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Rupert Murdoch talks about "the most humble day" of his life

The website of the News Corporation publication The Sun was hacked, and a false story was posted on the front page claiming that Murdoch had died. Murdoch described the day of the committee "the most humble day of my life". He argued that since he ran a global business of 53,000 employees and that the News of the World was "just 1%" of this.

The first movie is played aboard a U.S. airline

TWA was the first American airline with movies aboard its aircraft when it showed By Love Possessed, starring Lana Turner and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. in the first-class section of a Boeing 707 flying New York to Los Angeles.

Winston Churchill launches his "V for Victory" campaign

By July 1941, the emblematic use of the letter V had spread through occupied Europe. Prime Minister Winston Churchill referred approvingly to the V for Victory campaign in a speech, from which point he started using the V hand sign. Early on he sometimes gestured palm in, sometimes with a cigar between the fingers.

The first line of the Paris Métro opens

The 1st line opened without ceremony in July 1900, during the World's Fair. The system expanded quickly until the First World War and the core was complete by the 1920s. Extensions into suburbs and Line 11 were built in the 1930s. The network reached saturation after World War II with new trains to allow higher traffic.

Napoleon III starts Franco-German War

The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War was a conflict between the Second French Empire of Napoleon III and the German states of the North German Confederation led by the Kingdom of Prussia that started in July 1870. The conflict was caused by Prussian ambitions to extend German unification and French fears of the shift in the European balance of power.

U.S. woman suffrage movement begins

The Seneca Falls Convention was the 1st women's rights convention. It advertised itself as "a convention to discuss the social, civil, and religious condition and rights of woman". Held in Seneca Falls, New York, it spanned 2 days in July 1848. Attracting widespread attention, it was soon followed by other women's rights conventions.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1947

Brian May

born 1972

David Lammy

born 1962

Eddie Lampert