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U.S. Open golf tournament concludes

The 2018 United States Open Championship was the 118th U.S. Open. Located at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in New York, about ninety miles east of New York City, it was the fifth U.S. Open held at this course. Defending champion, Brooks Koepka, shot a final round 68 for 281 (+1) to win his second straight U.S. Open, one stroke ahead of runner-up Tommy Fleetwood, who closed with the sixth round of 63 in U.S. Open history.


The Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix kickstarts

The Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix is a motorcycling event held at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. With long straights and a variety of corners, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is seen as an all-rounder circuit. The track has stands with a capacity of 140,700.

Bill Cosby trial is declared a mistrial

American comedian Bill Cosby has been the subject of publicized sexual assault allegations, with the earliest incidents allegedly taking place in the mid-1960s. Cosby’s first trial in 2017 ended in a mistrial, but in 2018, the comedian was retried and found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He now faces up to ten years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

"Cops" begins its 30th season

“Cops” is an American half-hour documentary/reality legal series that follows police officers, constables, sheriff's deputies, federal agents, and state troopers during patrols and other police activities. One of the longest-running television programs in the United States, the first 25 seasons aired on Fox before Paramount picked it up for five more seasons. The 30th season premiered in 2017.

Deadly wildfires spread through Portugal

A series of four initially deadly wildfires erupted across central Portugal within minutes of each other, resulting in at least 66 deaths and 204 injured people. The majority of deaths took place in the Pedrógão Grande municipality, when a fire swept across a road filled with evacuees escaping in their cars.

Amazon buys out Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market Inc. is an American supermarket chain that specializes in selling organic food, products without artificial additives, colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats. In 2017, it was reported that the Federal Trade Commission had approved a merger between Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market and the following day, it was announced that the deal would be closed. Whole Foods Market Inc. has 479 stores in North America and the United Kingdom.

Bruce Springsteen plays his longest show

The Wrecking Ball World Tour was a concert tour by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to promote Springsteen's seventeenth studio album, Wrecking Ball, which was released in 2012. Shows were longer than on recent tours, culminating in Helsinki with the longest performance of Springsteen's career at 4 hours and 4 minutes.

Rihanna releases "Disturbia"

"Disturbia" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded, a re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad of 2007. It was written by Andre Merritt, Chris Brown, Brian Kennedy and Rob. A!, with production of the song helmed by Kennedy.

Gay marriage becomes legal in California

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the U.S. state of California since 2008 when the state began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as the result of the Supreme Court of California ruling in In re Marriage Cases, which found that barring same-sex couples from marriage violated the state's Constitution.


The Boston Celtics win their 17th NBA Championship

The 2007–08 NBA season was the 62nd season of the NBA. The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 131–92 to win the 2008 NBA Finals, four games to two. This season was notable for being one of the most competitive Western Conference playoff races in NBA history.


Moneyball is published

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a book by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland's disadvantaged revenue situation.

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is released

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness is an action-adventure game, the sixth instalment in the Tomb Raider series, acting as a direct sequel to Tomb Raider Chronicles and The Last Revelation. It was developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. The game was released in 2003 for MS Windows, PS2 and Mac OS X.

Hackers decipher computer code written in the DES

DESCHALL was the first group to break a message which used the Data Encryption Standard, becoming the $10,000 winner of the first of the set of DES Challenges proposed by RSA Security in 1997. It was established by a group of computer scientists led by Rocke Verser assisted by Justin Dolske and Matt Curtin and involved thousands of volunteers.

American philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn dies

Thomas Kuhn was an American physicist, historian and philosopher of science whose controversial 1962 book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” was influential in both academic and popular circles. He claimed scientific fields undergo periodic "paradigm shifts" rather than progressing in a solely linear and continuous way, that the notion of scientific truth cannot be established solely by objective criteria but is defined by a consensus of a scientific community, and that competing paradigms are frequently incommensurable; that is, they are competing and irreconcilable accounts of reality.


O. J. Simpson is charged with murder

O. J. Simpson is a former NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and advertising spokesman. In 1994, he was arrested and charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. He was acquitted by a jury after a lengthy and internationally publicized trial. The families of the victims filed a civil suit against him and were awarded $33.5 million for the victims' wrongful deaths.


Liverpool Captain Jordon Henderson is born

Jordan Brian Henderson is an English professional footballer who captains Premier League club Liverpool and plays for the English national team. He is usually deployed as a central midfielder for both club and country. He became captain of Liverpool in 2015 following the departure of Steven Gerrard.


Reports surface that Mike Tyson beats his wife, Robin Givens

Former boxer, Mike Tyson's marriage to Robin Givens was very tumultuous, with allegations of violence, spousal abuse and mental instability on Tyson's part. Matters came to a head when Tyson and Givens gave a joint interview with Barbara Walters on the ABC TV newsmagazine show 20/20 in which Givens described life with Tyson as "torture" and "pure hell".

Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

STS-51-G was the eighteenth flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the fifth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. The seven-day mission launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Sultan Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia was on board as a payload specialist; Al Saud became the first Arab, the first Muslim, and the first member of a royal family to fly into space.


Tennis player Venus Williams is born

Venus Ebony Starr Williams is an American professional tennis player. She is generally regarded as one of the all-time greats of women's tennis and, along with younger sister Serena Williams, is credited with ushering in a new era of power and athleticism on the women's professional tennis tour.

US Copyright Office registers first video games

Lunar Lander with Asteroids were the first two games to be registered with the United States Copyright Office, though the prior games in the genre kept the gameplay from being patented. Lunar Lander was one of the first games ported by Atari to its Atari Arcade browser game portal and has been featured in an art installation at the Dublin Science Gallery.

Andy Gibb's first three releases reach #1 in the US

Andrew Roy Gibb was an English singer, songwriter, performer, and teen idol. He was the youngest brother of the Bee Gees: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. Gibb came to international prominence in the late 1970s with six singles that reached the Top 10 in the United States, three of which made it to #1. According to Billboard's Book Of Number One Hits, Gibb became the first solo artist in the history of U.S. pop charts to have his first three singles hit the number-one spot.

IRA bombs UK parliament

In 1974 the Provisional IRA bombed the British Houses of Parliament causing extensive damage and injuring eleven people. 1974 was the worst year of the Troubles outside of Northern Ireland. At the beginning of the year, the IRA had exploded a bomb on a coach carrying soldiers and some family members on the M62, killing 12 people including 4 civilians.

Don McLean hits #1 on the UK singles chart with "Vincent"

"Vincent" is a song by Don McLean written as a tribute to Vincent van Gogh. It is also known by its opening line, "Starry Starry Night", a reference to Van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night". The song also describes other paintings by the artist. It was created on the 100th anniversary of the midpoint of Van Gogh's life.

Five White House operatives arrested at Watergate complex

The Watergate scandal was a major political scandal that occurred in the United States during the early 1970s, following a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972, and the Nixon administration's subsequent attempt to cover up its involvement.

China tests its first hydrogen bomb

Test No. 6 is the codename for China's first test of a three-staged thermonuclear device and also its sixth nuclear weapons test. The device was detonated at Lop Nur Test Base, often called Lop Nur Nuclear Weapon Test Base, in Malan, Xinjiang in 1967.

Fashion designer Tory Burch is born

Tory Burch is an American fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist who has won several fashion awards for her designs. She is the Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch LLC. In 2015, she was listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.


Brazil defeats Czechoslovakia to win the World Cup

The 1962 FIFA World Cup Final was the deciding match of the 1962 FIFA World Cup. It was held at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile, and was contested by Czechoslovakia and Brazil. Brazil won the game 3–1 to record their second consecutive World Cup victory. Both teams had played each other during the group stage which ended in a goalless draw.

Iceland declares independence from Denmark

Throughout the 19th century, Iceland was ruled by the Danes, but in December 1918, the Danish–Icelandic Act of Union recognized Iceland as a fully sovereign and independent state in a personal union with Denmark. By 1943, the Act of Union had expired and in 1944, the people of Iceland voted to terminate the personal union with Denmark, abolish the monarchy, and establish their own republic.

Last public guillotining takes place in France

In 1939, Eugen Weidmann, a German criminal and serial murderer, was beheaded outside the prison Saint-Pierre in Versailles. The hysterical behaviour by spectators was so scandalous that French President Albert Lebrun immediately banned all future public executions. British actor Christopher Lee, who was 17 at the time, witnessed the event.

Prominent English director Ken Loach is born

Kenneth Charles Loach is an English director of television and independent film. His socially critical directing style and socialist ideals are evident in his film treatment of social issues such as poverty, homelessness and labour rights.

French biologist François Jacob is born

François Jacob was a French biologist who, together with Jacques Monod, originated the idea that control of enzyme levels in all cells occurs through regulation of transcription, a process in which a particular segment of DNA is copied into RNA by the enzyme RNA polymerase and used for the construction of a new protein. Jacob shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Jacques Monod and André Lwoff.

Francis Drake lands on the California coast

Sir Francis Drake was an English sea captain, privateer, slave trader, naval officer and explorer of the Elizabethan era. During a round-the-world voyage, he landed on the California coastline in a place now called Drakes Bay, though Drake himself named the newly discovered land New Albion. After making landfall, he continued on his journey circumnavigating the globe, returning home to England in 1580.

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