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The first solar aircraft completes flight around the Earth

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft project, and also the name of the project's two operational aircraft. The privately financed project is led by Swiss engineer and businessman André Borschberg and Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted Breitling Orbiter 3, the 1st balloon to circle the world non-stop.

Sagamihara stabbings

The Sagamihara stabbings were committed in Midori Ward, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, Japan. Nineteen people were killed and twenty-six others were injured, thirteen severely, at a care home for disabled people. The suspect was a 26-year-old man, identified as Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the care facility.


Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain joins Juventus

Higuaín transferred to Juventus for a fee of €90 million paid in two installments, becoming one of the highest football transfers of all-time and highest ever transfer for an Italian club. Three days after his move, Higuaín stated that his reason for moving to Juventus was because of his relationship with Napoli's chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Hillary Clinton is nominated to run for president

Clinton was formally nominated at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, becoming the first woman to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. Her choice of vice presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, was nominated by the Convention the following day.

The Rockin' 1000 Foo Fighters stunt

The Rockin' 1000 is a group of rock musicians from mainly Italy and a few from other countries such as Canada, Mexico, England, Spain, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, USA, and Germany. The home of the organization is in Cesena in Italy, originally assembled in 2015 as a stunt to get the Foo Fighters to visit their hometown.

Reality television personality Bobbi Kristina Brown dies

Gordon and a friend found Brown face down in a bathtub in her home. Doctors placed Brown in an induced coma after determining her brain function was "significantly diminished", and her family was told meaningful recovery would be a miracle. Brown died from lobar pneumonia after being in a coma for nearly six months.

Singer-songwriter JJ Cale dies

John Weldon "J. J." Cale was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Though he deliberately avoided the limelight his influence as a musical artist has been widely acknowledged by figures such as Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Cale died at the age of 74 in La Jolla, California, after suffering a heart attack.

ECB head Draghi pledges to do "whatever it takes" to save euro

In the midst of renewed fears about sovereigns in the eurozone, Draghi stated in a panel discussion that the ECB "...is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the Euro. And believe me, it will be enough." This statement led to a steady decline in bond yields (borrowing costs) for eurozone countries, in particular, Spain, Italy, and France.

56 is killed in Ahmedabad bombing

The 2008 Ahmedabad bombings were a series of 21 bomb blasts that hit Ahmedabad, India, within a span of 70 minutes. 56 people were killed and over 200 people were injured. The blasts were considered to be of low intensity and were similar to the Bangalore blasts, Karnataka which occurred the day before.


Inter Milan is declared Serie A champions

The scandal was uncovered by Italian police, implicating league champions Juventus and other major teams including Milan, Fiorentina, and Reggina when a number of illegal telephone interceptions showed a thick network of relations between team managers and referee organizations, being accused of rigging games by selecting favorable referees.

Space Shuttle Discovery is launched

STS-114 was the first "Return to Flight" Space Shuttle mission following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. Discovery launched in July 2005. The launch, 907 days after the loss of Columbia, was approved despite unresolved fuel sensor anomalies in the external tank that had prevented the shuttle from launching its originally scheduled date.

Singer Mary Wells dies

Mary Esther Wells was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. In the summer of 1992, Wells' cancer returned and she was rushed to the Kenneth Norris Jr. Cancer Hospital in Los Angeles with pneumonia. Wells died that year, at the age of 49.

Peter Gabriel goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Sledgehammer" is a song by English rock musician Peter Gabriel. It was released as the lead single from his fifth studio album, So. It was produced by Gabriel and Daniel Lanois. It was his biggest hit in North America and ties with "Games Without Frontiers" as his biggest hit in the United Kingdom.


Jarmila Kratochvilova sets 800m woman's record

Jarmila Kratochvílová is a former professional track and field athlete. She represented Czechoslovakia during her career, winning 5 gold and 4 silver medals altogether from Olympic Games, World and European Championship. She broke the 800 m world record of Nadezhda Olizarenko during World Championship in Helsinki.


Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run

Johnny Bench is an American former baseball player, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He reached a milestone of 300 home runs while playing in the Major League for the Cincinnati Reds. Bench managed to hit 389 of them during his whole career. He was called the greatest catcher in baseball history by ESPN.

