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2018

FIFA World Cup first semifinal begins

England booked its place in the semi-finals with a 2-0 victory over Sweden while France eliminated Uruguay by the same score before Belgium advanced with a 2-1 win over Brazil. The semi-finals will be played on The Luzhniki Stadium and The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

2017

Romelu Lukaku joins Manchester United

Lukaku joined Manchester United after signing a 5-year long contract. The transfer fee was reported to be worth £75 million with an addition of £15 million in add-ons. Lukaku was given number 9 after gaining permission of Ibrahimovic. He debuted against Real Madrid where he scored his 1st competitive goal for the club.

2016

Portugal edges France to win their first Euro

The UEFA Euro 2016 Final match took place at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. Portugal won the match against France, thanks to the goal scored by Eder in extra time. Captain of the Portugal team, Cristiano Ronaldo got injured in the 8th minute and ended up being substituted in the 25th minute by Ricardo Quaresma.

Legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif dies

Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s but is best known for his appearances in both English and American productions. Sharif died after suffering a heart attack at a famous Psychiatric hospital in Cairo called The Behman Hospital.

Landslides in China

In Dujiangyan City, Sichuan a landslide buried 11 homes and numerous vacation cottages. At least 18 people were killed by the landslide which covered 2 square kilometers, and 117 were missing. Phone lines were cut, so survivors had to hike to nearby government offices for help.

Top U.K. tabloid tanks after a phone-hacking scandal

The News of the World was a high-selling British national newspaper, After the phone-hacking allegations, it was found the newspaper hired a private investigator that intercepted the voicemail of a missing teen who was later found murdered. The backlash from the public forced the closure of the newspaper.

Oil price hits all-time high above $147

Growing worries about threats to oil supplies from Iran and Nigeria, combined with a planned strike of Brazilian oil workers caused the oil prices to jump up by $5, reaching a record value of $147 per barrel. The prices at the time reached value 7-times as high as in 2002 and jumped by 50% during this year alone.

Shazam is born

Shazam was developed and released by Shazam Entertainment Ltd as an application which purpose was to identify music, movies, advertising and TV shows, using a microphone of the device and short sample. The app debuted on iPhone 2.0 with the launch of Apple’s App Store. It enabled the user to buy the song directly from iTunes.

Hurricane Dennis slams into the Florida Panhandle

Hurricane Dennis slammed into the Florida Gulf Coast with 190 kilometers-an-hour winds snapping trees and tore off roofs buildings along the coastline and knocked out power to more than 250,000 residents. The Hurricane killed 29 people in the Panhandle alone and caused billions of dollars of damage.

Hugh Grant appears on the Tonight Show

In the much-watched interview, Grant was noted for not making excuses for the incident after Leno asked him, "What the hell were you thinking?" Grant answered, "I think you know in life what's a good thing to do and what's a bad thing, and I did a bad thing. And there you have it."

Manuel Noriega is sentenced to 40 years in Miami

Manuel Noriega was a Panamanian politician, military officer and leader of Panama in 80s. The US invasion of Panama, known as Operation Just Cause removed him from power. He was captured and transferred to Miami where he stood a trial in the federal courthouse. Noriega was found guilty of 8 out of 10 charges.

The first MTV Movie awards is broadcast

The MTV Movie & TV Awards is a film and television awards show presented annually on MTV. The nominees are decided by producers and executives at MTV. Winners are decided online by the general public. Terminator 2: Judgment Day won the Best Movie category in the 1992 edition of the show.

Boris Yeltsin swears in as 1st elected Russian president

During the elections for the newly created post of President of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Yeltsin defeated Nikolai Ryzhkov and 4 other candidates, earning 57% of the popular vote. Upon the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the resignation of Gorbachev, Yeltsin remained in the office as president.

Playboy publishes nude pictures of Madonna

Penthouse and Playboy magazines published a number of nude photos of Madonna, taken in New York in 1978. She had posed for the photographs as she needed money at the time and was paid as little as $25 a session. The publication of the photos caused a media uproar, but Madonna remained "unapologetic and defiant".

French agents blow up Greenpeace boat in Auckland

As a retaliation against Greenpeace for their protests against nuclear testing, French foreign intelligence services sunk the Rainbow Warrior in what is known as Opération Satanique. The ship was bombed at the Port of Auckland in New Zealand by 2 agents. A photographer, Fernando Pereira drowned on the sinking ship.

Walt Disney's "Fox & The Hound" is released

The Fox and the Hound is an American animated drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions and loosely based on the novel of the same name by Daniel P. Mannix. The film tells the story of two unlikely friends, a red fox named Tod and a hound dog named Copper.

Singer Jessica Simpson is born

Jessica Ann Johnson is an American singer, actress, and fashion designer. Simpson signed a recording contract with Columbia Records when she was sixteen and released her debut studio album in 1999. The album sold over four million copies worldwide, and spawned the top three hit "I Wanna Love You Forever".

Chemical factory in Seveso explodes covering

The Seveso disaster was an industrial accident that occurred at a chemical plant manufacturing a highly toxic material, located 15 miles north from Milano. About 3,000 kg of chemicals were released into the air. A white cloud of dioxin quickly settled on the town of Seveso.

Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is born

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara is a Colombian American actress and model. Vergara rose to prominence while co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s. Her first notable acting job in English was in the film Chasing Papi.

