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The world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge opens

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is a bridge in Zhangjiajie, China, above the Wulingyuan area. The bridge is glass-bottomed and transparent. When it opened it was the longest and tallest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. The bridge measures 430 meters in total length and 6 meters in breadth and is suspended about 260 meters above the ground.


Yoga legend B.K.S. Iyengar dies

B.K.S. Iyengar was the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga" and was considered one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world. Iyengar died in Pune, India from heart failure and renal failure, aged 95.

Hiroshima lanslides

In August 2014, Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan was struck by a series of landslides following heavy rain. 74 people are reported dead. According to the police, the dead include 3 boys aged two, three and eleven. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directed the military to deploy hundreds of personnel to assist the local rescue teams.

Al Jazeera America launches

Al Jazeera is a state-funded broadcaster in Doha, Qatar, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty television channels in multiple languages.

Crime writer Elmore Leonard dies

Elmore John Leonard Jr. was an American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Leonard died at his home in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills of stroke complications. He was 87 years old.

"The Inbetweeners" premieres on MTV

The Inbetweeners is a British coming of age sitcom television series which originally aired on E4 from 2008–2010, created and written by Damon Beesley and Iain Morris. The series follows the misadventures of suburban teenager Will and his friends Simon, Neil, and Jay at the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive.


Usain Bolt wins 200m at World Championships in Athletics

In the men's 200 meters, Usain Bolt broke his own world record with a time of 19.19 seconds. Alonso Edward of Panama won silver with a national record of 19.81. Wallace Spearmon of the USA won bronze, in 19.85.


Cristiano Ronaldo makes his international debut

At age 18, Ronaldo made his first senior appearance for Portugal in a 1–0 victory over Kazakhstan. He was subsequently called up for UEFA Euro 2004, held in his home country, and scored his first international goal in a 2–1 group stage loss to eventual champions Greece.

English astronomer Fred Hoyle dies

He is famous for explanation of the creation of chemical elements by nuclear fusion reactions inside the stars. Hoyle rejected the Big Bang theory and promoted an alternative, steady-state theory of the universe. This theory holds that matter is being continuously created to keep the mean density of space constant.

Janet Jackson goes to #1 on the US singles chart

"Doesn't Really Matter" is a song recorded by American singer Janet Jackson for a soundtrack to the 2000 film Nutty Professor II: The Klumps. Doesn't Really Matter" received positive reception, called "impossibly catchy" and "classic pop". It became Jackson's ninth number-one single in the United States and stayed atop the chart for three weeks.

American singer-songwriter and actress Demi Lovato is born

Demetria Devonne Lovato is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. After appearing on the children's television series Barney & Friends as a child, she received her breakthrough role as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel television film Camp Rock and its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.

British wildlife conservationist George Adamson dies

He is known also as the Baba ya Simba ("Father of Lions" in Swahili). With his wife, Joy, he is famous through the movie Born Free and best-selling book with the same title, which is based on the true story of Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lioness cub they had raised and later released into the wild.

Steve Winwood goes to #1 on the US album chart

"Roll with It" is the fifth solo studio album by English blue-eyed soul artist Steve Winwood. It topped the album charts in the United States and has sold over three million copies. The title cut topped the pop and rock singles charts.

"Black Saturday" of the Yellowstone fire

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 collectively formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Starting many smaller individual fires, the flames quickly spread out of control with increasing winds and drought and combined into one large conflagration, which burned for several months. [xxx]

American-British actor Andrew Garfield is born

Andrew Russell Garfield is a British-American actor. He is the recipient of several accolades, including a Tony Award. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Epsom, Surrey, Garfield began his career on the UK stage and in television productions. He made his feature-film debut in the 2007 ensemble drama Lions for Lambs.

Bob Dylan releases "Slow Train Coming"

Slow Train Coming is the 17th studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records. It was Dylan's first effort since converting to Christianity, and all of the songs either express his strong personal faith or stress the importance of Christian teachings and philosophy.

Voyager 2 probe is launched

The probe visited Jovian system in 1979, Saturnian system in 1981, Uranian system in 1986 and Neptunian system in 1989. Voyger 2 became fourth of the five man-made objects to achieve the escape velocity that allows them to leave the Solar System. Currently (august 2019), it is moving at a velocity over 15 000 kilometres per second.

Viking 1 launches on a mission to Mars

Viking 1 was the first of two spacecraft sent to Mars as part of NASA's Viking program. It became the first spacecraft to land successfully on Mars and perform its mission. Viking 1 held the record for the longest Mars surface mission of 2307 days or 2245 sols until that record was broken by Opportunity.

American actress and singer Amy Adams is born

Amy Lou Adams is an American actress. Known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, Adams is among the highest-paid actresses in the world. Her accolades include two Golden Globes and nominations for five Academy Awards and six British Academy Film Awards.


American baseball player Todd Helton is born

Todd Lynn Helton is a former American professional baseball first baseman who played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. A five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits, home runs and doubles, among others.

Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin is born

Robert Anthony Plant is an English singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant enjoyed great success with Led Zeppelin throughout the 1970s and developed a compelling image as the charismatic rock-and-roll front man.

Singer Isaac Hayes is born

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was an American singer-songwriter, actor, voice actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s.

Churchill pays tribute to RAF pilots

"Never was so much owed by so many to so few" was a wartime speech made by Winston Churchill in 1940. The name stems from the specific line in the speech, Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few, referring to the ongoing efforts of the RAF crews who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain.

Stalinist agent kills Leon Trotsky

Trotsky was attacked in his study by Ramon Mercader, a Spanish communist, who used an ice axe as a weapon. The blow to his head was bungled and failed to kill Trotsky instantly. Witnesses stated that Trotsky spat on Mercader, and began struggling fiercely with him, which resulted in Mercader's hand being broken.


American boxing promoter Don King is born

Donald King is an American boxing promoter known for his involvement in historic boxing matchups. He has been a controversial figure, partly due to a manslaughter conviction, and civil cases against him. King's career highlights include, among multiple other enterprises, promoting "The Rumble in the Jungle" and the "Thrilla in Manila".

Singer Jim Reeves is born

James Travis Reeves was an American country and popular music singer-songwriter. With records charting from the 1950s to the 1980s, he became well known as a practitioner of the Nashville sound. Known as "Gentleman Jim", his songs continued to chart for years after his death.


The first world championship athletics for women is held

The 1922 Women's World Games were the first regular international Women's World Games and the first Track and field competitions for women. The tournament was held on a single day at the Pershing Stadium in Paris. The games were attended by 77 participants from 5 nations.

Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution

There was little immediate attention to this announcement of the theory; the president of the Linnean Society remarked that the year had not been marked by any revolutionary discoveries. Only one review rankled enough for Darwin to recall it later; Prof. Samuel Haughton claimed that "all that was new in them was false, and what was true was old".

First enslaved Africans arrive to the New World

In 1619, Dutch traders brought African slaves taken from a Spanish ship to Jamestown. In North America, the Africans were also generally treated as indentured servants in the early colonial era. Several colonial colleges held enslaved people as workers and relied on them to operate.

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