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Ouagadougou attack

Nineteen people were killed and 25 others were injured when suspected jihadists opened fire on a Turkish restaurant and hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 2017. The attackers took hostages after being cornered by police and were killed in an ensuing shootout.

2016

American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at the Rio Olympics

In the 4 × 100-meter medley relay, Phelps ended his career with another gold medal, his 23rd at the Olympics and his 28th medal overall. Together with Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller, and Nathan Adrian, swimming as the butterfly leg of the medley, they broke the Olympic record, and won the United States' 1001st all time Olympic gold medal.

Kevin Hart marries Eniko Parrish near Santa Barbara, California

Hart proposed to Eniko Parrish in 2014. They married near Santa Barbara, California. Their son Kenzo Kash was born in 2017. That same year, Hart publicly admitted to having cheated on his wife while she was pregnant with their son Kenzo.

Baghdad bombing

The 2015 Baghdad market truck bombing was a truck bomb attack in August 2015, targeting a Baghdad food market in Sadr City, a predominantly Shi'ite neighborhood. At least 76 people were confirmed to have been killed in the bombing, with at least 212 more injured.

Movie 'The Expendables' is released

The Expendables is an American action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film is about a group of elite mercenaries tasked with a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator whom they soon discover to be a mere puppet controlled by a ruthless ex-CIA agent.

2004

The XXVIII Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, with the motto Welcome Home. 10,625 athletes competed, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports.

'Angels' should have topped chart

'Angels' is a song originally recorded by Robbie Williams. It was written by Williams and Guy Chambers, based on an earlier version by Ray Heffernan. It was voted the best single which should have been a #1 but never was, in a poll for VH1.

2004

Real Madrid purchase Michael Owen from Liverpool

Following their successful bid, Owen was presented with the number 11 shirt by Real Madrid. Owen joined the club during its Galácticos era and played alongside Ronaldo, Raúl, Luís Figo, Zinedine Zidane and his England teammate David Beckham.

'South Park' first airs on Comedy Central

"Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" is the first episode of the American animated television series South Park. The episode introduces child protagonists Eric Cartman, Kyle Broflovski, Stan Marsh and Kenny McCormick, who attempt to rescue Kyle's younger brother Ike from being abducted by aliens.

Microsoft releases the Internet Explorer 3

It was Microsoft's first browser release with a major internal development component and also the first commercial browser with Cascading Style Sheets support. IE 3 was the first widely used version of Internet Explorer, although it did not surpass Netscape or become the browser with the most market share.

1990

American basketball player DeMarcus Cousins is born

DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "Boogie", he played college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats, where he was an All-American in 2010.

Space Shuttle Columbia lands

The mission details are classified. Early reports speculated that the primary payload was an Advanced KH-11 photo-reconnaissance satellite. Today it is widely believed that the main payload was the first SDS-2 communications satellite. Columbia travelled 3.4 million kilometres during 81 orbits of the Earth.

1987

American football player Devin McCourty is born

Devin McCourty is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football at Rutgers and was drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

1982

American speed skater Shani Davis is born

Shani Earl Davis is an American speed skater. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, Davis became the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual event at the Olympic Winter Games, winning the speedskating 1000 meter event. He also won a silver medal in the 1500 meter event.

Ronald Reagan signs a historic package of tax cuts

The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 was a federal law enacted in the United States. It was an act "to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to encourage economic growth through reductions in individual income tax rates, the expensing of depreciable property, incentives for small businesses, and incentives for savings, and for other purposes"

1977

Polish-Australian swimmer Michael Klim is born

Michael George Klim is a Polish-born Australian swimmer, Olympic gold medallist, world champion, and former world record-holder. Klim was first selected to represent Australia in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, while still a student at Wesley College, Melbourne. For his achievements, he was named the Male Swimmer of the Year.

1970

English Premier League all-time top scorer Alan Shearer is born

Alan Shearer is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and the England national team. He is Newcastle's and the Premier League's record goalscorer. He was named Football Writers' Association Player of the Year in 1994.

'Bonnie and Clyde' is released

Bonnie and Clyde is an American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters. Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film and is regarded as one of the first films of the New Hollywood era since it broke many cinematic taboos and was popular with the younger generation.

Lovin Spoonful start a three week run at #1 in the US

"Summer in the City" is a song recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful and written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone. It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks.

China announces Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution was a sociopolitical movement in China from 1966 until 1976. Launched by Mao Zedong, then Chairman of the Communist Party of China, its stated goal was to preserve 'true' Communist ideology in the country by purging remnants of capitalist and traditional elements from Chinese society.

Manfred Mann are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Do Wah Diddy Diddy" is a song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as "Do-Wah-Diddy", by the American vocal group The Exciters. It was made internationally famous by the British band Manfred Mann. Manfred Mann's version spent two weeks No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.

The Supremes record 'Baby Love'

"Baby Love" is a song recorded by the American music group the Supremes in 1964 for their second studio album titled, Where Did Our Love Go. It was written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland. It is considered one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century.

Construction of the Berlin Wall begins

The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic, the Wall cut off West Berlin from virtually all of surrounding East Germany and East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989.

1948

Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals

In his final Olympic competition, he beat José Torres later the professional light-heavyweight world champion, for the gold medal, to become the first boxer in Olympic history to win three successive gold medals. It was a remarkable run of Olympic Boxing supremacy, in that of his 13 Olympic fights, he won 12 of them without losing a round.

'Bambi' is released

Bambi is an American animated film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, a Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was released by RKO Radio Pictures and is the fifth Disney animated feature film.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG is established

BMW is a German multinational company which currently produces luxury automobiles and motorcycles, and also produced aircraft engines until 1945. The company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich, Bavaria. BMW produces motor vehicles in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

First production of stainless steel in UK

It is reported that the first true stainless steel, a 0.24wt% C, 12.8wt% Cr ferrous alloy, was produced by Brearley in an electric furnace. He was subsequently awarded the Iron and Steel Institute's Bessemer Gold Medal in 1920. The American Society for Metals gives the date for Brearley's creation of casting number 1008.

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens

The Bayreuth Festspielhaus or Bayreuth Festival Theatre is an opera house north of Bayreuth, Germany, built by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner and dedicated solely to the performance of his stage works. The building was first opened for the premiere of the complete four-opera cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Arica earthquake

The 1868 Arica earthquake occurred near Arica, then part of Peru, now part of Chile. It had an estimated magnitude between 8.5 and 9.0. A tsunami in the Pacific Ocean was produced by the earthquake, which was recorded in Hawaii, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Spain conquests the Aztec empire

The Spanish–Aztec War was the conquest of the Aztec Empire by the Spanish Empire within the context of the Spanish colonization of the Americas. It was one of the most significant and complex events in world history. There are multiple 16th-century narratives of the events by Spanish conquerors, their indigenous allies and the defeated Aztecs.

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