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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”.

Pokémon Go is released

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. The game is the result of a collaboration between Niantic and Nintendo by way of The Pokémon Company. It uses the mobile device GPS to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashes

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.

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".


Venus Williams beats Serena Williams

The match was their fourth meeting on the grass courts and their third final. Venus won the match 7–5, 6–4. They teamed up to win the doubles title and later a second Olympic Gold Medal together.


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.

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.

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.

Fans mount campaign to not to have a character killed

Budget cuts caused Phelps to institute a serial killer storyline. Phelps decided to kill off one major character and it was originally decided that popular character, Donna Hudson, was to be off, but massive fan protest caused Phelps to scrap that plan. Phelps then decided to kill off either Frankie Frame or Paulina Carlino.

"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.

The Piper Alpha drilling platform is destroyed

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.

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart is born

Kevin Darnell Hart is an American comedian and actor. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England, culminating in his first real break in 2001 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared.

Rapper 50 Cent is born

50 Cent is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, Jackson began selling drugs at age twelve during the 1980s crack epidemic. He later began pursuing a musical career and in 2000 he produced Power of the Dollar for Columbia Records.


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.

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.

John Rambo is born

John Rambo is a fictional character and first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell. He later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, in which was played by Sylvester Stallone. The character influenced many action heroes and films in the 80s and 90s.

Actor and director Sylvester Stallone is born

Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for his Hollywood action roles, including boxer Rocky Balboa in the Rocky series' seven films, soldier John Rambo in the four Rambo films, and Barney Ross in the three The Expendables.

Rocky Balboa is born

Rocky Balboa is a fictional character created by Sylvester Stallone, who also portrayed him in all seven Rocky films. The inspiration for the name, iconography and fighting style came from boxing legend Rocky Marciano.


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.

Singer Bill Haley is born

William John Clifton Haley was an American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as "Rock Around the Clock", "See You Later, Alligator", "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "Skinny Minnie", and "Razzle Dazzle".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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