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Pussy Riot members are jailed for two years

The group gained global notoriety when five members of the group staged a performance inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Three members were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", and each was sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Russia devalues the ruble and defaulted on its debt

The Russian financial crisis hit Russia in 1998. It resulted in the Russian government and the Russian Central Bank devaluing the ruble and defaulting on its debt. The crisis had severe impacts on the economies of many neighboring countries.

Bill Clinton admits Lewinsky affair

President Bill Clinton admitted to having had what he called an "inappropriate relationship" with Monica Samille Lewinsky, a former White House intern, while she worked at the White House in 1995–1996. The affair and its repercussions, which included Clinton's impeachment, became known later as the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal.

Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess is found dead after 40 years in jail

Hess died in 1987 at age 93 in a summer house that had been set up in the prison garden as a reading room. He took an extension cord from one of the lamps, strung it over a window latch, and hanged himself. The death occurred by asphyxiation. A short note to his family was found in his pocket, thanking them for all that they had done.

The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany

Compact disc is a digital optical disc data storage format that was co-developed by Philips and Sony and released in 1982. The format was originally developed to store and play only sound recordings but was later adapted for storage of data. The first commercial compact disc was produced in 1982. It was The Visitors by ABBA.

The first film ever to gross over $100 million

Jaws opened with a $7 million weekend and recouped its production costs in two weeks. In just 78 days, it overtook The Godfather as the highest-grossing film at the North American box office, sailing past that picture's earnings of $86 million to become the first film to earn $100 million in US theatrical rentals.

18-year-old Peter Fechter is shot on the Berlin Wall

Peter Fechter was a German bricklayer who became the twenty-seventh known person to die at the Berlin Wall. Fechter was 18 years-old when he was shot and killed by East German border guards while trying to cross over to West Berlin. Fechter was shot in the pelvis while still climbing, in plain view of hundreds of witnesses.

Indonesia declares independence from the Netherlands

The Indonesian National Revolution was an armed conflict and diplomatic struggle between Indonesia and the Dutch Empire and an internal social revolution during postwar and postcolonial Indonesia. It took place between Indonesia's declaration of independence in 1945 and the Netherlands' recognition of Indonesia's independence at the end of 1949.

Leo Frank is lynched after a 13-year-old girl is murdered

He was kidnapped from prison by a group of armed men who were infuriated by the governor's decision, and lynched at Marietta, Mary Phagan's hometown, the next morning. In 1986, Frank was posthumously pardoned by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, although not officially absolved of the crime.

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