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Wimbledon Championships starts

Wimbledon Championships is a Grand Slam tennis tournament which the main draw commenced on Monday 2 July 2018 and is due to finish on Sunday 15 July 2018. Roger Federer is the defending champion in the Gentlemen's singles and Garbiñe Muguruza in the Ladies' singles.

Donald Trump tweets an edited wrestling video attacking CNN

President Trump posted a short video to his Twitter account in which he is portrayed wrestling and punching a figure whose head has been replaced by the logo for CNN. The video, about 28 seconds long, appears to be an edited clip from a years-old appearance by Mr. Trump in WrestleMania, an annual professional wrestling event.

BP agrees to pay $18.7bn for Deepwater Horizon spill

BP, the U.S. Justice Department, and five Gulf states announced that the company agreed to pay a record settlement of $18.7 billion. To date, BP’s cost for the clean-up, environmental and economic damages and penalties has reached $54 billion.

American engineer and inventor Douglas Engelbart dies

He invented the computer mouse, hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces. He demonstrated all these inventions in 1968 in a famous presentation. Engelbart also observed that the intrinsic rate of human performance is exponential. This observation is called Engelbart's Law.

Glaxo agrees to pay $3bn in fraud settlement

GSK pleaded guilty to promotion of drugs for unapproved uses, failure to report safety data, and kickbacks to physicians in the United States and agreed to pay a $3 billion settlement. It was the largest health-care fraud case to date in that country and the largest settlement by a drug company.


Ghana's Black Stars is the only African team in the QF in this year

The Ghana national football team represents Ghana in international association football and has done so since the 1950s. In the 2010 World Cup, Ghana progressed beyond the group stages of the World Cup in South-Africa and reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Uruguay.

Millions rock for Africa in Live8 concerts

Live 8 was a string of benefit concerts that took place in the G8 states and in South Africa. They were timed to precede the G8 conference and summit held at the Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder, Scotland. More than 1,000 musicians performed at the concerts, which were broadcast on 182 television networks and 2,000 radio networks.

Pink Floyd team up for the first time in 24 years

The main Live 8 concert was held at Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom. Originally scheduled to close at 21:30 the concert overran and went on until about 00:30, leaving many in the audience with no means of returning home. Furthermore, the event marked the first time in 24 years that Pink Floyd's seminal line-up would perform.


Real Madrid formally announce the signing of David Beckham

Following a successful medical, Beckham was unveiled in front of 500 accredited journalists from 25 countries at Real's basketball facility, where he was handed the famous white shirt. Although Beckham had worn the number seven shirt for Manchester United and England, he was unable to wear it at Madrid as it was assigned to club captain Raúl.

Millionaire Fossett flies around the world in a balloon

Steve Fossett was the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon. He made his fortune in the financial services industry and was best known for many world records, including five nonstop circumnavigations of the Earth: as a long-distance solo balloonist, as a sailor, and as a solo flight fixed-wing aircraft pilot.

Liverpool Airport at Speke is renamed to John Lennon Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport is an international airport serving North West England. Originally called Speke Airport, in 2001 the airport was renamed after Liverpudlian musician John Lennon of The Beatles. Scheduled domestic, European and North African services are operated from the airport.


France defeats Italy

Marco Delvecchio gave Italy the lead in the 55th minute and they held on until the final minute of injury time when Sylvain Wiltord took the game into extra time. France won the game just before half-time in extra-time when Robert Pirès cut the ball back for David Trezeguet to fire the golden goal and win the tournament for France.

"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" is published

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of messages on the walls of the school's corridors warn that the "Chamber of Secrets" has been opened.

Classical Era star Jimmy Stewart dies

James Maitland Stewart was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. A thrombosis formed in his right leg, leading to a pulmonary embolism one week later. Surrounded by his children, Stewart died at the age of 89 at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

Thailand floats the baht

The crisis started in Thailand with the financial collapse of the Thai baht after the Thai government was forced to float the baht due to lack of foreign currency to support its currency peg to the U.S. dollar. Thailand had acquired a burden of foreign debt that made the country effectively bankrupt even before the collapse of its currency.

