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Motorway bridge collapse in Genoa

At around 11:30 local time a 200-meter part of bridge Ponte Morandi collapsed during a torrential rainstorm. At the time of the collapse, about 20 cars were on the bridge. The bridge crosses the Polcevera stream and an industrial area of ​​Sampierdarena.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is released

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is the upcoming seventh expansion set in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, following Legion. The expansion will raise the level cap from 110 to 120, introduce the Kul Tiras and Zandalar continents, and introduce four allied races for both the Alliance and the Horde.

Pantone announces new purple hue in honor of Prince

The Pantone Color Institute has announced a new shade of purple in honor of Prince. The new hue has been dubbed Love Symbol #2, after the singer’s logo and custom-made Yamaha purple piano. Throughout Prince’s career, he became indelibly associated with the color, from his album and 1984 film, Purple Rain, to his wardrobe.

Sierra Leone mudslides

On the morning of August 14, 2017, significant mudflow events occurred in and around the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Following three days of torrential rainfall, mass wasting of mud and debris damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in the city, killing 1,141 people and leaving more than 3,000 homeless.

Obama shares his summer day & night playlist for the first time

The White House joined Spotify and their inaugural playlist was hand-picked by none other than President Obama. When asked to pick a few of his favorite songs for the summer, the President got serious. He grabbed a pen and paper and drafted up not one, but two separate summer playlists: One for the daytime, and one for the evening.

The US Embassy in Havana re-opens after 54 years

The reopening of the embassies is the most symbolic gesture to have come out of six months of intense negotiations aimed at restoring full diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba. The number of diplomats assigned to each embassy and their duties continued to be an issue when it came to negotiations between Obama and Castro officials.

Cryptic messaging app Telegram is launched

Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service developed by Telegram Messenger LLP, a privately held company registered in London, United Kingdom, founded by the Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov. Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers, audio and files of any type.

Rabaa masacre

After the casting and arrest of the president, Mohamed Morsi El Ayata army broke out in Egypt riots supported by The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations. The army is tried to push the demonstrators out of two Cairo squares of Al Nahda and Rabaa al-Adawiya. There were a shooting during which hundreds of people were killed - demonstrators, interceptors, and soldiers.

Sleeping Dogs is released

Sleeping Dogs is an action-adventure video game developed by United Front Games and published by Square Enix. Set in contemporary Hong Kong, the story follows Wei Shen, an undercover Hong Kong-American police officer on assignment to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organization.


Barcelona re-sign midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal

Barcelona signed Fàbregas for an initial fee of €29 million with a further €5 million in variables, plus Fàbregas would pay Arsenal €1 million a year from his wage for five years, ending one of the most protracted transfer sagas in recent times.

Hilary Duff marries Mike Comrie

Hilary Erhard Duff is an American actress, singer, songwriter, businesswoman, and author. Duff began dating Canadian NHL player Mike Comrie in 2007. Duff and Comrie announced their engagement in February 2010 and married in August in Santa Barbara, California.


The first-ever Youth Olympic Games are held in Singapore

The 2010 Summer Youth Olympics were the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, an international multi-sport and cultural event for youths based on the tradition of the Olympic Games. The Games featured about 3,600 athletes aged 14–18 from 204 nations, who competed in 201 events in 26 sports.

Madden NFL 08 is released

Madden NFL 08 is an American football video game based on the NFL that was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It features the former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young on the cover; San Diego Chargers defensive end Luis Castillo was the cover athlete for the Spanish-language version.

Yazidi communities bombings

During the 2007 Yazidi communities bombings 4 co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks detonated in the Yazidi towns of Qahtaniyah and Jazeera, near Mosul in Iraq. The Iraqi Red Crescent estimated that the bombs killed at least 500 and wounded 1,500 people, making this the Iraq War's most deadly car bomb attack. It is also the 5th deadliest act of terrorism in history, following the 2017 Mogadishu bombings in Somalia.

James Blunt tops both the UK charts

Initially lingering in the lower regions of the UK Albums Chart in its first few months of release, it became a major international success after its third single, "You're Beautiful", was a huge hit worldwide in the Summer of 2005. Back to Bedlam was the highest-selling album of the year in the UK, with over 2.4 million copies sold.

Blackout affects the northeast US and Canada

The Northeast blackout was a widespread power outage throughout parts of the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario just after 4:10 p.m. EDT. Some power was restored by 11 p.m. Most did not get their power back until two days later. In other areas, it took nearly a week or two for power to be restored.

Ronan Keating has the UK #1 single

"When You Say Nothing at All" is a country song written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. It is among the best-known hit songs for three different performers: Keith Whitley, who took it to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Blur and Oasis are dropping their singles the same day

"Roll with It" received a great deal of attention when Food Records, the label of Britpop rivals Blur, moved the original release date of the single "Country House" to clash with it, sparking what came to be known as "The Battle of Britpop".

