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Kennewick Man is confirmed to be Native American

Kennewick Man is the name generally given to the skeletal remains of a prehistoric Paleoamerican man found on a bank of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington, USA. First thought to be of Caucasian origin, archeologist Eske Willerslev and his colleagues at the University of Copenhagen extracted a complete genome sequence from the remains, discovering it to be related to modern Native Americans.

Amy Winehouse booed by crowds in Serbia's Belgrade

Several weeks before her death, Amy Winehouse started her 12-leg 2011 European tour in Belgrade. Her performance was described as disastrous after she was not able to remember the names of the band members, nor the city she was in. Being apparently too drunk, she was booed away from the stage by the fans.

2011

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joins Milan from Barcelona

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who was loaned to AC Milan by Barcelona for the 2010-2011 season, with the club retaining the option to buy him outright for €24 million at the end of the season. Agreements between the clubs were confirmed and Ibrahimovic started the following season playing for Supercoppa Italiana.

Charleston Sofa Super Store fire

A fire broke out at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, South Carolina that claimed the lives of 9 firefighters. It is believed the fire started in the loading dock area, probably due to a discarded cigarette. The roof collapsed and trapped several firefighters underneath it. Efforts to save them proved unsuccessful.

Actor David Tennant appears for the first time as Doctor Who

David Tennant is a Scottish actor and voice actor who, after the return of Doctor Who to British screens, replaced Christopher Eccleston in the main role, becoming the Tenth Doctor. He briefly appeared in the episode “The Parting of the Ways”, just at the end of the regeneration scene and then proceeded to film the new series of Doctor Who by the end of the following month.

"The Terminal" is released

An American comedy-drama movie, The Terminal was distributed by DreamWorks Pictures and released in the US. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and tells a story of a man who got stuck in NY's airport terminal. It received positive reviews and an average rating of 6.2 out of 10 on review website Rotten Tomatoes.

Video game Sonic Adventure 2 is released

Sonic Adventure 2 was published by Sega and released for the Dreamcast console. The game was developed by a former US division of the Sonic Team and received critical acclaim, called by many "one of the greatest video games of all time." It boasts an aggregate review score of 89/100 on Metacritic.

2000

Tiger Woods claims victory at 100th US Golf Open

Tiger Woods won his first U.S. Open by a record-setting fifteen strokes over runners-up Ernie Els and Miguel Ángel Jiménez. It remains the most dominating performance and victory in any major championship. The defending champion, Payne Stewart, died in an aviation accident less than eight months earlier.

1991

Dave Dravecky's cancerous left arm is amputated

Dravecky is a former American professional baseball player who spent his career playing for the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants. His career was cut short by cancer when a desmoid tumor was found in his pitching arm. One year after undergoing surgery, the cancer had returned and when, after two more operations, his condition had still not improved, the arm and shoulder had to be amputated.

Sally K. Ride becomes America's first woman in space

Sally K. Ride was an American engineer, physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride was the third woman in space overall, after USSR cosmonauts Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya, but remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space, having done so at the age of 32.

Carter and Brezhnev sign SALT II Treaty

SALT II was a series of talks between United States and Soviet negotiators from 1972 to 1979 which sought to curtail the manufacture of strategic nuclear weapons. SALT II was the first nuclear arms treaty to assume real reductions in strategic forces of all categories of delivery vehicles on both sides. An agreement to limit strategic launchers was reached in Vienna in June 1979, signed by Leonid Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter.

"Microsoft BASIC" programming language introduced

Microsoft BASIC appeared for the first time as Altair Basic and became the first high level programming language available for the Altair 8800 microcomputer. It was subsequently ported to and supplied with almost every computer design. BASIC-86 was the first implementation as a standalone disk-based language system for the 8086 CPU.

ABBA performs a tribute to Sweden's new queen

ABBA are a Swedish pop group, formed in Stockholm. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. When King Gustaf of Sweden married Silvia Sommerlath, the Swedish pop group performed their “Dancing Queen” at a Royal Variety Performance as a tribute to the new Queen.

Singer-songwriter Blake Shelton is born

Blake Shelton is an American country singer, songwriter and television personality. Born in Ada, Oklahoma, his uncle taught him to play the guitar when he was 12, though he had started singing even before that. After graduating high school, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career as a singer. He made his debut with the single “Austin” off his album of same name.

1975

Bobby Orr wins his eighth straight Norris Trophy

The Norris trophy is an award given to the NHL top defense player who demonstrates the greatest all-around ability in his position. Bobby Orr won a record number of 8 consecutive Trophies during his stay in Boston. In the same season he broke his own record for goals by a defenceman when he scored 46 goals with 89 assists.

