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World Meeting of Families Catholic festival in Dublin

The World Meeting of Families Congress is a gathering of the Roman Catholic Church that has occurred every three years since 1994. It "promotes the pastoral care of families, protects their rights and dignity in the Church and in civil society, so that they may ever be more able to fulfill their duties."

Modern Family wins its fifth consecutive Primetime Emmy

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Modern Family won its fifth consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying with Frasier as the series with the most consecutive wins in the category.

Miley Cyrus creates a controversy at the MTV VMA

Pop singer Miley Cyrus became the subject of widespread media attention following a controversial performance. The performance began with Cyrus performing "We Can't Stop" in bear-themed attire. Following this, Thicke entered the stage and Cyrus stripped down to a skin-colored two-piece latex outfit while they performed "Blurred Lines" in a duet.

Singer and actress Aaliyah is killed in a plane crash

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer and actress who was killed in a plane crash after boarding a twin-engine Cessna 402B at the Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands, Bahamas. She had just completed filming for the music video for her single "Rock the Boat".

Scottish singer Amy Macdonald is born

Amy Macdonald is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician. She has sold over 12 million records worldwide. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles "Mr. Rock & Roll" and "This Is the Life" from it were chart hits. The latter charted at number one in six countries.

Screenwriter Truman Capote dies

Truman Garcia Capote was an American novelist, short story writer, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Capote died in Bel Air, Los Angeles, aged 59. According to the coroner's report, the cause of death was "liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication."

Ghostbusters becomes the biggest grossing comedy

Ghostbusters is an American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It received mainly positive reviews and grossed $242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide. At the 57th Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song.

Bobbie Gentry starts a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart

"Ode to Billie Joe" is a song written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. The single was a number-one hit in the US and a big international seller. Billboard ranked the record as the No. 3 song of the year.

Little Eva goes to #1 on the US singles chart

King and Goffin wrote "The Loco-Motion" in hopes to have it recorded by Dee Dee Sharp, who had a smash hit with "Mashed Potato Time". Sharp passed on the song leaving the opportunity open for Eva Boyd, who had recorded the demo. In the United States, "The Loco-Motion" was the sixth most successful single of 1962, according to Billboard.

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus is born

William Ray Cyrus is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. Having released 12 studio albums and 44 singles since 1992, he is best known for his number one single "Achy Breaky Heart", which became the first single ever to achieve triple Platinum status in Australia.

The Shadows are at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Apache" is an instrumental written by English composer Jerry Lordan. The original version was by Bert Weedon, but Lordan did not like the version. The British rock group The Shadows recorded "Apache" in June 1960 and released it the next month. It topped the UK Singles Chart for five weeks.

American director Tim Burton is born

Timothy Walter Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, and eccentric horror and fantasy films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Paul Anka is at #1 on the UK singles chart

"Diana" is a song written and made famous by Paul Anka in 1957, recorded at Don Costa studio in New York City. Paul Anka's original recording reached number 1 on the Billboard "Best Sellers In Stores" chart and has reportedly sold over nine million copies.

Musician Elvis Costello is born

Elvis Costello is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor. He began his career as part of London's pub rock scene in the early 1970s and later became associated with the first wave of the British punk and new wave movement that emerged in the mid-to-late 1970s.

Singer Rob Halford is born

Robert John Arthur Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide-ranging voice. Halford is widely referred to as "Metal God" because of his powerful vocals and contribution to the metal genre.

Scottish actor Sean Connery is born

Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globes. Connery was the first actor to portray the character James Bond in film, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983.

The New York Sun perpetrates the Great Moon Hoax

The "Great Moon Hoax" refers to a series of six articles that were published in The Sun, a New York newspaper, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, one of the best-known astronomers of that time.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

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born 1987

Blake Lively

born 1930

Sean Connery