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Earthquake hits Indonesia

A destructive and shallow earthquake measuring Mw 6.9 struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. The epicentre was located inland, near Loloan Village in North Lombok Regency. The fault rupture spread to the north and reached the sea, creating tsunamis. Severe shaking was reported throughout the entire island.

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux marry in LA

Aniston started a relationship with an actor, director, and screenwriter Justin Theroux in 2011. In January 2012, Aniston and Theroux purchased a home in Los Angeles's Bel-Air neighborhood for roughly US$22 million. They became engaged in 2012 and were married at their Bel-Air estate in 2015.

Gold King Mine waste water spill

The 2015 Gold King Mine waste water spill was an environmental disaster that began at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, when Environmental Protection Agency personnel, along with workers for Environmental Restoration LLC, caused the release of toxic waste water into the Animas River watershed.

Musician George Duke dies

George Duke was an American keyboard pioneer, composer, and record producer. Duke died from chronic lymphocytic leukemia in Los Angeles and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. One year after his death, Al Jarreau, Duke's long-time friend, released an album titled, My Old Friend: Celebrating.

Burger made from stem cells grown in the lab is eaten for the first time in history

The burger was made from lab-grown bovine stem cells and cooked by Chef Richard McGeown. It was then tasted by two food critics. One said it was "close to meat, but not that juicy" and another said it tasted like a real burger. The technology could be a sustainable way of meeting the growing demand for meat.

Juno space probe is launched

The probe is currently (august 2018) orbiting the Jupiter. Its mission is to measure Jupiter's composition, gravity field, magnetic field, and polar magnetosphere. It will also search for clues about how the planet formed, including whether it has a rocky core, the amount of water present within the deep atmosphere, mass distribution, and its deep winds.

Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting

40-year-old Neo-Nazi Wade Michael Page, a veteran discharged from the US Army for Disobedience, began shooting at the Sikhs Temple in Wisconsin, Oakland Creek. He killed 6 people, another four wounded, including 1 intervening police officers. Then he committed suicide.

United States' credit rating is cut amid financial crises

Several credit rating agencies around the world have downgraded their credit ratings of the U.S. federal government, including Standard & Poor's which reduced the country's rating from AAA to AA+. The 2011 S&P downgrade was the first time the government was given a rating below AAA.

Thai businesswoman Yingluck Shinawatra is elected PM

296 of the 500 members of parliament voted to approve the premiership of Yingluck Shinawatra, three disapproved, and 197 abstained. Four Democrat lawmakers were absent. Somsak Kiatsuranont, President of the National Assembly, advised and consented King Bhumibol Adulyadej to appoint Yingluck Prime Minister three days later.

Copiapó mining accident

The 2010 Copiapó mining accident began with a cave-in at the San José copper–gold mine, located in the Atacama Desert 45 kilometers north of the regional capital of Copiapó, in northern Chile. Thirty-three men, trapped 700 meters underground and 5 kilometers from the mine's entrance via spiraling underground ramps, were rescued after 69 days.

'Like a Rolling Stone' tops a poll of music that changed the world

"Like a Rolling Stone" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Its confrontational lyrics originated in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote when he returned exhausted from a grueling tour of England. "Like a Rolling Stone" reached No. 2 in the US Billboard charts and became a worldwide hit.


The first competitive match in the newly built Allianz Arena

FC Bayern Munich has played its home games at the Allianz Arena since the start of the 2005–06 season. The club had previously played their home games at the Munich Olympic Stadium since 1972. The first goal in a league game was scored by Owen Hargreaves of FC Bayern when the home team won 3–0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Fox debuts its hit teen drama 'The O.C.'

The O.C. is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States, running a total of four seasons. The series centers on Ryan Atwood, a troubled but tough young man from a broken home who is adopted by the wealthy and philanthropic Sandy and Kirsten Cohen.

Japanese engineer Soichiro Honda dies

He founded the Honda Motor Company and oversaw its expansion from a wooden garage manufacturing bicycle motors to a multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer. His first product was the piston-ring, from which he switched to motorcycles and later even cars and trucks. Honda was also passionate race car driver.

'Swing The Mood' is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Swing the Mood" is a song by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers from their debut album Jive Bunny: The Album. The record became a worldwide phenomenon, reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It was the 2nd best-selling single of 1989 in the UK.

