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Football World Cup kicks off in Russia

The 21st FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It is the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany and the first ever held in Eastern Europe. The opening match was between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

AT&T completes its acquisition of Time Warner

Despite spinning off Time Inc. in 2014, the company retained the Time Warner name until AT&T's acquisition in 2018, after which it became WarnerMedia. The company's previous assets included Time Inc., AOL, Time Warner Cable, Warner Books, and Warner Music Group; these operations were either sold to others or spun off as independent companies.

'The Message' is the first Arabic film commercially screened in Saudi Arabia

The Message is a 1976 epic historical drama film directed by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Released in Arabic and English, The Message serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Yoko Ono is given a credit as co-writer of 'Imagine'

“Imagine,” John Lennon’s seminal ballad for a utopian future without religion, borders or property, was first released in 1971. It was an instant hit, but its popularity ballooned further still after Lennon was killed in Manhattan. In 2017, the National Music Publishers Association awarded "Imagine" a Centennial Song Award and recognized Lennon's desire to add Yoko Ono as a co-author of the song.

Genfell Tower fire

The fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London; it caused 72 deaths, including those of two victims who later died in hospital. More than 70 others were injured and 223 people escaped. It was the deadliest structural fire in the United Kingdom since the 1988 Piper Alpha disaster.

Congressional baseball shooting

During a practice session for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity in Alexandria, Virginia, James Hodgkinson shot U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, congressional aide Zack Barth, and lobbyist Matt Mika.

'Jurassic World' sets a new opening weekend record

After a record-breaking opening weekend where it became the first film to gross over $500 million worldwide, Jurassic World generated a total of $1.6 billion in box office revenue, standing as the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time without inflation adjustment.

Tbilisi flood

A significant flood occurred in the Vere River valley in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. It resulted in at least 20 human deaths and struck the Tbilisi Zoo, leaving half of its animal inhabitants either dead or on the loose. Scores of peoples trapped by the floods were airlifted by rescuers.

Alaska Sockeye wildfire

The Sockeye Fire was a 2015 wildfire that occurred near Willow, in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska. By the time the fire was contained, 7,220 acres of land had burned. The fire received its name because its origin was traced to Sockeye Avenue, in Willow.

Ukrainian Il-76 shootdown

An Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force was shot down by forces of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic while on approach to land at Luhansk International Airport, Ukraine, during the course of the war in Donbass. The aircraft was carrying troops and equipment. All 49 people on board were killed.


Phil Jackson breaks Red Auerbach's record

Phil Jackson was head coach of the Chicago Bulls and during his tenure, Chicago won six NBA championships. After joining the L.A. Lakers, he gained three more consecutive titles, guiding the California team to championship victory in 2009. It was his 10th NBA title as a head coach, breaking the record he shared with coaching legend, Red Auerbach.

Mass rescue of "slaves" in China

The Chinese slave scandal was a series of forced labour cases in Shanxi, China. Thousands of Chinese people including many children had been forced to work as slaves in illegal brickyards, and were tortured by the owners of the brickyards. Approximately 550 people have been rescued from such situations.

'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' ends

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is an American television series based on the DC Comics character Superman. Developed for television by Deborah Joy LeVine, the series loosely follows the modern origin of Superman where Clark Kent is the true personality and Superman a disguise. The series focuses on the relationship and romance between Lois and Clark as much as on the adventures of Clark's alter-ego.

Puff Daddy and Faith Evans hit #1 on the US singles chart

"I'll Be Missing You" is a song recorded by American rapper Puff Daddy and American singer Faith Evans, featuring R&B group 112, in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. The single spent 11 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1997.


New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup after 54 years

The 1994 Stanley Cup Finals took place at Madison Square Garden and were contested between the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. The Rangers defeated the Canucks four games to three claiming the team’s fourth ever championship win, and their first since 1940.


Ice hockey team Florida Panthers is founded

The Florida Panthers are a professional ice hockey team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They began playing in the 1993–94 NHL season and made one appearance at the Stanley Cup Finals in 1996. It was the only season in which the Panthers have ever won a playoff series, though they eventually lost the Finals to the Colorado Avalanche.

Space Shuttle Columbia lands

Columbia touched down after 9 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes, 20 seconds in space. Its mission had been solely dedicated to biological experiments and it had featured the most detailed and interrelated physiological measurements in space since the 1973–1974 Skylab missions. Test subjects included crew members, 30 rodents and thousands of tiny jellyfish.

