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EU summit final day

A European Summit of the Heads of state and Government of the EU took place in the building of the Council of the EU, at Rue de la Loi. A safety zone was set up, allowing only authorized people to enter the zone on foot. The focus of the summit is migration, security and defense, and economic and financial affairs.

'80s wrestling comedy "Glow" returns for a 2nd season on Netflix

GLOW is an American comedy series revolving around a fictionalization of the characters and gimmicks of the 80s women wrestling circuit, known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling - GLOW. The series was renewed for a 2nd season consisting of 10 episodes. Same as 1st season, the 2nd one is released on Netflix.

Lisa Marie Presley files for divorce from Michael Lockwood

The only child of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie filed for divorce from music producer Michael Lockwood, with whom she has twin girls. Lockwood was his 4th husband and father of 2 out of a total of 4 children. This was also the marriage that lasted the longest, a total of 10 years in comparison to the rest, ranging from 2 to 6 years.

Heathrow Terminal 1 is closed

At the time of its closure, Heathrow Terminal 1 had been handling only 20 flights by British Airways per day, to 9 destinations. The closure of the terminal allowed the 2nd stage of Terminal 2’s expansion. Remaining flights were distributed among other terminals and several airlines left the terminal prior to its closure.

Greece goes bankrupt

Greece was struck by a government-debt crisis in the aftermath of the financial crisis. The situation led to several sudden reforms and measures that caused impoverishment and loss of income, accompanied by a small humanitarian crisis. People rejected measures required for the 3rd bailout and banks soon closed.

Islamic State self-declares its caliphate in Syria and Iraq

A terrorist group ISIL declared the area straddling Iraq and Syria as their new caliphate. The declaration came in several videos where they claimed to break other borders. Analysts dismissed the announcement as a gamble for support. However, Qassim Atta said the announcement showed that ISIL was a threat to all.

Larry King announces he will end his program Larry King Live

Larry King Live was an American talk show hosted by Larry King that ran on CNN cable TV. During the show, King interviewed one or more prominent. It was seen all over the world, thanks to CNN International. The show became their most watched and longest-running program, with over 1 million viewers each night.

Madoff gets 150-year sentence for multibillion-dollar fraud

Bernard Madoff, a former American stockbroker confessed to operating the largest financial fraud in the US history. Estimated size was calculated to be $64.8 billion, based on the accounts of Madoff’s 4,800 clients. After pleading guilty, Madoff was sentenced to spend 150 years in prison for his crimes.

Viareggio train derailment

A freight train derailed which subsequently caused the fire to start in a railway station in Viareggio, a city in northern Tuscany, Italy. The incident claimed lives of 32 people and left 26 more injured. The wagon hit the platform of the station, causing it to overturn along with the next 4 and derailing the 2 following ones.


Spain beat Germany 1-0 to win the European Championships

The UEFA Euro 2008 Finals took place at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Austria. The match pitted Spain against Germany. Spain won the match 1 - 0 thanks to the goal scored by Fernando Torres in the 33rd minute. It was only the 2nd time in European Championship that the champions won all the matches in the group stage.

IPhone goes on sale

The iPhone is a phone designed by Apple Inc. It was the first smartphone and it brought revolution to the mobile phone market. The iPhone release was highly expected and many stores were occupied by eager customers long time before.

Diablo II is released

Blizzard North developed an action hack-n-slash RPG Diablo II, a successor of Diablo. The game with dark fantasy and horror themes became one of the most popular games soon after its release. It managed to get into a Guinness Book of World Records 2000 for being the fastest selling computer game ever sold.

Near-complete pygmy mammoth skeleton is found

According to the radiocarbon dating, the skeleton was 13 000 years old. It contained 90 percent of bones. It was 1.7 meters tall, and weighed about 760 kilograms. The species is an interesting case of a natural phenomenon called insular dwarfism – reduction in size of large animals over a number of generations when their population's range is limited to a small environment, primarily islands.

Jason Donovan hits #1 on the UK singles chart

A song “Any Dream Will Do” was originally written for the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by Andrew Webber and Tim Rice. The song for later performed by an Australian singer Jason Donovan as a single. It got to No. 1 on the UK Singles chart, lasting there for 2 weeks.

David Bowie and Mick Jagger record "Dancing In The Street"

David Bowie and Mick Jagger released a duet cover version of “Dancing in the Street”, a song originally recorded by Martha and Vandellas. The cover version reached No. 1 in the UK. All profits from the song went to the charity. It has been featured a number of times on Bowie’s compilations.

