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The world's largest residential palace is first opened to public

The Istana Nurul Iman is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the seat of the Brunei government. The palace is often at the center of state occasions and royal hospitality. It is considered to be the world's largest private residence in terms of floor area.

Facebook reaches two billion users

Thirteen years after launching and less than five years after hitting one billion, Facebook announced that it has two billion monthly active users. This made it the largest social app in terms of logged-in users. YouTube had 1.5 billion at the same time, WeChat 889 million, Twitter 328 million and Snapchat 255 million.


Serena Williams poses pregnant and nude

Serena Williams and her pregnant belly were featured in a nude photo on the cover of Vanity Fair. The photograph by Annie Leibovitz depicts Williams, who has won 23 grand slam singles titles, in front of a stark background, nude except for her hand in front of her breasts and a waist chain.

Caracas helicopter incident

Claiming to be a part of an anti-government coalition of military, police and civilians, the occupants of the helicopter allegedly launched several grenades and fired at the building, although no one was injured or killed. President Nicolás Maduro called the incident a "terrorist attack".

'Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill' opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is a play with music by Lanie Robertson, recounting some events in the life of Billie Holiday. The play originally premiered in 1986 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon played Off-Broadway. The play opened on Broadway in 2014.

Petya cyberattack

Series of powerful cyberattacks using the Petya malware swamped websites of Ukrainian organizations, including banks, ministries, newspapers and electricity firms. Similar infections were reported in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.

Singapore Airlines Boeing makes an emergency landing

The Boeing 777-300ER operating the flight to Italy turned back to Singapore after an engine oil warning. While landing at Changi Airport, the plane's right engine caught fire. All passengers successfully evacuated the aircraft. There were no injuries among the 241 passengers and crew involved.

New Taipei water park explosion

On 27 June 2015, a flammable starch-based powder exploded at the Formosa Fun Coast, a recreational water park in Bali, New Taipei, Taiwan, injuring 508 people, with 199 in critical condition. As of 29 November 2015, fifteen fatalities were attributed to the explosion. The dust explosion, which occurred on a music stage during a "Color Play Asia" party, has been called the "worst incident of mass injury [ever] in New Taipei". The powder was identified, by some sources, as colored corn starch.

GAIL pipeline explosion

A massive fire broke out following a blast in Gas Authority of India Limited 18" size underground gas Pipeline at Nagaram, East Godavari districtin East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The accident took place near Tatipaka refinery of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, about 180 km from state capital Vijayawada.

Rod Blagojevich is convicted of corruption

Blagojevich was found guilty on all charges pertaining to the Senate seat, as well as extortion relating to state funds being directed towards a children's hospital and race track. However, he was acquitted on a charge pertaining to the tollway extortion and avoided a guilty verdict on attempting to extort Rahm Emanuel.

Robert Mugabe is re-elected in highly scrutinized vote

In the second round, Mugabe was pronounced victor with 85.5% of the vote, and immediately re-inaugurated as President. The SADC oversaw the establishment of a power-sharing agreement. Under the agreement, Mugabe remained President while Tsvangerai became Prime Minister and the MDC's Arthur Mutambara became Vice Prime Minister.

Annie Lennox and others play for Nelson Mandela in Hyde Park

The Nelson Mandela 90th Birthday Tribute was held in Hyde Park, London, to commemorate Nelson Mandela's ninetieth birthday. The concert formed part of the concert series to promote awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and came twenty years after the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute Concert.

Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister

Tony Blair resigned after 10 years as British prime minister. Blair announced his resignation in a speech and he also added he is stepping down as a Labour leader. Blair's popularity dropped down due to the Iraq War which is considered the main reason for his resignation.

The first six TED Talks are posted online

ED Conferences LLC (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization that posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan "ideas worth spreading." Since June 2006, TED Talks have been offered for free viewing online, under an Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Creative Commons license, through TED.com.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' earns $21.9 million

Fahrenheit 9/11 is an American documentary film directed, written by, and starring filmmaker, director, and political commentator Michael Moore. The film takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush, the War on Terror, and its coverage in the media. It breaks the record for highest opening-weekend earnings in the United States for a documentary.


The first skateboarder ever lands the 900 at X Games

Hawk was the first skater to land a "900", a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard; Hawk was successful on his twelfth attempt. After completing the trick, Hawk commented, "This is the best day of my life."

