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Urban Decay says goodbye to the original Naked Palette

Urban Decay is discontinuing its iconic Naked Palette which launched in 2010. It set the standard for what women wanted in a neutral eyeshadow palette. The collection later expanded to include other eyeshadow palettes like Naked 2, Naked2 Basics, Naked 3, Naked Smoky, Naked Ultimate Basics, and Naked Heat.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr is released for Xbox One

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr is an RPG game developed by NeocoreGames. The game focuses on an Inquisitor protagonist and the work of the Inquisition. The single-player campaign pitches players into a grim and secret war among the stars as the agents of the ever-vigilant Inquisition. After the end of the campaign, the story continues in a colossal sandboxed game set in the same secluded sector of this vast universe. The game on PC was released on June 5.

According to scientists 60 million people in Pakistan is at risk from Arsenic poisoning

The study appeared in the journal Science Advances. The authors developed a map of contaminated groundwater pumps. They determined some 88 million people were living in high-risk areas. Given that about 60-70 per cent of the population relies on groundwater, roughly 50 or 60 million were endangered.

Hospital worker wins the largest lottery prize ever in US Powerball

Wanczyk purchased a single lottery ticket sold in Massachusetts that won the whopping $758.7 million Powerball jackpot, making it the second-largest grand prize in the game's history. The jackpot is the largest in North American history for a single winning ticket.

Earthquake hits Virginia

Piedmont area in the US Virginia reached magnitude 5, 8 becoming the most powerful earthquake that hit the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. The Epicenter was 61 miles north of Richmond resulting in no casualties. The damage to the buildings of the insurance company was estimated at 200 to 300 million dollars.


Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren divorce

Woods took a hiatus from professional golf from December 2009 to early April 2010 in order to focus on difficult issues in his marriage. He and his estranged wife Elin eventually divorced. His many alleged extramarital indiscretions were revealed by several women, through many worldwide media sources.

Sticky & Sweet Tour starts

Sticky & Sweet Tour was the eighth concert tour by American singer Madonna to promote her eleventh studio album, Hard Candy. The tour was described as a "rock driven dancetastic journey". The Sticky & Sweet Tour broke many records in terms of its ticket sales, commercial gross and audience attendance.

Twitter comes up with a use of hashtag

The hashtag became a practice of writing style for Twitter posts during the 2009–2010 Iranian election protests; Twitter users inside and outside Iran used both English- and Persian-language hashtags in communications during the events. The first published use of the term "hash tag" was in a blog post by Stowe Boyd, "Hash Tags = Twitter Groupings".

TANS Perú Flight 204

It was a domestic scheduled flight operated with a Boeing 737-200 Advanced, that crashed on approach to Pucallpa Airport, 4 miles off the airfield following an emergency landing attempt because of bad weather, killing 40 of the 98 passengers and crew aboard.

The first Survivor finale airs

"Survivor: Borneo" is the first season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The Survivor: Borneo finale received the highest ratings of any Survivor episode to date with an average of 51.7 million viewers. Nielsen reported that 125 million people watched at least some part of the finale.

Howard McGillin becomes Broadway's 11th Phantom

Ten years and 10 Phantoms down as Howard McGillin becomes Broadway's 11th The Phantom of the Opera. Hugh Panaro, the preceding Phantom, exits to take the title role in Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Martin Guerre.

Sitcom "That ‘70s Show" premieres on Fox

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox. The series focused on the lives of a group of six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin. The main teenage cast members were Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama.

The Galileo spacecraft discovers a moon Dactyl

A minor-planet moon is an astronomical object that orbits a minor planet as its natural satellite. It is thought that many asteroids and Kuiper belt objects may possess moons, in some cases quite substantial in size. The first asteroid moon was confirmed when the Galileo probe discovered the small Dactyl orbiting 243 Ida in the asteroid belt.

East Germany approves reunification with the West

The East German Declaration of Accession to the Federal Republic, as provided by article 23 of the West German Basic Law, was approved by the Volkskammer and formally presented by its President to the President of the West German Bundestag by means of a letter.

Gardiner starts a three week run at #1 on the UK singles chart

"I Wanna Wake Up with You" is a song made popular by Boris Gardiner. Written by legendary Nashville songwriter, Ben Peters and produced by Willie Lindo, veteran reggae artist Boris Gardiner took the song to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. It was released by Revue Records and Creole Records.


