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Aden bombing

In 2016, a powerful car suicide bombing was conducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, on an army camp in Aden, Yemen in which 72 people died and 67 wounded. The new military recruits were signing in a local government school, when the explosion took place.

Broadway actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste dies

Kyle Jean-Baptiste was an American actor. He was the youngest, as well as the first Black, actor to perform the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables on Broadway. He died a day after departing Les Misérables and two days after his final performance as Valjean, after accidentally falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn, New York.

Final episode of 'Hannibal' airs

Hannibal is an American psychological horror–thriller television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in Thomas Harris' novels Red Dragon and Hannibal, with focus on the relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Banana Spider venom is found to be effective in relieving erectile dysfunction

Banana spider name is shared with several genera. One of them is South American genus Phoneutria. Its venom causes intense pain and priapism (erection without sexual stimulation lasting several hours) in humans. One component of the venom (Tx2-6) is therefore being studied for use in erectile dysfunction treatment.

'Mad Men' wins four Emmys

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, were held at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California. AMC's period piece drama Mad Men won four awards, including Outstanding Drama Series, its third consecutive victory in that category.

Sarah Palin is picked as VP candidate

As the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2008 election alongside presidential nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain, Sarah Palin was the first Alaskan on the national ticket of a major political party and the first Republican woman selected as a vice presidential candidate.

The best #1 album of all time is voted

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by English rock band the Beatles. In 2006 it was chosen by Time as one of the 100 best albums of all time. That same year the music scholar David Scott Kastan described Sgt. Pepper as "the most important and influential rock and roll album ever recorded".

Hurricane Katrina devastates the US Gulf Coast

Hurricane Katrina was an extremely destructive and deadly Category 5 hurricane that caused catastrophic damage along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge and levee failure. Severe property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns where boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland.

'Prison Break' first airs on Fox

Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons. The series revolves around two brothers, one of whom has been sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit, and the other who devises an elaborate plan to help his brother escape prison and clear his name.

The 21st MTV Video Music Awards

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards honored the best music videos of the previous year. The show took place at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, and, unlike in previous years, had no host. "Hey Ya!" by OutKast won the award for Video of the Year.


Schumacher wins his fifth consecutive F1 championship

Michael Schumacher won five consecutive drivers' titles from 2000 to 2004, including an unprecedented 6th and 7th title. In 2002, Schumacher won the title with a record six races remaining and finished on the podium in every race. In 2004, Schumacher won twelve out of the first thirteen races and went on to win a record 13 times as he won his final title.

The 19th MTV Video Music Awards

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards honored the best music videos from the previous year. The show was hosted by Jimmy Fallon at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. During the show, Michael Jackson accepted a birthday statue, which he believed to be an "Artist of the Millennium Award" due to a misunderstanding.

'Frida' premieres at the Venice International Film Festival

Frida is a 2002 American biopic drama film directed by Julie Taymor. It depicts the professional and private life of the surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. It stars Salma Hayek in her Academy Award-nominated portrayal as Kahlo and Alfred Molina as her husband, Diego Rivera.

Lou Bega goes to #1 on the UK singles chart

Lou Bega's cover of "Mambo No. 5" was a hit in the UK and in Australia, where it reached number-one in 1999. It stayed at number-one in Australia for eight weeks, ultimately becoming the best-selling single of 1999. It also topped almost every chart in continental Europe and set a record by staying at number-one in France for 20 weeks.

Netflix is founded

Netflix, Inc. is an American over-the-top media services provider, headquartered in Los Gatos, California. Founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, the company's primary business is its subscription-based streaming service, which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs including those produced in-house.

Oasis come with their debut 'Definitely Maybe'

Definitely Maybe is the debut studio album by English rock band Oasis. It is the band's only studio album to feature original drummer Tony McCarroll. Definitely Maybe was an immediate commercial and critical success in the United Kingdom, having followed on the heels of the singles "Supersonic", "Shakermaker", and "Live Forever".

Soviet Communist Party is dissolved

The Communist Party of the Soviet Union was the founding and ruling political party of the Soviet Union. The party was founded in 1912 by the Bolsheviks, a revolutionary group led by Vladimir Lenin. The party was dissolved in 1991 on Soviet territory soon after a failed coup d'état and was completely outlawed two months later in Russian territory.

