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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.

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.

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.


Usain Bolt wins 100m Olympic gold at Rio

Usain St Leo Bolt is a Jamaican retired sprinter. He also is a world record holder in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay. Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics, in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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.

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.

UPS Airlines Flight 1354 crashes

UPS Airlines Flight 1354 was a scheduled cargo flight from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham, Alabama. The Airbus A300 crashed and burst into flames short of the runway on approach to Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport. Both pilots were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. They were the only people aboard the aircraft.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

The first Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is an electronic dance music festival held in Boom, Belgium. The first edition of the festival took place in 2005. Manu Beers, Michiel Beers and ID&T organized the festival. Performers included Push (M.I.K.E.), Erwin Tang Yew Hon, Armin van Buuren, Cor Fijneman, Yves Deruyter, Technoboy, Yoji Biomehanika and Coone.

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.

The longest-running release in film history, opens

Still in limited release four decades after its premiere, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the longest-running theatrical release in film history. It is often shown close to Halloween and has a large international cult following. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005.


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.


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.

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".

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.

The great comedy classic '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.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1969

Chris Pérez

born 1987

Tim Tebow

born 1983

Mila Kunis

born 1966

Halle Berry