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F1 Belgian Grand Prix starts

Belgian Grand Prix takes place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The circuit will be renamed Jacky Ickx after famous Belgian racing driver. The race is the thirteenth round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton enters the race with twenty-four point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship.

Don't Starve: Giant Edition is released for Xbox One

Don't Starve is an open world survival video game developed by the Canadian indie company Klei Entertainment. The game was initially released via Valve Corporation's Steam software for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2013.


Kaepernick kneels in protest during anthem

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick became a national figure when he ignited a firestorm of controversy by refusing to stand while the United States national anthem was being played before the start of NFL games. He described his behavior as a protest against racial injustice in the United States. His actions prompted negative and positive responses.

Deadly shooting on live TV

News reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward, employees of CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, were fatally shot on while conducting a live television interview near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta. The news team was interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the local chamber of commerce when all three were attacked by a gunman. Parker, age 24, and Ward, age 27, died at the scene while Gardner survived.

Madden NFL 15 is released

Madden NFL 15 is an American football sports video game based on the National Football League and published by EA Sports. The game was announced for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One and was released in August 2014 in the United States and Europe.

"Sister Act" ends at the Broadway Theatre

Sister Act is a musical based on the hit 1992 film of the same name, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner and additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane. The production closed in August 2012 after 28 previews and 561 performances.

Boeing Dreamliner allowed to fly

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an American long-haul, mid-size wide-body, twin-engine jet airliner made by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers in typical three-class seating configurations. The FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency certified the 787 in August 2011, at a ceremony in Everett, Washington.

Tropico 4 is released

Tropico 4 is a Simulator video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. Like the first and third games in the series, it centers on a customizable main character titled "El Presidente" – the dictator who runs the island banana republic. The game has 10 preconfigured maps, but the player can make their own island by choosing "Random Island".

Charles Burnett III breaks speed record for the steam car

His vehicle was called Inspiration. It has reached speed of 239 kilometres per hour. It was driven by a two-stage turbine. The steam for the turbine was produced by twelve boilers containing distilled water. The boilers were heated by burners which burned gas. Total energy production of the car was three Megawatts.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is released

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is a golfing video game in the PGA Tour series from Electronic Arts. It was released in North America in 2008 for the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii, and PSP. The PS3 version takes advantage of the Sixaxis controller. While retaining many influences from the other games in the series, it also adds new gameplay and a few fictitious golfers such as Travis Knox.

The Rolling Stones end their A Bigger Bang World Tour

A Bigger Bang was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones which took place between August 2005 and August 2007, in support of their album A Bigger Bang. The last concert on the tour in London in August was their last gig ever.

American singer Laura Branigan dies

Branigan died in her sleep at her lodge in East Quogue, New York, in 2004. The cause was attributed to a previously-undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm. It was reported in the media that she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks before her death but did not seek medical attention.

Coldplay release Rush of Blood to the Head

A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second studio album by British rock band Coldplay. It was released in August 2002 by Parlophone in the UK, and a day later by Capitol Records in the US. The album was produced by the band and producer Ken Nelson. The band won the 2003 Grammy for Best Alternative Album for the 2nd year in a row, and the 2004 Grammy for Record of the Year for the song "Clocks".

"Riverdance" ends its Broadway run after 605 performances

Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance. With a score composed by Bill Whelan, it originated as an interval performance act during the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, featuring Irish dancing champions Jean Butler and Michael Flatley.

"7th Heaven" debuts on The WB

7th Heaven is an American television drama series created and produced by Brenda Hampton that centers on the Camden family and their lives in the fictional town of Glenoak, California. The series debuted in August 1996, on The WB, where it aired for ten seasons.

Seal goes to #1 on the US singles chart with "Kiss From A Rose"

"Kiss from a Rose" is a song from Seal's second eponymous album. The song was re-released in 1995, it was included on the Batman Forever film soundtrack, helping it top the charts in the US and Australia. At the 1996 Grammy Awards, it won awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Man gets "bionic" heart

The first heart assist device was approved by the FDA in 1994, and two more received approval in 1998. While the original assist devices emulated the pulsating heart, newer versions, such as the Heartmate II, developed by The Texas Heart Institute of Houston, provide continuous flow.