London iconic double-decker bus service is privatized

London Regional Transport was the statutory corporation which was responsible for the network of public transport in Greater London, England. It was created by a transport Act of the UK Parliament. The organization was under direct state control and reported to the Secretary of State for Transport.

"Conan the Destroyer" is released

The sequel to “Conan the Barbarian” was released under the name of “Conan the Destroyer”. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mako Iwamatsu reprised their roles as Conan and Akiro the wizard. It received negative, at the best-mixed reviews, however, it managed to gross more $13 million more than was its budget.


Basketball player Joe Johnson is born

Joe Marcus Johnson is professional American basketball player currently playing for American basketball team Utah Jazz. Johnson represented the United States in 2006 World Championship in Japan, where gained with his team third place – bronze medal. He’s playing shooting guard or small forward.

"Moonraker" is released in the US

A spy film Moonraker is 11th in the Bond series that shows the story about Bond trying to stop an evil plan to wipe out the world population. The movie was released in the US only 3 days after its former premiere in the UK. The movie was nominated for 3 Saturn Awards - Best Sci-Fi, Best Special Effects, and Best Supporting Actor.

Singer-songwriter Nicole Scherzinger is born

Nicole Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, the capital and largest city of Hawaii. She was raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Nicole dropped out of the Wright State University in order to pursue a musical career. She worked with several well-known bands, appeared on The X Factor and in several movies.

The Seychelles becomes independent from the UK

Seychelles was settled by Native Africans when they were appropriated and settled by France in the 18th century. Britain later took possession of the islands. After the formation of Seychelles People’s United Party and their success in the elections, they gained their independence after coming to an agreement with British.

Steve Wozniak tests his first prototype of Apple I computer

Stephen Gary Wozniak, alongside Steve Jobs, is the pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 70s and 80s. Wozniak designed and developed the Apple I, a computer that launched Apple. During the test of the 1st working prototype, Wozniak used it to display a few letters and run few sample programs.

Charles Aznavour is at #1 on the UK singles chart with "She"

Charles Aznavour released a song “She” which became a hit and managed to top the UK Singles Album where it stayed for 4 weeks. He recorded it in several different languages besides the English. The song was originally written as a theme tune for the British TV series “Seven Faces of Woman”.

Keith Richards is pleaded guilty of drug possession

Keith Richards is known as a guitarist and founder member of the Rolling Stones was notorious for illicit drug use. He is known to have used heroin and other substances. After the police raided his estate in Sussex - Redland, he was put on trial with his friend and later found guilty of the possession.

Maggie Smith maries Robert Stephens

An English actress, Maggie Smith married actor Robert Stephens at Greenwich Register Office just 10 days after the birth of their 1st child. At the time, Smith was 33 years old. The marriage did not last that long and ended in divorce roughly 8 years later. Both of their sons pursued acting career, same as their parents.

Legendary Vickers VC10 airliner flies for the first time

The aircraft was designed to operate on long-distance routes from the shorter runways. The VC10 still holds a record for fastest crossing of the Atlantic by a sub-sonic airliner (5 hours and 1 minute). Only the supersonic Concorde was faster. The VC10 is often compared to the larger Soviet Ilyushin Il-62, which also used a rear-engined quad layout.


Pele becomes the youngest player to play in a world cup final

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé is retired Brazilian professional football player. He started his career in national team very early and managed to get into final with his team even before reaching 18. Pele is by many regarded as the greatest football player of all time.

Singer Little Eva is born

Eva Narcissus Boyd, known under her stage name of Little Eva was born in Belhaven, a town in Beaufort County in North Carolina. She worked as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who noticed her talent. After the producers heard her voice in a song, they had it released, effectively starting her career.

American physician Roy Walford is born

He was a pioneer of caloric restriction as a method of extending human lifespan. In the 1960's Walford found that mice fed on a regimen restricting their caloric intake by about 40 percent had approximately twice longer life span. He practiced the concept personally with a diet limited to 1 600 calories per day, hoping to reach age 120. He died at 79.

Indian statistician Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is born

He pioneered the use of large-scale surveys. Mahalanobis began his career in physics, but he turned to statistics, especially to its applications of anthropology, meteorology and biology. He established the Indian Statistical Institute in Calcutta. Mahalanobis also invented a method to compare two data sets. It is now called the Mahalanobis distance.

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