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2015

Washington Redskins trademark dispute

The Washington Redskins trademark dispute was a legal effort by Native Americans to define the term "redskin" to be an offensive and disparaging racial slur to prevent the owners of the Washington Redskins football team from being able to maintain federal trademark protection for this name.

Netanyahu instructs his troops to "take their gloves off"

Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers and launched a massive search and arrest operation on the West Bank, targeting members of Hamas in particular, and over the following weeks hit 60 targets in Gaza. He did a round of television shows in the United States and described Hamas as "genocidal terrorists".

2014

Germany stuns the footballing world by demolishing hosts Brazil

The game marked several tournament records. Germany's win marked the largest margin of victory in a FIFA World Cup semi-final. The game saw Germany overtake Brazil as the highest scoring team in World Cup tournament history and become the first team to reach eight World Cup Finals.

42 people have been killed after the Egyptian army raids

Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, Egypt there was a clash between protesters seeking the return of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, and the military, who were protecting the institution. At least 42 protesters seeking the return of Morsi to power were killed and more than 435 injured.

Hotel collapse in Secunderabad

Twelve people were buried alive when City Light, Secunderabad’s noted Irani hotel, collapsed. One person died of his injuries in hospital. Among the dead was the hotel owner’s son. Nineteen people were injured. Most of the victims were laborers and hotel workers.

Atlantis launch end of U.S. Space Shuttle program

Space Shuttle Atlantis is a Space Shuttle orbiter vehicle belonging to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the spaceflight and space exploration agency of the United States. Atlantis embarked on its 33rd and final mission, also the final mission of a space shuttle, STS-135, in 2011.

The movie "Inception" is first released

Inception is a neo-noir science fiction heist film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a professional thief who steals information by infiltrating the subconscious. Inception grossed over $828 million worldwide, becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2010.

2010

NBA star Lebron James buys an hour of airtime on ESPN

James announced on a live ESPN special titled The Decision that he would sign with the Heat. The telecast was broadcast from the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut and raised $2.5 million for the charity. An additional $3.5 million was raised from advertising revenue, which was donated to other charities.

Chemical Brothers go to #1 on the UK album chart

"We Are The Night" entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1 and debuted at number 65 on the Billboard 200. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 50th Grammy Awards. The album cover art was inspired by the work Things to Come by Bauhaus member Herbert Bayer.

Oscar Niemeyer Museum is reinaugurated

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum is located in the city of Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, in Brazil. It was inaugurated in 2002 with the name Novo Museu. With the conclusion of remodeling and the construction of a new annex, it was reinaugurated with the current denomination to honor its famous architect who completed this project at 95 years of age.

Scientists discover why the Big Bang theory works

CMB anisotropies were further investigated by a large number of ground-based and balloon experiments. In 2000–2001 several experiments, most notably BOOMERanG, found the shape of the universe to be spatially almost flat by measuring the typical angular size of the anisotropies.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" is published

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a fantasy book written by British author J. K. Rowling and the fourth novel in the Harry Potter series. It follows Harry Potter, a wizard in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the mystery surrounding the entry of Harry's name into the Triwizard Tournament.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is published

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the third in the Harry Potter series. Along with friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry investigates Sirius Black, an escaped prisoner from Azkaban who they believe is one of Lord Voldemort's old allies.

Spice Girls release their debut single "Wannabe"

"Wannabe" is an uptempo dance-pop song which features Mel B and Geri Halliwell rapping. The lyrics, which address the value of female friendship over the heterosexual bond, became an iconic symbol of female empowerment and the most emblematic song of the group's Girl Power philosophy.

Space Shuttle Columbia is launched

Aboard of the shuttle were Japanese rice fish. They mated and produced a healthy fry. Thus, the rice fish became the first vertebrate to mate in orbit. Columbia also carried International Microgravity Laboratory. Most experiments were dedicated to life sciences. Payload specialist Chiaki Mukai was first Japanese woman in space.

