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Usain Bolt injures himself in his very last race

In what was intended to be his final race, Bolt pulled up in agony with 50 metres to go and collapsed to the track after what was later confirmed to be another hamstring injury. He refused a wheelchair and crossed the finish line one last time with the assistance of his teammates Omar McLeod, Julian Forte, and Yohan Blake.

Charlottesville car attack

A car was deliberately driven into a crowd of people who had been peacefully protesting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one and injuring 28. The driver of the car, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr., had driven from Ohio to attend the rally. Fields previously espoused neo-Nazi and white supremacist beliefs.


American swimmer Katie Ledecky's medal tally of 4 golds

Katie Ledecky left Rio de Janeiro as the most decorated female athlete of the 2016 Olympic Games with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records. In total, she has won 31 medals in major international competitions, spanning the Summer Olympics, World Championships, and Pan Pacific Championships.

'Criminal Minds' star, Thomas Gibson, is fired from the show

Gibson was suspended after appearing in two episodes of the twelfth season of Criminal Minds, following an on-set altercation with a writer-producer; he apologized for the confrontation in a statement. Gibson had a prior altercation with an assistant director and underwent anger-management counseling.

Tianjin explosions

A series of explosions killed 173 people and injured others at a container storage station at the Port of Tianjin. The first two explosions occurred within 30 seconds of each other at the facility, which is located in the Binhai New Area of Tianjin. The second explosion was larger and involved the detonation of about 800 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop, the high-speed tube transit concept

Musk unveiled a concept for a high-speed transportation system incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors. The document of alpha design estimated the total cost of an LA-to-SF Hyperloop system at US$6 billion.

London's Olympics end with a spectacular closing ceremony

The closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics was held on 12–13 August in the Olympic Stadium. The closing ceremony was created by Kim Gavin, Es Devlin, Stephen Daldry, David Arnold and Mark Fisher. An average of 23.2 million viewers in the United Kingdom watched the event, with an estimated 750 million worldwide.

'Avatar' closes with the highest inflation-adjusted US box office

On a worldwide basis, when Avatar's gross stood at $2 billion just 35 days into its run, The Daily Telegraph estimated its gross was surpassed by only Gone with the Wind, Titanic and Star Wars after adjusting for inflation to 2010 prices, with Avatar ultimately winding up with $2.8 billion by the end of its run in 2010.

California voids nearly 4,000 same-sex marriages

About 4,000 such licenses were issued before the California Supreme Court ordered a halt to the practice. The California Supreme Court voided all of the licenses that had been issued in February and March. The legal dispute over the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples led to the 2008 In re Marriage Cases ruling.

Submarine Kursk disaster

Russian K-141 Kursk nuclear submarine sank in the Barents Sea after several powerful explosions in the torpedo section of the vessel. Despite this incident has happened, part of the crew survived but due to a number of errors by the Russian rescuers, all 118 men on board died eventually. There are a number of uncertainties around the causes of the explosions.

Woodstock 2 begins

Woodstock '94 was a music festival organized in 1994 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock festival. The crowd at Woodstock '94 was estimated at 550,000. The size of the crowd was larger than concert organizers had planned for and by the second night, many of the event policies were logistically unenforceable.

The largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is discovered

Sue is the largest, most extensive and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found at over 90% recovered by bulk. It was discovered by Sue Hendrickson, a paleontologist, and was named after her. After ownership disputes were settled, the fossil was auctioned for the US $8.3 million, the highest amount ever paid for a dinosaur fossil.

The two day Moscow Music Peace Festival is held

The Moscow Music Peace Festival was a one-time gathering of high-profile hard rock acts for a performance in Moscow, Soviet Union to promote world peace and establish international cooperation in fighting the drug war in Russia. It was part of an era of momentous change in the Soviet Union.

