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Ancient Qur'an fragments are discovered

So called Birmingham Quran manuscript is a piece of parchment with parts of Islamic parts of Surahs 19 to 20. They are written in ink on parchment, using an Arabic Hijazi script and still clearly readable. The manuscript was radiocarbon dated between 568 and 645 AD. Muhammad lived from around 570 to 632.

3RW's memorial for victims of Norwegian massacre opens

At Utøya, the place of the memorial is called "Lysninga". A part of it is "Ringen" a ring of steel that hangs between trees and here the names and age of the majority of those 69 killed are engraved. It lies at the highest point of the island.

Facebook closes acquisition VR maker Oculus Rift

Giant social networking company Facebook announced it has "reached a definitive agreement" to acquire virtual reality headset maker Oculus for $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares valued at $1.6 billion.

95 people are killed and 500 injured by earthquakes in China

A series of earthquakes occurred in Dingxi, Gansu. The earthquakes were also felt in the nearby cities of Tianshui and Lanzhou in Gansu and caused at least 95 deaths, and more than 2,300 people had been injured. Communication was cut off to 13 townships in Zhang County and many villages in Meichuan, Min County.

Tomorrowland expands to three days

2011 marked the festival's expansion to three days. Tomorrowland 2011 had the theme "The Tree of Life" and the anthem "The Way We See The World" by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike featuring Afrojack and Nervo.

Anders Behring Breivik kills 77 people

The 2011 Norway attacks were two sequential lone wolf terrorist attacks by Anders Behring Breivik against the government, the civilian population, and a Workers' Youth League-run summer camp. The attacks claimed a total of 77 lives. Breivik was convicted as charged and sentenced to 21 years of preventive detention in prison.

Emirates Stadium is opened

The Emirates Stadium is a football stadium in Holloway, London, England, and the home of Arsenal F.C. The entire stadium project was completed at a cost of £390 million. The club's former stadium was redeveloped as Highbury Square, an apartment complex.

Johnny Cash is at #1 on the US album chart

American V: A Hundred Highways is the 93rd overall album and a posthumous album by Johnny Cash. As the title implies, it is the fifth entry in Cash's American series. It was Cash's first album to become Number One in 37 years. It was certified Gold by the RIAA.

2002

Rio Ferdinand joins Manchester United for £29.1 million

Ferdinand joined fellow Premier League side Manchester United on a five-year deal to become the most expensive British footballer in history at the time and the world's most expensive defender for a second time, a title he had lost in 2001 to Lilian Thuram.

Woodstock 99 music festival begins in Rome, New York

Woodstock '99 was the second large-scale music festival that attempted to emulate the original Woodstock festival of 1969. It was held in upstate New York, this time in Rome. Approximately 400,000 people attended the festival which was portrayed by the media as being marred by violence, rape, and fires.

Final episode of sitcom Ellen airs on ABC

Ellen is an American television sitcom that aired on the ABC network, consisting of 109 episodes. The final episodes of Ellen were criticized for focusing too much on gay issues. Eventually, even members of the LGBT community began to criticize the show's serious new tone as well and ABC pulled the show from the air after five seasons.

1996

The first weight lifter wins three gold medals at the Olympic Games

Naim Suleymanoglu won in dramatic competition against his rival, Valerios Leonidis of Greece, trading 3 world-record lifts. The man known as Pocket Hercules snatched 324.5 pounds and proceeded to raise 413.75 pounds in the clean-and-jerk, totaling for a 738.25 pounds. The event took place in the basement of the Georgia World Congress Center.

The satirical news program The Daily Show premieres

The half-hour-long show was first hosted by Craig Kilborn until 1998. Jon Stewart then took over as the host, making the show more strongly focused on political satire and news satire, in contrast with the pop culture focus during Kilborn's tenure.

Ewan McGregor marries Eve Mavrakis

Ewan Gordon McGregor is a Scottish actor, known internationally for his various film roles, including independent dramas, science-fiction epics, and musicals. McGregor married Eve Mavrakis, a French-Greek Jewish production designer whom he met on the set of Kavanagh QC. Together they have four daughters, one of them adopted from Mongolia.

Space Shuttle Discovery lands

Discovery took off only six day after landing of her sister ship Atlantis. It was the fastest turnaround between flights in the history of the Shuttle program. Main mission objective was to deliver Tracking and data relay satellite (TORS) to orbit. The astronauts also conducted plenty of experiments, most of them from the field of biological sciences.

1994

OJ Simpson pleads "Absolutely 100% Not Guilty" of murder

At his second arraignment, when asked how he pleaded to the murders, Simpson, breaking a courtroom practice that says the accused may plead using only the words "guilty" or "not guilty," firmly stated: "Absolutely, one hundred percent, not guilty."

Great Missouri Flood

The Great Flood of 1993 was a flood that occurred in the Midwestern United States, along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their tributaries. The flood was among the most costly and devastating to ever occur in the United States, with $15 billion in damages.

Deng Xiaoping returns to power in China

In July 1977, Deng was restored to the posts of Vice-Chairman of the Central Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Military Commission and Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army. Deng repudiated the Cultural Revolution and, in 1977, launched the "Beijing Spring", which allowed open criticism of the excesses and suffering that had occurred during the period.

Famous bank robber John Dillinger is shot dead

John Herbert Dillinger was an American gangster in the Depression-era United States. Federal agents, led by Melvin Purvis and Samuel P. Cowley, moved to arrest Dillinger as he exited a theater. He drew a Colt Model 1908 Vest Pocket and attempted to flee, but was killed. This was ruled as a justifiable homicide.

1894

The first ever motor race is held in France

The road from Paris to Rouen became the venue of a historical event when the 1st competitive motor race took place there. The newspaper Le Petit Journal organized the 126 km long race with 102 entrants. The fastest petrol powered car was driven by Albert Lemaítre. Steam powered cars were not eligible to win the premier prize.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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