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Saudi Arabia awards first driver’s licenses to women

Saudi Arabia was unique in being the only country in the world where women were forbidden to drive motor vehicles. On 26 September 2017, King Salman decreed that women will be allowed to gain driver's licenses in the Kingdom. His orders give responsible departments 30 days to prepare reports for implementation of this, with the target of removing the ban on women's drivers' licenses by June 2018.

United Kingdom wildfires

Record-breaking series of wildfires burned across the United Kingdom. The two largest fires, which were declared major incidents, burned over 7 square miles each and broke out on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester and Winter Hill in Lancashire.

Sichuan landslide

A landslide occurred at about 5:38 am local time in Diexi Town, Mao County, Sichuan Province in south-western China. It destroyed 40 homes in Xinmo Village and killed 10 people, with a further 73 people missing. A second smaller landslide at around 8:15 pm impeded rescue efforts.

'Mr. Robot' first airs on USA Network

"eps1.0_hellofriend.mov" is the pilot episode of USA Network's drama-thriller television series Mr. Robot. The pilot was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and written by creator and showrunner Sam Esmail. The episode aired in June 2015 and was watched by approximately 1.75 million people in the U.S., the highest rating the series has ever received.

Silvio Berlusconi is found guilty

Berlusconi was found guilty of paying El Mahroug for sex when she was 17 years old, and of abusing his powers in an ensuing cover-up. He was sentenced by the Court of First Instance to seven years in jail, and banned from public office for life.

'Under the Dome' first airs on the CBS

Under the Dome is an American science-fiction mystery drama television series. It premiered on CBS in 2013, and concluded in 2015. The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based on Stephen King's 2009 novel of the same name.

Gay marriages is legalized in New York

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S. state of New York since July 2011, under the Marriage Equality Act, which was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Marriage Equality Act does not have a residency restriction, as some other states do.


The longest match in tennis history

The Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships is the longest tennis match in history. In total, the match took 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over three days. It remains by far the longest match in tennis history, measured both by time and number of games. The final set alone was longer than the previous longest match.

Apple's iPhone 4 officially goes on sale

The iPhone 4 is a smartphone that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. Following a number of notable leaks, the iPhone 4 was first unveiled on June 7, 2010, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, and was released later that month in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Japan. It is the 4th generation of iPhone, succeeding the 3GS and preceding the 4S.

Australia gets the 1st female prime minister

Julia Eileen Gillard is a former Australian politician who was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013, as Leader of the Australian Labor Party. She was the first and to date the only woman to hold the positions of deputy prime minister, a prime minister, and leader of a major party in Australia.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' premieres

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is a 2006 American fantasy swashbuckler film, the 2nd installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series and the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. It was the first Disney film to use the new computer-generated Walt Disney Pictures production logo, which took a year for the studio to design.

Eric Clapton puts 100 of his guitars up for auction

Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie’s in New York City to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of ‘Layla’ sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.

Igandu train disaster

The Igandu train disaster was an accident which occurred in Tanzania. In one of the worst rail accidents in African history, a large passenger train with over 1,200 people on board rolled backwards down a hill into a slow moving goods train, killing 281 people.


1995 Rugby World Cup Final

The final match of the 1995 Rugby World Cup was played in South Africa, between the host nation, South Africa and New Zealand. South Africa won the encounter by three points in their first Rugby World Cup Final. Unusually, the points were scored by only one player from each team.

The Levellers play their show in front of 300 000 people

1994 saw the Levellers reach the peak of their popularity with a headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival and a record-breaking set on the main stage when they performed to around 300,000 people, a figure which is still a Glastonbury record to this day.

Fairchild Air Force Base B-52 crash

A USAF Boeing B-52 Stratofortress crashed at Fairchild Air Force Base, after its pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur "Bud" Holland, maneuvered the bomber beyond its operational limits and lost control. The B-52 stalled, fell to the ground and exploded, killing Holland and the three other field-grade officers on board the aircraft.

Frank Zappa takes part at the concert 'Adieu Soviet Army'

Zappa performed in 1991 in Prague, claiming that "was the first time that he had a reason to play his guitar in 3 years", and that that moment was just "the beginning of a new country", and asked the public to "try to keep your country unique, do not change it into something else".

Paul McCartney scores his seventh UK #1 solo album

Flowers in the Dirt is the eighth studio solo album by Paul McCartney. It was considered a major return to form and earned McCartney some of the best reviews he had received in years. The album made number 1 in the United Kingdom and Norway and produced several hit singles.

Space Shuttle Challenger lands

The mission was notable for carrying Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut. It was also the largest crew to fly in a single spacecraft up to that time. Challenger carried scientific SPAS-1 satellite, which conducted experiments with metal alloys. The Space Shuttle also deployed two communication satellites.

Jakarta incident

British Airways Flight 9, sometimes referred to by its callsign Speedbird 9 or as the Jakarta incident, was a scheduled British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Auckland, with stops in Bombay, Madras, Kuala Lumpur, Perth, and Melbourne.

Humber Bridge opens

The Humber Bridge, near Kingston upon Hull, England, is a 2,220m single-span suspension bridge, which opened to traffic in June 1981. When it was opened, it was the longest of its type in the world; it was not surpassed until 1998, with the completion of the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge, and it is now the eighth-longest.

Finale of 'Charlie's Angels' airs on ABC

Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 1976 to June 1981, producing 5 seasons and 110 episodes. Despite mixed reviews from critics and a reputation for merely being "Jiggle TV", Charlie's Angels enjoyed huge popularity with audiences and was a top ten hit in the Nielsen ratings for its first two seasons.

The Hollies are at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Alive'

I'm Alive is a 1965 number-one the UK hit single by The Hollies, written for them by American songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr. However they originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their minds and recording the song, which became their first No 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart.

First public demonstration of home video recorder

The Telcan, produced by the Nottingham Electronic Valve Company and demonstrated on June 24, 1963, was the first home video recorder. It could be bought as a unit or in kit form for £60. However, there were several drawbacks: it was expensive, not easy to put together, and can record for only 20 minutes at a time in black-and-white.

Start of the Berlin Blockade

The Berlin Blockade was one of the 1st major international crises of the Cold War. During the multinational occupation of post–WWII Germany, the Soviet Union blocked the Western Allies' access roads to the sectors of Berlin under Western control. In response, the Western Allies organized the Berlin Airlift.

The first female film star gets a million dollar contract

Mary Pickford was a Canadian-born film actress and producer. She was a co-founder of both the Pickford-Fairbanks Studio. In 1916, she signed a contract which guaranteed her an income of at least $1,040,000 over two years. In return for making six films, she would receive 50% of the profits, with a guaranteed minimum salary of $10,000, paid every Monday.

France adpopts republican constitution

The Constitution of 1793 was the 2nd constitution ratified for use during the French Revolution under the First Republic. It was intended to replace the outdated Constitution of 1791. With sweeping plans for democratization and wealth redistribution, the new document promised a significant departure from the relatively moderate goals of the Revolution in previous years.

John Cabot claims Eastern Canada for England

Cabot himself was an Italian. However, he sailed under the commission of Henry VII of England. He was first European who reached North-American coast since the times of Leif Erikson. Exact location of his landing is disputed. Historians have proposed present-day Newfoundland, Cape Breton Island, Labrador or Maine.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1987

Lionel Messi

died 2007

Chris Benoit

born 1979

Mindy Kaling