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Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion

A large amount of ammunition and military explosives that had been stored outdoors for over two years at the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base near Zygi, Cyprus, self-detonated, killing 13 people, including the Commander of the Navy, Andreas Ioannides, the base commander and six firefighters. A further 62 people were injured.

Kampala attacks

The Kampala attacks were suicide bombings carried out against crowds watching a screening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final match at two locations in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The attacks left 74 dead and 71 injured. Al-Shabaab, an Islamist militia based in Somalia that has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the blasts.


Spain beats the Netherlands for football's 19th World Cup

A football match that took place at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. Andres Iniesta scored four minutes from the end in extra time to give Spain World Cup glory for the first time but the Netherlands players were disappointed because of their third defeat in a final.

"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is released

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Mumbai train bombings

The 11 July 2006 Mumbai train bombings were a series of seven bomb blasts that took place over a period of 11 minutes on the Suburban Railway in Mumbai, the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the nation's financial capital. The bombs were set off in pressure cookers on trains plying on the suburban section of the Mumbai division of Western Railway. 209 people were killed and over 700 were injured.

Da Vinci robotic surgical system is approved in the U.S.

It was designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach. The system is controlled by a surgeon from a console. It is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures. Da Vinci systems conduct around 200 000 surgeries a year.

Srebrenica massacre begins

Srebrenica massacre, slaying of more than 7,000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men committed by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica under the command of General Ratko Mladić. Serbian forces separated the Bosniak civilians at Srebrenica, putting the women on buses. The women were raped or sexually assaulted.

Total solar eclipse is seen in Hawaii

Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide. Totality began over the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii moving across Mexico, down through Central America and across South America ending over Brazil.

Coca-Cola backs away from New Coke fiasco

By 1985, Coca-Cola had been losing market share to diet soft drinks and non-cola beverages for many years. Consumers who were purchasing regular colas seemed to prefer the sweeter taste of rival Pepsi-Cola, as Coca-Cola learned in conducting blind taste tests.


Marco Tardelli performs one of the most iconic goal celebrations

Coming after their 1934 and 1938 victories, Italy had now drawn level with record champions Brazil. Italy's Paolo Rossi won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top goalscorer and the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player. Captain and goalkeeper Dino Zoff at forty also became the oldest player to win the World Cup.

Skylab tumbles back to Earth

Skylab's demise in 1979 was an international media event, with T-shirts and hats with bullseyes and "Skylab Repellent" with a money-back guarantee, wagering on the time and place of re-entry, and nightly news reports. NASA calculated that the odds were 1 to 152 of debris hitting any human.

The discovery of the Terracotta army is announced

The army consisted of around 8 000 soldiers, 130 chariots, 700 horses and several non-military figures like officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians. All figures were from 221 to 206 BC. The army was uncovered near the ancient capital of Xian. It was buried in in battle formation facing east to guard the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.


Bobby Fischer vs. Boris Spassky

A match for the World Chess Championship in the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík, between challenger Bobby Fischer of the U.S. and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. In this match, the chess match of politics went beyond the symbolic level and became an actual chess match.

"Mama Told Me Not To Come" hits #1 in the US singles chart

Three Dog Night released a longer, rock 'n roll and funk-inspired version on It Ain't Easy. This version had the same 3/4 by 2/4 time change as Eric Burdon's version and featured Cory Wells singing lead in an almost humorous vocal style, Jimmy Greenspoon playing a Wurlitzer electric piano, and Michael Allsup playing guitar.

Rolling Stones release "Honky Tonk Woman" in the United States

"Honky Tonk Women" is a hit song by the Rolling Stones. It was a single-only release. Thematically, a "honky tonk woman" refers to a dancing girl in a western bar who may work as a prostitute. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. It was later released on the compilation album Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).

David Bowie's major hit Space Oddity is released

"Space Oddity" is a song written and recorded by David Bowie. It was first released as a 7-inch single. It was also the opening track of his second studio album, David Bowie. It became one of Bowie's signature songs and one of four of his songs to be included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

The Beatles appear live on the ABC Television program

The Beatles mimed live on ABC-TV's 'Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)'. They covered 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Long Tall Sally', 'Things We Said Today' and 'You Can't Do That'. No record of this broadcast is thought to exist.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee is published

To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on Lee's observations of her family, her neighbors and an event that occurred near her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama.

The State of Katanga breaks away from DR Congo

The country’s richest province, Katanga, had declared itself independent as the State of Katanga, with Élisabethville as its capital under the leadership of Moise Tshombe. The Congo was plunged into a civil conflict that soon turned into a political and constitutional crisis.

Big Ben chimes for the first time

The tower was designed by Augustus Pugin in a neo-gothic style. When completed in 1859, its clock was the largest and most accurate four-faced striking and chiming clock in the world. The tower stands 315 feet tall, and the climb from ground level to the belfry is 334 steps.

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