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Rédoine Faïd escapes the Sud-Francilien prison by helicopter

Faïd was broken out of a prison in Réau with the help of three armed accomplices and a helicopter. The helicopter had been hijacked from a nearby airfield by criminals posing as flight school students. At gunpoint, the flying instructor was forced to participate in the escape. The helicopter was later found near the Charles de Gaulle airport.


LeBron James agrees to a 4-year $154m deal with the LA Lakers

LeBron James opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers and became an unrestricted free agent. His management company, Klutch Sports, announced that he would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Reaction to the move was more positive than his original departure from the Cavaliers.

Drug-related shooting in Mexico

Mexican police said they had killed 19 gunmen in a shootout in the northern state of Sinaloa. Five police officers were injured in the confrontation. The region has seen fierce in-fighting in the powerful Sinaloa drugs cartel since the arrest of its leader, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, last year.

Little Rock nightclub shooting

In 2017, a shootout occurred at the Power Ultra Lounge nightclub in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Twenty-eight people were injured and one hospitalized. No suspects have been identified.

Lu Wei has unexpectedly stepped down

Lu stepped down from his post at the Cyberspace Administration of China for unknown reasons. His departure was somewhat shocking because he had become a very visible member of Xi Jinping's inner circle. While Lu remained a deputy head of the propaganda department, he relinquished all other titles of import.

Dhaka attack

Five militants took hostages and opened fire on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Thana. The assailants entered the bakery with crude bombs, machetes, pistols, and took several dozen hostages. In the immediate response, while Dhaka Metropolitan Police tried to regain control of the bakery, two police officers were shot dead by the assailants.

Greece defaults on debt to the IMF

The move came hours after the country made a desperate attempt Tuesday to halt its plunge into economic chaos by requesting a new European bailout. Greece asked for a two-year bailout from Europe, its third in six years. The bankrupt country is reported to be asking for 29 billion euros.

US and Cuba announce agreement to re-open embassies

John Kerry formally reopened the US embassy in Cuba with a flag-raising ceremony. It was the first visit to Cuba by a US secretary of state since 1945, and the ceremony at the newly recommissioned US embassy in the Cuban capital marked the return of an American presence to a building the US had vacated in 1961.

Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the cast of Criminal Minds

The entire main cast returned for the season, except Jeanne Tripplehorn, who left the show in the season nine finale. It was announced that Jennifer Love Hewitt would join the show as a series regular, playing Kate Callahan, a former undercover FBI agent whose exceptional work lands her a job with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

Demonstrations occur in Egypt

Millions of Egyptians filled streets of Egypt on Sunday calling for the departure of Mohamed Morsi, hours after the president told the Guardian he would not resign. A year to the day after Morsi's inauguration as Egypt's first democratically elected president, up to 500,000 protesters swelled Cairo's Tahrir Square calling for Morsi's removal.


Spain records one of the most dominant final victories ever

Spain successfully defended their title with a 4–0 win over Italy, becoming the first team to win two consecutive European Championships, and the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments. It was the greatest margin of victory in the history of the European Championship finals.

Maria Shriver files for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Shriver and Schwarzenegger ended their relationship after 25 years of marriage, with Shriver moving out of the couple's Brentwood mansion. The Los Angeles Times revealed that Schwarzenegger had fathered a son more than 14 years earlier with an employee in their household, Mildred Patricia "Patty" Baena.

The Shanghai–Nanjing High-Speed Railway goes into operation

The Shanghai–Nanjing intercity high-speed railway or Huning intercity high-speed railway is a 301-kilometre long high-speed rail line between Shanghai and Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province. Hù and Níng are, respectively, shorthand Chinese names for Shanghai and Nanjing.

Christ the Redeemer statue is unveiled after a £2.7 million restoration

Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, created by Paul Landowski and built by Heitor da Silva Costa. In 2010, a massive restoration of the statue began. Work included cleaning, replacing the mortar and soapstone on the exterior, restoring iron in the internal structure, and waterproofing the monument.

Animated film 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' is released

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is an American computer-animated comedy adventure film produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is the third installment in the Ice Age series and the sequel to Ice Age: The Meltdown. The story has Sid the Sloth being taken by a female Tyrannosaurus after stealing her eggs.

Tupolev Tu-154 and Boeing 757 collide in mid-air

In 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937, a Tupolev Tu-154 passenger jet, and DHL Flight 611, a Boeing 757 cargo jet, collided in mid-air over Überlingen, a southern German town on Lake Constance. All 69 passengers and crew aboard the Tupolev and the two crew members of the Boeing were killed.

The Øresund Bridge opens for traffic

The Øresund or Öresund Bridge is a combined railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Sweden and Denmark. The bridge runs nearly 8 kilometers from the Swedish coast to the artificial island Peberholm in the middle of the strait.

Space Shuttle Columbia is launched

Shuttle flight STS-93 was the Columbia’s 23rd mission. Main payload was a collection of experiments inside a European Spacelab Long Module. STS-94 was flown by the same crew that flew STS-83, the only time in the history of human spaceflight that two missions with more than one crewmember had the same crew.

Hong Kong reverts to Chinese rule

The transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China is referred to as "the Handover" internationally or "the Return" in Mainland China The landmark event marked the end of British administration in Hong Kong, and is often regarded as marking the end of the British Empire.


NSAC suspends Mike Tyson for biting the ears of his opponent

Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, billed as "The Sound and the Fury" and afterward infamously referred to as "The Bite Fight", was a professional boxing match contested for the WBA Heavyweight Championship. It achieved notoriety as one of the most bizarre fights in boxing history, after Tyson bit off part of Holyfield's ear.

