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Caracas drone attack

In 2018, two drones detonated explosives near Avenida Bolívar, Caracas, where Nicolás Maduro, the President of Venezuela, was addressing the Bolivarian National Guard in front of the Centro Simón Bolívar Towers and Palacio de Justicia de Caracas. The Venezuelan government claims the event was a targeted attempt to assassinate Maduro.

'Despacito' becomes the most watched YouTube video ever

"Despacito" is a song by Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee from Fonsi's upcoming studio album. The official music video for "Despacito" became the most-viewed YouTube video of all time after receiving its three billionth view. It became the first video on the site to reach the milestones of three, four, and five billion views.

Robert Downey Jr. is the world’s best-paid actor

Robert John Downey Jr. is an American actor and singer. For three consecutive years from 2012 to 2015, Downey topped the Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actors, making an estimated $80 million in earnings between June 2014 and June 2015.

Marmaray Metro Project conducted its first test run

It is a railway tunnel which connects Europe and Asia. The metro goes under the Bosporus strait. The submerged part of the tunnel is 1.4-kilometre-long running 50-metre below the seabed. The name Marmaray comes from combining the name of the Sea of Marmara, which lies just south of the project site, with ray, the Turkish word for rail.


Oscar Pistorius becomes first double-leg amputee to compete at the Olympics

At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Pistorius became the first amputee to win a non-disabled world track medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pistorius became the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympic Games.

NASA's Phoenix spacecraft is launched

Phoenix was a robotic spacecraft on a space exploration mission on Mars under the Mars Scout Program. Mission scientists used instruments aboard the lander to search for environments suitable for microbial life on Mars and to research the history of water there. The total mission cost was about the US $386 million, which includes the cost of the launch.

The first episode of 'It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia' airs

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American sitcom that first premiered on FX and has since moved to FXX beginning with the ninth season. The series follows the exploits of "The Gang", a group of debauched, self-centered friends who run the Irish bar Paddy's Pub in South Philadelphia.

Soham murders

The Soham murders occurred in Soham, Cambridgeshire, England, in 2002. The victims were two 10-year-old girls, Holly Marie Wells and Jessica Aimee Chapman. Their bodies were found near RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk, by a local farm worker, Keith Pryer.


Michael Ballack makes his professional debut

Michael Ballack began his career as a youth at Chemnitzer FC, his local team, and made his professional debut in 1995. In 1996, Ballack made his debut for Germany's under-21 side. Although the team was relegated in his first season, his performances in the Regionalliga the following season led to a transfer to 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

Operation Storm begins in Croatia

Operation Storm was the last major battle of the Croatian War of Independence and a major factor in the outcome of the Bosnian War. It was a decisive victory for the Croatian Army, which attacked across a 630-kilometer front against the Republic of Serbian Krajina, and a strategic victory for the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

'Beauty and the Beast' concludes

Although still popular with its dedicated fans, the darker, more resolutely violent aspects of the reworked concept, coupled with the fatal loss of the all-important central relationship between Catherine and Vincent, led to further declining ratings and ultimately cancellation of the show.

Prince starts a 24 week run at the top of the US album charts

"Purple Rain" is a song by Prince and The Revolution. It is the title track from the album of the same name, which in turn is the soundtrack album for the film of the same name. The song is a combination of rock, R&B, gospel, and orchestral music. It reached number 2 in the United States for two weeks.

AIA building hostage crisis

The Japanese Red Army, a terrorist group, has attacked the AIA building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The attackers captured 53 hostages, including the US Consul and the Swedish Ambassador, and in exchange for their lives, they demanded the release of several of their imprisoned leaders. The Japanese government has granted them.

First condom ad in American TV

The first television ad promoting condoms, on the California station KNTV, aired in 1975: it was quickly pulled after it attracted national attention. And in over 30 states, advertising condoms as birth control devices was still illegal.

Pink Floyd release their debut album

"The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" is the debut studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, and the only one made under founding member Syd Barrett's leadership. Since its release, the album has been hailed as one of the best psychedelic rock albums.

The Troggs hit #1 on the UK singles chart

"With a Girl Like You" is a song released by the English rock band the Troggs, written by Reg Presley and produced by Larry Page. The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart, where it remained for two weeks. In the U.S., it peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. A new chart is compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Tuesdays. The first number one song of the Hot 100 was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson.

Anne Frank and her family are arrested by Gestapo

Anne Frank was a German-born Jew and one of the well-known victims of the Holocaust. Her life-story became known after her death and the publication of The Diary of a Young Girl. Gestapo led by SS-Oberscharführer Karl Silberbauer stormed Achterhuis, the place of their hiding and took them to RSHA headquarters for interrogation.

The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens

The Greenwich Foot Tunnel crosses beneath the River Thames in East London, linking Greenwich on the south bank with the Isle of Dogs on the north. The tunnel was designed by civil engineer Sir Alexander Binnie for London County Council and constructed by contractor John Cochrane & Co.

Gibraltar is captured by Britain

The Capture of Gibraltar by Anglo-Dutch forces of the Grand Alliance occurred during the War of the Spanish Succession. The Grand Alliance failed in its objective of replacing Philip V with Charles III as King of Spain but in the peace negotiations, Gibraltar was ceded to Britain.

French Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon supposedly invents champagne

It is, however, a myth. Dom Pérignon did not invent sparkling vine. He made significant contributions to the production and quality of champagne wine, though. The sparkling wine didn't become the dominant style of Champagne wine until the mid-19th century. The bubbles are created by double fermentation.

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