Deadliest single-aircraft accident in aviation history

In 1985, a Boeing 747SR suffered a sudden decompression twelve minutes into the flight and crashed in the area of Mount Takamagahara, Ueno, Gunma Prefecture. The aircraft, configured with increased economy class seating, was carrying 524 people. Casualties of the crash included all 15 crew members and 505 of the 509 passengers.

Lionel Richie performs at Olympics closing ceremonies

As The Olympic Games came to a close, Lionel Richie performed a 9-minute version of his hit single "All Night Long" live from Los Angeles to an estimated television audience of 2.6 billion people around the globe.

The IBM Personal Computer is released

The IBM Personal Computer is the original version and progenitor of the IBM PC compatible hardware platform. It is IBM model number 5150 and was introduced in 1981. It was created by a team of engineers and designers under the direction of Don Estridge of the IBM Entry Systems Division in Boca Raton, Florida.

The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise

The Approach and Landing Tests were a series of taxi and flight trials of the prototype Space Shuttle Enterprise, conducted in 1977 to test the vehicle's flight characteristics both on its own and when mated to the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, prior to the operational debut of the Shuttle system.

Alice Cooper is at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'School's Out'

"School's Out" is a song first recorded as the title track single of Alice Cooper's fifth album and written by the Alice Cooper band. "School's Out" became Alice Cooper's first major hit single, reaching #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and propelling the album to #2 on the Billboard 200 pop albums chart.


Paris Saint Germain is formed as two clubs merge

Paris Saint-Germain was formed after the fusion of Paris FC – created a year earlier to fill the void of having no top-flight club in the capital – and Stade Saint-Germain, founded in 1904 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the birth town of Louis XIV.

Led Zeppelin play together for the first time

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed at a studio in Gerrard Street in London's West End. The first live dates they played were as The Yardbirds, and it was not until the following month when they started to use the name Led Zeppelin.

'A Hard Day's Night' opens in 500 American cinemas

A Hard Day's Night is a British musical comedy film directed by Richard Lester and starring the Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. The film portrays several days in the lives of the group. The film was a financial and critical success. Time magazine rated it as one of the all-time great 100 films.

Pete Best auditions to become The Silver Beatles' drummer

Peter Best is an English musician, principally known as an original member and the first drummer of the Beatles, from 1960 to 1962. He is one of several people who has been referred to as the Fifth Beatle. The Beatles invited Best to join on the eve of the group's first Hamburg season of club dates, but Best was eventually replaced by Ringo Starr.

First communications satellite is launched

It was called Echo 1 (It had a brother, Echo 2). The satellite was a metalized ball. In fact it was a balloon. It was inflated with gas after it has been put into orbit. Echo I did not receive or broadcast messages. It acted just as a passive reflector for microwaves. It bounced signals from one place on Earth to another.

Soviets secretly detonate their first hydrogen bomb

RDS-6, the first Soviet test of a hydrogen bomb, was nicknamed Joe 4 by the Americans. It used a layer-cake design of fission and fusion fuels and produced a yield of 400 kilotons. This yield was about ten times more powerful than any previous Soviet test.

The U.S. flag is raised over Hawaii

US Congress passed a joint resolution, referred to as the Newlands Resolution, by a simple majority of both houses. The United States asserted that it had legally annexed Hawaii. Critics argued this was not a legally permissible way to acquire territory under the U.S. Constitution.

The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam

The quagga is an extinct subspecies of plains zebra that lived in South Africa until becoming extinct late in the 19th century. The last captive specimen died in Amsterdam in 1883. Only one quagga was ever photographed alive and only 23 skins are preserved today.

Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine

Isaac Merritt Singer made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine and its availability on an installment payment basis.

Cleopatra commits suicide

When Cleopatra learned that Octavian planned to bring her to Rome for his triumphal procession, she committed suicide by poisoning, the popular belief is that she was bitten by an asp. Cleopatra's legacy survives in numerous works of art, both ancient and modern, and many dramatizations of incidents from her life in literature and other media.

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