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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.

The roller coaster Tsunami derails

The roller coaster Tsunami derailed, falling into the crowd below, injuring seven children and two adults. On the way down it hit the main structure and came to rest on a toddlers' ride. Ten park guests were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The park was evacuated following the incident.

2015

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.

2014

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.

"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.

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.

Shanshan riots

Terrorists in Lukqun Township, Shanshan County in Xinjiang attacked a police station and a local government building, killing two policemen and 22 civilians. Eleven of the attackers were also killed. This attack was one of the bloodiest attacks in Xinjiang since 2009.

Waldo Canyon fire

The Waldo Canyon fire was a forest fire that started approximately 4 miles northwest of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The fire was active in the Pike National Forest and adjoining areas, covering a total of 18,247 acres. There were 346 homes destroyed by the fire.

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.

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.

1996

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.

1992

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.

Air France Flight 296 crashes

Air France Flight 296 was a chartered flight of a new Airbus A320-111. It crashed while making a low pass over Mulhouse–Habsheim Airport as part of the Habsheim Air Show. Most of the crash sequence, which occurred in front of several thousand spectators, was caught on video. The cause of the crash has been the source of major controversy.

1986

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

1959

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.

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.

1906

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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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