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The world's biggest music festival starts in Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival is a five-day festival of contemporary performing arts that takes place near Pilton, Somerset, England. The festival also hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts. Leading pop and rock artists have headlined, alongside thousands of others appearing on smaller stages and performance areas.

Expanded Panama Canal serves first ship

The vessel was called Cosco Shipping Panama. She represented the new class of mega-vessels that were newly able to use the canal instead of taking the long route around the Cape Horn. She carried 9000 containers. Her passage was celebrated with fireworks. Expansion of the Canal costed 5.25 billion dollars.


Connor McDavid is selected by the Edmonton Oilers

McDavid was drafted first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team. He made his NHL debut on October 2015, in a 3–1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. McDavid scored his first goal four nights later against goaltender Kari Lehtonen, in a 4–2 loss to the Dallas Stars.

The Supreme Court strikes down state bans on same-sex marriage

Obergefell v. Hodges is a landmark civil rights case in which the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

"Black Friday" islamist attacks

On 26 June 2015, attacks occurred in France, Kuwait, Syria, Somalia, and Tunisia, one day following a deadly massacre in Syria. The day of attacks has been dubbed "Bloody Friday" by international media and "Black Friday" among Francophone media in Europe and North Africa.

"Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng is published

Everything I Never Told You is a debut novel by Celeste Ng. It topped Amazon's Best Books of the Year list for 2014. The novel is about a mixed-race Chinese-American family whose middle daughter Lydia is found drowned in a lake. Ng spent six years writing the novel, going through four different full drafts.


Luis Suárez's World Cup ends in shame

Suárez missed the first part of the season after being found guilty of biting Italian player Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As part of the suspension, he was banned from all "football-related activities", including training for Barcelona, for four months.

Married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits

The Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that federal law could not treat as unequal, marriages that individual states had created as equally valid, when it overturned a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, thus forcing federal recognition of same-sex marriage and marriage-related benefits.

Total Guitar magazine votes best and worst cover songs

Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track "You Shook Me All Night Long’" as the world's worst cover version ever. Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan's song "All Along the Watchtower".

Mika Brzezinski attempts to set fire to a news script

After several sarcastic remarks from host Scarborough, Brzezinski attempted to set the story's script on fire on the air but was physically prevented from doing so by co-host Geist. She then tore up the script, and one hour later, got up and ran another copy of the script through a paper shredder retrieved from Dan Abrams's office.

U.S. Senate veteran Strom Thurmond dies at age of 100

James Strom Thurmond Sr. was an American politician who served for 48 years as a United States Senator from South Carolina. Thurmond died in his sleep of heart failure at a hospital in Edgefield, South Carolina, at age 100.

The Supreme Court strikes down state bans on gay sex

Lawrence v. Texas is a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court. The Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas in a 6–3 decision and, by extension, invalidated sodomy laws in 13 other states, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory.

First draft of the human genome is announced

The announcement was made at the White House by U. S. president Bill Clinton, representatives of the Human Genome Project (HGP) and the private company Celera Genomics. The draft contained some gaps and errors but represented about 95% of all genes. More complete version was published in 2003. Finishing work continued for more than a decade.

"Dr. Dolittle" is released

Dr. Dolittle is an American fantasy comedy film directed by Betty Thomas, written by Larry Levin and Nat Mauldin, and starring Eddie Murphy in the titular role. The film was inspired by the series of children's stories of the same name by Hugh Lofting but used no material from any of the novels.

The first Harry Potter book is published

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday when he receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


Euro semi-final match is watched by 26 million British viewers

Alan Shearer headed in after three minutes to give his side the lead, but Stefan Kuntz evened the score less than 15 minutes later, and the score remained 1–1 after 90 minutes. In penalties, both sides scored their first five kicks, but in the sixth round, Gareth Southgate had his penalty saved, allowing Andreas Möller to score the winning goal.

Singer Ariana Grande is born

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer and actress. She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious. She has also appeared in other theatre and television roles and has lent her voice to animated television and films.


Denmark pulls of a major upset by winning Euro

Underdogs Denmark took the lead in the first half from a John Jensen right-footed shot into the top right-hand corner of the net from just inside the penalty box. Denmark sealed the victory with a second goal from Kim Vilfort with 12 minutes to go, Vilfort shooting low left-footed in off the bottom-right corner of the post and past Bodo Illgner.

President Bush gives up his "no new taxes" pledge

Written by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, the line was the most prominent sound bite from the speech. The pledge not to tax the American people further had been a consistent part of Bush's 1988 election platform, and its prominent inclusion in his speech cemented it in the public consciousness.


Matt Biondi clocks 22.33 to take the world record

American former competition swimmer Matt Biondi reach a time of 22.33 in the 50-meter Freestyle and set world record beating former record of his American colleague Tom Jager. It was Biondi’s second world record in two days. Both swimmers then beat the Biondi‘s record few times.