Madonna kicks off her 'Who's That Girl World Tour'

Who's That Girl World Tour was the second concert tour by American singer and songwriter Madonna. The tour supported her third studio album True Blue, as well as the soundtrack Who's That Girl. It was Madonna's first world tour and crossed Asia, North America and Europe.

The Mindbender roller coaster derails

The Mindbender is the world's largest indoor triple-loop roller coaster located in Alberta, Canada. The 1986 accident occurred when the coaster’s fourth car derailed before encountering the third and final loop. The train failed to clear the loop and slid backwards, crashing into a concrete pillar. Four passengers were thrown at least 25 feet to the floor below. Three died in the incident, the fourth was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Schengen Agreement is signed

The Schengen Agreement is the treaty which led to the creation of Europe's Schengen Area where internal border checks have largely been abolished. It was signed near the town of Schengen, Luxembourg, by five of the ten member states of what was then called the European Economic Community.

Falklands War ends

The Falklands War was a ten-week war between Argentina and the United Kingdom over two British dependent territories in the South Atlantic. It ended when British forces conquered Port Stanley. There, the commander of the Argentine garrison, General Mario Menéndez, surrendered to commander Michael Rose. The conflict had lasted 74 days and ended with the return of the islands to British control.

Smoking banned on flights of 4 hours or less

Inflight smoking is prohibited by almost all airlines. Limits on smoking were first imposed on flights of three hours or less in 1973 and were extended to flights of four hours or less in 1977. Little was done, however, to enforce these laws and it took another two decades for all planes to be smoke-free.

Ray Stevens hits #1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Streak'

One of Ray Stevens' most successful recordings, "The Streak" was also his second number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, spending three weeks at the top and reaching #3 on the Billboard Country singles chart. A major international hit, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, remaining there for a week.


East Germany beats West Germany in World Cup round 1

The 1974 FIFA World Cup was held in West Germany. East and West Germany were in the same group, both progressing at the expense of Chile and newcomers, Australia, to face each other in the final and most anticipated game. West Germany was already assured of progression to the second round whatever the result, but in one of the most politically charged matches of all time, it was East Germany that won.

Pilots threaten worldwide strike over hijack fears

Hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers faced flight delays and cancellations after pilots threatened to strike over hijack fears. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations called a 24-hour stoppage and accused governments of failing to take action to halt air piracy.


German tennis player Steffi Graf is born

Stefanie Maria "Steffi" Graf is a German former professional tennis player. She was ranked world No. 1 and won 22 Grand Slam singles titles. Her 22 singles titles put her second on the list of major wins in the female competition since the introduction of the Open Era.

The European Space Research Organisation is established

The European Space Research Organisation was an international organization founded by 10 European nations with the intention of jointly pursuing scientific research in space. It was founded in 1964. As an organization, ESRO was based on a previously existing international scientific institution, CERN.

The UNIVAC I computer is unveiled

The UNIVAC I was the first commercial computer made in the USA and one of the first mainframe computers in history. It was designed by J. Presper Eckert and John Mauchly, the inventors of the ENIAC which was built for calculating artillery firing tables. One of the UNIVAC I machines successfully predicted the result of the 1952 US presidential election.

The first prisoners arrive in Auschwitz

The Auschwitz concentration camp was a network of concentration and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during WW II. The first mass transport to Auschwitz, which included Catholic prisoners, suspected members of the resistance, and 20 Jews, arrived from the prison in Tarnów, Poland, in June 1940.

German tanks enter Paris

The Battle of France was the German invasion of France during the Second World War. As the Germans progressed towards the capital, the French resisted their approaches strongly, but the line eventually broke in several places. To bolster French resistance, Churchill attended a meeting of the Anglo-French Supreme War Council at Tours where he suggested a Franco-British Union. The French rejected the offer, and the following day, Paris fell.

Biologist Karl Landsteiner is born

Karl Landsteiner was an Austrian biologist, physician, and immunologist and the first person to distinguish the main blood groups. His AB0 system of blood typing made blood transfusion a routine medical practice. He also co-discovered the second most important blood group system, the RF factor, and the poliovirus.

Psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer is born

Alois Alzheimer was a German psychiatrist and neuropathologist known for the first description of what is today called Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer himself called the condition “presenile dementia.” Although the disease is a serious one, Dr. Alzheimer is the subject of many jokes. For example: "What's the name of that God-damn Swiss doctor who keeps hiding my glasses?"

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', is born

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1946

Donald Trump

born 1991

Jesy Nelson

born 1961

Boy George