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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.

'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.

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.

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.

'The Brothers Grimm' is released in the US

The Brothers Grimm is a 2005 adventure fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. The film stars Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, and Lena Headey in an exaggerated and fictitious portrait of the Brothers Grimm as traveling con-artists in French-occupied Germany, during the early 19th century.

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.

Delta III rocket failure

The inaugural launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ended in failure, when software adapted from the Delta II caused a guidance failure during first-stage flight. The failure and subsequent vehicle motion depleted the hydraulic fluid used for steering. Upon loss of control, the vehicle was destroyed. The Galaxy 10 satellite was destroyed.

'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.


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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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".

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1982

John Mulaney

born 1951

Bill Whitaker

born 1991

Dylan O'Brien