American swimmer Natalie Coughlin is born

Natalie Anne Coughlin Hall is an American competition swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist. While attending the University of California, Berkeley, she became the first woman ever to swim the 100-meter backstroke in less than one minute. She became the first U.S. female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympiad.


American basketball player Kobe Bryant is born

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American former professional basketball player. He played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He entered the NBA directly from high school and won five NBA championships with the Lakers.

American actor Scott Caan is born

Scott Andrew Caan is an American actor. He currently stars as Detective Danny "Danno" Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Caan is also known for his recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage.

Diana Ross is at #1 on the UK singles chart "I'm Still Waiting"

"I'm Still Waiting" is a popular song written and produced by Deke Richards and recorded by Diana Ross, which first appeared on her 1970 album Everything Is Everything. It reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number one in Ireland.

Lou Reed plays the last gig with Velvet Underground

Lewis Allan Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and also had a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground is now regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of alternative rock music.

Johnny Cash starts a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart

At San Quentin is the 31st overall album by Johnny Cash, recorded live at San Quentin State Prison. The album was certified gold, platinum and double platinum, and triple platinum by the RIAA. The album was nominated for a number of Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "A Boy Named Sue."

The Beatles are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Yellow Submarine" is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, with lead vocals by Ringo Starr. It was included on the Revolver album and issued as a single, coupled with "Eleanor Rigby". The single went to number one on every major British chart, remained at number one for four weeks, and charted for 13 weeks.

The first photo of Earth from the Moon

The Lunar Orbiter 1 unmanned robotic spacecraft, part of the Lunar Orbiter Program, was the first American spacecraft to orbit the Moon. It took the first two pictures of the Earth ever from the distance of the Moon. Accurate data were acquired from all other experiments throughout the mission.

Legendary transport aircraft C-130 Hercules flies for the first time

Hercules can use unprepared runways for take-offs and landings. It was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. Later it was adapted for variety of other roles, including a gunship variant, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refuelling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting.

Singer Rick Springfield is born

Richard Lewis Springthorpe is an Australian singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, actor and author, known by his stage name Rick Springfield. He was a member of the pop rock group Zoot, then started his solo career with his début single "Speak to the Sky" reaching the top 10 in Australia.

The noir classic "The Big Sleep" premieres in New York City

The Big Sleep is a film noir directed by Howard Hawks, the first film version of Raymond Chandler's 1939 novel of the same name. The film stars Humphrey Bogart as private detective Philip Marlowe and Lauren Bacall as Vivian Rutledge in a story about the "process of a criminal investigation, not its results."

Drummer Keith Moon from The Who is born

Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behavior. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians. He was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen.

Battle of Stalingrad begins

The German offensive to capture Stalingrad began in 1942, using the 6th Army and elements of the 4th Panzer Army. The attack was supported by intensive Luftwaffe bombing that reduced much of the city to rubble. It was the largest and bloodiest battle in the history of warfare.

The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact is signed

The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact was a neutrality pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed in Moscow. The pact delineated the spheres of interest between the two powers, confirmed by the supplementary protocol of the German-Soviet Frontier Treaty amended after the joint invasion of Poland.

American chemist Robert Curl is born

He (together with Richard E. Smalley and Harold W. Kroto) discovered the first fullerene, a spherical cluster of carbon atoms. It is a very strange molecule, which looks like a soccer ball made of carbon atoms. The name was chosen after American architect Buckminster Fuller, who designed similar houses.

Actor Rudolph Valentino dies

Rudolph Valentino was an Italian actor in America who starred in several well-known silent films. He was stricken with a severe relapse of pleuritis, which developed rapidly in his left lung due to his weakened condition. Valentino reportedly believed that he would recover. He died a few hours later at the age of 31.


American baseball player George Kell is born

George Clyde Kell was an American Major League Baseball third baseman who played fifteen seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Baltimore Orioles. Kell went on to become a Detroit Tigers broadcaster for thirty-seven years. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

British aircraft designer Roy Chadwick is born

His most famous design was the Lancaster heavy bomber. He also designed Britain's first pressurised airliner, the Avro Tudor. His other well-known iconic creation was acrobatic biplane Avro Baby. Chadwick participated on the WW2 Operation Chastise, in which modified British bombers destroyed dams on the Ruhr river.

Anniversaries of famous

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Taysom Hill

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Kobe Bryant

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