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2018

24 Hours of Le Mans kicks off at 3pm

The 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans is an automobile endurance event set to take place on 16 and 17 June 2018 at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France. It is to be the 86th running of the 24 Hour race organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett launch "Giving Pledge" campaign

The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. As of 2018, the pledge has 175 signatories, either individuals or couples; from 22 different countries. Most of the signatories of the pledge are billionaires, and their pledges total over $365 billion.

"The Dead Zone" premieres on USA Network

The Dead Zone is an American/Canadian science fiction drama television series starring Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith. The Dead Zone was expected to be renewed for a seventh season but due to the low ratings and high production costs, the series was canceled in December 2007 without a proper series finale.

1998

Vladimir Konstantinov injured in car accident

Vladimir Konstantinov is a Russian-American retired professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings. His career was ended abruptly when the driver of his limousine lost control and hit a tree on the median of Woodward Avenue in Birmingham, Michigan, just six days after the Red Wings won the 1997 Stanley Cup. Konstantinov spent several weeks in a coma before finally pulling through.

1996

Chicago clinches victory over Seattle

The Chicago Bulls finished the 1995-96 NBA season with a combined regular season and postseason record of 87-13, the best in NBA history. They defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship.

Michael Jackson releases ninth studio album

"HIStory" is the ninth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson. It was Jackson's fifth album released through Epic Records, and the first released on his label MJJ Productions. "HIStory" attracted some controversy and Jackson rerecorded some lyrics in "They Don't Care About Us" after he was accused of antisemitism.

Andrew Morton publishes controversial book about Princess Di

The love affairs of both Diana and Charles were exposed in 1992 when Andrew Morton published his book, Diana: Her True Story. The book, which also revealed the Princess's allegedly suicidal unhappiness, caused a media storm.

"Ghostbusters II" is released

Ghostbusters II is an American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It is the sequel to the film Ghostbusters, and follows the further adventures of the three parapsychologists and their organization that combats paranormal activities.

1982

Robson scores third fastest goal in World Cup history

Bryan Robson is an English football manager and former player. He spent 20 years in the record books thanks to a goal he scored against France in England's opening game of the 1982 World Cup. It came after just 27 seconds of play – the third fastest in World Cup finals history until 2002.

1982

Algeria shocks at its World Cup debut

Algeria debuted at the 1982 FIFA World Cup by recording a shock 2–1 win over West Germany on the opening day, described as the "greatest World Cup upset since North Korea beat Italy in 1966", and as "one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history". Algeria became the first African and Arab team to defeat a European team at the FIFA World Cup.

Engineer Wernher von Braun dies

Wernher von Braun was a German aerospace engineer and space architect known as a leading figure of early rocket technology. He developed the infamous V-2 rocket during World War II. After the war, he moved to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip. He became the principal architect of the Saturn V rocket, which took humans to the Moon.

Actor and musician Tupac Shakur is born

Tupac Amaru Shakur was an American rapper and actor. He sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Shakur began his career as a roadie, backup dancer and MC for the alternative hip hop group Digital Underground, eventually branching off as a solo artist.

1970

PGA golfer Phil Mickelson is born

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer and one of 16 players in the history of golf to win at least three of the four majors. He has won every major except the U.S. Open, where he has finished runner-up a record six times.

Variety show "Hee Haw" premiers on CBS

Hee Haw was an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with the fictional rural "Kornfield Kounty" as a backdrop. Hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, the show was equally well known for its voluptuous, scantily clad women in stereotypical farmer's daughter outfits and its country-style corn pone humor.

Monterey International Pop Music Festival openes

The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event. Crowd estimates for the festival have ranged from 25,000 to 90,000 people, who congregated in and around the festival grounds. The festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who and Ravi Shankar.

Bob Dylan records "Like A Rolling Stone" in NYC

"Like a Rolling Stone" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. Dylan distilled this draft into four verses and a chorus.

Valentina Tereshkova becomes first woman in space

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is a retired Russian cosmonaut, engineer, and politician. She is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than 400 applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6. Having orbited Earth 48 times, Tereshkova remains the only woman ever to have been on a solo space mission.

"Psycho" premieres in New York

Psycho is an American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano. The film centers on the encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel's disturbed owner-manager, Norman Bates.

Imre Nagy is executed

Imre Nagy was a Hungarian communist politician who was appointed Chairman of the Council of Ministers on two occasions. Nagy's second term ended when his non-Soviet-backed government was brought down by the Soviet invasion that succeeded the failed Hungarian Revolution and resulted in Nagy's execution on charges of treason two years later.

Songwriter and record producer Lamont Dozier is born

Lamont Herbert Dozier is an American songwriter and record producer born in Detroit, Michigan. Dozier was a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers.

Roosevelt launches New Deal program

The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms and regulations enacted in the United States from 1933-36 in response to the Great Depression. It included support for farmers, the unemployed, youth and the elderly as well as new constraints and safeguards on the banking industry and efforts to re-inflate the economy after prices had fallen sharply.

IBM is founded

At the time of its founding, IBM was called the “Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company” and was only renamed "International Business Machines" in 1924. IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware, middleware and software, and offers hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology.

Ford Motor Co. is incorporated

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated in 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family which, despite minority ownership, still have the majority of the voting power.

Pepsi-Cola original trademark is approved

The original trademark application for Pepsi-Cola was filed on September 23, 1902, with registration approved after nine months. The patent describes Pepsi-Cola as a flavoring syrup for soda water. This trademark expired on April 15, 1904.

Amundsen sets sail for the Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage is the sea route to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America. The first explorer to conquer the Northwest Passage solely by ship was the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. In a three-year journey between 1903 and 1906, Amundsen explored the passage with a crew of six. Amundsen, who had sailed to escape creditors seeking to stop the expedition, completed the voyage in a converted herring boat christened Gjøa.

Geneticist Barbara McClintock is born

Barbara McClintock was an American scientist and cytogeneticist who developed a technique for visualizing chromosomes and used it to demonstrate many fundamental phenomena in the cell. She described the exchange of information during meiosis, produced the first genetic map and described the role of the telomere and centromere, regions of the chromosome that are important during cell division. In 1983, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

Apache leader Geronimo is born

Geronimo, "the one who yawns", was a prominent leader and medicine man from the Bedonkohe band of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. Geronimo's raids and related combat actions were a part of the prolonged period of the Apache–United States conflict, which started with American settlement in Apache lands following the end of the war with Mexico in 1848.

Adam Smith, a pioneer of economic science, is born

Adam Smith was a Scottish economist, philosopher and author as well as a moral philosopher, a pioneer of political economy and a key figure during the Scottish Enlightenment era. Smith is best known for two classic works: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations and The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

First pendulum clock patented

The pendulum clock was invented by Dutch scientist and inventor Christiaan Huygens, and patented the following year. It is a clock that uses a pendulum, a swinging weight, as its timekeeping element. The advantage of a pendulum for timekeeping is that it is a harmonic oscillator.

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