1972

West Germany beats USSR to win the European Championships

The Final match of UEFA Euro 1972 took place at Heysel Stadium in Brussels with Ferdinand Marschall acting as main referee. West Germany won the match against the Soviet Union, thanks to 2 goals by Gerd Müller and 1 by Herbert Wimmer. The match was attended by roughly 43 thousand people.

Nike patents its iconic V-shaped "Swoosh" logo

Carolyn Davidson created the Nike Swoosh logo, a known corporate trademark, while she was a graphic student at Portland State University. Co-founder of Nike, Phil Knight, wanted a simple, fluid design that conveys motion and speed. It was officially patented at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials, in Eugene, Oregon.

The first large, solid-fuel rocket is launched

The Titan IIIC was an expendable launch system used by the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1982. It was the first Titan booster to feature large solid rocket motors which have fewer parts than liquid-propellant rockets and are of simpler construction. They are also safer, more reliable and more powerful. The first Titan IIIC flew in June 1965, the most powerful launcher used by the Air Force at the time.

UK adopts first hard drink-drive limit

The UK government announced that it was preparing to introduce a maximum legal blood alcohol limit for drivers. This move came as a result of increased road traffic accidents involving drivers who had been drinking alcohol.

Singer Alison Moyet is born

Moyet was born in Billericay, a town in Essex county, England. She left school at 16 and became involved in several punk rock, pub rock and blues bands. Her mainstream pop career began at the age of 21 when she formed the duo Yazoo with Vince Clarke. Following this she started performing as solo artist.

Actress Isabella Rossellini is born

Isabella Rossellini was born in Rome, the daughter of a Swedish actress and an Italian director. After finishing school, she attended Finch College in NYC where she also worked as a translator and reporter for RAI TV. She debuted in the movie “A Matter of Time”, led a modelling career and wrote 3 books.

UN adopts International Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a historic document that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly at its third session in December 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Of the then 58 members of the United Nations, 48 voted in favor, none against, eight abstained, and two did not vote.

Paul McCartney is born

Paul McCartney, known worldwide as the bass guitarist and singer for the Beatles, was born in Walton Hospital in Liverpool, England. His father encouraged him to be musical from an early age. He met Lennon when he was 15 and soon after joined his band, the Quarrymen. They later changed their name to the Beatles.

Charles de Gualle gives his Appeal of 18 June

The Appeal of 18 June was a speech given by Charles de Gaulle to the French people. It is considered one of the sparks of the French resistance to the German occupation of WW2. Though it is regarded as one of the most important speeches in French history, historians claim it was heard only by a minority of French people.

American chemist Dudley R. Herschbach is born

Dudley R. Herschbach is an American chemist and Nobel Prize winner. He is known for his experiments with molecular beams in which two atoms or molecules are collided together, allowing scientists to observe the dynamics of the resulting chemical reaction. Herschbach is also a strong proponent of science education among the general public.

Earhart becomes the 1st woman to be flown across the Atlantic

Amelia Earhart was an American aviation pioneer known for being the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic. Her first non-solo transatlantic flight occurred in 1928 when she accompanied Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon from Newfoundland to South Wales, becoming the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air. After landing, she said that someday she would like to try it alone.

Checker Taxi puts its first cars on the streets

Checker Taxi was a dominant taxicab company based in Chicago, Illinois. It used the “Checker Marathon”, a vehicle produced by Checker Motors. Checker A series sedans remain the most famous taxicab vehicles in the United States, comparable to the London Taxi in its nationally renowned styling which went largely unchanged since 1959 to keep production costs down.

American physical chemist Jerome Karle is born

Karle's main area of interest was the determination of crystal structures using X-ray scattering techniques. Together with Herbert A. Hauptman, he described the shapes of hormones, vitamins, even antibiotics, work for which they both received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia is born

Anastasia was born in Peterhof Palace, in Saint Petersburg, the daughter of Nicholas II of Russia. Her parents, hoping for a son and heir to the thone, were disappointed by her gender. During the Russian Revolution, Anastasia and her family were placed under house arrest and later moved to Yekaterinburg where they were executed.

Suffragist Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote

Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. She was arrested for voting in her hometown of Rochester, New York, and convicted in a widely publicized trial. Although she refused to pay the fine, the authorities declined to take further action.

Von Weber's opera "Der Freischütz" premieres in Berlin

Der Freischütz, Op. 77, J. 277, is a German opera with spoken dialogue in three acts by Carl Maria von Weber with a libretto by Friedrich Kind. It premiered at the Schauspielhaus in Berlin and is considered the first important German Romantic opera, especially in its national identity and stark emotionality.

The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte

The Battle of Waterloo was fought near Waterloo in present-day Belgium. A French army under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated by two of the armies of the Seventh Coalition: a British-led Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington, and a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Prince of Wahlstatt.

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