Musician Ryan Tedder is born

Ryan Benjamin Tedder is an American singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. As well as being the lead vocalist for the pop rock band OneRepublic, he has an independent career as a songwriter and producer for various artists, including U2, Adele, and Beyoncé.

Elvis Presley performs the final concert of his life in Indianapolis

Elvis Presley's last concert was held at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, for a crowd of 18,000. Although Elvis appeared pale, weak, and overweight, as he had with increasing regularity, there was nothing to suggest his impending death.

CN Tower opens

The CN Tower is a 553.3 m-high concrete communications and observation tower located in the city's downtown core of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built on the former Railway Lands, it was completed in 1976. Its name "CN" originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower.

Cher divorces Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage

Sonny filed for a separation, citing "irreconcilable differences". A week later, Cher countered with a divorce suit and charged Sonny with "involuntary servitude", claiming that he withheld money from her and deprived her of her rightful share of their earnings.

Elizabeth Taylor divorces Richard Burton

They divorced for the first time in June 1974, but reconciled, and re-married six months later in Kasane, Botswana. The second marriage lasted less than a year, ending in divorce in July 1976. Taylor and Burton's relationship was often referred to as the "marriage of the century" by the media.

The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time

The first UPC marked item ever scanned at a retail checkout was at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio, and was a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. The shopper was Clyde Dawson and cashier Sharon Buchanan made the first UPC scan.

The Byrds go to #1 on the US singles chart

"Mr. Tambourine Man" is a song written, composed, and performed by Bob Dylan, who released his original version of it on his album Bringing It All Back Home. The Byrds also recorded a version of the song that they released in the same year as their first single, reaching number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart.

JFK gives his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech

President Kennedy gave a public speech in West Berlin; he reiterated the American commitment to Germany and criticized communism. He was met with an ecstatic response from a massive audience. Kennedy used the construction of the Berlin Wall as an example of the failures of communism.


Johansson becomes world champion of heavy weight boxing

Swedish professional boxer Jens Ingemar Johansson defeated American boxer Floyd Patterson in a third-round match and became heavyweight champion. Due to his performance at the match, Johansson was named top professional athlete of the year.

American astronaut Bernard Harris is born

He flew to space twice, both times in a Space Shuttle. During his first flight in 1991 he conducted physiological experiments in Spacelab laboratory aboard Columbia orbiter. During his second spaceflight in 1995 Harris was a Payload Commander on Discovery. He became the first African-American to walk in space.

Musician Chris Isaak is born

Christopher Joseph Isaak is an American rock musician and occasional actor. He is best known for his hit "Wicked Game," as well as the popular hit songs "Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing" and "Somebody's Crying." He is renowned for his signature 1950s rock & roll style and crooner sound, as well as his soaring falsetto and reverb-laden music.

The UN charter is signed by 50 countries in San Francisco

The Charter of the United Nations is the foundational treaty of the United Nations, an intergovernmental organization. The UN Charter articulated a commitment to uphold human rights of citizens and outlined a broad set of principles relating to achieving higher standards of living; and addressing economic, social, health, and related problems.

The first functional helicopter makes initial flight

The Fw 61 was demonstrated by Hanna Reitsch indoors at the Deutschlandhalle sports stadium in Berlin, Germany. It subsequently set several records for altitude, speed and flight duration culminating, with an altitude record of 3,427 m.

The Cyclone roller coaster opens on Coney Island

The Coney Island Cyclone is a historic wooden roller coaster in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York City. It was originally part of the Astroland theme park. The Cyclone is now part of Luna Park. The coaster was declared a New York City landmark and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"The Gold Rush" premieres in Hollywood

The Gold Rush is an American comedy film written, produced, and directed by Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin drew inspiration from photos of the Klondike Gold Rush as well as from the story of the Donner Party who, when snowbound in the Sierra Nevada, were driven to cannibalism or eating leather from their shoes.


The first Grand Prix motor racing event holds

The first Grand Prix motor racing event was French Grand Prix. The race was placed on a public roads nearby city of Le Mans and distance was 12 laps. The winner of the Grand Prix was racing driver from France Paul Baras. French Grand Prix laid the foundations of modern Formula 1.

German aircraft designer Willy Messerschmitt is born

Wilhelm Emil "Willy" Messerschmitt was a German aircraft designer and manufacturer. Probably Messerschmitt's single most important design was the Messerschmitt Bf 109, designed with the collaboration of Walter Rethel. The Bf 109 became the most important fighter in the Luftwaffe.

French astronomer Charles Messier is born

He is known for creating a catalogue of nebulae and star clusters that came to be known as the "Messier objects". Most of the nebulae were in fact foreign galaxies, which was Messier unaware of. His catalogue and notation are still in use. The purpose of the catalogue was to help astronomers to distinguish between permanent and transient objects in the sky. Messier also discovered 15 comets.

Anniversaries of famous

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Ariana Grande

born 1987

Samir Nasri

born 1970

Nick Offerman

born 1984

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