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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.

60 million people in Pakistan are 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 percent 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.

Disappearance of Michelle Knight

The Ariel Castro kidnappings took place between 2002 and 2004 when three young women, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina "Gina" DeJesus, were kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive in his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. In 2013, Berry escaped with her then-six-year-old daughter and contacted the police.

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.

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.

The Notorious A6 Murder

James Hanratty, also known as the A6 Murderer, was hanged at Bedford Gaol in 1962, after being convicted of the murder of scientist Michael Gregsten, aged 36, who was shot dead in a car on the A6 at Deadman's Hill, near Clophill, Bedfordshire in 1961. Gregsten's mistress, Valerie Storie, was raped, shot five times, and left paralysed.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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