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2018

Royal Ascot horce-racing series begin in England

Ascot Racecourse is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting 13 of Britain's 36 annual Group 1 horse races. The course enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family, being six miles from Windsor Castle.

2018

2018 NBA Draft is televized nationally by ESPN

The 2018 NBA draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. National Basketball Association teams will take turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. It will be televised nationally by ESPN.

George Clooney sells his tequila business for up to $1 billion

Casamigos is a tequila company co-founded by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. It was purchased by Diageo for US$700 million plus up to a further $300m based on the brand's performance. The name Casamigos comes from the Spanish "casa" and "amigos," house and friends, thus "house of friends."

Uber's boss is forced to quit amid a series of company's affairs

Travis Cordell Kalanick is an American businessman. Kalanick resigned from Uber after a controversy over the company's unethical culture, including allegations that he ignored reports of sexual harassment at the company. He remains a shareholder and board member.

F.E.A.R. 3 is released

F.E.A.R. 3 is a first-person shooter survival horror video game developed by Day 1 Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is the sequel to F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, and the third installment of the F.E.A.R. series. It is the only F.E.A.R. game to have offline multiplayer, and co-op.

Spice Girls reunite for just one tour

The Return of the Spice Girls was the third concert tour by the British girl group the Spice Girls. This tour marked the group's first reunion as the original five-piece since the 1998 Spiceworld Tour. The tour is estimated to have grossed over US$70 million and produced $107.2 million in ticket sales and merchandising.

Solar sail is tested in space for the first time

Russian submarine launched a rocket with an experimental unmanned spacecraft Cosmos 1. It was built by non-governmental, nonprofit foundation The Planetary Society. The spacecraft was powered by radiation pressure (“solar sail”). Unfortunately, rocket failure prevented the spacecraft from reaching its intended orbit.

Battlefield 2 is released

Battlefield 2 is a first-person shooter military simulator video game published by Electronic Arts exclusively for Microsoft Windows as the third game in the Battlefield series. Players fight on a modern battlefield, using modern weapon systems. Battlefield 2 is a first-person shooter with some strategy and Tactical Shooter element.

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is voted the greatest quote

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" is a line from the film Gone with the Wind. The line is spoken by Rhett Butler, as his last words to Scarlett O'Hara, in response to her tearful question: "Where shall I go? What shall I do?". This quotation was voted the number one movie line of all time by the American Film Institute.

"Mississippi Burning" killer is sentenced for 41-year old crime

Killen was found guilty of manslaughter 41 years to the day after the crime. The jury, consisting of nine white jurors and three black jurors, rejected the charges of murder but found him guilty of recruiting the mob that carried out the killings. He was sentenced by Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon to the maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

The first privately funded spaceplane achieves spaceflight

SpaceShipOne completed the first manned private spaceflight. That same year, it won the US$10 million Ansari X Prize and was immediately retired from active service. Its mothership was named "White Knight". Both crafts were developed and flown by Mojave Aerospace Ventures.

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is published

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a fantasy novel written by J. K. Rowling and the fifth novel in the series. It follows Harry Potter's struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts, including the surreptitious return of the antagonist Lord Voldemort, O.W.L. exams, and an obstructive Ministry of Magic.

1997

The Women's National Basketball Association makes its debut

The league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the NBA, and league play started on this day. The regular season is played from June to September with the All-Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.

The Sex Pistols start their reunion tour in Lahti, Finland

The Filthy Lucre Tour was a reunion tour of the pioneering British punk rock band Sex Pistols. The 78-date world tour lasted for almost six months. A live album, Filthy Lucre Live, was recorded at Finsbury Park in London and reached #26 in the UK charts. A live version of the song "Pretty Vacant" was released as a single in July, making #18.

1990

Mandela proclaims "I am a Yankee!"

During a triumphant visit by Nelson Mandela to New York in June 1990, shortly after he had been released from a South African prison, one of his most memorable stops was a rally and concert at Yankee Stadium, where he put on a team cap and jacket and proclaimed, “I am a Yankee.”

