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Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russia–United States summit or Trump-Putin summit is a summit meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. It will focus on improving bilateral ties between the two countries which had been degrading due to the U.S. Intelligence Community's assessment that Russia tried to meddle with the results of the 2016 U.S. elections and try to normalize Russia-US relations since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.

BBC announces first female Doctor Who

The Thirteenth Doctor is the current incarnation of the Doctor and is portrayed by English actor Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to portray the character in the series. In the show's narrative, the Doctor is a time traveling, a humanoid alien from a race known as "the Time Lords".

Scientists reveal first close-up pictures of Pluto

New Horizons flew 12,500 km above the surface of Pluto, making it the first spacecraft to explore the dwarf planet. The last of the recorded data from the Pluto flyby was received from New Horizons. Having completed its flyby of Pluto, New Horizons has maneuvered for a flyby of Kuiper belt object.

Chatanooga shotings

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He first committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting center, then traveled to a U.S. Navy Reserve center and continued firing, where he was killed by police in a gunfight. Four Marines died on the spot.

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies

Johnny Winter was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He was found dead in his hotel room two days after his last performance, at the Cahors Blues Festival in France at the age of 70. The cause of Winter's death was not officially released.

Bihar school meal poisoning incident

At least 23 students died and dozens more fell ill at a primary school in the village of Dharmashati Gandaman in Bihar after eating a Midday Meal contaminated with pesticide. Angered by the deaths and illnesses, villagers took to the streets in many parts of the district in violent protest.

'The Dark Knight Rises' premieres in New York

The Dark Knight Rises is a superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan. The film is the final installment in Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, and the sequel to The Dark Knight. It received positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the action sequences, cast, musical score and the manner in which it concludes the trilogy.

Jon Lord, the former keyboard player with Deep Purple, dies

John Douglas Lord was an English composer, pianist, and Hammond organ player known for his pioneering work in fusing rock with classical or baroque forms. Lord was found to be suffering from pancreatic cancer. After treatment in both England and in Israel, he died at the London Clinic after suffering from a pulmonary embolism.

P!nk is hospitalised after falling out of a harness

During a concert in Nurnberg, Germany, Pink was preparing to end her concert with an aerial acrobatic routine when she was pulled offstage and onto a barricade below. Her left-side flywire had been activated before the right-side one had been properly attached to her harness. She was taken to a local hospital.


Zac Sunderland becomes the youngest person to sail around the world alone

Zachary Tristan "Zac" Sunderland is an American former sailor who was the first person under the age of 18 to sail solo around the world. Sunderland completed his trip after 13 months and 2 days at sea in 2009 at age 17.

Sun Microsystems agrees to be acquired by Oracle

A major issue of the purchase was that Sun was a major competitor to Oracle, raising many concerns among antitrust regulators, open source advocates, customers, and employees. The EU Commission delayed the acquisition for several months over concerns of Oracle's plans for MySQL, Sun's competitor to the Oracle Database.

Chinese milk scandal

The 2008 Chinese milk scandal was a widespread food safety incident. The scandal involved milk and infant formula along with other food materials and components being adulterated with melamine. Of an estimated 300,000 victims in China, 6 babies died from kidney stones and other kidney damage and an estimated 54,000 babies were hospitalized.

'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' is published

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a fantasy novel written by British author J. K. Rowling and the sixth novel in the Harry Potter series. Set during protagonist Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores the past of Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort, and Harry's preparations for the final battle against Voldemort.

Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is opened

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Cooper River in South Carolina, USA, connecting downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. The eight lane bridge satisfied the capacity of U.S. Route 17 when it opened in 2005 to replace two obsolete cantilever truss bridges.

BP Pedestrian Bridge is opened

The BP Pedestrian Bridge, or simply BP Bridge, is a girder footbridge in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It spans Columbus Drive to connect Maggie Daley Park with Millennium Park, both parts of the larger Grant Park.

'The Bourne Supremacy' premieres in Los Angeles

The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 action spy film featuring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely different. The film was directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay by Tony Gilroy. It is the second in the Jason Bourne film series.

DIY guru Martha Stewart is sentenced for shady stock sales

After a highly publicized six-week jury trial, Stewart was found guilty of felony charges of conspiracy, obstruction of an agency proceeding, and making false statements to federal investigators, and was sentenced to serve a five-month term in a federal correctional facility and a two-year period of supervised release.

'Jurassic Park III' premieres in the US

Jurassic Park III is an American science-fiction adventure film. It is the first film in the series not to have been directed by Steven Spielberg, nor based on a book by Michael Crichton. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film was successful at the box office, grossing $368 million worldwide.