President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers

Reagan fired the 11,345 striking air traffic controllers who had ignored the order, and banned them from federal service for life. The FAA was faced with the task of hiring and training enough controllers to replace those that had been fired, a hard problem to fix as, at the time, it took three years in normal conditions to train a new controller.


NBA merges with ABA

The ABA–NBA merger was the merger of the American Basketball Association with the National Basketball Association. As part of the merger agreement, the NBA agreed to accept four of the remaining six ABA teams: the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs.

First all-female hard rock band 'The Runaways' teams up

The Runaways were an all-female teenage American rock band that recorded and performed in the second half of the 1970s. The band released four studio albums and one live set during its run. Among their best-known songs are "Cherry Bomb", "Hollywood", "Queens of Noise" and a cover version of the Velvet Underground’s "Rock & Roll".

Mars 6 is launched from the USSR

Mars 6, also known as 3MP No.50P was a Soviet spacecraft launched to explore Mars. A 3MP bus spacecraft launched as part of the Mars programme, it consisted of a lander, and a coast stage with instruments to study Mars as it flew past.

Mariner 7 makes its closest fly-by of Mars

As part of NASA's wider Mariner program, Mariner 6 and Mariner 7 completed the first dual mission to Mars in 1969. Closest approach for Mariner 7 occurred at a distance of 3,430 kilometers above the Martian surface. This was less than half of the distance used by Mariner 4 on the previous US Mars flyby mission.

Scottish rally driver Colin McRae is born

Colin Steele McRae was a British rally driver from Scotland, born in Lanark. Colin McRae was the 1991 and 1992 British Rally Champion and, in 1995 became the first British person and the youngest to win the World Rally Championship Drivers' title, a record he still holds.

The Beatles release 'Revolver' in the UK

"Revolver" is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was the Beatles' final recording project before their retirement as live performers and marked the group's most overt use of studio technology up to that time, building on the advances of their late 1965 release Rubber Soul.

WTC groundbreaking

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It featured the landmark Twin Towers, which were destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. At the time of their completion, the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world.

The Beatles are at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Help!'

"Help!" is a song by the Beatles that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was released as a single and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It was ranked at number 29 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Indo-Pakistani War begins

The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was a culmination of skirmishes that took place between Pakistan and India. The conflict began following Pakistan's Operation Gibraltar, which was designed to infiltrate forces into Jammu and Kashmir to precipitate an insurgency against Indian rule. India retaliated by launching a military attack on West Pakistan.

Nuclear-test ban is signed in Moscow

The Partial Test Ban Treaty prohibited all test detonations of nuclear weapons except for those conducted underground. The PTBT was signed by the governments of the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and the United States in Moscow before being opened for signature by other countries.

Marilyn Monroe is found dead

Marilyn Monroe was found dead of a barbiturate overdose in the early morning hours at her home in Los Angeles, California. She was a major sex symbol and one of the most popular Hollywood stars during the 1950s and early 1960s. Monroe had suffered from mental illness and substance abuse for several years prior to her death.

Nelson Mandela is jailed

Nelson Mandela was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. served 27 years in prison. Amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990.


Former Liverpool and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence is born

Raymond Neal Clemence is a former England international football goalkeeper and was part of the Liverpool team of the 1970s. He is one of only 25 players to have made over 1,000 career appearances. He currently acts as Head of the FA Development Team, overseeing the development made by players in the England Youth teams from under-16 to 21 level.

The first electric traffic light is installed

The American Traffic Signal Company installed a traffic signal system on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. It had two colors, red and green, and a buzzer, based on the design of James Hoge, to provide a warning for color changes.

Statue of Liberty's cornerstone is laid

Construction on the 15-foot-deep foundation began in 1883, and the pedestal's cornerstone was laid in 1884. In Hunt's original conception, the pedestal was to have been made of solid granite. Financial concerns again forced him to revise his plans; the final design called for poured concrete walls, up to 20 feet thick, faced with granite blocks.

The first U.S. Federal income tax imposed

The Revenue Act of 1861 included the first U.S. Federal income tax statute. The tax imposed was a flat tax, with a rate of 3% on incomes above $800. The Revenue Act of 1861 was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln. This Act introduced Federal income tax as a flat rate tax.

William Wallace is captured by the English and put on trial

Sir William Wallace was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the First War of Scottish Independence. In 1305, Wallace was captured in Robroyston, near Glasgow, and handed over to King Edward I of England, who had him hanged, drawn and quartered for high treason and crimes against English civilians.

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