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Chanel builds an Eiffel Tower at the Grand Palais

The set was typically impressive: a recreation of the Eiffel Tower built within the Grand Palais. Guests sat on metal chairs and were dwarfed by the structure; the tower’s curlicues and lattices echoed the iron spokes and glasswork of the cavernous hallway.

North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea tested an ICBM. The missile flew for approximately 40 minutes, falling 930 km away from the launch site in the Sea of Japan. The missile reached an altitude of 2,802 km. It is estimated that the missile has the capability of reaching 6,700 km on a standard trajectory, meaning that it would be able to hit anywhere in Alaska.

Iris Van Herpen's cymatics collection

The study of cymatics was the starting point of Iris van Herpen’s new couture collection. Van Herpen didn’t use actual sounds or compositions to create her plissé dresses, she clarified backstage; rather, known patterns, easily Googled, informed the manner in which she pleated her creations.

UNESCO grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France

France’s region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted “world heritage status” by the United Nations, giving a boost to the country’s drive to encourage tourism and revive its flagging economy.

That ‘70s Show stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis marry

Kutcher began dating his former That '70s Show co-star Mila Kunis during the first half of 2012. After they became engaged, she gave birth to their daughter Wyatt. Kunis married Kutcher in July 2015 and gave birth to a son named Dimitri Portwood a year later.

Physicists at LHC announce the discovery of Higgs boson

The existence of the boson was first suggested in 1960s. It is the force carrier in so called Higgs field, a fundamental field of crucial importance to particle physics theory. The question of the existence of the Higgs field and Higgs boson was the last unverified part of the Standard Model of particle physics.

The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after eight years

President Barack Obama's Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced that as a "special gift" to America, the statue would be reopened to the public, but that only a limited number of people would be permitted to ascend to the crown each day.

Hilton hotels are sold to Blackstone for $26bn

Blackstone acquired the premium hotel operator for approximately $26 billion, representing a 25% premium to Hilton's all-time high stock price. The Hilton deal is often referred to as the deal that marked the "high water mark" and the beginning of the end of the multi-year boom in leveraged buyouts.

The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid

The symbolic cornerstone of One World Trade Center was laid in a ceremony. The stone had an inscription supposedly written by Arthur J. Finkelstein. However, construction was delayed until 2006 due to disputes over money, security, and design.

2004

Greece win the European Championships

It was the first time in a major international tournament where both finalists had also played in the opening game of the tournament. Greece won the final 1–0, defying odds of 80–1 from the beginning of the tournament, with Angelos Charisteas scoring the winning goal in the 57th minute.

Victoria Adams marries David Beckham

The wedding attracted much media coverage. Beckham's teammate, Gary Neville, was the best man, and the couple's four-month-old son Brooklyn was the ring bearer. Most of the media were kept away from the ceremony as an exclusive deal with OK! magazine had been arranged.

NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars

Launched in 1996 by NASA aboard a Delta II booster a month after the Mars Global Surveyor was launched, it landed in 1997 on Mars's Ares Vallis, in a region called Chryse Planitia in the Oxia Palus quadrangle. The lander then opened, exposing the rover which conducted many experiments on the Martian surface.

Mars Pathfinder lands

The probe consisted of a lander and a robotic rover named Sojourner. It was the first rover outside of the Earth–Moon system. Although planned to last only for one week, Sojourner was active for 83 Martian days. The mission analyzed Martian atmosphere, climate, geology and the composition of its rocks and soil.

1993

Pete Sampras beats fellow Jim Courier for his first of 7 Wimbledon titles

Sampras defeated Jim Courier in the final to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1993 Wimbledon Championships. This was the first of Sampras's seven Wimbledon titles which was a joint all-time record with William Renshaw, which stood until the 2017 championships when Roger Federer surpassed the record by winning his 8th title.

14 year old Drew Barrymore attempts suicide

She was placed in rehab at the age of 13, and spent 18 months in an institution for the mentally ill. A suicide attempt at 14 put her back in rehab, followed by a three-month stay with singer David Crosby and his wife. The stay was precipitated, Crosby said, because she "needed to be around some people that were committed to sobriety."

1981

John McEnroe ends Björn Borg's streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles

John McEnroe defeated his rival, the five-time defending champion Björn Borg in the final, 4–6, 7–6(7–1), 7–6(7–4), 6–4 to win the Gentlemen's Singles tennis title at the 1981 Wimbledon Championships. Borg was attempting to equal William Renshaw's sixth consecutive Wimbledon title and Roy Emerson's all-time record of 12 Grand Slam titles.

1977

Manchester United sacks manager Tommy Docherty

Thomas Henderson Docherty is a Scottish former football player and manager. Docherty played for several clubs, most notably Preston North End, and represented Scotland between 1951 and 1959. Docherty was having an affair with the wife of the club's physiotherapist, and he was immediately fired, replaced by Queens Park Rangers' manager Dave Sexton.

Operation Entebbe

Operation Entebbe or Operation Thunderbolt was a successful counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda in 1976. It is sometimes referred to retroactively as Operation Jonathan in memory of the unit's leader, Yonatan Netanyahu.

Beach Boys start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"I Get Around" is a song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for American rock band the Beach Boys. It was released as a single together with "Don't Worry Baby" as its B-side and became the group's first number-one charting song in the United States. In the UK, it charted at number seven and was the band's first top ten single there.

The Everly Brothers hold the UK #1 position

"All I Have to Do Is Dream" is a song made famous by the Everly Brothers, written by Boudleaux Bryant of the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. It was the only single ever to beat No. 1 on all of the Billboard singles charts simultaneously.

1954

The Miracle of Bern takes place

The final is often listed as one of the greatest matches in World Cup history, and also one of its most unexpected upsets. The win earned Germany its first of thus far four World Cup titles and is known as the Miracle of Bern.

U.K. ends post-war restrictions on sale of food

Although rationing formally ended in 1954, cheese production remained depressed for decades afterward. During rationing, most milk in Britain was used to make one kind of cheese, nicknamed Government Cheddar. This wiped out nearly all other cheese production in the country, and some indigenous varieties of cheese almost disappeared.

The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe

The NCFE obtained a transmitter base at Lampertheim, West Germany and in 1950 RFE completed its first broadcast aimed at Czechoslovakia. In late 1950, RFE began to assemble a full-fledged foreign broadcast staff, becoming more than a "mouthpiece for exiles".

1939

'Luckiest man' speech

The Yankees retired Gehrig's uniform number "4", making him the first player in Major League Baseball history to be accorded that honor. Gehrig was given many gifts, commemorative plaques, and trophies. Some came from VIPs; others came from the stadium's groundskeepers and janitorial staff.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie dies of radiation poisoning

Curie died at the Sancellemoz Sanatorium in Passy, Haute-Savoie, from aplastic anemia believed to have been contracted from her long-term exposure to radiation. The damaging effects of ionizing radiation were not known at the time of her work, which had been carried out without the safety measures later developed.

Petrograd comes under machine gun fire

The July Days were a period of unrest in Petrograd, Russia. It was characterised by spontaneous armed demonstrates by soldiers, sailors, and industrial workers engaged against the Russian Provisional Government. The demonstrations were angrier and more violent than those during the February Revolution months earlier.

Statue of Liberty is presented to the US in Paris

The completed statue was formally presented to Ambassador Morton at a ceremony in Paris and de Lesseps announced that the French government had agreed to pay for its transport to New York. The statue remained intact in Paris pending sufficient progress on the pedestal. Consequentially, the statue was disassembled and crated for its ocean voyage.

'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is published

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is a novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.

US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence is the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen independent sovereign states, no longer under British rule.

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Marie Curie