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'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' goes to cinemas

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an American action spy film written, produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series. The film received acclaim from critics, who praised its cinematography, story, acting, action sequences, stunts, and musical score.

Sam Shepard dies

Sam Shepard was an American actor, playwright, author, screenwriter, and director whose body of work spanned half a century. Shepard died at his home in Kentucky, aged 73, from complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Gurdaspur attack

Three gunmen dressed in army uniforms opened fire on a bus and then attacked the Dina Nagar police station in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India. The attack resulted in the death of three civilians and four policemen, including a superintendent of police; fifteen others were injured.

Teva Pharmaceuticals buys Allergan

Allergan agreed to sell its generic drug business to Teva for $40.5 billion. In order for the deal to gain regulatory approval, Teva sold off a number of assets, including a portfolio of five generic drugs to Sagent Pharmaceuticals for $40 million, as well as a further eight medicines to Dr. Reddy’s in a $350 million deal.

First artificially inseminated Przewalski’s horse is born

Female foal was the result of seven years of research by scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Przewalski’s horse is a rare and endangered species native to the steppes of central Asia. In 1966 it became extinct in the wild. Thanks to the international conservation programme, it was later reintroduced but it is still much endangered.

Tomorroland 2012 kicks off in De Schorre, Belgium

The line-up consisted of 400 DJs, such as Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Skrillex, Avicii, Marco Bailey, Skazi, David Guetta, Hardwell, Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Carl Cox, The Bloody Beetroots, Paul van Dyk, Martin Solveig, Chuckie, Fatboy Slim, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Pendulum playing on fifteen stages each day.

London Aquatics Centre is opened

The London Aquatics Centre was designed by architect Zaha Hadid in 2004 before London won the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It is an indoor facility with two 50-meter swimming pools and a 25-meter diving pool in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford, London.

American cooking reality show 'Masterchef' premieres

MasterChef is an American competitive cooking reality show based on the original British series of the same name, open to amateur and home chefs. Produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, it debuted on the Fox network, following the professional cooking competition series, Hell's Kitchen.

Sarah Mower reacts to „all Black Issue“ italian Vogue

Vogue Italia’s July 2008 issue showcased and celebrated black models and black women in the worlds of art, politics, and entertainment — in an entire issue of an internationally acclaimed international edition. The original run of the issue sold out in the United States and the United Kingdom within 72 hours.

Phoenix news helicopter collision

On July 27, 2007, two AS-350 AStar helicopters from television stations KNXV-TV and KTVK collided in mid-air over Phoenix, Arizona, while covering a police pursuit. On board the two aircraft were four people in total – a pilot and a photographer in each helicopter – all of whom were killed, while no casualties were reported on the ground.

'The Simpsons Movie' by enters theaters

The Simpsons Movie is an American animated comedy film based on the Fox television series The Simpsons. The film was directed by David Silverman and stars the regular television cast. The film follows Homer Simpson, whose irresponsibility gets the best of him when he pollutes the lake in Springfield.

Sknyliv airshow disaster

The Sknyliv air show disaster occurred on 27 July 2002, when a Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-27 piloted by Volodymyr Toponar and co-piloted by Yuriy Yegorov crashed during an aerobatics presentation at Sknyliv airfield near Lviv, Ukraine. The accident killed 77 people and injured 543, 100 of whom were hospitalised. As of 2002, it was the deadliest air show accident in history.

'The Patriot' premieres in the US

The Patriot is a 2000 American epic historical fiction war film directed by Roland Emmerich, written by Robert Rodat, and starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, and Jason Isaacs. The film depicts the story of an American Colonist, nominally loyal to the British Crown, who is swept into the American Revolutionary War when his family is affected.


Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a '900'

An American professional skateboarder, Tony Hawk, is known for completing the 1st documented 900 trick. It involves a completion of 2 and a half mid-air revolutions on a skateboard. Hawk pulled it off on his 12th attempt. He was still able to perform the trick at the age of 48, stating it would be his last.

Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park

The Centennial Olympic Park bombing was a domestic terrorist pipe bombing attack on the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1996 Summer Olympics. The blast directly killed 1 person and injured 111 others; another person later died of a heart attack. It was the first of four bombings committed by Eric Rudolph.

Belarus breaks away from the Soviet Union

The parliament of the republic proclaimed the sovereignty of Belarus in 1990. Alexander Lukashenko has served as the country's first president since 1994. Belarus has been labeled "Europe's last dictatorship" by some Western journalists, on account of Lukashenko's self-described authoritarian style of government.

The Eurythmics are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)" is a song written and performed by the British musical duo Eurythmics. The song became a worldwide success; most notably in Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom, where it became the duo's only chart-topping single to date.

Pop-singer Prince’s first movie 'Purple Rain' is released

Purple Rain is an American rock musical drama movie directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. The film stars Prince in his acting debut playing "The Kid," a quasi-biographical character. Purple Rain was developed to showcase Prince's talents, and the film contains several concert sequences.

Madonna's self-titled debut album is released

Madonna is the debut album by American singer Madonna, released by Sire Records. She became the sole writer for most of the album's tracks and chose Reggie Lucas as its primary producer. Unhappy with Lucas's production outputs, she invited John "Jellybean" Benitez to complete the album, which peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200.

The first Venice Biennale of Architecture

Mostra di Architettura di Venezia was established in 1980, although architecture had been a part of the art biennale since 1968. As well as addressing the academic side of architecture, the Biennale provides an opportunity for architects and designers to showcase new projects, arranged in different pavilions, each with different themes.

The Korean War armistice is signed

The Korean Armistice Agreement is the armistice which brought about a complete cessation of hostilities of the Korean War. The Armistice was designed to "ensure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved."


Emil Zátopek wins third gold medal in Helsinki Olympics

Emil Zátopek was a long-distance runner, representing Czechoslovakia on Olympic Games and European Athletic Championships. During the 15th Olympic Games in Helsinki, he won gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 m runs and then managed to also win gold from the Marathon, a race that he had never run before.

The first commercial jet airliner flies for the first time

The aircraft was fast and comfortable, however dangerous. In the early 1950s Comets started to fall. The accidents were caused by metal fatigue. It was a phenomenon not fully understood at the time. The Comet was withdrawn from service, extensively tested and redesigned. Improved versions served around thirty years.

Bugs Bunny debuts in Warner Bros' cartoon 'A Wild Hare'

Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created in the late 1930s by Leon Schlesinger Productions and voiced originally by Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros.


The VIII Summer Olympic Games open in Paris

The 1924 Summer Olympics were an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in Paris, France. It was the second time Paris hosted the games. With total receipts at 5,496,610₣, the Olympics resulted in a hefty loss despite crowds that reached 60,000 people at a time.

Vincent van Gogh shoots himself

Van Gogh shot himself in the chest with a 7mm Lefaucheux à broche revolver. There were no witnesses and he died 30 hours after the incident. The bullet was deflected by a rib and passed through his chest without doing apparent damage to internal organs – probably stopped by his spine.

English aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland is born

His most famous designs are de Havilland Mosquito and Comet. The former is often called the most versatile combat aircraft of all times. The latter was the first jet airliner in history. Prior to starting a company of his own, Geoffrey de Havilland worked for another manufacturer of iconic aircraft: Airco.

The first transatlantic telegraph cable is completed

A transatlantic telegraph cable is an undersea cable running under the Atlantic Ocean used for telegraph communications. The first was laid across the floor of the Atlantic from Telegraph Field, Foilhommerum Bay, Valentia Island in western Ireland to Heart's Content in eastern Newfoundland.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

died 1981

Adam Walsh

died 2017

Sam Shepard

born 1969

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