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Fox shareholders vote on Disney's $71bn takeover

Disney has increased its offer for 21st Century Fox to $71bn after reports the media giant was leaning towards Comcast’s bid. Fox’s controlling shareholders, Rupert Murdoch and his family, can only vote their 17 percent economic interest in a takeover vote because Class A and B shareholders each have the same voting power.

Hamburg stabbing attack

Ahmad Alhaw, a Palestinian failed asylum seeker, went to an Edeka supermarket in Fuhlsbüttler Strasse in the Barmbek area of Hamburg. He took a 20 cm-long kitchen knife from the supermarket shelf and used it to attack several people, killing a 50-year-old German man. Deutsche Welle reported 6 injured in addition to the killing.

Opera 'The Exterminating Angel' premieres in Salzburg

The Exterminating Angel is an English-language opera in three acts, with music by Thomas Adès, and libretto by Tom Cairns in collaboration with Adès. The opera is based on the 1962 film of the same name by Luis Buñuel. The opera received its world premiere at the Haus für Mozart, Salzburg.

Leonard Cohen's muse, Marianne Ihlen, dies

Marianne Christine Stang Ihlen was a Norwegian woman who was the first wife of author Axel Jensen and later the muse and girlfriend of Leonard Cohen for several years in the 1960s. She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 and died in Olso, aged 81.

Oracle buys NetSuite in order to boost its cloud services

Oracle announced it had offered to purchase NetSuite for $9.3 billion USD. The deal faced intense scrutiny because Oracle founder, Larry Ellison, owned nearly 40% of NetSuite. Even prior to the announcement, the two firms shared a close relationship. Both founder Goldberg and CEO Nelson worked at Oracle Corp. prior to forming NetSuite.

Trump calls U.S. "the highest-taxed nation in the world"

President Donald Trump again repeated his claim that U.S. citizens pay an unfairly high tax burden. "We're the highest taxed nation in the world," he said, according to NPR White House reporter Scott Horsley. "People want to see massive tax cuts."

Linda Ronstadt is honored with a National Medal of Arts

Linda Maria Ronstadt is an American retired popular music singer known for singing in a wide range of genres including rock, country, jazz, light opera, and Latin. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

Alaska USAF C-17 crash

A U.S. Air Force transport plane crashed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, killing all four crew members. The aircraft involved was a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III and the crash was the first fatal C-17 flight mishap. The crew were practicing for Elmendorf's Arctic Thunder Air Show, which took place three days later.

Airblue Flight 202 crashes

Airblue Flight 202 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight which crashed near Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, killing all 146 passengers and six crew on board. The aircraft crashed in the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad during a flight from Karachi's Jinnah International Airport to Benazir Bhutto International Airport.

Mel Gibson is arrested for DUI

Gibson was arrested by deputy James Mee for driving under the influence while speeding in his vehicle with an open container of alcohol, which is illegal in California. According to a 2011 article in Vanity Fair, Gibson first told the arresting officer, "My life is over. I'm fucked. Robyn's going to leave me."

Kylie Minogue debuts with her cover of 'The Loco-Motion'

Kylie Minogue released a cover version of the song as her debut single under the title "Locomotion". This release, also a major success, reached the top five in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Minogue's version of the track substitutes the Australian term railway for the American term railroad in the song's lyrics.


Angel Cordero Jr becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

Angel Cordero was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and raised among thoroughbred horses. He followed in footsteps of his family and became a jockey. Cordero won numerous racing events throughout his career and attained 7,057 wins in total. At the age of 45, he became the 4th person to reach a milestone of 6,000 wins.


The XXIII Summer Olympics open in L.A.

The 1984 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event that was held in Los Angeles, California, United States. This was the second time that Los Angeles had hosted the Games. The 1984 Olympics were boycotted by a total of fourteen Eastern Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union and East Germany.


Real Madrid signs Ruud Van Nistelrooy

Ferguson confirmed that Van Nistelrooy wanted to leave Manchester United and Real Madrid announced two weeks later that he had signed a three-year contract after being purchased for €14 million. Van Nistelrooy made his debut for the Spanish club in a 1–0 friendly win over Reggina.

'I Don't Like Mondays' goes #1 in the UK

"I Don't Like Mondays" is a song by Irish band The Boomtown Rats about the Cleveland Elementary School shooting in San Diego. The song was a number one single in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks during the summer and ranks as the sixth biggest hit of the UK in 1979. Written by Bob Geldof, it was the band's second number one single.

Skylab 3 mission is launched

Main part of all the Skylab stations was the command and service module from the Apollo missions. Skylab 3 mission lasted 59 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes. Three astronauts conducted experiments in the areas of medical activities, solar observations and Earth resources. They also conducted three spacewalks.

Ranger 7 probe is launched

It was first space probe in history to take images of the lunar surface in high resolution. Ranger 7 was designed to achieve a lunar-impact trajectory. It impacted between Mare Nubium and Oceanus Procellarum after 67 hours of flight. The spacecraft carried only cameras and no other scientific instruments.

The first extended use of kinetic typography in opening credits

North by Northwest is an American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay was by Ernest Lehman, who wanted to write "the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures". This film is generally cited as the first to feature the extended use of kinetic typography in its opening credits.

The first flight of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The first flight of the Model 299 in July 1935 with Boeing chief test pilot Leslie Tower at the controls. Richard Williams, a reporter for the Seattle Times, coined the name "Flying Fortress" with his comment, "Why, it's a flying fortress!" when the Model 299 was rolled out bristling with multiple machine guns.


The IX Summer Olympic Games open in Amsterdam

The 1928 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event that was celebrated in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The committee reported a total cost of US$1.183 million with receipts of US$1.165 million, giving a negligible loss of US$18,000, which was a considerable improvement over the previous Games.

Austrian empire declares war on Serbia

The trigger for the war was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This set off a diplomatic crisis when Austria-Hungary delivered an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia. Within weeks the major powers were at war, and the conflict soon spread around the world.

The city of Miami, Florida is incorporated

Miami was officially incorporated as a city with a population of just over 300. It was named for the nearby Miami River, derived from Mayaimi, the historic name of Lake Okeechobee. The Miami area was better known as "Biscayne Bay Country" in the early years of its growth.

Peru declares its independence from Spain

Peru formally proclaimed independence in 1821 and following the military campaigns of José de San Martín and Simón Bolívar, and the decisive battle of Ayacucho, Peru secured independence in 1824. In the ensuing years, the country enjoyed relative economic and political stability, which ended shortly before the War of the Pacific with Chile.

Thomas Cromwell is beheaded

Cromwell was condemned to death without trial, lost all his titles and property and was beheaded on Tower Hill on the same day as the King's marriage to Catherine Howard. The executioner had great difficulty severing the head. Cromwell made a prayer and speech on the scaffold, professing to die, "in the traditional faith".

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