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Hackers steal data from HBO’s server

In a reported security breach, the group says it has obtained 1.5TB of data from HBO’s servers. The stolen data includes episodes of Ballers and Room 104, which have already been posted online. HBO has confirmed a data attack without going into specifics.

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' opens at Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a British two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. The story begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.

Hot air baloon crashes

16 people were killed when the hot air balloon they were riding in struck power lines, crashed and caught fire in the unincorporated community of Maxwell near Lockhart, Texas, a city 30 miles south of the state capital Austin. It is the deadliest ballooning disaster in the United States and the second-deadliest worldwide.

Country music singer Lynn Anderson dies

Lynn Rene Anderson was an American country music singer known for a string of hits throughout the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, most notably her 1970 worldwide megahit "Rose Garden." Anderson died at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee from a heart attack at the age of 67.

Malin landslide

In 2014, a landslide occurred in the village of Malin in the Ambegaon taluka of the Pune district in Maharashtra, India. The landslide, which hit early in the morning while residents were asleep, was believed to have been caused by a burst of heavy rainfall, and killed at least 151 people.

'The Bourne Legacy' premieres in New York City

The Bourne Legacy is a 2012 American action spy film directed by Tony Gilroy, and is the fourth installment in the series of films adapted from the Jason Bourne novels originated by Robert Ludlum and continued by Eric Van Lustbader, being preceded by The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Nellore train fire

The Nellore train fire occurred in 2012, when the Chennai-bound Tamil Nadu Express train caught fire near Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India. At least 32 passengers died and 27 were injured. The fire gutted the S-11 sleeper coach in 20 minutes. A railway emergency crew prevented the fire from spreading to the other coaches.

World's longest running music show 'Top of the Pops' is broadcast for the last time

The programme was shown every Thursday evening on BBC One, except for a short period on Fridays in mid-1973. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists, with a rundown of that week's singles chart.

The last "old style" Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line

A historic age ended, when the last Volkswagen Beetle left the production line in what was now called "the hall of sorrow", accompanied by a Mariachi singing the song "Las Golondrinas". This latter Beetle was headed to the port of Veracruz where a ship would take it to its final destination.


Alan Shearer becomes the world’s most expensive player

In July 1996, for a world transfer record-breaking £15 million Shearer joined his hometown club and league runners-up Newcastle United, managed by his hero Keegan. Shearer made his league debut away at Everton, in August 1996, and maintained his form during the rest of the season.

Oriental Pearl Tower construction begins

Oriental Pearl Radio & Television Tower is a TV tower in Shanghai. Its location at the tip of Lujiazui in the Pudong New Area by the side of Huangpu River, opposite The Bund, makes it a distinct landmark in the area. Its principal designers were Jiang Huan Chen, Lin Benlin, and Zhang Xiulin. Construction began in 1991, and the tower was completed in 1994.

Andy Gibb starts a four-week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"I Just Want to Be Your Everything" is a song recorded by Andy Gibb. It reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. It was Gibb's first single released in the United Kingdom and the United States. It is ranked number 26 on Billboard's 55th anniversary All-Time Top 100 list. The song became a gold record.

Trade-union leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeares

Hoffa disappeared in July 1975, from the parking lot of Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, a suburb of Detroit. He had told others he was going there to meet with two Mafia leaders: Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. Years of extensive investigation, involving numerous law enforcement agencies including the FBI, came to no definite conclusion.

Thriller 'Deliverance' premieres

Deliverance is an American thriller film produced and directed by John Boorman, and starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox, with the latter two making their feature film debuts. The film is based on the 1970 novel of the same name by American author James Dickey, who has a small role in the film as the Sheriff.

D. Scott and J. Irwin land on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover

Apollo 15 was the 9th manned mission in the US Apollo program, the 4th to land on the Moon, and the 8th successful manned mission. It was the first of what were termed "J missions", long stays on the Moon, with a greater focus on science than had been possible on previous missions. It was also the first mission on which the Lunar Roving Vehicle was used.


England wins their first and only World Cup

The 1966 FIFA World Cup Final was played by England and West Germany in July 1966 at Wembley Stadium in London and had an attendance of 96,924. England won 4–2 after extra time to win the Jules Rimet Trophy. The match is remembered for England's only World Cup trophy, Geoff Hurst's hat-trick – the 1st, and to date, only one ever scored in a FIFA World Cup Final.

The Troggs start a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Wild Thing" is a song written by American songwriter Chip Taylor and popularized by the English rock band the Troggs. It was originally recorded and released by the American rock band the Wild Ones in 1965, but it did not chart. The Troggs' single reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart.

EU introduces a Common Agricultural Policy

The Common Agricultural Policy is the agricultural policy of the EU. It implements a system of agricultural and other programmes. It has undergone several changes since then to reduce the cost and to also consider rural development in its aims. It has been criticised on the grounds of its cost, and its environmental and humanitarian impacts.

"In God We Trust" is approved as a motto for U.S. dollars

"In God We Trust" is the official motto of the United States of America and of the U.S. state of Florida. It was adopted as the nation's motto as a replacement or alternative to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, which was used when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted.

Johnny Cash records his first version of 'Folsom Prison Blues'

"Folsom Prison Blues" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The song combines elements from two popular folk styles, the train song, and the prison song, both of which Cash continued to use for the rest of his career. It was one of Cash's signature songs.


The X Summer Olympic Games open in Los Angeles, California

The 1932 Summer Olympics was held from July to August 1932, in Los Angeles. The Games were held during the worldwide Great Depression and many nations and athletes were unable to pay for the trip to Los Angeles; fewer than half the number of participants in the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam returned to compete in 1932.


Uruguay wins the first FIFA World Cup

The 1930 FIFA World Cup Final was a football match contested by Uruguay and Argentina. The final was a rematch of the gold medal match of the 1928 Olympics, which Uruguay won after a replay. Up to date, it is, along with the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, the only World Cup Final not to be played on a Sunday.


Around the World Automobile Race ends in Paris

The NY to Paris Race was a competition that had automobile drivers attempting to travel around the world. Given the state of technology, only 3 out of 6 drivers managed to complete the race. A driver of the American team, George Schuster won the race with his 1907 Thomas Flyer car. The race took roughly 169 days.

The French national anthem 'La Marseillaise' is first sung

The song was written in 1792 by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in Strasbourg after the declaration of war by France against Austria, and was originally titled "Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin". The Marseillaise was a revolutionary song, an anthem to freedom, a patriotic call to mobilize all the citizens and an exhortation to fight against tyranny and foreign invasion.

James Cook returns from his second voyage

His ship, HMS Resolution, anchored at Spithead, the traditional anchorage of the British Navy, after three years at sea. The main goal of the journey was to determine whether there was any great southern landmass, called Terra Australis. Cook proved that this landmass is a myth but predicted the existence of Antarctic land beyond the ice barrier.

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