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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.

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."

Beckton acid attack

Two occupants of a car were attacked with acid in Beckton in the London Borough of Newham. The perpetrator was John Tomlin and the victims were later named as Jameel Muhktar and his cousin and aspiring model Resham Khan. Their injuries were described as "life-changing".

Bishop International Airport attack

Airport police Lt. Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport in the city of Flint, Michigan, in the United States. The man, Amor Ftouhi, reportedly yelled "Allahu akbar" during the attack and was travelling on a Canadian passport. He was later charged with committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

Ninety-four people die after drinking moonshine in Mumbai, India

At least 102 people died after drinking contaminated alcohol in the Laxmi Nagar slum in Malad, located in Mumbai, India. Another 45 people were hospitalised as a result of the incident. The incident has been described as the worst of its kind in over a decade.

Edward Snowden is charged by the United States with espionage

The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed charges against Snowden of two counts of violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property, following which the Department of State revoked his passport. Russia later granted Snowden the right of asylum and permitted him to stay at least until 2020.

Indonesian Air Force Fokker 27 crashes

A Fokker F27 military transport aircraft of the Indonesian Air Force crashed into a housing complex near Halim Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, while conducting a training flight. All seven people on board were killed; four people on the ground were also killed, and 11 more injured.

Yanga derailment

The Yanga derailment occurred when a train travelling between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire in the Republic of the Congo was derailed and plunged into a ravine. At least 60 people were initially reported to have been killed and hundreds disappeared with the death toll expected to rise further.

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.

'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.

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.

"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.


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

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

'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.


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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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