Kim Il-sung dies after ruling North Korea 46 years

Kim Il-sung collapsed from a sudden heart attack at the age of 82. Kim Jong-il ordered the team of doctors, who were constantly at his father's side to leave, and arranged for the country's best doctors to be flown in from Pyongyang. After several hours, the doctors from Pyongyang arrived, but despite their efforts to save him, Kim Il-sung died.

"Melrose Place" first airs on Fox

Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from 1992 to 1999, for seven seasons. The show follows the lives of a group of young adults living in an apartment complex called Melrose Place, in West Hollywood, California. The show was created by Darren Star for Fox and executive produced by Aaron Spelling.

1990

In a replay of the 1986 World Cup final Germany faces Argentina

Argentina were the defending champions, having beaten West Germany 3–2 in the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final in Mexico. Thus 1990 final was the only 'repeat' final at consecutive World Cups. The game was won 1–0 by West Germany, with a late penalty kick taken by Andreas Brehme being the game's only goal.

Bryan Cranston marries Robin Dearden

Cranston married Robin Dearden, whom he had met on the set of the series Airwolf. He was playing the villain of the week and she played a hostage he held at gunpoint. Their daughter, Taylor Dearden Cranston is a theatre studies student at the University of Southern California and played an extra in the Breaking Bad episode "No Mas".

Bob Dylan's current European tour comes to the end

European Tour was played some of the biggest and best known European music venues. Dylan was joined by several major musicians including Carlos Santana. The last concert was at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland where Dylan premiered "Tupelo Honey".

Voyager 2 takes 1st ever photo of Jupiter's satellite Adrastea

Voyager 2's closest approach to Jupiter occurred when it came within 570,000 km of the planet's cloud tops. It discovered a few rings around Jupiter, as well as volcanic activity on the moon Io. The Great Red Spot was revealed as a complex storm moving in a counterclockwise direction.

Bill Withers starts a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Lean On Me" was released in April 1972 as the first single from his second album, Still Bill. It was his first and only number one single on both the soul singles and the Billboard Hot 100. Numerous cover versions have been recorded, and it is one of only nine songs to have reached No. 1 in the US Singles Charts with versions recorded by two different artists.

Vivien Leigh, star of Gone with the Wind, dies from tuberculosis

Vivien Leigh earned a reputation for being difficult to work with, and for much of her adult life, she suffered from bipolar disorder as well as recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, which was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s and ultimately claimed her life at the age of 53.

The Monkees begin a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Monkees gave the Jimi Hendrix Experience their first U.S. concert tour exposure as an opening act in July 1967. Jimi Hendrix's heavy psychedelic guitar and sexual overtones did not go over well with the teenage girls in the audience, which eventually led to his leaving the tour early.

Day reports of UFO crash at Roswell

A United States Army Air Forces balloon crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Following a wide initial interest in the crashed "flying disc", the US military stated that it was merely a conventional weather balloon. The Roswell incident continues to be of interest in popular media, and conspiracy theories surrounding the event persist.

Great Fire of 1892

The Great Fire of 1892 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador is remembered as the worst disaster ever to befall that city. Previous "Great Fires" had occurred in St. John's, during 1819 and 1846.

The Wall Street Journal was first published

The newspaper, which has won 40 Pulitzer Prizes through 2017, derives its name from Wall Street in the heart of the Financial District of Lower Manhattan. The Journal has been printed continuously since its inception by Charles Dow, Edward Jones, and Charles Bergstresser.

Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama sets sail for his first voyage

With his four ships, São Gabriel, São Rafael, Berrio (nickname, officially São Miguel) and a storage ship of unknown name, Da Gama traveled around Africa to India. It is not known how many men were in each ship's crew but approximately 55 returned, and two ships were lost. The fleet arrived in Kappadu near Kozhikode (Calicut), present day Kerala state of India.

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