Freddie Mercury has his first solo UK #1 single

"Living on My Own" is a song by Freddie Mercury, originally included in his first solo album Mr. Bad Guy. It was released as a single, backed with "My Love Is Dangerous", in the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 50. The July 1985 release in the United States had "She Blows Hot & Cold" as its B-side.


American baseball player Clay Buchholz is born

Clay Daniel Buchholz is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. Buchholz made his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2007. He is a two-time MLB All-Star.

That ‘70s Show star Mila Kunis is born in the Ukraine

Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role at age 14, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show.


Kevin Keegan makes his debut for Liverpool

Joseph Kevin Keegan is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV. He went on to manage Newcastle United, Fulham and Manchester City, winning promotion as champions in his first full season at all three clubs, and also the England national team.

American astronaut and chemist Tracy Caldwell Dyson is born

Tracy Caldwell Dyson is an American chemist and NASA astronaut. Caldwell Dyson was a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118. She was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station. She has completed three spacewalks, logging more than 22 hrs of EVA including work to replace a malfunctioning coolant pump.

American model and actress Halle Berry is born

Halle Maria Berry is an American actress. Berry won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama Monster's Ball. Berry was one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and has been involved in the production of several of the films in which she performed.

World famous soprano Sarah Brightman is born

Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, actress, musician, songwriter, conductor, and dancer. She made her West End musical theatre debut in Cats and met composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, whom she later married. She went on to star in several West End and Broadway musicals, including The Phantom of the Opera.


American basketball player Magic Johnson is born

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is an American retired professional basketball player and current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. He played point guard for the Lakers for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the Lakers.


The XIV Summer Olympic Games end in London

The 1948 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event which was held in London, UK. After a twelve-year hiatus caused by the outbreak of World War II; these were the first Summer Olympics held since the 1936 Games in Berlin. A record 59 nations were represented by 4,104 athletes, 3,714 men, and 390 women, in 19 sports disciplines.

Pakistan becomes a sovereign state

As a result of the Pakistan Movement led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah and the Indian subcontinent's struggle for independence, Pakistan was created in 1947 as an independent homeland for Indian Muslims. It is an ethnically and linguistically diverse country, with a similarly diverse geography and wildlife.

American novelist Danielle Steel is born

Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel is an American writer, best known for her romance novels. She is the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. She has written 165 books, including 141 novels.

Comedian Steve Martin is born

Stephen Glenn Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, playwright, author, and musician. Martin came to public notice in the 1960s as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later as a frequent guest on The Tonight Show.

Japan surrenders

By the end of July 1945, the Imperial Japanese Navy was incapable of conducting major operations and an Allied invasion of Japan was imminent. Together with the British Empire and China, the United States called for the unconditional surrender of the Japanese armed forces—the alternative being "prompt and utter destruction".

Singer-songwriter and guitarist David Crosby is born

David Van Cortlandt Crosby is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Crosby joined The Byrds in 1964. The band notably gave Bob Dylan his first number one hit in April 1965 with "Mr. Tambourine Man."

The first feature film airs on the BBC

The Student of Prague is a German silent horror film. It is loosely based on "William Wilson", a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, the poem The December Night by Alfred de Musset, and Faust. The film was remade in 1926, under the same title The Student of Prague. It is generally deemed to be the first independent film in history.

The Last Public Hanging in the US

Rainey Bethea was the last person publicly executed in the United States. Bethea, who confessed to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old woman named Lischia Edwards, was convicted of her rape and publicly hanged. Mistakes in performing the hanging, and the surrounding media circus, contributed to the end of public executions in the US.


American baseball player Earl Weaver is born

Earl Sidney Weaver was an American professional baseball player, Hall of Fame Major League manager, author, and television broadcaster. After playing in minor league baseball, he retired without playing in Major League Baseball. He became a minor league manager, and then managed in MLB for 17 years with the Baltimore Orioles.

The great comedy classics "The Front Page" opens

The Front Page is a hit Broadway comedy about tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat, written by former Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur which was first produced in 1928. The play has been adapted for the cinema several times.

American aviation pioneer Gustave Whitehead claims to have made a powered flight

It is, however, not sure, whether he actually flew. His aircraft was called No. 21. Its description and photographs appeared in Scientific American before the flight attempt. The report about the flight itself appeared in the Bridgeport Sunday Herald. Photographs exist showing the aircraft on the ground, but there are no photographs of the aircraft in flight.

Construction of Cologne Cathedral is completed

Cologne Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Northrhine-Westfalia, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996.

Danish physicist Hans Christian Ørsted is born

He discovered that electric current creates magnetic fields. It was the first connection between electricity and magnetism ever found. He is still known today for Ørsted's Law. Unit of magnetic H-field strength bears his name. Ørsted was a leader of the Danish Golden Age and a close friend of Hans Christian Andersen.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1983

Mila Kunis

born 1966

Halle Berry

born 1962

Lady Bunny

born 1959

Magic Johnson