'Kiss of the Spider Woman' closes at Broadhurst NYC after 906 performances

It opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre in 1993 and closed in 1995 after 904 performances. It was again directed by Harold Prince, with choreography by Vincent Paterson and Rob Marshall, scenic design and projection design by Jerome Sirlin, costume design by Florence Klotz, and lighting design by Howell Binkley.

Yasser Arafat returns from 27-year exile

Yasser Arafat returned to Palestine, settling in Gaza City and promoting self-governance for the Palestinian territories. He engaged in a series of negotiations with the Israeli government to end the conflict between it and the PLO. These included the Madrid Conference, the Oslo Accords, and the Camp David Summit.

'Dragonfly in Amber' is published

Dragonfly in Amber is the second book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time-traveling 20th-century nurse Claire Randall and her 18th century Scottish Highlander warrior husband Jamie Fraser, the books contain elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure, and science fiction/fantasy.

'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' premieres at Century City

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is an American science-fiction action film co-written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong as its principal cast. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator, and the second installment in the Terminator franchise.

The Warsaw Pact is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague

In 1991, in Prague, the Czechoslovak President Václav Havel formally ended the 1955 Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance and so disestablished the Warsaw Treaty after 36 years of military alliance with the USSR.

East Germany adopts Deutsche Mark before reunification

The Deutsche Mark played an important role in the reunification of Germany. It was introduced as the official currency of East Germany in 1990, replacing the East German mark, in preparation for the unification. East German marks were exchanged for German marks at a rate of 1:1 for the first 4000 marks and 2:1 for larger amounts.

Prince Willem Alexander opens Willemsbrug Bridge

The bridge was completed in 1981, designed by C. Veerling and named after King Willem III of the Netherlands. It replaced an older bridge which had been opened in 1879 but was severely outdated by the time the decision was made to build a new one.

'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada

"O Canada" is the national anthem of Canada. The song was originally commissioned by Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Théodore Robitaille for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day ceremony; Calixa Lavallée composed the music, after which, words were written by the poet and judge Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier.

Sony introduces the Walkman

The original Walkman cassette player by Sony changed music listening habits by allowing people to listen to their music whilst on the move. This could turn everyday tasks like commuting and running into pleasurable experiences, give commuters a sense of privacy, and add a soundtrack to urban surroundings.

'Jesus Christ Superstar' closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 711 performances

The musical opened on Broadway in 1971, directed by Tom O'Horgan, at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. It starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus, Ben Vereen as Judas and Bob Bingham as Caiaphas. The show closed in 1973 after 711 performances.

Neil Diamond goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Song Sung Blue" is a hit song written and recorded by Neil Diamond, inspired by the second movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto #21. The song was released on Diamond's album, Moods. It was his second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States and to date his last solo #1 song.

The first Gay pride march in England takes place

Pride has been organised by several organisations since the first official UK Gay Pride Rally which was held in London in 1972 with approximately 2,000 participants. The first marches took place in 1970 with 150 men walking through Highbury Fields in North London.

Investiture of the Prince of Wales is held

Charles was created Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester in 1958, though his investiture was not held until 1969, when he was crowned by his mother in a televised ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle. He took his seat in the House of Lords in 1970, and he made his maiden speech at a debate in 1974.

Britain’s first colour broadcast takes place

The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London and it is the world's oldest national broadcasting organization. Regular color TV transmissions, 625 lines, began on BBC2 in 1967, the first colored broadcast being the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Beatles record 'She Loves You' & 'I'll Get You'

"She Loves You" is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by English rock group the Beatles for release as a single in 1963. The single set and surpassed several records in the UK charts, and set a record in the United States as one of the five Beatles songs that held the top five positions in the charts simultaneously.

Elvis Presley appears on 'The Steve Allen Show'

Steve Allen smirkingly presented Elvis with a roll that looked exactly like a large roll of toilet paper with the signatures of eight thousand fans, and the singer had to wear a tuxedo while singing an abbreviated version of "Hound Dog" to an actual top hat-wearing Basset Hound.

The US drops atom bomb on Bikini atoll

The bomb was named Gilda after Rita Hayworth's character in the 1946 film Gilda, and was dropped from the B-29 Superfortress Dave's Dream of the 509th Bombardment Group. It detonated 520 feet (158 m) above the target fleet and caused less than the expected amount of ship damage because it missed its aim point by 2,130 feet (649 m).

First day of the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British Empire and French Third Republic against the German Empire. It took place between July and November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France.

First automated bread factory opens

Ward Baking Company put a fully automated bread factory into operation. It spewed out hundreds of loaves of bread untouched by human hands. All the mixing and moving and wrapping were done in a production line that predated the one made famous by Henry Ford.

'SOS' distress signal becomes the worldwide standard for help

This distress signal was first adopted by the German government radio regulations effective 1905, and became the worldwide standard under the first International Radiotelegraph Convention, which was signed in 1906, and became effective in 1908.

Albert Einstein introduces his theory of relativity

Albert Einstein published the theory of special relativity in 1905, building on many theoretical results and empirical findings obtained by Albert A. Michelson, Hendrik Lorentz, Henri Poincaré and others. Max Planck, Hermann Minkowski, and others did subsequent work.


The first Tour de France bicycle race begins

The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase sales for the newspaper L'Auto, which is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation.

The Civil War Battle of Gettysburg begins

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point.

Evolutionary theory is published for the first time

Many people don’t know that evolution was discovered not only by Charles Darwin but also by Welsh naturalist Alfred Wallace. Wallace had independently developed a theory which was almost identical to Darwin's. The theory was published at the meeting of the Linnaean Society in London. Neither Darwin nor Wallace were present.

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