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Final episode of '12 Monkeys' airs

12 Monkeys is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett. It is a sci-fi mystery drama with a time traveling plot loosely adapting the 1995 film of the same name, which was written by David and Janet Peoples and directed by Terry Gilliam, itself being inspired by Chris Marker's 1962 featurette La Jetée.

Trump tariffs on Chinese goods come into effect

Trump signed a memorandum under the Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to apply tariffs of $50 billion on Chinese goods. Trump stated that the tariffs would be imposed due to Chinese theft of U.S intellectual property. Trump said that his planned tariffs on Chinese imports would make the United States "a much stronger, much richer nation."

'Ant-Man and the Wasp' comes to cinemas

"Ant-Man and the Wasp" is the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its humor and charm, as well as the performances of Rudd and Lilly.

France pledges to ban petrol cars by 2040

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot announced a five-year plan to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles in France by 2040 as part of the Paris Agreement. Hulot also stated that France would no longer use coal to produce electricity after 2022 and that up to €4 billion will be invested in boosting energy efficiency.

Tony Blair is exposed for Iraq war

A defiant Tony Blair defended his decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 following the publication of a devastating report by Sir John Chilcot, which mauled the ex-prime minister’s reputation and said that at the time of the 2003 invasion Saddam Hussein “posed no imminent threat”.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashes at San Francisco International Airport

The Boeing 777-200ER crashed on final approach into San Francisco International Airport. Of the 307 people aboard, two passengers died at the scene, and a third died in a hospital several days later; all three of them were young women from China. Another 187 individuals were injured, 49 of them seriously.

Lac-Mégantic rail disaster

The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster occurred in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil rolled down a 1.2% grade from Nantes and derailed downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars. Forty-two people were confirmed dead, with five more missing and presumed dead.

At least 42 people are killed in a shooting at a school in Nigeria

In 2013, gunmen attacked a secondary school in Mamudo, Yobe State, Nigeria, killing at least 42 people. Most of the dead were students, with a few staff members also killed.

The Bahia Grand Panama is opened

The Ocean Club Panama is a 70-story, 2,710,000 sq ft, mixed-use waterfront condominium tower development in Panama City, Panama, in the area of Punta Pacífica. It opened as the first international "named branded development" of the Trump Organization. At 70 stories, it is the tallest building in Panama.

Queen Elizabeth II addresses the UN for the first time since 1957

The Queen addressed the United Nations for a second time in 2010, again in her capacity as Queen of all Commonwealth realms and Head of the Commonwealth. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, introduced her as "an anchor for our age".


London wins 2012 olympic nomination

Nine cities submitting bids to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and Summer Paralympics were recognized by the International Olympic Committee. The Committee shortlisted five of them—London, Madrid, Moscow, New York City, and Paris—from which London eventually prevailed; thus becoming the first city to host the Olympic Games for the third time.

'Crazy In Love' hits #1 on the UK singles chart

"Crazy in Love" is a song by American singer Beyoncé featuring American rapper Jay-Z from Beyoncé's debut solo studio album Dangerously in Love. The song was a number-one hit in the US and the UK and reached the top ten in various other countries worldwide.

Ukrainian radio telescope sends a message to aliens

The messages were directed to five nearby star systems. They are expected to arrive in years 2036, 2040, 2044 and 2049. The messages had several elements: a primer explaining basic aspects of human math, science, and biology. This was followed by digitized drawings, texts, videos and songs. The project was funded by a Texas-based startup.

Hong Kong opens new International Airport

Chek Lap Kok is an island in the western waters of Hong Kong. It was partially leveled when it was assimilated via land reclamation into the 12.48 square kilometers island for the current Hong Kong International Airport. The airport is popularly referred to as Chek Lap Kok Airport to distinguish it from the former Hong Kong International.

Farrah Fawcett appears on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'

Fawcett received negative commentary after she gave a rambling interview and appeared distracted on Late Show with David Letterman. Months later, she told the host of The Howard Stern Show that her behavior was just her way of joking around with the television host, partly in the guise of promoting her Playboy pictorial and video.

Mars buggy starts exploring Red Planet

Sojourner is the Mars Pathfinder robotic Mars rover that explored Mars for around three months. It has front and rear cameras and hardware to conduct several scientific experiments. Designed for a mission lasting 7 sols, with possible extension to 30 sols, it was, in fact, active for 83 sols.

'Forrest Gump' is released

Forrest Gump is an American romantic drama film based on a novel of the same name. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise. The story depicts several decades in the life of its titular character, a slow-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically prodigious man from Alabama.

'Jetson's the Movie' premieres

Jetsons: The Movie is an American animated musical comic science fiction film produced by Hanna-Barbera and released by Universal Pictures. Based on the cartoon series The Jetsons, the film stars George O'Hanlon, Penny Singleton and Mel Blanc in their last voice roles. The film grossed $20.3 million during its theatrical run.


Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game

Despite his own perceived subpar start and subsequent retirement, fans once again voted Schmidt to be the starting third basemen for the NL All-Star team. He decided not to play, but he did participate in the game's opening ceremony in uniform.

Piper Alpha

Piper Alpha was an oil production platform in the North Sea approximately 120 miles (190 km) north-east of Aberdeen, Scotland, that was operated by Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Limited. It began production in 1976, initially as an oil-only platform but later converted to add gas production.

Phil Collins goes to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Sussudio'

Sussudio" is a song by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins, released as a single. The song is the first track on Collins' third solo studio album, No Jacket Required, released in February of the same year. Both single and album reached No. 1 on their respective U.S. Billboard charts.


Steve Carlton pitches most strikeouts by a lefty

Steve 'Lefty' Carlton set the Career Strikeout Record for southpaws. In the bottom of the fourth inning, he struck out Ken Reitz and Tony Scott in consecutive At Bats to tie and set the record that was previously held by Mickey Lolich.


Former Brazil and Bayern Munich midfielder Ze Roberto is born

Zé Roberto is a former Brazilian professional footballer who played as a left wing-back or as a midfielder. Zé Roberto started the youth ranks of Palestra de São Bernardo but it was while playing for Portuguesa, as a left-back, that he became known throughout Brazil finishing as runner-up in 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.

Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong dies

Louis Daniel Armstrong was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. Armstrong died of a heart attack in his sleep, a month before his 70th birthday. He was residing in Corona, Queens, New York City, at the time of his death.

The Rolling Stones score their fifth US #1 single

"Jumpin' Jack Flash" is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones. Called "supernatural Delta blues by way of Swinging London" by Rolling Stone magazine, the song was perceived by some as the band's return to their blues roots after the baroque pop and psychedelia heard on their preceding albums.

The Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night' premieres

A Hard Day's Night is a British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—during the height of Beatlemania. It was written by Alun Owen and originally released by United Artists. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group.


Althea Gibson becomes the first black athlet to win Wimbledon

Althea Gibson was an American tennis player and professional golfer, and the first Black athlete to cross the color line of international tennis. In 1956, she became the first African American to win a Grand Slam title - the French Championships. The following year she won both Wimbledon and the US Nationals.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time

The Quarrymen played at St. Peter's Church Rose Queen garden fête in Woolton. They first played on the back of a moving flatbed lorry, in a procession of floats that carried the Rose Queen and retiring Rose Queen, Morris dancers, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides and Cubs, led by the Band of the Cheshire Yeomanry.

Last tram rides in London

"Operation Tramway", the replacement of the tram service by diesel buses, was announced in July 1950 by Lord Latham of the London Transport Executive. Retirement started in that year and London's last trams ran in the early hours of 6 July to a rousing reception at New Cross Depot.

The AK-47 machine gun goes into production in Russia

The AK-47 or AK as it is officially known is a gas-operated, 7.62×39mm assault rifle, developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov. It is the originating firearm of the Kalashnikov rifle family. The AK-47 is best described as a hybrid of previous rifle technology innovations.

The Hartford circus fire kills approximately 168 people

The Hartford circus fire, which occurred in 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, was one of the worst fire disasters in the history of the United States. The fire occurred during an afternoon performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus that was attended by 6,000 to 8,000 people. The fire killed 167 people and more than 700 were injured.

Australia's longest cantilever bridge is formally opened

The Story Bridge is a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.


The first All Star Baseball Game

The 1933 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 1st edition of the All-Star Game known as the "Midsummer Classic". This was the first official playing of the midseason exhibition baseball game between Major League Baseball's, National League and American All-Star teams.

The first aircraft makes an east to west transatlantic flight

The airship flew over the ocean in four days. She was commanded by a famous pilot and engineer George "Lucky Breeze" Scott. R34 was not a passenger carrier, so extra accommodation had to be arranged by slinging hammocks in the keel walkway. A plate was welded to an engine exhaust pipe to allow for the preparation of hot food.

Australian engineer Lawrence Hargrave dies

He is known as an aviation pioneer. In 1894 Hargrave flew by attaching himself to a huge box kite of his own construction. His box kites were used until the 1930's in meteorology and as sea rescue equipment. Hargrave also made important studies of wing surfaces and worked with rotary engines. His other area of interest was astronomy.

German physicist Georg Ohm dies

He is known for his discovery of the relationship between current and voltage, which is generally called Ohm's law. Georg Ohm worked as a teacher. He became interested in electricity after reading about experiments of Alessandro Volta. Ohm was also interested I geometry and acoustics. He discovered what is today known as the Ohm's acoustic law.

American Declaration of Independence is announced

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

Jan Hus is condemned as a heretic and then burned at the stake

He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, including those on ecclesiology, the Eucharist, and other theological topics. The followers of his religious teachings rebelled against their Catholic rulers and defeated five consecutive papal crusades between 1420 and 1431 in what became known as the Hussite Wars.

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