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The UNITE Barcelona stage catches fire

The Unite event in Parc de Can Zam, Barcelona, Spain was cut short after the stage caught fire due to a "technical malfunction" causing over 22,000 people to be evacuated. Firefighters on the scene hypothesised that the fire was caused by a failed pyrotechnics display however this was never officially confirmed.

Microsoft launches Windows 10

Windows 10 is a series of personal computer operating systems developed and released by Microsoft, as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. Critics praised Microsoft's decision to provide a desktop-oriented interface in line with previous versions of Windows, contrasting the tablet-oriented approach of 8.

Granges-près-Marnand train crash

Two passenger trains were involved in a head-on collision at Granges-près-Marnand, Vaud, Switzerland, on the Palézieux–Payerne line. Initially, it was reported that up to 44 people were injured, five seriously. This was later revised to 25 injured. The 24-year-old driver of the train heading to Granges-près-Marnand was killed in the crash.

Ukraine mine accidents

The 2011 Ukraine mine accidents were two incidents which occurred at two coal mines in Eastern Ukraine. The first was an explosion at the Suhodolskaya-Vostochnaya coal mine which killed at least 17 people and left 9 missing. The second was an elevator collapse at a mine in the industrial city of Makiyivka, in which at least two miners were killed.


Jurgen Klinsmann announces as new US soccer manager

Jürgen Klinsmann is a German football manager and former player. Klinsmann was named the 35th head coach of the United States national team, replacing the previous manager Bob Bradley, who had been fired following a 4–2 loss to Mexico in the final of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.


Diego Maradona announces to step down from manager position

The AFA announced that its board had unanimously decided not to renew his contract. Afterward, Maradona claimed that AFA president Julio Grondona and director of national teams Carlos Bilardo had "lied to", "betrayed" and effectively sacked him from the role.

Barack Obama appears on a daytime talk show The View

President Barack Obama appeared as a guest on the talk show The View, marking the first appearance on a daytime talk show by a sitting U.S. president. The broadcast drew a total of 6.6 million viewers, a new high for the program.

Burgos bombing

The 2009 Burgos bombing occurred when at least 65 people were injured after a van bomb carrying more than 300 kg of explosive went off outside a Civil Guard barracks in the northern city of Burgos, Spain. The attack was blamed on Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna.

Jennifer Aniston marries actor Brad Pitt in Malibu

Aniston met Brad Pitt in 1998; their relationship became high-profile as it was widely publicized in the press. She married Pitt, after two years of dating, in a lavish Malibu wedding. For a few years, their marriage was considered the rare Hollywood success.

'Two Hands' premieres in Australia

Two Hands is a 1999 Australian comedy crime film written and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film stars Heath Ledger as Jimmy, a young man in debt to Pando, a local gangster played by Bryan Brown, and also stars Rose Byrne, David Field, and Susie Porter.

Jim Carrey’s fantasy comedy 'The Mask' is released

The Mask is an American dark fantasy superhero comedy film directed by Charles Russell, produced by Bob Engelman, and written by Mike Werb, based on the comic series of the same name published by Dark Horse Comics. The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $351.6 million over a $23 million budget.

Eurotunnel agreement is signed by Thatcher and Mitterrand

The Channel Tunnel is a 50.45-kilometre rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France. The tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar passenger trains, the Eurotunnel Shuttle for road vehicles—the largest such transport in the world—and international goods trains.

Space Shuttle Challenger is launched

The shuttle had to perform Abort to Orbit (ATO) emergency procedure, which means that the intended orbit could not be reached, but the shuttle could stay on a lower, stable orbit. Despite the ATO, rest of the mission went well. One of the experiments conducted on board was preparation of Coca-Cola and Pepsi in space.

Lady Diana marries Prince Charles

The wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer took place at St Paul's Cathedral in London, United Kingdom. The groom was the heir to the British throne, and the bride was a member of the Spencer family. The ceremony was a traditional Church of England wedding service.

Cass Elliot dies in her sleep from a heart attack

Elliot, aged 32, died in her sleep at the London flat where she was staying. According to forensic pathologist Keith Simpson, who conducted her autopsy, her death was due to heart failure. A drug screen that was part of the forensic autopsy revealed there were no drugs in her system.


Roger Williamson dies in fatal crash

On his eighth lap, a suspected tire failure caused his car to flip upside down and catch fire. Williamson had not been seriously injured by the impact but was trapped under the car which was swiftly engulfed in flame, causing him to die of asphyxiation.

Pope renews birth control ban for Catholics

Of his eight encyclicals, Pope Paul VI is best known for his encyclical Humanae Vitae. In this encyclical, he reaffirmed the Catholic Church's traditional view of marriage and marital relations and a continued condemnation of artificial birth control. The reaction to the encyclical's continued prohibitions of artificial birth control was mixed.

Cream make their first live performance

The band made its unofficial debut at the Twisted Wheel. Its official debut came two nights later at the Sixth Annual Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival. Being new and with few original songs to its credit, they performed blues reworkings that thrilled the large crowd and earned it a warm reception.

The Beatles movie 'Help!' premieres in London

Help! is a British musical comedy-adventure movie directed by Richard Lester, starring the Beatles and featuring Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, John Bluthal, Roy Kinnear and Patrick Cargill. The second film starring The Beatles following Lester's A Hard Day's Night, Help! sees the group come up against an evil cult.

U.S. President Eisenhower signs into law NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 is the United States federal statute that created NASA. The Act, which followed close on the heels of the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik, was drafted by the United States House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration and on July 29, 1958, was signed by President Eisenhower.

Carl Perkins is on the UK singles chart with 'Blue Suede Shoes'

"Blue Suede Shoes" is a rock-and-roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955. It is considered one of the first rockabilly records, incorporating elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. Perkins' original version of the song was on the Cashbox Best Selling Singles list for 16 weeks.

The first book of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy is published

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth.

British airship R100 departs for Canada

The vessel crossed Atlantic in seventy-eight hours, having covered distance of 5 300 kilometres from Cardington, United Kingdom, to Montreal, Canada. Average speed over ground was 68 kilometres per hour. R100 stayed at Montreal for twelve days with over 100 000 people visiting the airship each day.

Adolf Hitler becomes the leader of NSDAP party

Hitler spoke to several packed houses and defended himself and Esser, to thunderous applause. His strategy proved successful, and at a special party congress, he was granted absolute powers as party chairman, replacing Drexler, by a vote of 533 to 1.

First transcontinental phone conversation

After affixing 4,750 miles of telephone line, workers raised the final pole at Wendover, Utah, actually on the border between Nevada and Utah state lines. Then, Theodore Vail, the president of AT&T, succeeded in transmitting his voice across the continental U.S.

The Arc de Triomphe in Paris inaugurates

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle. Inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome, Italy, the Arc de Triomphe has an overall height of 50 meters, a width of 45 m, and depth of 22 m.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1947

Stan Kroenke

born 1953

Harshad Mehta

born 1924

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