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Abha mosque bombing

The 2015 Abha mosque bombing occurred when a suicide bomb attack killed 17 people at a mosque in the south-western Saudi Arabian city of Abha. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by a self-described affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria calling itself Hijaz Province of the Islamic State.

Jon Stewart hosts his final episode of The Daily Show

Stewart's final episode aired as an hour-long special in three segments. The first featured a reunion of a majority of the correspondents and contributors from throughout the show's history as well as a pre-recorded "anti-tribute" from various frequent guests and "friends" of the show.

NASA's Curiosity rover lands on the surface of Mars

A car-sized rover Curiosity was designed for the purpose of exploration of Gale Crater on Mars. As a part of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, it was launched from Cape Canaveral and landed on Aeolis Palus in Gale Crater. The landing location was given a name Bradbury Landing after sci-fi author Ray Bradbury.

James Blunt is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"You're Beautiful" is a song co-written by the British singer James Blunt, Sacha Skarbek, and Amanda Ghost for Blunt's debut album, Back to Bedlam. It was released as the third single from the album in 2005. In the United Kingdom and Australia, the song reached number one and number two respectively.

Whitney Houston becomes one of the highest-paid musicians

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. Houston signed one of the biggest record deals in music history, with Arista/BMG. She renewed her contract for $100 million to deliver six new albums, on which she would also earn royalties.

1997

Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach

When longtime Capitals general manager David Poile was hired by the newly established Nashville Predators, he decided to bring Trotz along to become the team's first head coach. He was named the head coach of the Predators in 1997.

George R.R. Martin publishes "A Song of Ice and Fire"

A Song of Ice and Fire is a series of epic fantasy novels by the American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin. A Song of Ice and Fire takes place on the fictional continents Westeros and Essos. The books have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 47 languages.

World Wide Web summary is posted

Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup, inviting collaborators. This date is sometimes confused with the public availability of the first web servers, which had occurred months earlier.

"Oh! Calcutta!" closes after 5959 performances in NYC

"Oh! Calcutta!" is an avant-garde theatrical revue, created by British drama critic Kenneth Tynan. The show, consisting of sketches on sex-related topics, debuted Off-Broadway in 1969 and then in the West End in 1970. It ran in London for over 3,900 performances, and in New York initially for 1,314.

Guns N' Roses debut album goes to #1 in the US

"Appetite for Destruction" is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was released by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States.

Space Shuttle Challenger lands

The mission was interesting from several points of view. During launch, Challenger 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.

Pink Floyd's The Wall opens in movie theatres in New York

Pink Floyd – The Wall is a British live-action/animated musical drama film directed by Alan Parker with animated segments by political cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and is based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album of the same name. The film is mostly driven by music and does not feature much dialogue.

ABBA score their first US top 10 hit when "Waterloo" goes to #6

"Waterloo" is the first single from the Swedish pop group ABBA's second album, Waterloo and their first under the Epic and Atlantic labels. The single became a No. 1 hit in several countries. It reached the U.S. Top 10 and went on to sell nearly six million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

1971

Sailor's record non-stop westwards around the world

Sir Charles "Chay" Blyth is a Scottish yachtsman and rower. In 1971, Blyth became the first person to sail non-stop westwards around the world, aboard the yacht British Steel, taking 292 days, and as a result was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

The Beatles release album "Help!"

Help! is the fifth studio album by English rock band the Beatles and the soundtrack from their film Help!. It was the fifth UK album release by the band and contains fourteen songs in its original British form. Seven of these, including the singles "Help!" and "Ticket to Ride", appeared in the film and took up the first side of the vinyl album.

Jamaica becomes independent after 300 years of British rule

Jamaica was a British colony after it was captured from Spain and subsequently formally ceded by Spain. After the end of WW2, decolonization started over the world. The transition of Jamaica into an independent state began and the UK Parliament granted it their independence. Jamaican flag replaced the Union Jack through the country.

1961

Stirling Moss scores his 15th and final Formula 1 victory

The race was won by British driver Stirling Moss, driving a Lotus 18/21 for privateer outfit the Rob Walker Racing Team; it proved to be his 16th and last Grand Prix victory. Moss started from the second row of the grid and lead every lap of the race.

Soviet Cosmonaut Gherman Titov experience space sickness for the first time in history

Titov was the second human to orbit the Earth. Space sickness is similar to the sea sickness and car sickness. It is caused by disagreement between visually perceived movement and the vestibular system's sense of movement. Symptoms can vary from mild nausea and disorientation, to vomiting and intense discomfort. Titov vomited.

Cuba nationalizes American property

By the end of 1960, the revolutionary government had nationalized more than $25 billion worth of private property owned by Cubans. The Castro government also formally nationalized all foreign-owned property in the nation, particularly American holdings.

Chubby Checker appears on American Bandstand

Checker's "Twist" was a nationwide hit, aided by his many appearances on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, and the Top 10 American Bandstand ranking of the song. The song was so ubiquitous that Checker felt that his critics thought that he could only succeed with dance records typecasting him as a dance artist.

Hiroshima nuclear bombing

In August, one of its B-29s dropped a Little Boy uranium gun-type bomb on Hiroshima. Three days later a Fat Man plutonium implosion-type bomb was dropped by another B-29 on Nagasaki. The bombs immediately devastated their targets. Over the next 2 to 4 months, the acute effects of the atomic bombings killed 90,000–146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 people in Nagasaki.

Warner Bros. introduces the talkie

Warners signed a contract with AT&T for the exclusive use of its film sound technology for the redubbed Vitaphone operation, leading to the production of Don Juan and its accompanying shorts over the following months. The fidelity of recordings made for Warners films was markedly superior to those made for the company's sound-on-film competitors.

1926

The first woman swims across the English Channel

Gertrude Caroline Ederle was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in five events. She became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Among other nicknames, the press sometimes called her "Queen of the Waves".

Holy Roman Empire comes to its official end after 1000 years

The Holy Roman Empire was a multi-ethnic territorial complex in central Europe, created during the Early Middle Ages. During the French Revolutionary wars, a series of military conflicts between France and the Empire culminated into a major defeat after which the Holy Roman Emperor Francis II abdicated and dissolved the empire.

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