The funeral of Brian Jones takes place in his home town

Jones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at Cotchford Farm. His Swedish girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, was convinced Jones was alive when he was taken out of the pool, insisting he still had a pulse. However, by the time the doctors arrived, it was too late and he was pronounced dead.

Eric Clapton announces that Cream would break-up

Cream decided that they would break up in May 1968 during a tour of the US. Later, in July, an official announcement was made that the band would break up after a farewell tour of the United States and after playing two concerts in London.

US launches Orbiter 1 to the Moon

The Lunar Orbiter 1 was the 1st American spacecraft to orbit the Moon. It was launched from the Cape Canaveral, using Atlas Agena rocket. The unmanned spacecraft was designed primarily to photograph the smooth areas of the lunar surface. That was needed for selection of landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo missions.

Rolling Stones score their 1st US #1 single

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was first released as a single in the United States and was also featured on the American version of the Rolling Stones' fourth studio album, Out of Our Heads, released that July. "Satisfaction" was a hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the US.

Beatles' "VI" album goes #1 & stays #1 for 6 weeks

Beatles VI is the Beatles' seventh Capitol Records release in the United States and Canada. It was the ninth album released into that market in less than one and a half years. The LP was released in both mono and stereo versions and reached number one in Billboard for six weeks.

200,000 Liverpudlians celebrate The Beatles return to Liverpool

The film premiered at the Pavilion Theatre in London, on the eve of Ringo Starr's 24th birthday, and the soundtrack was released four days later. A Hard Day's Night set records at the London Pavilion by grossing over $20,000 in the first week, ultimately becoming so popular that more than 1,600 prints were in circulation simultaneously.

Telstar launches

A communication satellite of the US origin, Telstar 1, was launched into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, using a Thor-Delta rocket, also known as Delta DM-19. The satellite was 1st to relay TV pictures, phone calls, and telegraph images through space. It also provided the 1st live transatlantic TV feed.

Singer Neil Tennant is born

Neil Francis Tennant is an English musician, singer, songwriter, music journalist and co-founder of the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys, which he formed with Chris Lowe in 1981. He also was a journalist for Smash Hits and was an assistant editor for the magazine for a period in the mid-1980s.

Allies land in Sicily

The invasion of Sicily by Allies was codenamed as Operation Husky. The invasion began with an amphibious and airborne operation. Prior to the landing, there were 2 American and 2 British attacks by airborne troops. The amphibious landings were made on 26 main beaches, spread along 105 miles of southern and eastern coasts.

Singer Ronnie James Dio is born

Ronald James Padavona was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture in metal culture and was known for his medieval-themed lyrics.

Nazi planes open the Battle of Britain

The Nazi Luftwaffe launched a large-scale attack against Britain, in order to compel them to agree to a negotiated peace settlement. The Nazis started the air and sea blockade, targeting mostly coastal-shipping convoys, ports and shipping centers. Night bombing attacks on cities known as Blitz followed in next months.

Architect Paul Andreu is born

French architect Paul Andreu is known for his designs of multiple airports, including Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport. Other projects include the Grande Arche at La Défense in Paris, and the National Grand Theater of China enclosed in a titanium and glass shell near Beijing's Tiananmen Square.

Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours

Howard Hughes was a daring pilot who set several aviation world records, including a flight around the world in 91 hours. He made this flight with 4 crew members accompanying him. They departed from Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island NY in a Lockheed 14 Lodestar Monoplane. They covered 14,672 in 3 days and 19 hours.

Scopes Monkey Trial starts

In the trial a local school teacher, John Scopes, was prosecuted under the law, which prohibited the teaching of evolution in public schools. He was found guilty and fined $100. The trial drew worldwide publicity. It exposed the controversy between supporters of science, called modernists, and religion, called fundamentalists.

Three-point seat-belt is patented

The U.S. patent was issued to Swedish engineer, Nils Bohlen. His three-point seat-belt design saved countless lives since its invention. It replaced earlier style of a single safety belts strapped across the body, with the buckle placed over the abdomen, which often caused severe internal injuries in high-speed crashes.

1914

Boston Red Sox purchase Babe Ruth from Baltimore Orioles

The Red Sox purchased catcher Ben Egan, right-hand pitcher Ernie Shore and 19-year-old Babe Ruth for $8,000, from the Baltimore Orioles, which was then a minor league franchise. Ruth was a great attendance with excellent ability. Ruth made his Red Sox debut and pitched the team to a win over the Cleveland Naps.

Serbian-American Nikola Tesla is born

Nikola Tesla was born in a village of Smiljan, in Austrian Empire, nowadays a mountainous region of Western Lika in Croatia. Tesla received an advanced education in engineering and physics. He emigrated to the US where he started developing electrical and mechanical devices, eventually designing the modern AC system.

French photography pioneer Louis Daguerre dies

He invented first practical process of photography, the daguerreotype. Though the first permanent photograph was made in by Joseph-Nicéphore Niepce, it was of poor quality and required about eight hours' exposure time. The process, that Daguerre developed, required only 20 to 30 minutes. Daguerre was also an accomplished painter and inventor of the diorama theatre.

German astronomer Johann Galle dies

He is famous as the discoverer of the planet Neptune. Neptune’s existence had been predicted by the calculations of French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier. Leverrier wrote a letter to Galle and asked him to search for the new planet at a predicted location. Galle found it right where it was supposed to be.

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