The first artist has five number one singles from one album

Five of the singles hit No. 1 in the United States, while a sixth charted within the top ten, and a seventh charted within the top twenty on the Hot 100. Bad also peaked at No. 1 in thirteen countries. The only songs on the album which were not released as commercial singles were "Speed Demon" and "Just Good Friends".

Actress Lindsay Lohan is born

Lindsay Dee Lohan is an American actress, businesswoman, fashion designer, and singer. Born and raised in New York, Lohan was signed to Ford Models as a child. Having appeared as a regular on Another World at age 10, her breakthrough came in Disney Pictures' The Parent Trap.

Giotto probe is launched

Built and operated by ESA, Giotto was a probe made for flyby of the Halley comet. Indeed, on 13th March 1986 she approached the comet nucleus on just 596 kilometers. Giotto measured chemical composition of the material ejected from the comet and took pictures. Later, in 1990, she studied another comet, Grigg-Skjellerup.

Frank Sinatra hits #1 on the US singles chart

"Strangers in the Night" is a song credited to Bert Kaempfert with English lyrics by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder. Reaching #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Easy Listening chart, it was the title song for Sinatra's album Strangers in the Night, which became his most commercially successful album.

The first Walmart openes

Walton opened the first Walmart Discount City store at 719 W. Walnut Street in Rogers, Arkansas. The building is now occupied by a hardware store and an antique mall. Within its first five years, the company expanded to 24 stores across Arkansas and reached US$12.6 million in sales.

Ernest Hemingway commits suicide

Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. Hemingway died by "quite deliberately" shooting himself with his favorite shotgun. A doctor quickly arrived at the house who determined Hemingway "had died of a self-inflicted wound to the head".

Elvis Presley records "Hound Dog" & "Don't Be Cruel"

"Hound Dog" has been recorded more than 250 times. The best-known version is the 1956 recording by Elvis Presley, which is ranked number 19 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time; it is also one of the best-selling singles of all time.

"Bob & Ray show" premieres on NBC radio

Bob and Ray were an American comedy duo whose career spanned five decades. Composed of comedians Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, the duo's format was typically to satirize the medium in which they were performing, such as conducting radio or television interviews, with off-the-wall dialogue presented in a generally deadpan style.

Curb Your Enthusiasm star, Larry David, is born

Lawrence Gene David is an American comedian, writer, actor, playwright, and television producer. He and Jerry Seinfeld created the television series Seinfeld. David has subsequently gained further recognition for the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, which he also created, in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.

Amelia Earhart & Fred Noonan disappear over Pacific Ocean

Many researchers including navigator and aeronautical engineer Elgen Long believe that the Electra, an American twin-engine, all-metal monoplane airliner, ran out of fuel and that Earhart and Noonan ditched at sea. The "crash and sink" theory is often the most widely accepted explanation of Earhart’s and Noonan’s fate.

Franklin D. Roosevelt is nominated for president

The convention resulted in the nomination of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York for President and Speaker of the House John N. Garner from Texas for Vice President. Beulah Rebecca Hooks Hannah Tingley was a member of the Democratic National Committee and Chair of the Democratic Party of Florida.

Zeppelin airship flies for the first time

The airship was called LZ 1. Ferdinand von Zeppelin flew her from a floating hangar on Lake Constance in southern Germany. Zeppelins were used for passenger transportation or as early bombers on the beginning of the twentieth century. Later, they were surpassed by aircraft. Today, the are used mostly as experimental vessels.

British physicist William Bragg is born

Bragg is most known for his invention of a method how to determine crystal structure of using X-rays. He developed it with his son Lawrence Bragg. They won a Nobel prize for it, the only father and son pair to this day. The mineral Braggite is named after them. During the WW1 Bragg worked on the development off sonar.

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