Supreme Court allows burning American flag

Texas v. Johnson was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that invalidated prohibitions on desecrating the American flag. Justice William Brennan wrote for a five-justice majority in holding that the defendant Gregory Lee Johnson's act of flag burning was protected speech under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

1986

The legendary Socrates plays his final game for Brazil

Sócrates played for Brazil for seven years, scoring 22 goals and representing the nation in two World Cups. He captained the team in the 1982 FIFA World Cup; playing in midfield alongside Zico, Falcão, and Éder, considered one of the greatest Brazilian national teams ever.

Singer Lana Del Rey is born

Lana Del Rey is an American singer and songwriter. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana.

Prince William is born

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is a member of the British royal family. He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and since birth has been second in the line of succession to the British throne, after his father.

IBM retires last "STRETCH" supercomputer

The IBM 7030 Stretch was IBM's first transistorized supercomputer. Since the 7030 was much slower than expected and failed to meet its aggressive performance estimates, IBM was forced to drop its price from $13.5 million to only $7.78 million and withdrew the 7030 from sales to customers beyond those having already negotiated contracts.

Orchestra leader and songwriter Bert Kaempfert dies

Bert Kaempfert was a German orchestra leader, music producer, arranger, and songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs. Kaempfert died suddenly at the age of 56, following a stroke at his home on Majorca, shortly after a successful appearance in Britain.

Actor Chris Pratt is born

Christopher Michael Pratt is an American actor. Pratt came to prominence with his television roles, particularly for his role as Andy Dwyer in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, for which he received critical acclaim and was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

"Love Will Keep Us Together" hits #1 on the US singles chart

"Love Will Keep Us Together" is a song written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. It was first recorded by Sedaka himself and was released as a single in France. American pop duo Captain & Tennille covered the song with instrumental backing by L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew and had a worldwide hit with their version.

Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple

Richard Hugh Blackmore was one of the founding members of Deep Purple, playing jam-style hard-rock music which mixed guitar riffs and organ sounds. During his solo career, he established the heavy metal band Rainbow, which fused baroque music influences and elements of hard rock. Rainbow steadily moved to catchy pop-style mainstream rock.

1970

Brazil put on a masterclass to trash Italy

In total, the Brazilian team won all 12 games, scoring 42 goals and conceding only eight. With this third win after their 1958 and 1962 World Cup victories, Brazil became the world's most successful national football team at that time, surpassing both Italy and Uruguay, who each had two championships.

The Beatles record song "She Said She Said"

"She Said She Said" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from the album Revolver. Credited to Lennon–McCartney, it was written by John Lennon with assistance from George Harrison. Lennon described it as "an 'acidy' song" with lyrics inspired by actor Peter Fonda's comments during an LSD trip with members of the Beatles and the Byrds.

First computer with a memory runs a program

The device was called Manchester Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM). It was built at the Victoria University of Manchester by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill. SSEM contained all the elements essential to a modern electronic computer. Its first program was designed to find the highest proper factor of 218.

"Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf?" is released

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is an American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee. The film stars Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George, with George Segal as Nick and Sandy Dennis as Honey.

Chinese cosmonaut Yang Liwei is born

He was the first man from China in space. Liwei was launched on the morning of 15 Oct 2003, from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert. His spacecraft was Shenzhou 5, Chinese clone of the Soviet/Russian Soyuz. Liwei completed 14 earth orbits and then returned to Earth, landing safely on the central grasslands of Inner Mongolia.

British actor David Morrisseyis is born

David Mark Morrissey is an English actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. At the age of 18, he was cast in the television series One Summer. After making One Summer, Morrissey attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre for four years.

US troops take Okinawa

The Battle of Okinawa was a major battle of the Pacific War fought on the island of Okinawa by United States Marine and Army forces against the Imperial Japanese Army. 149,425 Okinawans were killed, committed suicide or went missing, a significant proportion of the estimated pre-war 300,000 local population.

Musician Ray Davies is born

Sir Raymond Douglas Davies is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. He was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter for the Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave. He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.

English inventor Joseph Cyril Bamford is born

He invented and manufactured the JCB construction machine with a hydraulically operated shovel on the front and an excavator arm on the back. From the business which bore his initials that he started in a garage in 1945, he became one of Britain's most successful industrialists. Bamford also pioneered the backhoe loader concept in Europe.

Jean-Paul Sartre is born

Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism and phenomenology, and one of the leading figures in 20th-century French philosophy and Marxism.

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