signs with World Championship Wrestling

Hulk Hogan is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and musician. He left the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and signed with WCW, a professional wrestling promotion. The WCW deal involved Hogan appearing on three Clashes and four pay-per-views at a reported $300,000 for each of the seven shows. He also wrestled on one tour of Europe.

Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0

IBM PC DOS is a discontinued operating system for the IBM Personal Computer. DOS 5.0 was one of the biggest upgrades of DOS in its history. It supported the use of the High Memory Area (HMA) and Upper Memory Blocks (UMBs) on 80286 and later systems to reduce its conventional memory usage. It was also the last version of DOS in which IBM and Microsoft shared the code. DOS 5 was later integrated to the OS/2 operating system.


The most embarrassing moment of Gary Linekar’s career

Gary Linekar is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster. In the 1990 World Cup, he scored four goals to help England reach the semi-finals after a string of draws and narrow victories. He was unwell during the tournament, and accidentally defecated during the opening group game against the Republic of Ireland.


Nolan Ryan pitches a no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics

The match took place at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers claimed his permanent spot in baseball history with his sixth of seven no-hitters in a 5-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Margaret Thatcher wins a third term in office

The 1987 UK general election was held to elect 650 members to the UK House of Commons. The election was the 3rd consecutive general election victory for the Conservative Party, and second landslide under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher.

Actor Shia LaBeouf is born

Shia Saide LaBeouf is an American actor, performance artist, and filmmaker. He became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, a role for which LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003. He made his film debut in The Christmas Path.

"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" opens in the US

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. It was released in June 1982, by Universal Pictures, E.T. was an immediate blockbuster, surpassing Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time—a record it held for eleven years until Jurassic Park.

Film star John Wayne dies

John Wayne was an American actor and filmmaker who died of stomach cancer at the age of 72 at the UCLA Medical Center. His body was buried in the Pacific View Memorial Park Cemetery in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach. According to his son Patrick and his grandson Matthew Muñoz, who was a priest in the California Diocese of Orange, Wayne converted to Roman Catholicism shortly before his death.

Texas Instruments Inc. introduces Speak & Spell

The Speak & Spell line was a series of electronic hand-held child computers by Texas Instruments that consisted of a TMC0280 linear predictive coding speech synthesizer, a keyboard, and a receptor slot to receive one of a collection of ROM games library modules. The 1st Speak & Spell was introduced at the summer Consumer Electronics Show in June 1978.

German psychologist Wolfgang Köhler dies

Wolfgang Köhler was a German psychologist and phenomenologist who contributed to the creation of Gestalt psychology where learning, perception, and other mental processes are studied as part of a structured whole. While director of the Anthropoid Station at Tenerife, Canary Islands, Köhler studied intelligent behavior in primates conducting experiments with problem-solving in chimpanzees.

"Paint It Black" hits #1 on the US singles chart

Paint It Black is a song by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. It reached number one in both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. The song became the Rolling Stones' third number one hit single in the US and its sixth in the UK.

Kennedy proposes the revolutionary Civil Rights Act

In a speech broadcasted live on national television and radio, President John F. Kennedy unveiled plans to pursue a comprehensive civil rights bill in Congress. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the nation's premier civil rights legislation. The Act outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Actor Hugh Laurie is born

James Hugh Calum Laurie is an English actor, director, musician, comedian, and author. Laurie portrayed the title character in the U.S. medical drama series House on Fox, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television and was one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama.

The hovercraft flies for the first time

The SR.N1 ("Saunders-Roe Nautical 1") was the first practical hovercraft. It was developed by British engineer Christopher Cockerell and served as an experimental vehicle for four years before being officially retired. Shortly after SR.N1 retirement, multiple companies started to build hovercrafts of their own design.

Honda opens in USA

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment. American Honda Motor Company is based in Torrance, California. Honda Racing Corporation is Honda's motorcycle racing division.


The first African American plays in a US Golf Open

Charles Luther Sifford was a professional golfer who was the first African American to play on the PGA Tour. He won the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. He also won the United Golf Association's National Negro Open six times, and the PGA Seniors' Championship in 1975.

The worst disaster in motorsport history occurs in Le Mans

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the 24 Hours of Le Mans motor race at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France, in June 1955, when a major crash caused large fragments of debris to fly into the crowd. 83 spectators and French driver Pierre Bouillin, who raced under the name Pierre Levegh, were killed, and nearly 180 more sustained injuries.

The first public demonstration of FM broadcasting

Electrical engineer and inventor of the FM radio, Edwin Armstrong, built his own radio station, W2XMN at Alpine, New Jersey, to demonstrate FM’s possibilities. Shortly after it began transmitting in July 1939, interest in FM soared. Armstrong commissioned General Electric to build 25 FM receiving sets at his own expense.


American football coach Vince Lombardi is born

Vincent Thomas Lombardi was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League. He is best known for being the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s, where he led the team to three straight and five total NFL Championships in seven years, in addition to winning the first two Super Bowls at the conclusion of the 1966 and 1967 NFL seasons.

Explorer Jacques Cousteau is born

Jacques Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the aqualung which made SCUBA diving possible and invented the Conshelf series of manned underwater habitats, the Diving Saucer and numerous other platforms and specialized instruments of ocean science. He used the famous research ship, Calypso.

Troy is sacked and burned

The Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta. The Greeks burned the city and divided the spoils. The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated through many works of Greek literature, most notably Homer's Iliad.

Anniversaries of famous

died 1979

John Wayne

born 1956

Joe Montana

born 1986

Shia LaBeouf