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North Korea moves its clock back half an hour to introduce Pyongyang Time

The North Korean government decided to return to UTC+08:30, and said the official name would be Pyongyang Time or (PYT). The government of North Korea made this decision as a break from "imperialism"; the time zone change went into effect on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Korea.

'The Expendables 3' is released

The Expendables 3 is an American action film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, and Sylvester Stallone. It is the third installment in The Expendables film series. The story follows the mercenary group known as "The Expendables" as they come into conflict with ruthless arms dealer Conrad Stonebanks.

The Smithsonian announces the discovery of the olinguito

The olinguito is a mammal of the raccoon family Procyonidae that lives in montane forests in the Andes of western Colombia and Ecuador. The species was described as new in 2013. The species name neblina is Spanish for fog or mist, referring to the cloud forest habitat of the olinguito.

'Lion King' is the fifth longest-running show on Broadway

The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Disney animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice along with the musical score created by Hans Zimmer with choral arrangements by Lebo M. Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical features actors in animal costumes as well as giant, hollow puppets.


Thee first non-English team plays in the English Premier League

By being promoted to the Premier League for the 2011–12 season, Swansea became the first Welsh team to play in the division since its formation in 1992. Swansea finished their debut Premier League season in 11th, but at the end of the season Brendan Rodgers left to manage Liverpool.

Google buys Motorola for $12.5bn

Seven months after Motorola Mobility was spun off into an independent company, Google announced that it would acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, subject to approval from regulators in the United States and Europe.


Michael Phelps wins his sixth gold of the Beijing Games

After taking a day off from finals, Phelps won his sixth gold of the Beijing Games by winning the 200-meter individual medley with a world record time of 1:54.23, finishing ahead of Cseh by over two seconds.

Earthquake hits Peru

Peru was struck by a devastating earthquake magnitude 8, whose epicenter was 150 kilometers southeast of Lima. 519 people died, another 1366 were seriously injured. More than 58 thousand households were completely destroyed, another 13.5 thousand shocks severely damaged.

Voyager 1 reaches a distance of 100 astronomical units from the Sun

One astronomical is roughly equal the average distance of Earth from the Sun, approximately 150 million kilometres. This equals to the average speed of 24.57 kilometres per second, which is around eighty percent of Earth’s orbital speed. As of June 2018, Voyager 1 is the spacecraft most distant from Earth.

'Hairspray' opens at the Neil Simon Theatre

Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters’s 1988 film of the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues.

Apple releases the first iMac desktop, the iconic G3 bubble

The iMac G3 is a series of personal computers designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple Computer, Inc. Noted for its innovative enclosure via the use of translucent and brightly colored plastics, it was the first consumer-facing Apple product to debut under the recently returned interim CEO Steve Jobs.

Boyzone score their fourth UK #1 single with 'No Matter What'

"No Matter What" is a song from the 1996 musical Whistle Down the Wind and popularised by Irish boyband Boyzone in 1998. The song reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart and was the only Boyzone hit to become popular in the US. Jewels & Stone did a remix for the song for dance clubs which was popular.

Omagh bombing

The Omagh bombing was a car bomb terrorist attack in the town of Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It was carried out by a group calling themselves the Real Irish Republican Army, a Provisional Irish Republican Army splinter group who opposed the IRA's ceasefire and the Good Friday Agreement.


The Premier League kicks off for the first time

The Premier League is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League. The competition was formed as the FA Premier League, following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League.

HBO premieres 'The Larry Sanders Show'

The Larry Sanders Show is an American television sitcom set in the office and studio of a fictional late-night talk show. Regarded as an influential and landmark series, it ranked 38 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, the only HBO comedy to make the list, and was also included in Time's list of the "100 Best TV Shows of All Time".

Diana Ross and Lionel Richie start a nine week run at #1 in the US

"Endless Love" is a song written by Lionel Richie and originally recorded as a duet between Richie and fellow soul singer Diana Ross. In this ballad, the singers declare their "endless love" for one another. Billboard has named the original version as the greatest song duet of all-time.


Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia

In the fifth Test at Old Trafford, Botham scored 118 in a partnership of 149 with Chris Tavaré before he was dismissed. He hit six sixes in that innings. England won that match to take a winning 3–1 series lead.

The Big Ear receives a radio signal from deep space

The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal received by Ohio State University's Big Ear radio telescope in the United States, then used to support the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The signal appeared to come from the constellation Sagittarius and bore the expected hallmarks of extraterrestrial origin.

'Jesus Christ Superstar' comes to american theaters

Jesus Christ Superstar is an American musical drama film directed by Norman Jewison and co-written by Jewison and Melvyn Bragg based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera of the same name. The film centers on the conflict between Judas and Jesus during the week before the crucifixion of Jesus.

All U.S. forces were completely withdrawn from Vietnam

The capture of Saigon by the North Vietnamese Army marked the end of the war, and North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year. The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities. Estimates of the number of Vietnamese soldiers and civilians killed vary from 966,000 to 3.8 million.

Nixon suspends dollar/gold convertibility

The Nixon shock was a series of economic measures undertaken by United States President Richard Nixon in 1971, the most significant of which was the unilateral cancellation of the direct international convertibility of the United States dollar to gold.


Patricia Palinkas becomes the first woman pro football player

Patricia "Pat" Palinkas is credited as the first and until Katie Hnida signed with the Fort Wayne Firehawks in 2010, the only woman to play American football professionally in a league made predominately of men. She was a holder for her husband Stephen Palinkas for the minor league Orlando Panthers in the Atlantic Coast Football League.

Woodstock Rock Festival is held on Max Yasgur's 600 acre farm

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival in the United States in 1969 which attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", it was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel.

Elvis Presley starts a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"It's Now or Never" is a ballad recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960. The lyrics were written by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold. The single is the second best-selling single by Presley, and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was recorded by Bill Porter at RCA Studio B in Nashville.

Lynmouth Flood

The Lynmouth Flood occurred in 1952, principally affecting the village of Lynmouth, in north Devon. A storm with heavy rainfall, combined with already saturated soil and flood debris, led to the flooding of the village and a total loss of 34 lives.

India becomes independent after two centuries of British rule

The Partition of India was the division of British India which accompanied the creation of two independent dominions, India and Pakistan. The partition involved the division of three provinces, Assam, Bengal and the Punjab. The boundary demarcating India and Pakistan became known as the Radcliffe Line.

Allied nations celebrate 'Victory in Japan' day

Victory over Japan Day is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect bringing the war to an end. Emperor Hirohito's announcement of Japan's acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam Declaration was broadcast to the Japanese people over the radio.

'The Wizard of Oz' premieres in Hollywood

The Wizard of Oz is an American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Bathysphere submarine dives to a depth of 922.934 metres

The vessel was designed in by the American engineer Otis Barton, to be used by the naturalist William Beebe for studying undersea wildlife. They conducted dives in the Bathysphere together. The Bathysphere was first craft making possible for marine biologist to observe deep-sea organisms in their native environment.

Beginning of the Battle of Cer, the first Allied victory of World War I

The Battle of Cer was a military campaign fought between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in 1914 during the early stages of the Serbian Campaign of the First World War. It took place around Cer Mountain and several surrounding villages, as well as the town of Šabac.

Panama Canal opens to traffic

The construction of the canal was completed 401 years after Panama was first crossed by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The United States spent almost $500,000,000 to finish the project. This was by far the largest American engineering project to date. The canal was formally opened with the passage of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1964

Melinda Gates

born 1972

Ben Affleck

born 1769