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Horror movie 'The Meg' is released

The Meg is an upcoming science fiction horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub with a screenplay by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber, and Erich Hoeber. The film stars Jason Statham, Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Winston Chao, and Cliff Curtis, and follows a group of scientists who must stop a 75-foot Megalodon shark from terrorizing a beach.

Fredericton shooting

The Fredericton shooting was a mass shooting that occurred in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, in which four people, including two police officers, were killed. One suspect, Matthew Vincent Raymond, is in custody.

Richard Russell steals aircraft and crashes

A Horizon Air Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 was stolen from Seattle–Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington. Approximately one hour and 15 minutes after takeoff, Russell committed suicide by intentionally crashing the aircraft on the lightly-populated Ketron Island in Puget Sound.

Lego fires CEO after just eight months

Lego fired its chief executive after only eight months in the job, bringing in a younger person to steer the world’s most profitable toymaker through the increasingly digital world of a play. Bali Padda was replaced by Niels Christiansen, the 51-year-old former chief executive of Danfoss, a Danish industrial group.

Murder of Kim Wall

Swedish journalist Kim Wall boarded the submarine UC3 Nautilus with the intent of interviewing its owner, Peter Madsen. She was reported missing after the submarine failed to return to Refshaleøen, Copenhagen. The submarine was found sunken and Madsen arrested. Wall's dismembered body parts were found in different locations around the area.

Sepahan Airlines Flight 5915 crashes

An airplane HESA IrAn-140 of Iranian Airlines Sepahan Airlines crashed shortly after the start of Flight's domestic flight 5915 from Tehran to Tabas. Of 40 people on board 40 died. Cause of the crash was a malfunction of one of the engines and the subsequent flaw of the piloting in a crisis situation.

The Marikana massacre resulting in the deaths of 47 people

The Marikana massacre was the most lethal use of force by South African security forces against civilians since 1976. The shootings have been described as a massacre in the South African media and have been compared to the Sharpeville massacre in 1960.

Katy Perry tops the UK singles chart with 'I Kissed A Girl'

"I Kissed a Girl" is a song recorded by American singer Katy Perry for her second studio album, One of the Boys. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven consecutive weeks, becoming the 1,000th number-one song of the rock era. The single has sold over 4.7 million digital copies in the US alone.

Isaac Hayes, the voice of Chef in South Park, dies

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, voice actor, and producer. He was found unresponsive in his home located just east of Memphis, ten days before his 66th birthday. The cause of death was not immediately clear, though the area medical examiners later listed a recurrence of stroke as the cause.

James Blunt is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"You're Beautiful" is a song by the British singer James Blunt. In the United Kingdom and Australia, the song reached number one and number two respectively. When released as the debut single from Back to Bedlam in Canada and the United States, it reached number one on both charts and received widespread airplay.

The Okinawa Monorail is opened in Naha, Okinawa

The Okinawa City Monorail is a monorail line in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. Operated by Okinawa City Monorail Corporation, itis the only public rail system in Okinawa Prefecture, the first rail line on Okinawa since World War II. Also, Naha Kūkō Station is the westernmost and Akamine Station is the southernmost rail station in Japan.

Lisa Marie Presley marries actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii

Presley's third marriage was to Cage. They were married in an oceanside ceremony near the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii. Cage had proposed just ten days earlier. Cage filed for divorce after 108 days of marriage.

Timothy McVeigh is indicted for Oklahoma bombing

The Oklahoma City bombing was an act of domestic terrorist truck bombing perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh. The bombing killed 168 people and left more than 680 injured. McVeigh was indicted on 11 federal counts, among them conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction, first-degree murder, and others.

Magellan starts mapping Venus

The space probe Magellan, also known as Venus Radar Mapper was launched by the NASA with a mission to map the Venus surface. It reached the orbit of the planet and measured the gravitational field of the planet with its synthetic aperture radar. It was the 5th successful NASA mission to Venus.

The head of John Walsh's son is found

Adam John Walsh was an American boy who was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, in 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Highway 60/Yeehaw Junction in rural St. Lucie County, Florida.

Michael Jackson drops his 5th album 'Off the Wall'

Off the Wall is the fifth studio album by American singer Michael Jackson, released in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records. The record was a departure from Jackson's previous work for Motown Records. Its lyrical themes on the record relate to escapism, liberation, loneliness, hedonism, and romance.


Bill Shankly takes charge of the team for the last time

Shankly was 60 when Liverpool won the 1974 FA Cup and said in his autobiography that, on returning to the dressing room at the end of the match, he "felt tired from all the years". His mind was made up and he knew he was going to retire.

Elvis Presley plays the first night of a four-week engagement

Presley returned to the International in 1970 for the first of the year's two month-long engagements, performing two shows a night. Recordings from these shows were issued on the album On Stage. Presley was performing in a jumpsuit, which would become a trademark of his live act.

Simon and Garfunkel hit #1 on the UK album chart

"Bridge over Troubled Water" is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released on Columbia Records Critically and commercially successful, the album topped the charts in over ten countries and received two Grammy Awards, plus four more for the title song.

Tom Jones goes to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Delilah'

"Delilah" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Tom Jones. It reached No. 1 in the charts of several countries including Germany and Switzerland. It reached No 2 in the British charts in March 1968 and was the sixth best selling single of that year. The US Billboard chart records its highest position as 15.

Lunar Orbiter 1 probe is launched

It was the first American spacecraft to orbit the Moon. It was designed primarily to photograph lunar surface and look for safe landing sites. It was also equipped to collect selenodetic, radiation intensity, and micrometeoroid impact data. Lunar Orbiter 1 took first ever image of Earth from the distance of the Moon as well.

Little Stevie Wonder starts a three week run at #1 in the US

"Fingertips" is a hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's then Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley's 1952 comic monologue "It's in the Book".

Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man makes his debut

Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 in the Silver Age of Comic Books. He appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as in a number of movies, television shows, and video game adaptations.

Helen Shapiro is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"You Don't Know " is a 1961 single by Helen Shapiro. It was written by John Schroeder and Mike Hawker and released on the Columbia label in the United Kingdom. "You Don't Know" topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. The single sold over a million copies and earned Shapiro a gold disc.

Alfred Hitchcock’s 'Psycho' opens in Los Angeles.

Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock and written by Joseph Stefano. It stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, John Gavin, Vera Miles. and Martin Balsam, and was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch.

'Whatever Will Be Will Be' is at #1 on the UK singles chart

Doris Day's recording of the song for Columbia Records made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart. From 1968 to 1973, it was the theme song for the sitcom The Doris Day Show, becoming her signature song.

Diesel engine runs for the first time

Diesel engine has the highest thermal efficiency of all practical internal or external combustion engines known to mankind. Low-speed diesel engines can have a thermal efficiency that exceeds fifty percent. Diesel engines are used in ships, locomotives, trucks, heavy equipment and electricity generation plants.

Smithsonian Institution is founded

The Smithsonian Institution is a group of museums and research centers administered by the US government. The headquarters of the institution is in the “Castle”, an estate passed to the US by a scientist James Smithson. President James Polk signed the legislation that established it as a trust instrumentality of the US.

Missouri is admitted as the 24th U.S. state

In 1821 the former Missouri Territory was admitted as a slave state, in accordance with the Missouri Compromise, and with a temporary state capital in St. Charles. In 1826, the capital was shifted to its current, permanent location of Jefferson City, also on the Missouri River.

Louvre museum is opened in Paris

The Louvre is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city's 1st arrondissement. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square meters.

Mozart completes his chamber piece 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Eine kleine Nachtmusik is a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means "a little serenade". The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass but is often performed by string orchestras.

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