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Asian Games Start in Indonesia

The Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities; the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, and Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province. For the first time, eSports and canoe polo will be contested as a demonstration sports. Total cost for the games is estimated as $3.2 billion.

Oldest known cheese is discovered

It was found in 3200-years old tomb of Ptahmes, a high-ranking Egyptian official. The substance was inside a jar. The scientists described it as a “solidified whitish mass.” Prior to the discovery there has been no evidence of Ancient Egyptian cheese production. The cheese was made from sheep's and goat's milk.

Turku attack

The first case of Islamist terrorism in Finland, when Abderrahman Bouannane attacked two pedestrians with kitchen knives in the center of Turku. 2 women were killed, another eight suffered from injuries. The killer declared himself a fighter of the ISIS.

Sheeran's album 'x' notches up eight weeks at #1 on the UK chart

x is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran. The album received positive reviews from music critics. It was an international commercial success, peaking at No. 1 in fifteen countries, while topping both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.

American singer and songwriter Scott McKenzie dies

Scott McKenzie was an American singer and songwriter. He was best known for his 1967 hit single and generational anthem, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)". McKenzie died at the age of 73 in Los Angeles. He had suffered from Guillain–Barré syndrome from 2010 until his death.

Philippines Piper Seneca crashes

In 2012, a Piper PA-34 Seneca light aircraft with four people on board, including Philippine Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, crashed in the sea near the island province of Masbate, Philippines, while flying from Mactan to Naga. Robredo and two other occupants were killed in the accident.

Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf resigns amid impeachment threat

In 2008, Musharraf announced his resignation. He defended his nine-year rule in an hour-long televised speech. However, public opinion was largely against him by this time. A poll conducted a day after his resignation showed that 63% of Pakistanis welcomed Musharraf's decision to step down, while only 15% were unhappy with it.

The 200th episode of Stargate SG-1 airs on Syfy

"200" is the sixth episode of the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1's tenth season, and the 200th episode of the series overall. Unlike the more serious nature of the season's story arc, "200" is a light-hearted parody of both Stargate SG-1 and other sci-fi shows, as well as popular culture like The Wizard of Oz.

Broadway gets its first revival of 'The Boys From Syracuse' since the 1938

The Boys from Syracuse is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, based on William Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors. The score includes swing and other contemporary rhythms of the 1930s. The Roundabout Theatre revival opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre and ran for 73 performances and 29 previews.

Sci-fi hit 'Aliens' is released

Aliens is an American science fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by Gale Anne Hurd and starring Sigourney Weaver. It is the sequel to the 1979 film Alien and the second installment in the Alien franchise.

Huricane Alicia

Hurricane Alicia was a small but powerful tropical cyclone that caused significant destruction in the Greater Houston area of Southeast Texas. Although Alicia was a relatively small hurricane, its track over the rapidly growing metropolitan area contributed to its $3 billion damage toll, making it the costliest Atlantic hurricane at the time.

Revival of 'My Fair Lady' opens on Broadway at the Uris Theatre

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.

The Police make their live debut

The Police's power trio line-up of Copeland, Sting, and Summers performed for the first time at Rebecca's club in the English city of Birmingham in the West Midlands. A trio was unusual for the time, and this line-up endured for the rest of the band's history.

Woodstock finishes after 3 days of live shows

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival in the United States in 1969 which attracted an audience of more than 400,000. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation.

Ringo Starr makes his debut with The Beatles

Starr first performed as a member of the Beatles at a horticultural society dance at Port Sunlight, had a two-hour rehearsal in preparation. After his appearance at the Cavern Club the following day, Best fans, upset by his firing, held vigils outside his house and at the club shouting "Pete forever! Ringo never!"

'Lolita' Vladimir Nabokov is published in the US

Lolita is a 1955 novel written by the Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is notable for its controversial subject: the protagonist and unreliable narrator, a middle-aged literature professor under the pseudonym Humbert Humbert, who is obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, Dolores Haze.

Adidas is registered as a company

The company was started by Adolf Dassler in his mother's house, he was joined by his elder brother Rudolf in 1924 under the name Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory. In 1949, following a breakdown in the relationship between the brothers, Adolf created Adidas, and Rudolf established Puma, which became Adidas' business rival.

'The Hardest Day' air battle

The Luftwaffe made an all-out effort to destroy Fighter Command. The air battles that took place on this day were amongst the largest aerial engagements in history at that time. Both sides suffered heavy losses. In the air, the British shot down twice as many Luftwaffe aircraft as they lost.

The Thousand Islands Bridge opens

The Thousand Islands International Bridge is an international bridge system over the Saint Lawrence River connecting northern New York in the United States with southeastern Ontario in Canada. Constructed in 1937, with additions in 1959, the bridges span the Canada–US border in the middle of the Thousand Islands region.

Asaph Hall discoveres Phobos

Hall was given responsibility for the USNO 26-inch telescope, the largest refracting telescope in the world at the time. It was with this telescope that he discovered Phobos and Deimos in 1877. Hall also noticed a white spot on Saturn which he used as a marker to ascertain the planet's rotational period.

French astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium

While observing the solar eclipse at Guntur, Madras State, British India, he noticed bright lines in the spectrum of the chromosphere, showing that the chromosphere is gaseous. This was the first observation of this particular spectral line, and one possible source for it was an element not yet discovered on the earth.

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