Los Lobos start a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart

The Los Lobos version was the title track of the 1987 film La Bamba and reached No. 1 in the U.S. and UK singles charts in the same year. The Los Lobos version remained No. 1 for three weeks in the summer of 1987. The music video for Los Lobos' version, directed by Sherman Halsey, won the 1988 MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.


USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is an American stadium complex located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York City. It has been the home of the US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament played every year in August and September, since 1978. It is operated by the United States Tennis Association.

The second UK Isle Of Wight festival takes place

The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival was held at the English town of Wootton, on the Isle of Wight. The festival attracted an audience of approximately 150,000 to see acts including Bob Dylan, The Band, The Who, Free, Joe Cocker, The Bonzo Dog Band and The Moody Blues.

American game designer Charles Darrow dies

He is known as the inventor of the Monopoly game. This is, however, not true, or not entirely true. Darrow made Monopoly but his game was a derivative of The Landlord's Game created by Elizabeth Magie. Darrow made his game after losing his job at a sales company following the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans

The Beatles' final paid concert of their career took place at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The band played to an audience of 25,000, leaving 7000 tickets unsold. A local company called Tempo Productions was in charge of the arrangements.

Gemini V returns to Earth

Gemini 5 was a 1965 manned spaceflight in NASA's Project Gemini. It was the 3rd manned Gemini flight, the 11th manned American spaceflight, and the 19th human spaceflight of all time. It was also the 1st time an American manned space mission held the world record for duration, by breaking the Soviet Union's previous record set by Vostok 5 in 1963.

'Oh, Pretty Woman' is released in the US

"Oh, Pretty Woman" or "Pretty Woman" is a song recorded by Roy Orbison, written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It was released as a single on Monument Records and spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, the second single by Orbison to top the US charts. It was also Orbison's third single to top the UK Singles Chart.

Walt Disney's 'Mary Poppins" is released

Mary Poppins is an American musical-fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The film, which combines live-action and animation, stars Julie Andrews in her feature film debut as Mary Poppins, who visits a dysfunctional family in London.

George Harrison joins The Quarrymen

With Harrison's entry, the Quarrymen now had four guitarists. Lennon and McCartney suggested to Griffiths that he instead buy a bass guitar, but Griffiths refused because of the expense. The two subsequently convinced Nigel Walley, still acting as the group's manager, to fire Griffiths.

First radio commercial hit American airwaves

AT&T first hit America's airwaves in 1922 and changed the way we listen to radio forever. WEAF was the New York radio station that had the first paid commercial, back when it was experimental to sponsor whole programs. An AT&T employee described the concept as "toll broadcasting.”


The third modern Olympic Games open in St Louis

The 1904 Summer Olympics was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in St. Louis, Missouri, in the United States as part of an extended sports program at what is now known as Francis Field on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. It was the first time that the Olympic Games were held outside Europe.

Goodyear tire company is founded

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is an American multinational tire manufacturing company founded in 1898 by Frank Seiberling and based in Akron, Ohio. Goodyear manufactures tires for automobiles, commercial trucks, light trucks, motorcycles, SUVs, race cars, airplanes, farm equipment and heavy earth-mover machinery.


Rugby league is founded

The history of rugby league as a separate form of rugby football goes back to 1895 in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire when the Northern Rugby Football Union broke away from England's established Rugby Football Union to administer its own separate competition. Similar schisms occurred later in Australia and New Zealand in 1907.

Zipper is patented

American inventor Whitcomb L. Judson patents the zipper. Several other inventors tried to develop similar device. Judson’s zipper was first practically usable. However, it met with a little commercial success on the beginning. Judson’s zipper was later improved by Gideon Sundback and Swiss Othmar Winterhalter.

Gottlieb Daimler patented the world's first motorcycle

The Daimler Petroleum Reitwagen, or Einspu, was a motor vehicle made by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in 1885. It is widely recognized as the first motorcycle. Daimler is often called "the father of the motorcycle" for this invention.

Hong Kong goes under British Crown

British Hong Kong was the period during which Hong Kong was under British Crown rule, from 1842 to 1997, excluding the Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945. It was established as a Crown colony and later designated a British Dependent Territory in 1981. Hong Kong Island was ceded to the U.K. by the Qing dynasty of China after the First Opium War.

Battle of Mohács

The Battle of Mohács was one of the most consequential battles in Central European history. It was fought near Mohács, Kingdom of Hungary, between the forces of the Kingdom of Hungary, led by Louis II, and those of the Ottoman Empire, led by Suleiman the Magnificent.

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