Coldplay go to #1 on the UK album chart with Parachutes

Parachutes is the debut studio album by the British rock band Coldplay. It was released by Parlophone in the United Kingdom, was a commercial success and met with positive reviews. Upon release, the album quickly reached number one in the United Kingdom and has since been certified 8× Platinum.

John F. Kennedy Jr. is killed in a plane crash

John F. Kennedy, Jr., his wife, C. B. Kennedy and her sister, L. Bessette, die when the single-engine plane that Kennedy was piloting crashes into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. There was no emergency call from the plane. The last radar signal showed Kennedy 16 miles from the airport.


Annika Sorenstam wins 50th US Women's Open Golf Championship

Annika Sörenstam shot a final round to win the first of her three U.S. Women's Opens, one stroke ahead of Meg Mallon. The stunning victory was the first of her ten major titles. For the first time, the winner of U.S. Women's Open was awarded by million dollars.

Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9 collides with Jupiter

The comet was already broken to several pieces by Jupiter’s tidal forces. The fragments hit planets atmosphere at a speed approximately 60 kilometers per second. It was the first direct observation of an extraterrestrial collision of Solar System objects. The collision generated a large amount of coverage in the media around the world.


Welsh professional footballer Gareth Bale is born

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team. Bale has received international recognition for his ball striking from distance, swerving free kicks, and his ability to get past defenders with pace.

Family Ties stars Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan marry

Pollan first met Michael J. Fox when she played the girlfriend of his character on Family Ties; they met again on the set of Bright Lights, Big City a couple of years later and began a relationship. They were married at West Mountain Inn in Arlington, Vermont. The couple has four children together.

Saddam Hussein becomes president of Iraq

Saddam formally rose to power in 1979, although he had already been the de facto head of Iraq for several years. He suppressed several movements, particularly Shi'a and Kurdish movements, which sought to overthrow the government or gain independence, and maintained power during the Iran–Iraq War and the Gulf War.

'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf' closes

for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf is Ntozake Shange's first work and most acclaimed theater piece, premiered in 1976. It consists of a series of poetic monologues to be accompanied by dance movements and music, a form Shange coined as the choreopoem.

Apollo 11, carrying 1st men to land on Moon, launches

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket from Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida and was the fifth manned mission of NASA's Apollo program.

Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton form Cream

Cream was a 1960s British rock power trio consisting of drummer Ginger Baker, guitarist/singer Eric Clapton and lead singer/bassist Jack Bruce. The band is widely regarded as the world's first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide.

Mount Blanc Road tunnel between France & Italy opens

The Mont Blanc Tunnel is a highway tunnel in Europe, under the Mont Blanc mountain in the Alps. The tunnel is 11.611 km in length, 8.6 m in width, and 4.35 m in height. The tunnel consists of a single gallery with a two-lane dual direction road. At the time of its construction, it tripled the length of any existing highway tunnel.

'The Catcher in the Rye' by J. D. Salinger is published

The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Salinger, first published in serial form and later as a novel. A classic novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation.


Uruguay wins the World Cup for a second time

The match was won by Uruguay, who had won the inaugural competition in 1930. They clinched the cup by beating the hosts Brazil 2–1 in the deciding match of the four-team final group. This was the only tournament not decided by a one-match final. It was also the first tournament where the trophy was referred to as the Jules Rimet Cup.

John Glenn's record setting flight across the US

Already a Korean War hero, U. S. Marine Corps aviator and future astronaut used the F8U Crusader. At the time, the record was held by held by Republic F-84 Thunderjet. It was 3 hours and 45 minutes. Glenn calculated that F8 can be faster and flew from Los Alamitos, California to Floyd Bennett Field in New York City in 3 hours, 23 minutes.

First atomic bomb explodes

Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear weapon. It was conducted by the United States Army as part of the Manhattan Project. The test was conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, and the site was declared a National Historic Landmark district in 1965.

Parking meter is patented

Thuesen and Hale began working on the parking meter at the request of Oklahoma lawyer and newspaper publisher Carl C. Magee, who received the patent for the apparatus. The first models were based on a coin acceptor, a dial to engage the mechanism and a visible pointer and flag to indicate expiration of paid period.

The Amstel Hotel is finished

Samuel Sarphati, a physician and city planner, took the initiative to build the hotel, although he died before the hotel opened. The architect was Cornelis Outshoorn. Originally it was planned to build the front of the hotel facing the present Sarphatistraat. Due to financial problems, only the wing along the Amstel was built.

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