Apollo 15 is launched

It was the fourth mission to land on the Moon and first with the lunar rover. The rover allowed travelling much further than had been possible in the previous missions. Two astronauts, David Scott and James Irwin, landed in Mare Imbrium. They spent three days on the lunar surface. Meanwhile, their colleague Alfred Worden orbited the Moon.

The Jackson Five sign a one-year contract with Motown Records

The CEO Gordy originally turned them down, since he had Stevie Wonder in his spotlight, but later changed his mind, and had requested the group to be signed, with final negotiations completed by early 1969, leading to the group to be signed under a one-year contract.

Actress Sandra Bullock is born

Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. She made her acting debut with a minor role in the 1987 thriller Hangmen, and made her television debut in the film Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman, and played the lead role in the short-lived NBC sitcom Working Girl.

Architect Dorte Mandrup is born

Dorte Mandrup-Poulsen is a Danish architect. Founder and Creative Director of the architectural practice Dorte Mandrup that has approximately 60 employees. Dorte Mandrup’s work is characterized by being conceptually strong as well as innovative in terms of form and material, but also by an analytical approach to architecture.

Actor Kevin Spacey is born

Kevin Spacey Fowler is an American actor, producer, and singer. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s before obtaining supporting roles in film and television. He gained critical acclaim for the neo-noir crime thriller The Usual Suspects and an Academy Award for Best Actor for the midlife crisis-themed drama American Beauty.

Egypt nationalizes Suez Canal

Because of Egyptian overtures towards the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States withdrew their pledge to support the construction of the Aswan Dam. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser responded by nationalizing the canal and transferring it to the Suez Canal Authority.

Fidel Castro launches his fight for communist Cuba

The 26th of July Movement was a vanguard revolutionary organization than a party led by Fidel Castro that in 1959 overthrew the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba. The movement’s main objectives were a distribution of land to peasants, nationalization of public services, industrialization, honest elections, and large-scale education reform.

Eva Perón dies

Eva María Duarte de Perón was the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. Eva Perón has become a part of an international popular culture, most famously as the subject of the musical Evita. Even today, Evita has never left the collective consciousness of Argentines.

Truman signs the National Security Act

The National Security Act of 1947 was a major restructuring of the United States government's military and intelligence agencies following World War II. Aside from the military reorganization, the act established the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S.'s first peacetime non-military intelligence agency.

Winston Churchill resigns as PM after election fiasco

Having lost the election, despite enjoying much support amongst the British population, he resigned as Prime Minister, handing over to a Labour Government. Many reasons for his defeat have been given, key among them being that a desire for post-war reform was widespread amongst the population.

Musician Mick Jagger is born

Mick Jagger is an English singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and actor who gained fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over five decades, and he has been described as "one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll".

Musician Bobby Hebb is born

Robert Von "Bobby" Hebb was an American R&B/soul singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer known for his hit entitled "Sunny". Released as a single, "Sunny" reached No. 3 on the R&B charts, No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 12 in the United Kingdom.

American linguist and engineer Benjamin Lee Whorf dies

He is known as one of the two authors of the Linguistic relativity, often called Sapir–Whorf hypothesis. The hypothesis says that language determines or influences our thoughts and perceptions of the world. Therefore, thinking and perceptions of speakers of different languages is also different.

American director Stanley Kubrick is born

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is frequently cited as one of the greatest and most influential directors in cinematic history. His films cover a wide range of genres and are noted for their realism, dark humor, unique cinematography, extensive set designs, and evocative use of music.

The first US movie theater opens in New Orleans

The first permanent home for showing movies in the United States was opened at 623 Canal Street, corner of Exchange Alley. The name of the theatre was Vitascope Hall. Cost for admission was 10 cents. For an extra 10 cents, attendants could get a look into the booth where the man was operating the Vitascope.

Esperanto movement launches with Unua Libro book

First published in July 1887, Unua Libro is the first book in which Zamenhof introduced and described the constructed language Esperanto, then-called the international language, and its publication marks the formal beginning of the Esperanto movement.

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung is born

He is known as the founder of the analytical psychology, which he started as a branch of psychoanalysis. Proponents of the analytical psychology claim that main task of human development is individuation. It is a lifelong psychological process of differentiation of the self out of each individual's conscious and unconscious elements.

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