The Corrs hit #1 on the UK album chart with 'Talk On Corners'

Talk on Corners is the second studio album by Irish pop-rock band The Corrs. The album spent ten weeks at number one in the UK. On one of these weeks, the previous album Forgiven, Not Forgotten reached a new peak of number two, making The Corrs the first act since The Beatles to simultaneously occupy the top two positions of the UK Albums Chart.

Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched to Mir space station

Atlantis delivered a crew of two cosmonauts, Anatoly Solovyev and Nikolai Budarin, to the station and recovered American astronaut Norman Thagard. It was the first docking of a shuttle to a space station in history and a beginning of the Shuttle–Mir Program. Mir and Atlantis created a largest spacecraft at the orbit.

Aerosmith premiere a new song on the Internet

Aerosmith released the song "Head First" on the CompuServe online service, which is considered to be the first full-length commercial product available online. Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

Vanessa Williams makes her Broadway debut

Kiss of the Spider Woman is a musical with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with the book by Terrence McNally. It is based on the Manuel Puig novel El Beso de la Mujer Araña. In 1994, Vanessa Williams broadened her ascendant music career into a theatrical role when she replaced Chita Rivera as Aurora.

'A Perfect Ganesh' opens Off-Broadway

A Perfect Ganesh is a play written by Terrance McNally which premiered Off-Broadway in 1993. Narrated by Ganesha, Hindu god of "wisdom, prudence, acceptance and love," it is the story of two friends, Margaret Civil and Katharine Brynne, who explore their differences, life-tragedies, and opinions during a healing trip to India.

Michael Jackson starts 'The Dangerous World tour' in Munich

The Dangerous World Tour was the second worldwide solo tour by American recording artist Michael Jackson. The tour, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola, included 69 performances. All profits were donated to various charities including Jackson's own "Heal the World Foundation".

The first album by a female artist debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200

"Whitney" met the expectations of many people and was popular after its release. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist to do so. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record.

'The Living Daylights' premieres in London

The Living Daylights is a British spy film, the fifteenth entry in the James Bond film series produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Timothy Dalton as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Directed by John Glen, the film's title is taken from Ian Fleming's short story The Living Daylights.


Michel Platini stars as hosts France beat Spain

France midfielder Michel Platini opened the scoring in the 57th minute with his ninth goal of the tournament, a low free-kick which spilled through the hands of the diving Spanish keeper Luis Arconada and over the goal line. Bruno Bellone doubled France's lead in the final minute to give them a 2–0 victory.

Joy Division releases 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'

"Love Will Tear Us Apart" is a single by the English post-punk band Joy Division. The title is an ironic reference to the Neil Sedaka song "Love Will Keep Us Together". The single became Joy Division's first chart hit, reaching number 13 in the UK Singles Chart.

Led Zeppelin appeare in Nuremberg during their last tour

At a show in Nuremberg, Germany, the concert came to an abrupt halt in the middle of the third song, when Bonham collapsed onstage and was rushed to a hospital. Speculation in the press suggested that his collapse had been the result of excessive alcohol and drug use, but the band claimed that he had simply overeaten.

Air France Airbus A300 is hijacked

An Air France Airbus A300 with 248 passengers had been hijacked by two members of the PFLP-EO under orders of Wadie Haddad and two members of the German Revolutionary Cells. The hijackers had the stated objective to free 40 Palestinian and affiliated militants imprisoned in Israel and 13 prisoners in four other countries.

Atari is founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney

Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari, Inc. The company was a pioneer in arcade games and home video games. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. This company led almost 20 years computer games market.

The Mothers of Invention release their debut studio album

Freak Out! is the debut studio album by the American rock band the Mothers of Invention, released on Verve Records. Often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, the album is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa's perception of American pop culture and the nascent freak scene of Los Angeles.

Smoking leads to lung cancer – scientifically approved

The link between smoking and lung cancer is one of 'direct cause and effect', a special report by the Medical Research Council has found. The report studied the dramatic increase in deaths from lung cancer over the past 25 years and concluded the main cause was smoking.

The world's first nuclear power plant connects to grid in USSR

Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant was built in the "Science City" of Obninsk, Kaluga Oblast, about 110 km southwest of Moscow. It was the first grid-connected nuclear power plant in the world, i.e. the first nuclear reactor that produced commercial electricity, albeit at small scale.

British forces take Buenos Aires

The British took Quilmes and reached and occupied Buenos Aires. The Viceroy fled to Córdoba with the city's treasury but lost it to British forces during his escape. Although his action was in line with a law enacted by former Viceroy Pedro de Cevallos, he was seen as a coward by the population because of it.

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