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Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato are at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Solo'

"Solo" is a song by British electronic music band Clean Bandit, featuring guest vocals from American singer Demi Lovato and pitched background vocals from Kamille. It was written by Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson, Lovato, Camille Purcell, and Fred Gibson, with production handled by Chatto, Patterson, Gibson and Mark Ralph.

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' goes to U.S. cinemas

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is an American science fiction adventure film that is the sequel to Jurassic World. Set on the fictional Central American island of Isla Nublar, off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, it follows Owen Grady and Claire Dearing as they rescue the remaining dinosaurs on the island before a volcanic eruption destroys it.


NHL owners meeting approves the Las Vegas expansion bid

At the league owners' meeting in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas expansion bid was approved by a unanimous vote, with play to begin in the 2017–18 NHL season. The team became the first major professional sports franchise to be based in Las Vegas, and the first NHL expansion team since 2000.

Kabul parliament attack

The 2015 Kabul Parliament attack occurred when members of the Taliban detonated a car bomb outside the National Assembly in Kabul then attacked the building with assault rifles and RPGs. Two civilians and seven Taliban died in the attack.

Washington Metro train collision

A subway train-on-train collision occurred between two southbound Red Line Washington Metro trains in Northeast, Washington. A moving train collided with a train stopped ahead of it; the train operator along with eight passengers were killed, and 80 people were injured, making it the deadliest crash in the history of the Washington Metro.

Coldplay hit #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Viva La Vida'

"Viva la Vida" is a song by British rock band Coldplay. It was written by all members of the band for their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death, and All His Friends, and was released as the second single from the album. On the album, this song segues directly into the next track, "Violet Hill".

Stand-up comedian George Carlin dies

Carlin died in 2008 at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, of cardiac arrest at age 71. His death occurred one week after his last performance at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

'The Fast and the Furious' is released

The Fast and the Furious is an action crime film directed by Rob Cohen, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Gary Scott Thompson and David Ayer. It is the first installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune and Ted Levine.

Checkpoint Charlie is dismantled in Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction.

Dell goes public

Dell's market capitalization grew by $30 million to $80 million from its initial public offering of 3.5 million shares at $8.50 a share. In 1992, Fortune magazine included Dell Computer Corporation in its list of the world's 500 largest companies, making Michael Dell the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company ever.


The controversial Hand of God goal

During a football match between Argentina and England in the quarter-finals of the 1986 FIFA, the first goal, after 51 minutes, was to become known as the "Hand of God goal", which Maradona scored by using his hand. Referee Ali Bin Nasser of Tunisia claimed he did not see the infringement and allowed the goal.

Mark Chapman is pleaded guilty for killing John Lennon

Chapman said God had told him to plead guilty and he would not change his plea or ever appeal, regardless of his sentence. Judge Dennis Edwards refused a further assessment, saying Chapman had made the decision of his own free will and declared him competent to plead guilty.


You cannot be serious moment

McEnroe was fined the U.S. $1,500 and came close to being thrown out after he called umpire Ted James "the pits of the world" and then swore at tournament referee Fred Hoyles. He also made famous the phrase "you cannot be serious", which years later became the title of McEnroe's autobiography.


Germany beat Belgium to win the European Championship in Italy

The football match was played at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. The match featured West Germany, runners-up in the previous edition of the competition, and Belgium. Germany went on to win the match 2–1 after two goals by Horst Hrubesch, interposed by a Belgian penalty successfully converted by René Vandereycken.

'Escape from Alcatraz' is released

Escape from Alcatraz is an American prison thriller film directed by Don Siegel. It is an adaptation of the non-fiction book of the same name by J. Campbell Bruce and dramatizes the prisoner escape from the maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island.

Charon is discovered by James W. Christy

Charon, also known as Pluto I, is the largest of the five known natural satellites of the dwarf planet Pluto. It was discovered in at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., using photographic plates taken at the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station.

Skylab 2 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean

The Skylab was a manned, orbiting spacecraft composed of five parts: the solar observatory, the multiple docking adapter, the airlock module, the instrument unit, and the orbital workshop. The mission established a record for human spaceflight duration. The crew were the first space station occupants ever to return safely to Earth.

Nixon lowers voting age to 18

President Richard Nixon signed an extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that required the voting age to be 18 in all federal, state, and local elections. Subsequently, Oregon and Texas challenged the law in court, and the case came before the Supreme Court in 1970 as Oregon v. Mitchell.

Judy Garland dies at age 47 of a drug overdose

During a career that spanned 45 of her 47 years, Garland attained international stardom as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on the concert stage. Her life-long addiction to drugs and alcohol ultimately led to her death in London from a barbiturate overdose at age 47.

13-year old Stevie Wonder first enters the US singles chart

Fingertips" is a 1963 hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's then Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley's comic monologue "It's in the Book".

Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa

Operation Barbarossa was the code name for the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. Despite partial successes, the German offensive stalled in the Battle of Moscow and subsequently the Soviet winter counteroffensive pushed German troops back.

France is forced to sign an armistice

After the blitzkrieg success of the Wehrmacht leading to the Fall of France, conditions were set by the Second Armistice at Compiègne. Both French and Germans thought the occupation would be temporary and last only until Britain came to terms, which was believed to be imminent.


Joe Louis knocks out Max Schmeling in the first round

The Louis-Schmeling rematch came on – one year from the day Louis had won the World Heavyweight title. There were more than 70,000 fans and the fight drew gate receipts of $1,015,012. After only a few seconds of feinting, Louis unleashed a tireless barrage on Schmeling, knocking him out at the end.

Last shot is fired in the American Civil War

The Union finally won the war when General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Battle of Appomattox Court House, followed by a series of surrenders by Confederate generals throughout the southern states. Cherokee leader Stand Watie became the last Confederate General to surrender his forces.

Galileo is found guilty of heresy

His crime was “holding as true the false doctrine taught by some that the sun is the center of the world." He was sentenced to formal imprisonment at the pleasure of the Inquisition. On the following day this was commuted to house arrest, which he remained under for the rest of his life. While in house arrest, Galileo wrote his best book, Two New Sciences.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1969

Judy Garland

born 1974