American skier Jessica Diggins is born

Jessica Diggins is an American cross-country skier. She and teammate Kikkan Randall won the United States' first-ever cross-country skiing gold medal at the Winter Olympics in women's team sprint at Pyeongchang in 2018. Diggins began skiing at age 4. Diggins graduated from Stillwater High School.


American basketball player James Harden is born

James Edward Harden Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets. Harden was selected with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 2012, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year with the Thunder and helped the team reach the NBA Finals.

Sonny Bono announces that he was running for mayor

Bono entered politics after experiencing great frustration with local government bureaucracy in trying to open a restaurant in Palm Springs, California. Bono placed a successful bid to become the new mayor of Palm Springs. He served four years, from 1988 to 1992. He was instrumental in spearheading the creation of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Harvey's resort hotel bombing

During the Harvey's Resort Hotel bombing took place 3 men planted an elaborately booby-trapped bomb containing 1,000 pounds of dynamite at Harvey's Resort Hotel in Stateline, US. The mastermind behind the bomb, former millionaire John Birges, was attempting to extort $3 million from the casino, claiming he had lost $750,000 gambling there.

American actor Chris Pine is born

Christopher Whitelaw Pine is an American actor. Pine's first acting role was in a 2003 episode of ER; the same year, he also appeared in episodes of The Guardian and CSI: Miami. He is also known for playing James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot film series, Will in Unstoppable and Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods.

Former child actor Macaulay Culkin is born

Macaulay Carson Culkin is an American actor and musician. He started his acting career as a child actor. He became famous for portraying the role of Kevin McCallister in the Christmas film Home Alone, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

Frankie Valli goes to #1 on the US singles chart

Grease is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. Grease is the title song for the 1978 musical motion picture Grease, which was based on the stage play of the same name. It sold over 7 million copies worldwide and was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track.

American aviator Charles Lindbergh is born

He is noted for the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. He overcame distance of 5,800 km alone in his single-engine purpose-built Ryan monoplane, Spirit of St. Louis. Later he became an opponent of American engagement in the Second World War. He was also advocate of early rocket experiments of Robert Goddard.


The XX Olympic Summer Games open at Munich

The 1972 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany, from August to September 1972. They were the second Summer Olympics to be held in Germany, after the 1936 Games in Berlin, which had taken place under the Nazi regime.

American actress Melissa McCarthy is born

Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and fashion designer. She is a two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner, from eight nominations. She also received nominations for a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA Award, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, among other accolades.

Mini makes its debut

The Mark I Mini was the first version of British Motor Corporation's Mini. It is characterized by its sliding windows, external door hinges and "mustache" grille. In the United Kingdom the Mark I was produced between 1959 and 1967, with production in Australia continuing until 1970. The Mini Mark I was sold under both Austin and Morris marque names.

Mini is introduced

Mini Cooper car was commonly known just as Mini. It is still popular today. It was a landmark in automotive design. Mini was only three meters long, yet capable of accommodate four passengers. The space was saved by mounting the engine transversely. Mini was cheap, had low fuel consumption, fast acceleration and good manoeuvrability.

Musical "An American in Paris" premieres in London

An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and Nina Foch, the film is set in Paris and was directed by Vincente Minnelli from a script by Alan Jay Lerner.

The 19th amendment to US Constitution takes effect

The amendment was the culmination of the women's suffrage movement in the United States, which fought at both state and national levels to achieve the vote. It effectively overruled Minor v. Happersett, 1875, in which a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that the Fourteenth Amendment did not give women the right to vote.

Mother Teresa is born

Mother Teresa, known in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary. Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonized in September 2016, and the anniversary of her death is her feast day.

James Cook begins his first voyage

The first voyage of James Cook was a combined Royal Navy and Royal Society expedition to the south Pacific Ocean aboard HMS Endeavour. The aims of this first expedition were to observe the 1769 transit of Venus across the Sun, and to seek evidence of the postulated Terra Australis Incognita or "unknown southern land".

French chemist Antoine Lavoisier is born

He is often called the father of mother chemistry. He discovered the role of oxygen in combustion and opposed the phlogiston theory, which was prevalent at his time. Lavoisier also described the law of conservation of mass. He participated on the development of the metric system and helped to reform chemical nomenclature.

Anniversaries of famous

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Chris Pine

born 1989

James Harden