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Elections in Zimbabwe takes place

2018 Zimbabwean general election are scheduled to be held in Zimbabwe to elect the President and members of both houses of Parliament. A survey by Afrobarometer indicated that turnout will be high, at 85%, and that Mnangagwa, for ZANU-PF, would garner 42% of the vote, compared to 31% for Chamisa and the MDC. 26% of voters were still undecided.

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.

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.


Aja Vrzáňová, legendary Czech figure skater, dies

Alena Vrzáňová won a 1949 & 1950 World Championship and 1950 European championship in figure skating. After the championship in London, she defected from Czechoslovakia and was offered political asylum. Sometime later, she moved to the US where she stayed. Vrzáňová died on Manhattan, in NYC, at the age of 84.

Angry Birds 2 is released

Angry Birds 2 is a puzzle video game developed by Rovio Entertainment as the twelfth game in the Angry Birds series and is the direct sequel to the original Angry Birds. It is free-to-play with optional purchases for in-game currency. The gameplay features a new bird, spells instead of power-ups and gameplay occurs in multi-stage levels.

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.

World's longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show aired for 42 years.

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.

Sam Phillips the founder of Sun Records and studio dies

Samuel Cornelius Phillips was an American record producer who played an important role in the development of rock and roll during the 1950s. Phillips died of respiratory failure at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, only one day before the original Sun Studio was designated a National Historic Landmark.


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.

Model Ayyan Ali is born

Ayyan Ali is a Pakistani model and singer. She started modeling in 2010 and won the title of Best Female Emerging Model. She was nominated four times for the Lux Style Awards. In 2013, she clarified that she only wanted to be publicly referred to as "Ayyan" and not "Ayyan Ali".

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.

American mathematician Julia Robinson dies

She is known for her work on long unsolved Hilbert's tenth problem. It is a question to provide a general algorithm which, for any polynomial equation with integer coefficients and a finite number of unknowns, can decide whether the equation has a solution with all unknowns taking integer values. No such algorithm exists.


American soccer player Hope Solo is born

Hope Solo, a goalkeeper of the US women’s national soccer team was born in Richland, a city in Benton County, Washington. During her time at Richland High School, Solo played as a forward, scoring 109 goals. She switched to goalkeeper when she joined Washington Huskies while attending the University of Washington.

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.

Singer Kate Bush is born

Catherine "Kate" Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician, dancer and record producer. Bush came to note in 1978 when, aged 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights". She has released ten studio albums, all of which reached the UK Top 10.

"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.

Actor Arnold Schwarzeneger is born

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor, director, producer, filmmaker, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder and powerlifter. He served two terms as the 38th Governor of California.

Singer Paul Anka is born

Paul Albert Anka is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor. Anka became famous during the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s with hit songs like "Diana," "Lonely Boy, and "(You're) Having My Baby." He wrote such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady.

Hollywood Renaissance director Peter Bogdanovich is born

Peter Bogdanovich is an American director, writer, actor, producer, critic and film historian. He is part of the wave of "New Hollywood" directors, which included William Friedkin, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola. His most critically acclaimed and well-known film is the drama The Last Picture Show.


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.

First German chancellor Otto von Bismarck dies

Bismarck died in July 1898, at the age of 83 in Friedrichsruh, where he is entombed in the Bismarck Mausoleum. He was succeeded as Prince Bismarck by his eldest son, Herbert. Bismarck managed a posthumous snub of Wilhelm II by having his own sarcophagus inscribed with the words, "A loyal German servant of Emperor Wilhelm".

Henry Ford is born

Henry Ford was an American captain of industry and a business magnate, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Although Ford did not invent the automobile line, he developed and manufactured the first automobile that many middle-class Americans could afford.

American inventor Jacob Perkins dies

He invented many useful devices: a machine for cutting and heading nails, heat pipe, bathometer and piezometer. He is, however, most known for his refrigerator. Perkins also experimented with the steam power and advanced the art of engraving and platemaking for bank notes. He held twenty-nine American patents.

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.

Anniversaries of famous

born 1968

Terry Crews

born 1930

Tony Lip